How to Prepare for a Job Interview
It's important to go into the job interview prepared to answer
questions about yourself, but there's a lot more to a
than that. Doing your homework about the company you're
interviewing with is equally important.
Ruining Your Resume?
Your resume is the first thing a prospective employer sees, and you don't need
it hindering your chances at getting an interview. Find out if you've made one
of these three mistakes on your resume.
Your Resume Aging You?
Today's job market is especially tough on older job seekers, so you don't want
your resume inadvertently giving your age away before you even get to the
interview. Here's how you can avoid age bias on
Portable Skills Every College Graduate Needs
Today's college graduates are entering a very challenging job market. Vickie Milazzo says that smart grads will use this
time to develop the
skills that will help them leap to the top once opportunities start
Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out
In today's highly competitive job market, your resume needs to grab attention
and make a great first impression. Here are seven tips to
make your resume irresistible to hiring
Age, Appearance and Attitude
Whether potential employers admit it or not, your age, appearance and attitude
all affect how you're perceived during a job interview.
Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search
Jobs are still hard to come by, so you need to use every resource at your
disposal. Here are five ways social media can help you
find a job.
Mistakes to Avoid During a Job Interview
Competition for job openings is tougher than ever. How can you make a good
impression on hiring managers during your next interview? Start by avoiding
these three job interview mistakes.
How to Dress for a Job Interview
Deciding what to wear to a job interview can leave you feeling stressed and
uncertain. Marla Tomazin shares pointers to help you confidently
How to Handle
Discrimination During an Interview
Discrimination during a job interview is difficult to address. If
you suspect it's happening, here is a way to approach the topic that
might increase your chances of
getting the job.
What to Say When Youâ€™ve Been Fired
So, you were fired from a job, and you know it's going to come up during job
interviews. Should you lie about it? Make like it was all your employer's
fault? That may help your ego a little, but it probably won't land you a new
job. Here's what you should say in an
interview when you were fired.
6 Principles for Surviving
Whether you've just been laid off or have been out of work for some time,
you've got to find a way to manage until you find your next job. Here are
six things you should be doing to survive
50 and Forgotten: How to Find your
Next Job When No One Wants to Hire You
Getting a job in today's economy is hard for everyone. But if you're over
50, it may seem nearly impossible. Though they'll never publicly admit it,
there are several common reasons companies prefer not to
hire older workers. Here's how you can get past
their bias and land a job.
50 and Fired? How to Sell
Yourself When No One is Buying
It's a frustrating but real fact that employers are more likely to hire
younger workers than older ones. Here's advice for how over
50 job seekers can succeed in the interview.
5 Common Information Technology Resume Mistakes
If you're an experienced IT pro, chances are your skills are in demand --
somewhere. But your resume will determine whether you get the all-important
opportunity to talk those skills up and show them off.
Does Your Cover Letter Make These 5 Critical Mistakes?
Your resume is flawless after the hours you've spent on it, but what about
your cover letter? It's what hiring managers will see first, so be sure you
aren't making one of these five cover
Protect Your Pension
The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) just turned five years old. As
companies rush to shore up pension or cancel underfunded plans you
need to protect yourself from common
Elements of a Good Resume Objective
Your objective statement is the very first thing potential employer's see
when they look at your resume. Find out what should go into your
resume's objective to give you the best
shot at an interview.
Follow Up to Make Sure You Get the Job
Even after a perfect interview you should follow up to increase your
chances of being offered the job. Here
are several ways you can keep in touch with a potential employer.
Five Pragmatic Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Resume Gets
Seen by Hiring Managers
If you're on the job hunt, you're competing with more people than ever. Here are
five things you can do to make sure hiring
managers give your resume the attention it deserves.
Managing Stress at Work
Is your job keeping you stressed out? Here are
some things you can do to keep yourself calm and cool even when the pressure's
Interviewers Ask Job Applicants
Trying to prepare for that job interview you finally got? The interviewer is
likely to ask you questions to help
them see beyond your resume according to this recent survey.
The Emerging Identity of Women
There is a new generation of women in the workplace. They grew up in the
self-help era with more confidence than the women who came before them. In fact,
the majority of the women at work today represent the first generation of women
who were told they could accomplish anything they put their mind to.
Read more >>
Laid Off? Now What Do You Do?
So, you were just fired. The boss said he was sorry he had to let you go, but
the company was suffering from the economic turndown and is doing away with your
job. Whether that's the truth or not doesn't matter. The only things you want to
know is "Why me?" and "What am I going to do now?"
Here are tips to help you get out of
the dumps and fired up about finding your next career opportunity.
Manipulation at Work
How do you get your way at work? Whether you realize it or not, you probably use
some form of manipulation in your day-to-day dealings with coworkers.
Do any of these twelve popular manipulation
techniques look familiar to you?
7 Ways to Escape from Job Captivity
Do you feel like you're a prisoner to your job? Do you feel like no matter
how hard you try, you'll never stand a chance of advancing at your
workplace? Here are seven things you
can do to escape the sensation of being a workplace prisoner.
Myths and Truths of
Most people start out their careers wanting to succeed, hoping for a
bright future. Yet, how many achieve the success they seek?
The following truths about many common
myths of success will help you get a jump start to your goal.
If you've ever found yourself in the sights of a workplace predator, you
know all too well that sinking feeling you get as he (or she) jumps at the
opportunity to tear you down. Workplace predators are a fact of life in the
work world, but you don't have to fall prey to their attacks.
Read more >>
Self-Defense for Bullied
Have you ever been the victim of a workplace bully? According to a recent
survey, almost half of all employees have been targeted at some point in
their career. You don't have to sit back and take it any longer.
