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Insights on elevating your resume, job search and personal growth

Why do companies want experience for entry-level roles?
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Why do companies want experience for entry-level roles?

Are you fed up with entry-level job postings that demand a certain level of experience? In our latest blog post, we explain exactly why companies ask this, what you should do depending on the specific reason, and how you can take strategic advantage of the situation to advance your career.

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Your Career ‘MEMENTO MORI’
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Craft a Fulfilling Career with Your Personal Memento Mori

Your career ‘memento mori’ is an unavoidable indicator that time is precious. Every minute, hour, and day counts, especially when it comes to finding your next job opportunity. Not just any opportunity, however -your memento mori is a reminder that your career is already ticking and your goal is to pursue a life of meaningful work.An ineffective search, lacking in strategy and direction, can waste precious time and result in lost opportunities. Fantastic, satisfying, growth-driving opportunities that contribute to a career journey with fewer regrets. In this article, we’ll explore how you can put energy into your job search to shape your career memento mori precisely as you envision it.

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About Jobleads

Founded in 2007, JobLeads has transformed the job search process for thousands of people across more than 40 countries. Combining the latest technology with our deep expertise in the career field, we’re proud to be the leading one-stop resource for job seekers to accelerate their careers.

Our core mission is simple: We strive to help job seekers land their ideal job faster and more efficiently. To achieve this, we offer a broad range of tools and services that cater to the unique needs of every professional, whether they’re just starting their career, or are seasoned professionals seeking a transition.

At JobLeads, we believe that the job seeking process should be empowering, efficient, and rewarding. Through our tech-driven approach and expert insights, we're changing the way people find and secure their dream job.

What’s the objective of this blog? Simple. It’s to share easy-to-apply, genuinely valuable insights, tips, and strategies to enhance your career journey. We delve deep into a plethora of career topics, offering you a rich and up-to-date source of industry knowledge and practical advice.

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Jan Hendrik von Ahlen Christy Morgan
10 Unconventional (But Cool!) Jobs to Inspire Your Career Pivot
Job Application

10 Tips That Recruiters Really, Really Want Job Seekers to Know

Ever wondered what hiring specialists REALLY think about your job application? Well, it’s time to find out! We asked 10 recruiters your most commonly-asked questions. From their thoughts on AI cover letters to the LinkedIn Open to Work banner, get the scoop on their green flags and dealbreakers.

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10 Unconventional (But Cool!) Jobs to Inspire Your Career Pivot
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10 Unconventional Jobs to Inspire Your Career Pivot in 2024

Ready to shake up your career? Explore 10 unconventional (yet totally cool!) jobs that might just inspire your next big career pivot! From drone operators soaring to new heights to virtual reality therapists delving into the future of mental health, there’s something for everyone looking to blend passion with profession. Dive into the post-pandemic surge of career twists, where individuals are redefining professional fulfillment on their own terms. Click the blog link now to discover how you can turn your passions into purposeful professions!

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8 fabulous freelance websites to kick-start your solo career
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8 Top Freelance Websites to Kick-Start Your Solo Career

From escaping the 9-5 grind to finding your dream projects, discover why freelancing could be your ticket to flexibility, autonomy, and higher earnings! We’ve rounded up 8 top freelance websites to kick-start your solo career. Whether you’re a seasoned freelancer or just curious about the freelance lifestyle, our freelance site lowdown has you covered. Read the blog post now to uncover the secrets of successful freelancing!

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How to quickly craft cover letters using AI chatbots
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Why JobLeads is Your Career Services Netflix

Do you know why JobLeads is dubbed the “Netflix of Career Services”? It’s because our platform goes beyond job listings, offering a comprehensive suite of services, from personalized job search companionship and resume support to cutting-edge technology, career development trainings, and career coaching. Discover how JobLeads tackles job hunting stress, invests in your technological edge, and provides a flexible subscription model akin to your favorite streaming service. Click on the blog link now and unlock the secrets of your next professional chapter!

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How to quickly craft cover letters using AI chatbots
Team Building

7 Benefits of Choosing Escape Room Training for Team Building

Ready to ditch the dull and dive into dynamic team building? Say goodbye to trust boring falls and hello to exciting escape room training! Unlock the power of collaboration, problem-solving, and communication with immersive experiences that bring out the best in your team. From enhanced teamwork to smoother conflict resolution, escape rooms offer more than just entertainment – they’re a powerful and enthralling key to fostering a positive office culture and boosting employee engagement. Elevate your team building game and invest in the future of your organization with escape room training! Read the blog to find out how.

