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You lost your job. It happens to almost everyone. Sometimes the termination of employment comes suddenly, a shock because you didn’t see it coming. Other times, you read the writing on the wall and you stayed until the bitter end. Regardless, now that your primary source of income has disappeared, you now have a new full-time job: seeking employment. Until you find that new job, you still have bills to pay and a family to feed....
In “ The Art of the Cover Letter ,” readers learn the basics of writing a cover letter that conveys the job candidate’s professionalism. However, there’s more to mastering the knack of producing an effective cover letter, much of that influenced by the method of delivery. In today’s digital environment, job applicants most commonly send the cover letters via email to prospective employers. Email or...
One of the tricky parts of job hunting is responding to a potential employer’s request for professional references. To answer the questions going through your mind: yes, you really do need references, and yes, employers really do check references. According to  Fast Company , “a glowing reference could be what gives job hunters the edge they need to shine over the competition, especially in today’s corporate culture...
Assuming that a job candidate has performed her due diligence in researching the company and understands the etiquette of an interview—no scruffy jeans or holey sneakers—the aspect of interviewing that makes most people break out in a nervous sweat concerns the potential questions the hiring manager will ask. The concern is valid, especially since ill-prepared and uninformed interviewers launch irrelevant and intrusive...
In the 1980s, American society turned its focus toward an emphasis on higher academic achievement. No longer did a high school diploma suffice; a bachelor’s degree suddenly became a necessary accoutrement for gainful employment. The result? Degreed graduates flooded the job market, and businesses took advantage of the glut at the same time a recession eliminated most middle management positions. Jobs that formerly required nothing...
Many job candidates feel at the hiring manager’s mercy when receiving a job offer or enduring a performance review: take what the company offers and be happy about it. That makes hiring managers and accounting departments happy: they got a top quality candidate for what they consider a bargain price. Candidates who accept the first offer fail to realize that the company and the applicant negotiate from opposite angles: the company wants...
Work-at-home options have always existed, from cottage industries such as craftsmen who fashion handmade, unique, or limited production goods to authors who scribble or type away in hungry solitude. As today’s digital economy expands and business adapts to factors such as a current labor shortage, changing customer behavior, and demands for work-life balance, remote employment becomes an ever more viable option for gainful...
Anyone who’s trawled through the internet in the last 10 years knows the granddaddy of all business networking sites: LinkedIn. Like 133 million other users, you may have already taken advantage of a free account with the service and posted your résumé into LinkedIn’s format. And then you sat back and waited and … nothing. LinkedIn’s universe of users spans 200 countries and territories around the...
The advertisement sounds enticing: an identified hourly wage or annual salary. Your eyes light up, your hands rub together in anticipation, and you envision all the good that new income will do for you. Especially if you’re new to employment, that first paycheck comes fraught with disappointment and the depressing realization that what you put in your wallet does not match the amount quoted. Basic categories of salary The...
The advertisement sounds enticing: an identified hourly wage or annual salary. Your eyes light up, your hands rub together in anticipation, and you envision all the good that new income will do for you. Especially if you’re new to employment, that first paycheck comes fraught with disappointment and the depressing realization that what you put in your wallet does not match the amount quoted. Basic categories of salary The...
“Dress for the job you want” goes the adage advising job seekers. That advice doesn’t take into account company culture and the job in question. Perhaps it ought to be tossed aside in favor of something more practical. The rules governing proper interview attire rely on a few unchanging basics for both men and women. Fortunately, making a good first impression upon a hiring manager doesn’t depend upon investing in...
Job hunters often hear an old saying that pertains to finding employment: “It’s not what you know, it’s whom you know.” The adage refers to the timeless activity of networking. Much of today’s networking occurs online through such platforms as  LinkedIn  and  Alignable , but the old tried-and-true methods still work and still yield results. However, none of it happens without an investment in...