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Apps for Job Hunting

Glassdoor - offers job openings along with company reviews by current or former employees, salary data, etc.

Good & Co. - Uses Myers-Briggs to help fit worker with appropriate job.

Job Compass - Lists jobs by zip code. Free, iOS only. 

Job interview Q&A - Poses common questions managers ask during job interviews. Free, Android Only.

Job Search for iOS - Nice design. Sort through and stay on top of openings that interest you. 

Job Search for Android - Nice design. Sort through and stay on top of openings that interest you. 

Jobr - No Longer Available (now part of Monster) 

Linkup - focuses on little-known job listings. Free, iOS only. 

Snag - (formerly Snagajob) only hourly jobs. Free.

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Interviews: Before and After

Interviews: Common Interview Questions

Be ready to answer..

› What do you know about our company?
Or Are you a consumer of our product?

The employer hopes to learn..
Did you prepare for this interview? Did you do your homework?
Be ready to offer specifics.

› Why should we consider you for this position?
Or Why do you think you are a good fit for this position?

The employer hopes to learn..
Are you confident in your abilities? What does the company gain by hiring you?

› What are your strengths and weaknesses?

The employer hopes to learn..
Companies expect honesty in answering this question. You should be able to articulate what you are best at and areas you are working to improve.

› What do you want to be doing 5 years from now?

The employer hopes to learn..
Are you goal directed? Or will you be satisfied with an entry-level position?

› What other jobs experiences have you had?

The employer hopes to learn..
Have you held a job before? How long have you been working? Did you get along with others?

› What people have been important influences in your life?

The employer hopes to learn..
People quick to credit others often work well with others and are not driven by ego

› Are you a self-starter?

The employer hopes to learn..
Can you work alone and without direct supervision? If not given a task, are
you the type of person who will take the initiative to find something to do?

› What are your interests apart from work?
Or What’s special about you? What do you bring to the job that will help you succeed?

The employer hopes to learn..
Hobbies, activities and other interests indicate people who are well rounded and can manage time and work. It’s an opportunity to sell yourself.

› Tell me about a problem you solved recently.

The employer hopes to learn..
Insight on your problem-solving skills.

› How do you handle stress

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Interviews: What you do

Be prepared to answer:
What are your values, goals, weaknesses?
What don't you like to do?
What work environment do you NOT like?
What's your passion for life and career?
Describe yourself.

Before the interview:
Take deep breaths
Remember they want to find the right person, they want you to do well
Listen, eye contact, sit up straight, enthusiasm, confidence (sound authoritative)

The interview: 3 types
-Behavior-specific skills (ex: tell me about the time..)
-Case-specific problems (ex: here a business case for you to work through..)
(more than one interviewer firing questions, i.e. let's see how you do under stress)

The company:
Where do you see the co in the next 5 years?
How would you describe the atmosphere here? (formal or informal, etc)

The position:
Reason last person left? How long was she in that position?
What did you like about the last person in this position?
how many times has it turned over in the last 5 years? (if a lot, ask why)
who do I report to? Who would work under me?
What are my responsibilities?
Describe a typical day.
Do you have a written job description (get a copy)
What is the potential for promotion?
What is the greatest challenge I will face?
What problems might I face in the job?
How would you describe your management style?
How soon do you hope to make a decision?
Can I take a tour of the facilities?

Health benefits booklet?
holidays and vacations?

"Thank you for meeting with me."

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Interviews: Preparing for the Interview

4 tricks for getting rid of your nerves and appearing more confident in a job interview - Business Insider
5 Great Answers to Awkward Interview Questions - Yahoo Answers
5 Unorthodox Ways to Land a Job - AOL Jobs
5 words you should never use to describe yourself in an interview - USA Today
6 Interview Questions that will make any employer want to hire you - PR Daily
6 Mistakes College Students make during informational interviews - Come Recommended
7 Things you never say in a PR agency job interview - PR Daily
9 Ways Job Seekers Have Impressed Prospective Employers - Forbes
10 Questions a Career Coach Says Will Help You Ace Job Interviews - Main Street
10 self-sabotaging interview mistakes to avoid  - The Week
Biggest Interview Mistakes - WXYZ-TV
the Google Cheat Sheet - Business Week
How to Answer Anecdotal Interview Questions - Life Hacker
How to Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ - Undercover Recruiter
How to answer the 5 most essential interview questions - USA Today
How to speak body language during an interview - PR Daily
How you Speak during an Interview - AOL
It Pays to Ask Smart Questions at a Job Interview - Wall Street Journal
Interview Killers - Wall Street Journal
Job Applicant's Social Fit can Trump Qualifications - Bloomberg  
the One Thing you must do in every job interview - Linked In
Rookie Mistakes on Your First Job Interview - Ivan Dimitrijevic
Surviving Phone Interviews - Fortune
Should you Admit Why You Were Fired? - Fortune
Talking Too Much - Wall Street Journal
What to Say When You Don't Have an answer to an Interview Question - Life Hacker  
Win over any job interviewer with these 4 questions - USA Today

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Interview: Tips

When to Show Up

Wait until 10 minutes before your scheduled interview time to announce yourself. Arriving any sooner shows that you're not respectful of the time the hiring manager put aside for you. A candidate who arrived an hour early made workers uncomfortable. Companies really don't want someone camped out in their lobby.

