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5 Ways to Improve Your Banking Resume Most Job Seekers Forget

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If you’re getting into the banking industry, that’s a smart choice. You can usually find work in this niche easily. You can also get many different banking jobs and have advancement opportunities.

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The Average New Jersey job Seeker Admits their Resume is Only 72% Accurate

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Fake it till you make it? The average New Jersey job seeker admits their resume is only 72% accurate, survey finds.

  • This compares to a national resume accuracy rate of 72%.
  • Of those who would lie about the college they attended, most would falsely claim they attended Harvard.
  • Interactive map showing resume inaccuracies in each state.

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Ridgewood NJ, Embellishing your career achievements can result in serious consequences, most likely eliminating you from the pool of candidates for a prospective job. If you do get hired and your resume lie is later discovered, you will likely be asked to leave.

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9 Tips to Improve Your Cover Letter

We usually spend much more time on our Resume than on our cover letter. But the cover letter is just as important as the resume. Its function is to introduce ourselves and to introduce our candidacy in a succinct way. This is why we should pay a lot of attention to it.

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SURVEY: Fears of contracting COVID-19 is the most cited reason among unemployed Americans still not job hunting

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Ridgewood NJ, recently released a survey that discovered what’s stopping Americans from job hunting.

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How to Be Credible When Applying for an Online Job

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People have been laid off from their jobs because of COVID-19 recently. Finding a job these days is a bit challenging. We’re going through a new situation, and we’re gradually adapting to it. Part of adapting is finding new jobs online. It took a pandemic to teach us that we can do most, if not all, types of work from home. The problem lies in the hiring process. How can the recruiters and employers trust us when they’ve only seen us online? Here are our tips on how to make yourself credible when applying for an online job. 

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How to have a successful career changing attitude to it


How to take the job, your boss and yourself to make your career vibrant and inspiring? Well, first of all, set a goal for yourself and take small steps to achieve it.

It is very important to present your career in detail in the future and have a step-by-step plan for achieving what you want. Follow the plan and evaluate how efficiently you are progressing and what you have to do the next day, month, year.

Write down your career goal. Make a written plan. Define short, medium and long term goals. Describe the desired result or criteria by which you understand that you are moving in the right direction, achieve your goals.

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What good is a liberal arts degree?


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“I’m a liberal-arts major, and it feels like there’s no clear line of work for me to pursue. How can I use my degree to get a job when I graduate?”

The older I get, the more fiercely I defend unduly maligned liberal arts majors. I’m the proud recipient of an English degree. Some people thought that studying literature was an endearing quirk, not a career path, but it led me to a fulfilling career in journalism.

Now that I’m out in the real world, I’ve seen how desperate companies are for good writers, communicators and researchers. According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers spring 2016 survey, employers rated critical thinking, professionalism and teamwork as the most important career-readiness traits of college graduates — all achievable through liberal arts studies.

“In many cases in job interviews, it’s those other applied experiences that students have had that help them stand out,”Paul Timmins, director of career services for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis

It’s true that PayScale’s list of bachelor degrees with high income potential is dominated by science and engineering. But a humanities background can give you the foundation to solve problems, lead and collaborate with others, which can help you rise through the ranks in any industry. You never know where your liberal arts background may take you. Late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien majored in history and literature. Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive of Starbucks, majored in communications.

Follow these steps to gain confidence in your formidable knowledge, relay it to employers and land a job you love.

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Helping Your Sons And Daughters Prepare For The Business World

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October 2,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Each year, parents send their sons and daughters off to college with high hopes that in four years – give or take – they will earn a degree and embark on successful careers.

But while moms and dads may fret most about grades and study habits, they can give their offspring a real boost if they also insist the students carry some of the financial burden for college, says Matt Stewart, an entrepreneur and co-founder of College Works Painting (, an internship program that provides practical business experience for college students.

That means getting a job – either during the school year or over the summer break, or both.

“College students are much more invested in the experience if they have to help pay for college, rather than have mom and dad take care of everything for them,” Stewart says. “There’s a natural tendency to work a little harder on classwork when at least a part of the tuition or dorm room costs come out of your own pocket.”

But beyond that personal-responsibility aspect, it’s worth noting that businesses are seeking job candidates with real-world work experience.

“Those on-the-job lessons are invaluable,” Stewart says.

For example, interns with College Works Painting operate their own house-painting business with hands-on guidance from mentors.

The benefits for students of working their way through college include:

• A regular paycheck. The rising cost of higher education has put paying the full price of college out of reach for many parents, and scholarships and grants often provide only a small percentage of the costs. The more students can pay themselves, the lower their student-loan debt will be when they enter the workforce.
• Practical experience. Nothing prepares you for work like work, Stewart says. A classroom can train students on certain skills necessary for their career choice, but on-the-job experience is just as valuable. Even if a part-time job is unrelated to career aspirations, a student might learn such skills as collaboration, time management and customer relations.
• Resume enhancement. One of the weaknesses recent college graduates sometimes have is their resumes can be skimpy. A few summer jobs can help tremendously, Stewart says, giving managers who might consider hiring you more confidence that you have experience beyond listening to professorial lectures and cramming for final exams.
• Additional references. Hiring managers want to talk with people who know your work habits, and while it’s nice that a favorite professor or a high school football coach is willing to say good things, it’s even better to have references who can discuss relevant job skills.

“Having any job can be beneficial, but if you can you should try to land an especially challenging job or internship,” Stewart says. “When you graduate, you’re going to face stiff competition in the job market. The more you’ve been able to stretch yourself past your comfort zone and develop new skills, the greater the odds are that you’ll be the one picked out of all the applications that come pouring in.”

About Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart is co-founder of College Works Painting (, which provides business experience for thousands of college students each year. The award-winning program also offers high-quality house-painting services for homeowners.