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Dear LH, I have a question about job applications. Job portals like Seek provide an easy process where you can apply for a job in a few clicks. This is meant to make life easier and enable people to apply with their mobile phones.

However, what about the Cover Letter?? Isn't that still required? I find this very confusing as it implies that a cover letter is redundant. However, wherever I read about job hunting tips, there is always a strong emphasis on the cover letter. Am I supposed to type the cover letter out on my phone? Or what?

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Asking for a pay rise is easier said than done for many employees. Building negotiating power is crucial to success - and it obviously helps to have skills that are in high demand. If it's been ages since you last received a pay bump, here are some practical tips to consider.

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Jeff Bezos is set to become the richest human ever. As one of the key founders of Amazon, Google, Airbnb, Twitter and Uber, Bezos clearly has a lot to crow about when it comes to professional skills and achievements. Nevertheless, it's possible to cram everything into a single page - which means you really need to trim the fat from your own resume.

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Reporters at the Ten Network relayed the news of their employer’s voluntary administration, during a staff meeting. The network was looking to refinance to the tune of A$250 million, after its existing finance was due to expire on December 23.

But Ten’s directors said they were left no choice but to appoint administrators from KordaMentha to try to recapitalise or sell the business. To paraphrase Battlestar Galactica - which originally aired on Ten - all this has happened before, and it will probably happen again.

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Earlier today, Telstra informed 1400 of its employees that their services would no longer be required as part of a massive restructuring of the company. Now, Telstra CEO Andrew Penn has explained the reasoning behind the decision. (In short: Digital disruption and the NBN are to blame.)

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Getting the job done on time and on budget might make you an effective manager, but it doesn't mean you're a good leader. As summarised in the Wall Street Journal Guide to Management, "the manager administers, the leader innovates. The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust."

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Dear Lifehacker, I read somewhere that a creative workspace can lead to higher productivity and wanted to know if it's true? I work in a boring office job (it pays the bills) but I'm a creative type at heart. My question is, how can I add creativity to my corner of a boring workplace to inspire myself (preferably without getting in trouble)?

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Dear Lifehacker, My old boss was great. She and I got along, and she was a great manager. She got a new job and left the company, and they just hired someone to replace her. He's OK; he's just getting his bearings, so I'm withholding judgement. How can I set the stage early so he and I learn to get along well and work together?

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Darby Barber is a creative designer at General Motors, currently part of the Chevy trucks team. She joined GM at the beginning of 2016 after graduating from the College of Creative Studies. At 23, she is most likely one of the youngest female automotive designers currently in the industry. And quite possibly the most badass.

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For $US100 ($136) a year, you can pay for a widget to screen your social media accounts for embarrassing posts that could damage your chances of getting a job or getting into university. Startup BrandYourself provides online reputation management software that allows you to "minimise negative search results and build a positive web presence".

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Before my website became successful, I had an enjoyable career as a software developer. I wrote code to analyse, dig deep into, and share scientific data. I deeply enjoyed the professional work that I did. I also deeply valued the camaraderie and friendship with my coworkers. In fact, I only walked away from it for two reasons.

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Robots are coming. Those goddamn robots. Will they enslave humanity and breed us in flesh farms for energy purposes? Probably not. Will they take our jerbs? Maybe.

This nifty little site allows you to search for your job and find out the likelihood of a goddamn metal machine stealing your livelihood in the near future.

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Most career counsellors and recruiting experts will tell you that following up after an interview is a must, especially if you really want the job and want the hiring manager to know it. But what is the best way to follow up? The folks at HR Bartender have some suggestions.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its average weekly earnings report which does exactly what it says on the tin. By taking the average weekly earnings and multiplying them by 52, it's possible to work out the average annual wage in Australia. Here's how much you should be earning.