Bad Job Search Habits That Are Making You Fail

Bad job search habits may be making your job search tougher than it should be. Too often, we do our job hunting based on how we found a job the last time we looked, without considering whether or not those routines are still effective. Habits are the routines we do without much thought, based on how we […]

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Don’t Get Fired for Job Hunting

People do get fired when their employers discover that they are job hunting. While this sounds extreme to most people, this reaction is common for most employers. Quitting your old job before you find a new job is NOT usually smart! Unless your personal safety is at risk or your employer is doing something illegal, continue to work there […]

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Improve Your Job Search Process

If your job search seems to be stalled or moving ahead too slowly, it’s smart to take the time to examine your process. Effective job search has changed, particularly in the last few years. Step back, and take a look now. In this guest post, Patra Frame, HR executive and founder of Strategies for Human […]

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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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