Job search tips & strategies

Job search tips & strategies
What veterans bring to a job

10:30 AM EST, November 11, 2013

What veterans bring to a job

On Veterans Day, we honor and thank the men and women who have served our country. While the day focuses on their service, it’s also a reminder of the transitions they face returning to civilian life.

Veterans' edge in the job market

10:30 AM EST, November 7, 2013

Veterans' edge in the job market

As a veteran, you typically bring a wealth of skills to the table that a civilian job applicant can’t. Military service teaches you leadership, teamwork, decision-making and even engineering and technology. And yet, CNN reports that veteran unemployment rates are almost always 2 percent higher than the national average, and 34 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are unemployed for more than a year after returning home.

Bringing up salary in job interviews

3:00 PM EST, November 6, 2013

Bringing up salary in job interviews

Salary is one of the subjects we get asked about the most, particularly on our social accounts. While negotiating a salary is a topic that gets plenty of attention, the timing of when to bring it up is less discussed. Or rather, the discussion can leave you with more questions than answers.

How sales skills can get you any job

2:40 PM EST, November 6, 2013

How sales skills can get you any job

When I started looking for new career opportunities after leaving the restaurant industry, I was pretty nervous. After all, what could work in the food industry have to do with any other kind of job? I worried about the transferability of my job skills, until I realized that sales skills are not only transferable, they are also an inherent part of just about every kind of job.

Create great blog posts that'll get you hired

12:30 PM EST, November 5, 2013

Create great blog posts that'll get you hired

Blogging has become a great resume builder when pursuing your dream job.

How to address being overqualified in an interview

10:50 AM EDT, October 31, 2013

How to address being overqualified in an interview

The main concern about being “overqualified” for a job is that you’ll leave your potential employer as soon as something better comes your way. Anything you can say to demonstrate your sincere commitment to the employer and interest in staying long term will help you overcome this doubt.

Turn job search rejection into progress

12:10 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

Turn job search rejection into progress

When the number of job seekers outnumbers the jobs available in the market, there will inevitably be job seekers who experience rejection. Recruiters and hiring managers filter through the stack of résumés quickly to find the best quality candidates to interview and hire. Unfortunately, job seekers are often left wondering why they didn’t make the cut.

How to write a résumé for the manufacturing industry

10:20 AM EDT, October 29, 2013

How to write a résumé for the manufacturing industry

The keys to writing a winning résumé in any industry are to demonstrate your knowledge and experience, position yourself as a skilled individual who is a good match with the company, and show that you know and understand the field. But when it comes to manufacturing, hiring managers are looking for more. Not only do they expect you to know your industry, but they look for résumés that are formatted a certain way, demonstrate specific experience and prove that a candidate fits with the industry’s culture.

Get the job with the perfect thank-you note

1:35 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Get the job with the perfect thank-you note

By all accounts, a thank-you note is expected from any candidate who’s serious about the position, and a well-written one will put you ahead of the pack. Here are some of career expert Beth Gilfeather’s thoughts on thank-you notes:

Rules for hiring workers with disabilities

1:25 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Rules for hiring workers with disabilities

As an employer or potential employee, you may have some questions about the hiring process for workers with disabilities. Sometimes it’s not clear what questions are all right to ask or what policies are important to understand.

How long-unemployed workers can show their value

1:15 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

How long-unemployed workers can show their value

If you’re out of work, looking for a new job can be challenging, especially if you’ve been unemployed for an extended period of time. Here are some expert tips for staying on track and nabbing an interview:

Social media on the job hunt

12:10 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Social media on the job hunt

Social media have proved to be a powerful recruitment resource for companies. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that the 39 percent of hiring managers research candidates via social media to find out more about them. In a recent article in The Atlantic, an editor discussed how he found his latest hire via Twitter.

Job interview questions size up potential boss

11:00 AM EDT, October 14, 2013

Job interview questions size up potential boss

You’ve heard it before. “People join a company but leave their boss.”

What to leave off your resume

5:15 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

What to leave off your resume

It's never easy to figure out what to put on your resume. What will that one line be that hooks the hiring manager? Will the way it's formatted affect the decision? You may think that it's safer to err on the side of including more, but if you load your resume with unnecessary fluff, it could guarantee your place in the reject pile.

Pare down your resume to get noticed

1:30 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Pare down your resume to get noticed

Getting your resume into the hands of a recruiter isn’t very difficult. Now getting a recruiter to actually read your resume? That's the hard part.

