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Beyond the Basics of a Background Check

Have you ever been so excited about the prospect of a new job (especially one that you really want) that you would do anything the employer asked? While most potential hires encounter prospective employers with good intentions, there are times when what is asked can be a red  flag in the gray area known as…

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Acing the Interview – How to Answer the Dreaded Question

Acing the Interview – How to Answer the Dreaded Question We’ve all been there. Nervously awaiting the beginning of our first interview, when the interviewer starts with the dreaded: “So, tell me about yourself.” First of all, let’s discuss a few reasons why they chose to open the interview in this manner. Perhaps they haven’t…

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The Importance of Voice on a Resume

There are many resume writing guides available and even online templates you can use to create a professional resume. How you represent yourself on your resume, is almost as important as your actual skills and experiences. The first rule of thumb, is to NOT write your resume in first person. You may think it feels…

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5 Tips for Closing a Candidate in a Hot Market

The market in and around Silicon Valley has slowed somewhat, but still remains a major player in employment growth for the U.S. Companies still find themselves competing for candidates who have multiple offers. The recruiter can be a great help in closing a candidate. So, how do you, the hiring manager differentiate your opportunity to…

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Are Thank You Notes a Thing of the Past?

Are Thank You Notes a Thing of the Past? It seems like every part of the hiring process is done digitally these days. From submitting a resume, to filling out an application, to scheduling interviews, through to written offers. Interview etiquette from days of old would require you to snail-mail a nicely typed, perfectly formatted…

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How to Handle a Bad Interviewer

We all know there is much to do with the employment process that has very little to do with the potential employee. One of the most challenging situations job hunters face is the encounter of a ‘bad’ interviewer. Note that we use the term ‘bad’ lightly because the employer may not be bad; you simply…

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Keeping It Legal: What Is Acceptable To Ask

Keeping It Legal: What Is Acceptable To Ask At the PJF Group, we understand that the functional aspects of hiring are not always easy, and we appreciate employers who are committed to ensuring that hiring is accomplished efficiently and equitably on every level. You may have read our previous blog on ‘Keeping It legal: What…

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The Real Impact of Social Media on your Employability

The Real Impact Of Social Media On Your Employability Did you know that over 50% of employers have reported that data found in a prospect’s social media profile led to their decision NOT to hire a candidate? On the flip side, 44% of employers have stated that information found online has solidified their pick when…

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LinkedIn Profile Tips for Your Resume

Social media is always changing – so much in fact that you may wonder if what used to be ‘in’ is now so ‘out’ you don’t need to bother with it. The case in point: LinkedIn. Launched in 2002 as the social media network designed exclusively for professional purposes, you may wonder if LinkedIn is…

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