Question: I’m a 23-year-old somewhat recent graduate (2009) from U.C. Berkeley, majored in Cognitive Science. I have spent the last two years working in various jobs, but I wouldn’t say I have started a career yet. The longest I have had a job was for eight months, immediately after I graduated. This position was a

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freelance or not

These days, more and more people are jumping onto the freelance bandwagon. A recent CreditDonkey report showed that 14 million American workers – one in nine – are self-employed. Of those, about 2.4 million are contract (freelance) workers, rather than small business owners. Although many of these freelancers are older workers leveraging their decades of

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entry-level-job

This is a guest post. If you’re a recent graduate, you’ve probably noticed that the odds of finding a great job are stacked against you.  The economy has improved since its collapse in 2008, but landing an entry-level job is still far from easy.  If you hope to land your dream job you’re going to

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dream job

Have you ever met anyone who says they now currently have their dream job? Me neither. “Dream jobs” are always spoken about in terms of the future. “One day, I’ll have my dream job” or “If I could have my dream job, it would be…” are some of the usual phrases employed in regards to

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As the job market remains tough, college graduates continue to face an uphill battle in finding a good job.  This podcast is a 15 minute coaching call between a recent college graduate and I.  The topic is how to maximize your chances in finding a good job after college. To read more tips, also refer

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Can Facebook and other social media sites like Linkedin and Twitter help your job search?  Absolutely!  See the Infographic below on how Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin are helping people’s job search efforts today.  Key statistics from the infographics include 1 in 6 workers use social media to get hired 9 in 10 job seekers has

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To succeed like an executive, you not only need to know how to excel at your current job, but also need to know when it’s time to leave and how to best find your next job.   Most people has at least 8 to 10 jobs in their lifetime.  Don’t wait until you know you want to leave

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how to find a job after college

Knowing how to find a job after college in today’s economy requires you to do much more than just send out resumes.  As even experienced people are accepting lower pay jobs to survive,  the college graduates are facing a even larger challenge with limited experience or ways to differentiate themselves. Recently, I received an email

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When and how to use a headhunter are common questions and good ones to ask early in your career.  Before we can talk about when and how to use a headhunter, it is important to understand what are headhunters and the different types that exist What are headhunters? Headhunters (aka recruiters) are independent recruiting professionals

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I came across this question on Quora – Should anyone work for free for good exposure and at what stage do you stop doing free, but awesome work? 1. Should anyone work for free? Yes, everyone should at least consider to work for free as an option.  I think it’s important to realize that wasting time also

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Yesterday, CNN Money published this article online - Out-of-work job applicants told unemployed need not apply. The gist of the article is increasingly recruiters and companies are dismissing blankly any applicant who is currently unemployed. Is this employment discrimination? what should you do if you are currently out of work?

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Just because you got turned down by a company for a job, it does not mean it has to be the end of the story.  A friend interviewed at a company for a Paid Search Marketing position.  He went for several rounds and everyone liked him but they turned him down saying they wanted someone

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The job market is tough.  We can use all the help we can get.  It’s time to re-discover your alumni career services as they are usually pretty good and the best part is most services are free. Being a career advice blogger, I try to attend some of these job search seminars to keep current. 

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A friend recommended a great article in the New York Times on how to improve your job search efforts. It’s called Still Looking for a Job? It’s Time to Refocus written in March 2008. I agree with every word and have been talking about it throughout this blog. I really like the way they summarized

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Literally! We all know the concept, but I want to share with you a true story of how it was used in practice for job search. My friend (Mary – a false name) was laid off just a month ago and was told her last day will be July 24. What does she do? Mary

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