This advice from the author of
Bullying Bosses: A Survivor's Guide gives you the information you need
to protect yourself >>
Top Secrets of
the Holistic Career Search
You think you're ready to look for a new job, but where should
you start? Who do you talk to first?
To get a grip on your career search, take a holistic approach and
look at the big picture.
Q & A for New Graduates
Graduating from college and moving into the work world is a big step in
your life. Prepare yourself for the job hunt with these
key question and answers from career
columnist and author Sue Morem.
One Person/Multiple Careers (Book
One Person/Multiple Careers reveals how a new
breed of workplace trailblazers have combined multiple talents to create the
kind of work they've always dreamed of and to enrich their personal lives as
well. Click here to read an excerpt
How to Make Gossip Work for You
In a perfect world gossipers wouldn't exist, but we all know the world has
its imperfections a plenty. Gossip and gossipers are here to stay.
Here are six steps you can take to
separate the outrageous chatter from the meaningful information so the
gossip mill works in your favor.
So, Your Boss is a Jerk
Everyone has to deal with a boss who is a pain in the rear at some point in
time. But if you know the reasons for his behavior, it will make it easier
to deal with and might even improve your relationship with him.
Here are some possibilities to consider >>
"Thanks" for Lost Gift
What should you do when your coworker's gift never shows up? He says he
sent it, but you never got it. How do you show your appreciation long after
the fact for the gift you never received?
Find out here >>
Other Strategies for Finding a Job
Targeted mailings, cold calling, job fairs, and occasionally other
strategies work for some job seekers. Yet, only 5 to 15 percent of job
seekers find positions using these strategies. So are they even worth the
time? Find out in this excerpt from the new
book Hire Me, Inc. by Roy Blitzer.
Winners Don't Depend on Atta-Boys
There is no escaping the fact that everyone wants to be appreciated for
doing a good job. "Atta-boys" are important to our self-esteem and
effectiveness. But the higher we climb up the career ladder the more scarce
compliments become. Read more >>
5 Ways to Make Delivering Bad
There is only one thing worse than delivering bad news to your boss. That is not
raising the red flag when you know trouble is brewing.
Here are five steps you can take to lessen the
blow when you have to deliver bad news.
Avoiding a Failure to Communicate
It's in every classified ad and most job descriptions: must have excellent
communication skills. Worse yet, once hired, it reappears annually at review
time: Improve communication skills. What's a worker to do?
Here are some simple ways you can improve
your communication skills.
9 Steps to New Job Success
Starting a new job soon? While your hopes are high about the possibilities for
your career, your success depends greatly on you getting off on the right foot.
Here are 9 things you can do to make the most
of your new job.
You're Fired! Be Ready, It Can Happen to You
You might feel comfortable in your job, knowing it would be hard for your
company to survive without you. But anyone can get the axe at any time, and it
doesn't just happen to bad employees. Here are 13 steps you
can take to survive and prosper if you ever get the dreaded pink slip.
Are You Going Broke
Keeping Up with the Jonses?
In this myth-shattering tour of America's mind-set about money, Shira Boss
offers a tantalizing mix of hard facts and juicy gossip as she peers into the
lives and checkbooks of our neighborsâ€¦and exposes the shocking gap between
public image and what's really going on behind closed doors.
Read an excerpt from chapter one here >>
Do You Respond to Praise?
Ah, praise! The applause! Rewards that result from your
good work! How do you respond to praise? Do you bask
graciously in the limelight? Or do you mumble and fumble
for words? When you have trouble accepting praise, it
shows. Find out what
you can do about it >>
How to Succeed as a New Executive
Forty percent of new executives don't last 18 months. In this excerpt from
The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success by Scott
Eblin, learn how to beat the odds as a rising
You've Been Named Boss; Now What?
Going from a position where you supervise one or just a few people to being
the head of a department is a big leap. Here's advice on
how to make a smooth and successful transition into management.
3 Surefire Steps to Minimize Gossip at the
The consequences of participating in office gossip are far ranging and always
affect at least two or more people. Here are 3
steps you can take to put a damper on the office rumor mill.
How Smart Women Win at Office
Office politics can be tricky business. You might think that your best course is
to avoid them altogether. But doing so could do more harm to your career than
good. This advice can help you
navigate the treacherous waters of office politics and come out on top.
Refuse to Choose (Book Excerpt)
Do you get bored easily? Keep changing your mind about what you want to do?
Do you worry that you'll never find your true career path? If you answered yes
to any of these questions, then what you thought was a flaw all these years
might turn out to be your biggest asset. Read
8 Tips for Moms Re-Entering the Workplace
4 Reasons You Aren't Getting Promoted
Many moms stay at home while their children are young and then go back to work
once they are in school. But making the transition from chasing kids around all
day to having to be at a job each morning, complete with make-up and pantyhose,
isn't always easy. Here are 8 tips to make the change go
a little smoother.
You've worked hard at your job and you think you deserve a promotion. But
opportunities have come and gone and you still sit in your same job. What's
going on, you ask? Here are four reasons you
could be missing out on promotions and ideas for what to do about them.
Yourself in 2005
Finding a Job at 50 and Beyond
New Year's resolutions can provide you the opportunity to redefine the kind of
person, employee or employer you envision being. Have you thought about yours
yet? Read more >>
Two different books addressing the plight of finding employment over the age of 50 have appeared on the book scene.
Read these reviews of How to Find a Job After 50
and Bait and Switch.
What Should You
Expect from Your Employer?
Being able to get ahead in your career depends greatly on you and what you're
willing to put into your job. But it also depends on working in an environment
that fosters and encourages growth rather than stifling it.
Read more >>
Real Winners Know How to Lose
Most people would probably agree if you said that winning is key to keeping
ahead at work. But being a winner every time is not only impossible, but it
could be harmful to your career.
