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    7 Steps to Using the Power of Intuition in Your Job Search

    Have you had that experience of suddenly having a huge hunch something is about to happen, and to your surprise, that intuition was eventually translated into reality? When you feel strongly about something without logical basis to it, that’s called intuition. It comes in three impressions: clairvoyance or “the third eye”, sensing clearly and feeling through listening. Intuition, in the ...
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    Why You Aren't Getting Hired

    Why You Aren't Getting Hired
    Frustrated by unemployment? Job hunting is tricky business. Getting hired is a subtle mix of the right qualifications, enough experience, interview chemistry, and a dash of luck. Assuming you're making all the right moves and avoiding the really obvious job seeker mistakes, there are a few points to consider that could be your ticket out of unemployment. Get out of your ...
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    Changing Careers? Zig-zag Your Way Into New Territory!

    Career changers and renaissance folks alike always ask me: “How do I change paths without having to begin at the bottom all over again?” Annoyingly, as with most things careers related; it depends. Clearly, if you want to become a doctor, you’ll have to go to med school and start from scratch. A lawyer: back to law school, my friend. ...
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    A former grade-school teacher reflects on his Teach for America days

    The years since I taught fourth grade in the Mississippi Delta have taken me far from the uncertain future of those children born on the wrong side of the tracks. And yet, I can still feel the texture of those humid Delta mornings, hear the rhythm of the voices of black children echoing down the halls. I still remember the ...
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    3 Ways Unpaid Internships Pay

    Like many college students, I didn’t understand how vital internships are until late in my academic career. I had that natural student mindset that, “everything would be okay” and, “I’ll land a job somehow after graduation.” If I hadn’t attended a professional development workshop supported by my fraternity’s alumni association, I would have learned the hard way I’m not entitled ...
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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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    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong

    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong
    Everything was going so well. Your solid handshake was met with a warm smile from the hiring manager. The interview started off with some small talk that segued into some skillfully answered questions. You can already see what your desk is going to look like. Then, as suddenly as a lightning strike, the interview takes a turn for the worse. Whether ...
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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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    New Grads Can Make Community Service Jobs the First Step in Their Career

    New Grads Can Make Community Service Jobs the First Step in Their Career
    Community-service programs skewed toward recent-grad volunteers are certainly gaining in popularity. For example, online applications to AmeriCorps more than tripled for the period November 2008 to June 2009 compared to a year earlier, according to the federal government program. But for college grads facing the most brutal job market in decades, is devoting a year or two to the greater good ...
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    Volunteer Work Does Your Career Good

    Volunteer Work Does Your Career Good
    Boost Your Career While Giving Back to the GLBT Community  I was 28 years old and making decent money in a bookkeeping job with lots of possibilities for promotion. Yet what I really wanted was to become a writer. No matter how much I tried to break out of the path I had carved for myself, every interviewer took one ...
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    Twitter is the New Tool for Job Seekers

    Being in the job search is tough and as a job seeker you are not alone, especially with the more than 15 million who are out of work and in the job hunt. People don’t prepare for the job search although they should at least six months in advance. This provides you an opportunity to grow and build your network ...
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    The Best Women-Run Blogs

    The Best Women-Run Blogs
    There are millions of blogs out there — how do you find ones worth your time? Sure, the number of Twitter followers is a good gauge of popularity, but there are plenty of exceptional reads flying under the radar. Whether writing about career advice, female empowerment or daily drama, here’s a list of 10 women-run blogs we love. 1) Penelope Trunk’s ...
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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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    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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    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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    Volunteering Can Buy You IT Experience

    Volunteering Can Buy You IT Experience
    A supposedly hot certification or a few months of technology training isn't always enough to propel you into the market for tech jobs. Employers almost always prefer to hire people with real-world experience. To aspiring techies, it's a catch-22: You can't get a job without experience, and you can't get experience without a job. One solution: Volunteer work. Grassroots environmental groups, ...
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    Workforce Reentry Strategies for Sequencing Mothers

    Workforce Reentry Strategies for Sequencing Mothers
    Many professional women intend to ramp their careers back up after taking a planned break from the workforce to raise their children. If you're one of these "sequencing" moms, how can you ease your transition back to the world of meetings and memos after you've spent the last year -- or the last 10 -- reading more Dr. Seuss than Wall ...
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    Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt

    Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt
    Mention being out of work to a friend and they’ll be the first to emphasize that you do have a full-time job — looking for a job, that is. And they’re right. Looking for a new job can be just as time consuming as working nine to five. But there is one major difference and that’s making the transition from working ...
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    Four Tips for Volunteering at Your Local School

    One thing almost every school has in common these days is figuring out how to provide a quality education despite budget cuts. The days of GOOD currently produces a website, videos, live events, and a print magazine. Launched in September 2006, the company has garnered praise for its unique editorial perspective and fresh visual aesthetic and is quickly positioning itself ...