• These 3 Appearance-Related Issues Can Keep You From Getting Hired

    Don't worry: I'm not about to tell you that there's a perfect hair length or a magical suit that all would-be hires must wear to their next job interview. However, the fact is that job interviews are (at least partially) about first impressions. So it behooves you to make sure your appearance is up to snuff before you head off to meet the person who will hopefully be your boss.

  • Are Employers Waiting for Purple Squirrels?

    The economy added 236,000 jobs in February, but openings are staying vacant much longer than they did during the halcyon days of pre-recession hiring. Much has been made of the supposed skills gap between the unemployed and the jobs available, but is part of the problem that employers are being, well, picky?

  • Use a Practice Interview to Help You Get the Job

    Have you ever seen yourself on film? It's an eye-opening experience. Also, generally speaking, an eye-twitching experience, full of tics and mannerisms we never knew we had. Here's how to not do any of that when you're interviewing for a job.

  • Job Interview Questions That Will Catch You Off-Guard

    Job interview questions are often standard, allowing you to prepare all your answers before you meet with your new potential employer. But some companies like to ask questions that throw you completely off-guard.

  • 5 Tricks to Get Your Resume Past Applicant Screening Systems

    Most large companies now use screening software to filter applicant resumes. Getting your CV through the net sometimes has more to do with formatting than with the quality of your experience.

  • 3 Reasons You Didn't Get the Job

    There's nothing more frustrating than turning in the interview performance of your life, only to be told later on that you didn't get the job. In some ways, it's easier when you know what you did wrong. At least then, you can learn from your mistakes and move on.

  • 3 Crazy Resumes That Will Inspire You

    Is your resume lacking a certain oomph? Perhaps you can draw inspiration from these, er, eccentric CVs. Savvy Sugar's got nine of 'em, but these were some of our favorites.

  • 4 Ways to Stay Inspired During Your Job Search

    Sometimes, it's tough to keep your spirits up during a job search. Just because you know that positive thinking can help you land your dream job, doesn't mean that it's easy to get your head in the game.

    Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to start thinking job-getting thoughts. Brittany Schlacter at Come Recommended offers some tips on staying inspired.

  • How to Write the Perfect Job Description

    Some job descriptions read like the intention of the writer is to psych out any potential applicants. Others seem like the winner of the quirkiest company essay contest. Obviously, neither are a good idea if you're trying to find the best hires. So what should you do instead?

  • How to Use LinkedIn to Get a Job
  • If These 3 Things Happen During Your Job Interview, Don't Take the Job

    During a slow economy, it's hard to turn down even the least appealing job offer. But there are a few danger signs which, if they come up during an interview, are a definite sign that you should not take the job.

  • 3 Little Things About Corporate Culture That Make a Big Difference

    If you're going on a job interview in the near future, you probably already have your list of big questions to ask in order to figure out if this is the gig for you. But while you're looking at the big issues, don't forget about the little ones -- the seemingly innocuous tells that give you real insight into what it would be like to work at this place on a day-to-day basis.

  • How to Explain Gaps in Your Resume

    What's the downside to no longer being in a recession? For folks who are still out of work, it's harder than ever to explain those long periods of unemployment, even if it's not their fault. (And it very well might not be. The economy is better than it was, but it's still most charitably described as "slow.")

    The trick, writes Priscilla Claman at Harvard Business Review, is to describe your out-of-work story the right way.

  • How to Quit Gracefully

    How to Quit Gracefully

    Quitting your job sounds like it should be easy. As long as you don't flip over a table, Housewives-style, or call anyone any names, you're golden, right?

    In all seriousness, there is a science and an art to quitting in a way that won't haunt you down the road. Most industries are like living a small town: mess up with one person, and it's liable to get around. The key is to do your prep work ahead of time, so that you can exit as elegantly as possible.

  • 3 Ways to Make an Interviewer Like You

    Everybody knows that job interviews are, on some level, a popularity contest. Unless you have a rare skill set and are applying for a job where you never have to talk to anyone, your interviewer will be as interested in your ability to get along with folks at the office as your aptitude for the job.

    The good news is that there's plenty of stuff you can do to make the interviewer realize how much more fun you are than the other candidates. With thanks to Bloomberg Businessweek and Freemoneyfinance.com, we present a few easy ways to make an interviewer fall in love with your sterling personality:

  • 5 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Job Search

    Do you ever feel like Bill Murray in the movie "Groundhog Day," doomed to repeat the same actions over and over again, without a positive result? If so, says career expert Amanda Augustine, it's possible that you're working against yourself.

    In honor of February 2, Augustine presents us with five possible things we might be doing in our job hunt that keep us running around in circles. If you're doing everything you should be doing, but still aren't having any luck, Augustine says, it's time to ask yourself these questions:

  • An Easy Solution to the Empty Resume Problem

    There's no tougher time to write a resume than when you're just starting out. Even if you have great grades, tons of applicable skills, and a passion to learn, it's pretty hard to disguise the fact that, in terms of actual work experience, your CV is pretty bare. Don't fall back on that 18-point font just yet, however: Thanks to the great minds at 99u, we now have the perfect way to bulk up a skinny resume.

  • How to Recover From a Bad Interview

    We've all been there: That moment when you close an office door and all you want to do is hit your head against a wall because you just know that interview did not go well. You didn't ask the right questions, you should have used this word instead of that word, you forgot to mention the skills you learned from your last job. Instead, you keep your shoulders back and leave the head-smacking until later, when you are safely out of view of the company's employees, who are surely judging you.

  • Blunt Cover Letter Earns Writer Multiple Job Offers

    Writing a cover letter is one of the most difficult parts of the job application process. In comparison, resumes are easy: all you have to do is list your accomplishments, succeed in avoiding typos, and don't use comic sans. But the cover letter is an exercise in personal marketing. Choose one tone, and you can sound too glib; choose another, and your letter will sound formulaic and fail to get a response.

    A recent applicant to an internship program on Wall Street solved the problem with a rather novel approach: he was bluntly honest. How honest? Here's an excerpt:

  • Ace the Job Interview with Pamela Skillings

    When it comes to finding a job, a resume can only take you so far. The impression you make in an interview can often be the reason you are (or aren't) offered that job. So how can you make sure you are interviewing like a rock star? The first step is by joining us on Friday, January 25th at 10:30am PST for our chat with Pamela Skillings, interview expert a-go-go.