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The Core

Shining in the Interview Spotlight
by Robin Ryan

Interview got you nervous? There’s no instant replay when you’re sitting before the interviewer, so here’s what to do. In every interview you are an actor. Your role is the job seeker. Just as Hollywood’s top stars practice and prepare, so will you. Every actor knows that verbal messages are enhanced by body language, facial expression, voice intonation and props. When the job interview spotlight shines on you, you begin a one-time-only performance. So make your words, body language, and voice work to aid you in landing the job. Here are some tips:


The Interview: What You Ask Can Be Telling

You've made it to the end of the interview and things have gone reasonably well. Now the interviewer has asked if you have any questions and is all ears. Are you prepared to ask the right questions? Just as importantly, are there questions you can ask that will give you a better idea about the company and your future there if you are offered the position? Asking questions is a golden opportunity to show you are capable of thinking independently and envisioning a future with a prospective employer. Here are things to consider when it's your turn to ask during the interview.


Cover Letter Magic: Trade Secrets of Professional Resume Writers
by Wendy S. Enelow and Louise Kursmark

Some may believe the advent of e-mail has made cover letters less relevant, but even in electronic form they give potential employers their first impression of you. Cover Letter Magic asserts that your cover letter can make a difference and arms you with tools to make an impact on the decision makers reading it. With short attention spans shaped by a sound bite culture, cover letters must be engaging and effective. Job seekers looking for an extra edge will find it in this book full of sample cover letters and sections targeted to different fields, college graduates, and even upper level managers.


Q. My boss called me in and told me I was getting a raise. At first, I was excited, but the more I think about it, it's really not as much as I was hoping for. It seems like it would just barely cover the increased price of gas to get me to work each day. What can I do?

A. Communication is always the key. Ideally, that communication happens before a decision is made since it can be very challenging for your supervisor to go back to the people they report to and ask for more. However, that can be difficult when the good news of a raise is sprung on you like this.


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