Career Change

  • How Do You Land A Job In A Dried-Up Market?

    How Do You Land A Job In A Dried-Up Market?

    What do you do when your work suddenly dries up? Like millions of Americans, Gail Belsky found... Continue Reading

  • 4 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job

    4 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job

    By Lindsay Olson If you're considering quitting your job, you may be indecisive about whether it's the right decision or not. On the one hand, you're pretty miserable. On the other hand, if you wait it out, you might make that promotion next year. While quitting or staying at your job is a personal decision,... Continue Reading

  • A Career Makeover ... In 3 Minutes?

    A Career Makeover ... In 3 Minutes?

    Gail Belsky is blogging for AOL Jobs about her quest to find a new job -- and reinvent her career. She will be posting every Monday. In the meantime, feel free to share your suggestions, thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. As part of my attempt to reinvent my career, I had my first consult with... Continue Reading

  • 3 Great Reasons To Pursue Work Outside of Your Field

    3 Great Reasons To Pursue Work Outside of Your Field

    By Alan Brady When we graduate college, we hope that the job fairy will give us a high-paying job at a great company-the day after we get our loan-financed diplomas, no less. Unfortunately, what usually happens is that we find ourselves sitting in our parents' basements, lamenting the cruelty of fate and... Continue Reading

  • 4 Reasons To Turn Down A Job

    4 Reasons To Turn Down A Job

    By Donna Fuscaldo Not all jobs are created equal, which is why you shouldn't feel obligated to accept every offer that comes your way. If taking the job means the difference between living on the street and keeping your house, that's one thing, but if your situation enables you to be picky, career advisors... Continue Reading

  • What To Do After Your Career Goes 'Poof'

    What To Do After Your Career Goes 'Poof'

    Gail Belsky will be blogging for AOL Jobs about her quest to find a new job -- and reinvent her career. This is the first post in her weekly series that will run Mondays. At 51, I've become both a cliche and a victim of circumstance -- neither of which makes me happy. A cliche because I'm a middle-aged woman... Continue Reading

  • Using The Right Keywords On Your Resume Will Be Very Important In 2013

    Using The Right Keywords On Your Resume Will Be Very Important In 2013

    By Vivian Giang If you're applying for a position at a larger firm, your resume will likely be among hundreds - or even thousands - that recruiters receive, and if you don't use the right keywords, you'll risk a chance of never crossing a recruiter's radar. More and more companies are using a... Continue Reading

  • How To Develop Powerful Contacts and Connections -- Fast

    How To Develop Powerful Contacts and Connections -- Fast

    The most frequently offered word of career advice is "network." The problem is that by the time you make a deep enough connection with enough people that one of them knows of a great-fit job for you and pulls strings enough that you land the job, you may be eating cat food. Continue Reading

  • Pinch Me: I'm Working Full Time Again

    Pinch Me: I'm Working Full Time Again

    What's it like, working full-time again after a nearly three-year sabbatical? It's seeing the beautiful full moon, still in the sky at 6:30 in the morning. It's smiling to myself because I feel connected to the world again. I'm no longer an observer, I'm a participant. It's having daily... Continue Reading

  • The Insult That Catapulted My Career

    The Insult That Catapulted My Career

    In 2007, I did a fair amount of work with corporate executive teams on the subject of coaching their entry-level employees -- also referred to as Generation Y. I had been hired to explain the mindset of this new generation of workers and how to coach them in their careers. It was a subject I had come to care a... Continue Reading

  • Fastest-Growing Jobs

    Fastest-Growing Jobs

    Demand for home care nurses is projected to grow a whopping 71 percent between 2010 and 2020. What other careers on Money and PayScale.com's list of America's best jobs will see big opportunities? Continue Reading

  • Can You Overcome The Stigma Of Unemployment? Yes

    Can You Overcome The Stigma Of Unemployment? Yes

    You've heard the statistics: Managers prefer to hire people who already have jobs. The long-term unemployed face steep odds. Some 5.4 million people have been out of work for more than six months, and after about a year of being out of work, their chances of getting a job drop to 1 in 10 per month. Continue Reading

  • Is Your Online Profile Keeping You From Getting A Job?

    Is Your Online Profile Keeping You From Getting A Job?

    By Vickie Elmer Change is good. And changing things up on your online profile can attract attention, whether it's a recruiter or an angel investor or some new followers. This fall brings many good reasons for freshening up our online images: Stepped up networking events, new or renewed emphasis on career... Continue Reading

  • Hate Your Job? How To Devise An Exit Strategy

    Hate Your Job? How To Devise An Exit Strategy

    By Heather Huhman You've finally landed an entry-level job in your "dream career." Awesome, right? Unfortunately, not for everyone. Whether you realize your dream career requires more working hours than you're willing to dedicate or the tasks you're delegated are uninteresting or just plain jarring, having a... Continue Reading

  • 5 Reasons Recruiters Keep Rejecting You

    5 Reasons Recruiters Keep Rejecting You

    By Lisa Swan If you want to find a good job these days, you might have to work with a recruiter. Deal with it. That's because today, many companies have dispensed with traditional human resources departments in favor of outside recruiters. It saves the companies beaucoup bucks -- but it also means that you... Continue Reading

  • 'Hero To Zero' Syndrome: Is This Why Veterans Struggle To Get Jobs?

