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Thousands of Jobs if You Know Where to Look

Career Alley

Although the unemployment rate has improved over the last few years, there still appears to be a shortage of jobs for those who want to work (or get a new job). I say “appears” because there are jobs out there (if you know where to look and have the right skills). One issue is “job mismatch” right jobs, wrong skills. Another issue is not knowing where (or how) to find jobs that might match your skills.

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Best Ways and Places to Research Your Target Employers

Executive Career Brand

Savvy executive job seekers know that the very first steps in landing a great-fit job are TARGETING (selecting, say, 10-15 employers that you feel will provide the kind of job you want) and then RESEARCHING each one for industry and company market intelligence. Don’t even think of diving into updating your resume or LinkedIn profile , until you’ve done this!

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Hire for Cultural Fit: It’s Time to Add Other People, Pt 2

Hiring Technical People

In Hire for Cultural Fit: It’s Time to Add Women, Pt 1 , I wrote about the need to add women to your team, and what you could do. But just hiring women isn’t enough. You need race and age diversity, along with personality diversity to get the best products out of your teams. Back when I was a hiring manager inside organizations in the ’80s and ’90s, I hired developers and testers. I took a hard look at my teams. I saw lots of younger white people.

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Why I Quit My Job Before I Had a New One

Ms. Career Girl

The post Why I Quit My Job Before I Had a New One appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. I’m sure you’ve heard tell that it’s a bad idea to leave your job before you have a new one, that prospective employers are suspect of any gaps in employment – even voluntary ones. However, this is not always true. Less than two months ago I made a decision to leave my job. It was a great job, a fantastic teaching position at one of the premier preschools in the country.

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6 Job Search Resources to Focus Your Job Hunt – Salaries

Career Alley

Getting the basic requirements for your job search in place can be overwhelming. Writing your resume, cover letters, working your network, creating your job search plan, company research. Need I go on? But having all of your resources in place with the best resume and the most amazing job experience will not help if you are not focused in your search. There are so many distractions – too many leads (most of which are useless), too much information – none of this is a good thing.

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6 Ways To Turn Your Social Media Savvy Into A Career

Professional Resume Services

Did you know that many businesses are looking for someone to be their Social Media Manager? It’s true — because social media is fast becoming an essential part of marketing and customer relations, companies need somebody to devote a lot of time to doing it right.

Out of Touch = Out of Luck

Careers Done Write

If you are familiar with the Innovation Adoption Lifecycle, you know that being on the front end of the curve is a good thing. Innovators are the first on board for the very newest technologies, followed by early adopters. On the downside of the curve are the late majority and laggards. When we apply this model to professionals on LinkedIn, it is safe to say that anyone, not on LinkedIn now is considered a “laggard.”

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Job Search – There Must be an App for That – Part 5 of 5

Career Alley

photo credit: DaveLawler via photopin cc. We’ve all heard the social networking disasters (like people who post questionable pictures or boast of their drug and/or drinking exploits on social network sites thinking only their friends will see them). In 2006, ExecuNet ( Growing Number Of Job Searches Disrupted By Digital Dirt ) reported that 77% of recruiters surveyed use search tools to learn more about candidates.

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As CEOs Go Out The Door, Who Is Coming In?

Professional Resume Services

Okay, not all the CEOs in the 2014 September CEO Report at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. are going out the door because they are being booted out, but the report does highlight a rise in the planned CEO departures for September. The 124 CEOs who left their positions represent an increase of 4.2% over the 119 leaving in August.

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Happy Hanukkah

Sklover Working Wisdom

On This First Night of Hanukkah – A Message for all our Friends, Regardless of Faith: Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of “the light,” the miracle that it exists, and the miracle that it endures. Each of us can be a “light unto the world” in our own lives. Celebrate that light within you – and keep it alive. You will have something to celebrate each and every day, and so will all others. Be a light unto the world. © © 2014 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited

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How to Combat Burnout in Your Career

Ms. Career Girl

The post How to Combat Burnout in Your Career appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Even those of us who love our careers can start to feel less motivated. In fact, recent studies show women are suffering burnout before they even turn 30. Being tired earlier on in the day, a more negative attitude, and generally feeling drained are all tell-tale signs.

