On Careers

October 2011


How to Deal With a Bad Interviewer

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In an ideal world, all job interviews would be conducted by individuals who are skilled at asking relevant questions and ensuring that candidates gain a solid understanding of the position, the company, and the culture. Unfortunately, in reality, many interviewers are inexperienced, unskilled, and ...

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How to Launch an International Career

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The workplace has changed dramatically in the past five years or so. New technology has resulted in increased transparency, a multitude of new startups, and amplified globalization of organizations.

“Employers understand that globalization is here to stay,” says Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, author of

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Employers Will Check Your Social Media Profiles

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It should go without saying that what is written on the web stays on the web. Once you post a status update or photo on the web, you are an open book for anyone searching for you, including prospective employers. According to a recent survey by Reppler, more than 90 percent of recruiters will check ...

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How Parents Can Help Their Kids Look for a Job

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With so many young people having trouble finding jobs in this difficult market, many parents are struggling with how best to help their kids navigate the post-college job search.

Among hiring managers, horror stories abound about parents who overstep professional boundaries in the name of helping ...

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6 Ways to Stand out in a Tough Job Market

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When you’re looking for a job, it’s easy to fall into the trap of applying and waiting to hear from an employer to see if you won a chance to interview. What’s the problem with this “apply only” strategy (also known as “spray and pray”)? It puts too much power into other people’s hands. Job seekers ...

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How to Decipher Job Ads

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If you’re spending time reading job advertisements online, you know that they’re not all written equally. Some include far more details than you need to apply, while others are sparse and leave a lot up to the imagination. It’s up to you to pick out what’s important when applying for a job.

Why ...

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10 Myths About Non-Profit Work

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Myths about working in the non-profit sector abound. The reality is often quite different. Here are the 10 biggest myths about non-profit work, debunked:

1. Myth: Non-profits are laid back, less professional, and less rigorous.

Fact: There are certainly nonprofits that fit this stereotype, but there ...

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6 Job Search Tips for Recent Grads

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As difficult as the job market is for most job-seekers right now, new graduates face a special set of challenges: Not only must they contend with the same bad job market as everyone else, but their lack of work experience poses an extra obstacle because they’re competing for jobs with more ...

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Good News for Federal Job Applicants

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When planning your job hunt, have you considered targeting public service or government opportunities? Heather Krasna, director of career services at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, is the author of Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public ...

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6 Networking Tips for Your Job Search

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Networking with other professionals in your industry can be beneficial when you’re looking for work. You might meet the hiring manager for a company and hear about an unadvertised position, find a new consulting opportunity, or get some insight into the best way to apply for a position.

The biggest ...

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How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

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You know that “black hole” everyone is always talking about in your job search? This phenomenon often occurs because employers use applicant tracking system (ATS) software to manage the large volume of resumes and job applications they receive for their open positions. Most of these have special ...

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5 Things You Need to Do to Get a Job

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Two construction workers sat down to lunch. Worker #1 took out his turkey sandwich and eagerly started eating. Worker #2 tentatively opened his first sandwich. Examining it, he exclaimed, “Yuck, peanut butter,” and tossed it aside. Reaching in for his second sandwich, he opened it, and carefully ...

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How to Deal With Unreasonable Deadlines at Work

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If you find yourself constantly struggling to meet impossible deadlines at work, it’s worth stepping back and taking a different approach to the problem. Here are six strategies that might help you cope.

1. Look at your colleagues. If you have colleagues who do similar work, do they also face ...

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What the American Jobs Act Means for You

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In an effort to stimulate the economy and lower the unemployment rate, President Obama has announced a new jobs plan that aims to create more jobs and reward companies who continue to hire staff. While we won’t see a flood of new jobs overnight, if passed by Congress, it should keep our heads above ...

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10 Clues to Watch for in an Interview

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If you’re like most people, after you’ve had a job interview you replay the conversation over and over in your head, trying to figure out how you did. Were your answers okay? Did they like you? How likely are you to get the job?

Here are 10 clues to figuring out how your interview went—along with ...

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How to Job Search on the New Facebook

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Facebook is constantly evolving, which can be frustrating for job seekers and employers alike. Although a few years ago you might have locked down your profile to keep it from an employer’s eyes, today you might opt to allow “subscribers” and share only industry-related content with them.

How will ...

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What to Do if You Think You’re Getting Fired

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If you suspect you’re in danger of being fired, the worst thing you can do is just sit back and wait for it to happen. Instead, here are 10 concrete steps you should be taking now, before you’re shown the door.

1. Remove personal files and emails from your work computer. Most companies disable ...

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Think Carefully Before Accepting a Counter Offer

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It may seem to be the best of both worlds, two companies vying to get you on their team, but the truth is, this puts you in a difficult position. When you decide to change jobs and your current employer makes a counter offer, you need to think carefully before accepting it.

While counter offers may ...

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10 Ways to Infuriate Your Boss

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Want to anger your boss, harm your chances for promotion or a raise, and generally lower your value in his or her eyes? Here are 10 things that are guaranteed to frustrate your manager.

1. Don’t take responsibility for your mistakes. Reasonable bosses know that no one is perfect and that mistakes ...

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