If you’re not using the best, most effective methods of following up after a job interview, you’re missing out on the chance to score some easy points that just could push you over the top and out of the unemployment line. Related: The Best Interview Follow Up Checklist Make sure you’re going above and beyond to impress interviewers and secure the job. Here are some guidelines for the perfect interview follow-up strategy.

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A cover letter can be the first step of a new career journey. Or, it can be a dead end that dooms your attempts to get a job. It all has to do with how you write it. Have you made any of these cover letter blunders? Download: FREE Cover Letter Tutorial & Template We collected some real-life examples of dead-end cover letters to serve as examples of what not to do the next time you’re making first contact with a prospective employer.

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Quitting a job – quitting well, at least – can be hard work. There are plenty of missteps you can make that can end up hurting your career in the long term. QUIZ: Should You Quit Your Job? Check out our list of things to avoid when breaking up with your boss.

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Like children, dogs, and nomads, minds tend to wander. And they often decide to wander at inopportune times – such as during that 4:30 meeting on the Friday before a long weekend. Related: Overworked? 5 Ways To Avoid Job Burnout There you are in your Aloha shirt standing over a grill full of sizzling beef patties, hand wrapped around an icy bottle (or whatever your long weekend fantasy might be)… And then, BOOM, you hear your name, then a question – and your wandering mind is yanked through space and time back to the present. Back to the conference room. They’re all looking at you. And they want an answer. You’ve been caught daydreaming at work. So, what do you do?

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At first glance, accepting a management job can seem like a no-brainer – you have the inside track on what’s going on at the office, you get to delegate tasks and, hopefully, your paycheck gets fatter. Related: 6 Ways To Prepare For A Management Job But before taking over that corner office, ponder these five questions about other matters that go along with assuming a higher title.

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For job seekers, the high unemployment rate means it takes more than just the seamless resume and sufficient experience to secure a job. So, how can you increase your chances of landing a job in this tough economy? Answer: Master your job. Related: #1 Thing You Can Do To Become A Better Employee Hiring managers are looking for candidates that have mastered their job or established an area of expertise. In addition to the resume and experience, go above and beyond by showing employers that you are dedicated to advancing in your industry by mastering your niche. By demonstrating your mastership, employers can more easily see your worth, and you can even potentially make a stronger case when negotiating your salary.

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You’ve been dreaming of the moment when you hear those sweet words, "We want to extend you an offer!" But that moment of career bliss can quickly turn to deep anxiety if the job offer comes from your number two or number three choice. Related: Understanding The Job Offer Letter And Package Should you accept the sure thing, or should you risk it all for a potentially better opportunity by declining?

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