• The Case for Getting Hired by Audition

    You can polish your resume until it's visible from space, but all the action words in the world won't express your true worth to a company. Likewise, a company can set up interviews with every member of the current staff, take you on a tour of the facilities, show you every project they've worked on in the past 20 years, but until you work there, you won't really know for sure whether you'll like the job. So what's the solution?

  • Grow a Beard, Get a Job

    Javier Sanz was looking for a few freelance gigs on the online marketplace oDesk. Aware that he looked pretty young in his headshot, he Photoshopped a beard onto his normally cleanshaven face. His response rate jumped from 12 percent to 35 percent.

  • 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.

  • Do These 3 Things Differently, and Be a Success

    What makes people who achieve their dreams from the rest of us? It's not just having a knack for making money or a talent for knowing what people want. It's a knack for doing a few things just a little bit differently than everyone else.

  • 50 Career Resolutions to Make This Year

    New Year's resolutions tend to focus on the personal. While January 1 is as good a time as any to quit smoking or start eating more vegetables, it's also an opportunity to look at your career from a new perspective. As a bonus, it's sometimes easier to build your resume than it is to drop some pounds.

  • Why You Should Trust Your Intuition

    We live in an age that's obsessed with the bottom line, and the numbers that it takes to get there. Sometimes, however, you have to fold a bit of instinct in with the research and scientific evidence -- especially when it comes to your career. Here's why it's sometimes a good idea to go with your gut.

  • 5 Tips for Networking During the Holidays

    The holiday season is chock full of social events, which makes this a perfect time to network your way into an awesome new job. But that doesn't meant that it's necessarily easy. When the champagne is flowing and your energy levels are flagging, it's easy to miss an opportunity (or worse, put your foot in your mouth). Here's how to make the most of the holiday party season.

  • How to Explain Long Periods of Unemployment on Your Resume

    Given the state of the economy over the past couple of years, you'd think employers would be more understanding about gaps in a potential hire's CV. But even a prolonged recession can't change human nature, and no matter how unfair it is, hiring managers tend to pursue employed candidates more ardently than folks with long stints of unemployment.

  • Can My Former Employer Give Me a Bad Reference?

    If you've spent any time in Corporate America, you've probably heard this myth before: leave a job under any circumstances, and the only thing your old boss can tell a prospective employer about you is when you worked at the company and which job title you held. The reality is quite different.

  • Landing Your Dream Job With Instagram

    We've all heard the stories about how people find their dreams jobs through social media, whether it's a lead via Twitter, an introduction via Facebook or a recruiter "discovering" them via Facebook. Not often, though, do you hear about people discovering their true love via Instagram -- the social network where people post pictures and then like and/or comment on others' photos.

  • The 10 Most Overused Buzzwords on LinkedIn [infographic]

    LinkedIn, the social network of the job seeker and the career advancer, offers opportunities to display your experience and skills in a way that is sure to impress future employers. On the other hand, it's also a good way to show that corporate-speak has completely hijacked your vocabulary.

  • Not a Techie? Here's Why You Should Learn to Code Anyway

    Computer Science Education Week is wrapping up this weekend, and if you're in a non-computer science field, but computer science, particularly learning to code, is becoming important to all of us, in every type of job.

  • How to Stop a Bad Job Interview in Its Tracks

    You can -- and should -- prepare thoroughly for a job interview, but no matter how many questions you practice answering and how much research you do about the job, you still might find yourself in the middle of a bad interview. Here's how to fix it.

  • What to Do Before You Write a Resume

    Resumes are always a work in progress, but if you don't do the groundwork before you sit down to tweak yours, you could wind up with a Frankenstein's monster of a CV -- all mismatched parts.

  • 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?

  • Is It Possible to Apply to Too Many Jobs?

    It's tempting to think of getting a job as a numbers game: send out as many resumes as you can, the theory goes, and you'll definitely get hired. While you definitely won't get hired for jobs you don't pursue, sending out thousands of resumes and cover letters can actually be overkill.

  • 3 Ways to Calm Down at Work

    If you have a big interview, or a major presentation, or even just a normal, everyday stressful job, you're probably familiar with anxiety. And although at a certain point, professional assistance might be required, you can deal with day-to-day nerves with a few simple tricks.

  • Your Company Is Probably Starting to Analyze You in Unbelievable Ways

    How much does your employer know about you? If they're using "people analytics," the application of big data analysis to human resource management, the answer is: probably a lot.

  • Do Appearances Matter? (Short Answer: Yes)

    We would all like to think that we're above such mundane things as looks and presentation, but the fact is, appearances count -- a lot. The good news is that this doesn't necessarily mean that we have to be supermodels to get ahead.

  • 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.