How to Get Replies to Your Messages on LinkedIn - US News

When you're job searching, promoting your business or trying to find new contacts, everyone tells you to reach out to people – connected or not – on LinkedIn. Heck, that's simple, right? You can easily send a connection request to anyone you want from the mobile app on your phone or tablet. You don't even need to create a message to send to the person because LinkedIn does it for you!

Stop. Right. There. If that's all you're doing to try and connect with people, your chances of doing so are slim. Being online doesn't give you a pass to take it easy when it comes to relationship-building. Just as if you were at an in-person event where you would have a meaningful conversation with a person you just met, you must nurture an online relationship.

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How to Play the Job Search Keyword Game - US News

If you're sick of hearing about keywords, join the club. For anyone job searching, it is time-consuming and not easy to do. But keywords and phrases are essential! Applicant tracking systems are used by large and small companies alike. These software systems search and parse your resume for information that matches the job description. For better or worse, they determine which resumes human resources staff review in detail.

So, what does this mean for you? You absolutely must use keywords. If you don't have typical keywords from your industry or profession in your resume, you probably won't be looked at closely for any opportunity. You need to put some additional work into your resume to make sure you are not overlooked for jobs you are more than qualified for. Read on to learn step by step how to identify and use the right keywords.

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How to Find the Right Summer Internship - US News

If you're an undergraduate or graduate student, you're probably starting to look into and apply to internships. Or if you're not, get on it! It's hard to know where to start. Here are answers to some of your burning internship questions.

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Q: What are some good online resources for finding internships?

A: There are many websites for finding internships. Here are some to check out.

  • Internships.com – This is the best-known internship site, featuring over 185,000 internships at close to 120,000 companies across all 50 states. It also houses tips for applying and interview preparation.
  • CollegeRecruiter.com – This site is for current students and recent graduates. You can find entry-level opportunities and internships. It offers a wealth of job-related advice, including a salary calculator and free resume critique.
  • iHipo.com – Catering to graduate-level students and those who've obtained their degree, this site enables you to find international opportunities, including internships, jobs and graduate programs. It also provides advice on resume writing and interviewing.
  • CreativeInterns.com – The site has internships and entry-level jobs in creative fields such as graphic design, web design, social media, video production and communications, among others.
  • U.S. federal government internships – This includes a listing of federal internships and links to those available at each agency.

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How to Prepare for and Apply to Jobs Overseas - ClearanceJobs.com

The idea of working overseas is attractive for a lot of people. Before taking the plunge, consider the challenges that come with it. The difference in tax regimes, the type of visa you need, and language barriers are some of the biggest issues you will face. International tax professionals and lawyers can advise you on taxation and legal issues. If you do not have strong foreign language skills, you should start learning or brushing up on old knowledge. You will likely be competing for jobs with others who have another native language and solid English skills.

Another element to look into is differences in expected qualifications and degree classifications. In the U.S. and Canada, an individual’s degree often does not match their profession. In most other countries, individuals are employed in their area of study.

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How Your Career Can Benefit From a Professional Association - US News

If you're not familiar with professional associations, they are typically nonprofit organizations that seek to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession and the public interest. There are numerous organizations in the U.S. and around the world that represent different professions. No matter your specialty, you can find anything from The Knitting Guild Association to the National Association for Women MBAs to the National Bricklayers Association. You name it, there's one for almost every interest and profession out there.

So you may be asking, is it worth it to join one? It depends. Some offer a myriad of benefits that can help you build your network, stay current in your career and even advance your qualifications. Some organizations have thousands of members and others have hundreds or less. Before committing to a membership, see if you can try out an event or two for free, or speak with a current member to decide if it's right for you. When it's an established or well-run association, you can really benefit from it. Here's how.

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How to Write a Knockout Career Summary - US News

If you're not familiar with the term "career summary," it's those few lines or bullets at the top of your resume directly under your name and contact information that tell an employer who you are. Some call it a career profile or executive summary, among other things.

Before we go on and talk about what it is, let's talk about what it's not. It is not an objective statement. There is a very important distinction between the two. If you've been in the workforce for a long time, you're probably more familiar with an objective. That's old news. An objective would tell an employer what you were looking for. Employers now receive so many job applications that they expect you to do a bit more work to tell the employer that you are what they are looking for.

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How to Enhance Your Workspace - US News

So many of us work in a less-than-ideal workspace. You may be sitting in a sterile white, gray or beige cubicle. Or you have an office without windows and a lot of old-fashioned dark brown furniture. Maybe you don't have the luxury of either and instead sit in an open floor plan. Let's face it: if you don't feel comfortable in your work area, you won't produce your best work. Time to change that.

[See: 7 Companies With Perks That Will Totally Make You Jealous.]

There are a lot of easy hacks you can do to improve your workspace and make it more amenable to you and your work style.

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How to Answer 'Why Are You Looking for a New Job?' in an Interview - US News

There are many challenging interview questions, and "Why are you looking for a new job?" certainly falls into that category. Let's admit, it's a pretty frustrating question that can really throw you during an interview. But being prepared will make all the difference.

[See: The 10 Most Common Interview Questions.]

Whatever your reasons are, you want to be honest but discrete. You don't want to slam your current boss or colleagues, or tell your prospective employer that you don't make enough money. These are all huge turn offs and will get you quickly into the "no (and we never want to see you again)" pile. The most important thing is to keep it positive. Here is a list of perfectly valid reasons for looking for a new job that aren't going to get you anywhere in an interview:

"My boss and I don't get along."

"I don't get any credit for my work."

"I want to make more money."

"I haven't been promoted or been promised the things I expected when I started my job."

[See: 8 Tacky Job Search Faux Pas.]

Instead, the following approaches will help you advance further.

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Questions to Ask When Writing a Post-Military Resume - ClearanceJobs.com

It’s not easy to translate your military experience to the civilian or corporate world in a resume. But when you transition, it’s something you have to do. While there are many veteran recruiters out there, particularly in large companies, you cannot count on all companies being able to grasp military lingo. While government contractors may understand it, the chances of other companies getting it are slim. If you’re not undergoing a transition out of the military, but simply out of a long career in the federal government, you will also need to translate your experience for the outside world. Here are some questions to help you shape your post-military or post-government resume.

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When and How to Hand Out Your Business Card - US News

We've all been there. You're at a professional or social event and have a good conversation with someone. You want to keep in touch, so you offer your business card (if you have one) before parting ways, and the other person does the same. If you don't have one to give out, you may simply ask for theirs and assure them you'll follow up with an email with your contact information. Note: make sure you actually do this the following day.

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