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  • Can Stress Be Good for Your Career?

    Can Stress Be Good for Your Career?

    In the new book The Right Fight: How Great Leaders Use Healthy Conflict to Drive Performance, Innovation, and Value, authors Saj-Nicole Joni and Damon Beyer state that contrary to popular belief, happy employees aren't necessarily the most driven or best employees, and that tension, channeled properly, can... Continue Reading

  • Seven Ways To Waste Time in a Job Search

    Seven Ways To Waste Time in a Job Search

    Time is money, so they say. Time you spend in your job search will hopefully result in money (aka, a salary). Here are seven things I see job seekers doing wrong with their time in their job search: Continue Reading

  • Mariann Donato Entry #3: Frustration Sets In... Again

    Mariann Donato Entry #3: Frustration Sets In... Again

    Frustration Sets In... Again My life is in limbo.....won't you please acknowledge my existence? I have been on the job hunt for a couple of years now and even after all this time there's something I still can't make sense of or wrap my brain around - the recruiter/executive search/headhunter relationship (or... Continue Reading

  • Companies Hiring This Month: March

    Companies Hiring This Month: March

    > One of the most annoying things to say to a job seeker is, "There are plenty of jobs to be had; you're just not looking hard enough." Yes, there are many companies hiring, but on the job hunt you can begin to feel as if the only places not hiring are the ones in your industry. Not every job posting is for... Continue Reading

  • An Insider's Edge More Important Than Ever

    An Insider's Edge More Important Than Ever

    A recent study by CareerXroads found that of all the full-time positions filled in 2009, 51 percent came from internal transfers and promotions, up from 39 percent in 2008 and 34 percent in 2007. And of the remaining positions that were filled by outsiders, 27 percent came from referrals. One executive at a... Continue Reading

  • Obama is almost oveweight (and the fallacy of a one-size-fits-all job search strategy)

    Obama is almost oveweight (and the fallacy of a one-size-fits-all job search strategy)

    Apparently President Obama is at risk of being overweight. An article on CNN, which reports Obama was told to lower his "bad" cholesterol (LDL), says his body mass index (BMI) is 23.7. If he gets to 25.0 then he's considered overweight. According to this Department of Health and Human Services BMI is a "reliable... Continue Reading

  • Job Search Tools

    Job Search Tools

    Rewind to four years ago. I was a new job seeker trying to figure out what the heck a job search was (actually, I was really just trying to figure out how to get a job, but no one was falling all over themselves to offer me a job). I knew about job boards, of course, and figured that's where my job leads would... Continue Reading

  • Weird, Wacky Ways To Snag A Job

    Weird, Wacky Ways To Snag A Job

    If an enterprising young man could get a Maxim model to agree to go with him to his high school prom by using YouTube, why can't you do the same to find a job? With the job-market remaining incredibly tight, people are resorting to some unconventional tactics to snare an offer, and some of them have actually... Continue Reading

  • Hire This Guy #1: Tory's Plan of Action for Mariann

    Hire This Guy #1: Tory's Plan of Action for Mariann

    By Tory Johnson There's one major way in which Mariann Donato's job search mirrors that of so many other people: She's relied too heavily on the Internet. She estimates that over the last two years she's submitted more than 1,000 résumés online, spending upwards of six hours on most days scouring... Continue Reading

  • Five Ways to Shake Up Your Job Search

    Five Ways to Shake Up Your Job Search

    Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer With 2010 in full swing, it's hopeful that things are starting to look up for those who had a tough time in 2009, professionally or otherwise. While the hope is that those who have been unemployed in recent months have found a job, recent numbers show many people are still... Continue Reading

  • Resume Magic: Make Outdated Experiences Appear Fresh

    Resume Magic: Make Outdated Experiences Appear Fresh

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Many job seekers fail to score interviews, even though their skills and experience qualify them for the positions they want. This can occur when a job seeker's work history sounds archaic to the person screening his or her résumé, according to Susan Britton Whitcomb,... Continue Reading

  • The Resume - how good do YOU look on paper?

    The Resume - how good do YOU look on paper?

    A dean of the Hofstra University School of Communication recently told me, "Your cover letter and résumé are the first things an employer sees -- and if they're not right, they're the first things an employer throws away." So, how good do YOU look on paper? Continue Reading

  • You Took a Demotion; Now What?

    You Took a Demotion; Now What?

    Five years ago, Bill M's star seemed to be shining brightly as he accepted his second promotion in three years at a major financial services firm. Then, amid budget-tightening last fall, the company gave him an unappealing choice: a lower level position or a severance package. With two kids, a stay-at-home wife... Continue Reading

  • Your greatest weakness better be a

    Your greatest weakness better be a "strength in disguise"

    The interview is your one opportunity to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job. Don't get tripped up on questions designed to separate the good applicants from the BEST applicants. For example, here's a question I had on an interview "What would you say is your greatest weakness?... Continue Reading

  • Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job

    Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job

    If you think Twitter is just about kids "tweeting" their every random thought and selling concert tickets, think again. With its limit of 140 characters per tweet and its worldwide podium, the microblogging platform of Twitter is quickly proving to have many uses -- from "ringing the dinner bell" for your spouse... Continue Reading

  • How to Market Yourself Effectively With a Blog

    How to Market Yourself Effectively With a Blog

    A survey on employers' use of social networking sites showed that 45 percent used them to research job candidates, and one-third did NOT make the hire based on something they read. Take advantage of the fact that recruiters and hiring managers will look online to find additional information about you, and do... Continue Reading

  • Hope for the Unemployed in 2010?