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How to quickly craft cover letters using AI chatbots
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Strategic Job Hopping - 4 Steps for Advancing Your Career

Who likes Snakes & Ladders? If you’re an ambitious professional, you’re going to want to play this game! Dive into our blog post, ‘Job Hopping with Purpose - The Art of Strategic Career Changes’, where we share the secrets to fast-tracking your professional goals. Discover why strategic job hopping is not a bad thing. It’s more than just changing jobs – in fact, it’s about calculated moves and progressing your career strategically, much like Snakes and Ladders. We divulge four crucial steps to get you there faster. Ready to play? Click the link to discover the art of job hopping and accelerate your success!

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How to quickly craft cover letters using AI chatbots
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How to Use ChatGPT to Write The Perfect Cover Letter

Ever wondered if crafting a cover letter could be as quick as ordering your favorite coffee? The secret lies in tapping into the prowess of AI chatbots like ChatGPT, Bing Chat, and Gemini. Our career coaches share a 4-step magic wand for applicants - provide your resume, the job description, and let the AI weave a cover letter masterpiece with our tried-and-tested prompts. Intrigued? Discover how AI seamlessly transforms your aspirations into compelling prose. Dive into the blog post now!

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Upskilling while you sleep
Personal Development

6 Effective Methods to Learn and Upskill While Sleeping

Ready to transform your sleep into a power-learning session? Discover the enormous potential of hypnagogic learning - the art of upskilling while you’re falling asleep! Learn about the fascinating state between wakefulness and slumber, where your mind becomes a powerhouse for learning and skill development. From guided sessions to visualization techniques and cutting-edge devices, we share 6 methods to maximize your professional potential and gain a competitive edge in your career journey. Sweet dreams just got a whole lot smarter!

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Age Bias
Job Search

13 Powerful Strategies to Fight Age Bias During Job Application

Are you worried about how your job application might be sending unintentional age-related signals? Our latest blog reveals tried-and-proven strategies to navigate through initial recruitment filters and defy age stereotypes related to ‘older’ professionals. We share a wealth of subtle tweaks for a resume that speaks volumes about your skills, not your birth year! Don’t let age bias stand between you and your dream job. Click the link now to arm yourself with 13 actionable tactics that put your experience in the spotlight.

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Applicant Tracking Systems
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Applicant Tracking Systems – Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

Applicant Tracking Systems – your best friend or worst enemy? If you’re convinced that these digital gatekeepers are stopping you from landing jobs, then this blog post is not to be missed. We rip apart the myths surrounding ATS and give it to you straight. From understanding their role in application sorting to unraveling the truth about keywords and pre-set screening questions, discover why ATS might just be your unexpected BFF in landing that dream job. Your job hunt is about to get a whole lot smarter!.

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What are headhunters
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What Are Headhunters and How Can They Help My Job Search?

Headhunter, recruiter, search consultant. Ever wondered what the difference is, and how they can benefit you? If you’re a senior or specialist professional, then you’ll want to know what they do – and why headhunters in particular could be your gateway to that dream job. Dive into our latest blog post to discover the secrets of headhunters – the specialists who navigate the intricate world of high-level job placements.

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5 Secrets of Highly Successful Job Seekers
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5 Secrets of Highly Successful Job Seekers You Need to Try

Launching into a job search can often feel like a maze with no clear path, leaving many job seekers frustrated and overwhelmed. However, hidden within the complexities of the process are 5 not-so-secret secrets that highly successful job seekers swear by. In this article, we share these strategies gleaned from two decades of coaching professionals just like you to career success.

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Reverse Mentorship
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What is Reverse Mentorship? 6 Ways to Boost Your Career

Ever wondered how the tech mastery and entrepreneurial flair of Gen Z could revolutionize your own approach to work? Dive into the world of Reverse Mentorship! In our latest blog post, discover 6 game-changing lessons that go beyond age, transforming the way you navigate tech, diversity, and change. Ready to reimagine your professional journey? Click the link to get started!

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Fraudultent Corporate Messages
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How to Spot and Avoid WhatsApp Scams & Online Fraud

Ever received a message sharing an offer that seemed too good to be true? Scammers are getting craftier, impersonating trusted platforms like JobLeads or other companies! How do you tell the real deal from a potential scam? Check out this blog post for key tips on identifying genuine company communications and staying one step ahead of the scammers! Your safety is our top priority. Read more and join the fight against online fraud.

