Job search tips & strategies
5:30 PM EDT, October 30, 2013
10:30 AM EST, November 11, 2013
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.
10:30 AM EST, November 7, 2013
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.
3:00 PM EST, November 6, 2013
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.
2:40 PM EST, November 6, 2013
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.
12:30 PM EST, November 5, 2013
Blogging has become a great resume builder when pursuing your dream job.
10:50 AM EDT, October 31, 2013
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.
12:10 PM EDT, October 30, 2013
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.
10:20 AM EDT, October 29, 2013
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.
11:40 AM EDT, October 28, 2013
1:35 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
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:
1:25 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
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.
1:15 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
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:
12:10 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
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.
11:00 AM EDT, October 14, 2013
You’ve heard it before. “People join a company but leave their boss.”
5:15 PM EDT, September 25, 2013
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.
1:30 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
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.
1:15 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
1:45 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
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.
12:00 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
Don’t believe everything you hear — it’s very easy being green, especially if you’re looking for a job.
11:45 AM EDT, September 16, 2013
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.
6:42 PM EDT, August 30, 2013
The days of a lifetime employment culture are dead and buried.
4:52 PM EDT, August 21, 2013
Negotiating a salary is often one of the most unnerving parts of landing a new job.
August 18, 2013
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?
August 15, 2013
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.
August 14, 2013
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?
11:57 AM EDT, August 5, 2013
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.
11:12 AM EDT, July 23, 2013
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.
11:00 AM EDT, July 23, 2013
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.
11:04 AM EDT, June 28, 2013
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.”
12:33 PM EDT, June 25, 2013
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.”
1:30 PM EDT, June 13, 2013
12:00 PM EDT, June 25, 2013
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.
3:50 PM EDT, June 17, 2013
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.
1:59 PM EDT, June 10, 2013
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?
12:41 PM EDT, May 30, 2013
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.
10:45 AM EDT, May 14, 2013
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.
3:20 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
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.
11:29 AM EDT, May 7, 2013
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
Follow these tips to keep your resume polished and packed with some punch:
12:21 PM EDT, April 11, 2013
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.
5:48 PM EDT, April 9, 2013
"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.
5:30 PM EDT, April 9, 2013
Not getting enough job interviews? Make sure your resume is getting read. Give your resume new life with these four tips:
April 8, 2013
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.
April 8, 2013
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.
April 3, 2013
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.
March 23, 2013
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.
March 11, 2013
Searching for a job is tricky business. With hundreds of websites advertising positions and such an emphasis placed on networking, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start your search? Here are 10 mistakes to avoid when looking for a job just after graduation:
March 8, 2013
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.
11:50 AM EST, February 28, 2013
Retirement plans often include dreams of warmer climates, cozier homes and days of leisure. However, today’s retirement plans for many may include finding a different job. According to a new CareerBuilder study, 60 percent of workers age 60-plus surveyed say they would look for a new job after retiring from their current company, up from 57 percent last year.
February 27, 2013
For months, you've been sending out resumes, filling out online applications and waiting, waiting, waiting.
5:00 PM EST, February 25, 2013
“You look great in that outfit.” “I’m only 25.” “I’d love to, but I’m busy.”
February 19, 2013
Even the most vital and vibrant health care facility is susceptible to cutbacks, relocation of services or a new owner. Any of these factors could leave employees scrambling to fend for themselves to find a new job.
1:00 PM EST, February 15, 2013
If you’re like most people, your phone has almost become an extra limb. It’s always with you, and without it, you’d feel incomplete. It’s your communicator, your scheduler, your alarm clock, your meal planner, your TV remote control, and everything in between. For a growing number of people, it’s also becoming an increasingly big part of their job searches: Over the last 10 months, mobile job searching has grown 108 percent*.
February 7, 2013
Lisa Crafford, office manager at financial planning and investment management firm Fox, Joss & Yankee, recently decided to go back to school. She enrolled in the Executive MBA program at The College of William and Mary, a part-time program that allows her to continue to work full time. The mother of two young children travels from Northern Virginia to Williamsburg, Va. every other week for classes on Fridays and Saturdays. As a full-time working mom taking on a heavy academic schedule, she’s had to find ways to adjust to her new reality.