    Hope for the Unemployed in 2010?

    According to a Feb. 12, 2010, article in The New York Times, "The Obama administration projected Thursday that the unemployment rate would fall this year by only a little, if at all, and would remain well over 6 percent until 2015." Unemployment is still big news, no matter what part of the country you live... Continue Reading

  • The Wrong Watch and Other Random Reasons You're Not Getting a Job

    The Wrong Watch and Other Random Reasons You're Not Getting a Job

    It's not right to discriminate against you on any of the big things, like race, religion and gender. But we all know discrimination exists, and sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. Unfortunately, discrimination doesn't stop with the most common biggies (race, sex, age, etc.). Here are some minor,... Continue Reading

  • Good News on the State of the Jobless

    Good News on the State of the Jobless

    At last, a sign that US unemployment might finally have peaked and be on its way back down: There was a large dip last week in the number of people losing jobs and claiming unemployment benefits for the first time. In fact, 43,000 fewer people filed for new benefits last week than the week before, according to... Continue Reading

  • Hiring Managers Speak Out: 8 Things That Seal the Deal

    Hiring Managers Speak Out: 8 Things That Seal the Deal

    CareerBuilder.com writer One thing about the hiring process is true: It leaves much room for speculation. Whether you got the job -- or you didn't -- most job seekers want to know why. Why were you chosen over the next guy? Or, better yet, why weren't you? Was it your experience, your attitude, your interview... Continue Reading

  • If I Cannot Find You Online, Do You Exist?

    If I Cannot Find You Online, Do You Exist?

    The Internet has become a constant in our world of change. We leverage it for staying in touch with current events, our friends, and even our favorite shops and restaurants. We expect current information from all these locations to be readily available whenever we need it. Read the full story >> Continue Reading

  • How Volunteering Landed Me a Job

    How Volunteering Landed Me a Job

    This is what Troy Tillis got out of working as a Peace Corps volunteer: a great job and a graduate degree. Tillis is a planning and performance analyst with the federal General Services Administration. He helps manage and analyze the long-term direction of a major federal agency. And he credits both the work... Continue Reading

  • The Peace Corps Led to a Great Job

    The Peace Corps Led to a Great Job

    Can serving the world lead to a great job? Yes it can! In my last post, I talked about how volunteer work with federal organizations such as the Peace Corps or VISTA can help you gain job skills and contacts that will land you a job afterward, even in this tough economy. Todd Valdini provides a good... Continue Reading

  • Don't Quit Your Day Job

    Don't Quit Your Day Job

    We all have heard that expression. I know I have. Usually when I'm brave enough to sing outside the privacy of the shower. The advice is a little more serious when it comes to a job search. Many job seekers are aware it is better to look for a new job when you still have one. And yet, some do not fully... Continue Reading

  • How They Got Their First Jobs: News Reporter

    How They Got Their First Jobs: News Reporter

    As we help folk look for and, more importantly, get that first job, each week I am going to profile someone who beat the odds and landed a great job in this tough economy. The goal is to show you successful strategies for landing that first job. Christina Pascucci is a recent grad of USC, and is working as a... Continue Reading

  • Ask not what your company can do for you— Ask what you can do for your company

    Ask not what your company can do for you— Ask what you can do for your company

    One of the most common mistakes young college grads make when interviewing for a job, is conveying their personal reasons for attending the interview. There's a time to tell the complete truth, and there's a time to keep it under wraps. "This is an amazing learning opportunity," or "I truly believe this job... Continue Reading

  • Are You Talking?

    Are You Talking?

    Everyone knows the saying "It's not what you know, it's who you know." This aphorism rings true in the business world, especially when it comes to the initial step of getting your foot in the door of a particular company or organization. Let's see, who is more likely to get the job... the well qualified... Continue Reading

  • You Need to Give to Get

    You Need to Give to Get

    In the world of "give and take," do you take more than you give? When it comes to working with recruiters, many job seekers assume they can only receive help and not provide any. Additionally, many wrongfully assume that the relationship with the recruiter is short-lived-that it only lasts as long as the job... Continue Reading

  • Is Addiction to Job Boards Killing Your Job Search?

    Is Addiction to Job Boards Killing Your Job Search?

    With recent revelations of Heidi Montag's addiction to plastic surgery and Tiger Woods' (or his look-alike) in rehab at a Mississippi clinic, it's time we brought to light another serious addiction that needs to be addressed: job seekers' addictions to job boards. On a segment I did for CNN on using social... Continue Reading

  • Five Reasons Being A Recent College Grad Will Help You Find a Job

    Five Reasons Being A Recent College Grad Will Help You Find a Job

    A recent article about job trends says that the U.S. may become a nation of freelancers. While the tone of the article was gloomy, this made me think about the reasons being a recent college graduate may make it easier for you to find a job. These are my five reasons why: 1) You are not tied down: A lot of... Continue Reading

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