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February 23 2014

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February 10 2014

5 Pieces of Career Advice for Women Tech Entrepreneurs

The tech industry has a gender problem

Let’s consider this: Women comprise only about a quarter of all employees at tech behemoths Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle and Microsoft. When it comes to launching tech ventures, the situation only gets worse: Just 10% of high-growth tech company founders are women.

Women make up a significant portion of the tech-consumer market — so it makes little sense that there is such disconnect in the professional spectrum. The benefits of a diversified workforce are numerous, especially considering that many American women are highly active on the Internet and social networking sites. Looking at the big picture of the market, Nielsen estimates that women’s spending power in America ranges from $5 trillion to $15 trillion, and Fleishman-Hillard Incpredicts that women will control two-thirds of consumer wealth over the next ten years Read more...

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February 09 2014

6 'Rules' of Dating That Apply to Your Job Search

We all know a — ahem — "friend" who spends hours crafting the perfect text message to a potential date: carefully choosing words, paying attention to length and tone and finding the emoji that's just right. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's possible that you're increasingly familiar with this practice.

It makes little sense, then, that these same meticulous message-crafters will often fire off a professional email without so much as a proofread

The job search and the dating game share some common ground when it comes to finding the perfect match. If you're looking for "the one" — whether it's your dream girl or your dream job — waiting for the phone to ring can certainly be anxiety-inducing. Most of the time, success boils down to putting your best face forward, being sincere about your wants and needs, and, yes, even making compromises Read more...

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February 02 2014

Looking for a New Job? Steal These PR Strategies

Finding the right job can be frustrating –- you know that you have what it takes to do well at a brand new gig, but your dream company may take some convincing

Repeatedly firing off your resume into the digital abyss isn't going to help employers get wind of your skills. If you're looking to add some extra juice to your job search, you might want to consider taking a new approach — like launching your very own personal public relations campaign.

Believe it or not, effective PR isn't about flashy stunts or press releases littered with extravagant claims; it's simply about communicating your value to the right people. Mary Perfect might have a resume that rivals yours, but the below tips can help give you the extra edge. Read more...

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The Journey to a Stellar Internship Program

The journey to a coveted internship program isn't easy

For job seekers, an internship can be a great way to test the waters of a new company or industry, as well as gain invaluable experience; but opportunities are often competitive and can be elusive. It's important to go into the search with a clear idea about what you want to accomplish, the skills you'd like to cultivate and connections you hope to build.

Companies seeking to hone their internship offerings must take the talent pool, as well as other factors, into careful consideration. Not only is it crucial to craft the ideal program that will foster the next generation of workers, but also to consider elements like compensation and the skills that interns are looking to gain during their stint. Read more...

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January 27 2014

Top 7 Companies That Let You Work From Home

With an economy based on knowledge workers, estimates suggest that a full 50% of professionals in the United States have jobs that can be performed from home. In fact, according to the most recent Census findings, the number of people who work out of their houses increased from 9.5 million in 1999 to 13.4 million in 2010, indicating that many more companies are now offering remote jobs.

To determine which companies are likely hiring telecommuters in 2014, FlexJobs, the leading site for job searchers seeking ideal work-life balance, has named the top 100 companies that allow or encourage employees to work from home. Read more...

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January 25 2014

The Career-Boosting Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Job search got you down? Stuck in a dead-end position? Maybe it's time to learn something new.

There is a skills gap in the marketplace. In a 2013 study, only 15% of hiring managers said nearly all or most job seekers had the skills and traits their companies look for. There's no better way to make yourself more attractive to a potential employer than to master something new.

Learning a new skill does't always mean going back to school and racking up debt. If you've been out of school for a while, you might be surprised to learn that there are hundreds of online and offline learning platforms to help you figure out your next career move. Read more...

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January 19 2014

Get Visible with Recruiters: 12 LinkedIn Groups for Job Seekers

LinkedIn Groups are the "happy hunting ground" for recruiters. Many recruiters join groups for the specific professions and industries that are relevant for their clients or employers. They also join the groups that cover job hunting in general.

For job seekers, LinkedIn Groups are a two-fer: you get information and you become more visible to recruiters.

The good news is that you can join up to 50 groups, and you can very easily leave a group that isn't working for you (or after you've found a job). This way, you can test different groups to see which ones work best for you. This list will get you started, but don't stop with these groups. Read more...

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January 18 2014

Take Your Networking to the Next Level: Build Actual Relationships

Too many job seekers miss the mark on what networking is all about. You have heard over and over that networking is about building relationships with people who can provide you with information, advice and contacts to help you find the right role in your job search. The trick is to focus on the long-term endgame; meaning that you should concentrate on building the relationships first, so that your contacts will be more inclined to help you meet new, useful connections or inform you of positions that become open before they are advertised.

Job seekers need to ask themselves, "What am I actually doing with my network?" Are you getting to know and utilize your contacts in the best way possible, or simply building a Rolodex of strangers? Read more...

