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Are you planning on negotiating a pay-rise? Do you want to provide a stronger argument why you deserve that promotion, merit the bonus or receive extra perks?  The way forward is simple: show your employer what a valuable employee you are.

To every business, valuable employees are worth their weight in gold. They provide their employers with numerous sought-after benefits such as improving productivity, employee engagement and yielding good return-on-investments (ROI).

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In an interview our habit is to be responsive as opposed to proactive. That means our attention is focused on what’s being asked of us rather than the other way around.

This explains why when it comes to that final question -“do you have any questions for us?”- we’re often left as a stammering, reticent mess.

The truth is, the final question you ask of the interviewers helps cement their final impression of you.

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Finding a job is no easy feat — especially if you’ve got your eyes set on working for some of the top companies in the world like Google, Facebook, or Apple.

To give you glimpse into what it might be like to interview with these tech giants, Fundera created an infographic that illustrates the 10 weirdest interview questions they’ve ever asked.

If you know how many Big Macs McDonald’s sells annually, then you might be looking at a chance to be Facebook’s next employee.

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CareerLadder by Adrian Tan - 1M ago

A job interview can be a really stressful occasion. Trying to convey how much you want the job, how good a fit you would be and how great you are to work with in just a matter of minutes is no mean feat.

But what you might not know are the things that you may do to undo all of your hard work – the immediate ways to make success less likely.

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Authenticity is the quality of being genuine and true to oneself. It means thinking, speaking and acting in a way that aligns with your nature, values, interests, and goals.

Life presents all kinds of obstacles to living an authentic life and the career path we choose is no exception. Indeed, with the job market as it is, it can seem like we have no choice but to follow a career path that is poorly suited to us.

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We all have a bad day at the office every now and then. But when a bad day turns into a bad week, a bad month, or even a bad year, it’s time to reflect on whether your current role is right for you.

Quitting your job is not a decision to make lightly, which is why it’s important to consider your options with a clear head. If you are experiencing one or more of the following signs, it’s a good indication that the time has come to look for new opportunities.

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Your CV is usually the first part of your application your potential employer will see and so it’s vital you get it just right. You need the right lay-out, beautiful presentation, specially tailored information, and faultless spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

That might be easier said than done, but there’s no way around it. In today’s fiercely competitive job market you need to stand out from the crowd (for the right reasons!) if you want to secure that all-important interview.

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It’s a well-known fact that first impressions can really count. How you come across the first time you meet someone can shape how they feel about you, and thus have a real impact upon your whole relationship. And nowhere is this truer than in the world of work.

When interviewing, networking or simply meeting colleagues, a great first impression is essential. Here are some top tips for how that can be achieved.

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With a whopping 106 million active users per month, LinkedIn has become a highly competitive place where job seekers try their best to stand out in the crowd. They do so by optimizing their profiles to make them appealing to targeted recruiters. Therefore, it is best to explore different LinkedIn features that’ll positively help you optimize your profile.

To help you in the process of getting noticed by recruiters in order to get your desired job, we have compiled a list of 13 tips.

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Job interviews are pretty stressful things. Even if you’re confident about your skills, and extroverted enough to enjoy meeting new people, there’s still plenty to worry about. Whether you need the role because you’re out of work, or you just want to take the next step on the ladder, there’s plenty at stake.

And then there’s the worries. Will you get there on time? Will you forget the interviewers name? Will you trip, or spill your coffee, or do something else toe-curlingly embarrassing?

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