On Careers

May 2011


9 Ways to Use Summer to Your Career Advantage

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BBQ. Watermelon. Sno-Cones. Beach. Summer means something different to everyone, but to most of us, it means freedom. As students, there was nothing better than seemingly endless summer nights. Without the worry of class the next day, life was pretty darn simple.

As adults, most professions require ...

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10 Ways to Ace a Phone Interview

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More and more employers are using phone interviews as screens to narrow down their applicant pool before deciding who to interview in person. These conversations range from short and perfunctory to lengthy and in-depth, and job candidates don’t always know in advance which type it’s going to be.

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2 Skills to Make the Most of Your Career

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For those of you who are graduating soon and plotting the course for your career, I have some news for you. I can almost guarantee 100 percent that things won’t turn out as planned. Whether that is good news or bad news ultimately depends on you.

Life is anything but neat and tidy. Things change,

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How to Look for a Job When You’re Employed

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Job-searching is hard enough under any circumstances, but how do you conduct an effective job search when you’re employed? If you can’t devote time to your search during the work day, how do you make time for interviews? Can you do a phone interview from your office?

Here are eight tips for ...

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How to Land a Promotion

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LinkedIn data suggest two of the most popular months for U.S. workers to receive promotions are June and July.

Are you in line for a new title and increase in salary? Don’t just sit around and hope for a promotion; think about what you can do to earn it! (January is another popular month for ...

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How to Help Your Job Network Think of You

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Has your network forgotten about you? If you’re looking for work, new customers, or other opportunities, being forgotten about is a major problem. The work to connect initially with new people is wasted if you don’t actively update your network. Leads will stop coming. Connections will dry up.

You ...

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Tips for Following Up on Your Job Application

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Once you apply for a job, the next step isn’t just sitting back and waiting—there’s plenty you can do meanwhile to increase your chances of getting an interview. But following up in the right manner is crucial, because follow-up done poorly can be a deal-breaker.

Here are some do’s and don’t’s for ...

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What to Look for When Researching Your Interviewer

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If you’ve made it to the interview round, give yourself a pat on the back. In this competitive job market, landing an interview is an accomplishment that should make you proud.

Now’s your time to wow your interviewer by doing some extensive research on him before entering his office. Researching ...

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16 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job

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Tell me if this sounds familiar. It's 7 p.m. on a Sunday night. You just finished dinner and are starting to settle down for the evening. Normally, this would be a relaxing time. Maybe you take the time to reflect on the past week, or perhaps plan your ambitious goals for the coming days.

But this ...

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How to Determine What Salary to Ask For

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At some point in your job search, you’re going to be asked what salary range you’re looking for.

You’ve probably read that you should try to avoid naming a number first, but the reality is that employers are going to ask and you’ll usually have to answer. In fact, many online applications these days ...

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How to Build Your Job-Search Confidence

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There’s nothing like a brutal job search to leave your self-confidence feeling bruised and beaten. And yet self-confidence is precisely what you need to make the most of your search. If you’re not careful, it can become a downwardly spiraling vicious circle.

So what to do? Here are several ideas to ...

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How to Use Facebook to Get a Summer Job

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With the summer season beginning soon (and summer jobs a goal for many college and high school students), it’s important to leverage every tool at your disposal to land an opportunity. Facebook gets a lot of bad press for causing people to lose their jobs. And it’s true: 70 percent of U.S.

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How Social Media Can Help or Harm Your Career

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Employers are increasingly paying attention to what their employees and prospective employees are doing on social media sites. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you’re doing online.

Using social media sites wisely can help your career in a number of ways:

Building your ...

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