Job Search Advice

  • This Man Got A Six-Figure Job Through Twitter (No Resume Required)

    This Man Got A Six-Figure Job Through Twitter (No Resume Required)

    A few months ago, Vala Afshar, an exec at Enterasys, was looking to hire a director of social and digital marketing -- a position that came with a six-figure salary. Afshar made news when he said he wasn't accepting resumes and would only consider candidates who contacted him via Twitter. There were 500... Continue Reading

  • 6 Snap Judgments Hiring Managers Make

    6 Snap Judgments Hiring Managers Make

    Don't blow the interview by making a bad first impression. Continue Reading

  • Things NOT To Do During Your Job Search

    Things NOT To Do During Your Job Search

    With the unemployment still high, you need to avoid these job-hunting mistakes. Continue Reading

  • New Grads: Are You Ready For The 'Real World'?

    New Grads: Are You Ready For The 'Real World'?

    Compare your readiness against this checklist. Continue Reading

  • Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume

    Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume

    By Leslie Anglesey Your resume may only be a single page, but it's a potential minefield when it comes to your career. On one hand, you want enough information so the employer sees what a stellar candidate you are. On the other, you don't want to step into any pitfalls that will give the hiring manager reason... Continue Reading

  • Tricks To Getting A Great Referral

    Tricks To Getting A Great Referral

    A strong referral makes all the difference in a job search. Here's what you need to do. Continue Reading

  • Don't Accept An Offer Without Asking These Questions

    Don't Accept An Offer Without Asking These Questions

    Job seekers who have been looking for new opportunities for months, or even years, are unlikely to spend a lot of time and effort evaluating a new offer before signing on the dotted line. If you've been searching for for a long time, you may not have the luxury to turn down an offer. Continue Reading

  • More Employers Demand Twitter-Like Brevity On Applications

    More Employers Demand Twitter-Like Brevity On Applications

    By Jen Glantz The days of lengthy cover letters and bulleted resumes are fading as employers ask job applicants to present their case in a modern and challenging way -- by describing themselves and why they are a perfect fit for a job in 150 characters or less. Borrowing from the style of Twitter (which maxes... Continue Reading

  • 5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Job Hunting

    5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Job Hunting

    By Amber Erickson Gabbey When you're in the deep trenches of job seeking, the last thing you're likely thinking about is yoga. You probably have more pressing issues to deal with. Perhaps you're worried about how to pay next month's rent or can't shake that the dreadful feeling you'll never find employment... Continue Reading

  • 8 Ways To Turn A Lead Into A Job

    8 Ways To Turn A Lead Into A Job

    You're looking for a job and someone tells you, "Speak with Joe Smith. He may be able to help you." But if you're like most people, you don't know how to turn the lead into a job. This plan will maximize your chances: 1. Ask for an introduction. Rather than contacting the lead, ask your referrer if s/he'd be... Continue Reading

  • Underemployed, With A Degree? What You Need To Do Now

    Underemployed, With A Degree? What You Need To Do Now

    The underemployed college graduate with a liberal arts degree has almost become a sad cliché in the new economy. But what about a trained environmental scientist, with years of professional experience? Surely, he won't be forced to resort to flipping burgers or working the cash register? Consider... Continue Reading

  • Top 5 Most Common Networking Mistakes

    Top 5 Most Common Networking Mistakes

    By Heather Huhman Throughout your career, everyone tells you how important networking can be. It's on virtually every list of advice written by professionals in every industry. Yes, networking is important, but many of you are probably doing it wrong. Here are five bad habits to avoid when networking: Continue Reading

  • Why Temp Work Is A Smart Move

    Why Temp Work Is A Smart Move

    How you can make a temporary job extremely helpful. Continue Reading

  • The Hidden Job Market: It's Real, It's Big, And You Can Tap It

    The Hidden Job Market: It's Real, It's Big, And You Can Tap It

    By Heather Huhman Job seekers are struggling to find positions because so many job openings are never even advertised online. The "hidden job market" is very real, and it's causing frustration among job seekers. You can find these jobs by determining what a company needs. Here are five ways to uncover those... Continue Reading

  • Break Out Of Your Job Search Rut

    Break Out Of Your Job Search Rut

    By Miriam Salpeter If you've been sending out hundreds of resumes and haven't heard back from one employer, stop now and commit to making several changes in your job search strategy. Looking for a job is frustrating; you're totally fed up with looking for a job and don't think there's another thing you can do... Continue Reading

  • How I Changed Careers After 50

    How I Changed Careers After 50

    By Tony Lewis, Senior Recruiting Specialist, Insperity Are you a professional over the age of 50 who is trapped in a job that doesn't meet financial needs or is out of sync with your personality, character or mind? It's not that you are unappreciated or taken for granted. You still have dreams, and your current... Continue Reading

