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How do I ask for a raise?

Christopher Mariani, May 21 2019

Asking for a raise can be difficult... When is a good time... Will I get what I want ... Is there a strategy... There are many factors that go into a decision to ask for a pay increase.  How is the company doing financially?  If there are financial issues, you may be viewed as selfish and not a team player.  What is the corporate culture?  If negat...

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Are Wages Rising...

Christopher Mariani, May 13 2019

The short answer is yes. It all relies on supply and demand. When there are few jobs and an over abundance of job candidates, employers are in the driver's seat. When there are more jobs than job candidates, employees are in a better bargaining position. Since there are many more job opportunities, employees can conduct job searches and move out,...

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A message for new college graduates and their Parents:

Christopher Mariani, April 30 2019

You've invested a fortune in education, now it's time for your final investment. Although the job market has improved, competition for the good jobs is fierce. This is why college graduates who want a competitive edge come to Resumes Etc. The typical college career center/ cookie cutter resume never achieves positive outcomes. At resumes Etc, we...

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What should you look for in a resume writing service?

Christopher Mariani, April 16 2019

Very few resume websites list the credentials of their staff. If they have impressive credentials, why aren't they listed? If you go to our website at, our credentials are listed in red, top left. You should also click onto "resume checklist"

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How can you find your dream job?

Christopher Mariani, April 10 2019

Follow our guidelines and your chances improve dramatically. 1) Make certain that your resume is powerful, where every bullet point demonstrates value. 2) Insure that your resume is key worded to score high on ATS tracking systems. 3) Your cover letter should not be a repeat of your resume. It needs to be a sales pitch that communicates why you're...

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What are the biggest interview blunders:

Christopher Mariani, April 2 2019

Employers are looking to hire people who are results driven. Therefore, they focus a lot on accomplishments. Some people falsify or embellish accomplishments on their resume. Skilled interviewers know how to confirm if these accomplishments are real. For example: if you claim that you increased sales by 10%, an interviewer may ask questions like...

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Is it bad to stay with one employer for a long time?

Christopher Mariani, March 26 2019

It depends on a lot of factors. If you are in a challenging and demanding fortune 500 environment, it should not hurt you. If you are promoted fairly frequently, it's also a justification for a long term tenure. If you have been subject to frequent change, like increasing levels of responsibilities, assignments to different business units and div...

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Always avoid job specialization.

Christopher Mariani, March 19 2019

In most positions one of the biggest career mistakes is working in an occupation and/or industry that is so specialized that your skill sets are rarely, if ever, transferable. The reason this is so important, is because job security no longer exists. Being overspecialized was fine in an era with lifetime job security. However, professionals are l...

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How do I pick the right career?

Christopher Mariani, March 5 2019

There are so many factors to consider when choosing a career. 1) Will it be a growth area or a profession and/or industry in decline? 2) Is it something I will enjoy doing every day? 3) Does the compensation match my life style choice? 4) Does the career allow creativity and innovation?

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Determining an employers work culture...

Alfred Mariani, February 26 2019

The answer to several questions will tell you a lot about a corporate culture. 1) What is the company's employee turnover rate ? 2) What is the average tenure for their employees? 3) What percentage of the promotions are from within? 4) What is the demographic mix of their management and executive team?

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