CareerBliss

  • Lessons From Real-Life Cover Letter Mistakes

    Lessons From Real-Life Cover Letter Mistakes

    A cover letter can be the first step of a new career journey. Or it can be a dead end that dooms your attempts to get a job. It all has to do with how you write it. Continue Reading

  • Weird Ways People Spend Their Lunch Hour

    Weird Ways People Spend Their Lunch Hour

    By Luke Roney, CareerBliss Each day, workers around the U.S. are faced with a crucial decision: what to have for lunch. For some, however, the "lunch" in their lunch break is a mere suggestion. And their midday hour away from the office has little to do with eating. Continue Reading

  • 3 Reasons NOT To Work From Home

    3 Reasons NOT To Work From Home

    By Luke Roney I'll admit it from the outset -- I do enjoy working from home. Occasionally. When there is some sort of complication or emergency on the home front, it's great to have a boss who's OK with me logging on remotely. But, working full-time from home (or from Starbucks) just isn't my cup of nonfat... Continue Reading

  • 4 Career Lessons From Prince Harry's Vegas Pictures

    4 Career Lessons From Prince Harry's Vegas Pictures

    Have you seen Britain's Prince Harry lately? Of course you have -- photos of the prince's pixelated privates have been all over the Web and the news for the past couple days. For Harry, the private-photos-made-public (thanks, TMZ) will likely result in few consequences, save a possible reprimand from his... Continue Reading

  • Worst Job Interview Ever: What Went Wrong, And What I Learned

    Worst Job Interview Ever: What Went Wrong, And What I Learned

    By Luke Roney I knew, as it was happening, that the job interview was going badly. The guy asking the questions -- the managing editor at a mid-size Southern California daily -- had lost interest in me quickly. He put his feet up on his desk and began eating his lunch. I sat wordlessly as he ate. The crunch... Continue Reading

  • Dealing With The 'F' Word During A Job Interview

    Dealing With The 'F' Word During A Job Interview

    By Rochelle Kaplan Being fired from a job can happen to anyone and can occur for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you had a personality conflict with your immediate supervisor and your supervisor prevailed. Or, the job description was completely different from the one given to you during the interview and it... Continue Reading

  • 5 Ways To Burn Bridges, Get Blacklisted And Stunt Career Growth

    5 Ways To Burn Bridges, Get Blacklisted And Stunt Career Growth

    Sure, there's a long-term payoff for practicing diplomacy in the workplace. Good career karma can come in the form of employee referrals, glowing LinkedIn recommendations, networking opportunities, leads on new jobs and more. But who needs any of those things? Continue Reading

  • Network Maintenance: Keep Your Old Connections

    Network Maintenance: Keep Your Old Connections

    Much has been written about how to expand your professional network – attend events, make connections, build relationships, et cetera, ad nauseam. Building your network, of course, is a worthwhile pursuit, but while you're busy looking for new connections don't overlook the older ones - namely your... Continue Reading

  • Job Interview: You Will be Judged By Your Questions

    Job Interview: You Will be Judged By Your Questions

    There are plenty of obvious ways to screw up a job interview: show up late; take a call mid-interview; unload about your old boss; steal the interviewer's pen (booze on the breath or dog poop on the shoes also can lead to a less-than-desirable outcome). But there is a more subtle job interview killer out... Continue Reading

  • 5 Ways To Deal With Overly Competitive Co-Workers

    5 Ways To Deal With Overly Competitive Co-Workers

    A competitive spirit has its place in the office. It can be a positive force that pushes you to do your best work, thereby strengthening your company and increasing your job security and potential rewards. Some people, however, become possessed with the competitive spirit. They begin to view work as a... Continue Reading

  • Defend Your Right To A Life Outside Of Work

    Defend Your Right To A Life Outside Of Work

    By Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBliss In an economy where employees often feel pressure to demonstrate value, work-related matters can dominate life. Yet long hours and sacrificing personal time can backfire by leaving people feeling burned-out and resentful. Strike a better balance with... Continue Reading

  • Are You a Workplace Imposter?

    Are You a Workplace Imposter?

    By Dr. Robert A. Giacalone, special to CareerBliss After many years focused on the academic and practitioner aspects of managing one's work image effectively, I have not changed my mind about this: Effective management of your image generally helps to build careers and advance personal goals. Speak and... Continue Reading

  • Not Happy With Your Job? Become Happy On The Job

    Not Happy With Your Job? Become Happy On The Job

    By Dr. Robert A. Giacalone, Special to CareerBliss When someone talks about being happy or unhappy in their job, most people think about the job itself - the work, the supervisors, the company, the pay. And so many times these days, people will tell you that they are unhappy because of too much work,... Continue Reading

  • 5 Ways To Handle An Exit Interview

    5 Ways To Handle An Exit Interview

    You've cleaned out your desk and said good-bye to your colleagues. All that is left is an exit interview before heading out to your terrific new job -- and that's only a formality nobody takes seriously. Right? Continue Reading

  • 7 Steps For Fighting Unemployment Bias

    7 Steps For Fighting Unemployment Bias

    The phenomenon of unemployment bias is reminiscent of job searching at 16, going door-to-door to every yogurt joint and coffee place to beg for a first job. "No experience? No thanks" is a theme among employers. It is circular logic: "How can I get experience if no one will hire me because I don't have enough... Continue Reading

  • Round 2: How to Prepare for a Second Interview

    Round 2: How to Prepare for a Second Interview

    You're feeling great after your first interview for a job with a prospective employer and you're told to expect a call back from human resources about setting up a second interview. When you do get that call, your initial feelings are excitement and triumph! Then, just as quickly, those feelings are replaced... Continue Reading

  • Turn That Seasonal Job Into A Full-Time Gig

    Turn That Seasonal Job Into A Full-Time Gig

    Holiday traditions are varied and numerous, but there is one year-end custom that has become a standard practice in this country, at least in the retail sector: the seasonal job. The many job hunters considering seasonal work this year may want to supplement an existing (and diminishing) income, while others... Continue Reading

  • Seek Criticism: No News Is Not Good News

    Seek Criticism: No News Is Not Good News

    Do you want your boss to be brutally honest about how you're doing? Or would you rather work, day in and day out, in blissful ignorance until it comes time to trim the office fat and you discover that you're at the top of the layoff list for your lackluster performance? While criticism can be hard to hear,... Continue Reading

  • Your Guide To Gaining Respect In The Workplace

    Your Guide To Gaining Respect In The Workplace

    It's nice to be liked. But it's better to be respected. The two things aren't mutually exclusive. Both can occur at the same time. But if you are going to pursue one, we'd suggest going after respect. Earning the respect of your coworkers and boss can be a difficult undertaking, but well worth it. Check... Continue Reading

  • Moving On? 5 Things NOT To Do When You Quit

    Moving On? 5 Things NOT To Do When You Quit

    Quitting a job -- quitting well, at least -- can be hard work. There are plenty of missteps you can make that can end up hurting your career in the long term. Check out our list of things to avoid when breaking up with your boss. Continue Reading