Job search tips & strategies
10:30 AM EST, November 11, 2013
On Veterans Day, we honor and thank the men and women who have served our country. While the day focuses on their service, it’s also a reminder of the transitions they face returning to civilian life.
10:30 AM EST, November 7, 2013
As a veteran, you typically bring a wealth of skills to the table that a civilian job applicant can’t. Military service teaches you leadership, teamwork, decision-making and even engineering and technology. And yet, CNN reports that veteran unemployment rates are almost always 2 percent higher than the national average, and 34 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are unemployed for more than a year after returning home.
2:40 PM EST, November 6, 2013
When I started looking for new career opportunities after leaving the restaurant industry, I was pretty nervous. After all, what could work in the food industry have to do with any other kind of job? I worried about the transferability of my job skills, until I realized that sales skills are not only transferable, they are also an inherent part of just about every kind of job.
12:30 PM EST, November 5, 2013
Blogging has become a great resume builder when pursuing your dream job.
10:50 AM EDT, October 31, 2013
The main concern about being “overqualified” for a job is that you’ll leave your potential employer as soon as something better comes your way. Anything you can say to demonstrate your sincere commitment to the employer and interest in staying long term will help you overcome this doubt.
12:10 PM EDT, October 30, 2013
When the number of job seekers outnumbers the jobs available in the market, there will inevitably be job seekers who experience rejection. Recruiters and hiring managers filter through the stack of résumés quickly to find the best quality candidates to interview and hire. Unfortunately, job seekers are often left wondering why they didn’t make the cut.
11:40 AM EDT, October 28, 2013
1:25 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
As an employer or potential employee, you may have some questions about the hiring process for workers with disabilities. Sometimes it’s not clear what questions are all right to ask or what policies are important to understand.
12:10 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
Social media have proved to be a powerful recruitment resource for companies. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that the 39 percent of hiring managers research candidates via social media to find out more about them. In a recent article in The Atlantic, an editor discussed how he found his latest hire via Twitter.
5:15 PM EDT, September 25, 2013
It's never easy to figure out what to put on your resume. What will that one line be that hooks the hiring manager? Will the way it's formatted affect the decision? You may think that it's safer to err on the side of including more, but if you load your resume with unnecessary fluff, it could guarantee your place in the reject pile.
1:30 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
Getting your resume into the hands of a recruiter isn’t very difficult. Now getting a recruiter to actually read your resume? That's the hard part.
1:15 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
1:45 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
Whether you’ve lost your job after years of loyal service, see the writing on the wall at your struggling company or are looking to make a move to improve your situation, you’ll face an increasingly uphill battle for secure and satisfying employment once you’re in your 50s.
12:00 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
Don’t believe everything you hear — it’s very easy being green, especially if you’re looking for a job.
4:52 PM EDT, August 21, 2013
Negotiating a salary is often one of the most unnerving parts of landing a new job.
August 18, 2013
You’re currently employed and get a paycheck every other week. It’s a sure and steady income. Why, then, are you searching for a new job?
August 15, 2013
The hiring process can at times mirror a reality dating competition, with multiple candidates all vying for the same coveted role. And while most candidates use tried and true ways to get an employer’s attention, such as a catchy cover letter and killer résumé, others choose less-traditional methods, as proven by the latest CareerBuilder survey.
August 14, 2013
We often hear of job seekers struggling to land interviews. However, what if you’re one of the lucky ones to be offered multiple job interviews with different companies?
11:57 AM EDT, August 5, 2013
Strong eye contact during an interview can make or break your chances of getting the job, says career expert Allison Hemming. Effective eye contact with the interviewer conveys confidence, enthusiasm and trust. Without it, you may come across as someone uninterested in the position.
11:12 AM EDT, July 23, 2013
You're having a hard time finding a job? Join the club. Instead of sitting around with your head in your hands, drag yourself off the couch and get to work. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
11:00 AM EDT, July 23, 2013
You know you're lucky that you have a great job already, but you still can't resist looking elsewhere. Maybe you'd like a better paycheck, perhaps your current role isn't enough of a challenge for you or possibly you're just interested in doing something new.
11:04 AM EDT, June 28, 2013
Admit it. When you’re perusing people’s profiles on Facebook and other social networking websites, you sometimes judge them. “Bob is always partying.” “All Karen does is post pictures of her cats.” “Henry’s status updates are so annoying.”