The Interview

Signal confidence by offering a firm handshake.

Avoid looking around the room, tapping your fingers, or other nervous movements.

No matter how you're feeling, keep your personal woes out of the interview process, For example, if you were laid off, instead of lamenting the situation, you might say the experience prompted you to reassess your skills, and that's what led you here. "You want to demonstrate resilience in the face of unpredictable obstacles."

When you've done your homework on the company by explaining how your background and track record relates to its current needs.

Find out how recent changes in the marketplace have affected the firm, its competitors and industry overall. Read recent company press releases, annual reports, media coverage and industry blogs, and consult with trusted members of your network.

Questions to be Ready to Answer

What are your positive leadership qualities?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Can you describe a time when you had to make a decision in a crisis?
Tell me something about you I can’t read on your resume?

Questions to Ask

What would be your highest priority for me to accomplish?
How can I best contribute to the department’s goals?
What would you say are the top two personality traits someone needs to do this job well?
What improvements or changes do you hope the new candidate will bring to this position?
I know this company prides itself on X and Y, so what would you say is the most important aspect of your culture?
Do you like working here?
Is there anything that stands out to you that makes you think I might not be the right fit for this job?
What were the best things about the last person who held this position?
To whom do I report to and what does that mean in terms of authority?


Your best bet is to wait until you're extended a job offer before talking pay.

Come prepared having researched the average pay range for a position in case you're pressured to name your price. You might say, for example, that money isn't a primary concern for you and that you're just looking for something fair. You can try turning the tables by asking interviewers what the company has budgeted for the position

Follow Up

After an interview, make sure to address thank-yous to the right people. Look closely for spelling and grammatical errors.

Don't stalk the interviewer. Wait at least a week before checking on your candidacy.

Leave a message if you get voicemail.

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Interviews: What They Do

Job Sites

Legal Issues

LinkedIn: articles about (also see Social Media)




On the Job

Porfolio Websites

Kulpreet (sample of online personal branding)
Lam Thuy Vo (sample of online personal branding)
What is the role of the online portfolio: Usability vs Creativity

Public Relations

Resume Articles

3 Ways to make sure resume bullet points will impress recruiters - USA Today

4 Things to Leave off your resume - Mashable

5 marketing secrets that will help your resume get noticed - USA Today

5 Resume Myths -

5 Signs Your Resume is Passe - Divine Caroline

6 Unexpected Skills To Boost a Journalism Resume - American Journalism Review

7 things you should take off your resume right now - USA Today

7 Mistakes that Doom a College Journalist's Resume - Michael Koretzky

10 Creative Social Media Resumes to learn from - Mashable

10 Words Never to use on a Resume - AOL

45 quick changes that help your resume get noticed - USA Today

482 hiring managers looked at nearly 20,000 résumés and found the classic advice to limit your résumé to one page might be wrong after all - Business Insider

Attractive women should not include a photo with a job application - the Economist

Avoid These Overused Phrases to Make Your Resume Stand Out - Life Hacker

Beautiful & Functional Resume Templates you can Download - Girlboss

Basic Resume Do's and Don'ts - Wet Feet

Best and Worst Fonts to Use on Your Résumé - Bloomberg Business

Best and Worst Terms for Resumes - Huffington Post

Career Objectives on your Resume - Quint Careers

CeeVee Creates Clean Resumes - Gigaom

Create a Strong Resume by Keeping it Brief - Life Hacker

Do Resume Typos Matter? - Fast Company

DreamWorks Resume Suggestions - From a DreamWorks Intern Supervisor

FontPair -Helps you pick font combinations for your resume. so you stand out from the typical Times New Roman.

Goforth's Notes on Resumes

Goforth's Notes TV Resume Tapes 

Goforth's Resume Check List

The classic advice to limit your résumé to one page might be wrong after all - Business Insider

How to Build a Great Resume as a College Student - TIME

How to Make a Resume that Works - Wall Street Journal

How to revamp your resume in 30 minutes - USA Today

How to spin college side jobs in to resume experience - USA Today

How to tweak your resume to prove you're the perfect fit - USA Today

How To Write Your Human-Voiced Resume - Forbes

Meet the New Boss, Big Data - Wall Street Journal 

The Most Efficient Way to Keep Your Resume Up to Date - Life Hacker

Hloom (resume templates)

Selling Yourself in 45 Seconds or Less - Wall Street Journal

Reengineered Résumé - Business Week

Resume expert reveals what a perfect resume looks like - Biz Insider

Resume Tracker - Life Tracker

This Resume got me interviews at Google, Buzzfeed, and more than 20 top startups - Business Insider

Stop Confusing Your Job Skills with Your Credentials - Fast Company 

This Google Executive Reviewed More Than 20,000 Resumes--He Found These 5 Stunning Mistakes Over and Over - Inc

Tiny Typos Can Add Up To a Big X - Washington Post

To get a job, write your story instead of a resume - Quartz

Using SEO Strategies to Optimize your Resume - Yahoo

Viral Infographic Resume - Tech Crunch - Create your infographic resume for free. Video intro here.

