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Linked below are all the articles here at TechnicalJobSearch.com, neatly organized by topic. In cases where articles bridge more than one topic, we've listed them accordingly so you can find them easier.

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Applying | Guidance | Interviews | Job Letters | Pay | Resumes | Termination

Applying

Background Check
If you leave your job under less than desirable circumstances, should you be concerned that your ex-employer will reveal it during an employment background check?

Job Reference Checks
What are your references saying about you? Here's how to "rehearse" your references, so they say the right things. Includes sample reference-check questions that you may download and give to your references, to help them prepare.

Portfolio Power
Job portfolios are not reserved only for creative workers to showcase their work. It's a powerful interviewing tool for many careers. Seeing is believing!

Preparing to Fill Out a Job Application
Job application forms are often complicated and employers might want you to complete them on the spot. To help you prepare in advance, get this list of details that employers typically want you to provide.

Reference Checks
Do employers check references? Does a reference check really matter? Yes and yes! Be prepared to provide at least four references when you apply for a job. Here's how.

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Guidance

Apprenticeships
The benefits and other aspects of becoming an apprentice, and where to learn more about applying for registered apprenticeship training programs in the USA. Includes a list of the top-25 apprentice occupations.

Career Networking Tips
Eight simple strategies to tap the hidden job market and network your way into a new job or career advancement. From the Career Networking Center.

First Job Center
A collection of articles to help you land your first job. The information leans a little toward liberal arts majors and grads, but it's still useful for all.

Internship Center
A collection of articles to help you find, apply for and make the most of internship programs.

Working Temp Jobs
If you're a recent graduate, between so-called permanent jobs, exploring a career change, or an independent or adventurous individual, then perhaps"temping" is right for you. Discover more about working temp jobs.

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Interviews

Behavioral Interviews
About behavioral interviews. Provides question samples and tips for answering them, along with comprehensive preparation tips. An example of how a job applicant might ideally answer a series of behavioral interview questions is provided too.

Company Research
How and where to research companies in preparation for the common, basic interview questions, "What do you know about our company?" and "Why do you want to work for us?"

Fired from a Job
Tips for explaining to potential employers that you were fired from a job, including what to say on job applications and during interviews.

How to Dress For Job Interviews
How to dress for job interviews in today's corporate environment. Includes interview dress code tips with photos, for both men and women.

Interview Center
A collection of articles about job interviewing, provided for free by a professional resume writing service. Includes interview types, salary negotiation and samples of common interview questions with answers.

Interview Questions
Before heading out to a job interview, it's a good idea to know what types of questions that interviewers will likely ask you. Includes samples of the basic, common questions along with suggested ways to answer, which you may download for personal use.

Interview Tips
Manners count big time for interviews, yet surveys show that job candidates' manners and other professionalisms are declining. Get tips on how to act professionally before, during and after interviews. Includes interviewing bloopers.

Questions to Ask in Interviews
Ever draw a blank when an interviewer asked, "Any questions?" Interviewers expect you to ask questions. Preparing interview questions to ask shows that you are interested enough in the job to have done your homework. Includes samples you may download.

Writing Thank-You Letters
Don't underestimate the power of a post-interview thank you letter. It might be the deciding factor in your favor, especially when there are other candidates with your qualifications applying for the same job. Includes samples that you may download and edit for personal use.

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Job Letters

Letter of Recommendation
From whom to request a letter of recommendation and why. Provides formatted samples that you may download to give to your references as examples (a good idea) or edit to recommend employees. Called a recommendation letter for short.

Providing Your Salary History
Find out if you must provide your salary history when a potential employer requests it. Includes sample salary histories and salary requirement letters that you may download for free; some help you try to tactfully sidestep an employer's request if you wish.

Reference Letter
The advantages of asking for a reference letter, whom to ask and how it differs from a recommendation letter. Provides a reference letter sample that you may download and give to your references as an example or use as an example to recommend someone.

Resume and Letter Center
A collection of articles about writing resumes, curricula vitae (CVs) and cover, thank-you and follow-up letters. Provided for free by a professional resume writing service. Includes professionally-written samples.

Writing a Letter of Resignation
How to write a resignation letter. Provides tips about what to say and what not to say, and explains why. Also provides formatted resignation letter samples that you may download for free, along with simple resignation letter examples that demonstrate how to properly format business letters.

Writing Cover Letters
Answers the question, "Should I include a cover letter with my resume?" Lists three fatal mistakes along with writing tips to avoid them, and provides professionally-written samples and examples.

Writing Thank-You Letters
Don't underestimate the power of a post-interview thank you letter. It might be the deciding factor in your favor, especially when there are other candidates with your qualifications applying for the same job. Includes samples that you may download and edit for personal use.

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Pay

Am I Entitled to Severance Pay?
Discover whether or not you are entitled to receive severance pay from your employer soon after your employment ends.

Providing Your Salary History
Find out if you must provide your salary history when a potential employer requests it. Includes sample salary histories and salary requirement letters that you may download for free; some help you try to tactfully sidestep an employer's request if you wish.

Unemployment Benefits
About eligibility and pay, and where to apply to receive unemployment pay and other benefits after losing your job or suffering a reduction in work hours.

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Resumes

Resume & CV Help
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Curriculum Vitae
Briefly explains the differences between a resume and curriculum vitae (CV), which some U.S. and overseas jobs require instead of a resume. Includes tips for writing a CV and provides samples.

How to Avoid Writing I and My in Your Resume
Simple ways to avoid redundantly repeating the personal pronouns I and my when writing your resume.

Resume and Letter Center
A collection of articles about writing resumes, curricula vitae (CVs) and various job-related letters, free from a professional resume writing service. Includes lots of professionally-written samples.

Resume Page Rules
Find out if you must format your resume fit on one page or if you must stick to one page for every ten years of experience.

Should You Lie on Your Resume?
If others are doing it, then why shouldn't you?

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Termination

Am I Entitled to Severance Pay?
Discover whether or not you are entitled to receive severance pay from your employer soon after your employment ends.

Fired from a Job
Tips for explaining to potential employers that you were fired from a job, including what to say on job applications and during interviews.

Preparing to Leave Your Job
How and why to plan ahead to leave your job, whether you resign or suspect that you are going to soon get laid off or fired.

Resignation Do's and Don'ts (How to Resign Your Job with Class)
How to quit your job without burning a bridge. Provides resignation letter samples that you may download for free and modify for personal use.

Unemployment Benefits
About eligibility and pay, and where to apply to receive unemployment pay and other benefits after losing your job or suffering a reduction in work hours.

Writing a Letter of Resignation
How to write a resignation letter. Provides tips about what to say and what not to say, and explains why. Also provides formatted resignation letter samples that you may download for free, along with simple resignation letter examples that demonstrate how to properly format business letters.

Wrongful Termination
Discover what constitutes wrongful termination in the legal sense. Provides a link to general examples of wrongful termination under relevant laws.

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