Career Advice >> Browse Articles

Browse Career Advice Articles

  • +1

    Which Color to Wear at an Interview

    Which Color to Wear at an Interview
    Prepping for an important interview means researching the company and making sure you have smart responses to anticipated questions. It also means being strategic about what to wear to an interview. Specifically, you want to choose job interview clothes — and colors — that will put you in the best light and may give you an advantage. Research has shown that ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Cover Letter Sounds Like an Infomercial

    Cover Letter Sounds Like an Infomercial
    A reader writes: I really appreciate your blog and your candor, and I have used your advice many times during my job search. In fact, the interview chapter from your e-book made a huge difference on my last interview and I really felt like I was on equal footing with my interviewer. It resulted in winning a contract for a project ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Quitting? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Leave

    It’s always exhilarating to quit a job you hate. You think of all the perfect ways to tell your boss to shove it — but have you thought about the consequences? Do you know what you’re going to do after the big event? Are you prepared to just leave your job? Pause before you take any action. Go ahead and ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Should You Work for Free?

    Should You Work for Free?
    Should you work for free? I want to know what you think. But wait, it's not that simple. Here are six separate scenarios. Would you work for free in any of these situations? Why or why not? 1. Doing some work for free, for a limited time period, in order to get experience in a field you want to move into ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Accepting a Job You May Leave in a Few Months?

    Accepting a Job You May Leave in a Few Months?
    A reader writes: I have recently been offered a job with a company locally and have accepted it. However the hiring process a extensive background investigation is needed and will not be able to start this position until the January of 2011. I have more recently been offered a another job a couple of hours away. I would prefer to accept ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    How to Keep Your Online Resume Secure

    How to Keep Your Online Resume Secure
    While you may hear about online fraud, it tends to be focused on companies that derive their business from online purchases. As Monster is primarily a free service, and the contact information found in a resume can just as easily be located elsewhere (e.g. telephone listings), you can be assured that posting your resume on Monster is a safe way to ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    9 Tips for a Better Home Office

    You did it! You’ve negotiated with your boss or embraced your entrepreneurial spirit and the home office is yours. Think of all the time you’ll save on the commute, the extra hours you’ll punch in, and the flexibility you’ll enjoy. You’re ready to kick back and… oh, work. Remember, even with all the promises of work-at-home grandeur, there are just ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    4 Tips to Avoid Awkward Interview Follow-Ups

    Have you ever left an interview knowing something went awry? It can happen for a variety of reasons: Your gut tells you that this is not where you want to work, you had an uncomfortable exchange with the interviewer, or you forgot the interviewer's name altogether. Here are tips for following up after different awkward interview situations: NEXT: You Don’t ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Nightmare Boss Won't Give a Raise

    Nightmare Boss Won't Give a Raise
    A reader writes: I'm in the media world. I'm emphasizing this because it seems that every attempt at getting advice use it seems that every attempt at getting advice for any work-related issue ends with "Hey, it's media, the rules don't apply." Maybe you can help me. My boss is a monster. Exceptionally inappropriate, emotionally abusive, manipulative, etc. I've dealt with ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong

    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong
    Everything was going so well. Your solid handshake was met with a warm smile from the hiring manager. The interview started off with some small talk that segued into some skillfully answered questions. You can already see what your desk is going to look like. Then, as suddenly as a lightning strike, the interview takes a turn for the worse. Whether ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Angry and Insulted by Coworkers Doing My Job

    Angry and Insulted by Coworkers Doing My Job
    A reader writes: I was sent on a business trip overseas for 3 weeks, with 5 people from 5 different departments. Because of some business complications, the timeline for what we needed to do there was super tight. While I understand that and understand that everyone works together and does a bit of everyone's work where we can help, last weekend, ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    10 Tips for Writing Cold Cover Letters

    10 Tips for Writing Cold Cover Letters
    Most positions are never advertised. A cold cover letter is an uninvited inquiry to an employer, recruiter or other hiring manager regarding possible job opportunities. Cold cover letters' potential advantages include creating a job that didn't previously exist, gaining early consideration for a position that hasn't yet been advertised and expanding your network of contacts. By sending a letter to an ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Ending an Interview Early?

    Ending an Interview Early?
    A reader writes: In a recent interview, I learned some things about the job that hadn't been in the job description, and those things were deal-breakers for me. (I had not known about these things until the interview, so I wasn't just wasting everyone's time just getting some interview practice.) There had already been other things that made the position less ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Blog Your Way to the Perfect Job

    Blog Your Way to the Perfect Job
    We don’t have to tell you — it’s not easy to get a job these days. In this economy, it's easy to get stressed out over less-than-plentiful job openings. So the question remains: What’s the secret to getting the job you want? Unfortunately, we don’t have secrets, but we do have answers. The main one? Start a blog! Come on, admit ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Jokes in an Interview?

    Jokes in an Interview?
    A reader writes: I was wondering what your thoughts are on joking in an interview. I recently had a phone interview that I thought went very well. I was well prepared, am very qualified for the job and had competent answers to all questions. I even threw in a few well meaning jokes (none having to do with sensitive topics) that ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Workplace Halloween Costumes to Avoid

    Workplace Halloween Costumes to Avoid
    Dressing like a terrorist this Halloween season is probably not going to get you a promotion. In fact, costumes that are in poor taste might even get you in career hot water if you wear one to an office party or Halloween bash where you might see some of your not-so-close coworkers or managers. And your actions could even get others ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Loans in the Workplace

    Loans in the Workplace
    This is long but really outrageous. A reader writes: I was fired from my job 3 months ago. The reason I was given was "due to personality conflicts with your supervisor," which was shocking, considering that we were actually were pretty close in the office. I had been there longer then her and anyone else, and I never had any conflicts ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Defusing the 5 Trickiest Workplace Situations

    Defusing the 5 Trickiest Workplace Situations
    The workplace can be a political minefield. While you may all work as a team, you're all most concerned with your own job,right? How your bosses see you can determine a raise, a promotion — or even if you keep your job. Navigating office politics is not an easy task, but avoiding potentially negative situations should be your first priority. If ...
    Rated: +1
  • Rate

    Bullying Ex-Boss is Out of Control

    Bullying Ex-Boss is Out of Control
    A reader writes: A year ago, I took a part time job while my daughter was at school. It was for a pet-sitting company walking dogs. I was an independent contractor. While I knew the owner was passive-aggressive, I learned to just limit my contact and did what I had to do and developed a loyal group of clients who routinely ...
  • +1

    10 Ways to Overcome Career Boredom

    10 Ways to Overcome Career Boredom
    If you've done the same tasks at the same job for a long time, you've probably experienced job burnout. If you're lucky, it occurs infrequently and can be alleviated by a favorite hobby or pastime. However, for many people, career boredom strikes more frequently and lasts longer. What's going on here? Psychologists tell us that the human brain needs constant and ...
    Rated: +1