How to Overcome a Gap in Employment

Overcoming a gap in employment is essential today, when many people are out of work for months to years. In research at MIT and the Institute for Career Transitions, we have learned that a gap in employment of six months or more makes a job search more challenging. The reason for the difficulty is that […]

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Successful Informational Interviews for a More Successful Job Search

Successful informational interviews are a great way to learn more about a career you are considering or an employer who interests you. Informational interviews, when done well, can be pure gold for your job search and career! What Is an Informational Interview? An informational interview is a short, one-on-one discussion with someone who works in […]

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To Be Hired, Use Email Effectively

Job search today often requires communicating with employers and recruiters by email. It’s easy to send email very quickly, and a fast response often feels like the right thing to do. You want to — and need to — respond as quickly as possible, but… 9 Steps to Better Email for Your Job Search Take care not […]

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Rejecting a Job Offer: Top 10 Dos and Don’ts

As challenging as job search is today, sometimes you must reject a job offer. The location or salary is wrong, the people don’t feel like the kind of people you want to work with, or you have already accepted a job somewhere else. A million things can cause you to feel that a job is not a […]

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Deadly Job Search Networking Mistakes

Networking. For. Job. Search. Do those words make you shudder? Many job seekers have told me that they “hate” to network! They have often described it as “just another name for using people.” Not fun. Very uncomfortable. Possibly, evil… Wrong! Good, successful job search networking is not using people. Nor is it walking up to a stranger or […]

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Successful Job Search: Today’s Top 10 Dos and Don’ts

Effective job search methods have changed substantially, particularly in the last few years. What worked in the past (even two years ago) doesn’t necessarily work now. The Top 5 Job Search Don’ts — We’ll start with the do-not statements because making these very common mistakes causes loss of confidence and wastes time: 1. Do NOT hunt for your new job […]

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How to Make Employee Referral Programs Work for You

Employers LOVE employee referral programs! Employee referrals really are the “fast-track” to a new job. Nearly 80% of employers with 1,000 employees or more have formal programs. One in three job candidates referred by an employee is hired — a MUCH higher probability than someone who applies online. A 2015 survey of hiring practices revealed than between 25% and 33% […]

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Best for Your Job Search: LinkedIn Posts or a Blog?

I’ve read several articles recommending that all job seekers start blogging to land their next jobs. While it may be a good idea for some people, I disagree that it is a good idea for all — or even for most — job seekers. According to recent research, good communications skills are highly valued in both […]

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Keywords Critical for Your Career: Your Name

A recent experience reminded me how important our names are as keywords for both our job searching and our careers. Working with a college professor recently, I needed to find her LinkedIn Profile to document her professional qualifications for a short bio. I had difficulty finding her LinkedIn Profile using her name for my keyword search. (I […]

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The New Rules for Successful Job Search Today

The new rules for a successful job search are not difficult to understand or to follow. But, these rules have changed substantially from those in the past. Most of the reason for these changes is that employers recruit in new ways. Those changes in recruiting, largely focused on new and increased use of technology, have dramatically changed […]

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