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Thinking Beyond the Traditional Resume

It wasn’t long ago that job seekers would sink huge amounts of time and effort into polishing a resume. If they didn’t have the time or energy themselves, or if they didn’t have the verbal skills, they would spend hundreds … Continue reading

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Job Hunting During the Holidays

Job hunting during the holidays is tough. First of all, if you’re out of work, you already know the pressure’s on. Christmas is a psychologically tough holiday to endure when you’re out of work. Meanwhile, once you get past the … Continue reading

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47% Of Employers Check Applicant Credit Reports – Here’s What You Can Do

Rightly or wrongly, your credit history is becoming an increasingly important factor in your life. It’s not just about applying for credit anymore; now even your car insurance company may be looking at your credit report when underwriting your application. … Continue reading

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6 Tips on How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

It’s not good to live in the bubble. At some point, you have to step up the game and get out of there if you want to see a huge positive change in your life, such as land a much … Continue reading

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Studies Prove: Networking Increasingly Key to Job-Hunt Success

With reporting by Emily K. Fuller In an increasingly competitive job-market, standing out amongst the masses is key. A stellar resume serves as a great example of your accomplishments and capabilities, of course. All things being equal, the resume can … Continue reading

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Get Paid to Change the World

Wouldn’t it be nice to change the world for the better… and get paid to do it? When looking for work, many folks often consider entering the non-profit sector. Whether it’s a particular mission you are already passionate about or … Continue reading

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Getting Health Insurance after Open Enrollment Period

If you were planning on using the federal exchanges (or your state’s equivalent) to get health insurance coverage, it’s now too late to get in under the open enrollment period. That deadline came and went at the end of March, … Continue reading

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IT Specific Resumes

Every job seeker knows that a resume is his passport to get into a country “JOB INTERVIEW.” That is why your resume should be well-organized, clearly written, and formatted using the industry standards. Note that often before they get to … Continue reading

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Despite “End” to Recession, Hard Times Persist

A recession, goes an old Wall Street proverb, is simply a period of time in which wealth and capital returns to its rightful owners. E.g., the Rockefellers. Well, the recession – according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, which … Continue reading

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Employment Scammers and How to Spot Them

Times are tough out there. Which means a lot of workers are getting less picky about what they apply for – and many of them have let down their guard to trust someone – only to be disappointed. Increasingly desperate … Continue reading

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Regulatory Changes Mean It’s Time to Update Your Employee Handbook

It’s important for any employer to put together a detailed employee handbook. Putting your workplace policies on paper not only heads off problems before they occur – but they are also invaluable defenses in case of an employee lawsuit down … Continue reading

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Veterans Struggle to Enter Tight Job Market

While there has been some good news for job seekers in recent months as the economy sputters along in a halting “recovery,” one group has still been largely left behind: Younger veterans. According to this NPR report, the unemployment rate … Continue reading

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Will Temp-Worker Surge Translate to Lasting Employment Gains?

The good news is there’s been a surge in hiring. The bad news is that they’re temp jobs. Recent employment surveys indicate that America’s retailers went into the holiday season expecting Santa to bring some brisk business. Analysts estimated about … Continue reading

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The Union Assault on Freedom of Association

The State of Michigan – the Ground Zero of America’s union-strangled zombie legacy car manufacturing industry and the modern-day Mordor of union orcs – turned against its oppressors this month. The lame-duck legislature passed a “right-to-work” law. In a nutshell, … Continue reading

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Top 5 Tech Trends of Tomorrow

The tech industry moves too fast sometimes During the next five years IT department budgets are expected to shrink. As companies grow, so do their needs for more storage, faster hardware and up-to-date software systems. Another area of concern is … Continue reading

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Big Data: We’re Looking for a Few Good Nerds (And When We Say “Few,” We Mean 4.4 Million of Them)

10 or 15 years ago, it was all about bandwidth. ‘Rich, golden fields of bandwidth, waving in the wind,’ went one well-known technology company. Back then, the major difficulty for the IT industry was preparing an infrastructure that would support … Continue reading

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Florida Workers to Lose Substantial Unemployment Benefits

The good news is the unemployment rate has finally fallen in Florida. The bad news is that while it hasn’t fallen all that much, even that modest improvement in unemployment rates will result in a massive decrease in unemployment insurance … Continue reading

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Can You Make Money Programming Mobile Apps?

A century ago, some idiot said “everything that can be invented has been invented. That was before the Airplane and the atom bomb. Well, now the slogan goes “there’s an app for that.” But apparently that’s not true either, because … Continue reading

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Reality-Checking the Jobs Report

The October jobs report was a doozy: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy actually added some 114,000 nonfarm payroll jobs. Which actually isn’t much. But somehow, it was enough to cause the official unemployment number – the … Continue reading

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Obesity Discrimination Becoming a Fact of Life

Someone once wrote a joke news story headlined “Unemployment Rating Among Young, Hot Women Holding at Zero Percent.” It’s funny because there’s a ring of truth to it. Attractive people are far more likely to get hired in positions that … Continue reading

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Will Smoking Cost You Your Job?

