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How Many Hours a Week Is Considered Part Time?

What’s the difference between a part time job and a full time job? How many hours per week is “part time,” exactly? You’d think the answer would be simple, wouldn’t you?. It’s not that simple, though. You may be surprised to learn that there’s not...
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How to Talk About Your Strengths and Weaknesses in a Job Interview

No one likes to admit their faults and shortcomings, but no one is perfect. And in a job interview, pretending to be perfect can actually hurt your candidacy. Recruiters and hiring managers like to ask job candidates about their strengths and weaknesses to gauge a candidate’s truthfulness, image of self and, of course, areas that could be improved.
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