50+ workers should emphasize advantages

1:45 PM EDT, September 16, 2013

50+ workers should emphasize advantages

Whether you’ve lost your job after years of loyal service, see the writing on the wall at your struggling company or are looking to make a move to improve your situation, you’ll face an increasingly uphill battle for secure and satisfying employment once you’re in your 50s.

Stay green during your job search

12:00 PM EDT, September 16, 2013

Stay green during your job search

Don’t believe everything you hear — it’s very easy being green, especially if you’re looking for a job.

Working with job recruiters

11:45 AM EDT, September 16, 2013

Working with job recruiters

A recruiter can introduce you to the right opportunity and accelerate your job search. If you’ve never considered working with a recruiter before, here’s your chance to learn more the job seeker/recruiter relationship.

Prepare for worst-case layoff scenario

6:42 PM EDT, August 30, 2013

Prepare for worst-case layoff scenario

The days of a lifetime employment culture are dead and buried.

Show research, confidence when negotiating a salary

4:52 PM EDT, August 21, 2013

Show research, confidence when negotiating a salary

Negotiating a salary is often one of the most unnerving parts of landing a new job.

How to answer: 'Why did you leave your last job?'

August 18, 2013

How to answer: 'Why did you leave your last job?'

You’re currently employed and get a paycheck every other week. It’s a sure and steady income. Why, then, are you searching for a new job?

How to impress employers, or scare them off

August 15, 2013

How to impress employers, or scare them off

The hiring process can at times mirror a reality dating competition, with multiple candidates all vying for the same coveted role. And while most candidates use tried and true ways to get an employer’s attention, such as a catchy cover letter and killer résumé, others choose less-traditional methods, as proven by the latest CareerBuilder survey.

How to juggle multiple interviews

August 14, 2013

How to juggle multiple interviews

We often hear of job seekers struggling to land interviews. However, what if you’re one of the lucky ones to be offered multiple job interviews with different companies?

Eyes have it in job interview

11:57 AM EDT, August 5, 2013

Eyes have it in job interview

Strong eye contact during an interview can make or break your chances of getting the job, says career expert Allison Hemming. Effective eye contact with the interviewer conveys confidence, enthusiasm and trust. Without it, you may come across as someone uninterested in the position.

Job search starters

11:12 AM EDT, July 23, 2013

Job search starters

You're having a hard time finding a job? Join the club. Instead of sitting around with your head in your hands, drag yourself off the couch and get to work. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Fnd a great job when you've already got one

11:00 AM EDT, July 23, 2013

Fnd a great job when you've already got one

You know you're lucky that you have a great job already, but you still can't resist looking elsewhere. Maybe you'd like a better paycheck, perhaps your current role isn't enough of a challenge for you or possibly you're just interested in doing something new.

Is your social networking profile costing you a job?

11:04 AM EDT, June 28, 2013

Is your social networking profile costing you a job?

Admit it. When you’re perusing people’s profiles on Facebook and other social networking websites, you sometimes judge them. “Bob is always partying.” “All Karen does is post pictures of her cats.” “Henry’s status updates are so annoying.”

How creative pros can show their worth

12:33 PM EDT, June 25, 2013

How creative pros can show their worth

No matter how impressive your peers may find your most recent Dreamweaver shortcut, it’s never going to sound as good to the majority of recruiters and hiring managers as “I closed a $94,000 deal today.”

How to survive networking events

12:00 PM EDT, June 25, 2013

How to survive networking events

If you’ve been given career advice lately, odds are it had something to do with networking. Everyone — from parents to professors to strangers you meet on the subway — is probably telling you the importance of networking. Unfortunately, the phrase, “you should really be networking,” is rarely followed up with practical advice about how to network.

Cold-call your way to a new job

3:50 PM EDT, June 17, 2013

Cold-call your way to a new job

Of all the job search tools available to job seekers, cold-calling has to be one of the most intimidating. Yet, it can also be one of the most effective.

'You never call': 10 reasons why you're not getting interviews

1:59 PM EDT, June 10, 2013

'You never call': 10 reasons why you're not getting interviews

No matter how strong your skills or experience are, you won’t land a new job without first securing an interview with a prospective employer. Job seekers often consider this step of the hiring process the most difficult, and perplexing. After all, how many times have you considered your qualifications ideal for an open position only to never hear from the hiring manager about the resume and cover letter you submitted?

