May, 2013

The 10 Worst Jobs in IT

Career Alley

Source: The Best Computer Science Schools. This is a Guest post. If you would like to submit a guest post to CareerAlley , please follow these guest post guidelines. Visit me on Facebook. Related posts: 4 Underutilized IT Staffing Tips. 25 Odd Jobs that Make Good Money. 4 Tips to Entry-Level Jobs – How to Create a Happy Hunting Ground. IT Jobs IT Staffing Job Search Jobs self help Self Improvement tips

2013 288

30 is NOT the new 20. Stop lying to yourself.

Ms. Career Girl

A few months ago, my friend and former professor Mark Lacker said I HAD to read Dr. Meg Jay’s book “ The Defining Decade.” ” I’m so glad I did. My/our generation (Gen Y) has been fed a lot of crap from the media and from parents who wish they did things differently when they were young. Sadly, it only ended up hurting us in the end.

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Just How Do I Go About Finding a Job?

Jobacle

Long gone are the days of walking into an establishment after seeing a hiring poster on the window and securing a job. Today, hardly anyone takes applications at the retail establishment or office. With the advancement of online forms and job websites, many companies are putting their jobs online to get a wider pool of applicants. If you are one of the 86 percent of people looking for a new employment opportunity, here are some tips on getting a job: Get Social.

2013 212

10 Blogs for Job Search, Personal Branding and Career Help

Executive Career Brand

Prompted by the theme for this month’s Career Development Carnival , a showcase of the best blog posts from career experts, I’ve compiled a short list of excellent blogs and websites for job seekers and careerists. By no means the only ones I read regularly – and not necessarily my top 10 favorites – the following sites are ones I come back to frequently and always find value in reading. I hope you do, too. I often tweet these blogs, and they also inspire many of the blog posts I write.

2013 209

A Novel Idea: Hire the Unemployed

Hiring Technical People

Did you read The Jobless Trap ? In it, Paul Krugman asserts we are creating an underclass of long-term unemployed. This is what really stood out for me: This could happen because their work skills atrophy, but a more likely reason is that potential employers assume that something must be wrong with people who can’t find a job, even if the real reason is simply the terrible economy.

2013 208

Three Signs That You Are on the Job Search Ferris Wheel

Careers Done Write

Have you lost control of your job search? Are you stuck on a Ferris wheel, going round and round, and not getting anywhere? If you have been searching for months without a job offer, it is time to evaluate your job search strategy and performance. Either you are not doing something that you should be doing, or you are not conveying the information in an appropriate manner. Let’s look at the top three signs that indicate you are in need of some job search revamping.

2013 177

5 Latest Ways to get the Job with the Help of Social Media

Career Alley

One of the well-known ways to land a new job is to network. Whether networking with colleagues from work, friends or professors from school, or in other areas, networking plays a vital role; giving us access to people who can recommend us for positions or simply inform us of them. With social media proliferating society, networking utilising social media may now overcome most other ways to expose ourselves to potential job positions. Here are 5 ways to use social media to get that next job.

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How to Use Facebook to Land a Job Interview

Jobacle

These days, employers and recruiters are using every means available to help make their hiring decisions -- which includes looking through resumes, of course, but also checking out social media sites. Before calling a candidate to set up an interview, most employers are going to do their due diligence, checking out the candidate on Facebook and ensuring there are no obvious "red flags."

Best Kept Secret to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Executive Career Brand

Executive recruiters and hiring decision makers at your target companies search LinkedIn using relevant keywords to locate good-fit candidates. Your LinkedIn profile offers several choice locations to insert the right keywords to help elevate your search rankings – or Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – and the likelihood you’ll be found and considered by them. The professional headline and summary section are two prime examples.

2013 209

How to Tell if You are Really Tired or Just Being Lazy

WorkArrow

You already know that you are supposed to take breaks. The studies have spoken: taking breaks improves productivity. This comes as great news for most of us — who doesn’t want to be encouraged to take breaks? – but putting the science into practice requires putting in some thought. Choosing to rest rather than keep [.]. Productivity Tips Need Break or Being Lazy

2013 167

Newman! Dealing with Difficult People

Careers Done Write

The ultimate example of a difficult person is the character Newman from the TV sitcom, “Seinfeld.” ” If you are a fan of the show, like me, you can imagine an exasperated Jerry, saying, “Newman!” ” In 2010, the character Newman was named on "TV.com''s Top 10: The Most Annoying TV Neighbors." You probably have a Newman in your workplace - a sneaky, two-faced, annoying person that seems to live to undermine your happiness.

2013 171

Most Asked Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Career Alley

Sample Questionnaire. This is a Guest post. If you would like to submit a guest post to CareerAlley , please follow these guest post guidelines. Good luck in your search. Visit me on Facebook. Related posts: Top 6 Questions Asked for Embedded Engineers During an Interview. 10 Questions You Can Expect in a Situational Interview. 10 Questions to Ask at an Interview. Interviews Inteview Questions Job Seach Jobs self help Self Improvement

2013 272

Meet Sara Sutton Fell, Founder of FlexJobs.com

Ms. Career Girl

N ame: Sara Sutton Fell. Age: 39. Location: Boulder, Colorado. Where did you go to college and what did you study? UC Berkeley, an interdisciplinary major for “Society, Technology, and the Environment”. Tell us about your first job after college. Was it what you expected? Instead of finding my first job after college, I actually created my first job… and it was not really after college as much as it was more of a “hiatus” during college.

