• Give Your Resume a Leg Up with a Job Referral
    Are you struggling to get your resume noticed by hiring managers? You are not alone. In today’s competitive job market, getting on the radar of the top hiring managers takes more than just a well-written resume. It helps tremendously to get a referral from a trusted source, which can open many more doors to career success.
  • Negotiate Salary in a Seller's Market
    Job seekers are frustrated, and who can blame them? In this economy, it's not uncommon for educated yet unemployed adults to spend weeks in grueling job interviews, only to be offered the measly sum of $17 per hour. No benefits. Take it or leave it. In a bad business economy, it's a seller's market.
  • Tactful Ways to Escape a (Really) Bad Job Interview
    As job seekers, we've all experienced at least one – a job interview gone terribly wrong. When this happens, how do you cope? Do you bolt or endure it? In this article, we'll look at the three most common bad interview scenarios and give you expert advice on how to tactfully escape with your reputation and sanity intact.
  • 10 Tips for Graduates on Work Life From People Who Have Been There
    After graduation, the pursuit of a career can appear to be a daunting task. Everyone has advice and rules. Follow your dreams. Follow the money. Never be late. Never be early. Preparing to enter the work force is sometimes harder work than the actual job. So, what exactly do you really need to know when you graduate from college? Take a look at 10 pieces of advice from people who have been there.
  • Picture Me This: Visual.ly Converts Your LinkedIn Profile Into an Infographic
    Let's face it, the conventional resume is pretty darn boring. There's only so much you can do to make a one-page piece of paper containing your entire collegiate and professional career unique enough for a recruiter to notice it out of the hundreds and hundreds of resumes submitted. So how does the skilled, accomplished, and qualified candidate stand out in the crowd? Visual.ly might just have the picture-perfect solution to this very problem.
  • College Grads Want to Work at Microsoft, Not Facebook
    Contrary to popular belief, it looks like Facebook hasn’t yet taken over every aspect of young people’s lives -- especially their career paths. According to global employer research and advisory company, Universum USA, good old Microsoft wins over the younger, popular social network when it comes to where recent graduates want to work.
  • 5 Cover Letter Fails That Are Worse Than Anything You're Doing

    What's worse than creating a resume? If you said, "writing a cover letter," you are both correct and also probably in the midst of a job search. Cover letters are famously hard to pull off. Get too creative, and you look overly eccentric; hew too closely to a template, and you look like a robot.

  • Is Your Job Right for You? 4 Ways to Tell

    Penelope Trunk, cofounder of Brazen Careerist, would like to save you some time.

  • Federal Sequester Slashes Unemployment Checks
    Politics just got a whole lot more real for anyone relying on federal jobless benefits. The much-threatened and finally-enacted sequester, an $85 billion slash-and-burn federal budget cut, started trickling down to the everyman these past two months. It translated to, among other things, some folks getting a smaller unemployment check and others being cut off entirely.
  • Has College Outlived Its Usefulness?
    As the cost of college soars to unsustainable heights, its efficacy has been seriously called into question. Students now have direct access to employers, open-access online courses and a jaded outlook of "finding the right fit" when selecting a place to pursue their higher education. With so many colleges giving such a low return on investment, more people demand to know what they're actually paying for.
  • 8 Tips for Surviving Your First Week as a Temp
    In a tough job market, many folks are turning to temporary and contract assignments in order to land work in their fields. This is especially helpful for those who are new college graduates or career changers. Temping also has multiple benefits for job seekers.
  • #HireMe - Using Hashtags to Land Your Dream Job

    Social media is a great tool for job seekers. Because today's job market is so competitive, it's necessary to use a bit of creativity to get noticed in the vast sea of applicants. Social media, especially hashtags, can help differentiate candidates from the competition. What started out as a way to identify keywords and trendy phrases turned out to be a valuable and unconventional means to effectively get noticed by employers.

  • How to Snag Your Dream Job Using Your Smartphone
    In today's highly competitive job market, snagging your dream career may seem like just another pipe dream. But, thanks to modern advances in mobile technology, it's now easier than ever to make your career aspirations reality.
  • Young America's Job Crisis
    U.S. youngsters are having a tougher time finding work than their counterparts in other wealthy, large economies. What's going on here? In the land of plenty, shouldn't young talent have a smorgasbord of job offerings to choose from?
  • 5 Things NOT to Say in a Job Interview
    We’ve all been there at some point in the job search process. Sitting in the interview hot seat with sweaty palms, waiting for the interviewer to start rattling off questions that somehow we must answer skillfully. It can seem a lot like an interrogation. This experience can make even the most practiced candidate resort to saying something foolish, merely as a result of being nervous. It’s referred to as the “foot-in-the-mouth” syndrome and it can happen to the best of us!
  • Fed Should Shift Focus to Expand Employment
    If we want the economy to really rally, we need to do something about unemployment. It seems, at first, a semantic ploy, to call for the U.S. Federal Reserve to shift its approach from slashing the jobless rate to actually expanding employment. But there is a difference, and it's less subtle than you might think.
  • Is Vine the Future of Resumes and Job Applications?
    The current economy has left a lot of people jobless (about 7.7 percent in America), which means that job candidates need to find new and creative ways to make them stand out to potential employers. One journalist, Dawn Siff, took to new video social networking app Vine to show off her skills.
  • Why You Should Never Quit in a Huff

    If you're a human person who has ever had a job, you've probably had fantasies of quitting abruptly -- maybe in a spectacularly cinematic fashion, involving speeches, rude gestures, and possibly an overturned desk or two. But if you're wise, you'll resist the impulse. Alas, it seems that storming off the job is never the right answer in terms of your career.

  • Why You Should Think of Your Resume as a Sales Pitch

    It's one of the most frustrating things to deal with when you're writing a resume: what to leave out. And if you're a jack of all trades, you might wind up leaving out more than that include. Here's why that's perfectly OK.

  • How Risky Is It to List Personal Information on a Job Application?

    Every day, we read stories about companies suffered data breaches. Worst case scenario, these security issues can lead to identity theft, which is why privacy experts tell us to guard our personal information closely. But what about during the job application process, when you're more or less compelled to give up private information, such as social security numbers?