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11/11/15 - New college graduates hoping to make their resume stand out from the masses should demonstrate how they’re a leader and supporter. 79% of employers said they want prospective employees to be team players, second only to the 80% of employers who said they look for evidence of leadership skills, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2016 survey. Other important abilities employers said they looked for on a resume include: written communication skills (70%), problem-solving skills (70%), verbal communication skills (69%), and strong work ethic (69%). 

04/09/15 - Salary negotiations are a common part of the hiring process, but Reddit's interim CEO Ellen Pao believes that they are actually a form of gender bias. That's why she took the initiative to eliminate them. Pao recently lost a high-profile sex discrimination suit against former employer Kleiner Perkins. She told WSJ: “As part of our recruiting process we don’t negotiate with candidates. We come up with an offer that we think is fair,” she said; going on to explain that “men negotiate harder than women do and sometimes women get penalised when they do negotiate.”

Veterans have years of job experience and skills. They drove heavy equipment, supervised troops or did computer programming.  All useful skills in the civilian workforce. The best jobs for them in 2015 according to Forbes: training and development manager, software engineer, construction program manager, administrative services manager, personal finance manager. But what are the salaries in those sectors? Find out with our salary calculator.

05/11/15 - Only 38% of college graduates who entered the job market between 2012 and 2015 said they negotiated their salary with their employer, according to a new survey from personal finance site NerdWallet and Looksharp, a company that helps recent graduates find jobs. While some of the nearly 8000 young workers reported being too “anxious” to negotiate a salary, many believe that it will make them appear arrogant to employers. The opposite is true, 84% of the 700 surveyed employers said entry-level candidates wouldn’t be putting their offers at risk by asking for a pay bumpAnd there’s room to get more money. Three-quarters of employers said they could boost salary offers by 5% or 10% during negotiations. Of the men and women who negotiated their first salary, 80% were successful. Find more tips to negotiate a pay raise.

Employment benefits can be worth 40% or more of your total compensation package - think of health care coverage, child care, paid leave and so on - it's important to know exactly what benefits you will be provided with, before you say 'yes' on a job offer.

Casual Friday, Keep it Classy

Casual Friday is the day of the week you may be allowed to dress down a bit in anticipation for the weekend, but sometimes this freedom comes with a lack of common sense. Shorts, leggings, bikini tops, cutoff jeans, flip flops, a G-string peeping over the top of pants, sports wear; it's all considered casual, but probably not the dress down look for an office. The same applies for shirts with questionable slogans, think of colleagues, the text might offend them, so don't go there, keep it casual, but classy.