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If you've interviewed lately, you know the first step of a job interview is a phone screen. After you apply for a job, a recruiter from the company will reach out to you. They'll ask to setup a time to meet.

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When a company is looking to hire someone, finding the right candidate takes time. There are often multiple phone screens, multiple video interviews, and in person panel interviews. In some cases, there are homework assignments, IQ tests, personality tests, and drug tests. Typically, there a…

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Job searching is tough. But, what is really tough is job searching when you're unemployed. Through my work with job seekers, I've noticed a trend. Those who are unemployed are much more distressed by the process of job searching then those who aren't.

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Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll. For those of us old eno…

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It is always interesting what the dusty annals of yesterday can produce, especially diaries of long-ago pioneer settlers of DeSoto County, and these first-hand accounts often provide great insight into the history of the region.

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I recently learned about a new, shocking phenomenon. Maybe I'm getting old. In my world, there's a right way and a wrong way to use text messages. The right way is to text people you actually know.

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Hello, my name is Christine and I suffer from anxieties and wanted to address this important issue. Because there are still people who do not understand. They give advice by saying just deal with it because everyone has moments like this. This disorder is real, it cripples you emotionally an…

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Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their “labor” rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that non…

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Have you ever had a great job interview go south? If you were the job seeker, perhaps you weren't picked right at the very end – after a lengthy interview process. Or, if you were the hiring manager, a candidate that you gave a great offer to turned you down.

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Set the dial on your time machine to the 30s and 40s for some vintage bluegrass and folk music, and then speed up the dial a bit with a trip to the rocking 50s, 60s and Twenty-Tens as plenty of great music fills the airwaves in the days and weeks to come.

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  Labor Day is a holiday that honors the American labor movement. It celebrates the development, productivity, and prosperity of the United States. And, it marks the unofficial end of summer. If you're like most Americans, Labor Day is spent with loved ones and tasty food.

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Job interviews are full of bias. Very often, it's unconscious. Companies want to be fair. They don't often realize where they may be biased. That’s where rules around interviewing come in. There are certain laws in place to help minimize bias in the job search process. These laws are to prot…

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The Time Traveler will be tapping his feet along with a parking lot full of bluegrass and old-time music enthusiasts when a host of musicians from far and wide join together on Sunday night, Sept. 8, to help save the historic Crumpler-Ferguson Log Cabin, located on the grounds of the DeSoto …

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For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it’s the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, there’s a going-away-to-college question that far too few parents ask or even contemplate: What w…

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The newspaper for which I toiled for nearly two decades not only put food and groceries on my table and in my pantry but the wonderful people I chanced to meet and the many friends that I made will last me a lifetime.

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We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the president. Another part of it is various advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum demanding one cause or another. But nearly totally ignored is how growing government control over our lives, alon…

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The Time Traveler was among many who watched with awe and reverence as hundreds of remaining World War II soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, along with Coast Guard and Reserves, traveled to the white sandy beaches of Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of that epic battle to sav…

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The Time Traveler took note of recent tragic events in Southaven and turned the dial back on the time machine to a fateful day in 1845 when a shootout erupted on the historic DeSoto County Courthouse Square, leaving one prominent citizen dead and at least two others injured. 

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Let’s think about priorities. Say that you live in one of the dangerous high crime and poor schooling neighborhoods of cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit or St. Louis. Which is most important to you: doing something about public safety and raising the quality of education or, as most bl…

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  Since the launch of the internet, job searching has becoming increasingly transactional. Job seekers are able to apply to jobs in bulk. In fact, they must apply in bulk if they want to increase their chances of getting hired.

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Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their caps over it. Sa…

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Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to keep…

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When you're looking for a new job, the time it takes can feel brutal. Every day, you hope the right job will fall into your lap. Not only are you anxious about this, so are your friends and family. They've never seen a job search take so long. Something must be wrong. Right? Not necessarily.

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Sometimes the personal overrides the burning political—just before it doubles back to connect. For me, I reflect on this day of my late father, who would be 94 today had he lived. He was a mentor, a teacher, a counselor and a friend. He taught me values that I continue to strive to uphold: i…

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