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    10 Cover Letter Mistakes Creative Professionals Make

    10 Cover Letter Mistakes Creative Professionals Make
    Your cover letter is the first thing employers see when they open your portfolio and materials. Avoid these 10 mistakes, and make your first impression a good and lasting one. Mistake #1: Overusing "I" Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. Avoid the perception of ...
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    How To Answer “Where Will You Be in Five Years?”

    How To Answer “Where Will You Be in Five Years?”
    “Where do you see yourself in five years?” — we all know the question. So why are we still stumped when someone asks this granddaddy of a ridiculous question in our creative interview? Here’s why – because most creative professionals believe it has no relevance. The reason? No company can (or ever will) guarantee an employee a job for five years. ...
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    15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

    1. Why do you want to work in this industry? Bad answer: “I love to shop. Even as a kid, I spent hours flipping through catalogues.” Don’t just say you like it. Anyone can do that. Focus instead on your history with that particular industry, and if you can, tell a success story. Good answer: “I've always loved shopping, but my ...
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    What Not to Say During an Interview

    What Not to Say During an Interview
    The truth is most people sabotage their own interviews. Instead of putting their best foot forward, they put off the interviewer by acting cocky, unsure of their talent, having bad manners, or by simply acting weird. ArtBistro has interviewed several recruitment experts to bring you unbelievable true stories of what actually happens behind interview doors. If you want to land that ...
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    10 Ways to Ruin Your Art/Design Interview

    We all know that showing up late to an interview or dressing inappropriately can ruin your chances for a job. But what about the more subtle ways that could make you unexpectedly sabotage your job interview? Don’t let it happen to you! Keep in mind these 10 common subconscious mistakes that you probably don’t even know you’re making. NEXT | ...
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    9 Memorable Questions to Ask in Any Interview

    9 Memorable Questions to Ask in Any Interview
    The landscape for job seekers today is more treacherous than at any other time in recent memory. In other words, if you want a job today, the hard work starts when you prepare for the interview. That means not just nailing the questions you are asked, but actually asking the kinds of questions designed to make the interviewer sit up and ...
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    Post-Interview Thank-You Letter Examples

    Post-Interview Thank-You Letter Examples
    From Monster.com After a promising job interview, follow-up is essential. That's why it pays to send a great thank-you note to your interviewer. View a sample post-interview thank-you note here (PDF format). Present yourself in the best light.Monster’s resume and cover letter writing service can help. div.custom_widget {border:0px;} [widget:related_reads__creative_resume_help]
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    Answers to the "Why Should We Hire You?" Question

    Answers to the "Why Should We Hire You?" Question
    This is another broad interview question that can take you down the wrong road unless you've done some thinking ahead of time. This question is purely about selling yourself. Think of yourself as the product. Why should the customer buy? The Wrong Track Spencer answers by saying, "Because I need and want a job." That's nice, but the bottom line here ...
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    5 Interview Types and How to Ace Them

    All interviews were not created equal. Depending on the role, the industry and the ruthlessness of your potential employer, you may encounter one – or a combination – of the common interview types. Each one is unique, and demands a tailored approach to its preparation. Lucky for you, we've identified the five most common interview methods. We'll give you the ...
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    The Ins & Outs of Handshake Etiquette

    Ahh, the shaking of hands. It sounds simple enough: Two hands meet and greet and do a little shake. Easy, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ways a handshake can go south. From an overly moist hand to a bone-crushing grip, handshakes come in all shapes and sizes — and only the best will hit the ...
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    Example Post Phone Interview Follow-Up Letter

    Example Post Phone Interview Follow-Up Letter
    What do you do after you've had a successful networking or introductory call? Sending a good letter can't hurt. View our sample follow-up letter here (PDF format). From Monster.com div.custom_widget {border:0px;} [widget:related_reads_interviews_1]
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    5 Foods to Eat Before Your Interview

    5 Foods to Eat Before Your Interview
    You are what you eat, so when it comes time for your interview, what can you eat that will make you alert, calm, focused, and quick thinking? We’ve spoken to experts and done our share of research to compile a list of foods that are essential to interview success. Remember — be sure to eat your meal at least an hour ...
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    Interview Tips for Landing a Creative Job

    Interview Tips for Landing a Creative Job
    Dan Garriott chuckles as he recounts the time he met a man who has since become a good friend, and they got to talking about their vocations. He's a big-time tech recruiter, says Garriot. I met him at a party, and he introduced himself as a ‘flesh merchant.' But Garriott, who eight months ago founded Right Brain Resource, a small creative-staffing ...
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    3 Myths About Creative Job Interviews

    3 Myths About Creative Job Interviews
    Think you know all there is to know about interviewing for a job? According to career coach David Couper, there are many surprising "myths" surrounding job interviews. In his book "Outsiders on the Inside," Couper lists several myths that, if you believe them, may prevent you from landing your dream job. So here's the truth about three myths--as well as several ...
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    6 Suits That Don't Suck

    6 Suits That Don't Suck
    The suit is to interviews what sliced bread is to sandwiches: the combination always works. But, as we know, traditional wisdom and the creative career world do not always mesh. In a creative interview, being visually boring with your outfit choice is not going to get you noticed; however, your pink hair may bring the wrong type of attention. As a ...
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    Informational Interview Tips for Creatives

    Informational Interview Tips for Creatives
    From Monster.com Informational interviewing is a largely overlooked process, because it is misunderstood. In an informational interview, you are seeking leads and information regarding an industry, a creative career path or an employer by talking to people you know or who have been referred to you. But before you run out and begin informational interviewing, you have to do your homework. ...
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    3 Ways to Handle a Unfriendly Interviewer

    3 Ways to Handle a Unfriendly Interviewer
    We’ve all been in interviews when it seems like all the interviewer wants to do is trip you up. It’s like everything you say is somehow misinterpreted to mean something completely different. How can you diffuse such an uncomfortable situation? First, understand that the interviewer’s hostility is probably not about you. Most likely, the interviewer started his day off by arguing ...
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    Ace a Group Interview at a Creative Firm

    Ace a Group Interview at a Creative Firm
    You may hear, "group interview" and immediately think "job at the mall," but in today's job market it's not uncommon for creative firms to have too many candidates to do one-on-one interviews. The good news ism they are relatively easy if you work well in a team and are able to make your ideas heard in a crowd. However, you'll need ...
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    How Body Language Can Make (or Break) a Job Interview

    How Body Language Can Make (or Break) a Job Interview
    Savvy job seekers know how important choosing the right words is when we communicate with prospective employers --but what about nonverbal communication? "You could be saying how great you are," says image consultant and "Hello Job! How to Psych Up, Suit Up, & Show Up" author Alison Craig, "but your body could be giving your true feelings away." Mark Bowden, the ...
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    Did Your Art/Design Interview Go Wrong?

    Did Your Art/Design Interview Go Wrong?
    From Monster.com You know the feeling: That moment in the interview when you realize the opportunity has passed you by. Or perhaps you think you're interviewing well, but you aren't getting any results. You need to figure out what you are doing wrong and fix it ASAP. But where do you start? Third-party headhunters and recruitment agencies often provide invaluable feedback ...
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