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Should you film your job termination?
Job Search

Should You Record Your Job Termination? Pros and Cons

Ever envisioned turning your job termination into a cinematic snapshot of your professional journey? In a digital age where every facet of life is shared online, the rising trend of filming firings and layoffs lead to a pivotal question - Is this virtual spectacle a bold assertion of empowerment, or a risky venture laden with potential consequences? In this blog post, delve into the whys and hows of capturing the pivotal moment when professional paths diverge.

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EQ
Job Search

What is Emotional Intelligence & How Can EQ Boost Your Career

Ask yourself - Can hard skills alone propel you up the career ladder? The answer to that is, no. In our latest blog post, we explore the essential role of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in professional success. Discover how EQ goes beyond qualifications, reshaping your journey in the evolving job market. Dive into the world of EQ and unlock new career possibilities! Click on the link to start reading.

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Intrapreneurship
Personal Growth

What is Intrapreneurship? 7 Steps to Boost Your Career

You’ve heard of entrepreneurship, but what about intrapreneurship? Explore the transformative impact of intrapreneurship in this blog post. We share 7 practical strategies you can take and run with immediately, illustrated with real examples. From problem-solving mastery to value creation, learn easily actionable insights for driving positive change within your organization – while considerably boosting your own career

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Digital Nomadism
Personal Branding

Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills - What's the Difference? (With Examples)

Embark on a journey to unlock the secrets of leaping from job application to interview with our latest article! Ever questioned if snagging an interview is merely about ticking skill boxes, or is it more about finding the perfect harmony between your abilities and a company’s culture? We’ve got the answers. Delve into the intricacies of balancing soft and hard skills, discovering how this dynamic duo not only lands you an interview (and the job) but ensures it’s the right fit for your professional brilliance. Get ready to shine bright in your (skilful!) career journey.

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How to Quit Your Job Gracefully
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How to Quit Your Job Gracefully - 8 Do's and Don'ts

Thinking about quitting your job? Well, there’s are many right ways – and many wrong ways. Learn the art of a graceful exit with our latest blog! Our career experts share 8 tips to ensure you leave on good terms, maintain a positive reputation, and pave the way for future success. From giving your notice to closing the door behind you, we have got you covered. Do not burn bridges; build them!

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Launching a Freelance Career
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How to Launch a Successful Freelance Career in 6 Steps

Thinking of embarking on a solo career? Discover the art of freelancing in our latest blog post! Learn to identify your strengths, build a stellar online presence, set goals, and more. Dive into real-life stories and success tips from freelancers who have thrived in the gig economy. Ready to take control of your career? Get ready to step into the world of freelancing success!

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How to Write Resume Accomplishments Using ChatGPT
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How to Write Resume Accomplishments Using ChatGPT - Quick Guide

Are you curious about how AI can help you save time with your job applications? Then this blog post is for you! We provide a step-by-step guide on how to write powerful accomplishment bullet points for your resume using ChatGPT (You can also use these examples for interviews.). The article shows you how to identify and quantify the accomplishments you’re most proud of, and shares specific instructions you can give ChatGPT to turn your notes into polished bullet points in seconds.

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10 Unusual Perks
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10 Benefits & Perks to Negotiate Beyond Salary in a Job Offer

Ready to revolutionize your job offer negotiation game? Say goodbye to the traditional compensation package and embrace offers that go beyond the pay check. In our latest article, we share 10 unconventional perks that savvy professionals are successfully negotiating into their offers. From unlimited paid time off to pet-friendly offices and even fertility support, discover how companies, big and small, are redefining traditional job offers.

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Digital Nomadism
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Digital Nomad Guide - Top Jobs, Benefits & Best Places for 2024

Discover the endless possibilities of digital nomadism in our latest blog post. We share with you the fundamentals of this liberating lifestyle, where your office transcends geographical boundaries, enabling you to embrace a fusion of work, life, and adventure. Explore common jobs tailored for the nomadic spirit, and check out some of the top destinations that welcome digital nomads with open arms (and visas). If you’ve ever dreamt of breaking free from the conventional 9-to-5 and embracing a life of independence and exploration, this blog post is your passport to your new digital office.

