Build Your Confidence for Job Interviews in Less Than 5 Minutes

Many job seekers dread interviews and networking events, parties, and family gatherings, particularly those with people they haven’t seen for a while.  If you are unemployed, answering the questions can make interviews and other events very uncomfortable. In the past, many of us practiced a theory of confidence-building we called “fake it till you make it.” […]

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Is Self-Talk Hurting Your Job Search?

When we think of job search, we probably think about our resumes, where to find employers with job openings, and hopefully networking.  All key elements, for sure. But there’s also a key element many job seekers overlook: something called “self-talk”. That “small” piece of the puzzle can make or break even the (otherwise) strongest candidate. […]

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7 Things I Learned from Chutes and Ladders

One of my neighbors has a little girl who likes to play Chutes and Ladders with me.  I think it’s because she can beat me. But whether I win or lose, I get a real kick out of seeing the unabashed excitement on her face every time we start a new game. If only we […]

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A Tribute to Food Workers Everywhere

Food is a huge business. Growing it. Catching it. Manufacturing it. Packaging it. Cooking it. Baking it. Distributing it. Selling it. Producing TV shows about it. Writing about it. And for some of the real pros in food contests, even eating it can bring in the big bucks.  But there are many food workers who […]

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How Helping Others Helped Get Her the Job

Sometimes a reader tells it better than I can. So here is a recent comment on Job Search: Four Ways Helping Others Helps You from Ebony, a former job seeker who explains what gave her the edge during the interview process. Hey Ronnie Ann! It’s been a long time…things have been very busy but still […]

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Who Owns Your Job Search?

Sometimes I get comments from readers that offer so much practical wisdom I just have to share their words. Mack wrote to tell us he’s been laid off since January and has been a finalist for TWELVE different jobs since then – some definite “no”s but a few held up for one reason or another. […]

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What If You Aren’t Good at Something You Love?

I was recently asked to help someone in an area where I have almost no expertise. Luckily, the person understood that and asked me to help anyway. And I loved what I was doing. I mean really LOVED it.

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Good Things to Click On While at Work

Admittedly telling you to spend even more time on the internet while you’re at work may not be the best career advice.  And if you’re looking for work, maybe you don’t need any extra diversions. But since it’s the holiday season when we are already thinking about things other people might want (and worrying where […]

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One of the Best Film Segments Ever About Work We Hate!

To the chagrin of most of my friends, I absolutely adore Joe Versus the Volcano. There…I said it. And the ground hasn’t caved in under me nor have  stars ceased to shine. While admittedly not the most deftly-crafted film ever, this film’s opening segment blows me away — the darkness, the gloom, the meaningless job […]

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Are You Sick and Tired of Job Search Advice?

A reader sent me a polite well-written e-mail basically telling me my recent career pro job search advice post was drivel, and she was sick and tired of hearing the same old advice again and again from job search experts and professionals. She explained in all sincerity that she has read countless career advice from […]

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