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If you leave a long gap between jobs in your resume, employers are less than half as likely to call you to talk further, according to research by resume-writing company ResumeGo. While a one or two-year gap only slightly decreases your chance of getting a call, a three-year gap cuts your chances in half. But you can raise your chance of a call by explaining the gap.

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A few weeks ago a close friend of mine posted a job on Facebook that was available in her office that just happened to be a perfect match for a different friend of mine that’s looking for a new job. I passed the info along to friend number two and connected them together.

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If you hate your new job, should you quit right away — or should you stick it out? The answer, of course, is “it depends.” Here are the factors you need to consider before making your decision.

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Earlier this week, Epicurious site director David Tamarkin excitedly tweeted that they were in need of a “sharp, cooking-obsessed editorial assistant.” Within 48 hours, the posting had been mercilessly roasted by Media Twitter, and the New York State Department of Labour was even forced to intervene. What happened?

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Getting fired pretty much always stinks. But there’s something distinctly humbling about being fired from your gig as a workplace advice columnist.

I know, because it happened to me.

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Applying for jobs is a lot like dating: It’s a draining, often-embarrassing process that requires a lot of effort for minimal return that stretches your small talk muscles to the max. Read the situation wrong and you will find yourself locked in a horrendously unpleasant situation that you can’t escape without upending your life, so instead you try to make it work by pretending that certain important things (sex, paid time off) were actually never something you cared about.

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Dear Lifehacker, Much of your advice around resumes is all about getting your foot 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.

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You or I would never do drugs, or attempt to cheat on something as important as a drug test. But perhaps you have a “friend” who is curious about how the tests work. Here’s what your “friend” needs to know.

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There's no shortage of resume tips on the internet, but word selection is one area that's often overlooked. Believe it or not, your verb choices can have a serious impact on how your resume is received by prospective hirers - even if the listed skills and achievements remain otherwise unchanged.

This infographic from Eapplicants lists 22 action verbs that have been proven to strengthen resumes, along with a multitude of extra tips.

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Looking for a job is difficult under the best of circumstances, and it gets considerably more so when you aren't prepared. Optimistically, we stick with a gig for a while even if we don't love it, neglecting to keep our resumes and other materials prepped if an opportunity comes up that we want to jump at.

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While you’re perfecting your resume and cover letter with the hiring manager of your dream company in mind, you may be interested to know that they may never even read your application, because a robot will have discarded it before they had a chance.

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You're looking for a new job, so it's time to update the ol' resume. But when you try to describe your last position, you stare off into space thinking, "Wait, what did I do, exactly?" Well, who's better at describing the duties of your role than the employer itself?