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The Core

10 Sticky Job Interview Situations and How to Handle Them
by Katharine Hansen and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

Job interviewing can be an unnerving experience, but if you know how to handle some of the stickiest situations encountered in interviewing, you can be that much more confident. Here are ten of the stickiest.


Spring Cleaning for Your Resume

If you're sprung on the idea of putting spring into your job search, there's no better place to start than with cleaning up your resume. Polishing both the look and the content of your resume can bolster your confidence in all aspects of your search. Remember that it can take a village to take your resume to the next level, and feedback from friends and former colleagues is vital. Here are tips on how to upgrade and refocus your resume so that you stand out in your field.


Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You'll Love to Do
by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou

Professionals who have been part of the workforce for an extended time or who've had the experience of switching careers understand how important it is to know your personality type when you are pursuing positions. Instead of spinning your wheels, reading and using Career Match as a resource promises to accelerate your job hunt. The book distills the process using the Color Q technique to assess who you are and where you should be going. Color coding traits like introversion and extroversion and how open you are to change provides a simple way to grasp complex concepts. Whether you are between jobs or looking to jump to a new career, Career Match will help you get on the right path and pursue the position you will thrive in.


Q. I'm changing jobs, and I'm not sure what to do about the 401 (k) I had from my old job.

A. We aren't investment experts and would encourage you to consult one if you have any questions about the best investment direction for your specific goals and needs. Broadly though, you have a few options. You may be able to leave the account where it is. Depending on the specifics of the account, fees may eat into your investments over time, and it could be confusing if you aren't the type that can keep track of disparate accounts. Alternately, you can cash it out and use the money for whatever purpose you choose. Be aware that you will be subject to taxes that may be substantial if you choose to cash it out. You can also roll your 401(k) account into an IRA. The rules for how you do that are complex, and you will want to check with the financial institution that is setting up your IRA to see if they can help you make sure you don't make any mistakes with the roll over.


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