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Jan 19th, 2020
You did it!  You managed to get the employer's attention with your carefully-written resume and you wowed them at the interview.  They just need to check your references and the job is yours!  You are so close that you can taste it!  Don't crack the champagne yet; you still have some work to do.  The reference check is a very real part of the selection process.  Here are a few tips that will help you be successful: Get good quality references.  Put yourself in the employer's shoes; who would you consider to be the most credible references?  Chances are... + continue reading
Jan 15th, 2020
It is estimated that the average person changes careers more than five times in their life.  The decision to take a different path is a courageous one and it can lead you to a more fulfilling and meaningful career.  However, if you're switching careers, you'll need to make BIG changes to your resume and this can be a little overwhelming.  Here are a few tips that will help you modify your resume so that it supports the new direction that you plan to take:     Emphasize your education.  If your education is more closely related to your target job than your work... + continue reading
Jan 13th, 2020
Getting a new boss can be extremely stressful.  Suddenly the rules are different and you can't rely on the relationship that you have spent so much time developing.  Essentially, you are starting from scratch.  You have to prove yourself all over again and you need to figure out what this new person wants from you.  While this may make you feel uncomfortable, you and your new boss both have the shared goal of the team's success.  If you handle the situation effectively, you could actually end up in a better situation than you were in before.  Here are a few tips... + continue reading
Jan 07th, 2020
You are ready to start your first day of work.  Since you've already been hired, the hard part is over, right?  Maybe not.  Your first day on the job will hand you a multitude of challenges that can be difficult for a new employee.  Here are some examples of what you can expect: You may be overwhelmed with information. On your first day of work, you will have to retain a great deal of information including people's names, important procedures for your position, as well as the location of the bathroom.  Of course, nobody expects you to remember... + continue reading
Jan 04th, 2020
Do you hate your job?  Do you spend a lot of your working hours just looking at the clock and waiting for it to be over?  It doesn't have to be like this!  At some point in their lives, most people find themselves stuck in a job that they don't enjoy but you don't have to stay stuck.  The reality is that your situation is unlikely to change unless you change it.  Here are some tips to help you get "un-stuck". Acknowledge your feelings.  Many people walk around for months or even years feeling unsatisfied in their career.  Often they don't address those... + continue reading
Dec 30th, 2019
It's a new year, which means that it is an excellent time for a fresh start.  If you were feeling that your job search had stalled, you can take this opportunity to reboot it.  Unfortunately, it is unlikely that a job is just going to fall in your lap, but if you are willing to work hard, you can make it happen!  Here are some New Years' resolutions that will help you get things moving: Clarify your goals.   If you don't know what you want, it is going to be difficult for you to build any momentum in your job search.  Your efforts will be scattered and nobody... + continue reading
Dec 26th, 2019
When you're out of work, the holidays can be a lot more stressful than they are fun.  You don't have much money to spare and you are forced to explain your job situation to your family and friends.  Before long, you may find yourself just trying to survive the holidays instead of enjoying them.  Here are some tips to help you manage the holiday stress: Spend time with people who make you feel good.  Pay attention to the way that you feel when you are around different people.  Some people make you feel motivated and energized, while others leave you feeling drained... + continue reading