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Guess Who Has the Key to Washington's New 'College Report Cards' -- Before They Are Written?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

As Washington plans a new program to issue 'report cards' on colleges and universities, they should probably know there's a group that is already sending CliffsNotes to every school in the country: employers.

Make a New Year's Resolution to Learn a New Professional Skill

Danny Groner | Posted 02.19.2014 | Technology
Danny Groner

ReadWrite's Lauren Orsini provides an excellent summary of how, in 2013, more people flocked to Web-based resources to learn the basics to coding. Not...

Getting Job-Ready With Autism

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

Recently, a friend of mine asked me how old her child should be before she starts working on job readiness. My answer? Now. Right now.

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.

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.

The 3 Simple Words That Will Help You Land A Job

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 10.20.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Mature job-seekers are well aware of the fact that they face a number of unflattering stereotypes due to their age alone. However, by keeping one simple phrase in mind, you absolutely can overcome a number of negative preconceptions younger employers may be holding against you. In fact, you'll be able to market yourself, your skills and experience from a position of strength.

10 Ways to Add Value to an Internship or Job

Carol J. Carter | Posted 08.13.2013 | College
Carol J. Carter

I've worked with interns for the last 20 years in corporate America and for the last decade as an entrepreneur. Here is how I've seen interns and staff add value.

Time for Another Round of Guilt-Induced LinkedIn Endorsements

James Napoli | Posted 08.10.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

Last time this happened, I let it get up to about eleven or so endorsements from friends until I finally succumbed to massive guilt over my lack of reciprocity and endorsed them back.

3 Surefire Ways To Sell Yourself To A Potential Employer

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 07.15.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

It goes without saying that the post 50 job-seeker has plenty of experience. Nevertheless, although you're an applicant of maturity, you won't want to market your experience level as the cornerstone of your job search. Employers have issues that need to be dealt with, projects to complete, and problems that have to be resolved now.

The 5 Skills Every Woman Needs To Succeed At Work

Posted 03.16.2015 | OWN

Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, a fascinating book about the 21st-century rise of woman, tells us what we need to know to thrive professionall...

New Grads: 10 Goals for Your First 5,000 Hours on the Job

Brazen Life | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
Brazen Life

If you're lucky enough to be starting a job -- a real, career-building job -- after you graduate, you probably aren't thinking of when it will end. But the reality is that few people keep their first jobs for long.

Don't Follow the Leader

Costa Michailidis | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Costa Michailidis

Our multinational banks are incredibly interconnected. As a result, if a few of the big ones make bad decisions, they take the rest down with them.

Students Become Teachers: What My Students Teach Me

Year Up | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Year Up

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifI used to play "school" when I was a kid. I would teach my imaginary class the intricacies of building an effective Lego compound, and then give a quiz. What was on this quiz?

Are Summer Jobs a Thing of The Past?

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThe lessons that I learned while working at the summer camp and internship placement proved invaluable and truly shaped my future career decisions.

Closing the Skills Gap, Creating Opportunity: We Have a Way, But Do We Have the Will?

Rachel Unruh | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Rachel Unruh

With skill gaps, come opportunity gaps: Too many workers don't have a chance to join the middle class. We can close the skills gap, light a spark in our economy, and create opportunities by investing in what works: sector partnerships.

'Building Futures' Inspires Unemployed, Helps Meet D.C.-Area Construction Skills Gap

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThe program recruits low-income minorities and women, including ex-offenders and veterans, and helps them find stable jobs in a growing industry. As a result, life-changing stories are commonplace.

Blind Data: Driving Youth Outcomes Through Evaluation

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Unemployment rate. College drop-out rate. Program retention and attrition. It's easy to get lost in the expanding world of numbers and figures.

Connecting Our Nation's Youth to Their First Real Job

Urban Alliance | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifOur government and the corporate sector must make youth employment a priority. Funding streams should be realistic, multi-year, and go to high- performing nonprofit organizations that serve as the glue and connectors between youth and their first job.

Unrecruitment: It's Time to Change the Employment Game

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Rajeeb Dey

In a world with 75 million unemployed young people, it's time to break the cycle of recruitment, to change the employment game to one where the rules are actually fair.

The Opportunity Divide

Year Up | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Year Up

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifOur vision is that one day every urban young adult will have access to the education, experience, and guidance required to reach his or her potential. It's the right thing for our young adults, for our businesses, and our society as a whole.

Providing Opportunities to Those Who Need Them Most

Urban Alliance | Posted 03.23.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhile college is hugely important, the opportunity to intern, gain real-world work experience, and build a professional network is really what is going to propel our youth out of poverty.

Invest in Advanced Manufacturing -- Building the Right Skills

Linda Mayer | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business
Linda Mayer

What can employers do to find the talent they need? If manufacturers are willing to be proactive in developing their workforce, one of the best solutions is an apprenticeship.

Do You Possess the 3 Traits of a Successful Job Seeker?

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Although there's little doubt that luck plays a role in job search success, there are three main traits that set the winning candidate apart from his or her competition.

Teachers: The Next Generation's Most Valuable Assets for a Changing Employment Landscape

Mike English | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Mike English

Teachers are key to preparing for the inevitable job/skills disparity that arises in an ever-changing economy. Young job seekers need to be ready to adapt, which is what good teachers prepare them to do. Teachers create and fill jobs.

Workforce Education Should Start in Kindergarten

Sandi Vidal | Posted 12.24.2012 | Small Business
Sandi Vidal

As we interviewed the students, their level of preparedness became apparent. Those who had researched, tailored their materials, and prepared were head and shoulders better in the interview than those who had put less time and thought into it.