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Make More Money in Your Current Job: How to Negotiate a Raise Using Psychology Principles


There is a famous saying that goes, “Success in life is directly proportional to the number of awkward conversations you’re willing to have”. This is particularly true in salary negotiations. Scheduling a meeting with your boss to discuss an increased paycheck has the potential to be very uncomfortable, yet also hugely rewarding. Remember that gaining […]. Job Offer Negotiation

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The Top Five Signs you Need an HR Person


Hiring a full-time HR person for the first time is a big step for a small business. Is it worth the expense? Will there be enough work to keep the HR person busy? Often HR responsibilities are included as part of the owner or office manager’s job. This may work well when a company is really small, but a small business experiencing growth will reach a point when the task of managing employees and HR compliance becomes too much for that person to manage.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Sklover Working Wisdom

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”. – Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”. At work, listen carefully to what others say, and what they don’t say. Watch their behaviors, both what they do and what they don’t do. Observe dynamics between people and among groups. Make a mental note of interests, and consider motivations. And – here’s the hardest part – make it a habit to apply that same scrutiny to yourself.

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How To Overcome GRE Test Anxiety

Ms. Career Girl

The post How To Overcome GRE Test Anxiety appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Students who stress over tests might dread sitting for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE ). However, the fact is that most students who prepare for an exam do experience some anxiety. It is only when this stress turns into panic that it can be a problem. Fortunately, if you are feeling anxious about taking the GRE, there are some practical steps you can take to reduce your anxiety. 10 Steps to Prepare for the GRE.

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The Case for Not Deconstructing Your Failures.

The HR Capitalist

There''s a lot of business propaganda out there related to failure. Ready for some successories quotes? LET''S DO THIS: 1. Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill. . Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” - Henry Ford. . Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” - Confucious. .

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Tips for Talking About Compensation


According to common wisdom, there are three things you should never talk about in public—religion, politics, and of course, money. Unfortunately, the taboo against talking about money even extends to not-quite-public spaces, like the workplace. And that’s ironic, because most people assume employment to earn a living, and yet the standard rule is to avoid saying the “m” word at all costs! That’s why many employees find that asking for a raise is about as easy as doing a back handspring.

Sally Krawcheck says “At work, get it in writing.”

Sklover Working Wisdom

© 2014 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

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Career Confession: How I Turned My Passion of Massage Therapy Into a Business

Ms. Career Girl

The post Career Confession: How I Turned My Passion of Massage Therapy Into a Business appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Read the story of one career girl who took the brave step if turning her passion for relaxation into a full blown business! Ever thought of setting up a massage business? Here is what you need to know. After eight years of working as a secretary at a dead end job, I suddenly began to realize I wasn’t completely satisfied.

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Do Your Most Valuable Employees Feel Like "A-Listers" or "Silver Club Medallion"?

The HR Capitalist

I have to travel a lot for work, and I''ve made the life decision to live in Birmingham. As a result of that location, I generally fly one of two ways: 1. I fly Southwest out of Birmingham, and get some direct flights but still have to connect about half the the time. I fly Delta and always connect via Atlanta to wherever I''m going. Now, you might think this is a rant about the Atlanta airport - but it''s not. I''ve fine with the ATL to connect.

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3 Tips for Prioritizing Your 2015 Employment Branding Initiatives


We each get 24 hours in the day and I think that most of us would agree that all of them should not be spent working. Assuming that most full-time, U.S. employees work approximately 2,000 hours per year … how do you take the time you’re given and make the most of it? Specifically, when it comes to employment branding, how do you research, plan, create, execute, measure, and assess everything that you want to do?

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How to Make for an Uncomfortable Office Holiday Party

The Job Quest

Ah, yes. We are fully embroiled in the holiday season, and with that comes holiday parties. Even though Christmas is less than a week away, office holiday parties often extend into January. With that, I thought I would offer these bits of wisdom on what NOT to do at your next office party — unless, of course, leaving folks unsettled is your goal. Ask everyone with a protruding belly, “When’s the baby due?”

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Ask MCG: When and How Do I Wear Jeans to Work?

Ms. Career Girl

The post Ask MCG: When and How Do I Wear Jeans to Work? appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. The time tested general rule applied towards wearing jeans to work is just to not do it. Jeans have always been viewed as a fashion item that is too casual to wear in the workplace, but many offices have started relaxing their opinion of it. So if you want to challenge a traditional rule, make sure you’re going to do it right.

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Feeling Flat on Performance Reviews? You Need Stacked Ranking.

The HR Capitalist

It''s December and it''s time to do performance reviews. You''re tired. You just want to go on vacation, and you really don''t know where to start to distinguish between Johnny and Jenny from a performance perspective. . Sucks to be you. You need Stacked Ranking. . A lot of you just flinched because you''ve been trained that stacked ranking is dirty and ultimately gets your company sued.

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The Reason to Hire the Unemployable


Join me in two weeks when I talk about 5 how-tos on hiring the unemployable in 2015. . The other night my husband and I were having a pretty intense conversation. Well, it was more like Monica was having an intense conversation and my husband was doing the “try to get a word in” well….you….see….Monica….Please Monica….Please Please understand that when you have been with someone for 25 years the conversations no longer require boots.

