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  • Facebook Can Be A Job Killer

    Facebook Can Be A Job Killer

    It was a straightforward question from a young reporter who I have been mentoring, "Is there anything on my Facebook page that would hurt my chances of getting my next job?" And, unfortunately, the answer I gave her was "yes". Pictures of partying and provocative poses, which may be fun and seemingly innocent,... Continue Reading

  • Is Working with Recruiters like Pushing a Rope?

    Is Working with Recruiters like Pushing a Rope?

    At this time of year, many people decide it is time to look for a new job. Is starting a job search one of your New Year's resolutions? If so, you'll probably brush up your resume, hit the job boards, apply for a few jobs and wait. When nothing happens, you'll think, "What should I do now? I know, I'll ask a... Continue Reading

  • Jack of All Trades and a Master of Some

    Jack of All Trades and a Master of Some

    When I ask job seekers what roles they are ideal candidates for, I often hear "I am good at so many different things, I can do almost any job." Although this may sometimes be close to true, most of my clients are looking for specialists. Sure they appreciate the candidates who bring a lot to the table. However,... Continue Reading

  • Mass. Election Shows How NOT to Get a Job

    Mass. Election Shows How NOT to Get a Job

    "What was she thinking?" a lot of us asked when we heard that Democrat Martha Coakley, the supposed shoe-in for Ted Kennedy's Senatorial seat, had let the election slip through her fingers and into the hands of Republican Scott Brown. I mean, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that you shouldn't take a... Continue Reading

  • College Grad Job Prospects - A Little Good News

    College Grad Job Prospects - A Little Good News

    Is there any good news out there for college students who are about to enter the job market? If you read most of the headlines these days, the answer is "no". But if you dig a little deeper, there are some signs of hope. The National Association of Colleges and Employers tracks hiring trends and their latest... Continue Reading

  • A Layoff Story

    A Layoff Story

    I was laid off two months and one day ago from my job as guest service manager at a successful hotel chain. (Trivia: This company was the very first hotel "chain." Take a guess!) On the day I was laid off, I was brought into the restaurant section of the hotel. The general manager, front office manager, and... Continue Reading

  • I Have a Journalism Degree, Now What?

    I Have a Journalism Degree, Now What?

    Being born in New York has been both a blessing and a curse for recent grad Samantha Manning. As a broadcast journalism major at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, she has had the opportunity to intern in the number one media market in America. Despite interning for networks like ABC, as well as being the... Continue Reading

  • Can You Land a Job on Facebook?

    Can You Land a Job on Facebook?

    Can your status updates on Facebook influence people, get them to take action, build relationship, or evangelize a brand or idea? Can it help you get a job? Consider this. Last week a viral chain letter was sent to all women with active Facebook profiles suggesting they create a status update simply mentioning... Continue Reading

  • Who Said We Were Giving Up?

    Who Said We Were Giving Up?

    I recently read an article that claimed the unemployment rate is staying below 10 percent because we unemployed people have just packed it up and called it quits. And according to the statistics, maybe this is a little bit true. Continue Reading

  • "Buycott" Your Way Into a New Job

    My husband was talking to his old friend Bingo the other day, who said he was out of work but trying to get a sales job at a local car dealership. We suggested that he try and get the dealership's attention by organizing a "buycott" -- the opposite of a boycott, so they'd see how fabulous he could be at cleverly... Continue Reading

  • Job Seekers: What Can you Accomplish in Just 18 Minutes a Day?

    Job Seekers: What Can you Accomplish in Just 18 Minutes a Day?

    Not much. But the Department of Labor reports that the average number of minutes unemployed Americans are spending looking for a job each day is 18 minutes. What can those 18 minutes possibly translate into? Checking one job board, making one phone call, connecting to a few friends and colleagues online, or... Continue Reading

  • Five Free (or almost free) Ways to Help Your Job Hunt

    Five Free (or almost free) Ways to Help Your Job Hunt

    Whether you are a job seeker or not, free is free. There's no such thing as a free lunch, but we've found some really cheap suggestions to help anyone trying to save a buck and stay connected. 1. A cup of coffee Depending on where you live, coffee can run 50 cents to three dollars. But where you get this... Continue Reading

  • Get Your Career in Shape in 2010

    Get Your Career in Shape in 2010

    Probably the two most common New Year's resolutions people make are to lose weight and to find a new job. It's interesting how many parallels there are to losing weight and searching for a new job. Both require patience and discipline and in both situations it is common to have setbacks and feel defeated and... Continue Reading

  • Preparing for Your 2010 Job Search

    Preparing for Your 2010 Job Search

    5 tips to get you ready Robert Half International The good news: You have a job. The bad news: You'd like to find a new one, and the current state of the economy has undermined your efforts. You don't have to wait out the storm. You can take steps to prepare for your job search. By laying the groundwork... Continue Reading

  • Turning Job Hunting Into 'Job Getting'

    Turning Job Hunting Into 'Job Getting'

    Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Often, when job seekers come across job ads that interest them, they immediately submit their résumés and cover letters to the employers. Then they wait, wondering if their submission will develop into an interview opportunity or if it will slip into a black hole and... Continue Reading

  • Five Job-Hunting Holiday Presents to Give Yourself

    Five Job-Hunting Holiday Presents to Give Yourself

    By Geoffrey Roth For soon-to-be-graduating college students, winter break is here. While your thoughts may be on heading home for the holidays, you should also realize that you are only 5 months away from wanting to have that first job lined up. Here are five job-hunting gifts you'll want to give yourself this... Continue Reading

  • Mom, Is That You With George Clooney?

