| Life vs. Work - Comforts of Home
by Jeanne Schwartz and Tim Muma - Sep, 2012
With all the advances in technology, working from home has become much more common in the 21st century. Large corporations, startups and local businesses have utilized the practice of allowing employees to complete some (if not all) of their work at home - provided they are actually productive. An Assurant executive states her positive reasons for allowing for work-at-home employees, while also pointing out its flaws. Life ...
The 5 Biggest Myths About Networking
by Pete Leibman - May, 2013
If you’re getting ready for graduation, or if you’ve already graduated but you’re looking for a new job, you probably know you need to spend a lot of time networking. But, do you really know what networking is and what it’s not? During my teenage years, I was painfully shy, and I thought networking was a practice used only by the elite and powerful, a group I definitely did not feel part of. What I learned was the opp...
Your Guide to Applying for a Job in 150 Characters or Less
by Jen Glantz - May, 2013
The days of lengthy cover letters and bulleted resumes are fading as employers ask job applicants to present their case in a modern and challenging way—by describing themselves and why they are a perfect fit for a job in 150 characters or less. Borrowing from the style of Twitter (which maxes out at 140 characters) and similar to a quick-and-to-the-point elevator pitch, this new request forces you to carefully select wor...
6 Key Interview Moves That Will Help You Land the Job
by Tara Hornor - Jan, 2013
When you’re on the prowl for a new job, you know the interview with a prospective company is everything. Or is it? As imperative as a smooth interview is to getting the job, what you do before the interview—and perhaps especially what you do after—can be just as critical. Here are six key tasks to keep in mind (three for pre-interview and three for post-interview): Before the Interview 1. Get all your paperw...
Get Your Hands Dirty: Messy, Gross, Great-Paying Jobs
by Annie Favreau - Nov, 2012
There’s no getting around it: some jobs have a high “ick” factor. In these so-called dirty jobs, you’ve got to deal with stuff that would gross most people out—like disease, waste or even death. But without these positions, society would be a whole lot messier. As the saying goes, “It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.” But here’s the not-so-dirty little secret: these career paths actually come with big benef...
3 Job-Search Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making
by Robert Chen - Nov, 2012
Want a job you love? Jumpstart your job search with our online How to Get a Job bootcamp. How long has it been since you either became unemployed or began looking for a new job while stuck in one you hate? If the answer is somewhere between “a while” and “way, way too long,” it’s worth rolling up your sleeves and asking some uncomfortable questions about why you haven’t landed somewhere new yet. Is it the 8.3 ...
11 Steps for a Graceful Resignation
by Thomas J. Denham - Sep, 2012
It’s a big risk to leave your job, so clarify that this is what you want. Have you carefully written out and weighted the advantages and disadvantages? Have you discussed it with a career counselor or someone you trust? What advice do they offer? Are you really ready to move on? Think constructively about how you want to handle it in a professional and amicable way. Here’s how to do it. 1. Keep It Private - Don’t tell...
Is It Time To Say Goodbye? What You Need To Know Before You Resign From Your Job
by Michelle Dumas - Sep, 2012
It’s never easy saying goodbye, but when the time is right, you know you need to move forward to a different place of employment. But before you make that final step to resign from your job, you should consider the following points: Signed, sealed, and delivered: Before you resign from your job, make sure that you have read your new contract, signed it, returned it, and your new employer has indicated that they have recei...
Joe Quits His Job: A Cautionary Tale of Transition
by Emily King - Apr, 2012
This is a true story. A career military officer – let’s call him Joe for simplicity’s sake – retires after 20 years of service with a valuable and highly marketable skill set. Joe receives several offers early in his job search. He accepts one based on his interest in the work, the small size of the company (that would allow him to grow with it), and salary among other factors. Two months into his employment Joe is happy with ...
How to Stand out from the Crowd in a Competitive Market
by Frank Traditi - Jan, 2012
To stand out from the crowd, conduct your job search like a marketing campaign. The traditional picture of job-seeking is that you look for open positions posted somewhere and follow a formal application procedure to be considered for them. But with thousands of job-seekers applying for only those positions that are advertised, the competition can be overwhelming. The only way to beat the odds and the competition is to a...
3 Easy-to-Make Mistakes Job Candidates Should Avoid At All Costs
by Amanda Abella - Dec, 2011
Companies usually rev up hiring in January thanks to new budgets and the expiration of hiring freezes, which means if you’re a job seeker, you have an opportunity. But as a recruiter for a private employment agency, I can tell you that so many applicants are disqualified because of one wrong move. I interview droves of people and yet only want to refer about 10 percent to companies we work with. What disqualifies so...
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