2013 188

Employee Recognition--It Matters

Jobacle

Wouldn’t it be terrible to go to work and never hear a thank you? Unfortunately there are many of you reading this article that live that reality every day in your workplace. If you aren’t experiencing it now then you have most likely experienced this at one time or the other in your career. Recognizing employees seems to be at an all time low these days. This is a mistake if you want high performing employees or plan on keeping any of your staff for the long term.

2013 210

Martin Yate’s New Strategies for First-Time Job Seekers

Executive Career Brand

The eighth in Martin Yate’s Knock Em Dead series, Secrets & Strategies For First-Time Job Seekers focuses on job seekers entering the market for the first time. He begins the book with “some little known facts about the world you face”: You are at the beginning of what will likely be a fifty-year career. The statistics say you will probably change jobs (not always by choice) about every four years.

2013 195

A Thoughtful Message for New Grads - “Don’t Do What You Love”

Sklover Working Wisdom

© 2013 Dow Jones & Company – Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2013. A Brief Essay by Carl McCoy . www.carl-mccoy.com]. A Thoughtful Graduation – and Career Change – Message : This brief essay was so simple and instructive , and also so stirring, that I decided to post it here, for all to consider, enjoy and take advantage of. I salute Mr. McCoy for both his thoughts and writing craft, and also the Wall Street Journal for publishing this piece.

2013 167

Elements of A Professional and Accurate Resume

Professional Resume Services

In order to secure a job you must have a resume. There is really no way around it. Not only must you have a resume, but it needs to be professional and accurate. In order to get you started, here are the basic elements of any good resume. You might already know most of these, but in case you didn’t, here they are: Heading: this includes your name and contact information. It should be easy to read and centered on the top of the page.

2013 165

6 Unbeatable Video Interview Tips

Career Alley

Many successful companies are finding that outsourcing projects and positions outside the local office to a remote office is more ideal in cutting back and saving on expenses. With this increase, companies have used the technology of video interviews to scan through the ideal candidate for the position. This sounds easy enough, sit at home, do a quick video chat with the hiring manager, and get the job.

2013 268

Starting a Blog? Consider Your Brand First.

Ms. Career Girl

Some of the most popular posts of all time on MsCareerGirl.com are about starting a “side hustle.” ” For those who haven’t heard me use this term before, a side hustle is a hobby or passion project that brings you joy. Your side hustle is done outside of your day job and naturally leads to meeting new people who share your interests. In many cases (like mine) it could accidentally redefine the trajectory of your career. Side hustles may or may not become full time gigs.

2013 176

Coping with New Job Anxiety

Jobacle

Starting a new job, and in particular, the first few days, can be nerve racking. Not knowing anyone, wondering what everyone is thinking of you, worried you will make stupid mistakes, not knowing what you are doing and maybe feeling like a fraud! All these negative thoughts can cast a dark cloud over what can be an exciting time, and quite possibly the start to a positive new chapter in your life.

You Are Not a Brand. You HAVE a Personal Brand

Executive Career Brand

Some people take it too far. They take the “personal” out of personal branding , and refer to themselves as a “brand” They think of themselves – and ruthlessly market themselves – as a product. And they speak and write about “Brand Them” incessantly. Along with referring to themselves in the third person, being a brand somehow gives them license to shamelessly self-promote their product. that is, themselves.

How to Compare & Select a Resume Service to Ensure a High-Value Investment

Career Trend

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Today’s post is blatantly self promotional; at the same time, I am aspiring to provide value in identifying critical traits, experiences and qualifications you should look for when setting about to hire a resume writer. Special thanks to Andrea Murad for helping me identify a need for this information on my website.] [.] The post How to Compare & Select a Resume Service to Ensure a High-Value Investment appeared first on Executive Resume Writing Service.

2013 162

When Resume Parsing Goes Bad

Professional Resume Services

When you are looking for a job, there are different types of ads to which you will respond. Some will be Craigslist style where you send your resume to a recruiter via a randomized email address. Others will be ads with an Apply button that you click. This button may take you to a company or recruiting agency website where you will be prompted to set up an account. However you apply, most resumes are parsed into an applicant tracking system.

2013 162

Engineering Careers You Might Not Know About

Career Alley

Engineering is a very wide field. There are numerous areas where one can specialize in. This translates to a vast array or job opportunities. Many people only know of a few engineering fields and careers, namely electrical, civil, and mechanical engineering. What they do not know is that there are numerous other careers that are affiliated, such as the following noteworthy unusual career opportunities. Ethical Computer Hackers.

