Kate Lorenz

  • 'Star Wars' or 'Star Trek'? Questions You Just Might Hear in the Interview

    'Star Wars' or 'Star Trek'? Questions You Just Might Hear in the Interview

    As someone who doesn't know a Klingon from a Jedi, I've watched in bewilderment as friends have debated which franchise is superior: 'Star Wars' or 'Star Trek.' Normally, I feign interest for a few minutes and then tune out when someone begins to imitate Yoda. The next time I'm in this situation, I might... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: I Have a Criminal Record and Nobody Will Hire Me

    Ask an Expert: I Have a Criminal Record and Nobody Will Hire Me

    Every day, we get questions from people seeking special assistance with their job searches. One common theme is job searching with a criminal record. How much should you disclose and when should you disclose it? How do you explain your criminal record and still land a job? How do you address it during an... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: 'Why Won't Employers Call Me Back?'

    Ask an Expert: 'Why Won't Employers Call Me Back?'

    Many of our readers have asked recently, "Why won't employers call me back?" Job seekers get that employers can't always respond to every single applicant ... but to never so much as e-mail or call someone back after an interview? What gives? Some job seekers have applied to hundreds of jobs and haven't... Continue Reading

  • Mastering the Art of Business Seduction

    Mastering the Art of Business Seduction

    Written by CareerBuilder for AOL You might consider Mark Jeffries a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac ... if you want to woo a new boss or potential client, that is. In his new book, "The Art of Business Seduction: A 30-Day Plan to Get Noticed, Get Promoted, and Get Ahead" Jeffries shows readers how to reinvent... Continue Reading

  • What Would Don Draper Do? Mad Men Vs. Today's Workplace

    What Would Don Draper Do? Mad Men Vs. Today's Workplace

    Whether you watch Mad Men or not, the Emmy-winning show is a fascinating time capsule of life half a century ago. If you're not familiar the series, which is now in its fourth season, it revolves around the inner workings of a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the 1960s and the people who work there. The... Continue Reading

  • Nearly 40 percent of workers have flirted with romance on the job

    Nearly 40 percent of workers have flirted with romance on the job

    When you think of TV's most famous romantic duos - Jim and Pam, McDreamy and Meredith, Turk and Carla, Sam and Diane, Mr. Burns and Smithers – they all have one thing in common: They met on the job. But when it comes to finding love, it's not just reserved for primetime. Regardless of the economy, one... Continue Reading

  • Metros Where Employment is Growing

    Metros Where Employment is Growing

    I'm probably as sick of writing about job loss as you are reading about it. Today I have some good news to report. Recently, the Brookings Institute released the Q3 edition of its MetroMonitor, a "quarterly, interactive barometer of the health of America's 100 largest metropolitan economies." The MetroMonitor... Continue Reading

  • The Dos and Don'ts of Gift Giving at Work

    The Dos and Don'ts of Gift Giving at Work

    The holidays are quickly approaching, and that means it's time to start making your holiday gift lists. While finding the perfect gift for your Great Aunt Betty is always a challenge, some people get the most stressed out during the holidays trying to decide how to handle gift giving in the workplace. Do you... Continue Reading

  • Holiday Season Hiring Outlook

    Holiday Season Hiring Outlook

    If you are hoping to snag a seasonal job during this year's holidays, it's time to start looking now. Like the rest of the job market, competition will be fierce. What you might not think about, though, is that a seasonal job can be your ticket to full-time employment. "Competition for seasonal positions will be... Continue Reading

  • High Entry-Level Salaries

    High Entry-Level Salaries

    Last month, I wrote a post about 50 jobs that pay $50,000 or more and a lot of you commented that you wanted to see jobs that pay that amount at the entry level. I did some detective work and found 20 jobs whose entry-level salaries range from $41,000 to $77,000 a year. Compare these to the national mean of... Continue Reading

  • Eight Ways to Maximize Your Cover Letter's Power

    Eight Ways to Maximize Your Cover Letter's Power

    Like peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs, résumés and cover letters go hand-in-hand. Although both pieces are valuable on their own, they pack the most punch when served together. But while all job seekers know the importance of a well-organized résumé, many don't understand... Continue Reading

  • 10 Signs It's Time to Quit

    10 Signs It's Time to Quit

    "I like what I do. I just don't like where I work." Sound familiar? From unbearable co-workers to depressing work environments, there things that can make even the best job a living hell. Here are some signs it's time to look for a new job. Continue Reading

  • Success Without a College Degree? Seven Hotshots Who Made It

    Success Without a College Degree? Seven Hotshots Who Made It

    Many think the only way to succeed is through education. While piling on the degrees can earn you piles of dough -- and debt -- it's not the only option. Some of today's most successful people don't have a college degree. But what they lack in academic credentials, they make up for in tenacity, brains, guts and... Continue Reading

  • Whom Do You Work For? Eight Types of Bosses

    Whom Do You Work For? Eight Types of Bosses

    Forty-three percent of workers recently surveyed by CareerBuilder.com reported they do not feel valued by their employers. Dissatisfaction with management techniques is a main contributing factor with four in ten stating their corporate leaders play favorites and nearly one in four reporting their direct... Continue Reading

  • Our Absolute Favorite (and Sometimes Useful) Desk Decorations

    Are you trying to find a way to make your cube stand out among the endless network of homogenous partition panels in your office? Want to personalize the place where you spend a good part of your week? Looking for a gag gift for your favorite co-worker? From clever and practical to downright weird, we've sorted... Continue Reading

  • America's Most Dangerous Jobs

    America's Most Dangerous Jobs

    While many of us go to our jobs every day without even thinking that we might suffer a paper cut, there are thousands of other workers in peril every time they punch the clock. From inner city violence to acts of nature, professionals put their lives at risk to keep the community safe, keep store shelves stocked... Continue Reading

  • Five Worst-Case Interview Scenarios

    Five Worst-Case Interview Scenarios

    Certified career counselor Susan Guarneri offers suggestions on how to handle unforeseen interview mishaps. Continue Reading

  • They're Dirty Jobs, But They Gotta Get Done

    Theirs are often thankless jobs, but without the following professionals, most of us probably wouldn't be able to enjoy so many of the things we often take for granted, from clean bathrooms, homes and work spaces to the convenience of buying fresh fish and deli meats at the market. The following occupations... Continue Reading

  • Finding Success in Sales

    Finding Success in Sales

    Veteran comedian Rodney Dangerfield compared a job in sales to working in comedy in a Time Magazine interview recently. "In both fields, the most important ingredient is, you've gotta be liked. Whether you're selling aluminum siding or going onstage, you gotta make 'em like you and believe you," he quipped. Continue Reading

  • Work How-Tos From Donald Trump

    Work How-Tos From Donald Trump

    Donald Trump continues to be a major influence in the working world. In his upcoming book How to Think Like a Billionaire (Random House), he teaches people how thinking like a billionaire (eg. Trump) can lead to success in work and, ultimately, life. "Whether you're a homemaker or a school teacher, a lawyer or a... Continue Reading