Networking Letters 101
No matter what field you're in, a successful career is built on human relationships.
Is 2006 the Year to Start a Small Business?
Veterans and most successful entrepreneurs have a lot in common. Both groups have discipline, organization, responsibility, leadership skills and determination.
Federal Jobs Brain Drain
The Federal Government is not only concerned about the hole retiring baby boomers will create, but also the lack of experience younger employees might bring to those positions.
10 Things Not to Wear to the Interview
In this market, it is essential that you look good and your appearance is right for the job.
America Supports You: Toyota Helps Guardsmen, Reservists Find Jobs
The Hire-a-Hero program is a tool to make members of the military aware of job opportunities available at independently owned Toyota and Lexus dealerships.
Employers Get Tax Breaks for Hiring Vets
You have served your country proudly and, in return, the federal and state governments offer some tax incentives for companies to hire you.
Start Your Own Business -- Resources for Workers with Disabilities
Workers with disabilities often make great entrepreneurs.
How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors in Your Resume
Catching your own errors can be challenging. But with a little practice, you can reduce your margin of error.
Hot Federal Jobs in 2006
What are the hottest jobs in the federal government this year, and how do you get them?
Tax Deductions for Your Job Search
It's a little-known fact that the IRS will allow you to make certain tax deductions if you're looking for a new job.
Neutralize Your Toxic Boss
What if your boss routinely blames you for things that aren't your fault or takes sole credit for your work?
Think of Your Big Interview as a Simple Conversation
Many job seekers fail to recognize that often the best interviews don't feel as much like interviews as they do compelling conversations.
The Ins and Outs of Applying for a Federal Job
There are two steps to applying for a federal job. Here's how to do both.
Why Lying on Your Resume is a Bad Idea
You jeopardize your future when you lie about your past.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Resume Writing
If you're unsure of what to exclude from your resume, here's a list of seven items that should never appear on your resume.
For those willing to undergo the rigorous required medical training, the PA profession offers excellent prospects and a variety of opportunities for specialization.
Seven Movies to Motivate Your Job Search
Given their powers of motivation, movies might be just what the doctor ordered if you're starting to feel your momentum slow down at the office, or your job search seems like it's going nowhere.
What Affirmative Action and Diversity and Inclusion Mean to Workers
What's the difference between affirmative action and diversity and inclusion when applied to the workplace?
Career Fair Connects Military Spouses and Severely Injured Servicemembers to Jobs
There are two important talent pools businesses often overlook: disabled veterans and military spouses.
Uncle Sam Employs Healthcare Workers Nationwide
Healthcare is America's largest occupational group, with more than 12 million jobs.
Flaunt Your Fluency
Are you bilingual or multilingual? Whether English is your first or second language, your linguistic skills make you valuable in the workforce.
Women With Badges
The percentage of women in law enforcement is hovering under 15 percent.
Be a Contract Sales Professional
Consider the following guidelines to help you decide if contracting is right for you, and use our tips to learn how to go about obtaining work as an independent contractor.
Is a Career in Pharmaceutical Sales Right for You?
The biopharmaceutical industry seems to radiate success in a world where so many other enterprises are floundering.
Why Do Companies Prefer MBAs?
MBAs are sought after for their ability to think critically, deal with ambiguity and solve complex problems.
Top 10 Strategies for Entrepreneurial Success
If you're considering launching your own business, this article is for you.
"I hope no one saw that!"
If you follow these tips to laugh-off your mistakes, an embarrassing moment can turn into a personal victory.
Jump-Start Your Career Change
Employ these powerful strategies to make that career change a reality.
Interviews Are Like First Dates
Dating and interviewing -- how can these two very different things be so similar?
Federal Government Out Paces Corporate America in Minority Hiring
The federal government's diverse workforce is a great example of how diversity can word for an institution.
Nonclinical Healthcare Careers
If you're interested in working in a medical setting and have transferable skills, you may be just a few steps away from being qualified.
Matchmaking Service ... for Entrepreneurs and Veterans
This is a great opportunity for veterans who want to market their business to a federal contracting company and create new contacts.
You're Fired ... Now What?
