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Tess C. Taylor

Tess C. Taylor, PHR is a Web content manager, certified human resources professional, and career coach with nearly 20 years of experience. Tess is also the founder of the popular blog The HR Writer. As a trusted subject matter expert and regular contributor to multiple HR and business publications, including Dale Carnegie Institute, HR Magazine, PayScale Career News, The Knot Careers, and US News; Tess is dedicated to educating others about important human resources and career topics worldwide.

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Most Recent Posts by Tess C. Taylor
  • 9 Uber-Smart Tips for Writing a Cover Letter That Stands Out

    What does your cover letter say about you? Does it compel or repel people reading it? You need to make sure your cover letter stands out and grabs attention from the get-go.
  • The 5 Biggest Mistakes Career Changers Make

    Here at PayScale, we’ve highlighted the success stories of many career changers from all walks of life, age groups, and backgrounds. However, what we haven’t discussed in great detail are some of the potential pitfalls of switching careers. Any career change has a 50/50 chance of going either good or bad. For the brave at heart, a career change can be the best thing to happen to an individual seeking a new and better opportunity.
  • How to Politely Ask for a Job Referral

    Perhaps the most potent tool in your job search bag is an excellent employment reference letter from a former boss or co-worker. It’s true that it can be somewhat awkward to ask for one months and even years after you’ve left a company. However, it’s absolutely necessary if you want to be successful in your career search.

  • Staying Healthy While Underemployed Sans Health Insurance in America

    Imagine going into a local health care center with a simple cold and walking out with a bill totaling $500 or more? For millions of Americans without adequate insurance, this is a reality. The stagnant economy has forced many companies into only hiring part timers, which reduces the costs of benefits and overtime. This has created an entire working population of underemployed with no access to affordable health insurance.
  • Can Taking a Second Job Hurt Your Career?

    Between reduced work hours and the ever-mounting pressure of debt, a good portion of America’s working class turn to second jobs to supplement income. While a second or even third job can help to put bread on the table, can it actually hurt your chances of landing a dream career later on?
  • Want to Conquer a New Skill? Do It Every Day!

    Nearly everyone has heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect” at some point in their life. Yet, what few people actually realize is that it’s 100 percent true. Repeated focus on any skillset can help to produce greater perfection. Whether you are learning a new hobby or just trying to hone your work related skills, taking the time to do it daily can help you to become better at it.
  • 8 Ways You May be Annoying Your Co-workers (Without Realizing it!)

    With so many people working in cramped cubicles, sharing offices and work stations; it’s relatively easy to find yourself annoying your neighboring colleagues. This happens often without knowledge, but over time the things that you initially found endearing about your co-workers begin to irritate you too. Those little habits that you stick to daily at the office are now causing your co-workers to avoid you, but you may not realize this at first. In fact, while you may be complaining about the annoyances of your co-workers, chances are they are also complaining about you around the office cooler without your personal knowledge.

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