On Careers

July 2011


5 Job-Search Habits to Break

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If you’re feeling frustrated in your job search, it’s easy to blame it on the poor job market or the fact that employers are inundated with resumes. But if you really take a look at how you’re job searching, you might realize you can make certain changes to yield better results.

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How to Prepare for a Career Change

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So you’ve had it with your current job, and it’s time for a career change. Once you make the decision to move on, it can feel tempting to hand in your resignation and dive into that change.

But that’s probably a bad idea. Before you jump ship, take some time to ask yourself a few questions to ...

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In-Person Networking: A Survival Guide

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Whether you’re transitioning from online relationships to in-person ones or starting completely from scratch, there’s a lot to know about networking.

And if you’re heading to your first in-person event without so much as a user’s manual, well, you’re in luck.

Here’s a survival guide for your first ...

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When Employers Look into Your Credit History

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As if you don’t have enough to worry about in your job search, some employers now run credit checks on potential employees. It used to be that they only worried about an employee’s credit when the position involved handling money or overseeing financials for the organization. But today, it’s ...

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Don’t Let Fear Control Your Career

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Fear can be your career’s worst enemy. It has a tendency to see the worst and hits the brakes at a moment’s notice, severely limiting the possibilities available to you. But you don’t have to let fear drive.

Here are eight ways to take back the wheel when fear wants to take you on a joy ride:

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5 Reasons to Feel Good About Your Job Search

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There’s plenty of frustration during job search. After all, the process is often characterized by a lack of control and never enough feedback, not to mention the slow pace of good news coming from hiring companies.

Then there’s the fear and anxiety over the unknown, not knowing where you’ll end up ...

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How to Run a Background Check on Yourself

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Your prospective employer will run a background check on you. Depending on how in-depth their screening is, they’ll learn about your past criminal history, employment information, educational records, and professional certificates. Do you know what your background check will say about you?

Well, now ...

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10 Questions to Ask When You Fail

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At some point in your career, you’re going to experience failure. Probably numerous times. And when you do, you have a choice. You can either plow forward and pretend it never happened, or you can treat it as an investment in your future success.

If you want to take the latter option, here are ...

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Why First-Time Managers Fail

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The transition from worker to manager can be overwhelming. Perhaps that’s why so many first-time managers suck. They suck time, energy, and resources from many organizations. If you are a first-time manager, read on for some great tips from the experts.

If you are an employee who works under a ...

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The Importance of a Confident Follow-Up

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I hear it all the time from frustrated job seekers. So many resumes sent out and so little success. You rarely get any feedback and no calls for interviews.

Is this your experience? If so, you may want to ask yourself a few questions:

How many resumes am I sending out each week? And how am I tracking ...

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Ignore These 10 Outdated Pieces of Career Advice

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Job-search advice that worked a decade or more ago isn’t always effective today. In fact, some of it can hurt your chances.

Here are 10 pieces of job-search advice that are now outdated and you should ignore:

1. You must use a landline for a phone interview. These days, many people don’t even have ...

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How to Benefit from a Mentor Relationship

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Ever think about seeking out a mentor? It may sound like an outdated business strategy, but a mentor can be a great resource, especially if you find one who has navigated your industry before and has ample experience. This individual is a prime source of support, constructive criticism, and ...

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Twitter Chats for Job Seekers

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If you’re smart about how you use them, social media sites can be a purposeful place to learn during a job search, network, and identify job leads. Using tools like Twitter can help you highlight new ideas, engage people in conversation, and help others.

Twitter chats, or live conversations via ...

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Rules of the Paper Inbox

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Despite the increasing volume of electronic communications in the workplace, most offices are still overrun with paper. Request forms, applications, interoffice mail, and other documents are circulated daily, which means most desk dwellers have an inbox. That’s right, a physical inbox.

But anyone ...

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What You Should Never Say in a Job Interview

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Just as important as saying the right things during a job interview is making sure you don’t say the wrong things.

Here are 10 things you never want to say in an interview:

1. “What does your company do?” If you ask questions about the company that could have easily been answered with a modicum of ...

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How to Create a One-Page Job Proposal

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In a tough job market, even the most qualified job seeker can struggle to show an employer why they’re the best candidate for the job. A resume is only so compelling, and it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd of hundreds of others applying for similar positions.

Some job seekers resort to

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