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  • Watch Out! 14 Unexpected Blunders of Entrepreneurship

    Q: What are some challenges you did not anticipate when deciding to start your own business?

    The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.

     

    1. Cash Flow Is a Common Struggle

    Allie siartoWe started with clients from day one, so we've always been profitable, but one thing we didn't think about when we started was cash flow. Many profitable businesses experience famine and feast, due to invoice scheduling or higher sales during certain parts of the year. You must have a plan to spread profits from the most profitable times to cover times when cash flow is slower.
    - Allie SiartoLoudpixel

     

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  • Why Job Seekers Shouldn't Whitewash Their Social Media Profiles

    Looking for a job? Don't take all those party photos off your Facebook profile just yet. Although some photographic evidence will always be a bad idea (read: anything that could put you in jail) a little bit of color in your social media presence might actually help you get a job.

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  • Commitment-Phobic Employers Do Their Best to Mimic Your Ex-Boyfriend

    How is interviewing for a job like dating? Nowadays, in just about every way, according to Vera H-C Chan at Yahoo News.

    A surplus of potential employees and a shortage of jobs has put employers in the catbird seat in recent years. As a result, they're acting much like sought-after prospective mates.

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  • Does Your Resume Include These 10 No-Nos?

    By nature, resumes are condensed versions of your experience, skills and proficiencies. Alison Green of the U.S. News and World Report recently compiled a list of items that should never appear on this important document. Are you wasting valuable resume real estate with these 10 no-nos?

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  • Mashable Holds Online Career Expo for Digital Talent

    If you're looking to hire digital talent, look no further than the upcoming Mashable Online Career Expo on July 31. Held in partnership with Brazen Careerist, the live event will enable employers to chat with jobseekers on a one-on-one basis.

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  • 3 Cool Tech Jobs That Didn't Exist 15 Years Ago

    When we were kids, our teachers told us that the jobs we'd have as adults didn't even exist yet. We of course they assumed they were referring to "Astronaut Princess" or "Professional Pony Namer." Unfortunately, those jobs haven't materialized. But some of the ones that have appeared instead are pretty cool -- plus, they pay well.

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  • People Are Actually Getting Paid to Do These Cool Jobs

    Are you ready for a career change? Are you totally not ready for a career change, but prolonged unemployment is making you think that maybe you need to get ready?

    Don't despair. While most of us transition from one traditional job to another one, there are some interesting gigs out there that are far from the daily grind.

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  • Mom Was Right: Good Posture Can Make You a Success

    Want to nail that job interview? Sit up straight.

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  • Terefic Simplifies the Job Reference Process

    Job references are a necessary yet hassle-filled part of the application process for both employer and candidate, and Terefic is a new tool that hopes to streamline the process. Terefic enables jobseekers to essentially build a portfolio of confidential job references from friends, coworkers and former colleagues; when it comes time for a company to vet job references, they simply visit the candidate's Terefic profile.

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  • Think You Have to Move to Silicon Valley to Work in Tech? Think Again

    If you listened to the hype, you'd think that Silicon Valley was the only place to live for tech types. This is partly because every media outlet that covers technology is fully engaged in Facebook IPO Watch 2012, and partly because, yes, there are a lot of tech jobs in the Bay Area. However, this area isn't the only place to live if you want one of these gigs. Heck, it might not even be the best.

    Forbes contributors Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill developed a ranking system that measures growth in the tech industry as a whole -- meaning that they looked at internet, data processing, and software jobs, but also included jobs in the STEM sector. (That's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, for the acronym-averse.) Their findings might surprise you.

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  • The Evolution of Social Recruiting Technology [infographic]

    Some 55 percent of companies plan to make social media a bigger part of their recruitment process, and this Jobvite infographic outlines how social recruiting technology has evolved over the past 20 years.

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  • Should You Lie on Your Resume?

    Earlier this week, Scott Thompson resigned as CEO of Yahoo after news broke that his computer science degree wasn't exactly legit. The worst part of the story, depending on who you ask, is either that he'd had the degree on his resume for over a decade -- or that, in light of his other credentials, he probably didn't need to lie in the first place.

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  • 6 LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid

    Job recruiting via social networks has never been hotter, and that means jobseekers must pay close attention to their presence on sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Are you making one of these LinkedIn mistakes?

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  • Networking as an Act of Service

    How am I such a willing networker? I see the process differently than most people. Rather than entering an event trying to figure out how to get the most I can out of the people in the room, I take the opposite approach. I try to see how much I can give. I consider attending networking events my volunteer or “community service” time each month. Why? Here are my five reasons:

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  • Three Percent of College Grads Bring Parents to Job Interviews

    All parents want their kids to succeed, but some are really willing to go the extra, slightly creepy mile to make that happen. For example, the recent Adecco Graduation Survey reveals the three percent of recent college grads had mom or dad come with them to job interviews. One percent of grads said their parents then wrote their thank you notes for them afterwards.

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  • The 12 Craziest Resumes We've Ever Seen (Actually Work)

    One resume looks like a Facebook profile, complete with a picture and likes and dislikes. Another is a mock-up of a horror movie poster, featuring a blurb in "scary" font proclaiming the applicants various terrifyingly creative attributes. A third CV, sent to Google, resembles a Google search results page.

    All are -- how should we put this -- slightly bananas looking. Oh, and also, they totally got their creators an interview. No mean feat in an era of double-digit unemployment and hundreds of applicants for every job opening. Business Insider originally assembled this list of quirky resumes.

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  • Bennett Olson Beats Postgrad Job Crunch With a Promotional Billboard

    To get a company's attention, jobseekers must sometimes resort to unconventional means. Take 22-year-old Bennett Olson, for example, who paid for an 8-second time slot on a downtown Minneapolis electronic billboard emblazoned with his website, his face and the words "Hire Me!" The ad rotated among several others for 24 hours.

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  • How Employee Referrals Facilitate Job Recruiting [infographic]

    Many candidates land jobs by applying on career sites or job boards, but this Jobvite infographic outlines how employee referrals facilitate job recruiting; increasingly, they're helping companies fill open positions. While employee referrals made up just 7 percent of applications in Jobvite's research, that candidate pool resulted in a whopping 40 percent of hires.

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  • 3 Ways Jobseekers Can Gauge Company Culture

    In a recent column for Harvard Business Review, columnist Bill Barnett argues that jobseekers should suss out company culture before they accept a position with a company. Doing so ensures that the job you take enriches your career and catalyzes your professional development; in addition, it lessens the chances that you burn out or quit out of disappointment or disillusionment.

    Barnett cites three questions all jobseekers should consider when researching an organization and going through the interview process:

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  • BrandYourself Reveals Who Searches for Your Name

    Have you ever wondered what companies are searching for your name? BrandYourself, an online reputation management tool, launched a new feature yesterday that can tell you just that.

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