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Dear Class of 2013

Dear Class of 2013, I know what you're thinking. 'Why didn't I just drop out of high school, create a simple blog service, then sell the darn thing to a company down on its luck for a you-know-what's-cool one billion dollars?'  No, seriously. College is much more than a path to gainful unemployment. It's about connecting with your peers. Read More >

LinkedIn: The King of Social Recruiting

LinkedIn recently turned 10 years old. And the Mountain View, Calif.-based social network has much to celebrate. Founded in 2003, LinkedIn now has 225 million users worldwide, and its share price has nearly doubled since the firm's 2011 IPO. Meanwhile, other highly anticipated social media IPOs have fared rather poorly. Facebook's shares have fallen 40 percent since going public last year, and Zynga's shares have fallen nearly 70 percent since going public at the end of 2011. Read More >

Why Women Struggle With Networking: Lessons from NAPW

Many connections were being made at NAPW Spark: Ignite Your Network Conference, but, as Bonnie Marcus notes in her workshop on using networking to become "The Transforming Leader," many of those connections are made intuitively-not strategically. Women tend to make friends with people they like, she says, and getting other women to like them through sharing and relating. Read More >

Star Jones: "Simple Seven" Tips for Success

What do you think is holding your career back? That's the question Star Jones, spokeswoman for National Association of Professional Women, asks her audience at the organization's "Spark: Ignite Your Network" National Networking Conference. "Tell the person next to you," she says, and then, moments later, instructs everyone to also whisper it into their hands. With that, she has everyone "throw it." "When you pay attention to something, that's the direction you're going," she says. Read More >

Why Good People Can't Find Jobs -- What You're Up Against

There's a serious disconnect between companies and potential employees in the United States-one that may be holding our entire economy back. And, contrary to the conventional wisdom, it's a problem that has been caused-and can only be cured by-companies. So says Peter Cappelli in his 2012 book Why Good People Can't Get Jobs. Read More >

How to Save a Bad First Day

Get off to a bumpy start? First, watch this video: it will help put your minor disaster into perspective. Then, reflect a little with these questions: 1. Was it really that bad? Sometimes we forget we're not actually walking around with a spotlight on us. What you feel was a majorly conspicuous flub maybe have slipped by everybody else. And if not, it's quite possible they noticed, and forgot. Before over-correcting, try objectively asking yourself if it's worth fretting over. 2. Read More >

Less Is More: 7 Advantages of Tweeting for a Job

Twitter is becoming the new job board-or so says the Wall Street Journal. The sprawling site, with its disjointed snippets of conversation, endless links and retweets, and tangled webs of followers can be tough to navigate. But master the waters, and you'll have world of opportunity on your hands. Here's why: 1. Links are clickable Online resume? 6-second Vine video? LinkedIn profile? Work samples? Infographic? Read More >

4 Tips for Beating the Curse of Long Term Unemployment

If you're out of work, there's one major factor that can predict how successful you're likely to be in your job hunt: the length of time since you last held a job-with an almost mystical dividing line setting in at the six month period. A recent article in the Atlantic reported on a study that examined the callback rates to interviews for a set of fake resumes where the only major difference was the duration since the "candidate" had become unemployed. Read More >

8 Ways to Take Control of Your Career--At Work

By Sean Conrad, Halogen Software We often think of switching jobs as one of the best ways to advance our careers. And while that may be true-a new job does often offer new opportunities to learn and develop, take on greater responsibilities, move up the ladder, etc.-we sometimes overlook the career development resources our current employer offers us. Read More >

How to Change Careers: A Hop, a Skip and a Jump

The New York Times recently reported on a shifting dynamic in how companies are finding employees: a significantly higher reliance on internal referrals, and a further retreat from applications submitted through online job boards such as Monster.com and the like. That's a troubling development for job-seekers who either don't have a professional network in place, or have a network that's deteriorated due to long- term unemployment. Read More >

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