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  • 3 Ways to Negotiate Special Benefits

    Murshed Chowdhury is the CEO of an IT staffing firm, which means that he can adjust his schedule as he sees fit; for example, taking a late lunch hour on Friday afternoons to attend a weekly prayer service.

    It wasn't always so easy. In a post on Lifehacker, Chowdhury recounts one incident that occurred before he was in charge. A manager told him that he wouldn't have been hired if the manager had known about his special requirements in advance.

  • Will Online Games Become Next-Gen Apprenticeships?

    The most recent McKinsey Public Sector Practice report suggests that online games could form next-generation apprenticeships to help out-of-work youth find employment. This idea isn't just about fun and games: Fast Company reports that a 2010 study discovered a 9 percent rise in information retention and a 14 percent increase in skill-based knowledge levels in employees who were trained using online games or simulations rather than traditional training.

  • 5 Ways to Deal with Underemployment

    Many of us are familiar with unemployment, but how many of us understand what it is to be underemployed? When a person is underemployed, he or she is working at a level far below his or her skill set and experience. In today's economy, espcially for Gen Y workers trying to break into a full and competitive job market, underemployment is a valid concern. How can you deal with being underemployed?

  • How To Read Your Salary Report

    You already know that PayScale.com is the place to go to quickly generate a personalized Salary Report that tells you exactly how your total compensation compares to people like you. (And if you don’t know that, go complete your Salary Report right now.) You probably have even spent some time poking around and looking at the array of charts and lists contained on the report. But today we’re going to show you how to get the most out of that information.

  • The Art of the Thank-You Note

    Congratulations! You just finished a job interview and it went very well. Now what? Sit at home and wait for the phone to ring? Nope! It's time to write a thank you note to the person who interviewed you. But what to say? 

  • What to Wear on a Job Interview With Anna Wintour

    Dressing for job interviews is its own special kind of hell. In the olden days, you just wore a suit and were done with it, but now there are all sorts of different interview uniforms and expectations. And that's if you're just interviewing at a regular job. Pity the poor folks who apply for jobs at Vogue and interview with the Devil in Prada herself, Miss Anna Wintour.

  • 5 Step Salary Negotiation Guide

    Negotiating a new salary can be intimidating, whether you are asking for a raise or accepting a new job offer. The better prepared you are for the conversation, the more likely it is that you will get the salary you deserve. Arm yourself with an aresenal of information and read on for 5 tips for an easier salary negotiation. 

  • Does Your Resume Contain One of These Overused Professional Buzzwords?

    LinkedIn recently compiled the latest version of its annual Top 10 Overused Professional Buzzwords rankings, which draw on the social networking site's 187 million users. Does your resume contain one of these tired descriptors?

  • 9 Tips for Applying for Jobs Online

    How did you find your last job? Chances are you applied for your current position online rather than by sending your resume by fax. In today's tech world, many job applications and initial screenings are done online. So, how can you give yourself the best shot at an interview?

  • Want to Ace That Interview? Try the STAR Technique

    Most of us are nervous enough on job interviews. Trying to remember all your sterling qualities, without coming off like you're bragging or are totally flattened with stage fright can seem almost impossible.

    And the worst questions are those open-ended "Describe the most difficult or rewarding…" But thanks to the ever-helpful Lifehacker, we now have a framework for answering these tough questions -- the STAR model.

  • Are Part-Time Workers the New Norm in Retail?

    Major retailers rely more on part-time workers now than ever. Is this a fleeting trend or a sign of the new norm?

  • LinkedIn Endorsements Make Recommendations Super-Simple

    LinkedIn endorsements, the social networking site's newest feature, enable users to express their support of colleagues' skills in just a few clicks. Can this feature streamline the online vetting process?

  • 3 Times It's OK to Stretch the Truth on a Resume

    We've all heard the advice that we should never, ever lie on a resume -- and even if we hadn't, the number of famous folks who've had to step down because of their fibs would clue us in. But is it ever OK to bend the facts, even just a little?

  • The End of the Job Interview?

    Here's a new trend that could change how we get hired -- the "try before you buy" arrangement. LinkedIn blogger Hunter Walk says that he's seen trial periods replace the interview process at several startups in recent months, with everyone from executives to product managers opting to work in advisory or temporary basis before taking the plunge.

  • Before Making a Drastic Career Change, Try a LifeSwap

    If you've ever pondered ditching your finance career for that of, say, a social worker, a startup called LifeSwap aims to help you experience that career change without turning in your two-week notice. LifeSwap lets users follow a chosen professional for a few hours a day -- think of it as a short-term unpaid internship of sorts.

  • Having Trouble Getting Hired? Blame Talent Management Software

    If you've been having trouble landing a job lately, talent management software may partially be to blame. Corporate human resources departments are increasingly asking applicants to complete questionnaires or do pre-interview screening sessions that are then graded by a computer algorithm. Can such software really predict a good hire better than humans?

  • Hacker Tour is a Mobile Recruiting Unit for College Programmers

    What do startups like StubHub, SoundCloud, Etsy, Square and Codecademy have in common? They're among the 26 startups that have signed on to sponsor Hacker Tour, a giant tour bus aimed at helping startups connect with and recruit college programmers. Hacker Tour heads from university to university targeting young coders and engineers over a period of eight weeks -- think of a guerrilla career fair. Can savvy recruiting initiatives like this one help fuel entrepreneurship?

  • How to Answer the 'Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?' Interview Question

    It's a question we've all been asked at one point or another during an interview: "Where do you see yourself in five years?" This stock question can make or break your interview, and WorkAwesome recently shared a great three-step strategy to help you answer it perfectly.

  • 12 Unique Skills Startup Employees Need for Faster Promotions
    Q: What's one unusual skill employees need to get promoted faster at a startup or small biz?

    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. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.
  • 3 Ways to Be a Fairy Job Mother for a Friend

    In These Tough Economic Times (tm everyone), there's no nicer gift to give than the gift of employment. Which is to say that if you have the means to help one of your pals get a job, you absolutely should.

    Redbook has some great tips on how to act as a fairy job mother for a friend. Here are three things to keep in mind: