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  • Is Job Hopping Finally OK?

    Career advice varies widely, depending on who's giving it, but most experts agree on one thing: if you can manage it, you're best off staying in one job for at least a few years. Change more often than that, the theory goes, and you're telling prospective employers that you're unreliable. But in this age of frequent layoffs and long-term unemployment, is there really still such a strong stigma against job hopping?

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  • College Grads: Hiring to Increase Nearly 9 Percent

    The Class of 2014 may not have to don fast food uniforms after the caps and gowns come off. Employers that hire new grads are feeling optimistic about the market and plan to hire 8.6 percent more college graduates this year as compared to last. Starting salaries for this year's class are also up by 1.2 percent, all this according to a recent survey released by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

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  • 20 of the Happiest Jobs for New Grads

    In a tight job market and uncertain economic times, new graduates are often grateful for any job, whether it's one they enjoy or not. In order to help grads find a career they'll love, folks at CareerBliss, a site focused on searches and reviews of companies known for employee satisfaction, created a list of the happiest jobs for the class of 2014.

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  • 7 Tips That Take You Closer to Your Promotion

    You've been in your current role for at least two years and you know you’re ready for the next level. You need that promotion, and now, but your boss hasn't spoken about it yet and you don't know how to broach the topic without sounding too demanding. Here's what to do.
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  • 8 Alternatives to a 4-Year Degree

    Life after high school or at a time of transition is like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, and sometimes seeing that you have choices is all that matters. Here’s a list of ideas that will jump-start your brainstorming if traditional college is not for you.
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  • 7 Things You Need to Do to Land a Contract Job

    Moving from a permanent job to a contract-based job could be both daunting and liberating. While you would no longer be covered by company-sponsored insurance or a benefits plan, you may have more control over your schedule and might even make more money. But where do you begin?
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  • How to Cope With Office Politics

    In an ideal world, we'd never have to worry about fallout from a colleague's ambition, control issues, or fear. In the real one, we're forced to deal with this stuff all the time, by the very nature of collaborative work and corporate hierarchy. So how do you deal with office politics, without losing sight of your own goals or forfeiting your happiness at work?

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  • 3 LinkedIn Tricks You Don't Know About (But Should)

    Ninety-four percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to hunt for new talent, according to a 2013 study by the Society for Human Resource Management. Obviously, job seekers should take full advantage of its potential. We've written plenty about the usual tips for optimizing your profile. Here are some of the lesser-known tricks that can also get your profile noticed by hiring managers.

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  • 5 Tips to Make Your Resume Look Good

    When it comes to writing a resume, appearances are everything. You can have years of experience, in-demand skills, and be a perfect fit for the job, but if you can't show the hiring manager that you're the candidate her company needs, you won't get that all-important first call. Here's what you need to know about creating a CV that gets attention.
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  • 3 More Career Lessons From Obie, the Formerly Obese Dachshund

    Remember Obie, the dachshund who used to weigh 77 pounds? Well, he's still going strong, having lost over 50 pounds. His journey is inspirational, not just for pet lovers, but for anyone who's ever had to struggle through tough times. In short, there's a lot we can learn from this little dog. Here are three more reasons why Obie should be your career spirit animal.

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  • To Get the Job, Ask for It

    Could getting a job be as simple as just asking for it? For candidates who already feel like they're begging to be hired, the idea might seem cringeworthy. But as Kim Thompson points out in a recent post at SF Gate, employers are far more likely to hire enthusiastic candidates than ones who seem like they can take the job or leave it.

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  • 3 Tips to Sound More Like a Leader

    If you want to be respected as a manager, you have to talk the talk. But in this age of corporate buzzwords, it can be hard to sound like the manager you want to be, or to be respected for the leader you already are.
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  • Align Your Career With Your Interests, and Be as Happy as a Jelly Bean Scientist

    Flavor Scientist might sound like something Willy Wonka would dream up, but there is a person out there doing that job right now. Her name is Elise Benstein, and she works for Jelly Belly Candy Company, but her story is only a small part of a larger mission. Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization, aims to show workers that they can have careers that really interest them, whether that's picking jelly bean flavors or discovering a cure for cancer.

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  • 3 Ways to Write a Cover Letter That Actually Works

    There are a lot of contenders for "worst part of the job search process," but writing cover letters has to be right up there at the top of the list. Trying to hook hiring managers' attention without sounding like a caricature of a used car salesman or just regurgitating your resume is a challenge worthy of early-Mad Men Don Draper. So how can you get their attention, without feeling cheesy or wasting everyone's time?

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  • How to Be a Fearless Job Hunter

    In these days of long-term unemployment and stagnant wages, is it possible to job search without fear? Maybe not -- but some people get closer than others, or at least learn to fake it better. Picking up some of their strategies can help you make good decisions about your next move, and increase your chances of impressing hiring managers.

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  • 3 Ways to Win Over the Office Curmudgeon

    Every office has at least one: that grumpy guy or lady who won't be charmed, no matter what you do. The problem is that winning over those less-than-friendly folks is essential to your career. Heck, they might even be the boss, and if they aren't, their buy-in or lack of it might prevent you from getting the boss's attention -- at least in any way that you'd want to get it.

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  • What It Means to Be an Expert [infographic]

    To make yourself as attractive a job candidate as possible, you should always be looking for opportunities to pick up a new skill. That doesn't mean you have to attain expert status in order to catch the attention of a hiring manager. However, it's useful to get an idea of exactly what kind of investment you'd have to make, to be considered an expert by those in the know.

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  • 3 Mistakes You Might Be Making on LinkedIn

    If you're using LinkedIn, you likely know the importance of having a good photo, a complete profile, and accurate information. However, there are a few mistakes you might be making, without even knowing it. Before you make one more connection (let alone attempt to apply for another job) take a moment to make sure you're not making one of these critical mistakes that could cost you.
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  • 3 Career Lessons From Beyonce

    Time's annual 100 Most Influential People issue is out, and Beyonce has the cover spot. What makes Bey the Queen? In the words of Sheryl Sandberg, who interviewed Beyonce for the magazine, "Beyonce doesn't just sit at the table. She builds a new one."

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  • What If Your Dream Job Turns Out to Be a Nightmare?

    The scariest part of interviewing for a new job is knowing that you can't possibly figure out what it will be like to do that job ... until it's too late to turn back. You can do your research, ask smart questions, and ace the interview process, but when it comes right down to it, there's no guarantee that you'll love the gig once you're actually doing it.

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