Ambition Is Just
A Word Until You Act
Grab All The Responsibilities You
Ambition is a sanctified ideal in the folklore of successful careers. Just the
word - as in "She has always had a lot of ambition" - evokes a degree of respect
and admiration. But all the ambition in the world does you no good unless you
Read more >>
Each of us has options for handling responsibilities. The choice we make is
one of the most powerful determinants of the degree of career success we
experience. Read more >>
Network Your Way to Work
Finding a job isn't as simple as applying for positions listed on employment
web sites. Networking is the only way to get the inside track on job
openings in your field. Details >>
How to Find a Job After 50 (Book
For all the job market uncertainty today, opportunities have never been
better for Americans over fifty. So whether you've been shown the door or
have decided to change your career, there is an endless array of options-if
you know where to look. Read more in this
excerpt from How to Find a Job After 50 >>
Book Excerpt: Bait and Switch
Get Your Job Search Organized
Barbara Ehrenreichâ€™s Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage
workers. Now, in Bait and Switch, she enters another hidden realm of
the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Bait and
Switch highlights the people whoâ€™ve done everything right, yet have
become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to
the vagaries of the business cycle. Read an excerpt
from Bait and Switch here >>
The typical job search can generate a daunting stack of paper and a backlog of
communications. If you are actively looking for work, you may quickly find
yourself buried in multiple versions of your resume, copies of cover letters,
business cards, and more. Here are 4 tips to help you
keep your job search organized.
Think Twice Before You Jump to a New Job
You've got the itch to change jobs. Before you jump to a new job, be certain you
have good, sound reasons for wanting to make a change, and keep in mind that the
grass isn't always greener on the other side. Read more >>
Decisions Build Careers
Do you dislike making decisions and avoid the challenge whenever you can? If so,
you're certainly not alone, but you are missing a huge opportunity. Come
to grips with decision making and you'll likely see your career take a big leap
forward. Read more >>
Are You Having Fun at Work?
Top 10 Smart Networking Tips for Your Career
Such qualities as loyalty, energy, intelligence and hard work are certain to be
in any consensus of what it takes to build a successful career. But one
essential ingredient is often overlooked, that is, enjoying your work.
Read more >>
Smart networking is critical to career success. Master it, and you master
your destiny. The following 10 tips will help you become
10 Tips for Landing Your Dream Job
How do the best CEOs nail multimillion-dollar contracts for their companies?
They understand the fine points of negotiation.
You can learn these same negotiation
skills and strategies to land a dream job.
Get Off on the Right Foot on Your First Job
Graduates of class 2005 are facing the reality that the paths to success in
the real world are vastly different and more demanding than those of
academia. Here are 10 common sense guidelines that
can make the journey smoother.
The Case of the Disappearing Vacation
Are you ready to take your annual vacation -- or are you among the many who are
scared they'll learn to live without you if you're gone for a week or two?
Here are seven things you can do to make your vacation
relaxing while keeping your job security intact.
How to Survive an Insecure Boss
Few things are more destructive to a career than a boss who is insecure.
Unfortunately, it is a near certainty that most people will encounter one or
more such persons along the way. Here are the 7 traits of
an insecure boss and 7 ways to cope.
Get the Job by Asking
Most candidates are intimidated to ask for the job because they are afraid
of a â€œnoâ€ response. But there are ways you can broach the subject without
actually saying, â€œCan I please have the job?â€
three different approaches you can take.
4 Rules for Achieving a Professional Edge
Real World ABCs
We live in an era of constant change, and at times it may seem as though
â€œanything goes,â€ but donâ€™t be fooled. There are, and always have been, rules in business; no less real for being unwritten or unspoken.
Pay attention to these four simple rules for success.
From the author of the newly released 101 Tips for Graduates, these
Real World ABCs are a 26-point guide to helping you put your best foot
forward as you start your journey in life. Details >>
When Well-Written Resumes Don't Work
6 Fatal Mistakes to Avoid While You Still Have a Job
Job seekers spend more time fretting over their resumes than any other
process during a job search. This is because most believe that the resume
serves as a magic bullet. But no matter how great you sound on paper, the
reality is that a resume can get you only so far in the job search, even if
it is well written. Read more >>
As anyone who has ever been laid off can tell you, job security is no
longer a sure thing. Avoid these six mistakes while you're still employed and
you'll be much better prepared for the future if a pink slip ever lands on your
desk. Read more >>
High School Senior Weighs Tough Choices
Graduating from high school, starting college, choosing a major... all
these things are major changes involving some tough decisions. But what if
you don't know yet what you want to do with your life?
Read Ask Sue's advice >>
Who's Reading Your Resume?
How to Handle Counter Offers
What is a job seeker to do when there are so many conflicting ideas when it
comes to resume etiquette? Who should you write the resume for? Computer
software? The screener? The recruiter? The decision maker? The answer is yes
to all three. Read more >>
Congratulations, youâ€™ve just accepted an offer for the job youâ€™ve been
chasing for months. But then your boss presents you with a very tempting
counter offer. Consider these points before
4 Resume Makeover Tips
With a few minor adjustments, your resume can be improved to the point where
it ends up in the callback pile as opposed to the trash bin.
Give your resume a makeover and avoid common mistakes
with these four tips.
When Cover Letters Get Personal
Most cover letters, though very business-like, lack enthusiasm or any kind
of personal connection. When you want to stand out from the crowd, there's
nothing wrong with adding a little pizzazz, if you know when and how to do
it. Details >>
Your Resume Should Have Character
How to Get a Raise
The notion that employers are only interested in where you have been and
where you are heading is pure nonsense. Experienced hiring managers take
into account both your experience and your character.
