Helpful Articles

7 Traits and Skills that Make You Irresistible to Employers

If you suddenly find yourself either out of work or thinking about a career change, you might be worried that you have forgotten how to get a job. Depending on how long you were at your last position, it is possible that the stakes have changed.

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Unpaid Internships

There are no easy answers to this question, frankly. Some people say their unpaid internship taught them a lot and gave them invaluable contacts. Others got a great job with a paid internship, while some got none, because they could not afford to work all summer for free.

Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Want a Work-at-Home Job? Three Ways to Know If That Job Posting is Legit

A work-at-home job opportunity sounds great to many people. The hours can be more flexible than 9 to 5, and you can often work from anywhere. If you have a family, a job that does not necessarily have rigid scheduling can allow you to look after children or older relatives. If you are part of a military family, you might want a portable job that enables you to move with military personnel. Disabled folks and retirees often need the flexibility as well. 

Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017

Six Ways to Turn a Temp Position into an Opportunity for a Permanent Job

Temp positions offer employers flexibility in hiring. They can hire a number of people during a busy season and then cut down during slower times without having to lay people off. The top industries that hire seasonal employees are retail (33 percent), customer service (31 percent), administrative and clerical support (17 percent), shipping and delivery (12 percent), and hospitality (10 percent).

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How to Answer ‘Why Are You Leaving Your Current Position?’

Leaving a job is never easy, and explaining your reasons for leaving in a job interview can be tricky. Most prospective employers can be counted on to hit you with the question, “Why are you leaving your current position?” or, if you’ve already resigned, “Why did you decide to leave your last job?”

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2017

You Quit Your Job … Now What?

It’s over! You’ve given notice. The next day that dawns, you know you’re either not walking into your old job or your time there is limited to working out your notice.

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Want to Work in a Field with a 0% Unemployment Rate? Look No Further!

Imagine a field where the unemployment rate is zero percent and the jobs are abundant. You don’t have to imagine it! Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, with a whopping one million jobs unfilled. Estimates indicate that there are two job openings for every candidate.

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017

The Dos and Dont’s of Asking for an Employment Reference

Despite many changes in how to conduct a career search over the past several years, some things remain the same. One is the importance of references. Employers almost always check them. They want to know about your work ethic, what you are like to work with, and how you performed in past positions.

Posted on Friday, February 3, 2017

Barriers to an Effective Job Search — And How to Overcome Them

Fortunately, many barriers to an effective job search aren’t external – they stem more from the way you approach job-search tasks. That means those barriers can be overcome with will and a plan.

Here are four common barriers to an effective search, and how to leap over them.

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017

The Top Seven Jobs for Extroverts

Why does this matter in a job search? Because jobs go best when you are exercising your natural strengths. If you love being around people and talking, you are not likely to be ultimately happy as a computer specialist who works with machines all day, no matter how many computer skills you have.

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Six Industries that Are Hiring Right Now

Rising employment often lifts all boats. When more people are working, the economy gets stronger. A stronger economy can lead to more manufacturing and more sales. More manufacturing and more sales lead to more employment, which leads to more people buying. And that happy cycle goes on.

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017

How to Say Yes to that Perfect Job Offer

You’ve received a phone call from a hiring manager offering you a job you want. The interview went well; they liked you and you liked them. It’s an exciting opportunity to expand your skills. Plus, it looks as if your career search is over at last!

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Four Second Job Options Actually Worth Considering

If you’re thinking of getting a second job, you’re not alone. More than one-third of Americans currently hold a second job in addition to their regular work.

People get second jobs for a number of reasons.

Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Seeking Entry Level Employment? Consider Government Jobs

Are you trying to get your foot in the door in your first or second position? It can be tough. Having to get hired if you have little or no experience is a situation everybody faces in life.

Posted on Friday, December 23, 2016

What You Need to Know about Unemployment Benefits

If you are looking through job postings because you’ve lost your job, you should know about unemployment benefits. If you’re eligible, you could get weekly checks that can be a lifeline for you and your family until a paycheck starts coming in again.

