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Lynnwood Job Tips

Learn how to properly use questions.

You can learn, get answers, give answers, mentor people and develop your reputation just by using questions. Learn to use questions in a non-threatening way and you will open up many doors.

Don’t be better, be different.

You might not have the exact experience listed on the job description, but if you can show how your unique skills would better suit the company, you have a better shot than someone who is a more technical match.

Talk openly about your failures.

People will respect and trust you if they see that you’re taking risks and aren’t ashamed to learn from them.

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Excelling in your Career tips for Bellevue Job Seekers

There’s never going to be a precisely right moment to speak, share an idea, or take a chance. Just take the moment—don’t let thoughts like “I don’t feel like I’m ready” get in the way. Look to see if you have the main things or the opportunity will pass you by. Don’t let perfect get in the way of really, really good.

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Jobs tips for Insurance Industry Professionals

Legal and Paralegal

There’s no end to the legal complexities of the insurance business, as this excerpt from a recent paralegal job posting illustrates: Independently conducts heavy to complex legal research and analyzes law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions and legal codes to prepare analyses of legal issues for use by attorney.

Yes, you’ll have a lot on your plate in the legal department of an insurance firm, whether you’re an attorney, a paralegal or a legal secretary. So read up and be prepared to talk turkey when you go in for the interview.

They’re going to grab a current event facing that industry and ask how you’ve handled it or would handle it

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Interview Tips for Insurance Professionals

Finance and Accounting Jobs

If you want to get anywhere as a finance or accounting professional in the insurance world, you’ll surely need strong analytical skills, but you won’t be able to hide behind a green visor. In fact, you likely won’t get far into the interview before the hiring manager hits you with a series of challenging what-if questions — that’s behavioral interviewing of the financial kind.

They try to knock you out of your chair verbally to see how you handle pressure, It’s a screening out, not a screening in.

To prepare for this, think of the toughest situations you’ve been in and how you brought those scenarios to a successful conclusion, whether the issues were ethical, technical, people-oriented or all three. Do the same for the kinds of conundrums you’d expect to encounter in the role you’re going for at your prospective employer.

This thorough screening isn’t just for managers in finance and accounting; you can also expect a tough interview for staff positions such as claims representative.

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Insurance Professionals seeking new jobs in Bellevue

Get organized. 

Before you start applying for jobs, going to job fairs, or interviewing with employers, take a moment to develop a system that works for you in organizing your job-search. A simple spreadsheet works best for many — and some online sites can even help keep your job-search organized.

Consider conducting informational interviews. 

A great tool for both researching and networking is the informational interview, which as its name implies, is an interview with someone in your career field who can offer you insights and advice. This tool is especially useful for new college grads and career-changers, but can work for any job-seeker who wants to learn more while expanding his/her network of contacts.

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Cover Letter Tip for Lynnwood

Q. If a job ad doesn’t ask for a cover letter, should I send one anyway?

A. You don’t need to send a cover letter if the job application doesn’t specifically request one. If a company wants your cover letter, they will ask for it.

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5 Quick Tips: For Finding a Job in Bellevue

1.People who master the job hunt build up the psychological know-how to get through a sometimes soul-crushing process.

2. When it comes to searching for open positions online, big job boards aren’t the answer anymore.

3. The first step after getting laid off: Mourn the loss and move on.

4. Love the job you have? Good—keep looking at other jobs anyway.

5. Fun fact: Hiring managers couldn’t care less where you went to college.

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5 Quick Tips: General Career Advice for Seattle Job Seekers

1. A first impression is made in less than 30 seconds.

2. Want to boost your charisma? Focus on energy and optimism.

3. You’re always an employee, you’re always representing your company, and you’re always representing yourself.

4. No matter where your stress is coming from, it’s not doing you any good—until you learn how to address it.

5. If you look really closely, most overnight successes took a long time.

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Social Media Tips for Great Seattle Careers

Unbalanced Online Content

If your social networking connections are a mix of the personal and professional, you need to make sure you’re not perceived as “partying” more than working.

“You’re not only being judged by the personal content versus professional content you post, it’s also about the ratio of non-work-related posts that show up in your feed,” he says. If too many “personal” posts are appearing, you may come across as someone who’s not dedicated or serious about your job or professional responsibilities.

“A good rule to follow is this: one third ‘interesting content’ posts, one third ‘informative’ posts and one third ‘promotional’ posts,”.

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MAKE YOURSELF A “SMACK-IN-THE-FOREHEAD” OBVIOUS FIT

1When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then (assuming you make this first cut) move onto human eyeballs. The first human eyeballs that review your resume are often those of a lower level HR person or recruiter, who may or may not understand all of the nuances of that job for which you’re applying.

Thus, it behooves you to make it very simple for both the computer and the human to quickly connect their “Here’s what we’re looking for” to your “Here’s what you can walk through our doors and deliver.”

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Study the job description and any available information you have on the position. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to this role? Line it up. Line it up.

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