Read more >>
No one likes to ask for a raise. But no one likes working for less than they are
worth, either. Here's how to ask for a raise and increase
the chances you'll actually get it.
Take It or Leave It... But Get It
We all know people who ask for an opinion, then get offended when given an
honest answer. Seeking feedback is vital for career success, but even more
important is knowing what to do with it. Read more >>
Surviving the Micromanager
There's a lot you can do to survive and succeed with a "my way" boss. But, first, you've got to understand his behavior--and exactly how he manages to disrupt people and performance.
Read more >>
Interview Help: What's Your Greatest Weakness?
The fastest way to make a good interview go bad is to avoid questions posed
by the hiring manager. The one question candidates love to avoid is, â€œWhat
is your greatest weakness?â€ Here's how you can jump
this interview hurdle with ease.
Why Someone Else's Stress Can Cost
You Your Job
Is it any wonder that many of us don't feel like going to work on Monday
mornings? The quality of our work life has taken a drastic downturn in the last
decade. Here's how you can prevent the stress of those
around you from costing you your own job.
The Squirrel Effect
Like that squirrel, people often hide what they consider important to their
personal survival in the corporate world. But hoarding wonâ€™t help them thrive in
the long run.
Find out why >>
5 Ways to Make Starting a New Career
Top 3 Reasons Most Cover Letters Don't Work
If you believe most of the current magazines that profile successful entrepreneurs
or others with high-profile careers, then you probably think that the best way
to change careers is to close your eyes, max out your credit cards, and leap off
the cliff. While that makes for a great story, the truth is quite different, and
less risky. Read more >>
Cover letters really are an effective tool in your job search, but most job
seekers don't know how to write them. Here are the top
three reasons cover letters fail, and what to do about it.
Excerpt: The ABC's of
Getting Out of Debt
The Power of Words
The ABC's of Getting Out of Debt, the latest in the Rich Dad's
Advisors(r) series, will show you how to trade bad
debt for good debt and maximize credit. Whether trying to get
out of debt, or making sure your credit is in the best shape possible, this book can be worth thousands of dollars!
Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 here >>
Poorly chosen words can kill enthusiasm, impact self-esteem, lower expectations
and hold people back. Well chosen ones can motivate, offer hope, create vision,
impact thinking and alter results. What kinds of words are you using?
Read more >>
Found Your Calling but Hate Your Job?
When you finally land a job in the career field of your dreams, but the job
hasn't lived up to your expectations, the disappointment can be overwhelming.
Taking these steps can help you get back on the right track.
Read more >>
Overcoming an Employment Gap
If you've been unemployed for a while, hiring managers may view your
experience as outdated. Your resume is your door-opening ticket to job
interviews, but not if it throws up red flags.
Here's how you can handle an employment gap on your resume without fudging
Asking the Right Questions During the
Bosses We Love to Hate
"Who is that hot babe in the picture?" isnâ€™t the type of reply an interviewer
expects to hear when he or she invites you to ask questions near the end of an
interview. In fact, the way you approach the Q&A session will have a direct
impact on the interviewerâ€™s perception of you.
Boss' Day is coming up October 16. Do you love or hate your boss? Almost all of
us have worked for bosses that we absolutely hate.
Here are 7
of the worst kinds of bosses, along with 5 action steps you can take to get
Coping When You're Overqualified
Are you professionally overqualified for your job? Are you having trouble
finding a job that fits like a glove? Have you settled for a job that has no
relation whatsoever with your professional skills?
Here are 6 tips to help you cope.
7 Tips for Surviving a Job Loss
How prepared are you for an unexpected turn of events? What if the foundation
upon which your income was based was suddenly shaken? How would you cope if you
lost your job today? Read more >>
How to Work Effectively With Recruiters
There is a love-hate relationship between candidates and recruiters. Candidates love what recruiters can do for them, but at the same time, aren’t fond of the fact that they need their services.
Read more >>
Creating a Great Resume
The primary difference between a good resume and a great one is that a
great resume will pave the way for a great interview.
Read this excerpt from The Play of Your Life
to learn just what goes into creating a great resume.
The ABCs of Networking
Networking opens the doors to the hidden job market, and if youâ€™ve not learned
this art, many opportunities may be passing you by.
This list of networking ABCs can help you move your career forward.
Network Your Way Into a Job
For every person who finds a position through Monster or Hotjobs, at
least ten more find theirs through people they know. Why? Because the majority
of job opportunities are never formally advertised.
Read more >>
What Interviewers Really Want to Know
What do interviewers really want in job candidates? The answer may be different
for every hiring manager. But first-time job hunters may be surprised by how
simple their wish lists are. Read more >>
Book Excerpt: Polling Matters
In his new book, Polling Matters, Frank Newport, editor in chief
of The Gallup Poll, tells the skeptics why polls matter... and explains to the
rest of us exactly how polling works. Read an excerpt here
When Bad Interviews Happen to Good Candidates
Going through the motions of a bad interview is like peeling back the layers of
an onion. Sally learned this lesson the hard way, hands-on during an interview
that should have been a piece of cake. Learn how you
can avoid making the same mistakes she made.
Advice for the Class of 2004
Itâ€™s that time of year again; millions of graduates are changing their
status from full-time student to full-time employee. The class of 2004 has
had some advantages, but has also faced some of lifeâ€™s harshest realities.
Here are Ask Sue's tips for this year's new
Excellent References Can Be the Clincher
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." This
childhood chant is familiar to many. But in the real world, does it matter what
others think of you? If you're a job seeker, you can be sure that it does.
Read more >>
The Behavioral Style Job Interview
Getting the Next Promotion
Job interviews aren't as cut and dry as they once were, focusing primarily on
your skills and past experience. In an effort to find the perfect employee,
recruiters have embraced behavioral style interviews as their interview of
choice. Find out what they are and how you can prepare.
