On Careers

January 2012


Polishing Your Elevator Speech

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What if you were stuck in an elevator with someone and they asked you what you do for a living? In today's world of job seekers, it's necessary to have a 30-second speech that succinctly describes what you do and what you're looking to do in the future. Here's your chance to improve on what you'd ...

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How to Answer an Awkward Interview Question

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If you're like a lot of job seekers, having to explain to an interviewer why you left your last job—or why you are seeking to leave your current job—might make you nervous. How candid should you be? Will your answer reflect poorly on you? Will you sound negative?

Ideally, you'd respond with the ...

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How to Land a Job in San Francisco in 2012

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Affectionately called the "Golden Gate City” or the “City by the Bay,” San Francisco provides more than a bay view for job seekers. It also has a strong job market compared with other U.S. cities, and is a particularly good area for those looking to work in technology.

Here are some tips to snag a ...

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7 Ways to Control Your Career in 2012

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If you're looking for a job, then the new year requires a fresh focus. You want to keep ahead of the game to make sure you manage your own career. Cal Brown, author of When Life Strikes: Weathering Financial Storms, offers the following suggestions to help you maintain control and succeed with your ...

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10 Tips for New Grads Entering the Workforce

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Is 2012 the year you start your first post-college job? Here are some tips to quickly build a strong reputation and ensure that your first job is a success.

1. Listen more than you talk. Soak up information about how the organization works, and the reasons why, before you offer "helpful"

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4 Mobile Apps for Job Seekers

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In today’s whirlwind of technology, it’s no surprise that mobile and tablet apps are now targeting job seekers. You’ll find loads of options for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and Windows devices that help you enhance your resume, find jobs on the go, and network with the right people. In other ...

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4 Little-Known Tools for a 2012 Job Hunt

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You already know you need a LinkedIn profile. And perhaps you’ve acknowledged that being active on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ can help improve your job search. Maybe you even have your own, professional website–a social resume. It seems there are new tools created every week to help job seekers ...

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8 New Year's Resolutions for Your Career

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Before we get too far into 2012, make sure that you’ve taken some time to set some new year’s resolutions for your career. Here are eight to get you started.

1. Set clear goals. Instead of pulling yourself in multiple directions, pick one or two big things to focus on this year. Maybe you want a ...

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5 Commonly Asked Resume Questions

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How long should it be? What format should I use? Job seekers always have questions like this about their resumes, and not knowing the answer might cost you a great position. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.

1. How long should I make my resume? The ideal length of a resume is an ...

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6 Reasons to Reject a Counteroffer

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You've accepted an offer to work for a new company and it's time to quit your current job. Shouldn't be too difficult.

You do all the right things: give notice, offer to help in the transition, finish projects, say thanks for the opportunity. But instead of just shaking your hand and wishing you ...

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