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A Guide To Your First Entry-Level Job

A Guide To Your First Entry-Level Job

10 things new graduates absolutely need to know

The working world is an environment that's far different from school. Read More »

Best Of: Starting Your First Job

Best Of: Starting Your First Job

How to catch and tame your first job

The working world can be a mysterious place to a novice worker. If you're just starting out, this is a must-read list. Read More »

Millennials: Expect To Be Underemployed Unless You Do This ...

Millennials: Expect To Be Underemployed Unless You Do This ...

Fifty-four percent of college graduates under 25 are unemployed or doing a job that doesn't require a college degree: waiter, retail clerk, receptionist, and so on. That is according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press. People can debate what's causing that horrific statistic --... Read More »

Employer's Tough-Love Letter To New College Grads

Employer's Tough-Love Letter To New College Grads

Inspired by Kent State University professor Bill Sledzik's blog post, "Dear Millennials: Your Parents Lied to You," Todd Defren, an employer, wrote an open letter to college grads. Defren gave AOL Jobs permission to reprint his letter here. Share your thoughts in the comments section below. By Todd Defren Read More »

Are You Really Qualified For That Job?

Are You Really Qualified For That Job?

By Sonia Acosta You did it. Four years of college went by in a haze of parties, new experiences and, hopefully, at least a few dozen textbooks. Now it's time to go out into the world and get a job. Should be easy, right? You've done your part, and someone out there owes you a job. Wrong. Companies are looking... Read More »

What Teachers Don't Tell You About Succeeding In The Real World

What Teachers Don't Tell You About Succeeding In The Real World

"Good student skills" looked very similar to "good girl" behavior patterns, and that could be preventing women from being leaders and innovators. Read More »

Top 5 Industries For New College Grads

Top 5 Industries For New College Grads

By Debra Auerbach A college major gives a student direction and builds a foundation of knowledge for his future career. Yet it doesn't always define what industry he'll work in post-college. For instance, a journalism major may end up working as a communications director in the health-care industry, or a... Read More »

What Your First Job Can Teach You About Succeeding Today

What Your First Job Can Teach You About Succeeding Today

By Susan Ricker Your first full-time job may have been ages ago, but it taught you more lessons than you may realize. From spending habits to co-workers to promotions, your entry to the workforce was a never-ending learning experience. Reflect on your first job, and apply those lessons to your current role. Read More »

How To Survive A Crappy, Entry-Level Job

How To Survive A Crappy, Entry-Level Job

By Melissa Woodson If you've ever changed careers, you know what a challenge it can be to settle in to a new position. But what if you've been in the workforce for several years and suddenly find yourself in an entry-level job? Whether it's a desired change or one forced by cutbacks in your previous field,... Read More »

10 Things New College Grads Must Do Now To Snag A Job

10 Things New College Grads Must Do Now To Snag A Job

By Lindsay Olson It's frustrating: Spending four or more years studying at college only to not be able to find a job when you graduate. With a fierce job market, new grads have their work cut out for them. Many companies are biased against hiring recent grads. Diana Zimmerman, of the marketing... Read More »

What NOT To Do When You're A New Employee

What NOT To Do When You're A New Employee

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Many new hires are so anxious to make friends and a good impression that they often make mistakes that will leave them with neither. To ensure this isn't you, check out the list below of 10 things you should be cautious of when you're the new kid on the block: Read More »

Freelance, Part-Time Jobs: A Viable Option Or Last Resort?

Freelance, Part-Time Jobs: A Viable Option Or Last Resort?

By Heesun Wee With long-term unemployment near historic highs, it's no surprise many workers have transformed into free agents. But younger workers-particularly so-called millennials-are embracing freelance jobs more aggressively than older peers, according to recent data. Read More »

College Degrees No Longer Required For Good Middle Class Jobs

College Degrees No Longer Required For Good Middle Class Jobs

By Jessica Stillman It's a scary world out there for young people looking to start their careers, and this has led to plenty of college education panic. Don't have a degree, say a host of hyperventilating pundits and extremely anxious parents, and you'll almost certainly be consigned to low-paid wage slavery... Read More »

7 Lessons That Older Workers Should Learn From Generation Y

7 Lessons That Older Workers Should Learn From Generation Y

Generation Y is constantly criticized for having a poor work ethic, displaying a sense of entitlement, and having weak social skills. They are known to sit at the dinner table with their heads in their phones; they undervalue face-to-face communication. However, as someone who works with this generation and is... Read More »

New Grad? How To Understand What The Boss Wants

New Grad? How To Understand What The Boss Wants

By Susan Ricker Graduation was only a few months ago and yet your alma mater is already sending you alumni donation requests, it's been less than ideal moving back in with your parents and any graduation money that you got was burned through a long time ago. (Why did that new collector's pack of DVDs seem so... Read More »

Should You Lie On Your Resume To Get A Better Job?

Should You Lie On Your Resume To Get A Better Job?

By Steve Blank, author of 'The Startup Owner's Manual' and 'The Four Steps to the Epiphany' Getting asked by a recruiter about where I went to school made me remember the day I had to choose whether to lie on my resume. When I got my first job in Silicon Valley, it was through serendipity on my part and... Read More »

10 Countries Where Young People Can't Find a Job

10 Countries Where Young People Can't Find a Job

By 24/7 Wall St., Introduction by Jake Thiewes Unemployment is not just a problem in the United States. According to new data from Eurostat, the 17 countries that both use the euro as currency and belong to the European Union is 11.1 percent, compared to 8.3 percent in the U.S. When it comes to youth... Read More »

What To Do After The Job Interview

What To Do After The Job Interview

By Miriam Salpeter The ultimate purpose of your resume is to land an interview. John Kalusa is a nationally recognized writer who speaks about corporate sales, recruiting, and personal career management. With more than 25 years of experience as a strategic recruiting, human resources, and sales and marketing... 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 »

How 20 Is The New 30 In Today's Workforce

How 20 Is The New 30 In Today's Workforce

By Gadi Ben-Yehuda What makes today's young professionals different than previous generations? For the past decade at least, Americans have been subject to variations of "40 is the new 30." A mantra that is supposed to allow older people to do the things that had previously been relegated to younger people,... Read More »

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