Should you wait for someone to notice your potential and then give you the
promotion as opportunity to prove yourself? Or should you take the initiative
now, show leadership in your current job, and hope to be rewarded for it later?
Here's one manager's perspective.
Learning Styles on the Job
We each have a personal learning style that we rely every day even if we have
never examined how we learn best. Find out what kind of learner you are and how
it affects how you work.
The Shifting Sands of Life and Work
While our culture thrives on mountain-climbing metaphors, a new book, inspired
by a real-life adventure across the Sahara, says it's the desert that gets real
about life and the workplace. Read an excerpt here >>
Surviving a Promotion to Management
When you get promoted up from the rank and file to a supervisory or
management position, life could get harder before it gets easier. In fact,
your new job may be the toughest one you ever hold.
Here are three steps you can take to make the
What's a Manager to Do?
Middle managers are the go-between for the front line workers and
senior management. Yet all too often, the senior management doesn't
listen, or doesn't give the middle manager the information needed to
manage effectively. Here are six
suggestions that can help.
The Interviewable Resume
It is rumored that the only word William Shakespeare wrote on his resume was "Available." We’ll probably never know if that is true. But it raises an interesting question. How much information is too much and how much is too little when dealing with resume copy?
Read more >>
Can Women Be Sexist?
How hard are women making it for other women to get ahead at work? Are women
guilty of sexism? Read an excerpt from Midlife Crisis at 30, then use the
link at the end of the article to tell us what you think.
Book Excerpt: Midlife Crisis at 30
As the generation that came of age after the most visible glass ceilings had
been broken, Gen-X/Y women were raised to believe in futures without
limitations. Yet, as journalists Lia Macko and Kerry Rubin reveal in their
fascinating investigation, many women have distorted the well-intentioned
empowerment messages of their youth and are quietly blaming themselves when they
fail to overcome the very real obstacles that still exist in our society.
Read an excerpt here >>
Excerpt: Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office
Lois P. Frankel, Ph. D., reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers
while others stagnate. She's spotted a unique set of behaviors--101 in all--that
women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults.
Read an excerpt of her new
book, Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office.
Counter Offer Pitfalls
Resigning from a job is never easy, but what if instead of simply saying
goodbye, your employer makes a counter offer? The temptation to stay may be
strong, but be sure you consider these pitfalls before
giving your answer.
Finding a Cure for Career Doldrums
Is Monday the worst day of your week? Can you hardly remember when you
enjoyed going to work? Do friends ask why you seem so down? Maybe this has
been going on awhile, and youâ€™re realizing itâ€™s time to do something.
Read more >>
Interviewing Like a Pro in 5 Easy Steps
Itâ€™s an inescapable fact that interviews are the â€œmake or breakâ€ factor on
whether one lands the job. So it is surprising to find that most job seekers
approach interviews without any preparation.
Here are 5
things you can do to make sure your interview's a success.
Seven Habits of Highly Successful Job Seekers
In the job search craze, there are those who land a job right away and those who
struggle through the process of finding one for a long time. With many job
seekers vying for only a few open positions, â€˜luckâ€™ rarely has anything to do
with it. Read more >>
Three Steps to Writing Your Own Resume
While most professionals hire a resume writer, some draft their own
resume. Here are three steps to follow to create a powerful resume on your own.
Read more >>
Is Your Resume on Target?
Your resume is going to end up in a pile of dozens or even hundreds of others
who want the same job as you and are just as qualified.
Here's how to be sure yours makes the cut.
Hard Work Goes Unnoticed
Admitting a Mistake
You work hard - in fact, you carry the load for your coworker. Yet
somehow he gets all the attention and all you get is more work. What
should you do? Read Ask Sue's advice.
You've just discovered that the personal calls you've been making from work for
months are long distance. Should you bring this to your employer's attention and
offer to pay for the calls, or leave well enough alone?
Read more >>
Nuts and Bolts of Effective Cover Letters
As a job seeker, you shouldnâ€™t overlook the importance of a cover letter. If
written strategically, a cover letter increases your chances for consideration,
and provides an opportunity to highlight your individuality.
Read more >>
Resumes That Work
The goal of a resume is to get you in the door with prospective employers. And,
you have about 30 seconds to grab the reader's attention.
Here are 10 tricks of the trade for writing a winning resume.
Rude and Envious Coworkers
The office outcast claims that no one likes her because they are all
jealous of her wonderful life. Is there some truth in that, or is there
another reason behind her coworkers' treatment?
Read more >>
Excerpt: How to Sell Yourself
No matter what field you are in, you need to market yourself. In his latest
work, best-selling author Joe Girard reveals important sales secrets and shows
you how you can develop the basic skills and winning character traits that will
make other people take notice of what you have to offer.
Read an excerpt from How to Sell
Yourself here >>
Building Experience vs. Making a Living
You're considering applying for a different job in your company, but your
boss wants you to stay where you are. Should you apply anyway? Your
current boss's happiness is not the only consideration you should make.
Read more >>
When you're planning for your future career, you may have to choose between a
job that pays well or a lesser paying job that looks better on your resume.
Read more >>
Looking for a Job? Give Yourself a Chance.
Is your resume killing your chances at getting a job before you even get to the
interview? Here's an employer's top ten list of common
mistakes found on resumes.
Writing an Executive Resume
Whether you are looking for a job or for investors, executives need resumes that
point out their true worth.
Here's a suggestion
for how to create them.
Building a Business Wardrobe
Putting together a wardrobe can be overwhelming, and while some people enjoy
the process, others despise it. These tips can
help make the process less painful.