Termination is not the best self-esteem builder, but if veterans find themselves on the receiving end of a pink slip, it's time to re-evaluate job prospects and dust off those interview skills.
Six Interview Mistakes
It's tough to avoid typical interview traps if you're unsure what they are. Here are a half dozen to watch out for.
Informational Interviewing: The Neglected Job Search Tool
Before you run out and begin informational interviewing, you have to do your homework. Follow these 10 tips to prepare.
Good Investment: Learn About Government Plans
Most people just focus on salary when considering a new job, but that's a mistake. Other benefits can make a job much more valuable than it initially looks.
Time to Refresh the Resume
Here are four more reasons to keep your resume updated.
Opportunities Run Sky-High for Aircraft Mechanics
Although major US airlines have been struggling, general aviation companies and smaller jet and aircraft manufacturers are seeking new talent to work as aircraft mechanics as the existing workforce ages.
Job Seekers Need to Watch the Housing Bubble
Transitioning service members looking for jobs take heed: A burst of the housing bubble might have an adverse affect on job prospects in the construction and financial services industry.
Break Into the Trades
Landing your first job in the trade industries doesn't have to be as painful as stepping on nails - if you go about it the right way.
Nontraditional Jobs That Pay $100K
It's no secret that doctors, lawyers, traders and senior executives at large corporations typically earn six figures or more. But where are the $100,000 jobs for the rest of us?
Avoid These First-Job Traps
If you recently landed your first real job after military service, you're probably on a high right now. But your challenge is just beginning.
Five Key Interview Success Strategies
Can you think of a more stressful situation than an interview?
Win at Your Career with Five Poker Strategies
How is poker like your job?
Jobs Outlook for the Next 10 Years
The Bureaus of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the job market and pay scale will improve in the next decade.
Uncle Sam Wants You to Teach
Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions you can choose.
Five Things to Take to the Career Fair
A career fair is a great place to gather information about potential employers and make contacts that can lead to your first job.
The Perks of Government Work
Why do people stay in government jobs so much longer?
Ten Reasons to Work in the Federal Government
In our increasingly complex and challenging world, Uncle Sam is looking for people with the right skills.
New USERRA Employer Responsibilities Go Into Effect in 2006
USERRA - enacted in 1994 - bans employers from discriminating against any member of the Armed Forces Reserve, the National Guard or other uniformed services.
Negotiating Your Way to a Higher Federal Salary
People frequently ask me if it's possible to negotiate a higher federal salary. The answer is yes, provided you have some basic information about government pay scales.
Thriving in a Difficult Work Environment
We can all survive and thrive in the office without a friendly, supportive work environment. Here's how.
5 Reasons Why You Need an MBA
Veterans, who have a college degree, inarguably have more experience than most workers. However, if veterans get a master's degree the sky's the limit.
Dig Deep for Accomplishments
We show up to do our jobs every day and sometimes do great things -- isn't that enough? Well, not if you want your resume to get noticed.
Work Less, Accomplish More
If you're feeling overworked, overwhelmed or just plain over it, the following time-management tips can help you maximize your productivity so you can accomplish more -- and get home earlier.
Office Holiday Party Etiquette
Your company's holiday gathering is just around the corner -- time to let loose and party with your coworkers after a long year, right? Wrong.
Passion Can Drive Your Career
The good news is that with introspection, planning, action and support, you can redirect your career to incorporate what truly excites and invigorates you.
Resume Dilemma: No Degree
Are your fellow job seekers leaving you in the dust, nabbing the great jobs because they have educational credentials that you lack? Follow these tips to put your best foot forward on your resume.
Getting Over Interview Jitters
Since one of our top fears is rejection and one of our top needs is acceptance, it is not surprising that interviews make people sweat.
Are All These Skills Required?
Hiring managers and others say job applicants should read job postings carefully to determine if a company is presenting a wish list or set-in-stone requirements.
Lying on Your Resume: What Are the Career Consequences?
Companies are growing increasingly savvy in ferreting out resume cheaters through more comprehensive background checks conducted both pre- and post-hire.
