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Career advice

Features on job hunting and career strategies from chicagotribune.com.

Get the career you want with a return to school

12:20 PM EST, November 5, 2013

Get the career you want with a return to school

Before you pull the old backpack out of the closet and plan your return to school, consider everything that comes with a return to higher learning. A master's degree is a serious commitment and a sacrifice of both time and money. And for many, a real boost to their careers.

Jobs that pay $15 an hour

5:45 PM EDT, September 26, 2013

Jobs that pay $15 an hour

Besides researching job opportunities and working on your résumé, one of the most important parts of a job search is knowing the needs of your budget and the types of jobs that will meet those needs.

The kids are going back to school; should I?

5:40 PM EDT, September 26, 2013

The kids are going back to school; should I?

It’s now commonplace for job seekers to consider going back to school to advance their career. But is this a practical move for everybody? Not always. There are different industry standards for education, and a specific degree or certification may not always move you forward.

Want to be a judge? Weigh your decision

12:55 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Want to be a judge? Weigh your decision

Do you have a passion for helping your community, an interest in the well-being of society and a respect for justice and the law? If so, serving as a judge may be a natural fit. If you're up to handling the trials and tests that come with practicing law, check out these requirements for becoming a judge and see if you have what it takes to hear "The Honorable" before your name.

Careers related to online dating

11:50 AM EDT, September 16, 2013

Careers related to online dating

Online dating used to be taboo, to the point that you’d quickly close the Web browser if a co-worker walked by your desk while you were checking your eHarmony messages. Times have changed, though. Online dating is now as common as a cloudy day in Seattle.

Employment makes place in retirement

1:00 PM EDT, August 5, 2013

Employment makes place in retirement

Working one’s entire life toward a tangible goal is part of the American experience.

Finding happiness, success in a non-stereotypical career

6:08 PM EDT, June 17, 2013

Finding happiness, success in a non-stereotypical career

Aaron Rison says his job as a kindergarten teacher often makes him the butt of jokes with his friends.

What college students should be doing during summer break

10:57 AM EDT, June 11, 2013

What college students should be doing during summer break

If you’re a college student, there’s no better feeling than taking that last exam, packing up your dorm room and heading home for the summer. Summertime means a break from days spent in classrooms and nights spent studying at libraries. Yet if you want to get a head start in thinking about your post-college career, you should be spending your summer doing more than just lounging by the pool.

Give career change a trial run

12:41 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

Give career change a trial run

There is one final step in the process of defining, marketing and preparing yourself for the next phase of your career. It involves “test driving” your chosen career vehicle by trying out some aspects of your new, chosen career path. This will help you get a taste of what it will be like doing the work of your target opportunity.

Making the switch to contract worker

May 20, 2013

Making the switch to contract worker

Temporary workers, also called independent contractors or free agents, are self-employed and are hired by businesses or people to provide an end-result of work. From flexible schedules to control over projects and clients, being a temporary worker offers a number of perks that permanent employees can’t always enjoy.

Bilingual skill says a lot on resume

November 19, 2011

Bilingual skill says a lot on resume

With the increasing diversity of the U.S. population and an ever-expanding global economy, demand for employees with foreign-language skills is as strong as ever.

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