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January 12 2014

Finishing Law School? Here's How to Find a Job Post-OCI

Every year, law school graduates apply, interview and often receive multiple, simultaneous offers at law firms. This process operates on a set timeline thanks to school-sponsored on-campus interview (OCI) programs. Yet, every year, the majority of law school graduates are still in an active job search once OCI ends. There may be some comfort in the predictability of OCI, but for those who end up without an offer, the program does very little to prepare new lawyers for a typical job search process.

Beyond the structure of law school recruitment programs, the calendar is much more flexible for lawyers on the job hunt. For those who seek a job in private practice, most small and medium law firm offers are received after graduation. Most other employers follow a just-in-time recruitment strategy and hire as needed Read more...

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January 11 2014

Career Aptitude Tests: Guidelines or Go-Tos?

Marissa Mayer knew at 12-years-old that she wanted to be a pediatric neurosurgeonSheryl WuDunn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, looked to Connie Chung for inspiration -– and thus wanted to be a broadcast journalist. And Hillary Rodham Clinton had trouble choosing between becoming an astrophysicist, doctor or teacher

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" The question that turns children into dreamers and young adults into the anxiety-ridden is such an important one. The answer determines what you study in college, if you go to college at all, where you get your first job or if you create a job all your own. That answer will map out your 20s, or it could. Read more...

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January 04 2014

Why Non-Tech People Should Apply for Tech Jobs

If you own a smartphone, tablet or even if you’re just glued to your laptop, you're aware of the tech revolution. But have you ever thought about how it could impact your career?

"So what?" you may ask. "I'm not a tech person."

That's where you're wrong, job seeker. Even non-tech people can successfully apply for tech jobs and quickly develop tech skills. Positions in the technology industry are booming in major metro areas around the country – San Francisco had a massive 51.8% increase in tech jobs between 2007 to 2012 alone. New York City, on the other hand, saw an 11% increase in that time, and the tech industry as a whole amounts to $30 billion in annual wages for the NYC economy. Read more...

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December 28 2013

This Resume Alternative Could Land You Your Dream Job

Here's one new year's resolution that you'll be happy to have made: getting your dream job.

The unemployment rate in the U.S. has been steadily declining since a high of 10% in 2009, but it still hasn't reached the lows seen in the early years of the millennium. At 7% as of November, things are certainly getting better, but they are slow coming.

With a high unemployment rate, you're doing well just to have a job. But how can you land a good, or better yet, your ideal one? According to Joanna Weidenmiller, cofounder of 1-Page, a job proposal platform, the answer is simple: go on the offense.

Instead of sending in a resume in response to a job description, Weidenmiller's platform allows you access to research relevant to companies looking to hire. Read more...

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December 22 2013

How to Land a Job with a Family-Owned Business as an Outsider

Family-owned businesses are the backbone of our economy. They range from small businesses to major corporations, and make up 35% of Fortune 500 companies. Together, these family firms are a powerhouse for employment, accounting for 78% of all new job creation.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a member of the family to work for a family-owned business. Between 10 and 15% of these businesses are now managed by non-family executives. Still, how do you position yourself as the best candidate for the job? It can be a tricky process to navigate, especially since unique family dynamics are often involved. Read more...

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December 21 2013

7 Tips to Revamp Your Job Search for 2014

Experts foresee the job market being more competitive than ever in 2014. With 10.9 million Americans unemployed, it is important to take a fresh look at your job search strategy. Now is the perfect time to develop an effective plan for success.

How can you set yourself apart from the competition and position yourself for finding the best next step in your career?

Here are seven tips to help you refresh and refocus your job search in 2014:

1. Don't be a copycat candidate. Job searches are a very personal experience and one-size-fits-all strategies will not help you stand out among the competition. Even though a certain interview tactic or style was successful for one candidate doesn't mean it is the best strategy for you. Take into consideration your personal experiences, preferences and career goals and use them to position yourself as a unique candidate. Read more...

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December 15 2013

3 Hiring Lessons From Your Holiday Shopping List

With the holiday season in full swing, your shopping list has probably grown impressive in size. While the economy might be tough and the job market even harder to navigate, people across the country are still flocking to stores to make holiday gift purchases. Last year alone, holiday spending grew 14% to inject $42 billion into the economy. So what does this have to do with hiring?

Just like finding the perfect holiday gift, finding the right employee for your company can be tough. Walk into any mall and there are thousands of potential gifts for your friends and family, but finding the right one takes work Read more...

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December 14 2013

How to Recruit a Last-Minute Winter Intern

Nabbing the right intern is like finding the ultimate present in your stocking. The perfect intern can improve your operations and can be the missing link your organization has been needing. But, what happens if you miss the boat for recruiting winter interns?

Typically, winter recruitment season ends at the beginning of fall. Many winter internships are shorter than their fall and spring counterparts, some lasting only during the holidays and others extending from December to February. Despite the brevity, winter internships can still provide college students and recent grads — as well as organizations — with the help they need to get ahead Read more...

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