  • Tips On Working With A Recruiter -- From A Recruiter

    Tips On Working With A Recruiter -- From A Recruiter

    By KELLY SERVICES Using the industry knowledge and networks of recruiters can be a critical component of any job search. A professional recruiter can offer career advice, inside knowledge of your target industry or company, compensation guidance and "cultural fit" insight on prospective employers. With the... Continue Reading

  • 4 Unforgivable Mistakes In Networking

    4 Unforgivable Mistakes In Networking

    Marian Schembari By Marian Schembari Hopefully you know by now that networking is the only real way to land your dream job. But are you doing it right? Last week, I experienced the ultimate networking experience. Let's say hello to Ginny. Ginny emailed me a week ago. Her subject line was, "I think I love... Continue Reading

  • 8 New Ways To Look For A Job

    8 New Ways To Look For A Job

    Sometimes it feels that job searching hasn't changed in eons: Write a resume, network, answer ads, interview. And you've been using just those to land a job without success. So you're craving something new. Even in our highly-digitized era, I don't believe the cloud can replace coffee -- that is, sitting down... Continue Reading

  • 4 Reasons Why You Are Still Unemployed

    4 Reasons Why You Are Still Unemployed

    If you haven't been successful landing a new gig, maybe it's time to stop and take a look at your tactics. Don't assume you haven't found a job because the economy is poor; there are jobs out there. It is up to you to demonstrate how and why you are a good match. Consider the following tips to help you land a... Continue Reading

  • 3 Ways To Act More Confident

    3 Ways To Act More Confident

    If you first build your confidence -- and do it in a way that is both sincere and natural -- then you can take just about any step you want. Continue Reading

  • Is Bad Credit Killing Your Job Chances?  [Video]

    Is Bad Credit Killing Your Job Chances? [Video]

    In the aftermath of the financial crisis, plenty of Americans have seen their credit scores tank. But can that really affect your ability to get a job? Possibly, since many employers increasingly are relying on workers' credit histories when making hiring decisions. Just ask Oneika O'Keefe. Speaking on... Continue Reading

  • Why Job Hunters Need To Start Using Google Plus

    Why Job Hunters Need To Start Using Google Plus

    Though Facebook still dominates the social-media landscape, Google Plus is quickly gaining a following among savvy job seekers who view the service a useful tool for job search. In fact, with some 343 million members, Google Plus has surpassed micro-blogging site Twitter and is second only to Facebook in its... Continue Reading

  • The Hidden Job Market Is Even Bigger Than You Think

    The Hidden Job Market Is Even Bigger Than You Think

    Many job seekers are frustrated by the inability to find a job despite sending out dozens, hundreds or even thousands of resumes. To many, it seems like their applications are being sucked into a black hole. That perception may be truer than they know, because of something called the hidden job market --... Continue Reading

  • Whom To Follow On Twitter For Your Job Search In 2013

    Whom To Follow On Twitter For Your Job Search In 2013

    When it comes to career advice offered on Twitter, there's no shortage of so-called experts. So whom do you turn to? AOL Jobs has compiled this list of the 13 best job experts who routinely dispense insights into landing a job or a new career through Twitter, the popular microblogging social media... Continue Reading

  • Is Job Searching During The Holidays Pointless?

    Is Job Searching During The Holidays Pointless?

    Conventional wisdom holds that job searching during the holidays is a huge waste of time. Employers simply don't hire this time of year, the thinking goes, so those in the job market often take December off, resolving to start fresh in the new year. But waiting may not be wise. A recent survey of executive... Continue Reading

  • The New Approach To Job Searching

    The New Approach To Job Searching

    By Alison Green If you haven't searched for a job recently, you might be in for a rude shock the next time you do. The job search has changed dramatically, as the Internet and the economy have both altered how employers operate and what job seekers can expect. Here are seven ways the job search is different... Continue Reading

  • Best And Worst Seasonal Jobs

    Best And Worst Seasonal Jobs

    Seasonal jobs can be a good way for students to earn money while on break from their studies. But for many adults, including parents and retirees, temporary jobs are a reliable source of much-needed extra income during the holiday season. Seasonal job seekers will find it a bit easier this year than last... Continue Reading

  • Best Big Companies To Work For

    Best Big Companies To Work For

    Finding a great place to work for many workers can be a challenge, especially in this economy when so many are content just to have a steady paycheck. The soft labor market, though, doesn't necessarily make it easier -- even for large global companies -- to find top talent, which is why so many of them still... Continue Reading

  • 7 Industries That Are Losing Jobs

    7 Industries That Are Losing Jobs

    October's employment report released earlier this month showed continued steady improvement in the job market. But hiring remains sluggish; a number of employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. As the Labor Department reported Tuesday, job openings... Continue Reading