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A MOOC For Career Success

There are lots of online courses out there that could, theoretically, help you on your way to career success, especially if you're looking to pick up new skills (in fact, I wrote about one of them here). Typically, though, there's a drawback-the skills you acquire after a few weeks of online study tend to be fairly rudimentary, and require practice and use before you can confidently sell yourself on them in the job search process. Read More >

Should You Accept a Job that You Don’t Really Want?

The hunt for a new job, particularly an entry-level job, can be agonizing-endless hours of scrolling through LinkedIn, writing cover letters that, somehow, aren't just a restatement of your resume, faking that you have two to five years experience, sending applications into the black void of the internet, never to be seen or acknowledged again. Read More >

3 Ways to Tailor Your Resume For the Position

Tailoring your resume is vital for landing an interview, and ultimately, the job you're applying for. You can't simply write your resume and send that one out to every job opportunity that fits your career goals. You won't get the responses you need. You need to customize your resume to fit each individual job application, and you can do so in these three steps. It will become second nature once you get to know the process. Read More >

Which M.B.A. Programs Do Employers Really Want to See on Your Resume?

Much ado is often made over which business schools are the "best" or the "most prestigious," but status and self-importance won't pay those student loans. The U.S. News & World Report's data showed that having Harvard, Stanford or Penn emblazoned across the top of an M.B.A. did not necessarily lead to employment for 2013 graduates. In fact, no schools in U.S. Read More >

No Straight A's? No Worries

In order to create the next generation of "deeper, fuller human beings," NYT columnist David Brooks has some tips for employers. Hiring managers, Brooks argues, have the power to break the mold when it comes to candidate selection, thereby shaping the quality of the rising ranks of professional leaders. Read More >

A Cheaper Way to Add Harvard Business School to Your Resume

There's nothing like the name of a top business school to make your resume more appealing to employers-which is probably why so many people are tempted to lie about it. Even for those who have the acumen and ability to cope with the workload, there are a couple of major drawbacks to signing up for an MBA: namely the cost, and the time out of the workforce. Read More >

Slim Down (Your Job Search) in 2014

It's the time of year when all the commercials you see on TV seem to have magically shifted from hawking toys and luxury goods to encouraging you to have less in your life: whether it's weight, nicotine craving or stress, the resolution season all seems to be about reduction. With that in mind, then, here are a few tips for ways to slim down your job hunt for 2014:  STOP: Blind-submitting your resume Seriously. Read More >

Employer Strikes Back: When Companies Respond to Public Resignations

You've probably seen the viral video of Marina Schifrin, a video editor at Taiwan's Next Media Animation, interpretive dancing her way out of a job. Still at the office at 4:30am (!!), she made a movie of herself dancing around the office to Kanye West's "Gone" while subtitles documented her grievances. Among them? Read More >

Can a MOOC Help Your Resume? How MIT and edX are Working to Convince Employers That it Can

The concept of remote learning has been threatening to revolutionize the world of education since the days of mail correspondence course, but has always been held back by the same problem: how to verify that the person taking the course is completing the work themselves, and is not cheating.  A new pilot program from edX-a non-profit that has partnered with the likes of MIT, Harvard, Rice, Georgetown and others to deliver free courses-is seeking to change all of that. Read More >

You Can Apply--Can You Do A Job You're Underqualified For?

Maybe it's a lack of jobs you are fully qualified for. Maybe it's just one gig at a company you're dying to work for that you're not quite experienced enough to do, but can't bring yourself to pass up. Should you go for it with a role that's out of your league? Well, there's not too much to lose if you don't get the job. It's getting an interview-or maybe, just maybe, landing the job--that could throw you into a tailspin. So, are you ready for it? Read More >

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