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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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  • 3 Ways to Stick Up for Yourself at Work

    When it comes to getting along with folks at the office, there's nothing trickier than knowing when, exactly, to draw a line. What's acceptable behavior in a boss, colleague, or report -- and what's an example of people taking advantage of your good nature?

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  • How to Hire Good Managers (When They Might Wind Up Managing You)

    When is a hire more than just the addition of another bright mind to your company? When the hire is a manager. Bad bosses are the No. 1 reason people hate -- and then leave -- their jobs, so if you're helping HR vet someone at the top of the food chain, you'll need to know how to recognize the signs, not only of a good boss, but of a good boss for your particular team.

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  • LinkedIn Shows Us Why It Pays to Be Adaptable [infographic]

    If your dream job opened up across the country -- or in a totally different industry -- would you go for it, or would you let the opportunity go by? If you're like many of us, you might be inclined not to even apply. That's partly because adaptability, while valued by employers, is a rare trait in job applicants.

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  • Would You Keep Your Job, Even If You Won the Lottery?

    The "Do What You Love" movement is problematic, to say the least: it undervalues labor performed by people with less access to education, and subtly shifts the blame for poor working conditions on laborers themselves, instead of employers and legislators. But it is worth it to think about what you'd do, if finances didn't dictate that you absolutely had to keep your job, no matter what. For one thing, it might illuminate some things about what your future goals should be.

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  • Hating Your Job Can Wreck Your Health

    It's rare to make it through an entire career without ever having a bad job, but there's a big difference between a boring gig and a soul-crusher. The former is a stepping stone to something else; the latter can affect your attitude toward your specific career and the working world in general. Hang on long enough, or endure too much, and it can even make you sick.

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  • 3 Tips for Giving Amazing Presentations -- Even If You Hate Giving Presentations

    When's the last time you heard someone say they loved giving presentations? And yet, most of us will have to, at some point or another in our lives. Our careers may depend on it.

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  • Making the 6 Seconds the Recruiter Spends on Your Resume Count

    According to a study released by The Ladders, an online job-matching service, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume. So what are they actually looking for, and what will get your CV through that six-second window?
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  • 3 Ways to Get the Boss on Your Side

    Love them or hate them, our bosses are a huge factor in our happiness and success at work. That's bad news if yours doesn't seem to be in your corner, and while there's nothing you can do to make a terrible manager into a fantastic one, there are a few things you can try to get your boss invested in you.

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