    'Hero To Zero' Syndrome: Is This Why Veterans Struggle To Get Jobs?

    Though the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high for Americans generally, data suggest that veterans as a group are having an easier time finding jobs. The unemployment rate among veterans of all ages fell to 6.9 percent in July from 8.6 percent during the same month a year ago, the Labor Department... Continue Reading

  • Is A Midlife Career Change Possible In This Economy?

    Is A Midlife Career Change Possible In This Economy?

    When is it time to give up on your dream of changing careers in midlife? That's the question Cynthia Hart, a former engineer, posed in a LinkedIn discussion. Hart wrote: "I know many of you have made significant career changes.... and I know I cannot be the only one to feel I have 'failed' at trying. I was an... Continue Reading

  • 10 Jobs That Grew More Than 30 Percent This Year

    10 Jobs That Grew More Than 30 Percent This Year

    By Susan Ricker Staying up-to-date on economic trends is essential in a job search. An occupation you may be interested in could be declining in growth, while a similar role might be popping up at companies everywhere. Pulling data from national employment resources, CareerBuilder's Supply & Demand... Continue Reading

  • How To Get A Job As A Bartender

    How To Get A Job As A Bartender

    By Kathryn Tuggle Whether you're simply looking to entertain friends at a cocktail party or you're seeking a complete career change, bartending can be a unique and profitable option. Although it may sound like fun, experts say it's not an easy job, and bartending schools across the country boast that the... Continue Reading

  • From Waitressing to Dream Job At NASA: How One Mom Did It

    From Waitressing to Dream Job At NASA: How One Mom Did It

    "I'm a 35-year-old mother of three in my third marriage, working as a waitress, and have... Continue Reading

  • Is It Realistic -- Or Reckless -- To Follow Your Dreams?

    Is It Realistic -- Or Reckless -- To Follow Your Dreams?

    By Matthew Tarpey "Follow your dreams." "Do what you love and the money will follow." Job hunters and the unemployed constantly hear this advice, but is it always good advice? Continue Reading

  • What Bosses Think About These 13 Common Hobbies

    What Bosses Think About These 13 Common Hobbies

    By Vivian Giang If you're able to do what you love doing -- the things you'd do without pay -- but actually get paid for it, then you'd have the best of both worlds. Continue Reading

  • Switching Careers? How To Convince An Employer To Hire You

    Switching Careers? How To Convince An Employer To Hire You

    Change is scary, and it's difficult to throw in the towel and switch careers after you've spent years building up expertise in a certain area. But if you've determined it's the best move for your career and happiness, how do you make it happen? How do you convince an employer that even though you have little... Continue Reading

  • 6 Reasons NOT To Change Your Career

    6 Reasons NOT To Change Your Career

    By Ritika Trikha So, you've had enough. You've poured your heart out, worked your fingers to the bone, and turned your hair gray, but no one seems to appreciate it. You're unhappy, and ready to make a career change. Sounds fair. But hasty decisions might leave you in unfamiliar territory with neither field... Continue Reading

  • Smart Reasons To Work For Free

    Smart Reasons To Work For Free

    Whole regions are organized to reduce their energy consumption and improve their environment. Whole communities are engaged in healthy behaviors. Older adults live at home rather than in institutions because they have the help they need. Young children enter school ready to learn. Every immigrant is able to... Continue Reading

  • How To Reinvent Your Career When You're Over 40

    How To Reinvent Your Career When You're Over 40

    Career books often tell us that we should learn from successful leaders in business, the nonprofit sector or government. But in their new book, "Becoming a Life Change Artist," Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan argue that we could all benefit from studying the processes used by visionary artists like Picasso and... Continue Reading

  • 4 Obstacles To Changing Careers In 2012 And How To Overcome Them

    4 Obstacles To Changing Careers In 2012 And How To Overcome Them

    The economy is showing signs of life. And that means millions of people who have been stuck in jobs they hate will start looking for work. A 2011 survey indicated that 84 percent of Americans planned to look for a new job when the economy improved. And yet, the reality is that only a small percentage of them... Continue Reading

  • Want A Job At The Next Facebook? 15 Ways To Get Hired By A Hot Startup

    Want A Job At The Next Facebook? 15 Ways To Get Hired By A Hot Startup

    Many people dream of working at the next Facebook or Google, a startup that is destined to be the next big thing. But what does it really take to get hired by a hot startup? Here are 15 tips from leading entrepreneurs: Continue Reading

  • 3 Surefire Ways To Land A Job You'll Love

    3 Surefire Ways To Land A Job You'll Love

    By Kelly Azevedo A recent Pew study reveals what many people have already observed: re-employed workers -- those who lose their jobs and are then hired elsewhere -- are more likely to consider themselves overqualified for what becomes their current position and are less likely to get a sense of identify from... Continue Reading

  • 5 Reasons It's Taking So Long To Find A Job (And How To Fix That)

    5 Reasons It's Taking So Long To Find A Job (And How To Fix That)

    The average length of a job search is at an all-time high in America. For the unemployed, it's now well over 7 months. What's sad is that other studies show people give up looking after 5 months. That's not good. Continue Reading