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How to Complain to the Boss

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Sharlach

A short, concise email is always more effective than a lengthy missive. Plus you're more likely to get issues addressed when you raise them individually rather than a laundry list of everything you want to see changed.

The Easier it Gets to Apply for a Job the Harder it Is to Get One

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Sharlach

When I read about people who say "I've sent out 1,000 resumes over the past two years and didn't get one response," I feel sorry for them.

How You Handle Sick Days Tells Your Boss A Lot

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 09.09.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Sharlach

Martyrdom is good for those with saintly aspirations but if you've chosen a career in business, I'm guessing that's already a pretty unlikely goal. If you're not in a condition to come to work, please stay home.

8 Unforgettable Lessons We Learned From Our First Jobs

Next Avenue | Liza Kaufman-Hogan | Posted 02.26.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Liza Kaufman-Hogan What was your first job? Serving fast food, delivering newspapers, cleaning hotel rooms, picking ...

Attention Daydreamers: How Starting Your Career May Be Easier Than You Believe

Unwritten | Posted 09.30.2014 | College
Unwritten

Society will argue that you do not have a career until that cash money starts flowing in. But the starting line of a career cannot be measured in dollars or hours of work. Your career begins in that mysterious little pink blob resting inside your head -- it all begins with your thoughts and ideas.

Ann Brenoff

Forget First Loves, How About First Jobs?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.18.2014 | Fifty

Before you know it, summer will be fading as fast as our tans and we'll all be planning our Labor Day barbecues. Labor Day is one of those holidays wh...

5 Things I Learned From Lauren Berger's Welcome to the Real World

Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors | Posted 09.16.2014 | College
Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors

From job hunts to tight budgets, it's essential to learn how to navigate your new life before you get in over your head.

Four Essential Skills to Develop in Your First Job

Erika Mark | Posted 09.09.2014 | College
Erika Mark

It is important to recognize that these experiences are much more than just a way to pay the rent; they are great opportunities to build an arsenal of tools that will support you through your entire career.

9 Realities That Slap You in the Face When You Graduate College

Jen Glantz | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
Jen Glantz

Graduating college and entering the real world comes with some realities that'll be waiting there for you, with open arms to hug you hello, as you start your first job. I won't wish you luck -- because it's never luck that you need. It's determination, so I wish you lots of that.

3 Lessons I Have Learned Since Graduating

Julia Neumer | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Julia Neumer

Leaving school for the real world can be a daunting prospect, and for good reason. However, this is an incredible time in your life, with the opportunity to begin a new career and get started building your resume as a professional. Be confident in yourself and your abilities, and there is no stopping you.

Five Questions to Ask About Your First 401(k)

Catherine Golladay | Posted 07.27.2014 | Money
Catherine Golladay

Lesson #1: now is the time to start saving for your retirement. I know it may seem a lifetime away, but the earlier you start, the easier the path to a comfortable retirement can be.

Help Your Kids Get Their Summer Jobs

Neale Godfrey | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

I'm sure they're happily looking forward to sleeping-in, unstructured days, mindless hours of video games and eating you out of house and home. Wait! Don't panic. There's still time for them to line up a summer job.

5 Tips to Help Your Teen Score a Summer Job

Beth Kobliner | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

As parents, there comes a time when our kids want to -- or have to -- work in order to earn some money.

10 Tips for Making Your First Real Job Count

Joel Peterson | Posted 02.26.2015 | College
Joel Peterson

You've spent much of your life cultivating disciplines and developing up-to-the-minute practical skills that should form a terrific foundation for lifelong professional development -- if you make the right first moves.

Friday Short: The Fine Art of Following Instructions

Keith Wade | Posted 05.28.2014 | College
Keith Wade

A lot of candidates -- possibly good candidates -- get tossed into the "no thanks" pile (from which there is no appeal) by simply not following instructions. Here are some tips for avoiding their most common mistakes.

Friday Short: Lessons From the First Job -- Sometimes You Have to Prove Yourself First

Keith Wade | Posted 05.07.2014 | College
Keith Wade

First you get in, then you show them what you're made of.

Your Kids' First Job: Rags to Riches

Neale Godfrey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

How much of a factor should money be in your children's choice of a career? It's not the first thing they should be thinking about. Work is how they're going to spend a very large portion of the rest of their life. But, on the other hand, they want to be able to buy the occasional iPad.

4 Wonderful Things I Learned from the Job I Hated Most

Keith Wade | Posted 04.30.2014 | College
Keith Wade

I've had a couple of jobs I hated most of the time. But I learned an awful lot at the one I hated most.

Cover Letter From a Frustrated Nonprofit Job-Seeker

Laura Weiss | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Laura Weiss

I am one of dozens of cover letters that you will receive today, in your 30k no-benefits full-time plus "Associate Program/ Program Assistant/ Education Coordinator/ Development Coordinator/ Social Media Associate" job.

My Worst On-Air Mistakes

Maureen Anderson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Media
Maureen Anderson

It's standard in broadcasting. You start in a small market and work your way up to big cities. I'm the reason. People like me, anyway. We weren't born smooth. We need a lower-stakes environment where we can polish our rough edges.

What to Look for in Your First Job

David Thielen | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
David Thielen

One semester to go and you graduate. No more tests, no more projects, no more defining your success with a grade each semester. But now comes a giant question -- which job do you take?

You Don't Need Experience to Make an Impact

Mike Wilner | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Mike Wilner

I used to believe I needed some grooming, spending last summer working at an investment bank so I could eventually make a difference. After three months on Wall Street, I realized that I wasn't content with waiting.

The 15 Easiest Ways to Sabotage Your First Job

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business

So you've defied your mom's seriously low expectations and landed a real 9-to-5 office job. Once the initial joy of making it rain on your unemployed ...

Four Things for New Graduates to Consider Before Accepting Their First Job

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2013 | College
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Take the time to evaluate what really moves you to do your best, before you accept a first job.

Four Things You Can Do During College to Ensure You'll Land a Job When You Graduate

Brazen Life | Posted 09.30.2013 | College
Brazen Life

Take matters into your own hands and bring a DIY mentality to career planning. Follow these four steps, and four years from now, you'll find yourself with more than a cap and gown: you'll be on your way to landing a great job on your ideal career path.