    Mom, Is That You With George Clooney?

    If some of those people up there on the big screen getting fired by George Clooney in the new film Up In the Air look like friends and family, that's because they just might be. Writer/director Jason Reitman used real people who had recently been laid off when he shot his latest film. That's what he told... Continue Reading

  • The New Interview Questions

    The New Interview Questions

    By Diane Domeyer, executive director of Office Team Most job-hunting aficionados can effortlessly recite their greatest strengths and weaknesses, succinctly describe their future career goals and present a compelling case when asked why they should be hired. Yet these types of sound bites, while helpful, may... Continue Reading

  • Advice from the Hiring Seat: Employers with Job Openings Weigh In

    Advice from the Hiring Seat: Employers with Job Openings Weigh In

    By Michelle Goodman The web is teeming with tips from career coaches and pundits on how to land a job in this crummy economic climate. But much of this advice comes from folks who haven't been in the hiring seat for five, 10, even 15 years Instead, we thought it would be helpful to compile the best suggestions... Continue Reading

  • Job Search Do's And Don'ts

    Job Search Do's And Don'ts

    It takes more than a good résumé to land a job in this market. You have to be savvy and a step ahead of other applicants. Cosmopolitan recently teamed up with the Society for Human Resource Management for a survey on what it takes to be a winner in these highly competitive times. Turns out the... Continue Reading

  • Handling Eight Types of Interviewers

    Handling Eight Types of Interviewers

    Robert Half International In an ideal world, all hiring managers would be highly skilled at conducting an effective job interview. They would ask intelligent questions about your work-related competencies and experience, while providing you with a solid understanding of the company and open... Continue Reading

  • Parent-Child Job Searches

    Parent-Child Job Searches

    CareerBuilder.com In the current economic climate, people are finding themselves in dire situations. Veteran workers find themselves laid off after 20-plus loyal years with the same company. College graduates, with their diplomas hot off the press, can't find a job. Parents, who perhaps have never had to work... Continue Reading

  • Feel like Giving Up on Your Job Search?

    Feel like Giving Up on Your Job Search?

    CareerBuilder.com According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 38 percent of full-time workers were unemployed for 27 weeks or more in September 2009. That's equivalent to more than 5.4 million people. Whether you're out of work for five days, five weeks, five months or five years, any period of unexpected... Continue Reading

  • Over 50, and Zero Job Offers

    Over 50, and Zero Job Offers

    By Anne Fisher, CNNMoney Dear Annie: I'm a week away from my 54th birthday and, man, am I getting discouraged. After being laid off from a fairly senior job in May, I've spent the past few months networking nonstop, and managed to get three interviews. One interviewer never got back to me at all, and the other... Continue Reading

  • How to Dumb Down Your Resume

    How to Dumb Down Your Resume

    Getting hired is getting harder and harder as 9.8% of the country is unemployed, and being overqualified for a job is one reason too many people hear for why they're not being hired. While dumbing down your résumé isn't ideal, it may be necessary if you're going for a job that doesn't require... Continue Reading

  • Holiday Season Hiring Outlook

    Holiday Season Hiring Outlook

    If you are hoping to snag a seasonal job during this year's holidays, it's time to start looking now. Like the rest of the job market, competition will be fierce. What you might not think about, though, is that a seasonal job can be your ticket to full-time employment. "Competition for seasonal positions will be... Continue Reading

  • Acing a Job Interview After Age 50

    Acing a Job Interview After Age 50

    Joe Turner, the Job Search Guy "I was fully qualified and it makes no sense." "They simply don't know how to hire." "They told me that I was overqualified." Randy Block, a seasoned career transition coach and consultant in the Bay area, hears these comments often. If you're an "older" job hunter, more than... Continue Reading

  • How to Write a Winning Resume

    How to Write a Winning Resume

    Debbie Shalom, founder of Amazing Résumés and Coaching Services Practice makes perfect Winning résumés and victorious athletes share several features; they both rely on extensive preparation and hard work. As you begin to create your résumé, you need to invest... Continue Reading

  • Top 10 Job-Seeker Mistakes

    Top 10 Job-Seeker Mistakes

    CareerBuilder.com So many people wonder why they have trouble getting a job. They go on interview after interview, thinking they did well, but then don't get a call back. This can lead to frustration, anger and depression. Most people do not know why certain people are hired, and why others aren't. Following... Continue Reading

  • What Not to Wear to a Job Interview

    What Not to Wear to a Job Interview

    CareerBuilder.com What is the worst outfit ever worn to a job interview? For a career services director at the University of Chicago, it was the applicant who sported a Madras tie as a belt and a patterned cotton hat. Other contenders, according to a CareerBuilder.com survey of hiring managers, include... Continue Reading

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