• Being a Jerk on Social Media Can Cost You a Job
    While the traditional resume might be on its way out, thanks to professional networks such as LinkedIn, recruiters still diligently check the backgrounds of job applicants -- perhaps even more so now than ever. With the mainstream adoption of Facebook and Twitter, everyone has a footprint on the internet that can be used to check for culture fit and personality. However, if you happen to have been a jerk on one of your public social media accounts, your carelessness might end up costing you a job.
  • 3 Tips for Unemployed Workers Over 50
    It’s no secret that if you are over 50 and job searching, you will likely have a more difficult time than your younger counterparts in getting hired. There are a few simple steps you can take, however, that can help boost your chances of landing your next job.
  • Interview Body Language Tip: Don't Stare, Because That's Creepy

    Now more than ever, it's important for interviewers to like you. Given candidates who are equally matched in terms of credentials, skills, and experience, a hiring manager will pick the person they like the most. There's just one problem: most of the advice we've been getting about body language is giving us habits that come off as, well, kinda creepy.

  • Making the 6 Seconds the Recruiter Spends on Your Resume Count
    According to a study released by The Ladders, an online job-matching service, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume. So what are they actually looking for, and what will get your CV through that six-second window?
  • 3 Tips for Your Very First Resume

    For folks who've been in the work world a long time, their first resume is but a misty memory of unfortunate font choices and unnecessary objectives. But for those who are first starting out, the idea of pulling together a visual representation of their still-fledgling career, with all its hopes and dreams and well, lack of concrete experience, is somewhat daunting, to say the least.

  • 4 New Rules for a New Era of Job Searching

    The job market for 2014 continues to become more competitive. The right education and skills are not enough to land a good job, because all the other applicants also have the right education and skills. So what can you do to increase your chances of not just getting an interview, but getting hired?

  • When Are Creative Job Applications Too Creative?
    You may have heard by now about Leah the Lego figurine. Leah is the perfect Account Service Intern, complete with a blue suit and sensible shoes. She made her debut applying for positions at advertising agencies. It's an attention-getting idea; and the first step in getting a job is getting noticed. But will it work?
  • Can You Be Too Enthusiastic on a Job Interview?

    When it comes to job interviews, the usual thinking goes, the more enthusiasm, the better. After all, what company would want to hire someone who couldn't even pretend to be excited about something for a few hours? Believe it or not, however, it's possible to go too far in the other direction. Behold, the overly enthusiastic job candidate.

  • 8 Post-Interview Faux Pas to Avoid
    You’ve just given your interview and the suspense is killing you. Will they, or won’t they -- and what should you do while you're waiting to hear back? Whatever you do, avoid these eight post-interview mistakes that could affect your candidacy.
  • Some Companies Want SAT Scores From Potential Hires

    If you didn't wow your guidance counselor with your SAT scores, but still got into and graduated from college, you might have thought that the tyranny of the College Board had receded from your life. But not so fast: some big employers like Goldman Sachs or Amazon still ask candidates for their SAT scores, decades after the test. Why would companies put so much weight on tests you took before you could legally vote?

  • What Not to Leave Behind After an Interview
    When you're interviewing for jobs, it’s important to be remembered. Oftentimes employers must weed through stacks of resumes and cover letters after days of interviews with prospective employees whose lists of experiences, training, and skills are all painfully similar. In these instances, the right Leave-Behind can become a valuable tool in giving a positive impression and boosting you above the rest of the applicants. The wrong Leave-Behind, however, could hurt your chances of being hired.
  • How to Write an Email That Gets a Recruiter's Attention

    As the volume of communication increases, and technology makes it possible to scan and dismiss more emails than we'll ever open, getting a hiring manager's attention is harder than ever before. But there are a few things you can do to make sure your emails don't wind up in the discard pile -- or worse, the spam folder.

  • 7 Mistakes on Social Media That Could Be Hurting Your Job Search

    More employers are checking out the social media profiles of applicants to weed out undesirable candidates. So while you may be proud of your 500+ Facebook friends or your 1000+ followers on Twitter, make sure your awesome virtual social life is not killing your career.

  • Do Employers Still Care About Tattoos and Piercings?

    Many career counselors still tell their clients to avoid adding any body art they can't cover up for a job interview, but every time you see a news segment on a creative industry, half the people on the screen are covered in ink and flashing bits of metal. What gives?

  • 10 Lies Interviewers Might Tell You

    You are interviewing for a position and you're getting a pretty good feeling. The interviewer says, "It was great meeting with you, but we do have a few formalities to go through, before we can make an offer." So does that mean that you're going to hear the "good news" soon, or is what the interviewer said a conversation filler?

  • 3 More LinkedIn Mistakes You're Probably Making

    Used correctly, LinkedIn can be more than just a resume on steroids. The social network of choice for job seekers offers less stressful networking for people who can't deal with cocktail parties, access to an insider's view of a potential employer, and an easier way to visualize your network's strengths and weaknesses. Then again, as we've pointed out more than once, if you're not careful, it's a good way to shoot yourself in the foot.

  • What Your Employer Thinks of Social Media

    Ten years after Facebook became more than a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg's eye, employers have changed their attitude toward social media. No longer do they fret helplessly about employees spying on former flings or tweeting inappropriate comments about their brand on the company dime. Now, companies are getting in on the social media action, developing policies to protect themselves and harnessing online networking's power to find them the best and brightest workers.

  • 8 Mistakes That Will Get Your Resume Tossed Out and Your Candidacy Terminated
    According to a study released by The Ladders, an online job-matching service, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume. Six seconds! And how many seconds did it take for you to make your resume? We’ll let you take a deep breath.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Getting Hired Through Social Media [infographic]
    Landing a job takes more than a decent resume – it also takes a bit of creativity to get noticed, and social media enables candidates to do just that. We’ll take a look at one of the most comprehensive guides available to show you how to successfully use social networks to land that dream career.
  • What Men Do Differently on LinkedIn

    Women rule the internet when it comes to social media, according to recent Pew research -- except when it comes to LinkedIn, where only 19 percent of internet-using women are on the site, as opposed to 24 percent of men. Why does this matter? With recruiters increasingly turning to social media to find qualified candidates for jobs, women who are looking for work need to maximize every opportunity, in order to get the attention of hiring managers.