Thu.Apr 12, 2012

ResumeBear Hits USA Today: Four online tools for navigating the job market

Resume Bear

Since the beginning of April, many of us, especially seniors, have been wondering where the semester has gone. Summer is right around the corner, but an even greater event is looming for all of us fourth years: graduation.

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What to Say in Your Thank You Letter Besides, ‘Thank You’

Career Realism

Have you ever felt frustrated after an interview? Sure you have! I know you’ve mentally gone over your interview answers and… you remember what you DID NOT say and you realize you missed an opportunity to REINFORCE your candidacy. Well, this is why you write a strategic thank you letter.

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Trending Sources

Why Employers Don’t Hire Veterans


VOTC, WOTC, & The American Jobs Act. If you are a HR professional, or responsible for hiring at your organization, chances are that you are familiar with WOTC or the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Should I Remove My Volunteer Work from My Resume?

Career Realism

Dear J.T. & & Dale: In June of 2010, my company notified me that I was being laid off. We wanted to move cross-country, so I decided not to look for another job. Instead, I decided to do some volunteer work at the local VA hospital. I did this until we moved.

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Should I ask my company to reconsider interviewing me for an internal promotion?

Careers Done Write

Dear Deb, I'm hoping you can give me some career advice. I'm an accountant in a large company and I was just rejected for an interview with my current employer for an advanced position. I'd really like them to reconsider interviewing me.

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Why Teaching is Not a Back-up Career

Career Realism

There will always be children who need to be educated, providing a steady stream of opportunity for educators. With good benefits and job security in the form of tenure, teaching may seem like a good alternative to less-secure careers in the private sector.

Should you ever take a job you hate?

Ms. Career Girl

I’m picky. I admit it. I’m picky about everything – friends, hair, jewelry, and boys; and yes, I am picky about employment – even in this employer’s market. Now that I work in two companies that I am happy to work at, I can say it paid off. But it certainly hasn’t been a walk in the park.

8 Funny Drawbacks To Working In A Cubicle [Infographic]

Career Copilot

8 Funny Drawbacks To Working In A Cubicle [Infographic] Ever feel hemmed in and confined in your cubicle? You’re not alone. Or, maybe you’re one of those lucky ones that telecommutes and regularly works from a lounge chair on the beach. Maybe this article has given you a laugh at those poor fools who are stuck in a cubicle for 8 hours every day. [.] Career CoPilot - It's your Career - Don't Fly Solo. Your Career

Knowing When It’s Just Not Worth It


Uncomfortable but Necessary. Years ago, I sat in a courthouse, working through a long-overdue divorce. I felt like a fish out of water. I felt like a renegade. I felt like everyone was staring at everyone, all the time. I felt like I was in the wrong place. I felt like I was being judged by everyone.

Survive Your Performance Review By Utilizing Active Goals


A recent Cornerstone OnDemand/Harris 2012 U.S. Employee Report indicated that only 20 percent of employees have established career goals with their manager or employer through a performance review.

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The Search for the Next Career Expert


Searching for the Next Career Expert. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since I have announced the purchase of the online community, Secrets of the Job Hunt. Over the next few weeks, you will begin to see some small changes to the site at

How to surmount challenging times for incoming Top Executives?

Position Ignition

We are currently living through immensely challenging times, and these challenges are particularly demanding for those executives that are leading organizations.

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8 Things to Do If You’re a Performance Problem

Career Rocketeer

We all like to think that when we are on the job our work is stellar and appreciated. Sometimes, we wake up to discover that our work isn’t stellar and is not what it should be. In fact, we’re a problem. We are the thing that manager’s hope won’t happen to them because it’s just [.]. Career Management Dorothy Tannahill-Moran SEO1

Most Folks Are About As Happy As They Make Up Their Minds To Be [7 Truths of Life]

The Undercover Recruiter

Tweet. Your natural state is to be happy, peaceful, joyous, and full of excitement at being alive. In this natural state you wake up each morning eager to start the day. You feel wonderful about yourself and your relationships with the people in your life.

For $30, I Can Expose Every Employee In Your Fortune 500 Company to a Facebook Ad?

HR Capitalist

Seriously - I can use Facebook ads and for $30, expose every employee at a major Fortune 500 on Facebook to an ad of my choosing? That's pretty compelling - as well as pretty scary. Got the following email below from a friend of the Capitalist.

