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  • How Long Will It Take You to Get a New Job?
    It's always nerve-wracking to contemplate making a leap to a new job. In today's market, however, where 770,000 American workers have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer, it's especially scary to consider what could be an extended period of time out of work. Even if you're lucky enough to have a job, it's exhausting to think of pulling double-duty, as you surreptitiously interview around your regularly scheduled meetings. So how long can you expect to look, before you land something?
  • Do You Really Need a Cover Letter?
    For many job seekers, the worst part of the job application process is creating a cover letter. In this age of LinkedIn and online applications, it might seem like this part of the traditional procedure is out-of-date and unnecessary. So do you have to write a cover letter? The answer, as expected is, "It depends." More specifically, it depends on how you are applying for a role.
  • 3 Ways to Spot a Work-From-Home Scam
    Who wouldn't want to work from home, possibly in their pajamas, rather than deal with the stress of a commute and the inflexibility of a normal corporate schedule? Unfortunately, scammers know this, and create opportunities that are anything but. If you're interested in telecommuting full-time, but aren't lucky enough to have an employer who would consider a WFH arrangement, it pays to know how to spot the fakes and frauds among the genuine job listings.
  • Non-Compete Agreements: What You Need to Know
    You're excited about your new offer. It's with a good company and in your field of interest. You just need to sign a few documents here, a few contract forms there, and you're ready for a new beginning. But there's this one other document, a non-compete agreement, which you stumble upon just as you're getting ready to turn in all your forms. What does it mean if you sign, and what can you do to protect yourself?
  • How to Connect With Recruiters on LinkedIn
    Whether you're looking for a job or just want to keep your options open, connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn can help maximize your networking opportunities. Here's how to approach recruiters to improve your chances of landing your dream job, today or down the road.
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Recruiters
    You've received a call from a recruiter and the conversation was rather pleasant. You feel the two of you have hit it off and that you now have a potential ally in your job search. But it's now more than a week, and you haven't heard back from the recruiter and there's no reply to emails either. So what's really happening? Why haven’t you heard back from your "ally"?
  • How Should You Choose Your Job References?
    Most employers will ask for references, in order to establish that you're as good as you say you are, and to get a better idea of what you're like to work with. Here's how to choose references that put you in the best light and get you hired.
  • 5 Things You Should Know About the Reference-Check Process
    Most organizations check the references of a candidate applying for a job, before deciding to move ahead or drop his/her candidature. References essentially serve as endorsements of a candidate’s credentials, work style, and professional conduct. The company wants to make sure they are making the right investment on the right candidate.
  • Just Like Coca-Cola or Nike, You Have a Brand

    Frustrated about your inability to get traction in the job market, or feeling unclear on what makes you uniquely valuable? Whether you are currently employed or between jobs, being able to define and articulate your personal brand is the edge that allows you to distinguish yourself from the pack.

  • 7 Tips to Help You in Your Secret Job Search
    Looking for a new job when you already have a job, though common, is a risky proposition. It’s not a comfortable place to be in, especially if your current employer gets a whiff of your intentions. So how can you continue looking for a job without emitting any job-search scent?
  • 6 Ways You Can Blow the Job Interview Even Before You Meet Your Interviewer
    You’ve received the call for an on-site interview and you are all excited about meeting and impressing the interviewers. But the way you behave outside the interview room also makes a big difference to your candidature and can easily impact the hiring decision. Here's how to make sure you're not giving the wrong impression to potential co-workers while you're waiting to meet the hiring manager.
  • 9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Resume in 5 Minutes
    In a time crunch and want to get your CV out the door? Assuming that you've been updating your resume with relevant experience as you acquire it, these quick tips will help you spruce up your resume in a hurry.
  • 3 Times to Accept a Lower-Paying Job

    In a perfect world, we'd all love our jobs enough to do them for free, and have the independent wealth necessary to be able to afford it. In this imperfect world, well, someone needs to pay the electric bill. While you should always negotiate to get the best possible rate for your services, skills, and knowledge, there are times when it makes sense to accept less money.

  • When to Quit a Job You Love

    Last week, we talked about how to tell when your body is telling you you need to quit your job. Sometimes, however, you might feel great about your job -- or at least, like it just fine -- but still need to quit for various reasons. It's not always obvious; learn to spot subtle signs and the writing on the wall.

  • How to Look for a Job When You Have a Job
    The best time to look for a new job might be when you're already employed, but that doesn't mean it's easy to manage the process when you already have a full plate. Here's how to find a new gig without getting fired from your old one.
  • Workers Less Loyal to Employers -- Even If They Get Raises

    Are you loyal to your employer? If so, you're a dying breed. A Randstad study of Canadian workers found that although half of respondents said they had "the perfect job," 65 percent would leave if doing so netted them a higher salary or offered better career opportunities. Experts say that workers feel less loyalty to their employers even if they offer more money.

  • 3 Career Lessons From the OkCupid Human Experiments

    Christian Rudder, founder of OkCupid, recently admitted in a blog post that the dating site experiments on human beings. Before you envision the Bride of Frankenstein, or even Facebook's emotional manipulation studies, relax: OkCupid's experiments were a bit more lighthearted, not mention obvious, than the usual dark-side-of-data-science horror stories we've come to fear. Even better, they might teach us something about how people communicate online -- even if their goal is, say, getting a new job, rather than finding a mate.

  • Interviewing for a Job? 4 Tips to Ensure That You Are Not Leaving Money on the Table
    At some point during your interview process, either at the initial screening or during the offer phase, you can expect to hear this question: “What are your salary expectations?” How you handle this question will decide what you earn, perhaps for years to come.
  • How to Conduct a Sneaky Job Search at Work

    First things first: looking for a new job on the company's time is a bad idea. But sometimes, life intervenes -- for instance, if you work 14 hours a day, and most weekends, it can be hard to carve out time that's really "yours." So what do you do to minimize the risk of getting caught?

  • 3 Ways to Get Out of a Career Rut

    Do you feel stuck in your job? Even if you're grateful to be gainfully employed, it's still hard to feel good about going off to work every day if you don't get the sense that you're moving forward. If you've been idling in one place for a while, here's how to kick your career back into gear.