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Recruitment Trend Predictions for 2024
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Top 6 Hiring & Recruitment Trends for 2024

Step into the future of employment with our latest article exploring recruitment trends in 2024. Discover how AI chatbots are reshaping job roles and hiring practices, while AI tools will continue to create a more efficient, candidate-centric experience. Remote work and digital nomadism have evolved from a trend to a standard, further blurring the lines between office and home. Uncover the strategic importance of upskilling and reskilling for career advancement in 2024, empowering professionals to stay ahead of technological advancements and remain competitive. Keen to learn more? Then check out our latest blog post to gain a comprehensive insight into the trends that will shape the recruitment landscape in 2024.

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Using AI chatbots to practice interview questions
Mastering The Interview

How to Prepare for Job Interviews with AI - Questions & Prompts

Do you have a job interview coming up, but you’ve been putting off preparing for it because of how much work it involves? We hear you. In this blog post, we’ll show you how AI chatbots (like ChatGPT, Bing Chat, and Bard) can generate 100% personalized question responses for you to practice in minutes!

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Toxic Boss
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10 Tactics for Dealing with a Toxic Boss Before Quitting

Are you about to quit your job because of a terrible manager? Before you throw in the towel, check out our latest blog post. In it, we share our top 10 dos and don’ts about handling bad bosses, based on 20 years of coaching great professionals just like you. Although it can seem unlikely when you’re angry and hurt, there are ways to address the situation without you having to give up a job and company you love. Hop on over to the blog to find out how.

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Upskilling
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5 Successful Upskilling Strategies for Career Pivoting

What’s upskilling? And how can you take control of this as an ambitious professional? The path to career progression, pivots, and successful job hunting often requires a strategic approach to upskilling – or intensively enhancing particularly hard or soft skills through self-directed training and professional development – to help you get there faster. In this blog post, we explore 5 practical upskilling ideas, as well as stories about professionals who have successfully applied these tips to boost their own careers.

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The 5 Stages of a Succesfull Job Search Journey
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5 Essential Stages for Mastering the Job Search Journey

Radically enhance your job search by viewing it as a strategic journey, rather than going at it blind. Drawing on nearly two decades of career coaching expertise, JobLeads shares with you a proven roadmap for success. We break the job search process down into 5 key stages, each with specific actions and tools, to streamline the process and land that dream job faster.

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Why Should I Follow a Targeted Job Search Strategy?
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6 Strategies to Maintain Life-Work Balance During Job Search

Maintaining a proper life-work balance during your job search journey can be tough. In our latest article, we share 6 practical strategies to keep your head above water, each backed by instantly actionable tips. We delve into smart priority management, energy-boosting techniques, and how to detox from digital distractions. Discover how your support system can keep you grounded, and why staying meticulously organized is your super power. Balance is everything, and your life always takes precedence. Click the link in the description to learn how to maintain that balance from job hunt to job offer.

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Enhance your professional brand
Personal Branding

7 Ways to Build Your Professional Brand & Stand Out to Employers

How you come across to potential employers - on paper and online - can make all the difference between them picking up the phone or moving on. In this blog post, we explore the concept of your professional brand — a unique blend of your passions, experiences, personality, skills, and values. We discuss seven key areas that will help you shape a strong image that captures the attention of hiring managers, recruiters, and headhunters. From showcasing your passions and emphasizing your education and career history, to highlighting your personality, culture fit, and professional values, we provide instantly actionable insights to strengthen your overall professional image.

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On the (virtual) fence about remote work?
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9 Reasons Remote Work Can Broaden Your Career Horizons

Have you heard about all these remote job opportunities out there, but you’re on the fence about the benefits of working online? Wonder no more! From fewer geographical constraints to broader job options and unique professional development possibilities, it’s no wonder remote work is becoming so popular. JobLeads’ career coaches have put together a list of 9 highly compelling reasons why remote work has transformed the career trajectory of hundreds of our clients. We also show you how easy it is to find great remote positions all in one place on JobLeads.

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Cracking the Code of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
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Cracking the Code of ATS - 10 Tips to Optimize Your Resume

In this blog post, we debunk the myth of recruiters being replaced by technology. Instead, we share how companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to streamline initial resume screening. As many people soon find out, ATS are ruthless at filtering incoming applications against job requirements. Drawing on two decades of career coaching expertise, we share 10 quick tips to help you ‘beat’ the ATS, ensuring your resume gets through the technology gatekeeping your access to great jobs.

