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Author Archive for Rick Biederer

Rick Biederer is the owner and operator of www.FindIllinoisJobs.com. Follow him on Google Plus

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Top 5 Interview Blunders

Top 5 Interview Blunders

Recently, I had the opportunity to help conduct interviews for an online marketing position.  The company asked me to help because of my background in IT and social media. They needed me to weed out the resumes that did not meet the job requirements and then conduct a short phone interview to determine the technical […]

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The Education Difference

The Education Difference

Finding Employment There are many factors that impact your ability to find employment. Everything from your field of work to your location will have some effect on your job search and how successful it will be. For example, if you are in Illinois, which has an unemployment rate of 8.8%*, you will have to compete […]

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Developing Your Personal Brand

Developing Your Personal Brand

Did you know that 86% of recruiters are likely to look at social profiles? The things you post on your social networking profiles can have a drastic impact on your ability to find a job. Clean up your personal brand for improved job search results.

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Are Your Passwords Required For Employment?

Are Your Passwords Required For Employment?

What to do when you are asked for your Facebook password during an interview?

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Are You a Job Applicant or a Consultant?

Are You a Job Applicant or a Consultant?

Improve your confidence in an interview by changing your perspective from that of someone seeking something, to that of someone solving the interviewers problem.

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Is Your Full Time Job, Finding A Job?

Is Your Full Time Job, Finding A Job?

When you are unemployed, is “finding a job” really a full-time job and do I need to spend 40 hours a week looking?

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Using Twitter In Your Job Search

Using Twitter In Your Job Search

According to a recent survey done by reppler.com, 91% of employers are using social media sites to screen prospective employees. Of those that use social media, 53% use twitter as a screening tool. Those are some big numbers. What this means for you is that if you are currently looking for a job, you had […]

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10 Tips: How To Interview

10 Tips: How To Interview

Read these 10 tips on how to improve your interviewing skills and impress your interviewer.

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Your Resume

Your Resume

Learn to target your resume to each job you apply to. Don’t let yourself be passed over for jobs you are qualified for simply because your resume doesn’t market your skills effectively!

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Creating Your 90 Second Introduction

Creating Your 90 Second Introduction

Your 90 second introduction should be broken down into three sections: The past, the future and your question. There is also the possibility that you will be interrupted and asked the reason you are looking for work.   The Past The first 60 seconds of your 90 second introduction should be used to talk about […]

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Your 90 Second Introduction

Your 90 Second Introduction

Do you know how to answer the interview question, “So, tell me about yourself?” If you have hopes of being hired, you need to have an appropriate response prepared.

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Creating An Accomplishment Statement Cheat Sheet

Creating An Accomplishment Statement Cheat Sheet

Use this cheat sheet to determine the best accomplishment statements to use when applying for a job at each company you target.

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Resume Scanning

Resume Scanning

You’ve put a lot of work into your resume but it may not even be read. Learn what to do to get past resume scanners.

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Resume Style And Content

Resume Style And Content

With the job market being as competitive as it is now, you need your resume to really stand out from all other resumes.

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Creating Accomplishment Statements

Creating Accomplishment Statements

One of the hardest things you will have to do is to evaluate yourself and your performance in your last job but a self-evaluation is a necessary step in creating your resume. A self-evaluation will also help to prepare you for the difficult interview questions and will improve your self-confidence. Identify and write down a […]

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Your Resume Summary Statement

Your Resume Summary Statement

Your summary statement need to catch the eye of human readers and scanning programs. Follow the steps below…

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Writing A Resume Work Objective

Writing A Resume Work Objective

Should you use a work objective statement on your resume? If you do, when and how should you use it?

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Budgeting For Your Career Search

Budgeting For Your Career Search

No job, no income, but the bills keep coming. Surviving on a budget…

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Your Resume Type

Your Resume Type

Choose your resume type wisely. Your resume is your main marketing tool to employers.

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Resume Components

Resume Components

The odds are that the resume that you write will have all or most of its components in common with every other resume. Each of these components has a purpose and the overriding directive of getting you an interview. Heading – The heading is pretty straight forward. It will contain your name, address, phone numbers […]

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Self Improvement Plan

Self Improvement Plan

Adding skills can entice employers to hire YOU over other job seekers.

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Continuing Your Career

Continuing Your Career

Losing your job is a chaotic, traumatic event. What comes next is even…

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Taking Control Of Your Career Search

Taking Control Of Your Career Search

Don’t let chance decide your next career. Take the bull by the horns!