Career Change: Expert Advice To Help You Achieve the Change You’ve Been Dreaming About
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2012
Years of college or university, then onto your first full-time job. You may switch companies and advance in your industry. But as the saying goes, change is good, and you are ready for a shift in a completely new direction. Exciting as it is, consider the factors below before taking the plunge: Why? A simple word with a possibly complicated answer. Why do you want this career change? Are you simply bored with your curr...
If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2012
I had a great conversation with Jamie Harrison at Black Enterprise magazine recently. She wrote a very interesting article, If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit, about knowing how to evaluate job opportunities and whether they’re a fit for you! This is a process that’s different for every individual, so keep that in mind. Here are some additional thoughts I wanted to share with you… 1) GET A JOB: As a college stu...
Lessons from the Shark Tank: How to Lose an Offer in 15 Minutes or Less
by Rich Jones - Nov, 2012
We can learn a lot of lessons from the hit show Shark Tank, both as entrepreneurs and as job seekers. Haven’t seen the show? Think a panel interview with five no-nonsense CEOs, except that you’re seeking investments for your company instead of a job. If you don’t know your stuff, they’ll tear you apart. If you do, the world—or at least some of their money—could be yours. During this past Friday’s episode, we saw an emo...
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...
How Not to Scare Employers Away During an Interview
by Samantha Wanie - Nov, 2012
Halloween is a fun time to dress up and express your inner spooky self. However, when it comes to interviewing, be sure that you are not scaring away potential job opportunities with any frightening behavior. (Zombie-Like Behavior) Avoid displaying zombie-like behavior during an interview by following a few simple tips. Make sure to properly research the company you are interviewing with and to prepare insightful questio...
Seven Reasons Why College Students Become Unemployed or Underemployed
by Bob Roth - Nov, 2012
In recent years, the sad fact is that fifty percent of all college grads have been unable to land good jobs. The reasons for this statistic can be traced to a variety of reasons including the economy and a poor understanding of the employment process. Too many students fail to follow the steps that are most likely to lead to employment success. They prefer to ignore their employment goals until the senior year. Since gat...
5 Tools for Being Location Independent
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2012
Many of us are growing increasingly accustomed to doing our work from anywhere, anytime. It’s a skill we will certainly need in the years to come. But as I prepare for my work stint in London early next year, I’ve been researching what it means to be truly location independent. To that end, blogger Sean Ogle has provided some excellent suggestions for being as safe and productive as you can while working overseas. Sugge...
The Secret to Making Online Networking Truly Valuable for Your Career
by Alexis Grant - Oct, 2012
You know the value of networking online. But while using tools like Twitter for networking, are you making the all-too-common mistake of leaving that network on Twitter? Or siloing your efforts so they only happen in the online world? Are you failing to bring that relationship offline? While there’s huge power in online networking, it’s really offline — or In Real Life (IRL), as some of us call it—that your connections...
Are You That Oh-So-Annoying Guy in Your Office?
by Kelly Gurnett - Oct, 2012
Every office has one (or more) of them: The Guy Who Eats Other People’s Food in the Fridge. The Woman Who Won’t Stop Showing You Pictures of Her Cat. The Guy Who Over-microwaves His Popcorn Every Single Time and makes the whole office smell like burnt hair. These people get on our nerves, ruin our days, even make us dread coming in to the office at all. But what if you’re “that guy” to your co-workers? Don’t think...
Can You Have Your Dream Job Without a College Degree?
by Dana Sitar - Oct, 2012
In a market where clients are used to measuring your worthiness based on a college degree, opportunities can feel slim for those without that traditional seal of approval. You know you’ve got the skills to master your dream job, but the description on job boards always has that pesky degree requirement that keeps you from applying. Without the paper to prove it, how can you show potential employers or clients that you’ve got w...
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