It’s simple economics. It costs employers more to keep a smoker on board than a non-smoker. And ObamaCare doesn’t change that. Indeed, it may make it even easier for employers to calculate what employees who smoke cost them – not … Continue reading

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Study – Veterans Struggling to Transition to Civilian Work Force

Over six out of ten veterans report their post-discharge transition to civilian life as “difficult,” according to the Veterans Employment Challenge Survey. This study, conducted by Prudential Financial, surveyed some 1,845 veterans of all services. According to the survey, 69 … Continue reading

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Self-Employment’s Hidden Costs

With unemployment stubbornly sticking north of 8 percent, the prospect of self-employment becomes more and more tempting. A significant number of the unemployed or under-employed are forced into unemployment out of economic necessity. Some of you will jump at the … Continue reading

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Making Yourself More Employable: Finishing High School

Dropping out of high school seemed like a good idea at the time. You weren’t doing so well, or perhaps had family obligations, so off you went to join the ranks of the employed. Now the economy isn’t as good … Continue reading

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Looking for Work When You Have Small Children

Unemployment and job searching are hard enough. Adding small children to the mix makes things even more stressful. But the problem is getting increasingly common. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the number of children with an unemployed parent doubled … Continue reading

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Job Hunting for Older Workers

A lot gets written about how much harder it is to find gainful employment once you’ve got some gray hairs. And it’s true – it’s probably tougher to get work through the want ads when you’re over age 50 or … Continue reading

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Part 2: America’s Unique Value Proposition: Freedom

Things are tough in America, these days. There’s no doubt about it. The American work force is struggling to adapt to a changing global economy. The competition from foreign workers – especially in manufacturing – is growing increasingly intense. And … Continue reading

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Part 1: It’s 2012. Do You Know Where Your Job Is?

If you’re out of work, and you usually worked in a company tied to the manufacturing industry or related to customer service and call centers, chances are good your job was permanently exported abroad – to Asia to be specific. … Continue reading

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Under the Gun: Avoiding Joining the Ranks of the Chronically Unemployed

Not too long ago, unemployment was a temporary inconvenience – a short-to-medium-term waystation between career adventures. When times were good, you could even congratulate people on their recent layoff. You had every reason to suspect that the next opportunity would … Continue reading

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Long Term Unemployment and Resume Gaps

The good news for job seekers is that the unemployment rate – at least as published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, is gradually trending down. According to the January 2012 Employment Situation Report, the official … Continue reading

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IT Trends – Where the Jobs Are in 2012

The information technology sector is no stranger to rapid change. The immediate obsolescence of my high school advanced placement Pascal programming class taught me that right out of the gate, and that was over 25 years ago. The pace of … Continue reading

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5 Tips on How to Find a Reliable Headhunter

We all need a little help sometimes, especially when it comes to job searches. One of the best people to approach when you need broader career options and more job opportunities is a headhunter. Here are five tips to know … Continue reading

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6 Steps on How to Get Your Job Back

For some reason, your new job is not working too well for you, and you are feeling that tinge of regret why you decided to leave your previous one in the first place. Then you start to wonder, “Is there … Continue reading

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How to Get Referrals – A Guide for Job Hunters: Part II

In our previous article, we examined the importance of expanding your own network of contacts through the use of referrals. We also went through the first five of ten steps for successful referral prospecting. To recap, the first five steps … Continue reading

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How to Get Referrals: A Step-By-Step Guide for the Job Seeker

Chances are good that your next job isn’t going to come via a classified ad. Few people hire unknown quantities. Your next job, most likely, is going to come, directly or indirectly, via someone you know. If it’s direct, that’s … Continue reading

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Between Jobs? Get Back In Shape!

A few years ago, some wag wrote a fake news story with the headline “Unemployment Among Hot Young Women Hovering Around Zero.” It was funny because it’s true. The fact is that if you’ve put on a few pounds from … Continue reading

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The Misfortunes of Obamacare

We have to admit: Obamacare was created out of good intentions. Health care costs continue to rise in alarming rates, and millions of Americans cannot afford them. Plenty had no other choice but to suffer their diseases and sickness in … Continue reading

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Education Must Become More Sensitive to Employer Demand

During the American Revolutionary War, John Adams, America’s 2nd president, wrote in a letter to his wife: I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics … Continue reading

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Being Like Ike: How To Make an Ally Out of the Receptionist

When Jana Eggers, the Ironman-competing CEO of Spreadshirt, interviews a potential new hire, she looks for a solid history of accomplishment and a passion for what you do. But in the process of making her assessment, she also consults one … Continue reading

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Obama’s Jobs Bill: Who Will Benefit the Most?

We do not need any more figures or statistics to tell us that we are on the verge of a double-dip recession. We may not be able to prevent that, but citizens can greatly decrease the negative effects if they … Continue reading

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