Jodie Shaw

Jodie Shaw is the chief marketing officer for The Alternative Board (TAB), a global organization that helps forward-thinking business leaders grow their businesses, increase profitability, and improve their lives by leveraging local business owner advisory boards and private coaching.

Get Hired April 12, 2022
How to Politely Decline a Job Offer

Are you considering how to best decline a job offer? Whether the position just isn't the right fit or you have another opportunity lined up, it's important to do so in a professional manner. Here are some tips on how to decline a job offer. After weeks or months of sending out resumes and going on interviews, you've finally been offered a job – but you realize it's not the right fit. Or...

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Get Hired November 21, 2016
10 Elements of a Great Cover Letter

Your cover letter could be the difference between getting selected for an interview and missing out on the job of your dreams. While the digital age may have changed how you apply for jobs, many employers still demand traditional cover letters. Be sure yours makes the best first impression by meeting the following criteria: 1. Uniqueness Many hiring managers will trash a cover letter if...

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Get Hired November 17, 2016
Do Your Homework: 4 Things to Research Before an Interview

Showing up to a job interview completely unprepared is a sure way to get your resume tossed into the trash bin. Before meeting face-to-face with a prospective employer, it's important to do your homework. With a little research under your belt, you can respond confidently, ask smart questions, and set yourself apart from other candidates for the position. Here are four things you should...

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Get Hired November 14, 2016
Questions You Should Ask a Prospective Employer

You know you must be prepared to answer difficult questions during an interview – but did you know your prospective employers also expect to be grilled? They take note of candidates who ask smart questions because doing so signals genuine interest in the company and position and shows interviewers that a candidate did their research. Better yet, asking thoughtful questions allows you to...

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Inside Recruiting November 8, 2016
What You Need to Know About Interviewing Millennials

You've probably noticed that more younger candidates are applying for your job openings – and not just for the entry-level gigs. Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, and while the youngest millennials are still in high school, the oldest are 34 years old and making the move into middle management. Just as Gen. X-ers were quite different from their baby...

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Get Hired November 2, 2016
Don't Annoy the HR Manager: Avoid These Common Pet Peeves

Searching for a job can be exhausting. Applying and interviewing require nerves of steel, impeccable social skills, and the ability to think on your feet. Having the human resources manager as your ally can go a long way in reducing your stress. The HR manager will likely be the first person to read resumes and recommend who should get an interview. They also may have a big influence on the...

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Get Hired October 18, 2016
The Introvert's Guide to Surviving a Panel Job Interview

For an introvert, it doesn't get much scarier than a panel job interview. Speaking in front of a group of people can get the sweat pouring. It may not be an easy feat, but there are some things you can do to reduce your stress and impress your jury of potential employers. Try these tips to conquer your fears and shine during a panel interview: Get Details Ask for details about the...

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Get Hired October 14, 2016
Stand Out From the Pack: Tips for Group Interviews

You arrive for your job interview only to be ushered into a conference room where a half-dozen other candidates are already waiting. Being prepared for this sort of surprise can be the difference between embarrassment and success. Group job interviews are becoming more common. They're intended to expedite the hiring process, but for most candidates they're pretty intimidating. It's...

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Get Hired October 12, 2016
How to Explain Gaps in Your Employment History

It's not unusual to go through a period (or several) of unemployment during your career. In fact, nearly 8 million Americans are currently jobless. Whether your time off was the result of a voluntary sabbatical or an unexpected illness, deciding how to address it during your job hunt can be a challenge. Keep your chin up. A break or two in continuous employment isn't a deal-breaker for...

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Get Hired October 10, 2016
How to Survive a Bad Job Interview

It's a lousy feeling to leave a job interview knowing you didn't perform well. It can destroy your self-esteem and make you question whether you'll ever find a good job. It may be tempting to wallow in self-pity, but the smarter approach is to take some proactive steps to overcome the negative experience. Start With Damage Control A bad interview doesn't automatically disqualify you...

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Success October 7, 2016
7 Qualities of a Bad Boss (They're Fixable!)

Even the most amazing job in the world can feel like a nightmare when you have a bad boss. As an employee, both your happiness and your health may suffer if you're toiling away under a bad boss. And if you yourself are that bad boss? You could be stifling your team's productivity, running off valuable staff, and damaging your company's bottom line. What makes a bad boss? Below, I've...

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Get Hired October 5, 2016
How to Make Your Job Application Stand Out

Putting together an employment application can seem like a daunting task, but finding the perfect job depends on it. A competitive marketplace is putting extra pressure on applicants seeking work. However, if you use these simple tips to make your application stand out, you'll be able to stop worrying about resume font choices and start discussing your new 401(k) plan: 1. Start With...

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