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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.

Landscape workers go for the green

3:24 PM EDT, April 22, 2013

Landscape workers go for the green

Landscape workers perform the various tasks that create a pleasant and functioning environment. These tasks include installing and maintaining landscaped areas and building walkways, terraces or fountains. During the summer months, landscapers can be found performing a wide-range of duties such as mowing, trimming, fertilizing and mulching.

What today's administrative professional does

2:32 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

What today's administrative professional does

Administrative Professionals’ Day was Wednesday, April 24, recognizing the support and expertise administrative professionals provide in the workplace. While this holiday originated as "National Secretaries Day" in 1952, it has now grown to encompass the many diverse roles administrative professionals have taken on.

Social work can be difficult, but incredibly rewarding

3:24 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

Social work can be difficult, but incredibly rewarding

Social workers often see what others miss.

College grads take jobs once held by high school grads

6:26 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

College grads take jobs once held by high school grads

The recovering economy has left a high amount of recent college graduates looking for work in a competitive job market, which may in part have led to a number of college grads seeking jobs primarily held by high school grads. A recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,600 employers nationwide found that 32 percent of hiring managers and human resource professionals said they are hiring more employees with college degrees for positions that were historically held by high school graduates.

Top jobs in top cities: Emerging carers across the U.S.

5:30 PM EDT, April 4, 2013

Top jobs in top cities: Emerging carers across the U.S.

As part of our video series with employers and hiring managers, we visited cities throughout the U.S. to learn more about what it’s like to live there, what type of culture to expect, some of the exciting things to see or do and what sort of jobs are available. While employers are cautiously optimistic about hiring this year across the nation, certain areas are seeing more job growth in specific industries, which is getting more people to consider relocating for their career.

Master's degrees that pay off

5:23 PM EDT, April 4, 2013

Master's degrees that pay off

The recent recession caused many job seekers to quit their searching and head back to school for an advanced degree. Yet the trend toward pursuing higher education was growing even before the recession hit. According to the Census Bureau, the population that held a master’s degree climbed by 5 million, or 43 percent, from 2002 to 2012.

Change career, or just job?

5:16 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

Change career, or just job?

There is a big difference between changing jobs and changing careers. The latter can mean staying in your current career, but changing where you do it. The former is more dramatic, and requires that more thought be put into the decision. Before you make a drastic change, look for signs that may point to a new career.

Temp, contract jobs with most growth

March 7, 2013

Temp, contract jobs with most growth

In this post-recession era, employers are looking for opportunities to grow their businesses and to stay ahead in the recovering economy. Job seekers are also navigating the competitive job market and looking for ways to keep their careers moving forward. For everyone in the workforce, evolution is key because the old workplace rules have changed. Gone are the days when workers found a job right out of school and had a simple career path until retirement. Today, temporary work is helping both employers and job seekers stay flexible while working toward long-term goals.

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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