Beat the Procrastination Blues
Ever find yourself delaying and delaying on something until it becomes a crisis?
Thatâ€™s when procrastination has taken charge of your life.
Here's how to
Take This Job and... Re-staff It
The ideal situation is to leave a job when you have a perfect career
opportunity. But life doesn't always hand you a magic bullet. Sometimes you have
to take a risk, and that's when conventional wisdom must be put aside to improve
the prospects for your career. Read more >>
The Path to Excellence
What is the one strength that would help you excel in your career? Acknowledging
and dedicating yourself to your natural talents is the key to success.
Read more >>
Does how you sit convey more than what you say during a job interview? Body language carries more importance than you might think.
Read more >>
How to Cure the Verbal Virus
Verbal viruses are meaningless fillers that speckle our speech, distract from
our message, drain our impact and annoy listeners.
Here's a five step treatment plan.
Humor in the Workplace
Create the Self You Want
A sense of humor is a necessity for finding happiness in work and life. However,
kid around on the job too much and you'll find that no one takes you seriously.
Read more >>
In your business and in your personal life, if your mind was a huge, blank
sheet of paper, what would you fill the space with? Use your imagination
to create the outcome you desire. Read more >>
Making a Career Shift
Thinking about changing your line of work right in the middle
of your career? More and more people are doing just that.
Here are 10 questions to ask yourself before
taking the plunge.
Developing Your Intuition
Waiting for the Official Job Offer
Intuition isn't just the latest fad. It's an important part of your EQ.
But how do you know how to develop it -- or if you even have any
intuition? Read more >>
Being offered the job at the end of an interview isn't always a sure thing. You
may have to wait days or weeks before the HR department calls you back.
Here are steps you can take to minimize the
Tell Me About Yourself...
One of the most commonly asked questions in job interviews is "Why don't you
tell me about yourself?" Don't waste a golden opportunity to grab the
interviewer's attention. Use these four tips >>
Surviving the New Job Interview
Why are beer cans tapered on the ends? How many piano tuners are there in the
world? Why does a mirror reverse right and left instead of up and down? These
are the kinds of questions you're likely to face in your next job interview.
Get help tackling such mind-bending
questions in this excerpt from How Would You Move Mount Fuji.
Dealing with an Incompetent Leader
Getting the Most Out of Job Fairs
Does your boss seem to destroy camaraderie, instill gossip, encourage
dishonesty, and prevent people from speaking freely?
Here are tips on how you can protect yourself
and your career.
Instead of cold calling or surfing the Internet, job fairs offer the chance to
chat with hiring managers in person and pass around your resume or business
card. Here are several ways to make the most of a job
Get in the Game with a Stellar Resume
Your resume is your calling card. Therefore, it should stand out from the rest
and go the extra mile in presenting you as the most qualified candidate.
These guidelines can help you create the most effective
Resume Mistakes That Will Kill Your Job Search
There are many things you donâ€™t have control over during your job search, but
how your resume represents you isn't one of them.
have a successful resume, be sure you avoid these common mistakes.
The Money is the Gravy
Is your work a freely chosen, life-enhancing activity? Does your job
give you personal growth and self-expression? Is your work a form of
leisure-as enjoyable as going out to golf or meeting friends? In his new
book, John Clark says that the answer to each of those questions can and
should be yes. Read an excerpt here.
Reframing Your Career Decision
Don't know what you want to do with your life? More than likely, it's that
you do know what you want to do, but just don't know how to
get there. Read more >>
Don't Let Downsizing Defeat You
No matter how many tales we hear of layoffs, reorganizations, mergers, and
downsizing, we are never fully shielded from the impact of an ax swinging in our
direction. These five tips can help you bounce back
Stop Torturing People with Terrible Meetings
One thing most people hate about work is the meetings. But, if you apply your
emotional intelligence you can create meetings your staff would actually like to
Read more >>
Personal Finance Help
Are you in control of your finances, or are they in control of you? In this
excerpt from The New Money Book of Personal Finance, find out where you
should be in your financial goals and how to get caught up if you're behind.
Click here >>
Help for Working Moms
As a working mom, adapting your career to your lifestyle can be a
difficult challenge. Get grounded in what's meaningful with help from this
book excerpt. Read more >>
Top 5 Resume Mistakes
Don't wait till you've been job hunting for months with no results to get your
resume up to snuff. Find out what mistakes you should avoid so your job search
doesn't stall. Read more >>
Hate Your Job?
Do you dread each day you have to get up and go to that lousy job? Here
are ten things you can do to make it more bearable.
Read more >>
How to Use References
For most companies, reference checking is an important and necessary part of the
hiring process. Take action to make sure your references actively help you
secure the job you want.
Bring Your Future to the Present
Do you feel that you should pursue your calling, but you have bills to pay,
family responsibilities, and other day-to-day concerns that don't allow you to
stop everything? So, how do you take care of your immediate needs without
letting go of a meaningful future? Get help here.
Smart job seekers understand that effective resumes are actually job proposals
for a single job. Learn how you can make a targeted resume work
for your job search.
Expectations have a powerful impact on our emotions, behaviors, and
most importantly, in our performances. If you don't communicate them, they
could destroy you.
Read more >>
Become a Great Boss
Did you ever have a great boss? Everyone should have one, but not enough
people do. If you're a boss, or hope to become one, or have a less-than-great
boss, then this is the book that could change your career-and your life.
Read an excerpt here.
It seems that just when you're starting to get excited about a new career
move, someone comes along with a heavy wet blanket.
Transform those wet blankets into
Find Your Calling
Floundering in a job you don't like makes you -- and everyone around you
-- miserable. More important than the career you choose, or even how much
money you make, is that you find a career path that helps you reach your
higher purpose. Read more >>
How healthy is your relationship with your career? A career path is like
long term personal relationships in many ways, and our relationship style
comes out in the relationship with our careers in various ways.
