Are You Mistaking Being Busy for Being Productive?

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What’s the difference between being busy and being productive? It may seem like a fine line at first, but especially when your goal is to advance your career, it’s important to understand the very real difference between the two. It All Comes Down to Focus The differences between busy people and productive people ultimately lead… Read more »

3 Tips for Asking for a Raise

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Asking for a raise can be an awkward, stressful experience. But if you’re well prepared, it can be simpler than you may expect. Put yourself in your manager’s shoes and design your approach accordingly. In the words of Harvard Business School Professor Kathleen McGinn, “Think about why your boss should even consider granting your request.”… Read more »

First Job Out of College? It’s Time to Move On!

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Congratulations, college graduate! You may have already started (in which case, kudos to you), but now is the time to put a concentrated effort into your job search – researching where you want to work, establishing your professional reputation, and starting the network of connections that will support your career for the long term. Follow… Read more »

Don’t Network Online Only

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Social networking is a critical tool in your job search – but it’s not the only one. Never underestimate the power of your personal connections. Research has shown that more than 80 percent of jobs are found through one-on-one networking. According to the Pew Research Center, the average American has approximately 634 contacts – including… Read more »

Should You Use the Same Cover Letter for All Interviews?

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Your resume will be stacked up against more competition than ever before – so be sure to make your cover letter stand out from the crowd. Because unless a recruiter or hiring manager is impressed by your cover letter, they won’t even get as far as your resume. Six Crucial Seconds An employer or recruiter… Read more »

Have You Outgrown Your Employer?

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It happens to almost everyone at some point in their career. You reach a point where you hit a wall in your current position and are unsure what steps to take. When you’ve outgrown your job, your feelings of boredom, underutilization, lack of challenge and plain old unhappiness can be devastating. The Writing is on… Read more »

Have an Interview? Do Your Homework

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The biggest mistake a job candidate can make is not being fully prepared for an interview. Interviewing is a skill in and of itself – and like any skill, practice and preparation make perfect. Follow these tips to wow your interviewers and demonstrate your interest, passion, knowledge and unique qualifications: Research the organization. Learn as… Read more »

Bored at Your Job? It’s Time to Start Looking

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For some people, it’s obvious when the time has come to leave a job. For others, it may not be so crystal clear. Boredom at work often falls into the latter category. You spend too much time at your job to be bored. Constant boredom is a good indication that your future would be brighter… Read more »

Fired? How to Address It in an Interview

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People get fired from their jobs every day. It’s horrible; no doubt about it. But regardless of the circumstances, you need to learn from the experience, put it behind you, and move on. Your life – and your career – will go on. And a key part of your recovery is being ready to discuss… Read more »

Top Job Seeker Posts of 2015

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The U.S. and global labor markets continue to get back on track as 2015 winds down. It has been a year of cautious optimism following the crippling recession years of recent history. In October, 271,000 net new jobs were added across all U.S. industries. Notable in recent months was a rise in wages in an… Read more »