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The resume. It's arguably the most critical tool for getting your foot in the door at a company, but also a constant source of worry over what's right and what's wrong. If you've been out of the job search market for a while, due to reasons such as having the same job for a long time or being a stay-at-home mom, your resume is going to need a face-lift.
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Odds are, there's a Starbucks across the street from your office, a godsend since you were at work until 1 a.m. last night and arrived early to prepare for your big presentation. But are you too frequent a customer?
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Private lives have steadily become a bigger part of the public sphere thanks to social media. And while common sense should keep employees from posting scathing comments about their boss on their friend's wall, this situation keeps popping up. It's that point that begs the question – is the employee or employer to blame?
More and more, employers are letting animals of all shapes and sizes into the workplace. About one-fifth of companies across the country are opening doors to their employee's furry friends. And it's not just the floors of mom-and-pop, corner antique shops where dogs and cats can be found. Workplace pets have moved into the mainstream, making themselves comfortable under the desks of household names like Amazon, Google and Ben & Jerry's.
As the job market picks up, job seekers may suddenly find themselves struggling to keep up with sending out resumes, being poised for phone screens and having a suit pressed in time for the next interview. It's easy for something to fall by the wayside in this busy time. While many job candidates have polished their cover letters and resumes to a shine in the downturn, one thing they have not had a chance to spiff up is a go-to thank-you note.
The single-page, printed resume has long been a first impression to a potential employer. It gives a sense of who you are and what you're capable of. But with the growth of technology has come the growth of the e-resume.
Twenty years ago, being a nanny was a job, not a career. Today, as women increasingly want both a family and a full-time career and more households need a dual income, nannies are not only in high demand, they're also earning respect.
With the prevalence of online job posting sites and more places of business preferring a digital resume and cover letter, it is not just possible but likely that your job hunt will be carried out without firing up a printer. While having no need to harm a tree for your application materials may one day ease the smog problem, it creates its own issues for unemployed or underemployed job seekers who cannot afford a home Internet connection or computer.
Workers often only look to see what job listings are available online or in the classifieds. They are content walking through doors that exist and neglect to think of the possibility of creating new ones, molding an original position from nothing more than an idea. Instead of searching for openings, maybe it's time for employees to make them.
The key to making sure a professional conference will help grow your skills versus leaving you all wet is not the conference you attend, but what you do while you're there, experts say.
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CHICAGO _ Growing up on Chicago's South Side, Sharon Smiley was taught by her father that success is born out of hard work, and he demonstrated that truth over 47 years as a railroad worker.
QUESTION: I am writing regarding what I think is possible employment age discrimination, and I would like to know if I am correct. I am looking for a legal secretary job. ANSWER: I asked a career expert to weigh in on this one.
On a typical day, Mindy Mora arrives at her law office about 8 a.m. and leaves 12 hours later.
QUESTION: In my previous job, I basically committed career suicide. After finding my present job three years ago, I worked hard to avoid conflicts, improve my behavior, and become more politically astute.
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