Read more >>
Helping New Grads Find the Right Career Path
What parent doesn't want their graduating child to get a good job and have a
great life? The problem is that most parents make five mistakes that will add
years to the time they can turn their child's room into a guest room. Read
When Your Boss is a Jerk
If you have worked for any time at all, you have had the opportunity to work
with a difficult boss. Instead of letting him ruin your day (or career), follow
these helpful tips for coping.
Find Your Unique Path
A career path often evolves in ways you'd never imagine. If you've gotten stuck
because you're afraid of making the wrong decision, these tips can
Reach the Top
It's natural to get angry and frustrated at times. It's what you do
with those feelings that counts. Use these insights to lay
the foundation for managing your emotions and moving ahead in your
Acing the Interview
Don't blow it now that you've got your foot in the door! Here are
eight tips for acing any job interview.
Getting the Hang of Office Politics
You know you're doing a good job, but it seems like it's just not good
enough. And for some reason your coworkers aren't as friendly as you'd
expect. You need help navigating office politics. Get
that help here!
Need a Job?
Looking for a job can be frustrating, time consuming and disappointing.
Left to your own devices, you can easily lose your momentum, convince
yourself that there are no jobs, and worse, give up! Read
Find the Work of Your Dreams
It takes time and perseverance to find the work and life of your
dreams. Here are some characteristics to
cultivate that will support you.
Are You a Value-Added Employee?
What is your focus when you go to work? Are you thinking "What
can I give today?" or "What can I get?" Both questions are
important, however, the former
will get you further faster.
Personality conflicts are bound to happen on occasion, but when it's with a co-worker, an aloof relationship can become a
strain on your performance.
for Your Career
With so many layoffs and people out there clamoring for jobs, how can you make yourself stand out in the crowd? Start by making an impression that you are the person to meet a company's needs and fulfill their wants.
Here's how you can make a powerful statement that a potential employer can't refuse!
Coping with Traumatic Stress
This "how to" guide from the Stress Doc highlights key questions and concepts as well as intervention
strategies for understanding and responding supportively to individuals grappling with post-traumatic effects after Tuesday's "Day of Terror."
Book Excerpt: Ask What, Not Why
One of the first questions we ask as children, is "Why?" Curiosity helped us learn. Unfortunately, as we get older, "why" stifles us. We obsess over why something
happened or why we aren't what we want to be. Learn to ask the right questions to create positive, forward motion
in your career and workplace.
How to Delegate Effectively
Effective delegation is an important tool that some managers hesitate to use. This may result from inexperience with delegation particularly for a novice manager, a reluctance to release work one
personally enjoys doing, or even an adherence to the old adage, "If you want something done right, do it yourself." Here are eight basic guidelines to help you delegate more
Could a mentor help you focus on what you care about? Would you like to learn how to better handle the stressful aspects of your job, and how to focus more on the parts you find most interesting and rewarding.
Gain Control of Your Time
How many times have you gotten to the end of the day and thought to yourself, "Where did the time go? I didn't accomplish a single thing!"
Learn to gain control of
your time with these helpful hints.
Making the Most of E-mail Time
When used wisely, E-mail can be a handy tool for communicating more efficiently. When used carelessly, it can become yet another gadget to drain people's time and energy. Many people, for example, have experienced the frustration of finding an inbox inundated with messages, many of which are just "junk mail."
The Seven Sisters of Success
Read this informative interview with several groups of extremely successful people, including a handful of famous athletes, several nationally known artists, writers or politicians. They were asked for the keys, or essential factors that allowed them to accomplish so much more than the rest of us.
Their answers included a wide variety of specifics, but to an astonishing degree, 7 items came up in every discussion.
Home Office Survey Results
Read the results of our work-at-home survey. You will be surprised at some of the answers. Get ideas and tips on balancing home and work as well
as how to keep from becoming a slave to your home office.
Myths That Keep Us Stuck
Most people wrongly believe that they aren't cut out to pursue a career path they'll truly love. Let's look at some of the myths that might be keeping you from your dream
Make the Most of Business Trips
Now more than ever, business trips are a vital part of business life. Time spent away from the office doesn't have to be wasted, however. Smart planning can help you make the most of your travel
Develop an "Abundance Mentality"
In any endeavor, our success is dependent on many factors. One factor that might be overlooked is having an abundance mentality.
War On Meetings
Let's declare war on meetings---time wasting, poorly run, unnecessary meetings that none of us feels should be required as part of our work lives. Some of us have even left the world of corporate
bureaucracy to escape the endless schedule of meetings that seem longer than necessary and accomplish less than intended. But meetings cannot and should not be completely eliminated even in a small
company, so let's talk about how to spend the time and effort wisely.
Personal Networking is Key
Personal networking is the most-used method of finding a new job -- or employee, for that matter. Click here to get the scoop on
other top techniques used by job seekers and employers alike.
Where the Jobs Are
Before you accept that job offer, have you considered the occupations prospects for the future? These stats from the
Department of Labor can help shed some light on your field's potential.
Oops, Your Job Search is Showing
Think no one will notice if you use your computer at work to search the Internet for a new job? Think again. More and more employers are monitoring employee communications according to this survey.
Make Time for Fun
Are you all work and no play? Some folks get so busy with making it to the bottom of their to-do list that, when they do finish it, they don't know how to enjoy themselves. If that sounds like
you, use these tips to get started.
Why You Shouldn't Put You Complete Trust In The Spell Checker
Although it's tempting to rely on this electronic wizard to bail you out of spelling problems, the hard reality is that you still must check your work to find mistakes that no computer program will
find or correct. Read this article by Gary Blake to find out why!
