Negotiating for the Job and Benefits (Job and Career Humor)

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked a young engineer who was fresh out of MIT, “What starting salary were you thinking about?” The Engineer said, “In the neighborhood of $160,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.” The interviewer said, “Well, what would you say to a package of […]

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Hire Wire Tactics: Build a network safety net before you need it

If you think you are not in jeopardy of losing your job, think again. According to a survey by outplacement firm Lee Hecht Harrison, 50% of professionals laid off were caught unaware by the shocking news that they had been downsized. Luckily, you can learn to become an outstanding networker, and grow your own safety […]

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For people who are afraid to leave their jobs (although they are miserable)

The alarm rang at 6:00 am on Monday morning, and Tom Martin hit the snooze button. The knot in his stomach tightened as he envisioned heading to the office for yet another day in corporate agony. He sighed, swung his legs over the edge of the bed and willed himself to get moving. Sound familiar? […]

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Cool as a cucumber during salary negotiations

Ask the Career Coach Question: Within your negotiations, how do you play it “cool” without coming across as inflexible or desperate? Everyone wants to be “cool” like Elvis or “The Fonz”, right? Cool as a cucumber. Unfortunately, we are all human and are vulnerable. You need/want a new job, so you are out looking for […]

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Updated Employee Handbook (Career and Job Humor)

UPDATED EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK  DRESS CODE It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary.  If we see you wearing $350 Prada sneakers, and carrying a $600 Gucci Bag, we assume you are doing well financially and therefore you do not need a raise. If you dress poorly, you need to learn […]

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What’s the worst mistake to make in a job interview?

What can really make a future employer not want to add you to their team? According to a RHI Management Resources survey, executives were asked about the worst mistake management-level candidates can make during an interview. Half (50%) said a display of arrogance was the biggest pitfall.  Much of interview coaching advice tells candidates to “be confident” […]

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Cover Letter Band-Aids: Fix all those boo-boos!

Cover letters should be easy to write. You want to write it like you might say it. While email and texting has helped our writing become more casual and easy to read, for some reason cover letters make job seekers revert to awkward and unwilling letter writers. Here’s some tips and band-aids to avoid common […]

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Don’t shortchange your resume by neglecting volunteer work!

Take credit for all of your life accomplishments. Just because you were not paid, do not relegate your volunteer experience to the end of your resume. A potential employer doesn’t care whether any of your experience allowed you to be paid very well, very poorly or not at all. They care about, “What’s in it […]

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How to transform a job fair to a job offer

 Local and regional career and employment fairs can streamline your job hunt, let you practice interviewing skills, and easily allow you to  conduct research on career opportunities and companies. Like many job-searching techniques when there are many candidates for a few jobs, job fairs often don’t turn directly into job offers. However, if you are smart […]

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