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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 >

3 Reasons A Strong Online Photo Prompts Career Gold

These days few jobs require a candidate to put a photo on their resume for reasons which include discrimination, technology glitches, and misjudgments. Ultimately the aim is to power a career through professional expertise, achievements, qualifications, and role suitability. Yet in the age of global business social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, it's an unspoken given that a good profile will feature a quality professional photo. Read More >

3 Ways to Trouble-Shoot Your Resume

The average resume gets less than 10 seconds in front of a recruiter, before being cast aside-and that's assuming that a recruiter is reading it at all in an age where automated scanning software is increasingly being used to filter applications by keyword search before a human ever sets eyes on them. Here are three ways that you can trouble-shoot some of the most common resume problems. Beat the machines Automated filters that scan resumes are the bane of the job-seeker's existence. Read More >

Stop Multitasking, Start Working

A few years back, one of the resume buzz phrases du jour involved describing yourself with some variation of the following: "good/great/strong/effective multitasker." It had all the hallmarks of a great catchphrase-it sounded fresh and exciting, it conveyed a sense of its user as someone with their finger on the pulse, it had very few negative connotations, and it seemed to cover a lot of ground without actually saying anything at all. 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 >

3 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search

As a modern day career counselor, nothing is more fascinating to me than the opportunities that social media can give job seekers. Any of these online networking sites can lead to internship and job opportunities if you do it right. And when you're doing it really right, the internship and job opportunities could actually come to you.  I've watched this happen to many students and heard countless stories of social media success in the job search. Read More >

What Is a Digital Resume—and Do You Need One?

by Juliana Weiss-Roessler A statistic came out a few years ago about how the first thing 70 percent of people do when looking for local businesses is fire up their browsers and head online to do a search. Pretty amazing, right? Not too long ago, Googling something was called "using the Yellow pages," but now you're lucky if you can find someone under 30 who knows what the Yellow Pages are. How does this relate to you, your job search, and digital resumes? Read More >

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