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What Your Elevator Pitch Should be Based on Medium

Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer

Do you have an “elevator pitch”? An elevator pitch is the 30- or 60-second speech that summarises who you are, what you do and what makes you unique. Whether you realise it or not, you are probably already using some form of an elevator pitch in your everyday life — from the answer you give when someone asks, “What do you do?” or “Tell me about yourself” to the short summary you provide on Facebook, to the opening paragraph of your cover letter. But a truly thought-out, well-crafted elevator pitch can set you apart from other job applicants and grab the attention of hiring managers.

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How to Search for A Job While You Have a Job

Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer

You like your job – you just don’t love it. Or you hate your job, and every minute that ticks by is a minute shaved off your life. Or maybe it’s not the job, but your boss who’s the problem. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided it’s time to move on in search of better opportunities. In a perfect world, you could simply quit your job and vacation in Hawaii until your dream gig becomes available.

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How to Talk About Transferable Skills

Matt Tarpey, CareerBuilder writer

Very few career paths are straight lines. They often involve pivots, lateral moves and sometimes even jumps to entirely new industries. Transferable skills – the abilities and experience that may not relate directly to a new position, but that will still prove beneficial to your success – are key to landing any new job, particularly if you’re looking to alter your career trajectory.

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Should You Follow up After Every Job Application?

Matt Tarpey, CareerBuilder writer

Searching for a job can be stressful. When you find a job you think you’d really like, it can feel like one wrong move can spell disaster. While this usually is not the case, it does lead many to question when following up with a potential employer is appropriate. And though there aren’t any universal rules on the subject, here are some guidelines to help you determine whether to reach out.

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Informational Interviews: The What, Why and How

Amy McDonnell, CareerBuilder writer

Informational interviews: They’re pretty much the opposite of that Kanye-Taylor phone exchange. And nothing like when Britney was asked about Taylor (and forgot she had met her twice). And they don’t even closely resemble this awkward “interview” with Tom Hiddleston… about Taylor Swift.

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15 Jobs for People Who Don’t Like People

Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer

It’s not that you don’t like people, per se. It’s just that you’ve never gone to a networking event and thought, “Well, this should be fun!” You’d rather spend a quiet night in with a few friends – or by yourself – than go to a crowded bar. You go out of your way to avoid small talk. A part of you really identifies with Sheldon Cooper.

In short, you’re not a people person. And that’s okay. Some people just aren’t built that way. Fortunately for you, there are a slew of lucrative career opportunities that don’t require a lot of customer interaction and group collaboration.

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