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How Pinterest Can Help Boost Your Career

Career Realism

Pinterest is a new type of social media website that serves as a virtual bulletin board (or “pinboard”) where web content can be shared.

Being Qualified Isn’t Good Enough In Today’s Job Market


Being qualified isn't good enough anymore. It's not enough because there are many qualified candidates. Learn to understand how companies decide which qualified candidate's resume to read and then to interview is critical. Continued at [link]. Featured Job Search Strategy reCareered Blog career career change career coach employer getting noticed hiring Job job search Planning research Resume solution

Start Making Sense

Learning Voyager

Professor Dave Davidson was one of my undergraduate professors in Human Communication, my major at Rutgers 35 years ago. His theory of human nature: "Never assume that the next guy knows what he is doing.much less why." That maxim has bedeviled me ever since. As a Communication and Information theory guy, Dave Davidson was very into the work of Karl Weick, the social psychologist. Among Weick's many contributions, his concept of sensemaking made a lot of sense.

Employment Background Check Red Flags

Boomers Next Step

People get for lots of reasons. It may be because of possible employment, renting an apartment or home, or even online dating. No matter what the reason, you are trying to make sure that you can trust the person and they are who they say they are. However, if you own a business and are [.]. Careers Job News

How to Create a Strong Email Cover Letter

Position Ignition

If you're out in the job market, it is likely that you will need to be filling in online application forms and/or sending out your CV. As part of this process one can assume that the person reading what you have written won't have much time to focus on what you have to say. This includes the process that starts from reading and opening up your email, clicking on the attached CV that you've sent to them and drawing some quick conclusions from it.

Consider the Long View to Determine Work-Life Balance

The Job Quest

In reading an article about the recent passing of legendary news broadcaster Mike Wallace , I was struck by something that his son, Chris Wallace, said: “The interesting thing is, he never mentions ’60 Minutes.’ ’ It’s as if it didn’t exist.

Most Folks Are About As Happy As They Make Up Their Minds To Be [7 Truths of Life]

The Undercover Recruiter

Your natural state is to be happy, peaceful, joyous, and full of excitement at being alive. In this natural state you wake up each morning eager to start the day. You feel wonderful about yourself and your relationships with the people in your life.

Take Control of Your Online Identity With Brand-Yourself

Career Solvers

I recently caught up with Brand-Yourself’s CEO, Patrick Ambron, to learn more about the Brand-Yourself platform and its implications for helping job seekers take control of their online identity. What is Brand-Yourself? Brand-Yourself is the only “do-it-yourself” platform that makes it easy for anyone to take control of their own search results.

how to say “stop talking to me” without being rude

Ask A Manager

It’s quiz time! When you’re racing to get something done on a deadline and you get interrupted by a long-winded colleague or telephone caller, do you: (a) Let them talk, trying to politely hint that you don’t have much time. b) Say, “I’m actually short on time right now. Could I talk with you later?”.

My Co-workers Are Distracting, What Should I Do?

Career Realism

Dear J.T. & & Dale: Utilizing the skills I learned from your advice column and J.T.’s ’s website,, I was able to find a new job that I love – except for two co-workers. “Jane” is extroverted and has great chemistry with “John.”

my boss is using my email account to impersonate me

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: I’ve reached an ultimate low here at work. I started here half a year ago in a 2-person office. (It It is a fair size company, but our office just opened about 8 months ago.) I’m female and my boss is male. Continuously, he has overstepped boundaries socially: trash-talking people, telling me that people like me (yes like like that), repeatedly putting me in extremely awkward social situations.

Tips for women who wants to have higher salary


There are probably only a few occasions when you will have a chance to really increase your earning power and the key to successfully doing so is to nail that moment. Don’t miss it. Be ready. The best and first chance is of course at the negotiating table – if you manage to negotiate, say, 5% every time you get a new job you will soon be earning an excellent salary. Try to remember to be competitive not cooperative – that way even your starting salary will be impressive!

“I Wish All Interviews Were This Easy”

Resume to Referral

Since I have begun working BAJobs, I have been thinking a lot about the interviews I have experienced in the past and what I have learned. I will never forget my first interview. I was a sophomore in high school and I really wanted some extra cash because I always felt bad asking my parents.