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Using Marketing Psychology for Your Job Application
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6 Ways to Leverage Marketing Psychology in Your Job Search

In ths blog post we show you how to unlock your job search potential with the strategic application of marketing psychology principles. We share 6 effective techniques to instantly capture hiring managers’ attention. We explain why crafting an attention-grabbing resume headline and highlighting quantifiable achievements speak volumes about your impact. Harness the power of storytelling, employ design principles, and demonstrate your initiative by understanding the company´s unique challenges. Leverage scarcity to create urgency and stand out in the competitive job market. By applying marketing psychology techniques, you will transform your job application into an irresistible proposition for any hiring manager.

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Why Should I Follow a Targeted Job Search Strategy?
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6 Effective Ways to Follow a Targeted Job Search Strategy

In the ever-evolving landscape of job hunting, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for success. However, there are several methods that have been proven time and time again to land you a dream job faster, especially when pursued in tandem. With nearly two decades of experience in coaching professionals, JobLeads shares 6 highly reliable methods to find that dream job – the 6 Pillars of Job Search Excellence.

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Overcoming Age Bias in the Job Market
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7 Key Strategies for Overcoming Age Bias in Your Job Search

Age bias in the hiring process is real. So too is your power to do something about it. In this blog post, we explore what age bias in recruitment looks like and the reasons why potential employers may discriminate against more experienced workers. We then share 7 straightforward tips that you can instantly implement to avoid age discrimination in your next job application.

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Ho to address career gaps in your resume
Personal Branding

How to Address Career Gaps on Your Resume - Tips & Examples

In our latest blog post, you’ll learn how to effectively explain your career gaps to recruiters. Learn why you shouldn’t fear the judgment of hiring managers (and how to use gaps as red flag alerts for potential employers). We offer practical techniques to efficiently address gaps on your resume, with straightforward advice about how to highlight these to your advantage. From family leave to career pivots, we share real examples for inspiration. Don’t let career gaps hold you back – leverage them as opportunities for growth and success!

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How long should my resume be?
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How Long Should My Resume Be? Tips for Ideal Resume Length

Demonstrating the impact you’ve made on an organization is crucial to standing out from your competition when searching for a new job (or aiming for a promotion or pay increase). Showcasing at least 2-3 relevant achievements in each recent role is a great way to do this. In the following blog post, we explore the importance of including achievements in your resume, and offer guidance plus real examples for how to measure both quantifiable and seemingly non-quantifiable accomplishments.

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How to quantify my achievements
Personal Branding

How to Quantify Achievements on Your Resume - Tips & Examples

Demonstrating the impact you’ve made on an organization is crucial to standing out from your competition when searching for a new job (or aiming for a promotion or pay increase). Showcasing at least 2-3 relevant achievements in each recent role is a great way to do this. In the following blog post, we explore the importance of including achievements in your resume, and offer guidance plus real examples for how to measure both quantifiable and seemingly non-quantifiable accomplishments.

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Why Job Hunting Can Be Traumatic
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Managing Job Search Stress - 10 Coping Strategies for Success

If you’re finding your job hunt stressful or even traumatic, you’re not alone. It’s a little acknowledged but highly common aspect of putting yourself out there and searching for a new role. In this blog post, we delve into the most frequent causes of stress, and share 10 awesome pieces of advice from our career coaches about how to cope constructively with the job hunting process.

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Why can't I find a job?
Job Search

8 Common Job Search Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Are you getting really frustrated by your job hunt, and you’re not sure what to do about it? We hear you. JobLeads has coached thousands of job seekers just like you over the past 15 years, so we know what you’re going through. While there’s definitely a lot of competition out there, often it takes just a few simple tactics to turn your job search luck around. Our career coaches have put together 8 of the most common mistakes to avoid, plus 11 steps to take right now to increase your dream job odds.

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Purple Squirrels
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How to Become a Purple Squirrel - 5 Tips for Job Seekers

Ever heard of a purple squirrel? If you want your resume to land in front of a hiring manager, this post will tell you everything you need to know about why recruiters put so much energy into seeking this elusive creature. We’ll show you how to carefully analyze the job description and tweak your resume to shine as the ideal candidate (AKA purple squirrel) and land your dream job faster!

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Tell me about yourself
Interview Questions

How to Answer Tell Me About Yourself in a Job Interview

The standard getting-to-know-you interview question “Tell me about yourself” can be daunting to even the most seasoned job seeker. Unfortunately, most fail to answer it properly because they struggle to find the right words.

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Culture Fit
Job Search

What is Culture Fit & Why It Matters in Your Job Search

Culture fit is the idea that the ‘ideal’ employee possesses a set of behaviors, values, and beliefs that align with the organization’s own.

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