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The Top 10 Job Search Fantasies

Roger Wright | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

The folks who had the fantasies? They're all working now. But it wasn't so long ago that they were searching for work, more work or better work. A search fueled by fantasies. None of which helped.

Why December Is The Best Time Of Year To Look For Work

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 12.04.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Savvy job-seekers might know how to write resumes and cover letters, but few are aware of this surprising fact: Contrary to popular belief, December is actually the best time of year to look for work! There are two compelling reasons why this is true.

10 Effective Tips For Frustrated Midlifers Seeking A Job

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Today's job search is a difficult process. If you're currently out there looking for work, you know the roadblocks, frustrations and daily grind involved in finding a new position. Plus, if you're over 50, you have additional hurdles to overcome. Age bias is real and all too prevalent in the job market. Nevertheless...

Is Job Hunting During the Holidays a Waste of Time?

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 11.06.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Because so many job seekers slack off during the end of the year, for the holidays or just because they have more to do in their personal lives, fewer job seekers go after every job. Which means less competition for most jobs.

3 Ways To Make Your Personal Brand Clear And Consistent

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 10.31.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

The most elemental (and often most difficult) aspect of a job search is to precisely and powerfully describe who you are, what you're going for and how you can contribute. These three elements comprise the foundation of your branding campaign and form an integral component to each of the ways you will be presenting yourself to potential employers.

How Social Media Can Make or Break Your Job Search

Monica Zent | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Monica Zent

Is what you're posting on Facebook the reason you didn't get that job? As recruiters increasingly turn to social media during the hiring process, the answer could very well be "yes."

Need A Job? 3 Ways To Turn Your Networking Meetings Into An Offer

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 12.14.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Conducting a proactive job search is, by far, the most effective way to land your next position. Rather than merely reacting to the market by responding to postings, answering ads or attending job fairs, proactive job-seekers target companies where they'd like to work and network their way through the door.

3 Ways To Energize Your Job Search And Get Hired Now

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 11.24.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Many job-seekers don't realize there is a seasonal aspect to the job hunt. The good news is that early fall is one of the two best times of year to look for work. Just like the school year begins anew, organizations gear up after the summer slowdown.

The Education of the Job Seeker: Top Recruiter Returns

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 11.22.2014 | Entertainment
Rayanne Thorn

The curious nature of promoting a business or exposing a brand has rapidly changed over the last ten years as social media birthed magical new genres of entertainment, marketing, and business communications. And yes, even job search and recruiting.

The Key To A Successful Job Search You May Be Overlooking

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 11.03.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Most savvy job-seekers would reply to the negative. They are well aware that networking is the most effective method to finding work. In fact, job search articles claim that anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of positions are obtained through personal referral. And this percentage grows even greater for the older applicant.

5 Ways To Pinpoint The Type Of Job That Will Keep You Satisfied

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

As the old saying goes: if you aren't clear about what you want, how can you possibly know when you've got it? Nothing could represent that tried and true statement more than a job search.

3 Simple Practices That Will Help Make You Job Candidate #1

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 09.25.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

How would you like to be viewed as the #1 Candidate for the job? Think it's impossible once you've hit fifty or older? Think again!

Stop Working on Your Resume, Says Research

Steve Dalton | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Steve Dalton

TheLadders asked recruiters to review a stack of resumes while connected to eye tracking software. Their data showed that recruiters spent just six seconds per resume before making a pass/fail decision. However, what they paid attention to was far more informative than their attention spans.

5 Ways to Measure the Impact of Your Personal Influence

Dianna Booher | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

Do you know how much your personal influence is worth? How much does your organization value your contributions? Can you communicate that value to y...

Hate Your Job? 5 Things to Do Before You Quit

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Yes, you may still need to work at a job you don't want for a while longer. But, it's better for your bank account and your resume to move smoothly from one job to another if you can.

THIS Is How To Best Prepare For A Job Interview

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 07.18.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

This is it! You've been called in for an interview with the hiring manager and you want to do your very best. Like many other aspects in life, the key to success is preparation. And one of the best ways to prepare is to thoroughly understand the hiring manager's true needs.

Not Hired? 10 Reasons You Didn't Get The Job

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Sometimes, external things that have absolutely nothing to do with you personally get in the way of the job offer or completely derail the hiring process. While, other times, the rejection is personal, possibly something you might have avoided.

5 Ways to Fail at Tech Recruiting

Jonathan Spiess | Posted 07.05.2014 | Huffpost Code
Jonathan Spiess

Meet the world's worst recruiter.

8 Ingredients For Job Search Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 06.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Anyone conducting a job search today knows that you'll need to be as visible as possible--both through your personal network and your online presence. Close to 100% of employers and recruiters are now turning to sites liked LinkedIn and Facebook to source candidates, check out their skills and vet them as to their suitability for the job.

Be Found to Be Hired: The 20 Best Keywords for Your Job Search

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Without the right keywords, your profiles (and you) are invisible, regardless of how well-qualified you might be for the job you want, because your resume may never be seen by a recruiter.

A Shorter Job Search in 9 Steps

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 06.07.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Have a VERY GOOD answer for the question, "What are you looking for?"

5 Ways You Look Out-Of-Date In Your Job Search

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 06.01.2014 | Fifty
Susan P. Joyce

Fortunately for most of us, a job search is NOT something we do often enough to be really skilled at it. So, when the time comes to find a new job, we must look at what is effective now -- not what worked when we last hunted for a job 2, 5, or 10 years ago.

5 Things You Should Know About Job Recruiters

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Don't expect a recruiter to look at your resume and immediately understand where you would fit into their organization or to suggest which career path you should choose. They don't know you well enough, and they aren't mind readers (fortunately!).

To Land a Job, Know How Employers Use Technology to Hire

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

In the last few years, the widespread use of search engines and the growth of social media have changed recruiting in ways that are transparent to most job seekers. Not understanding those technological changes makes job hunting more challenging (and discouraging).

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.