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We usually don’t recommend articles that are structured as slideshows to drive more page views, but this article about the 21 things hiring managers wish you knew. Things like the importance of a personalized cover letter resume tips are very helpful, and reading through the list will give you an advantage as you head into your job search.

5 Things All Tradies Should Have


It’s tough work being a tradie. Early starts, hard work and plenty of demanding clients to deal with would leave anyone drained at the end of the day. On top of that, you are generally responsible for running your own schedule, supplying all your own equipment and much more. Trying to stay on top of those things is hard enough. Here are some suggestions for necessities you may have forgotten.

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Job gains continue and unemployment falls to 5.1%


I remember several years ago when Warren Buffet explained that employment wouldn’t rebound until the construction industry turned the corner after the Great Recession. Well, if you haven’t noticed, there are plenty of construction projects out there now, particularly in cities as diverse as Miami and Cleveland as new apartment complexes and hotels are sprouting up.

Some who are obsessed with the stock market and the Fed’s decision on interested rates may be disappointed in today’s jobs report. Other with a political ax to grind will complain about the low participation rate, of course without acknowledging how that may be affected by today’s sharing economy.

The real message is that steady job growth continues. Yes, the economy still has challenges, but if you’re looking for work there are jobs out there.

Getting Your Resume Ready For International Jobs or Business


Whether you are looking for a job or are bidding on a services contract with an international client, it is often the case that you will present them with your resume or the resumes of team members in order to show them the level of talent that you have. Of course in most cases, the resumes can be posted online and easily reviewed by clients.

What happens, however, when you need to show your qualifications to someone in a different language? As you know, the language that you use to write your resume is key to your success when you go to find a job or contract. So any translation that you do needs to be perfect or you will face the same hurdles that you do when you use less than stellar English phrasing to describe your self in your own language.

Here are some tips for getting your resume ready for international work:

Focus on your skills: In some countries, the curriculum vitae is used as a complete history of your career while the resume is specific to the job that you are applying to. It is a good idea to adopt this as an international standard and just focus on providing skills and work experience information that is germane to the job or contract that you want to obtain. You might consider creating a curriculum vitae separately in case the employer or client asks for one.

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Bill Maher mocks the sharing economy, but falls flat . . .

We’re usually fans of Bill Maher’s commentary bits on his HBO show, but his latest diatribe against the sharing economy seems a bit off.

Sure, he has some funny lines about Uber and Airbnb, let alone the Olsen Twins and their treatment of unpaid interns, but his overall point that greed is destroying America seems irrelevant to the sharing economy.

Sure, cab companies and driver unions don’t like Uber, but many of us hate cabs. Uber is a superior service, and while the founder is naturally becoming rich, there are plenty of drivers who love making money driving for Uber.

And sure, renting out your home or apartment isn’t for everyone, but what’s wrong with people making some extra cash on Airbnb?

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