Give career change a trial run

12:41 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

Give career change a trial run

There is one final step in the process of defining, marketing and preparing yourself for the next phase of your career. It involves “test driving” your chosen career vehicle by trying out some aspects of your new, chosen career path. This will help you get a taste of what it will be like doing the work of your target opportunity.

Job hunting after 50: Brand building and marketing

10:45 AM EDT, May 14, 2013

Job hunting after 50: Brand building and marketing

My efforts to find a new career later in life led me to the career that I have now — one that I not only enjoy, but that makes a difference in the world. In the previous article of this series, I recounted some of the steps that worked for me in performing a personal inventory so that I would have a better idea of the direction I needed to go for the next stage of my career. In this article, I have already made some key decisions concerning direction after doing some self-evaluation. Now, it’s time to build my personal brand that I will use to launch myself in the direction that I have chosen.

Call to action: Importance of a phone interview

3:20 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

Call to action: Importance of a phone interview

For many recruiters, the phone has become another means of weeding out unworthy applicants. Sure, your resume is getting you a second look, but before a company HR representative calls you in, there's a good chance he or she will call you up.

Job hunting after 50: A personal inventory

11:29 AM EDT, May 7, 2013

Job hunting after 50: A personal inventory

Are you a professional over the age of 50 who is trapped in a job that doesn’t meet financial needs or is out of sync with your personality, character or mind? It’s not that you are unappreciated or taken for granted. You still have dreams, and your current employment situation is just no longer fulfilling. You are a clever person with substantial skills, and nothing has stopped you from exploring new paths in the past. So don’t let anything stop you from refocusing yourself now.

3:16 PM EDT, April 22, 2013

Ready and waiting: Always keep your resume current

Follow these tips to keep your resume polished and packed with some punch:

How to spot an interviewer's red flags

12:21 PM EDT, April 11, 2013

How to spot an interviewer's red flags

Interviewers are prepared to instantly spot strengths and weaknesses in a job candidate. Naturally, they want to find somebody who’s the best fit for the role and weed out job seekers who aren’t up to the challenge. However, don’t forget that the company is interviewing for you, too. It’s up to you to spot the strengths and weaknesses of a company.

Lessons learned in the job search

5:48 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Lessons learned in the job search

"If I knew then what I know now" is a thought many of us have had when thinking back on our college days. Undoubtedly, the working world is far different than you thought it would be as a college student. As the class of 2013 prepares for graduation, we provide advice from recent grads and experts.

Give resume a quick refresh

5:30 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Give resume a quick refresh

Not getting enough job interviews? Make sure your resume is getting read. Give your resume new life with these four tips:

Employers expect steady spring hiring

April 8, 2013

Employers expect steady spring hiring

Hiring is expected to remain on a steady course over the next three months, according to CareerBuilder’s latest job forecast. Twenty-six percent of employers plan to increase full-time, permanent headcount in Q2, on par with the previous two quarters, but trending below Q2 estimates last year. While the U.S. job market has been moving in a positive direction—each year in the recovery improving upon the previous one—employers are waiting to see how government spending cuts, health care reform, debt restructuring in Europe and other issues will play out before intensifying their hiring efforts.

What looks dated on your résumé?

April 8, 2013

What looks dated on your résumé?

Fashion and what’s in style change over time—and so should your résumé. What may have been a trendy way to format five or 10 years ago could now be considered outdated. And with technology changing how jobs are found and applied for, being current is more crucial to your job search than ever. Whether you’re just putting together your résumé or feel like your job search is in a rut, take the time to update your résumé’s look with these five tips.

Job seekers, the ball's in your court

April 3, 2013

Job seekers, the ball's in your court

As college basketball teams face off on the hardwood in their quest to become NCAA champs, job seekers take on dozens of candidates in a marathon competition to be the last one standing, and hired.

The never-ending job search

March 23, 2013

The never-ending job search

Kevin Holly held several jobs over the years, ranging from a cashier at an airport gift shop to a cook at a fast-food restaurant, most of them taking place while the 23-year-old went to school part time. In fact, the only constant during Holly's off-and-on college years was constant change.

Talk up the telecommute

March 8, 2013

Talk up the telecommute

You could almost hear a collective groan from telecommuters across the country last week when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said Yahoo employees who work from home would have to show up to the office to work or leave the company.

11:10 AM EDT, September 17, 2012

Disadvantages and options for job hunters without college degrees

Navigating the job market without a college degree is harder than ever, but there are still plenty of solid jobs to be had, according to a new report.

