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Resumes

Fresh ideas from local experts.

Ask Matt: Why do I keep seeing the same job ad?

Dear Matt: I keep seeing the same position advertised with a local employer I’d really like to work for. I’ve applied to this job several times in the past few years, but never get called for an interview. Why?

Job Search

Need more ideas for your job search in these tough times?

My Job: Stephanie Sasik, Quality Assurance Analyst, Tap QA

Stephanie Sasik is a Quality Assurance Analyst with Tap QA in St. Paul.

Cover letters

Write a cover letter to impress the hiring manager.

Advice:

Four cover letter questions

Struggling to write a cover letter? You're not alone. Based on the dozens of inquiries I get every week on this subject, here are four common cover letter questions, with answers to guide you.

Continuing education

Education can be instrumental to career success.

Voices for Palestine 2

Peace is defined by the presence of healthy boundaries that allow everyone a path to the watering place, a path to growth, a path to life. More…

Interviewing

Learn how to shine in an interview.

Advice:

Give thanks, get hired

When you thank someone, be it an employer after an interview or a friend who gave you a job lead, you help satisfy their need to be appreciated. This can also propel you faster toward employment.

Networking

Many say it's the most important aspect to a job search.

Advice:

How to target hiring managers and crack the hidden job market

Fully 70-80% of jobs go unadvertised by employers, who fear being deluged by hundreds of resumes from applicants, most of whom won't be qualified. With that in mind, it makes sense to spend about 80% of your time cracking this hidden market of unadvertised jobs.

Workplace issues

Learn ways to navigate the career jungle.

Molly Priesmeyer: Getting over being busy

We're overworked and overbusy. And now new books are encouraging people to swear off "busy" for good. More…

Career profiles

Which career direction is best for you?

Advice:

How to launch your career as a how-to expert

If you have a curious mind and like learning new things, you may find success working for yourself as a how-to expert. That's the message in a new book from Bob Bly, marketer and author.