How to use a varied work history to your advantage
Perhaps, generations ago, students graduated from college and found jobs related to their majors. They stayed at these jobs for several years before moving on to the next job, which was still in the same industry but hopefully a step up.
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Fashion is subjective, and not just the artistic designer clothes you see in glossy magazines. What you're wearing today might make you cringe 10 years from now when you flip through your photo album. To be accurate, when you flip through your Facebook photo albums on your featherweight glass tablet. Take a... Read More »
You might have heard an urban legend about a job seeker who goes on a lunch interview with his potential boss. When the meal arrives, the job seeker sprinkles salt on his food before tasting it. Immediately the employer knows she has no interest in hiring this man. The job seeker isn't flexible, but he is... Read More »
We're halfway through 2011 and many job seekers are wondering what the state of the job market is. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases employment figures each month, the data can be informative but still doesn't answer the questions a lot of people have: Who's hiring? What are my chances of... Read More »
Celebrities don't always make the best role models. For every Bono and Oprah Winfrey there is a real housewife of [choose your city] screaming at her supposed friend in a busy restaurant. Celebrities don't always make the best authors either. Just because someone can sing or act doesn't mean they're capable... Read More »
In the new movie "Larry Crowne," Tom Hanks plays a Navy veteran who is a manager at one of those big box stores where you can buy bananas, a TV, new tires for your car and a fish tank all under one roof. Although he is something of a superstar employee, he's unceremoniously let go when the company downsizes,... Read More »
I once had a job where, after four months in the office, I still couldn't pinpoint exactly what one person in my office did. She and I would be in the same meetings, but she didn't say or do anything that hinted at her professional purpose.
Not once did we collaborate on a project, though we made polite... Read More »
When you try to assess the state of the economy, you can quickly find yourself confused and not sure what to think. On one hand, you have the employment rate, which seems to have only taken baby steps downward but is significantly better than it was a couple of years ago. Then you have the amount of new jobs... Read More »
Most parents choose their children's names carefully. They realize that their offspring will be branded with these names for the rest of their lives (or at least until they can legally change them at 18). No rhyming names. No names where the initials spell out something silly or embarrassing. No names of... Read More »
Men and women who leave the military might put dangerous missions behind them, but they face a host of other challenges when they return to civilian life. In addition to adapting to a comparatively calm daily routine and dealing with other effects of service, military leavers have to find work with a new... Read More »
A common question employers ask is, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Or in 10 years. However they ask the question, employers want to know what your career plans are, but job seekers don't know what answer will land them the job. Is there a right answer?
Job interviews, at their core, are supposed... Read More »
I've seen my share of holiday office parties and happy hours, where everybody has had a few cocktails, and suddenly the entire department is hugging and singing 'Sweet Caroline.' For those few hours everybody thinks they're friends with everybody else, and the normal facade of professionalism drops. And people... Read More »
Job seekers are commonly asked, "Why did you leave your last job?" or "Why are you leaving your current position?" And most job seekers aren't sure how to answer these questions. Is there a right or wrong answer? Is honesty always the best policy?
Job interviews are a delicate balance of preparation and... Read More »
Regarding jobs that pay well, the conventional wisdom states that college-educated workers earn higher salaries because the their jobs require more education and advanced skills.
In addition, fewer workers have college degrees, so they are harder to find in relation to workers without degrees. Indeed,... Read More »
Perhaps no job search advice is more confusing than the instruction to "think outside the box" in order to get a hiring manager's attention. Anyone can come up with an outrageous way to get noticed, but not everyone can do it and actually get the job. Every once in a while you see a news segment about a guy... Read More »
The next time you're on your way to catch a flight, think about the amount of work necessary to make your trip happen. Someone had to create the engine system that powers the car you're taking to the airport. Another person designed the roads and bridges you drive on to reach the airport, which someone created... Read More »
That education weathered the great recession better than many industries isn't a huge surprise. For many recently laid-off workers and frustrated job seekers, returning to school was one of the most common ways to deal with the struggling economy. With few employers hiring, job seekers suddenly had the... Read More »
By the time most people get to work in the morning, they have benefited from the hard work of professionals in the transportation industry. Yet, many probably have no idea how much they depend on these workers. Sure, if you take a bus for your morning commute, you're aware of the driver. But transportation... Read More »
Professions that require hands-on talent, such as electrical repair, plumbing and HVAC maintenance, fall under the category of skilled trade. You might wonder, "Don't all jobs require skills?" Although the industry name sounds vague, it does point out the unique position of these workers because their skills... Read More »
Workplaces can be petty. Once a group of people are on the clock, they become inexplicably prone to arguing over anything and everything. For the same reason, siblings can go from laughing one moment to head locking each other the next. Close quarters can do strange things to people.
What causes someone to... Read More »