Putting yourself out there in a competitive job market can be intimidating and stressful. However, if you go in there with the right attitude in showing that you are prepared, professional, and easy to talk to, then it can be a positive experience for both you and (hopefully) your future employer. To set yourself above the rest and have a better chance of securing the job, here are some interview tips on how to be a good interviewee:

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Searching for a job and watching the door close in your face time after time can be frustrating. You worked for hours on your resume and thought you aced the interview, but still no job. Don’t give up. Of course, sometimes everything was right, but there were multiple people in your position, and the company could only choose one. On the flip side, there could be some reasons why and a way to improve your chances. Read about the most common reasons candidates don’t make the cut.

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When it comes to an interview, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. That’s why we took the time to create this Printable Checklist to help you ace it and land the job of your dreams.

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Beginning a new job search can feel overwhelming. While there are plenty of resources online to help you along the way, where do you start? We’ve composed a list of some of the best free tools that will help you land that next job, the no-nonsense way.

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You just got off the phone with the hiring manager of a job you applied for, and he/she wants to see you for an interview. Congratulations! Making it to the interview stage is something to celebrate, but still far from landing the job. Before you let the real celebration begin, you need to prove you are as good as you sound on paper. When you walk into that room, you want to make the best impression you can from the moment the hiring manager sees you.

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Creating a resume and keeping it updated can make the difference when applying for a position. If you are looking for a job, set aside some time for this vital task.

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Are you able to identify more than just your technical skills in an interview? Employers look for candidates who are not only capable workers but are also cooperative workers. A robust set of soft skills are highly valuable in the eyes of an interviewer. You acquire technical skills through training and experience (operating and driving machinery, set up machine and light facilities, keep daily logs, etc.). Soft skills are transferable skills that relate to communication, personality, and character. Employers value soft skills because you can teach someone how to perform a task, but you can’t instruct someone how to have good character traits.

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When most people think about spring cleaning, they picture cleaning out closets, putting up winter blankets and clothes while bringing out spring wardrobes, or reinvigorating their gardens through pruning and adding new plants. Believe it or not, this should apply to parts of your professional life as well. Specifically, you should commit to spring cleaning for your resume. This is necessary if you’re considering a new position, but it can be just as important to be ready for the worst case scenario, like needing to find a new job.

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There’s something extra nerve-wracking about interviewing for a job via online video. It’s hard to replace the intuition you feel when being in the same room as someone, and while you already have nerves wrecking your brain, you could continuously worry about sound, picture quality, and other technical glitches along with the usual job interview jitters.

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