How to keep your cool and ace a panel interview

Of all the steps involved in your quest to find a job, the job interview is likely the most stressful. What could be more unnerving than sitting in front of a stranger grilling you about your qualifications? Answer: a bunch of strangers grilling you. That’s more or less what happens during a panel interview (also called a board interview), when several employees from a company come together as a group to audition a candidate.

Typically formal and organized, this interview format is often used in academia and government or for high-level executives. Occasionally, you’ll encounter a panel interview for other positions in a company.

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8 ways to stand out on LinkedIn

For any professional, having a well-crafted LinkedIn profile is a must. Done right, it can help you cultivate new connections, raise your profile in your industry, and land your next gig.

Case in point: 77% of recruiters say they use LinkedIn to search for job candidates, according to Jobvite’s 2018 Recruiter Nation Survey. That’s in line with a recent poll from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which found that 84% of companies recruit through social media.

No matter your age, you have to figure out how to make your LinkedIn page more visible and grow your sphere. But workers over 50 face another challenge: How do you beef up your LinkedIn profile without making yourself look outdated or overqualified?

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8 resume mistakes that can make you look old

When was the last time you overhauled your resume? As an older, more experienced job hunter, it’s not enough to simply change a few dates and descriptions when you start looking for a new position. The resume style and design that got you in the door years ago can make you look downright prehistoric now.

It’s tough enough out there already: Unemployed job hunters age 55 to 64 spend a median of 34.5 weeks looking for work, vs 22.2 weeks for workers of all ages, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

And in a recent AARP survey of workers 45 and older, three-quarters cited age discrimination as a reason they weren’t confident they could find a new job in short order.

To make sure you don’t look like a dinosaur in your field, don’t make these eight mistakes on your resume.

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Top five myths about finding a job

Trying to find a job can feel like an epic quest, full of smoke, mirrors, and plenty of perplexities—including some falsehoods that are meant to throw you off your game. These job search myths are tricky beasts. Even experienced job seekers believe—and spread—common misconceptions about the job search process. Yet these flawed ideas can derail your ability to nab a job offer.

There’s no magic involved in getting a job, but there are a number of myths. So, how do you separate fact from fiction?

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Moving without a job? Try these strategies

Moving to a new city is exciting. job moveMoving to a new city without a job? Stressful—but  not unheard of.

Some folks move to be closer to family, some move to be in a city with more affordable housing, some move to simply start fresh—whatever the reason may be, it’s definitely doable to move to a new location without having a job lined up. The trick is to start your search before you arrive in your new hometown, not after.

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Learn how to get a high-paying job

Want a bigger paycheck? Of course you do. Business woman climbing up on hand drawn staircase conceptThere’s nothing wrong with wanting to get a job where you can make money—lots of it. In fact, 63% of workers said compensation was “very important” to their overall job satisfaction, a recent Society for Human Resource Management survey found.

Unfortunately, the average raise is only 3%, according to WorldatWork’s 2017 Salary Budget Survey. So how can you make money fast instead of waiting for your salary to grow over time? By revving up your job search to focus on jobs that pay well. Yeah, that sounds obvious, but there’s actually a science behind it.

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The worst career change mistakes to avoid

Changing careers is never easy—but20178074_ml-e1423739122500 it is absolutely possible. Just because you’re on a dedicated career path doesn’t mean you have to stay on it forever.

Sure, your family and friends may think you’ve lost your marbles when you announce plans for a midlife career change, but take heart: 59% of working adults say they’re interested in taking the leap, a recent survey from the University of Phoenix School of Business found.

Whether you’re bored at work, burned out on a job, or simply want a fresh challenge, there are a number of considerations that go into a successful career change. Ignore them, and you’re apt to succumb to one of the following common mistakes.

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