Archive: April 2011
My previous post featured a Q&A with Marc Freedman, author of the new book The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, about redefining work and retirement for Americans over age 50 and 60. [Marc Freedman | Photo...
Over 50 but feel like those AARP notices you keep getting in the mail aren't speaking your language? Feel more like you're embarking on a new chapter of life than moving toward retirement? Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of...
If there is one person in the world who can teach you about relationships, it's Keith Ferrazzi, referred to by Inc. magazine as one of the worlds' most "connected" individuals. I had an opportunity to interview Keith about how to do a successful informational interview, which seems to be the biggest hurdle for my clients and readers.
In case you haven't noticed it while you were poring over your weekly job-search to-do lists, it's been bloody cold outside this month. (Saturday was a nice little mirage, yes, but we're back in the usual April soup for the...
Happy Earth Day -- do you know where your employer stands on environmental sustainability? In a survey released earlier this month by carpet maker Interface Inc., a majority of respondents said they sure hoped they knew where their company...
As anyone who's ever held a job for more than a week will tell you, being underutilized at work is the kiss of death. As if dying of boredom isn't bad enough, you also get to worry about being branded...
I had a chance to speak with Mike O'Neil, a Minneapolis/St. Paul-based LinkedIn expert on tips he could share with Hire Ground readers that could help them with a better job-search process.
As you've no doubt heard, Will Ferrell is guest starring on "The Office" this spring. If you watched Thursday night's episode (preview below), you know that Ferrell's Deangelo Vickers is just as bumbling a boss as Steve Carell's Michael Scott....
For much of the last couple of years, the economy has slowly climbed out of the deep hole of the Great Recession and returned many corporate balance sheets into the black. However, most of the multitudes who were laid off...
I regularly meet people skeptical of social media tools such as Twitter or LinkedIn. But it's important to remember that the tools themselves don't provide the solutions, it's all about the access they can give you to other people. In the following two stories, social media created visibility for two jobseekers that made all the difference in getting hired.
As you've no doubt heard, tolling on the 520 bridge has been pushed back to June. Still, if you're a cross-lake commuter, it's never too early to start thinking about how you'll handle this increase in the cost of getting...
We all know involuntary unemployment is no picnic. But as some of the nation's pink-slipped have noted, the upside of losing your job is that you finally have the time to pursue those long-neglected hobbies and side projects. [Jennifer...
Well, after much ado about egos and posturing, it looks like the federal government will continue to function unabated following Friday night's 11th hour "compromise" in Congress. Aren't you happy now that you can pay your income taxes to fund...
If you get on the wrong side of recruiters, you'll be in a dangerous position. First of all, they can document your behavior in their current company's applicant tracking system. Second, they can mentally carry that blacklist with them to their future employers -- to which you might be interested in applying.
Candidates need to be careful before sending blind resumes to job postings online. If the company's boundaries are crossed, the candidate can become blacklisted and lose the chance of ever being considered for employment with that company.
Last week's latest job figures showing an overall increase of 216,000 jobs last month and a four-year low (8.8 percent) for the nation's unemployment rate was undeniably terrific news for job seekers. This is some of the strongest evidence since...
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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