In a job market that's more competitive than ever, it's critical that your cover letter stand out. With the advent of online job postings, you're competing with a more global and wide-ranging group of people, so consider the content of your cover letter carefully. And never submit a resume without one-that's a... Read More »
By Alison Green
Most job seekers worry about making mistakes in interviews, but most interviewers understand that no one gives a perfect interview and will overlook the occasional flubbed answer. However, it's still possible to scare off your interviewer with a single statement or action. Here are 10 of the... Read More »
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... Read More »
Have you ever had an employer or recruiter say you're "overqualified" for a job? Honestly, how can you really be "overqualified" for a job? You can either do the job, or you can't. How can having more experience than required be a negative, right?
So, what does "you're overqualified" really mean? Read More »
By Meghan M. Biro
People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit "send" on the email with a resume attached or on the online job application. If you're very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. It's a depressing... Read More »
By Anthony Balderrama
By now, job seekers hopefully know the two cardinal rules of interview questions:
1. When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, you better have something to ask.
2. You should walk into the interview room prepared to answer the classic questions, such as, "What is your biggest... Read More »
By Stephen Singer
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Few job seekers who fail to get an interview know the reason, but Michelle Chesney-Offutt said a recruiter told her why she lost the chance to pitch for an information technology position. Read More »
A reader asks, "What are the differences between a cover letter to a recruiter and one to a hiring manager? Do you make the same points?" Good question, the simple answer is that while the overall structure and intent of the letter is the same: Read More »
The online "black hole" -- in job searching, it's the equivalent to where that missing sock goes in the dryer. While there is no magic formula for getting your resume noticed online, there are some tricks of the trade to make sure it's not automatically sent to the "just not that into you" folder. So before... Read More »
You've no doubt heard the endless noise about the value you can get from your social media network in the job hunt. You've probably also wondered why it seems to work so well on TV and in the blogs but not for you. It feels like the celebrated technique works out there, but not in here. Read More »
If you're currently looking for a new job -- or want to move ahead in the job you already have -- there are seven jobs you need to learn.
Don't panic. You won't have to work seven times longer or harder. These jobs can easily be integrated into your current work with minimal effort. They are accomplished... Read More »
In my experience, the smaller a company is, the more experienced its reps are at recruiting -- but not always. That's logical if you think about it, because they usually have a smaller budget, go to fewer events, and therefore have one or two of the same people doing all their events. That means they get a lot... Read More »
University Hall at the Stafford, VA campus of the University of Mary Washington (UMW) was bustling with people yesterday, anxious to get in to the Mark Warner federal job fair. The fair which had a reported 5,000 people pre-registered, drew over 7,000 people once walk-ins were added, sending the line to get into... Read More »