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November 2011


10 Myths About Job Searching

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Do you believe any of these myths about job searching?

1. Myth: You need connections in order to get a job.

Fact: Connections are helpful, but plenty of people get jobs by spotting an ad, sending in a resume, and interviewing. Sometimes it might not feel that way, because there are so many ...

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8 Reasons to Continue Your Holiday Job Search

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Despite common misconceptions, job hunting during the holiday season is actually an opportune time to find your next job. Here’s why:

1. You’ve got more time to search for a job since work has slowed down. If you’re still working while looking for another job, chances are you will have a little ...

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10 Reasons You Don’t Want to Be the Boss

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Think you want that management job? Before you throw your hat in the ring, make sure you’ve thought through what it really means to be a manager. Here are 10 of the toughest parts about being the boss. If you’re not ready to take on each of these downsides, management jobs aren’t for you.

1. You’ll ...

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How Blogging Can Help Your Career

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Thinking about starting a blog and wondering how to make it pay off for your career? Blogging can raise your professional profile, expand your network, and impress prospective employers. But it’s not for everyone, and you should proceed carefully before launching your site.

Done well, blogging can ...

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10 Faux Pas to Avoid When Starting a New Job

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This time of year, the only turkey around should be the one you’re carving. If you’re starting a new job, here are 10 sure-fire ways to serve your own head on a platter.

1. The late bird gets in trouble. Being late occasionally is one thing, but chronic tardiness is another. Showing up perpetually ...

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What Students Don’t Learn About Work in College

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For all the talk about how college is essential to landing a good job after graduation, higher education often fails to prepare students for the workforce in several key ways. Even with a degree from a competitive school and a high GPA, many students graduate without ever having been taught these ...

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10 Workplace Myths Busted

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For a place that we spend so much time in, there are a surprising number of myths about the workplace. Here are 10 of the most common myths about work life, debunked.

1. Myth: If your boss is unfair or hostile, you might have legal recourse.

Fact: It’s not illegal for your boss to be unfair or a ...

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How to Avoid Errors in Your Resume

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One of the fastest ways to lose a job opportunity is by submitting a resume with typos or spelling errors. In a competitive market where employers have a choice of qualified candidates, many hiring managers toss out error-laden resumes and choose the most perfect documents to review.  

It can be ...

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Who's Hiring

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Despite hiring freezes across the board, some industries continue to hire. So, who is hiring?

Whether looking for full-time or freelance work, job hunters are in luck. Most people looking for a job this year will want full-time work. However, if an adjustable schedule is more your style, flexible ...

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The Most Important Advice for New Managers

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New manager? Here are the 10 most important things you need to know to excel in your new role. (This advice also works for more experienced managers who are struggling.)

1. Set clear goals. It sounds obvious, but too many managers simply tread water or get pulled in too many directions instead of ...

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Should You Take on a Second Job?

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In today’s economy, many people are considering a second job. Living costs are high enough that just about any upset can cause financial issues if you aren’t prepared. For some, this might be a partner losing a job. For others, it could be an illness that sets them back.

New expenses, such as a baby ...

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10 Questions You Should Never Ask in a Job Interview

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At the end of a job interview, your interviewer is likely to ask you what questions you have. An employer is looking for two things here: First, your interviewer wants to help you flesh out your understanding of the job and company, as well as get you answers to whatever you’re wondering about. But ...

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How to Stand out When Applying for a Job

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If you want to be in the top 20 percent of job applicants who get noticed and win interviews, you should be thinking about how to incorporate sales secrets into your job search strategy. John Kalusa is a nationally recognized writer who speaks about corporate sales, recruiting, and personal career ...

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How to Dress for a Job Interview

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Dressing the part for a job interview can be as important as what your resume says about you. Underdress, and you may not be taken seriously for the job you want. Overdress, and you may be seen as not “getting” the corporate culture of the company. Here’s some advice from industry experts to help ...

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10 Things Employers Forget When Hiring

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In a tight job market like this one, it’s easy for employers to forget that they still need to be careful about the way they treat job candidates. If they’re not, they risk losing great candidates, alienating potential customers, and even starting their new hires out on the wrong foot.

Here are 10 ...

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New Survey Highlights Skills Gap in Labor Market

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As a job seeker, it can be tough to determine what employers are looking for. While one opportunity might stress fit within the organization, another might emphasize technical skills or education. And unfortunately, what hiring managers want and what applicants have to offer are often very ...

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How to Apply for a Government Job

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Even with the economy in the dumps, as a job seeker you may be overlooking one of the most obvious choices for employment: the government. While federal hiring is expected to decline from the recent surge of hiring between 2009 and now, the government will still need to replace federal employees ...

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3 Tips to Stay on Track in Your Job Search

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If you don’t know where you’re going, it’s unlikely you’ll ever get there. When you’re looking for an actual destination, such as a restaurant, if you don’t have a location to program into your GPS, or a phone number to call to ask for directions, it’s unlikely you’ll accidentally arrive at the ...

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Should Employers Pay for Interview Travel Expenses?

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When you’re interviewing for a job out of state, who should pay your travel expenses, you or the employer?

Before the economy went south, employers would almost always pick up the tab for candidates traveling for job interviews—flights, hotels, and sometimes even meals and entertainment. But in this ...

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