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Are you on the search for a new job or thinking about restarting your career? If so, you’re not alone. Thousands of people are scouring the job market daily looking for a new position. A common frustration among people without a college degree is finding an employer who is willing to pay for their skills and experience, even though they don't have advanced schooling. While statistics show people with a college education make more than those without one, it doesn’t mean there aren’t jobs for you.

It's game time. You’ve been asked to come in for a face-to-face job interview. You’re a little apprehensive, but you’ve done your preparation. You know why you want the job and how you’re qualified. But yes, there are plenty of ways you can be thrown for a loop once you take your seat at a potential workplace. Here are six common interview mistakes and how to avoid them.

What do you do when a prospective employer asks questions about your work history, your experience and your salary requirements? Here’s all the info you need to know.

As the job market heats up, you may be looking for a career change. However, consider shoring up your financial picture before you change jobs. "Looking at your current and future budget is critical, especially when you’re job hunting," says Denise Winston, a financial educator and author of It’s Your Money. Doing so helps ensure you’re ready for any job opportunity that comes your way.

Q: I lied on my resume. Nothing too major: I didn’t claim to be, like, a top-flight surgeon for a hospital job. No lives will be endangered by my deception. But I did claim to have a few more years of experience in the job I applied for than I do?—?I figured, What the hell? I can learn on the job. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who’s ever done this, but am I completely screwed if I’m found out, now I have the job?

A: Are you the only person who has ever lied on their resume? No. CareerBuilder’s 2017 survey revealed that 75 percent of HR managers caught a lie on a resume, so we can assume you’re in good company. And I definitely understand why people do it. Whether they’re little lies (fabricating titles), big lies (certified mechanic for school buses) or outrageous lies (covering for missing gaps as “primary caregiver to terminally ill parent”), good jobs are hard to come by and people will often do whatever it takes to get them.

But the real question you’re asking is, what are the consequences if you’re caught?

Hate to break it to you, but if you’re treating LinkedIn like an old-fashioned Rolodex, you’re doing it wrong.

Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management. So your profile can’t just be a storage unit for career contacts — it needs to be a living, breathing record of your professional life.

We rounded up the best LinkedIn profile tips to catch an employer’s eye, and shape how they feel about your candidacy. “People need to be told who you are and what you do,” says Donna Serdula, owner of “This is your online reputation. Take control of it.”

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