12:33 PM EDT, June 25, 2013
No matter how impressive your peers may find your most recent Dreamweaver shortcut, it’s never going to sound as good to the majority of recruiters and hiring managers as “I closed a $94,000 deal today.”
12:00 PM EDT, June 25, 2013
If you’ve been given career advice lately, odds are it had something to do with networking. Everyone — from parents to professors to strangers you meet on the subway — is probably telling you the importance of networking. Unfortunately, the phrase, “you should really be networking,” is rarely followed up with practical advice about how to network.
3:50 PM EDT, June 17, 2013
Of all the job search tools available to job seekers, cold-calling has to be one of the most intimidating. Yet, it can also be one of the most effective.
1:59 PM EDT, June 10, 2013
No matter how strong your skills or experience are, you won’t land a new job without first securing an interview with a prospective employer. Job seekers often consider this step of the hiring process the most difficult, and perplexing. After all, how many times have you considered your qualifications ideal for an open position only to never hear from the hiring manager about the resume and cover letter you submitted?
12:41 PM EDT, May 30, 2013
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.
10:45 AM EDT, May 14, 2013
My efforts to find a new career later in life led me to the career that I have now — one that I not only enjoy, but that makes a difference in the world. In the previous article of this series, I recounted some of the steps that worked for me in performing a personal inventory so that I would have a better idea of the direction I needed to go for the next stage of my career. In this article, I have already made some key decisions concerning direction after doing some self-evaluation. Now, it’s time to build my personal brand that I will use to launch myself in the direction that I have chosen.
3:20 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
For many recruiters, the phone has become another means of weeding out unworthy applicants. Sure, your resume is getting you a second look, but before a company HR representative calls you in, there's a good chance he or she will call you up.
11:29 AM EDT, May 7, 2013
Are you a professional over the age of 50 who is trapped in a job that doesn’t meet financial needs or is out of sync with your personality, character or mind? It’s not that you are unappreciated or taken for granted. You still have dreams, and your current employment situation is just no longer fulfilling. You are a clever person with substantial skills, and nothing has stopped you from exploring new paths in the past. So don’t let anything stop you from refocusing yourself now.
11:10 AM EDT, September 17, 2012
Navigating the job market without a college degree is harder than ever, but there are still plenty of solid jobs to be had, according to a new report.
June 1, 2012
There she is. The most confident business woman you've ever seen. She's owning the room. Gliding from one person to the next with a wide smile and a look that says, "I'm the best at what I do."
May 19, 2012
Some say the resume is dying. I say it's not. For most jobs, you still have to present an impressive resume and cover letter to land an interview.
May 19, 2012
With the economy starting to turn a corner, and hiring in some industries and regions picking up, you might be contemplating making the jump to a new job. But any career move comes with risks you need to be aware of before you make a change.
November 18, 2011
Many job seekers have an uphill climb in this economy. And those over 50 have a specific set of job-search issues to surmount. Age discrimination and tortuous hiring processes are beyond their control, but they can improve on any lack of technical skills and their ability to network, among other things.
October 7, 2011
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September 8, 2011
When you're job searching, simply getting the attention of potential employers can be a challenge. Of course, there are always a few tricks to keep employers intrigued, no matter what job you're eager to land. Wondering what hiring managers want to see? Here, job-search experts weigh in on what makes job applicants irresistible:
11:30 AM EDT, August 25, 2011
It might be time to write those recommendations your LinkedIn contacts have been requesting. It's the right thing to do.
6:06 PM EDT, July 25, 2011
The digital revolution may have changed the hiring game, but for most applicants the resume is not dead.
June 4, 2011
For those employees who have been lucky enough to keep their jobs or get job offers during the recession, negotiating a higher salary or asking for a raise may not be top-of-mind.
3:06 PM EDT, May 20, 2011
How does a job seeker help strengthen his or her credentials as a person of substance?
2:12 PM EDT, May 20, 2011
There's something missing in your life but you can't quite put your finger on it. Maybe it has something to do with those calls from Visa about your bill. Or it might be related to your firsthand knowledge of every case decided by Judge Judy since October. How about your unfamiliarity with the hours between 7 a.m. and noon? Still not getting it?
March 29, 2011
One of my husband's students recently interviewed for a TV journalism job several states away.
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