• 5 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at an Interview

    You know that first impressions are important in job interviews, but do you know how long you have to make that positive impact on the hiring manager's perception of you? According Business Insider, it's as little as seven seconds.

  • Censored! 5 Posts on Social Media That Will Cost You Your Next Job
    It's common nowadays for recruiters to check a candidate's social media profiles while conducting a background check. There are a few things employers really don't want to see on your networks, including these deal-breaking pictures and posts, which could ruin your chances at your dream job.
  • 3 Simple Ways to Network Effectively on Social Media
    When you're at a networking event, does your heart start racing when it's time to introduce yourself to complete strangers? Don’t worry, you're not alone. Thankfully, there's a neat little networking tool called social media that enables you to, literally, make connections from the comfort of your own home. So, leave on those pajamas, don't bother brushing your hair, and simply turn on your computer ... it's time to schmooze, people!
  • Career Lessons From the Instagram vs. Vine Fiasco
    Being strategic isn't just for businesses: professionals can also use these tactics to increase their marketability and advance their careers. The Instagram vs. Twitter/Vine debacle is a great example of how companies use strategy to get ahead of the competition. These social media giants are constantly at each other's throats trying to out-do the other with new features and capabilities. We'll examine these tactics and explain how job seekers can use them to get a leg up on the competition.
  • The Hiring Manager Seems Awful. Should I Take the Job Anyway?

    Recently, we got an email in response to our post "Can You Spot a Bad Boss Before You Take a Job?" The reader, who wished to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, asked "If jobs are scarce, and the only opportunity is working with a difficult manager, would you recommend taking it?"

  • Why Networking on LinkedIn Is a Great Career Move
    LinkedIn is one of the first and most well-known professional social networking sites in existence today, with more than 225 million users and 300-plus million company pages. Additionally, because of its vastness and popularity, LinkedIn has become a powerful tool for recruiters to locate candidates. How can one benefit from this enormous network of professionals and employers, you ask? Let’s take a look at the many ways LinkedIn can help you enhance your career.
  • Is It a Good Idea to Refer Your Social Media 'Friends'?
    So much of our interactions nowadays take place on social media, making it incredibly easy to connect and build relationships with complete strangers with the click of a button. Over time, these virtual connections can morph into actual friendships. But would you feel comfortable referring one of your social media “friends” for a job and risking the possibility of vouching for a complete dud? Here's how to decide.
  • 5 Job Seeking Tips for the Older and Wiser Generation
    Job pickings are slim right now, especially for older workers. Because social media is so important in business nowadays, it's not uncommon for older workers to be passed over for younger, tech-savvier, cheaper candidates. So, how can older and wiser workers find job placement in such a saturated job market? Here are five tips to help older professionals get back in the game.
  • Interview Tips From Ira Glass

    It's tempting to look upon the dreaded "do you have any questions for us" segment of the job interview as just another hurdle to get over. But if you use your opportunity to interview the interviewer, you can learn more about the job and the company than you did during the previous hour of conversation. The trick is to use skills perfected by seasoned interviewers like Ira Glass of "This American Life."

  • AOL Anchor Auditions: Live Job Interview In Front of 1 Million People
    TV personalities always have to audition for a job but they don't usually have to do it live, in front of an audience of one million. But that's what hopefuls had to do last week if they wanted a chance at becoming the next AOL Live news anchor.
  • How to Hide 3 Common Resume Flaws

    Somewhere out there, there's a person with the world's most perfect resume. His degree relates to his field of study. He got a job related to his degree right out of school, and each subsequent gig -- at which he stayed for the perfect length of time -- built elegantly on the learnings of the job before. We do not like this person very much, but that's not a problem: if this platonic ideal of a job seeker really exists, he's pretty rare.

  • 5 Ways to Clean up Your Online Profiles During a Job Search
    Let's face it, the job market has seen better days. Landing a decent job (or any job, for that matter) is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole -- it feels nearly impossible and it's incredibly frustrating. For those lucky candidates who actually land an interview with a potential employer, it's vital not to screw it up. One way to improve your chances of landing the job is by cleaning up your social media profiles so that the hiring representative doesn't come across anything that would make him or her question your candidacy. Here are five ways to protect your online profiles during a job search.
  • What Can You Learn From a Rejection Letter?
    As a job seeker, it’s common to get at least one rejection letter from a company where you’ve applied for work. Candidate rejection letters can seem like a slap in the face, when really they are meant to foster good will with candidates who may not be suited for a job at the present time. If you look beyond the actual rejection itself, you may see that there are some things to be learned from receiving a rejection letter.
  • Tips for Handling Multiple Job Offers Without Going Insane
    It’s every job seekers dream. Imagine the thrill of getting multiple job offers from companies that want to hire you, now. But before you do cartwheels around the house, remember that this can be a confusing time too, filled with worry over what job will provide the best option for your career path. It can be difficult to decide what job offer will give you the compensation and professional reward you deserve.
  • How to Become a Good Judge of Character

    Very few people claim to be poor judges of character. In a casual self-assessment, we're just about as likely to profess that we have no sense of humor. But nearly all of us could be better at sussing out what people are really like, under their carefully crafted public persona.

  • The Legend of Steven Spielberg and the Misunderstood Production Assistant
    Everyone is familiar with the work of blockbuster director Steven Spielberg. But did you know that he got his start in the movie business by pretending to work at Universal Studios? According to a 1969 interview, Steven gained access to the famed lot by dressing in a suit and walking past the guards as if he belonged there. After a few days of this, he found an empty bungalow (an old dressing room that had been turned into an office), had the switchboard turn on his phone then started work on his first movie. He stayed there for two years before anyone realized he didn't actually work for the studio.
  • I Spy a Candidate: How LinkedIn's Revamped
    LinkedIn recently added a revamped "Who's Viewed Your Profile" feature to its extensive list of upgrades for the professional social network. The site is hoping to encourage its users to engage more with the site by appealing to human curiosity. People want to know who is covertly examining their LinkedIn information, whether that person is a potential employer, current coworker, or personal acquaintance. Now, LinkedIn has provided its users with the means to reach out to the people viewing their profiles, hopefully expanding their networks and building beneficial relationships that can positively impact their careers. This, folks, is the beauty of social networking.
  • 10 Ways to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile to Get Noticed (and Hired)!
    With some 200 million users connecting at the speed of light on LinkedIn, it can be a little challenging to stand out as in your chosen field. Yet, a well-designed LinkedIn profile is paramount for success as a job seeker today. More and more recruiters are looking to LinkedIn for detailed backgrounds on candidates. Therefore, you need to do what it takes to make sure your LinkedIn profile is looking its best. After all, you’ve got some stiff competition on LinkedIn!
  • 3 Ways to Find Out If a Company Is a Good Fit for You

    By the time we have a few jobs on our resumes, most of us are aware of the importance of cultural fit to our success and happiness at work. How else to explain the fact that we can have practically identical positions at different companies, with many of the same responsibilities and similar titles and pay, only to love one gig and despise the other?

  • Can You Spot a Bad Boss Before You Take a Job?

    When it comes to your personal happiness, who you work for might be more important than what you actually do. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reports that 2 million people voluntarily leave their jobs each month, even with unemployment well above 7 percent, and a study from Accenture finds that 31 percent of those people quit because they didn't like their manager. Obviously, it behooves us to figure out, during the interview stage, whether a hiring manager will be a good or bad boss. But how can we tell?