Top 5 networking tips for introverts

June 1, 2012

Brazen Careerist

Top 5 networking tips for introverts

There she is. The most confident business woman you've ever seen. She's owning the room. Gliding from one person to the next with a wide smile and a look that says, "I'm the best at what I do."

How work history affects your job hunt

May 19, 2012

How work history affects your job hunt

Some say the resume is dying. I say it's not. For most jobs, you still have to present an impressive resume and cover letter to land an interview.

How to avoid 4 job-changing mistakes

May 19, 2012

How to avoid 4 job-changing mistakes

With the economy starting to turn a corner, and hiring in some industries and regions picking up, you might be contemplating making the jump to a new job. But any career move comes with risks you need to be aware of before you make a change.

Is your old employer better the second time?

12:55 AM EDT, May 17, 2012

Joyce Lain Kennedy: Is your old employer better the second time?

DEAR JOYCE: A former co-worker gave me a heads-up that I'm going to be invited to rejoin a company that laid me off. I do expect another offer within the next week so I'm torn about what to say if invited to a "homecoming." The pros and cons of my situation add up to what? -- No Initials Please

Jobs are out there, so are scammers

March 12, 2011

Jobs are out there, so are scammers

Being out of work is tough enough. Don't be so desperate that you get scammed while job hunting.

Make resumes catch the computer's eye

February 29, 2012

Make resumes catch the computer's eye

If this is a foreign language to you — "proprietary algorithms," "advanced semantic search," "computational linguistics" and "statistical inference" — keep reading.

Jobless discrimination ban gains steam

February 29, 2012

Jobless discrimination ban gains steam

Recently, a hiring director complained to me that he was aghast at the way a job candidate came dressed for an interview for a financial position. He wore jeans and a mostly unbuttoned, button-down shirt. Even worse, the candidate questioned whether the job hours would force him to sit in traffic to arrive on time. "It was clear that even though he had been out of work for a year, he really didn't want the job," the director said.

Should I change jobs?

February 23, 2012

Should I change jobs?

QUESTION: I'm having trouble deciding whether to change jobs. For a number of years, I have worked for a small local company. I can walk to work and go home for lunch, which is a great lifestyle benefit. The pay is fair, but there is no room for advancement, and the business owners are greedy, arrogant people.

How over-50 job seekers improve odds

November 18, 2011

How over-50 job seekers improve odds

Many job seekers have an uphill climb in this economy. And those over 50 have a specific set of job-search issues to surmount. Age discrimination and tortuous hiring processes are beyond their control, but they can improve on any lack of technical skills and their ability to network, among other things.

Indeed.com adds resume search

October 7, 2011

JOB POSTINGS THIS WEEK

Indeed.com adds resume search

A new resume search claims more than 42,000 job hunters in Chicago.

What hiring managers really want to see

September 8, 2011

What hiring managers really want to see

When you're job searching, simply getting the attention of potential employers can be a challenge. Of course, there are always a few tricks to keep employers intrigued, no matter what job you're eager to land. Wondering what hiring managers want to see? Here, job-search experts weigh in on what makes job applicants irresistible:

Human connections guide social networks

11:30 AM EDT, August 25, 2011

Human connections guide social networks

It might be time to write those recommendations your LinkedIn contacts have been requesting. It's the right thing to do.

Resume traps: Best resumes defy old conventions

6:06 PM EDT, July 25, 2011

Resume traps: Best resumes defy old conventions

The digital revolution may have changed the hiring game, but for most applicants the resume is not dead.

Negotiating a salary offer

June 4, 2011

Negotiating a salary offer

For those employees who have been lucky enough to keep their jobs or get job offers during the recession, negotiating a higher salary or asking for a raise may not be top-of-mind.

What makes a good reference letter?

3:06 PM EDT, May 20, 2011

What makes a good reference letter?

How does a job seeker help strengthen his or her credentials as a person of substance?

Frustration slows job search, but keep fighting

2:12 PM EDT, May 20, 2011

Frustration slows job search, but keep fighting

There's something missing in your life but you can't quite put your finger on it. Maybe it has something to do with those calls from Visa about your bill. Or it might be related to your firsthand knowledge of every case decided by Judge Judy since October. How about your unfamiliarity with the hours between 7 a.m. and noon? Still not getting it?

Lights! Cameras! Job interview!

March 29, 2011

Office Hours

Lights! Cameras! Job interview!

One of my husband's students recently interviewed for a TV journalism job several states away.

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