What Can (Should?) Your Employer Do for You?

I’ve been there; you’ve been there. You’re eager (bordering on desperate?) to land a new job. Maybe you’re unemployed, or maybe you just really want to get out of your current role. Regardless of the reason, you’re laser-focused on what you need to do to land your next gig. You find yourself thinking of every … Continue reading What Can (Should?) Your Employer Do for You?

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Changing Careers – Where Do I Start?

A reader writes: Hello Dave, Since graduating college four years ago, I have worked as an aide for a state legislator. My duties primarily include casework, reviewing bills, letter/press release writing, and general administrative work. As time goes on, I am increasingly learning the public sector is not where I want to be. For the past … Continue reading Changing Careers – Where Do I Start?

33,000 Career Experts Can’t Be Wrong(?)

I got an email the other day making the claim that “33,000 recruiters can’t be wrong.” The email wanted me to buy whatever it was that the company was selling (OK, the email didn’t want that. Emails are inanimate objects and don’t actually want anything. But I digress.) The first thought that popped into my … Continue reading 33,000 Career Experts Can’t Be Wrong(?)

How To Ask For a Raise – And How Not To

I shall now tell you your desire. Wait, don’t say it… I can get this… You want a raise! Know how I knew that? Because everyone wants a raise. You’re about as unique in this desire as you are in liking cake. So now that the cat’s out of the bag and we all know … Continue reading How To Ask For a Raise – And How Not To

Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 2

In the last installment of this piece I told you about all the things I had gotten wrong in my job search. As I said, it was a learning experience. Thankfully, however, I wasn't wrong about everything. There were a few things that I had right. What I knew I knew: One resume isn't enough. … Continue reading Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 2

Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 1

I've spent the bulk of my career filling jobs, telling companies whom they should hire and telling job seekers what to do to get hired. Recently, however, things took a turn. I found myself in the role of job seeker rather than adviser or hiring authority, and it was an eye-opening experience to say the … Continue reading Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 1

“Overqualified?” How to Shift Careers and Get the Job Anyway

My latest reader question is one that comes up often, and one that's definitely worth exploring. She writes: "I graduated at the onset of the recession with several magazine internships under my belt and a promised job. Things fell through; I looked to PR to ride the wave. On the side, I've freelanced copiously, and … Continue reading “Overqualified?” How to Shift Careers and Get the Job Anyway