At 20, I was gaining valuable experience and building my portfolio, which was going well until my father said “No more unpaid internships.”
In other words, I needed a job – and fast. Read more
I have been involved in the Career Services field in various capacities for the past 3 decades and I can tell you that there are a great many myths out there that are just that – myths – an idea that is believed by many people but that is not true. Read more
Your PC and the internet are clearly valuable and critical tools in an effective job search in today's market.
The vast majority of job seekers, however, spend far too much time in front of their computer and not nearly enough time in front of people that can have a much greater impact on their job search than anything they find online. Read more
I am often contacted by people (oftentimes mothers) who took an extended absence from the workforce to raise children. Those children get older and more self-sufficient; the stay at home moms decide they would like to return to the workplace. Oftentimes these women had good careers, working as attorneys, project managers, analysts, and technology professionals, among many other professions.
They are confounded about how to showcase their skills on their résumés. Read more
Having a baby soon? Learn how to maximize your benefits when taking time off from work.
Whether you’re thinking about having a baby or simply curious about the distant future – what’s the deal with maternity leave? Federal law requires your employer to give you at least 12 weeks off, but it only mandates unpaid leave. Read more
When job hunting, your résumé has a way of highlighting little career imperfections in black and white.
Maybe you’ve job-hopped, had a long gap between gigs, or earned a degree that requires explaining (hello, art history majors!).
Is there a way to smooth over these résumé imperfections—without being dishonest? You betcha. Read more
I’m often asked by job seekers whether I think they ought to check out a temporary position instead of waiting to land a new FTE (Full Time Employee) role. While everyone’s situation is different… most of the time my answer is… Yes! Read more
There are two kinds of harmful gaps in a job search. They are a lack of experience and a lack of skills. Both seem like insurmountable barriers because you can’t gain experience without work and it takes time to acquire skills. And yet, there is a way to bridge the gaps so long as you are willing to take off your fuzzy slippers. Read more
I was laid off four times in my career before I turned 50. But when it happened again two years ago, I had just turned 59. Getting laid off at that age is a different ballgame. I knew I could bring value to a company, but in moments of frustration during the job hunt, I wondered how long it would take to find another job, and there was always the chance I wouldn’t be able to find one. Read more