Look the Part
Although looks and appearances aren't everything, first impressions can count for a lot. It's very difficult to overcome a poor first impression, regardless of your knowledge or expertise.
Finding the Courage to Commit to a Career
Career decisions can be hard to make. Here are some courage builders to keep the dream of productive and fulfilling employment alive.
Refine Your Online Image: 10 E-Savvy Tips for Career Survival
Let's face it: email@example.com may capture the real you, but it isn't exactly the image you want to convey to networking contacts and hiring managers.
Break Into IT With Temporary Work
If a permanent position is your goal, a series of temporary assignments can help you get there.
Careers Do Not Happen Overnight
When people start career shopping real fears can creep in. Here are 5 softer steps to take even before taking the big career change plunge.
Beat the Blue-Collar Resume Blues
A resume is a chance for job seekers to make a great first impression, yet many blue-collar workers pay little attention to this important document.
Visualize Interview Success
Athletes, entertainers and salespeople have been using visualization for decades. Now job seekers are using this technique too.
Federal Healthcare Jobs
Uncle Sam employs healthcare workers nationwide.
Learn How to Perform a One-Minute Miracle
You step into the hubbub of the career fair, take a deep breath, and make your way toward a representative from the top-ranked company on your personal list. What can you say and do during the next 60 seconds to make this recruiter want to explore the possibility of hiring you?
Internships: The Back Door to Doing What You Like
Considering an internship is a great way to launch yourself on a new career venture.
Ten Reasons to Work in the Federal Government
In our increasingly complex and challenging world, Uncle Sam is looking for people with the right skills.
Sell Yourself at the Career Fair
A career fair is a great place to gather information about potential employers and make contacts that can lead to your first job. Here's some advice on how to make the most of your time.
Presentation Skills for Techies
The ability to make a polished presentation under pressure is a valuable skill that sets you apart from those with just tech expertise.
2005 Ranking of America's Top Paid Jobs
If you're a brain surgeon, company executive, college dean, or tax attorney, you made the list.
Three Keys to Inspiring Your Listeners in the Interview
Master these three qualities to stand above your competition.
Stay on Track to Move Up in Your Career
Getting bumped off the track on your way to the top is every high-achiever's recurring nightmare. How can you be sure it doesn't happen to you?
Top Resources for Business Writing
For many of us, business writing can be a stumbling block on the road to professional success. Fortunately, you can keep a number of excellent references handy to help you become the office Hemingway.
A Bachelor's in Finance Can Equal a Great Career
Do numbers add up for you? Do dollars make sense? If so, consider investing your undergraduate years in a finance major to prepare for a career in business and financial services.
What's the Right Stuff for the CEO of the Future?
The CEO of the future will have to make sound business decisions about technology, to take risks when necessary, and to share decision-making while exercising leadership.
The Value of an MBA
If you're thinking of heading back to school for a master's degree in business administration (MBA), you've probably wondered how it could change your paycheck.
Five Reasons to Get an Online MBA
While some will tell you virtual learning is no substitute for classroom-based education, earning an MBA online can be attractive for a number of reasons.
Are You Ready for an MBA?
If you're considering an MBA, you may wonder if you're cut out for the experience.
Don't Miss Diverse Opportunities
When people think of law enforcement careers, they usually picture police officers and armed guards. But if you stop there, you're bound to miss out on some great career opportunities and some great ways to use GI Bill benefits.
Discover the Work You Were Born to Do
So you've been hearing that voice again, the one that says you're not doing what you were born to do. That may be true, but how do you figure out what you should be doing? More
Ten Tips to Boost Your Interview IQ
Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies and caveats to enhance your interview IQ. More
Refresh Your Resume for the New Year
Arm yourself with an updated, high-octane resume, and 2005 could be the year that you land a better job. More
Jobs Outlook for 2005
The new year brings hope for more and better opportunities -- tempered by the knowledge that offshoring and labor-replacing technology will likely continue to constrain job growth through the 2000s. More
Through diligent research and sound judgment calls, you can maximize your resume's keyword density and improve your chances of getting noticed. Here's how. More
When Peers Don't Perform
What happens when the peer you're paired with doesn't carry his weight? What if his standards are distinctly different from your own? More
Beyond the Paycheck
When you're negotiating for a new job, there's much more to consider than the size of your paycheck. More
Job Fairs Aren't for Sissies
Attending a job fair beats sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring. If nothing else, it's a place to schmooze and find out what's happening. More
What About Working for Nonprofits?
