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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... Read More »

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... Read More »

Resume Magic: Make Outdated Experiences Appear Fresh

Resume Magic: Make Outdated Experiences Appear Fresh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... Read More »

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? Read More »

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... Read More »

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?... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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,... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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 >> Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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