Roundup of 2017’s Best Career Advice

Blog post templateAuthor: Danielle Elmers
Source: TopResume

As you move into the new year, so is your career!

With 2017 (finally) coming to an end, most people are making some kind of personal or career-related resolution to better themselves in 2018. Whether you want to make a drastic change in your career or just start a new job search, these articles are sure to help. Take a look at our best career advice roundup (in no particular order) for some inspiration as you move forward in the new year and in your career.

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Show You’re A Leader On Your Resume With These 34 Words and Phrases

leaderAuthor: Jenny Foss
Source: The Daily Muse

One of the most common types of people I work with are those aiming to elevate their brand messaging to more loudly announce, “I’m one hell of a leader!” as they change jobs.

It’s one thing to be good at tasks, projects, and areas of specialization, but if you’re aspiring to manage teams, you simply can’t stop there. You also have to position yourself as an inspiring, effective leader.

There are hundreds of words and phrases that’ll help give those who review your resume or speak to you in an interview an immediate hint that you’ve got leadership firepower.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Boost Your Skills By The End of the Year With These 45 Free Online Classes

onlineclassesSource: The Muse

No matter where you’re at in your career, learning something new can only help you.

Looking for a new job? A unique skill could easily set you apart from the hundreds of other applicants. Worked in the same position for a long time? Expertise in a new field could be the factor that gets you the promotion. And, even if you’re a senior-level manager who’s totally content, getting experience in an unfamiliar area shows your team how much you value growing your job skill set.

Like most other things, though, learning a new skill is easier said than done. Unless, of course, all the resources are handed to you.

Today, we’re doing exactly that. To make sure that you don’t spend hours searching for what to learn and where to learn it, we curated a list of 45 online classes from awesome resources across the web.

Whether you’re interested in programming, graphic design, speech writing, or conflict resolution, there’s bound to be a class for you.

P.S. All of these classes are free.

P.P.S. None of them take more than 10 weeks to complete, so be ready to add new skills to your resume before the end of the year!

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7 Candidate Questions That Stand Out to the Pros

questionAuthor: Sjoerd Gehring
Source: The Daily Muse

“Do you have any questions for us?”

You’ll be asked it in almost any interview. And while you may be tempted to sit back and relax during this portion—while the recruiter’s put in the hot seat—that’s not actually in your best interest.

Why? Because this is your final chance to make an awesome impression.

My team and I interview around 100,000 people a year so, as you can imagine, we always take notice when someone asks a question besides “What’s a typical day like?” or “When will I hear back from you?”

In fact, you shouldn’t be afraid to grill hiring managers during this portion of the conversation. Chances are, they’re hoping you will.

To help get you started, here are some of the super-smart questions I’ve been asked during actual interviews by real-life candidates–and the reasons they got my attention.
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7 Interview Tips to Help You Land The Job

interviewAuthor: Alison Doyle
Source: The Balance

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier – even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count. You are always meeting new people, having to sell yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don’t know. And, you have to stay upbeat and enthusiastic throughout each interview.

That said, there are ways to make a job interview much less stressful.

Invest a little time prior to the interview getting ready, and it will be much easier to handle. The key to effective interviewing is to project confidence, stay positive, and be able to share examples of your workplace skills and your qualifications for the job.

Brush up your communication skills, so you can speak clearly and concisely about the assets you have to offer the employer. Take the time to work on your interview skills – effective interviewing will help you get hired.

With some advance preparation, you’ll be able to nail the interview and showcase the experience that makes you the ideal candidate for the company’s next new employee.

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The Soft Skills Job Seekers Need Now

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This is fascinating! iCIMS, a talent acquisition software company, published a survey of 400 HR and recruiting professionals. Titled, “The Soft Skills Jobs Seekers Need Now,” the survey highlights the attributes that sets job seekers apart from equally qualified candidates. In addition to oral communication skills, recruiters say the following attributes will give you an edge:

-Active listening

-Preparedness

-Enthusiasm

-Body language

-Politeness

-Presentation skills

-Written communication skills

-Appropriate interview attire

The full survey contains much more, including tips for recent graduates, soft skills needed for leadership positions, and a look at how recruiters are judging you. Its a valuable tool for anyone currently looking or planning to look for work.

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A Free Resume Template to Get Your Foot in the Door

resumeAuthor: Alyse Kalish
Source: The Daily Muse

We get it: No one likes writing resumes. Trying to recall everything you’ve done in your past jobs, tailoring it to each job you apply to, and ugh, making it stand out from every other candidate you’re competing against? It’s stressful—especially if you hate writing.

But we want to help! Which is why we’ve created our very own free resume template that’ll cut out some of the challenges of this daunting task. Plus, it’s way prettier than your average black-and-white application (and might get you bonus points if you’re not a designer). Just click File > Download as > whatever file type you’d like to get started.

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