Many job seekers who are looking for some guidance on setting a career path are often directed to take a career test. A series of questions meant to define your interests and point out a suitable career choice, career tests are sometimes looked down upon as being more of a hindrance rather than a helpful... Read More »
Are you considering applying for a job with the U.S. Census Bureau? If so, you might need to brush up on your basic math and reading skills. In order to be considered for a census-taking position, you must complete a 30-minute census test.
Although I don't plan to apply for a census job, I hopped online this... Read More »
With all the negativity and depression clouding the working world these days, author/radio host Mary Foley thinks it's time to lighten up a little -- or at least to add a little color. She's been through all the ups and downs the economy has had to offer, and she chooses to look on the bright side, which is an... Read More »
One of the first things a career coach might ask you to do when you begin working with her on a career change is to take a personality assessment test, for example, such as the testing developed by The Myers & Briggs Foundation. These personality tests are intended to gauge how you interact with other... Read More »
"I should just start a ______ business."
How many times have you had the light bulb go off, thinking you can do it better than an established business or seeing an opportunity that hasn't been tapped? Having the idea is one thing -- but knowing if you're meant to be a boss is another thing.
Daniel Isenberg,... Read More »
What's in a name? Well, apparently a lot. Names are chosen for the way they sound, or for family significance. Other times they are used to uphold traditions and continue a lineage, for example John Doe Sr. might name his first-born son, John Doe Jr. Others use names as the ultimate form of description. For... Read More »
My son has a name that is very common in some parts of the world but not very common in the United States. When you hear a person's name, do certain thoughts and associations come to mind? I started thinking about how birth names might affect a job seeker's candidacy and wondering if they can actually play a... Read More »
When you walk into a room full of colleagues, bosses, or clients, you might not say a word in the first few minutes -- but your body language has already spoken volumes about the type of person and worker you might be. Well over half of all communication is projected through body language, though we frequently... Read More »
Revised January, 2011
Do you ever wish finding the perfect job could be as easy as 1, 2, 3? According to recent research, it might be as easy as red, yellow or blue. That's right; by determining which primary, secondary and achromatic colors you prefer most and least, you can figure out a successful career path... Read More »
by Dale Kurow, M.S., MCDP, Executive Coach
Everyone's heard about the recent layoffs and downsizing in the financial industry due to the mortgage crisis and the fire sale of Bear Stearns. Some of the retrenchment is now flowing over into other sectors, as expected.
Are you worrying about how to stay valuable... Read More »
The average American spends a lot of time at work -- more than 1800 hours a year -- but do you love your job or are you frequently daydreaming about being somewhere (or anywhere) else?
A lot of things play a role in your job satisfaction besides the actual work itself. Your emotions, skills,... Read More »
Bored at work? This summer, AOL Jobs will be publishing a career quiz every week to keep you entertained. This quiz was so popular with readers when it originally ran that AOL is republishing it.
Have you ever shaken someone's hand and in the same instant, felt every bone in your fingers and palm shatter? Or,... Read More »
Are you in a job that suits you? How about your work environment?
Is it one that allows you to shine for who you are and recognizes the unique contribution that only you can make? If you take your quest for job satisfaction seriously these are questions you might want to ask. Knowing a bit more about your... Read More »
Of course, what you write is more important than how you write it, but arguably one's handwriting can be considered a window into the soul –or at least one's job satisfaction. Handwriting is an everyday skill that we use to convey thoughts and ideas, and studies show that there could be more to your... Read More »
There comes a time in every professional's career when it is best to make a change. Being able to recognize burnout and know when to leave a company can keep you from finding yourself at a dead end later in your career. But how do you know when it's time to move on? The following quiz,... Read More »
Revised January, 2011
All men may be created equal; but a look at their pay stubs will tell you that their incomes are not.
Blame it on social class, education -- even luck, but according to Dalton Conley, New York University professor of sociology and public policy, inequality begins at home. In his book... Read More »
Are you leadership material? If you've ever worked for an organization in which those on the fast track are clearly visible, you've probably wondered what the people at the top see in them. It takes more than merely being good at your job to be a good leader. The most gifted athletes rarely make... Read More »
By Heather Mundell, CPC
You're sitting in another agonizing meeting and glancing at your watch. "I can't believe what a waste of time this is," you say to yourself. "I've got five phone calls to return and probably 25 new e-mails in my inbox. Guess I'm staying late again. I just wish I cared more about what I'm... Read More »
Bored at work? This year, AOL Jobs will be publishing a career quiz or test every week to keep you entertained. This one was so popular with readers when it originally ran that AOL is republishing it.
Your resume is glowing and once you're in the interview room you can certainly talk the talk...but can... Read More »
By Marty Nemko, Career Coach
Over the years, I've asked my career counseling clients hundreds of questions to tease out what they should be doing with their lives.
Recently, I created a new-client questionnaire that includes the questions that most often reveal something important about a client. I now have my... Read More »