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  • 8 Mistakes That Will Get Your Resume Tossed Out and Your Candidacy Terminated
    According to a study released by The Ladders, an online job-matching service, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume. Six seconds! And how many seconds did it take for you to make your resume? We’ll let you take a deep breath.
  • 3 Ways to Spin Unrelated Jobs on Your Resume

    Most career paths are less super-highway than long and winding road. As a result, most of us have a few twists and turns on our resume, which can make it look like we're less committed to our present career goals than we actually are. The trick? To make those unrelated gigs work as well for us in the present as they did in the past.

  • 3 Ways to Cope With a Career Crisis

    Tough times come to us all, especially in these days of extended unemployment and dwindling job security. The good news is that how you deal with a crisis can sometimes make the difference between a disaster and a learning experience.

  • 5 Reasons People Hate Their Jobs

    Over 2 million people voluntarily quit their jobs each month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even though the unemployment rate is at 6.7 percent. Why would anyone leave their job when new gigs aren't exactly growing on trees?

  • Changing Careers? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't attempt to guess at how many careers we'll have in our lifetimes, and for a good reason: the definition of what constitutes a career change is hard to determine. Most of the time, roles evolve, becoming gradually very different over the course of many years. But what about when you're planning on making a real jump to something totally different?

  • 10 Online Places to Learn Valuable Job Skills, for Free

    Job counselors tell us that the best way to build a successful career is to keep learning and adding skills to our resumes. But education isn't cheap -- for the most part. Fortunately, there are plenty of totally free sources online that will help you develop the skills you need to get hired, be promoted, and keep those raises rolling in.

  • How to Get the Job When You're 'Too Old for IT'

    Blame TV shows featuring underage hackers or our post-Facebook culture for equating innovation with college kids who will drop out when they make their first million. Whatever the reason, it's a fact that many companies fill their IT jobs with folks who seem barely old enough to drive. But what if you're a slightly more experienced candidate?

  • How to Get the Job When You're Overqualified

    There are a lot of reasons to apply for a job for which you're overqualified. Maybe you're making a career change. Maybe you've been stuck in internshipland, and you're trying to make the jump to full-time employment. Or maybe you just plain need a job, because life costs money, and the rent isn't going to pay itself. Whatever the reason, there are a few things you can do to make yourself a more attractive candidate.

  • After the Interview

    After the Interview
    Often, the first thing you do after a job interview is come down off of an adrenaline high. Then, you freak out about all of the things you forgot to say, or think about whatever you think you did wrong. Pour yourself a calming cup of tea and try doing these three things instead.
  • Geek Dream Job: Become a Video Game Tester

    Real people get paid to play and test video games during development. Next time you think you are wasting your time playing video games, consider putting your hobby to work.

  • Underemployment: The Educated Person's Worst Nightmare
    Underemployed and not too happy about it? Here's an inspiring story to give you hope. PayScale spoke with Shaina Thompson, who has a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's in education, to hear her experience with underemployment and how it motivated her to look beyond her degrees to discover what she really wanted to do in life.
  • Think Outside the Box: Creative Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed
    Nowadays, it's not uncommon for recruiters to be inundated with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of resumes when trying to fill a position at a company. So, how can you (the job seeker) ensure that you get noticed out of the endless number of applicants? One of the best ways to connect with potential employers is through social media networks, but connecting sometimes isn't enough. We will take a look at some of the creative ways that social media can be used to get your resume noticed.
  • 5 Things Not to Do When You Get Fired

    Getting laid off isn't fun, but at least you have the comfort of hearing "it's not you, it's me," and collecting uncontested unemployment for a while. But what about when you lose your job under different circumstance? When you get fired, your first thought will be to panic. Don't do that -- or any of these things:

  • 10 Ways to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile to Get Noticed (and Hired)!
    With some 200 million users connecting at the speed of light on LinkedIn, it can be a little challenging to stand out as in your chosen field. Yet, a well-designed LinkedIn profile is paramount for success as a job seeker today. More and more recruiters are looking to LinkedIn for detailed backgrounds on candidates. Therefore, you need to do what it takes to make sure your LinkedIn profile is looking its best. After all, you’ve got some stiff competition on LinkedIn!
  • Why Your Social Media Obsession is Good for Your Career [infographic]
    You know that guilty feeling you get for checking Facebook at work, because you think that if someone sees you, they're going to assume that you never do an ounce of work … ever? Well, according to the University of Florida's online MSM infographic, you can actually turn that guilty obsession into a viable career!
  • Give Your Resume a Leg Up with a Job Referral
    Are you struggling to get your resume noticed by hiring managers? You are not alone. In today’s competitive job market, getting on the radar of the top hiring managers takes more than just a well-written resume. It helps tremendously to get a referral from a trusted source, which can open many more doors to career success.
  • Negotiate Salary in a Seller's Market
    Job seekers are frustrated, and who can blame them? In this economy, it's not uncommon for educated yet unemployed adults to spend weeks in grueling job interviews, only to be offered the measly sum of $17 per hour. No benefits. Take it or leave it. In a bad business economy, it's a seller's market.
  • 10 Tips for Graduates on Work Life From People Who Have Been There
    After graduation, the pursuit of a career can appear to be a daunting task. Everyone has advice and rules. Follow your dreams. Follow the money. Never be late. Never be early. Preparing to enter the work force is sometimes harder work than the actual job. So, what exactly do you really need to know when you graduate from college? Take a look at 10 pieces of advice from people who have been there.
  • 3 Things to Do When You Get Laid Off

    "Layoff" is arguably the scariest word in the English language for most workers, and never more so than during the past few years, when cuts abounded and new jobs were hard to find. But getting laid off can also be one of the best things that ever happened to you. It all depends on how you react in the days and weeks following your pink slip.

  • Federal Sequester Slashes Unemployment Checks
    Politics just got a whole lot more real for anyone relying on federal jobless benefits. The much-threatened and finally-enacted sequester, an $85 billion slash-and-burn federal budget cut, started trickling down to the everyman these past two months. It translated to, among other things, some folks getting a smaller unemployment check and others being cut off entirely.