New Person, New Project: Introducing The Daily Runner

Ms. Career Girl

I am nothing like the girl I was 3 years ago. As I reflect back on my life (so far), I noticed that my biggest accomplishments and happiest moments were from 2011 onward. Well, that’s odd. Why 2011? After much reflection, there was only ONE thing that separated my old self to my new self: My mental attitude. Somewhere along the way, I realized that if I really wanted to be successful in anything, I needed to change my very core: what I was thinking.

2013 169

5 Careers to Go For in 2013

Jobacle

Many people today are still out of a job, and trying to decide which field to go into can be a confusing mess. A recent joint report by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl can help, by identifying the jobs with the greatest potential for growth in 2013 and beyond: 1. Software Developer. The job with the fastest growth since 2010 is a software developer, fueled by companies competing to be the first on the market with new innovations.

2013 185

Font of Wisdom

Careers Done Write

No topic seems to stir the pot on our blog as the font choice for a résumé! Seriously, we discuss some heavy topics regarding careers, including unemployment policies, recovering from a lay-off, and discrimination in the workplace. Yet, there is a persistent interest in the topic of font selection. Perhaps the reason is because focusing on the font is easier than brainstorming for accomplishments.

2013 162

Is Your Cover Letter Riddled With These 4 Mistakes?

Career Trend

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Some people meticulously write their resume but then treat their cover letter as an afterthought, resulting in a mistake-riddled, dull and underperforming document. It is important to ensure your job search tool kit is fully equipped with high-quality, well-honed marketing messages that are blunder-free. The following four cover letter mistakes—and accompanying remedies—will help sharpen your cover [.] The post Is Your Cover Letter Riddled With These 4 Mistakes?

Flawed Barrels 1: Cliques

WorkEngagement

A previous post considered bad apples. This post shifts to flawed barrels as the root of dysfunctional workgroups. Some of the most common barrel flaws are cliques, indifference, and leadership lapses. A regular complaint from workgroups describes barriers.

2013 160

Feng Shui Your Job Search Luck – How to use Feng Shui to find a Career that Harmonizes with your Personal Energies

Career Alley

If you’ve been out of work for a while, you know how frustrating it is to keep looking, all the time wondering if there’s a job out there for you, or maybe even a whole new career field. Many times, careers take turns and detours that move the job seeker in different directions. Sometimes, though, if you’ve been looking for a job for a while, those detours begin to feel like dead ends. So, you contemplate a career move – but to what?

2013 262

The 10 Most Interesting Outfits Worn in Music Videos

Ms. Career Girl

Has this ever happened to you—“UGH I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR! I OWN ENOUGH TOPS TO RUN MY OWN H&M, BUT I’M BORED WITH THEM! MY LIFE IS OVERRRRR!”. Well I certainly hope not, because I have a feeling you do not have many friends. Moving on, in case you do happen to be out of outfit ideas, I have selected my top ten most fashionable music videos. Cheers! Jackson 5—“I Want You Back”.

2013 168

Why it Doesn't Always Pay to Have a Five Year Plan

Jobacle

How many times have you been asked ''what''s your five year plan''? Do you reply with enthusiasm, happy to explain in detail your life mapped out in intricate detail, or do you inwardly groan, and wonder why so many people are so concerned about planning way into the future instead of relishing the here and now, adapting to what the future brings?

2013 175

Why Hire A Resume Service?

Professional Resume Services

When it comes time to write your resume and start sending it out to potential employers, you should consider hiring a resume writing service rather than try to do it yourself. There are several reasons why you don’t want to write your own resume. The consultation with your resume writing service is designed to uncover knowledge, experiences, and skills you may have forgotten or that you may think are not important.

2013 160

New Grad: Courteously Hustle Your Way to a New Job

Career Trend

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter A new grad client who graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics landed a job in just a few months with our 3-PAGE, focused resume (+ interview coaching). The resume touted multiple leadership roles: captain of his basketball team, graduate assistantship and more! He was regularly complimented that his resume was a [.] The post New Grad: Courteously Hustle Your Way to a New Job appeared first on Executive Resume Writing Service.

2013 160

4 Productivity Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

WorkArrow

There are a lot of people talking about what you ought to do to be more productive, or which fancy tools and apps you should use to get more things done. However, there aren’t as many people talking about what you shouldn’t do to try and be more productive, or which activities will make you [.]. Productivity Tips

2013 157

What an MBA Can Do For Your Career

Career Alley

The current job market is quite competitive with employers looking to hire the best talent. A degree is no longer a guarantee that you will even get an interview call. To stay ahead of the competition, job seekers are returning to school to earn an MBA. Although tuition costs at top business schools can top $60,000 per year, the hope of career advancement more than outweighs this drawback. Here are some of the top benefits of graduating with an MBA. Catalyst for a Salary Increase.

2013 258

I’ve Got a Dating Website for YOU! (And just about everyone else)

Ms. Career Girl

As I’ve admitted before, I’m a online dater. Personally, I’ve had luck with OkCupid, and it ain’t broke, so I haven’t fixed it. But since I’ve stuck with my one solid site, I’ve missed the vast other online dating opportunities that have recently sprouted. There is seriously a dating website for EVERYONE.

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