Caroline Dowd-Higgins

7 Things NOT To Do At The Office Holiday Party

7 Things NOT To Do At The Office Holiday Party

It's been a great year, you've worked really hard, and your company has brought back the holiday party to reward the team for a job well done. According to one survey, 9 out of 10 employers plan to hold a holiday bash this year. Before you pop the champagne, be mindful that your behavior at the holiday bash... Read More »

How To Take A Vacation Without Losing Your Job

How To Take A Vacation Without Losing Your Job

Most experts preach the importance of taking a vacation. And there are plenty of studies showing it's good for your health, productivity and creativity. But in America, most of us are limited to two weeks paid vacation. And most of us don't take even that in large part because we fear for our jobs, according to... Read More »

How To Make Sure You Won't Be Laid Off: 5 Tips

How To Make Sure You Won't Be Laid Off: 5 Tips

Unemployment is slowly declining, but many employers are still downsizing. Just last week Sony announced it was restructuring and letting go of 2,000 workers. How can you make sure that you're not laid off? If you make sure to demonstrate your value, you can increase the odds that your job won't be... Read More »

How To Get A Good Raise Next Year, Even When No One Else Does

How To Get A Good Raise Next Year, Even When No One Else Does

Raises have been minimal, or non-existent from 2010 to 2012, according to a survey from Mercer, a New York human resources consulting firm. Most raises have been in the 2.7 percent range this year -- less than the 2012 cost of living adjustment of 3.6 percent. Clearly, the struggling job market is enabling... Read More »

6 Things NOT To Do In A Job Interview

6 Things NOT To Do In A Job Interview

For many people, the most stressful part of the job-hunting process is the interview. That's the time when you have to sell yourself and prove why you're perfectly suited for the job. Many well-qualified people stumble and make mistakes that kill their chances of getting the job. Here are the most common... Read More »

5 Surefire Ways To Turn A Part-Time Gig Into A Full-Time Job

5 Surefire Ways To Turn A Part-Time Gig Into A Full-Time Job

One of the ways people are surviving in this tough economy is by cobbling together part-time or temp jobs. According to a July 2012 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8.2 million workers are employed part-time or in temporary positions, working without job security or benefits. Is it possible to turn... Read More »

Is The Cover Letter Obsolete?

Is The Cover Letter Obsolete?

Are cover letters necessary anymore? There are some who claim that the Internet era has made them obsolete. And when you're applying to dozens of jobs online, it isn't worth the extra effort; all that employers look at are the resumes. Don't believe them. A resume alone will rarely get you the job-- no matter... Read More »

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