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Top Eleven Reasons for a Career Change
1. Employee feels unappreciated and unhappy at their current job. Employees have been working in dead end careers for years, and have decided to make a career move for this year.

2. There is a family change; for instance within the last year there was an addition to the family; a baby or a dog. You will now need to adjust your hours that you are working in order to meet the needs of your family addition.

3. You have been laid off and finally have the opportunity to change your career to do something that you really love. For example, you may have a hobby like photography, and you can now make a career as a photographer.

4. There have been adjustments in our demands for certain career fields. Due to a change in the economy with the current recession, some industries are more demanding, and some are in less demand, or even became extinct. You will then make a career change to an area that is now in higher demand or one that you will enjoy, and find self fulfillment in.

5. Your work is no longer excited, and you are bored, and do not have enthusiasm. You hate waking up to go to this job, and looks at your clock from the time you get to work every fifteen minutes, you are just faced with long drawn out days.

6. Geographical location; the company’s physical job location has been changed, or you have changed your physical address, or you prefer to work remotely.

7. Need more money; you now have new dreams and goals that will require an increase in income in order to successfully achieve those goals, and make those dreams become a reality.

8. Technology; your job has become more technologically advanced, and you are not capable to keep up with the technological advancement. Or, it can be the flipside, where you have grown technologically, but the company is stagnant, and its programs used are ancient, and not appropriate for your company, hence reducing production, and causing you to be frustrated, and stressed out, by doing longer processes to complete tasks that can be completed in a quicker manner with the use of new technology, which the competitors are currently using.

9. Self Improvement and advancement. You need to have self growth, and there is no access for self improvement, and room for promotion. You are actually at a dead end job. Your company does not encourage self growth, and opportunities to grow.

10. Seeking job flexibility, you will like to gain flexibility in your job. You are now thinking about flexible working hours, and also flexibility of job location. For example, you can work at a location close to you, or the company’s next location in another state, or you simply want to work at home from your computer at times.

11. Benefits, you are looking for a career that provides better benefits that you are currently getting. For example, seeking careers that provide health, life insurance, and education assistance.
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Career Articles - Interviewing
Interviewing Tips:
1. Be prepared. Practice answering questions with friends and families. Make copies of your resumes the day before to carry to the interview.

2. Do not sound rehearsed.

3. Research the company you are interviewing with.

4. Dress professionally, ensure that your hair is looking neat; clean nails, outfit and shoes. Be aware of your personal hygiene, avoid strong smelling perfumes or colognes, if possible do not use the cologne or perfume. The interviewer may be allergic to particular smells.

5. Arrive on time, at least fifteen minutes before the interview. Please do not arrive an hour or thirty minutes before the interview. If you do get to the site extremely early you can remain in your car, and then start walking to the building around 23 minutes to the building.

6. Be courteous at all times, please smile and greet everyone you meet including the security guard.

7. Avoid general hot topics like religion and politics, stick to safe topics as the weather.

8. Give the interviewer specific job related examples when answering your interview questions.

9. Stay focused, keep your answers job related, no need to be discussing your personal matters with the interviewer.

10. Watch your tone, and speed of talking, especially as we all have different accents the interviewer may not be able to understand your accent, and vice versa. Hence speak slowly, and do not be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question please. Do not attempt to answer a question that you did not hear.

11. Follow up the interview with a Thank You note, so please collect a business card from the interviewer with their direct contact information.
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Eleven Most Popular Questions that Employers ask at Interviews
1. Tell me something about yourself.

2. What make you different from the other candidates?

3. Why should I hire you?

4. Why are you currently seeking employment?

5. What were your major responsibilities in your last job?

6. What will your past employers say about you?

7. Use at least three adjectives to describe yourself?

8. What are your strengths?

9. What are your weaknesses?

10. What income are you willing to accept for this job?

11. Where do you see yourself next one to five years?
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