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5 Best Leather Interview Portfolios and for all budgets

Interview preparation can feel a bit daunting, and it's easy to miss some of the basic items you might want to bring on interview day. One item that is often overlooked until the night before is a leather interview portfolio (sometimes also referred to as "leather padfolio" because it holds a notepad) to hold your resume prints, pen, and notepad. In this post we'll help you identify the right leather portfolio for your upcoming interview for any budget. Best Value Leather Portfolio On a Budget (faux leather, under $25): Opus Interview Portfolio and Resume Paper The interview portfolio from Opus Paper Co offers something that other portfolios plainly do not - premium resume paper included. This faux leather product comes in black with white stiching and...

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Printing your resume? Your 5 best resume paper options

Finding the right paper to printing your resume on can be tricky. You will see a number of specialty papers, with different weights, colors, textures, and compositions.  Printing a resume on resume paper signals a certain level of preparedness, professionalism, and attention to detail. So, what exactly is resume paper?  Resume paper is a more substantial and higher quality type of paper. It feels feels and looks great. Resume paper is heavier than copy paper, but is not as heavy or firm as something like cardstock. The unit of measure for for any type of paper weight (in the U.S.) is in "pounds," so we'll describe the right weight range based on this common unit of measure in the table below, compared to other familiar types of paper.   As you...

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One-page vs two-page resume: considerations and busted myths

You have amazing work experience. You have crafted it into a beautifully-written narrative that tells the story of your professional life. You're confident that it will leave the reader anxious to invite you into their office to interview. But, you have one concern - your resume is two pages long. Or even three. Or four.   Is this okay? What's better, a 2-page or 1-page resume? It depends.  There are fewer and fewer cases where a one page resume rule is absolute. In terms of its style, two-page resumes are increasingly becoming a smart option for many applicants. This does not mean however, that a two-page resume is the surefire approach for every resume because there are still cases where a one-page resume is the...

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The 6 items that you absolutely should bring to every job interview

Applying for jobs is an arduous task. You have spent weeks wordsmithing the same 15 lines of our resume, and have applied to what feels like countless open positions. You may start to feel like your mind is numbing! You have enough on your mind with an upcoming interview looming, so let's make sure that you have all of the critical items that you'll need for the big day.  Appropriate attire to bring to the interview: Every role is different and expected attire will vary depending on your specific situation. Not every interview may require a full suit, for example. If you are sure that you need to wear a suit to your upcoming interview, apply some fresh thinking to design your outfit and accessories...

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Interviews and body language - don't send the wrong signals!

Whether you know it or not, you are always communicating whether we are speaking or not. Non-verbal communication is incredibly powerful, and numerous studies conclude that the first impressions generated in the first 30 - 90 seconds of an interview are highly likely to decide the outcome.  Social scientists can devote years of research into understanding non-verbal cues and how they impact our human perceptions. But we don't have years - you have an upcoming interview and you need to shine. We'll share some foundational advice to avoid pitfalls and allow you to shine during your interview. What natural behaviors to avoid ... and what you can do instead It's easy in a stressful interview situation to lose your presence of mind...

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