An increasing number of people are leaving the "stressed-out nation of wage slaves" to find more personal meaning in their work and a lifestyle that allows for balance rather than constant adrenaline rushes. More
Dig Deep for Accomplishments
Employers look for achievers, candidates who go above and beyond their job duties. Your resume allows you to describe your best accomplishments so employers want to take a chance on you. More
Annual Salary Negotiations
Your annual review is often the forum for haggling over a raise. This doesn't mean you'll always get what you want, but if you do your homework, at least you'll be satisfied you did all you could to get a decent raise. More
IT Jobs Show Promise for Workers with Disabilities
The information technology industry holds promise for workers with disabilities, in part because of the variety of technologies being used to help people cope with disabilities both at home and in the workplace. More
Recover from a Career Setback
Major career disappointments happen even when you seem to be doing all the right things. Here are six steps to help you recover after a major career setback. More
Budget Analyst Careers in the Public Sector
Government budget analysts help elected officials divvy up trillions of tax dollars each year. More
Obtain a Security Clearance
You may think that you can just apply for the clearance and in no time the job will be yours, but the process isn't quite that simple. More
Your Turn to Ask Questions
In many situations, the questions you ask in an interview can be more revealing than the answers you give. More
Federal and Postal Job Scams: Ads That Don't Add Up
Federal and postal job scams are among the biggest rackets in employment, preying on consumers who are unemployed. More
Secure Opportunities in Counterterror
Providing physical security is a cornerstone of American counterterror efforts. Some of the best candidates for these jobs come straight out of the armed forces.
Five Reasons to Apply Online
When you're looking for a job, every 37 cents counts. Applying online means your resume will not get lost in the mail or not go through when faxing.
Your Regular 9-to-5 Job
The advantages to an atypical work schedule span beyond merely accommodating your biological clock's early-bird or night-owl preference. More
Supreme Court Age-Bias Case Affect You?
If an employment policy has the effect of favoring younger workers -- even though it does not explicitly discriminate against older workers -- is it illegal? More
Work Hours Stress Families
Squeezed in the vice of work and family obligations, families struggle to support lifestyles they don't have time to enjoy. And every decade, they put in more hours at work. More
How well do any of us know ourselves? That's when a well-implemented 360-degree evaluation can be constructive. More
Your Hobby Be Your Job?
Do you spend a good portion of your workday waiting to get home so you can work at your hobby? Donald Sentner, president of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania-based Design Specialties, has successfully turned his hobby into a full-time job. More
One-Week Job Search
Want to find your next job in just one week? If you're willing to plow through the most unpleasant job search tasks in that time, you'll be able to. More
Your Resume Honest?
One of the main reasons people lie on their resumes is fear. While the fear is understandable, it doesn't excuse falsifying a resume to secure a job. More
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for new employees to fill critical jobs in a number of fields at locations across the country... More
Big Five Federal Departments
When looking for employment, it makes sense to concentrate your efforts in areas that have the greatest opportunities. The five largest Federal agencies are a good place to start. More
a Combination Resume Right for You?
This format allows you to state your most relevant qualifications up front, while providing the employment timeline that many hiring managers like to see. More
Like many career advice experts, Steve Fogarty, staffing partner at Waggener Edstrom, says candidates should research a company thoroughly before an interview. And if the company is a private firm, that's not an excuse to skip doing your homework. More
You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? More
Just one keyword can have tremendous power and deliver a huge message. If you don't have certain words in your resume, you will be passed over. More
Five definitive pitfalls to be aware of before entering the salary negotiation process. More
for Military Veterans
In the healthcare job market, where demand continues to outpace supply, the armed forces are viewed as a font of high-quality talent. More
What services can help the World War II vet whose retirement check doesn't stretch far enough? Social workers provide answers to questions like this everyday. More