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Eight Perfect Jobs for the Introverted Professional

Help! So much job search advice out there focuses on marketing yourself, networking, selling your great qualifications to prospective employers. What if all that just sends you into high anxiety? You may hate the thought of a new job or interviews simply because you have to talk to new people. The same goes for attending a job fair to network, or selling your qualifications.

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016

How to Address an Employment Gap During an Interview

If you’ve had an employment gap between jobs in the past, an employer will notice it. After all, it’s on your resume, which should show the years you held each position. It will also be on your job application form, which almost always has spaces for the years you worked at each position. Why You Need

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How to Get Started with LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a vital tool for all job seekers. It’s necessary to have a LinkedIn profile as you’re conducting your search for a new job. Why? It’s the go-to site for recruiters looking to fill open positions. When they get a job posting from an employer, they go to LinkedIn to research potential

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Four Tips for Achieving Better Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is something every working person needs to strive for – and every person looking for a job as well. If you’re looking for new job opportunities on top of holding a job, you might be engaged in work-related activities often. Even if you’re currently unemployed and looking for new job

Posted on Friday, November 25, 2016

Six Body Language Tips to Help You Get the Job

Body language is very important in job interviews. While it’s natural to focus on things you had to overtly prepare (resume, directions, interviewers’ names), you need to target your body language as well. We all notice nonverbal cues, and hiring managers and human resources people are no different.

Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016

You’ve Been Laid Off … Now What?

If you’ve been laid off, you need to do several things. First, you need to handle your exit effectively. Keep in mind you will need your job network to find a new job. Second, you’ll need to regroup. A layoff can affect both your self-esteem and your wallet. Third, you need to plan out next steps for a new job search. Here are some tips to help you after a layoff. Handle Your Exit. Don’t give in to any temptation to express frustration — or

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016

The Importance of Maintaining a Positive Attitude During Your Job Search

Has your latest job search not been going as smoothly as you’d hoped? Searching through job postings day after day during a career search can become both tedious and discouraging when you aren’t receiving instant results. Even if some of your hottest prospects haven’t materialized with job offers, you’ll need to find a way to keep moving forward with renewed strength. Here are just five tips for remaining positive during your

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Add Rocket Fuel to Your Career Search with These Strategies

When you’re looking for a job, you need to work at it as hard as you would work at a job. Set aside a certain amount of time to review job postings, of course. But also, take time to add rocket fuel to your career search. What’s rocket fuel? It’s

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Three Tips for Discussing Salary with an Interviewer

You just had a great interview. The interviewer seemed impressed with your qualifications, experience, and personality. Then comes the next question. It might be “what salary are you looking for?” or “what do you currently make?” With it, the

Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Do These 5 Things Before Visiting Employment Websites

People look for new jobs on employment websites for a variety of reasons. The economy hasn’t been kind to some businesses, and you might have been laid off. The good news is that unemployment in the U.S. remains relatively

Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The 7 Soft Skills Employers Want You to Have

You’re ready to start looking through online job postings and feel that you’re well-qualified for positions in your chosen field. What if we told you that it takes more than hard skills these days to land that choice position? In

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

4 Things You Should Never Ask During an Interview

The interview process is an intense one; you experience excitement, nervousness and a rush of adrenaline all in one swoop. Sometimes this inspires us to ask more questions than we should. Be warned! There are…

Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Interview Jitters? 4 Tips to Help You Make a Dazzling Impression

The old adage insisting against judging books by their covers may be true, but the reality is that job candidates are regularly assessed according to how they present during the interview. And while even the most qualified applicants…

Posted on Friday, August 19, 2016

Re-Entering the Workforce? 4 Things You Should Know

Re-entering the workforce after an extended absence is thrilling, but the thrill is sometimes tampered with a bit of anxiety. How much have things changed? What skills do I need? Are salary levels still the same? When it’s time to head…

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What About Cover Letters? Do You Need One?

The three most important things in job searching used to be 1) resume, 2) cover letters, and 3) interviews. While numbers 1 and 3 are still highly important – you usually can’t get a job without them – the cover letter is no…

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016

Have You Heard? Resumes Are Dead

In a highly competitive modern job market, it becomes more pertinent than ever to stand out from the crowd. One way to do this is by setting yourself up with the modern equivalent of the hard copy resume: your online persona…

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016