On Careers

December 2011


How to Start a New Career from Scratch

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When it comes to your career, do you feel like a hamster running in a wheel without getting anywhere? If so, it may be time for a change. Realizing you’re not happy in your career and doing something about it is life changing. But starting a new career isn’t impossible.

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Be Aggressive in Your Job Search

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Do you need a new job search strategy for the new year? Companies are hiring, but you need to stand out from the crowd if you want to win an interview, and ultimately, the job. Suggested methods of standing a head above the rest differ depending on whom you ask. As with anything related to job ...

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6 Tips for a Successful Career Comeback

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Relaunching your career after an extended break can be a daunting task, especially these days. But it can be done. Here are some things to consider as you strive to reach your goal of getting back into the workforce:

1. Be ready to explain. If you’ve been on a voluntary career break, you’re going to ...

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How to Master the Coffee Meeting

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Looking to get insight into how a company hires? Invite someone who works there to have coffee with you. By meeting in an informal setting you can pick her brain and learn valuable tips that may better position you for a job offer.

Your goal in having a coffee meeting isn’t to ask for a job.

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10 Work Habits That Could Get You Fired

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You might figure that if you do good work, you don’t need to worry about being fired. Think again—there are some habits that can jeopardize even the best employee’s job. Here are 10 of the riskiest:

1. Playing online during the workday. If you’re logged into Gmail chat all day, doing your holiday ...

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5 Ways to Make an Extra $500 a Month

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There is nothing like making a little extra money on the side. If you want to make more money, the quickest way to make it happen is sell something you already know how to do. Below are my top five ways to make an extra $500 per month:

1. Rent out your living room. Make a cool video of your living ...

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How to Get Your Next Job Using iPhone Apps

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It’s become a cliché to say, “There’s an app for that,” but with mobile technology so pervasive, and developers quick to capitalize on a willing audience, mobile applications for a variety of job search topics are available to help you land your next opportunity.

Ivan Drucker and Caroline ...

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Grad School Isn't an Escape From a Bad Job Market

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With the economy floundering and jobs hard to come by, increasing numbers of new college graduates are turning to graduate school as an alternative to going straight into a tough job market.

Many of them are enrolling in graduate programs without knowing exactly what they’ll do with the degree ...

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10 Myths About Job Hunting During a Recession

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It’s easy to get yourself down and believe some of the myths swirling around about looking for a job during a recession. As gloomy as it feels, jobs do still exist. Let’s debunk some of the most common myths about recession job hunting.

Myth 1: No one is hiring.

Fact: While some industries are ...

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How to Be Seen as Competent in the Workplace

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One of the most valuable currencies in the workplace is perceived competence.

If coworkers view you as competent, they are more likely to respect you and collaborate well with you—and having good professional relationships can only help your career. If the boss believes you are competent, your ...

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How to Quit Your Job

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Thinking about quitting your job? Make sure you handle the process well, because you may cross paths with your manager and coworkers in the future—and even if you don’t, these are the people who will be giving you references in the future.

Here are eight tips for a smooth resignation.

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7 Reasons to Join a Global Immersion Program

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The Roman philosopher, Seneca, once said, “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”

While that quote might be just under 2,000 years old, it’s no less true now. Travel is important and valuable for everyone.

While studying abroad and backpacking through Europe are traditional trips ...

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How to Find a Seasonal Job

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Working during the holidays may bring to mind frustrated and overworked retail staff, but seasonal jobs can actually be a great way to make extra cash, and there are many types of positions you can find.

First, if you are searching for just the right job and have yet to find it, a seasonal position ...

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How to Be Found in LinkedIn

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There’s no doubt LinkedIn is a crucial social network if you care about your career. A recent Jobvite study noted that 73 percent of all hires made through social networks were via LinkedIn and 41 percent of employee referrals for jobs involved LinkedIn.

One of the most useful aspects of any social ...

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How to Handle a Lazy Coworker

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Your coworker comes in late, leaves early, spends the day on Facebook, doesn’t do much work and messes up what he or she does do, and is rude to customers. Should you tell your boss?

The conventional wisdom in this situation is generally to mind your own business unless the lazy coworker is ...

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How to Approach an Informational Interview

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This will be news to some job seekers: "Informational interview” is not code for “sneaky way to get a job interview.”

Informational interviews are supposed to be used when you’re new to a field and seeking insight and information from someone who’s already established in that field. They’re useful ...

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How to Handle Getting Fired

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Getting fired can be emotional and difficult. You may not know the reason for being let go, and you may feel bitter or angry toward your former employer. You may be unsure of how you will handle financial obligations, and it may create strain in your family relationships.

It’s important to handle ...

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10 Tips to Ace a Video Interview

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It’s becoming more and more common for companies to conduct virtual interviews with candidates. Often, these interviews are done via some type of video technology. A video interview typically involves the candidate answering a series of pre-determined interview questions using a webcam to record ...

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Think Twice Before Dating a Coworker

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Given how much time we all spend at work, it’s easy to be tempted by office romance—and many of us are. A 2009 CareerBuilder survey found that 40 percent of respondents had dated a coworker, and 18 percent had done so more than once. But before you rush into dating a coworker, consider these eight ...

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Job Seekers: Who to Add to Your Google+ Circles

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By now, you probably have a Google+ account. And if you don’t, you have at least heard about it. The problem is figuring out what to do once you have set up your account. In particular, it’s hard to find master lists of people to add to your circles.

Google+ is great for posting links for news ...

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Entrepreneurship Is Like Skydiving

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“You must be crazy to jump out of planes all the time.”

“You must be crazy to quit your awesome job at a ridiculously awesome agency to start your own business.”

Two quotes pertaining to two areas of my life that I’ve recently started to combine into one. My name is Sydney, and I am a skydiver slash ...

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