3 Things You Should Probably Never Say to a Recruiter

Recruiters have a unique position in the job placement world. In a nutshell, they have to build relationships with both employers and candidates, then they play matchmaker so that it's a win-win situation for everyone involved. Part of a recruiter's job is to get to know you (the candidate) and figure out what you have to offer and the best place to fit you. However, be careful not to make the mistake of assuming that these "get to know you" conversations mean that you and the recruiter are BFFs – because that's when the relationship will take a turn for the worse. Here's what you need to know.

3 Reasons to Show Gratitude in Your Career (Even When You’d Rather Skip It)

Have your social media feeds been filling up with thankfulness over the past few days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving? If these public statements of gratitude make you roll your eyes rather than count your blessings, never fear: we're not here to convince you to join a movement, or even start a journal or buy an app. However, focusing on the positive and remembering the ways in which you're lucky can be good for your career, if you go about things in a way that works for you.

3 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job

Every job interview, even a bad one, is an opportunity to learn something about how to pitch yourself to companies, and figure out what a given job entails and what the corporate culture has to offer. The problem, of course, is that hiring managers don't always tell you why the company opted to pass, which makes it harder to learn from your mistakes. Here's what might be holding you back, and how to tweak your approach to improve your chances in the future.

Looking for a Job? Here’s How to Stand Out From the Crowd

It’s a bit easier to find available opportunities than it was a few years ago. However, you're still competing against a multitude of other candidates, and even getting an interview can be extremely challenging. How can you be sure to stand out so you can get your foot in the door -- and hopefully land that job of your dreams?

3 Steps to Close Your Personal Skills Gap

Conversation about the skills gap tends to run on a broad scale: employers want X, workers only offer Y. But what about if you're one of the workers? Your first goal, then, isn't to solve the world's problems, but to fill in your own skills gap and get hired. Here's how.

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?

3 Things to Do When You Didn’t Get the Job

There's nothing more frustrating than investing in an interview process, only to be rejected by the prospective employer. Before you sink into an abyss of self-recrimination, think constructively about the situation. You might find an opportunity amidst the disappointment.

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?

So You’re Unemployed: Here’s What to Do

Increasingly, getting laid off (or worse, fired) seems to be part of life. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone among your acquaintance who hasn't, at some point, found themselves unexpectedly unemployed. Still, better to have a plan of attack than to rely on "misery loves company."

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.