January 26, 2013
If your plans for 2013 include trying to land a new job or a promotion, or receive a glowing recommendation from a former co-worker or manager, having a solid professional network will be key.
12:27 PM EST, January 21, 2013
Experts agree that a job interview over lunch calls for your best behavior — don't mistake the more casual atmosphere as an excuse to let your guard down.
January 21, 2013
In the course of a job search, it's very common for job seekers to locate openings that closely match their skills and experience but are not a perfect fit. So what do you do when the description fits you to a tee but your skills fall just a little short?
January 15, 2013
You're working but you're not exactly thrilled with your job. But you're getting a paycheck and paying the bills, so you can't complain, right? Maybe, but if you'd like a job that gives you more fulfillment than paying off your Visa's monthly minimum, you should probably start thinking about looking for a new job. But that's the problem – you have no idea where to start.
January 11, 2013
CareerBuilder’s annual look at the strangest interview mistakes shows how frequently job seekers say and do the wrong things during interviews. Some could have been the result of nerves, and others are just so weird there’s no way to explain them.
January 1, 2013
Social-media websites aren’t just for catching up with friends anymore. Many companies have embraced social media as a tool to reach their consumers, and job seekers can take advantage of this information feed. While professional-networking sites such as LinkedIn may seem like the obvious choice for professional social networking, other profile pages may be equally beneficial.
January 1, 2013
Did you really manage the overnight nursing staff at that hospital in Cleveland?
January 1, 2013
Clothes might not make the man or woman, but in a job interview they can make or break your chances of scoring the position.
January 1, 2013
When most people think of college graduations, they conjure up images of sunny days on football fields, with gown-wearing graduates throwing their caps toward the blue spring sky. That's fine, but what about the numerous graduates who collect their diplomas indoors in December? Not only do their graduation ceremonies suffer from a bit of an identity crisis but these grads also must play catch-up when it comes to finding a job.
December 19, 2012
December 11, 2012
Being dismissed unfairly can be a traumatic experience, not to mention financially damaging. It is well known that most people employed in the U.S. are subject to “dismissal at will.” However, this doesn’t mean that your employer has unrestricted freedom to fire you. In some circumstances, an employer may act unlawfully in dismissing someone. This is called “wrongful dismissal;” also known as “wrongful termination” or “wrongful discharge.”
December 5, 2012
Job seekers rarely consider the commitment a company makes when hiring somebody. Training, health benefits, salary, office space, technology, equipment -- these are investments companies make in a new hire, along with the hope that their newest employee will be a return on their investment.
November 19, 2012
Job searching can be a job in and of itself, and if you have a job it’s understandable if you don’t want to look at your résumé again for a very long time. But there are benefits to continuing the work that won you that job, even when you’re employed. It’ll make things easier when you’re looking for a new job again — whether that’s one month, six months or six years down the line.
November 7, 2012
Every day, the list of things that you can accomplish with today's smartphones and tablets continues to expand.
11:10 AM EDT, September 17, 2012
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.
June 1, 2012
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."
May 19, 2012
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.
May 19, 2012
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.
12:55 AM EDT, May 17, 2012
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
March 12, 2011
Being out of work is tough enough. Don't be so desperate that you get scammed while job hunting.
February 29, 2012
If this is a foreign language to you — "proprietary algorithms," "advanced semantic search," "computational linguistics" and "statistical inference" — keep reading.
February 29, 2012
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.
February 23, 2012
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.
November 18, 2011
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.
October 7, 2011
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September 8, 2011
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:
11:30 AM EDT, August 25, 2011
It might be time to write those recommendations your LinkedIn contacts have been requesting. It's the right thing to do.
6:06 PM EDT, July 25, 2011
The digital revolution may have changed the hiring game, but for most applicants the resume is not dead.
June 4, 2011
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.
3:06 PM EDT, May 20, 2011
How does a job seeker help strengthen his or her credentials as a person of substance?
2:12 PM EDT, May 20, 2011
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?
March 29, 2011
One of my husband's students recently interviewed for a TV journalism job several states away.
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