Having strong references can mean the difference between hearing, "You're hired!" and hearing nothing but dreaded silence. I've often covered the most appropriate methods of acquiring references, including asking permission, providing them with information about the position, and keeping them up-to-date with the overall process. This methodology is great if you already know who your references are, but where do you begin when you're not even sure who to ask?
There are many important factors to consider when deciding where to start one's career. Recent college grads, for example, might want to live close to family or friends, or in an area or region that they are particularly fond of for one reason or another. It's important to like where you live, but it's also important to consider economic/job market factors before making a final decision.
If you've been extra cautious about your online presence to the extent of not having any, you may actually be hurting your chances of landing a job. Employers are increasingly resorting to social media to check out a candidate's profile and see if they are a fit for their organization.
Instagram is more than just a convenient way to make your friends jealous of your brunch experience. It can also help you get hired – if you use it the right way. In this week's roundup, we look at how to get a job by paying attention to companies' social media feeds, plus why you should embrace change, and why you don't need to feel alone if you're unemployed.
Despite partying hard all throughout college, you somehow managed to graduate with decent grades and now you're on your way to paving a successful career path. Your partying days may be behind you now, but that doesn't mean they won't come back to haunt you when you least expect it – for instance, when you're trying to land your dream job. A simple Google search is all it takes for recruiters to dig up every humiliating photo that you've ever been tagged in on Facebook. Well, now a new app aims to prevent your past from ruining your chances of a brighter future.
One of the reasons that many qualified candidates do not hear back – or do not get shortlisted in the first place – is because they are overqualified. Why would you consider a job that's beneath your level? The reasons vary. Maybe you took a break and are now looking at reentering the job market, or you were laid off and now you need to start somewhere, or you really love the job you do, and want to stick to a similar role elsewhere. Whatever your reason, there are ways you can tackle the problem of being perceived as overqualified.
If you've never made a mistake at work, the saying goes, you're not working hard enough. But, that's small consolation when your face is red and you're stammering out an apology to your boss or client or co-worker. In this week's roundup, we look at what to do when you're embarrassed at your job – plus, how to find the right corporate culture for you, and how to steer an interview, without looking like you're embarking on a hostile takeover.
Everyone, at some point during his or her career, will experience the slightly guilty feeling of looking for work while still employed elsewhere. It's always preferable to search for a job while employed in order to maintain some level of financial and professional security — not to mention, it looks better to recruiters. Still, it's a difficult balancing act, especially when it gets to the interview stage.
Looking to apply for a new job? Before you send in your resume, you may want to reconsider what font you're using. As it turns out, your default choice of Times New Roman might send your resume right to the reject pile.
The good news is that the economy is recovering, employment opportunities are increasing, and many occupations are expected to grow by leaps and bounds over the next few years. The bad news? These "fastest growing jobs" barely pay above minimum wage – so if you're looking to use your degree, let alone pay your student loans, you'll need to look beyond these gigs.
Women continue to chip away at the glass ceiling, slowly but surely, but gender bias can hold them back in lucrative fields like STEM. Some analyses of men's and women's resumes offer clues for women to help themselves break into that science-based dream job. Consider writing your resume "like a man."
It's never fun to find yourself unemployed, whether you were fired or had to quit for reasons entirely your own. In today's economy, it's slightly easier to find a job than in years prior, but it's not uncommon to be between jobs for months while you find the right company – one that pays well, is close to home, and offers the benefits you deserve.
Some people are eager to recommend their job to others. They can talk for hours about the excitement and fulfillment their work brings to their lives, and they often go on and on about how much they enjoy what they do. While others – well, not so much….