Anthony Balderrama

  • Myth or Fact: Perennial Workplace Advice

    Myth or Fact: Perennial Workplace Advice

    What's True and What's False At some point in my youth, someone told me that the Great Wall of China was the only structure built by humans that is visible from outer space. I don't remember who told me, but it was someone I trusted, as I committed the fact to memory. Chances are this person thought it was... Continue Reading

  • Your Most Memorable Professional Mistakes

    Your Most Memorable Professional Mistakes

    Some nightmares from your school days will never go away. Whether you graduated from high school this year or two decades ago, some anxiety will always haunt you. Waking up and remembering you forgot to write a research paper. Walking down a hall of lockers and realizing you're not wearing pants. Oversleeping... Continue Reading

  • How to Prepare for Your First Job Interview in 10 Years

    How to Prepare for Your First Job Interview in 10 Years

    Not until you find yourself browsing the aisles of an electronics store do you realize how much time has passed since you bought your last TV. At the time it was the most technologically advanced model available and it seemed to be miles better than your previous model. Now that it's broken you and you need to... Continue Reading

  • What Your Pet Says About Your Career

    What Your Pet Says About Your Career

    Job searches can eventually feel endless and thankless. Just reading news about job searches and the economy is enough to bring down your mood. Sometimes it's nice to have a fun distraction, such as this adorable kitten and puppy photo. Look a them! Unless you have allergies, you can't help but fall in love... Continue Reading

  • Five Jobs That Let You Try Before You Buy

    Five Jobs That Let You Try Before You Buy

    People love to be the first person to do something. Anything. Look no further than those annoying posts on blogs and online news stories where someone simply writes, "FIRST!" because they're celebrating being the first person to comment. Or watch any news program and see how they will report the detail of any... Continue Reading

  • How Workers Are Balancing Multiple Jobs

    How Workers Are Balancing Multiple Jobs

    In the 1980s, the stressful balancing act of working mothers gained national attention in TV shows and films. Never mind that women had been balancing family responsibilities and working outside the home for generations. Suddenly it seemed as if people, or at least the media and business owners, realized how... Continue Reading

  • I'm Experiencing Job Search Burnout!

    I'm Experiencing Job Search Burnout!

    If life were a movie and you had just been laid off, you would buy a one-way ticket to some serene location and spend weeks or even months relaxing. You would unwind and examine your personal goals and return when you want. You might spend your days eating, praying and loving. For most of us, getting laid... Continue Reading

  • 18 Jobs That Pay Average American Salary

    18 Jobs That Pay Average American Salary

    Teenagers desperately want to fit in with their peers, but years later, as adults, they want to be different. They don't want to be just like everyone else. (For proof, tell a chef that her duck á l'orange is average and you'll be banished from her restaurant.) Being average can be an insult at times... Continue Reading

  • How to Address an Annoying Co-Worker's Behavior

    How to Address an Annoying Co-Worker's Behavior

    A conversation needs to happen, but how do you go about it?

    The phrase "We need to talk" is as uncomfortable to say as it is to hear. Few people enjoy delivering bad news, and even fewer people enjoy dealing with its aftermath. Whether you're breaking up with someone or telling your boss that you're quitting, the moments (or days) that follow are uncomfortable. The... Continue Reading

  • 21 Companies Hiring for the Holidays

    21 Companies Hiring for the Holidays

    Each year retail stores seem to put up holiday decorations earlier than the year before. One moment students are grabbing notebooks and glue bottles from the back-to-school displays, and the next an oversize, inflatable turkey is advertising Thanksgiving decor. Although you might think that the store decorations... Continue Reading

  • Laid Off, Fired, Quit, Resigned -- What's the Difference?

    Laid Off, Fired, Quit, Resigned -- What's the Difference?

    Written by CareerBuilder for AOL Understanding the terms of leaving a job When asked why you left your last job, you only have one of two options to choose from: You left willingly or they forced you to go. Your preferred answer, however, is probably more nuanced than either of those options. You don't want to... Continue Reading

  • What Was Your Worst Job and What Did You Learn?

    What Was Your Worst Job and What Did You Learn?

    Written exclusively for AOL Jobs A terrible work experience can forever discolor your memories of that job. Perhaps you and one particular colleague despised each other, but you actually liked the position itself. But when you think about your time at the company, you probably won't remember the satisfaction of... Continue Reading

  • How to Handle Sticky Interview Situations

    How to Handle Sticky Interview Situations

    Think back to the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant when Caitlin Upton, representing South Carolina, was asked why so many Americans were unable to locate the United States on a map. Her response was muddled, to put it kindly. Her incoherent response not only left the judges scratching their heads but also proved that... Continue Reading

  • Companies Hiring This Month: July

    Companies Hiring This Month: July

    At the midpoint of 2010, many people who were looking for jobs at the beginning of the year are now employed. Many people who were laid off a year or two ago due to recession-related cutbacks no longer need to find employment. However, the unemployment rate is still high and millions of unemployed people are... Continue Reading

  • Is Your Job Costing You Too Much Money?

    Is Your Job Costing You Too Much Money?

    When you're considering a job offer, you can't help but factor in salary. Money matters, unless you have a sizable nest egg that lets you spend without care. That is not the case for most workers. Instead, you have to consider the cost of your rent or mortgage, student loans, monthly bills, food and other... Continue Reading

  • Follow Up After an Interview Without Being a Pest

    Follow Up After an Interview Without Being a Pest

    Comparisons between job hunting and dating are common, and never are they more true than when it comes to the follow-up. After a date, you want to let the other person know you're interested, but you don't want to appear desperate. Plus, you don't want to feel foolish if he or she had no intention of... Continue Reading

  • Best Places for Entry-Level Jobs

    Best Places for Entry-Level Jobs

    Entry-level jobs are most workers' first forays into the professional world. Few of us went from unemployed to high-ranking employee overnight. In fact, unless your family name is displayed on a skyscraper, an entry-level job is unavoidable. Although employers decide which positions in their organizations are... Continue Reading

  • Companies Hiring the Class of 2010

    Companies Hiring the Class of 2010

    Graduation ceremonies, while long and boring, are the big finish to years of hard work and anxiety. The exams, the essays, the all-nighters, the poor diet -- they all lead to this piece of paper. Of course, college is about more than the diploma itself, but for that one day all that matters is crossing the stage... Continue Reading

  • 11 Warning Signs Your Interview Is in Trouble

    11 Warning Signs Your Interview Is in Trouble

    During driver's education courses, you learn what each road sign signifies. The two arrows converging means you need to merge. A squiggly arrow means the road winds. "Left Lane Ends" means, well, the left lane ends. Sometimes you don't even need the signs to know what to expect. If you see a flurry of red... Continue Reading

  • Six Old-School Job Hunting Techniques That Still Work

    Six Old-School Job Hunting Techniques That Still Work

    Nostalgia for better days is nothing new. The world as a whole was a better place back in your day, wasn't it? The music, your family, manners, society -- they really knew how to do things right. At least, that's what you hear. Depending on what you're talking about, the past might have been better. In other... Continue Reading