2014 108

10 Things Your Boss Won’t Ever Tell You

Position Ignition

The relationship we have with our boss is, as long as we’re working for them, fundamental to our world. Sometimes it can be a very simple, honest, open and healthy relationship. Sometimes it can be quite complex. The complexity comes from the very nature of human relationships where both of us might be quite complicated people and we are not completely open and transparent with each other about our work and our wider life. We don’t share our emotions very much either.

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Much Needed Fitness Activities for a Busy Career Girl

Ms. Career Girl

The post Much Needed Fitness Activities for a Busy Career Girl appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Focusing on your career is important, especially if you are advancing in your field. However, if you find yourself in the office for hours on end and your workouts are falling by the wayside, it’s time to reconsider how you’re spending your time.

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Why You Hope Employees Use Email to Attempt Union Organizing.

The HR Capitalist

Did you hear? Employees now have the right to attempt union organizing via company email systems. Here''s a tast of the ruling by the NLRB. Enjoy: "The National Labor Relations Board ruled Friday that workers have a right to use their employer''s email system for the purposes of union organizing. The ruling reverses a 2007 opinion by the board that employees did not have the right since the system was company property.

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Baby Steps Towards a Social Media Prescence


There is a time when everyone is terrified of social media. If you are just getting started, don’t be afraid to start slow. It is probably something new to you. There will be a lot of things you don’t understand, and things you need to learn before putting your voice out for the world to see. The problem with social media is that is whatever you put out on the internet can be seen by anyone at any given point in time.

Top 7 Qualities Employers are Looking for in Candidates #WisdomWednesday

The Undercover Recruiter

Every employer has had experience with both good and bad employees. For this they all have a pretty good idea of what they want more of. Here are the big 7! Top 7 Qualities Employers are Looking for in Candidates #WisdomWednesday. Undercover Recruiter - Career & Recruitment Blog. Career Management Employer Job Search Wisdom Wednesday #WisdomWednesday brian tracy Career Advice competence contacts Credibility integrity Job Hunting likability qualities Wednesday wisdom

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10 Ways Being on the Board Differs to Other Jobs

Position Ignition

Once you become a board member, get ready for your professional life to change in all kinds of ways. Here are some thoughts on just how being on the board is different to anything you’ve ever done before. Career Development Executive Job Search

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How To Regain Your Confidence

Boomers Next Step

When your confidence has been shattered it is difficult to pick yourself up and move on in your career and your life. This series of 5 Slideshare presentations will help you to find ways to put together your fragmented confidence and not let it stop you achieve your goals. Five Steps To Regain Your Confidence […]. Careers Confidence regain confidence

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Your End of Year HR Checklist


There are only a few weeks left of the year and its easy to just throw your hands up, say the year is up, and flip the calendar over to 2015. It IS hard to get stuff done the last few weeks of the year due to holiday schedules (whether that means your employees are out of the office or purely focused on customers — or both) but I have a quick checklist to allow you to help support the business and still round out your HR year.

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How to Make 2015 the Best Year of Your Career

The Undercover Recruiter

There is a lot to look forward to in 2015! Companies continue to add jobs and salaries are expected to modestly increase. This means it’s time to get your search in gear. What three things can you do to make the most of this economic uptick? Set your sights on joining or building communities, niche-ing […]. How to Make 2015 the Best Year of Your Career. Undercover Recruiter - Career & Recruitment Blog.

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Networking Hack: Don’t Forget Anyone’s Name Ever Again!

Career Realism

We’ve all been there: You’ve been introduced, you KNOW this person, and it’s your responsibility to introduce them to someone else. But you can’t remember this person’s name for the LIFE of you. And so begins the super awkward and uncomfortable moment that we all dread so much. How embarrassing. Related: 5 Quick Tips For Better Listening Skills. Why is it so hard to remember someone’s name when you first meet them?

2014 88

Are You Down with OPG? (Other People's Goals)

Water Cooler Wisdom

Most of us over age 30 remember the song OPP from the 90s. The acronym stands for “other people’s problems,” etc. Lately, a lot of professionals in my world have been focusing too much on OPG – or other people’s goals. I’ll share a personal example. For the last several years, I’ve come across a lot of people wondering why I don’t expand my business.

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300 Million; It’s Time To Get Instagram Sourcing


Instagram has come a long way since Jessica first wrote about it back in 2012. They’ve been bought by Facebook, which was clearly a smart move as they’ve just passed 300 million users! That’s more than Twitter’s 284 million and not that far behind LinkedIn. Like Twitter, it’s easy to engage and re-engage people making it very social. It also gives you invaluable insight into their interests and potential cultural fit whilst you become known and trusted.