What the perfect Resume Looks Like - Business Insider (video)

What to put on your resume when you have no work experience -  USA Today

Why I tossed your Resume - Chronicle of Higher Ed

Will Temp and Retail Jobs Hurt my chances at a real career - Life Hacker

Will a Computer Decide Whether you get your next job? - NPR

Your Résumé: Imaginary Friends as Job References - Business Week

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Resume Exaggeration

Exaggerating on a Resume - Wall Street Journal

Inflating Experience Can Deflate Careers - Wall Street Journal

Resume Formatting Suggestions

Formats for Resumes:
1. Chronological
Possible Headings: Experience, Education
Skills (computer, language), Activities

2. Functional or Skills
Possible Headings:
Experience, Education, Skills (computer, language),


A media resume should begin with the job candidate’s media experience – especially jobs, internships or work on the campus newspaper – rather than the candidate’s education.

All experience that reflects your career goals, paid or unpaid.

Internships and your responsibilities at them

Paid volunteer positions that reflect your interests and skills, especially if you held a position


GPA if 3.5 or above

Coursework and papers can be highlighted as a special subsection under Education. For instance, it helped get me in the door at CNN that I had taken Media Ethics and Media Law. For papers, you can give a one-sentence description of the length focus and scope of your paper or project (ex: Analyzed and compared journalistic styles in the Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine and Washington Business Journal”)

Awards and scholarships including Dean’s List, etc.

If you paid for your own education: Self-financed 100% of college expenses

Conferences or special meetings you've attended or participated in that have to do with the area of the job for which you are applying.

Conferences or special meetings you've attended or participated in that have to do with the area of the job for which you are applying


International experience, including semesters abroad and other significant travel experience. If you lived in another country or spent time overseas, this shows a broader range of experiences.


Computer programs you are proficient at using


If you have any odd skills or abilities, you might consider putting that under "interests" or some other title like that. For instance, a high school has been the Alabama Chess Champ. While it might not directly relate to the jobs he is applying for, adding it to his resume indicates he’s smart, has a diversity of interests, an ability to disciple himself and it sets him apart.


The cliché "references available upon request" is useless. Many managers would say if they want references, they will ask for them, since only finalists for a position will get asked. Just be ready to present them. Also, references takes up vital space, especially when it's just one page. Besides, when you are asked for references, it's a wonderful signal that you are truly being considered in the final batch for hire.

If you decide to include references, make a courtesy call and ask them if it is OK to use them as a reference. Tell them who might be calling and what skills you’d like to emphasize. Include their relationship to you, such as “former supervisor”. It’s good to have a letter of recommendation on file in case you are asked by prospective employers to provide them on short notice.

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Resume Help Sites

Resume Suggestions (general)

  • Remember, it's YOUR resume. Make it something you feel good about.. only take these suggestions if you agree.

  • Take a long, hard look at your resume – what story does it say about your ability to learn new skills, demonstrate technical savvy, work with others, and communicate effectively? If you can’t answer that question, invest time and effort to revise your resume with new projects that highlight your skills (read more here)

  • Have these items ready and keep them updated during your job search:
    Writing samples
    Printed resume
    Resume for online apps
    Resume reel (if appropriate)
    Set up RSS feed to search sites
    Recommendation letters
    Head shots
    List of jobs applied for and result
    Thank you notes

  • Create a portfolio site. More employers are asking that students have websites containing resumes and a portfolio of multimedia work - stories, photos, videos, slideshows - and working links to the original content. The sites does not have to be fancy, but students need to show they can post work on the web.

  • Make sure that your resume looks good in a plain text editor (like Notepad) because the Web software used in slicing and dicing applicants may not preserve fancy formatting. Therefore, if you have the option of uploading a PDF and submitting it as a separate plain text file, do both.

  • Go over it many times for mistakes. It should be error free.

  • Kept it short and sweet. Think of it as a billboard someone is driving past.

  • Show them, don’t tell them. Be specific (ex: not “have good editing skills” instead use “edited weekly four-page newsletter, The DM Weekly”. Don't just tell them that you're great, tell them why and how.

  • Put your name and basic info on each page in case they become separated.

  • The fonts should all be the same for similar information.

  • "Years Attended" should be the same size, etc.

  • Minimize use of articles (such as a, the, of)

  • Slant it to the future: “I have the ability to..” instead of “I have experience at”

  • Focus on your accomplishments rather than your position. Explain why you are better at what you did than others who have done the same things?

  • Your accomplishments: Problem.. solution.. result

  • Do you have a sample of each skill item on your resume, to show what you can do? Be able to demonstrate your skills.

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