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Avoid These Overused, Often-Repeated Interview Lines

Job interviews are hard enough considering you have to showcase your skills and experience, and impress your interviewer with them. What you don’t want to do is come off like you’re reading from a script, so Glassdoor suggests avoiding these played out, oft-repeated interviewee lines that everyone’s heard before.


Ask LH: When Should I Use My Current Boss As A Reference

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been having a back and forth with a prospective employer about moving over for a new role. Two interviews later and things have stalled at the reference checking stage because they want a reference from my direct manager at my current role. This is before they have told me in concrete details about the salary/package. I can provide many reporting managers from previous jobs and colleagues from my current one. But I really don’t feel comfortable giving the details of my current manager before knowing the exact offer. Are they allowed to demand I give a reference from my current manager? Will it hurt me if I say no to that request?


Ask LH: How Can I Switch From Teaching To IT?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a recent mature-age graduate who has worked in many different fields but not the field I’ve studied (IT). Therefore I have no work experience in the field except for the university projects and assignments that I did. I currently work in a different field altogether (teaching) which was also part of my double degree, but there are minimal chances of getting a full-time job there. How do I get my foot in the door for IT jobs if I have no commercial experience?


Schedule A Morning Interview For The Best Chance At Getting Hired

The time of day your job interview is scheduled can impact your chances of an offer, according to a new survey of over 2200 CFOs from various companies. Mornings are the best time, most agreed, and you have a short window to make a good impression.


ValueMyCV Calculates Your Market Value Based On Your CV

Working out precisely what you should be earning can be difficult in today’s job climate. With individual work contracts becoming the norm, there’s no way of knowing whether you’re making more — or less — than your co-workers. ValueMyCV is a new web app from Adzuna that calculates your true value based on the information on your CV.


How To Spin University Side Jobs Into Work Experience On Your Resume

Throughout my four-year college education, I held a number of jobs, both during the school year and in the summers when I returned home to where I’d grown up. My roles ranged from restaurant server to writing-center staffer. When it came time to cobble together my first professional resume, I was initially nervous about my lack of real-world experience.


12 Smart Questions To Ask At The End Of A Job Interview

Most job interviews end with a variation of the same question: “Is there anything else you’d like to know about this job?” This is an opportunity you shouldn’t fumble. An insightful and intelligent query will help you to stand out from other candidates. It lets the interviewer know that you’re genuinely interested in the business and have given the position considerable thought. Here are 12 questions that you should consider asking, courtesy of Search Party and JobAdvisor CEO Ben Hutt.


Boost Your Confidence Before A Phone Interview By Dressing Your Best

Interviewing for a job over the phone can be just as stressful as interviewing in person. You can prepare yourself mentally and get in a good mindset by dressing up like they will be right there in the room with you.


Ask LH: Should I Tweak My Resume When I'm Already On The Shortlist?

Dear Lifehacker, Much of your advice around resumes is all about getting you in the door — past the auto-screeners and the six second glances. But what if I’m already in the door? I’m being referred for a job, and I’m wondering if you’ve got any advice for this situation. I figure they’ll spend a bit longer looking at it since they’re giving me an interview.


Ask LH: How Should I Describe Internships On My Resume?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m currently undertaking an internship within the accounting industry. Generally, these are named “vacation” programs in Australia. I’m wondering how I should describe this role on my resume? (‘Vacationer’, ‘intern’ or ‘summer analyst’?) I’m considering applying for positions in other industries as well as overseas. Any thoughts?


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