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    4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search

    4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search
    It's dangerous to make blanket generalizations about different jobs, careers and industries. You've probably heard many pronouncements like these from friends, family members and others: • "You should major in computer science. It's the hottest field, and you'll get a good job when you graduate." • "You're going to major in art? You're nuts! You'll never find a job!" • "Why ...
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    10 Reasons You Love Your Nonprofit Job

    You love for working for a nonprofit and sometimes it’s just hard to explain to others. NonProfitPeople has done the job for you! We surveyed a range of nonprofit professionals from program associates to executive directors and here are the top responses we found why you love working in the nonprofit world! Oh Nonprofits, How Do I Love Thee? Let ...
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    What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?

    What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?
    When things aren’t going our way it’s just human nature to begin laying blame. It is easy to see the culpability of others — our boss, the economy, the company that laid us off. It is far more difficult to take a deep look internally to see how we may be contributing to the situation at hand. Recently I spoke with ...
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    Before They Were Prez: Job Tips from Our Founding Fathers

    Presidents were once lowly employees too... Think Presidents have it easy with all of their Cabinet and appointed staff to do things for them? Well, life wasn’t always so sweet. They had to work their way up the career ladder to the White House too! Here are some examples of jobs they had before the Oval Office and tips that ...
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    5 Questions to Ask After the Offer

    5 Questions to Ask After the Offer
    All job hunters are waiting for that call -- the one that says they've landed the job. But as eager as you may be to escape either your current job or the unemployment ranks, don't abdicate your power position once the offer comes in. Now it's your turn to sit in the interviewer's seat and ask the nonprofit and yourself some ...
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    First Offer Not Your First Choice? When to Take It - And When to Walk Away

    First Offer Not Your First Choice? When to Take It - And When to Walk Away
    When you're unemployed, unhappily employed or eager to change careers, jumping at the first offer you get - even if it isn't quite what you want - can be tempting. So should you? While an offer can give you a sense of security, that feeling can quickly vanish if the position just isn't right for you and you find yourself looking ...
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    5 Ways to Vet Your Next Employer

    5 Ways to Vet Your Next Employer
    We all know that before bringing you on board, a potential employer will do some vetting. They'll scour the internet searching for digital dirt, or any discrepancies from your resume. They'll try to get a glimpse into your personality. They want to know as much as they can about you. After all, they’re about to let you — an unknown quantity ...
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    5 Reasons We Love (Or Hate!) Our Jobs

    5 Reasons We Love (Or Hate!) Our Jobs
    More often than not, people are describing what they do as “just a job.” As someone who has always loved her job, I’ve found this sentiment surprising and decided to do some research. What makes someone love their job, instead of hating it? More importantly, is there anything you can do to turn a job you hate into your dream job? ...
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    4 Reasons Your Job's Not Fun Anymore

    4 Reasons Your Job's Not Fun Anymore
    What happened? You used to love to go to work, in fact people said you had so much fun at work, you’d probably work for nothing. But somewhere along the line, you lost that spark. Where did it go? Even more importantly, can you get it back? Don’t worry. This is actually a very common mid-career “crisis” for a lot of ...
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    The 25 Species of Coworkers

    They might be lurking in the cubicle next to you or lounging in a cushy corner office. They could be e-nagging you daily or haunting your dreams at night. That’s right, the people you work with have the power to influence, annoy, inspire, and scare the living daylights out of you (work nightmares, anyone?). Since you’re stuck with them 40 hours ...
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    Five Laws That Protect You During Layoffs

    Five Laws That Protect You During Layoffs
    Being laid off is an emotional event that can leave you feeling wronged. Knowing the difference between an illegal layoff and an unfair layoff can help you decide whether to fight or move on. “It’s difficult for employees to see layoffs from an objective perspective,” says Marilyn Conyer, vice president of Accord Human Resources, an Oklahoma City HR consulting firm. “Many ...
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    Stalk Your Way to a New Job

    Stalk Your Way to a New Job
    The internet has made stalkers out of all of us. You know exactly what I'm talking about. But instead of stalking your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, consider using your newfound detective skills for more productive (i.e. less emotionally jarring) purposes, like snagging the job of your dreams. Interested in an organization and need to find a person to contact? Google away. Trying ...
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    The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make

    The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make
    Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you've lost your mind, headhunters say you'll never work again and your relatives contribute the old "I told you so" routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multi-talented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their ...
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    9 Ways to Wake Up Earlier

    Some of us are night owls. Others, early birds. Apparently, based on your chronotype, you will be more naturally alert earlier or later in the day. And your type may dictate when and for how long you sleep. But while a natural variance in sleep patterns is natural, it appears that the early bird is indeed the more coveted of ...
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    What's Your Resume Objective?

    What's Your Resume Objective?
    The first step to creating a high-impact resume is determining what you're trying to accomplish. With a clearly defined career objective, you can write a resume that conveys the experience, skills and training that best serve your overall professional aspirations. Hiring managers are busy folks who can't afford to waste any time trying to figure out what your career goals are. ...
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    Tips for Turning a Volunteer Job into a Full-Time Position

    Tips for Turning a Volunteer Job into a Full-Time Position
    To fill time between jobs or explore other fields, many people are finding that a volunteer job -- especially in the nonprofit sector -- can sometimes lead to permanent, salaried employment. “People think the only way to land a full-time position is through traditional means,” says Becky Lunders, president of teamWorks, a leadership development consulting firm in Rohnert Park, California. “The ...
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    Managing the Black Hole in the Job Application Process

    Managing the Black Hole in the Job Application Process
    You’ve invested the time in completing the job application, polishing your resume and writing a compelling cover letter. Once you’ve submitted your materials, though, you enter the black hole -- the space between applying for jobs and hearing back from potential employers. Managing this period of the job search process effectively is harder than ever in a tight economy. “We’ve all ...
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    Resume Help for the Unemployed

    Resume Help for the Unemployed
    Mounting a job search when you’re unemployed may leave you feeling like you can’t compete with your gainfully employed peers. This just isn’t true. Transform your resume from holding you back to propelling your success. Assess the Gap “The best way to address an employment gap depends on how long you’ve been out of work,” says Teena Rose, director of resume-writing ...
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    Job Hunting? Look for Constructive Criticism

    Job Hunting? Look for Constructive Criticism
    A willingness to pursue constructive criticism — even if it is painful — may be just as important as networking when it comes to landing work in a bleak Triad job market, according to employment officials. Many job-seekers struggle with three major roadblocks under their control — poor marketing, poor networking and poor mind-set — said Andy Chan, the vice president ...
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    13 Worst Networking Mistakes

    13 Worst Networking Mistakes
    You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. 1. Waiting Many people start networking only after they've lost ...
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