7 Ways To Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

There’s no doubt about it. LinkedIn is the top social media platform for jobseekers and hiring managers looking to connect. If you’re job searching and you’re not on LinkedIn, you’re missing out on job listings, relationships with employers at your dream company, and more. But just having a LinkedIn account isn’t enough. Your profile has to stand out from the 590 million other users to catch the eyes of hiring managers. We’ll show you how in today’s blog.

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What To Do And Not Do During Job Interviews

You probably know the basics of what to say and how to act during a job interview, i.e. dressing appropriately and not texting. But if it’s been a while since you’ve had an interview, you may need a refresher. Additionally, you may not know the less obvious etiquette expected of you during an interview, or the things that you can do to stand out from your competition.


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How To Be An Amazing Intern

Congratulations, you secured an internship! Whether you’ve had internships in the past or this if your very first one, make it your priority to get the most out of this precious 9-12 weeks. During this time, you’ll have opportunities to cultivate beneficial relationships, impress your supervisors, and even put yourself on a path towards full-time employment at the company.


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6 Easy Ways to Demonstrate Your Value To Your Boss

We’ve written a lot on our blog about how hiring managers can attract and retain top talent. It’s high time we wrote to jobseekers and employees about a similar topic, i.e. how to add value and demonstrate that value in your company.

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Sunglasses and Snow Bunnies: Resume Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

As seasoned career coaches and recruiters, we’ve seen all kinds of resumes–the good, the bad, and the…strange.

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3 Skills That a Front Desk Employee Must Have

Applying to jobs that require you to run a front desk this year? Maybe you’re interested in being a receptionist, office manager, customer service rep, administrative assistant, or something similar. Regardless of your specific job title, if you’re going to work a front desk, there are several skills that you need to have in order to stand out to hiring managers amidst a sea of applicants, get your desired position, and provide continuous value to the company.

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Top Job Market Trends for 2019 & Beyond

Whether you’re a job seeker or a hiring manager looking for the talent you need to grow your business, a clear-eyed understanding of today’s job market can help you get what you want in 2019.

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For Jobseekers: 5 Ways to Be Productive During The Holidays

As we mentioned in a past blog, there are plenty of ways to continue your job search during the holidays, even though hiring managers may not be responding as quickly to you. Here are a few more tips you can use to stay active and engaged in your job search during holiday down time:

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For Jobseekers: 6 Ways Millennials Can Thrive in the Workplace

While Millennials (generally within the 18-32 age range) get a bad rap sometimes, they bring their own unique skills, characteristics, and passion to any job. If you identify as a Millennial, our tips will help you harness your uniqueness to provide value to your company, impress your boss, and advance in your career.

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For Jobseekers: Beware of These Illegal Job Interview Questions


When you’re in the middle of a job interview, nervousness and a desire to make the best impression possible can take over. While feeling nervous and wanting to please your interviewer are completely normal and even productive during an interview, they can sometimes blind you from questions you may be asked that are not only inappropriate, but illegal.

Employers are supposed to stay updated on U.S. hiring laws and maintain compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Unfortunately, some employers fail to educate themselves on their legal responsibilities or know that asking certain questions during an interview is illegal, but do it anyway.

Below are the questions that are illegal to ask during an interview. Do not answer these. Most of these will be answered after a candidate is hired, anyway. There’s no need for employers to know these answers in the interview phase. But regardless of whether they need to know this information and at what point they need to know it, employers who ask you these questions during your interview are violating your rights.

Illegal Interview Questions:

  1. What is your national origin?
  2. Are you pregnant?
  3. How old are you?
  4. Do you have children?
  5. Have you ever been arrested?
  6. Are you married?
  7. Do you have any handicaps?


Legal Interview Questions:

Here are the legal interview questions that employers can ask you, and that you should answer:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Tell me about a time when you had to overcome a major obstacle at work.  What were the circumstances?  What did you do?  What was the result?
  3. How do you stay up to date with industry trends and regulations?
  4. When I contact your previous managers, what will they tell me about you?
  5. Tell me about a time you worked with others to achieve a result.
  6. What is the toughest feedback you received?  How did you react?  What changes did you make as a result?
  7. What was your most recent failure at work?  What did you learn?
  8. Why did you choose this career?


When you’re interviewing for a job, it’s crucial that you not only make the best impression possible on your interviewer, but also that you know your rights as a candidate. Stay alert for any questions that are illegal for interviewers to ask you.