What Makes Leaders Different?
All of us know leaders who stand out in a crowd, who have risen to the top and who accomplish significantly more than their peers. Let's examine some of the characteristics
that make these leaders different.
Read Faster, Read Smarter
To keep up with the changing landscape of the Internet, you must read. A great place to read about new developments on the Internet is in newsletters or ezines, but you may not be reading efficiently.
Click Here for tips on reading faster with better comprehension!
Solving Interesting Problems
Itâ€™s one thing after another. Do you feel like you solve one problem and another one is there waiting for you? Do you feel as if you'll never stop solving problems in your business? Learn how
to go from putting out fires to solving interesting problems with this informative article.
Only Connect: (E)Network Into Your Next Job!
The methods and strategies of successful job searches have changed â€“ forever. From electronic resume scanning to virtual interviews, something
big is happening. Learn More about exciting developments in the explosion in Internet e-networking!
Networking Ethnic Style
Minorities may feel their chances for advancement hit the glass ceiling because they don't have the mentors to help them rise to the top. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a good
network to build a successful career. Here are four suggestions for minorities interested in building such a network.
Profiles in Excellence: Conversations with the Best of America's Career
A new study by The PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowment for The Business of Government examines the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of the SES (Senior
Executive Service) as an executive personnel system. Click Here for insight into what needs to be done to
improve the SES and prepare the United States' higher civil service for the next century. Great reading for anyone who is interested in excellence in leadership and management!
The New Barbarian Manifesto
Highly mobile virtual enterprises are developing totally new business practices. Click here and find out what the successful
â€˜office of the futureâ€™ will be like!
Leadership: Purpose, Direction, & Action
True leadership is about taking people to a place they wouldnâ€™t go to by themselves. Click here to find out why good
leaders don't merely supervise, and learn several leadership action steps!
Hate Your Boss?
See if your boss is one of these "killer-types," and get help for surviving and even succeeding in less-than-ideal conditions.
Whether you find yourself at a crossroad in your career, or just need a little direction deciding where to go next, a career coach may be able to provide just the guidance you need!
Discover Your Passion!
Successful people share a common trait--a powerful sense of passion for what they do! Click here and discover
how to find your passion and use it to improve your performance.
Out of Work?
Victims of corporate restructuring know the fear of unexpected unemployment. Click here to find out if there's life
Good employees strive to live up to their superiors' expectations, but you can't do that if you don't know what those expectations are! Click
here for tips and clear the confusion.
Women still earn less than men
If you think the glass ceiling no longer exists, it's time to think again. Click here to find out how much difference there still is
between women's and men's salaries.
Turn Computer Skills to Cash
Are you a techie nerd? Or, just good at using computers? There could be money in your madness. Find out why.
What's A College Degree Worth?
Plenty over your lifetime. Read the latest statistics from the US Department of Commerce Census Bureau.
You're In Charge, Now What?
Congratulations you are the new boss! Building trust and credibility as a leader is like building a house. It begins with a plan, laying a solid foundation and proceeds one step at a time. Whether
this is your first supervisory position or you are an experienced manager you should proceed with your transition methodically the first 90 days on the job. How do you quickly establish yourself with
those you lead? What do you do first? Here are a few ideas to consider.
The successful businesses of the future will have a good handle on how to direct the behavior of attitude basket cases. We won't have the luxury of hiring new people with
the attitudes and people skills we prefer.
Want to work part-time but your boss won't let you? Job sharing could be the win-win situation you're looking for!
Read about how to avoid stereotypes and achieve career success in this book excerpt!
Are Your Employees Surfing Instead of Working?
As companies become more reliant on the Internet for business uses, so too does the opportunity for employee abuse. Employees who previously wasted time in the break room drinking coffee are now
wasting time on the Internet - for non-business usage.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
It is more difficult to find employees who have a strong work ethic and are willing to put in a "good days work." A lot of people tell me, "I hire for attitude and train for
skills." That philosophy is as outdated as carbon paper when you consider today's work environment.
5 Things You Must Know Before Asking for that Raise
It's more than just asking for a raise it is negotiating a raise. There are a few key assumptions that you must keep in mind. One, you provide value to your company. Two, the company is doing reasonably well financially.
Three, re-read assumption number 1. Here are five things that you absolutely must know before knocking on the office door and asking for that raise
The Digital Work Force
The Department of Commerce has released a special report outlining the effects of the digital age on the workplace and recommending steps business, government and educational institutions should
take to address the growing need for information technology workers. We've included the report's executive summary as a quick guideline to the challenges and proposed solutions.
The Weak Leader Litmus Test
Often the biggest resume requirement for obtaining a position in management is to be completely devoid of
people and communications skills. That's harsh, but that's the way it is in many companies today. Being selected as the Chosen One at a company is great for the new manager,
especially for his wallet, but it can have a devastating effect on the organization. Productivity drops off to near nothing, employee morale sinks like an anchor, and profits evaporate under your very
Top Five Time Management Mistakes
Here are the Top Five Time Management Mistakes we should all avoid to help us to increase our daily success both on and off the job, in less time and with less stress.
Three Steps Towards Creating
the Perfect Career
How many of us have either fallen into our less-than-satisfying jobs, taken the safe route in some way rather than what we really wanted to do, or taken a job out of a need to pay the bills? Have
you ever thought about finding or creating the kind of career where you feel that this is "what you are meant to do?"
Leadership Provides Purpose, Direction & Takes Action
A strong company is one that has leaders spread all across the company, not just at the top. The business world today needs both good leaders and good managers. However, because of the rapid change
occurring in industry today, a company needs far more leaders, not more managers.