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How A Smart Misspelling Can Lead To LinkedIn Success

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
Susan P. Joyce

Some names are spelled many different ways, and someone looking for you may not remember exactly which version of your name to use. LinkedIn's search function, now, is not adept at offering all the different variations of a way a name could be spelled.

5 Ways To Work A Room Like You Own The Place

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 05.24.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Despite dramatic changes in job searching due to today's technology, one thing remains the same: people get people jobs! Studies remain fairly consistent showing that a minimum of 75 percent of positions is obtained by way of personal referral.

7 Tips For Avoiding Job Reference Disasters

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 05.23.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

For most job seekers, providing a list of references is an afterthought. The toughest part of the job search is over -- landing the interview and performing well enough to get to the "final four" (or five or...). Whew -- it's almost over! Not so fast!

10 Email Tricks to Land a Job Interview

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Email is often how we first interact with an employer, so doing it right is critical to success. The way you communicate in your job search provides "work samples" for the employer, and demonstrates your ability to communicate well (or not).

Knock Their Socks Off in 3 Steps With Your Job Application

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Can you follow directions? Can you communicate clearly?

Before You Apply, Ask Yourself These 4 Questions

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Conserve your "A game" energy and efforts for jobs that are a good fit for you. Carefully read the job description, and then, ask yourself these four questions.

Avoid the LinkedIn Penalty Box

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

To succeed on LinkedIn, devote some attention to understanding the rules, described below. The penalties associated with breaking them can negatively impact your visibility and ability to use LinkedIn successfully.

Should You Run A Background Check On Yourself Before Looking For A Job?

Kenneth Coats | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Kenneth Coats

While most job seekers spend hours polishing their resume and choosing their interview attire, most don't give much thought to background checks. But ignoring what might pop up on a criminal or credit background check is a mistake that could spell the end of your dream job.

What 80% Of Employers Do Before Inviting You For An Interview

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 05.01.2014 | Fifty
Susan P. Joyce

Many job seekers have described to me that submitting a resume in today's job market is mostly a banging-their-head-against-a-wall, extremely frustrating waste of time. You want that resume to get you into an interview, but it doesn't. I think this could be why...

The 5 New Rules For Landing A Job In Today's Market

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 04.28.2014 | Fifty
Susan P. Joyce

I hear from many 'older' job seekers these days who are frustrated with today's job search process. They are convinced that their 'advanced age' (30, 40, 50, or more) is causing them problems. I think they could be right, but NOT, perhaps, for the reason they think...

Smart Job Search Strategy: Defensive Googling

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 04.20.2014 | Fifty
Susan P. Joyce

The actions of someone else -- who has the same name you use in your job search -- could be sabotaging your job search.

Graduating & Beginning

Adele Scheele | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Adele Scheele

You will be stepping toward the great unknown and to begin, you have to begin now.

This Can Make Or Break Your Chance At Job Search Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Savvy job-seekers know that there are several ways to prepare for the job interview. Applicants must thoroughly research the company, understand the competition, and be knowledgeable as to the current conditions of the industry/field.

How to Stay Competitive and Relevant While Unemployed

David DiGregorio | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
David DiGregorio

You may think being unemployed is license to sit around all day watching marathons of House Hunters and Pawn Stars -- and who could blame you? The problem is that watching TV doesn't give you much to talk about with others.

Land Your Next Job Now! 3 Winning Resolutions to Position Yourself for Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Take pride in your skills, your unique personal strengths and qualities and your value as a potential employee.

9 Tips for Making a Temporary Job Permanent

Tom Lowery | Posted 02.16.2014 | Small Business
Tom Lowery

What's one area of the workforce that's seen a huge increase in the last few years? Temporary employment. That bastion of often low-paid work many of us fear to get close to is doing better than ever. But it's not just low paying jobs at Walmart.

Networking? The Art of Conversation

Angee Linsey | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business
Angee Linsey

A conversation takes place with another person with whom you have a mutual interest. It's easy when we aren't thinking about how someone can help us meet our goals. But creating that dialog with a specific goal can be a little intimidating.

5 Reasons The Holidays Are The BEST Time To Look For Work

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Job-seekers over 50 are savvy to the ways of the world... but this might come as a surprise. Believe it or not the holidays are, without question, the best time of year to look for work!

3 Powerful Keys For Moving Your Job Search Forward

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Want to find work fast? Even more, do you want to land a position that pays well and you will actually enjoy? You're likely thinking that achieving the above is next to impossible. After all, older job-seekers hear more than their share of discouraging news. But the statistics cited in these pieces are generalities. In truth, there's a lot you can do to maximize your own chances for success.

The 6 Things You Are Doing Wrong in Your Job Search

Kathryn Sollmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kathryn Sollmann

Job seekers are not powerless victims of an economy that has volatile fits and starts. The reality is that strategic, optimistic and tenacious full-time job seekers do find jobs. The more lackadaisical, defeated, angry, once-in-a-while job seekers do not.

8 Solid Job Prospects For People Over 50

Next Avenue | Linda Singer | Posted 10.29.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Linda Singer There has been lots of talk lately about the increasing number of companies looking to hire older worke...

3 Keys To Crafting A Standout Resume

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

As a post-50 job-seeker, your best bet to land an interview -- and ultimately the job -- is through people you know, i.e. networking. Nevertheless, your resume still needs to be top-notch; your contacts will generally recommend you by providing perspective employers with a copy of this vital document.

3 Steps To Creating A Powerful First Impression

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

As a post-50 job-seeker, you're likely to encounter a number of preconceptions regarding your energy, enthusiasm and commitment to a new position and to your career in general. Many younger employers will hold the opinion that you're feeling burnt out, no longer flexible and open to new ideas, and are basically just putting in time until retirement.

Why Experience Can Actually Be A Liability In Your Job Hunt

Jeb Harrison | Posted 11.20.2013 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

I had the strangest job interview the other day. After 30+ years in the workforce, this interview was by far the most enlightening, embarrassing, revealing and thought-provoking 30 minutes I've ever spent at the interrogation table.

12 Killer Ways To Prep For Your Job Interview

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 11.18.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

The success of your job interview is contingent upon several factors: the impact of your first impression, your ability to handle yourself well and speak to your strengths, how well your skills and experience match with the general requirements of the position, your personality and your overall professionalism. This all-important conversation is your moment to shine.