Should You Mention Parental Leave Time Before A Job Interview?

Elizabeth Witbeck

Many people take time off from work to stay home and raise their children. In the majority of cases, it is the mothers who choose to stay at home with the kids. At some point, parents might decide to [...]

Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job That Are NOT Your Fault

Elizabeth Witbeck

You had an interview at a company, and it turns out you didn’t get the job. It is important to understand that there are many factors that go into hiring somebody. You can prepare for an interview a[...]

Do Looks Matter In A Job Interview?

Elizabeth Witbeck

There is so much to prepare for when going on a job interview: thinking of answers to potential questions; researching the company; finding clothes to wear. Some people may wonder, do interviewers car[...]

How Soon Can You Ask Your Boss For A Raise?

Elizabeth Witbeck

Are you frustrated with how much you are getting paid at your current job? Asking for a raise can be nerve-racking, since you don’t know what your boss is going to say. You want to make sure that yo[...]

Starting Over After A Long Employment Gap

Elizabeth Witbeck

There are many reasons why people take time off from working. Maybe you want to stay at home and raise your children. Maybe you want to go back to school. Some people spend time traveling the world. T[...]

How To Stay Employable While Looking For A Job

Elizabeth Witbeck

It used to be the case that if you wanted to earn money, you needed to be employed. A business owner needed to hire you and you would exchange your time and labor for their money. Times have changed a[...]

What Is Keeping Me From Getting A Job?

Elizabeth Witbeck

It is difficult to be unemployed. You can spend months applying to jobs, going to interviews — and still end up without a job.  It can be frustrating to spend all of your energy in the job hun[...]

Reasons Your Cover Letter Is Not Working

Elizabeth Witbeck

The cover letter is one of the most important parts of your job application. It tells your employer about yourself and why you are interested in the position. Many job candidates are unsure of how to [...]

What To Do When Your Parents Don’t Approve Of Your Major

Elizabeth Witbeck

Realize that since you are in college now, you are an adult and you have to make your own decisions. It’s your choice what career you want to pursue. This is not somebody else’s choice to make. Yo[...]

10 Things To Consider When Choosing A College

Elizabeth Witbeck

Going to college is an important step in your life, and extra time should be spent researching universities to be sure you are going to the one that will best fit your needs. There are many factors to[...]

How Social Media Affects Your Job Search

Elizabeth Witbeck

The career world is constantly changing. New technologies emerge that reflect the times we are living in. Because the world is always shifting, it can be difficult to know where things will be headed [...]

Business Plan Success

Can An Entrepreneur Succeed Without An MBA?

Career Igniter

It doesn’t take any kind of experience to start a business. Right now, without any training, you could register a business name, purchase a location, and start offering products or services to payin[...]

Tips For Studying Abroad When You Are In College

Elizabeth Witbeck

Study abroad can be one of the most amazing opportunities you will ever have during your college education. It is the opportunity to study at a university in a different country, usually for a semeste[...]

The Biggest Myths Told By College Career Centers

Elizabeth Witbeck

During college, I spent a lot of time in my campus career center. Like many students, I believed that college degrees were supposed to give you a job, and I went to several dozen meetings and events i[...]

Should You Go To Community College?

Elizabeth Witbeck

Deciding which college to attend is a difficult decision, because in the United States there are so many colleges to choose from. You can go to a small or a large campus, you can go to a public school[...]

Skills You Need To Have Before You Go To College

Elizabeth Witbeck

College is an exciting time period for students. It marks a new chapter, one that signifies a move into adulthood. Being enrolled in university is entirely different than being in high school. Since y[...]

Should You Transfer To A New College?

Elizabeth Witbeck

Many college students consider transferring at some point. In the United States, one-third of college students will transfer to another university. If you are considering making this move, you are not[...]

How To Get Experience, When You Don’t Have Any Experience

Elizabeth Witbeck

It’s the classic catch-22 of the career world: You can’t get hired for a job unless you have experience. But if you’ve never had a job, you don’t have any experience. If only employers would h[...]

Does Your College Major Matter When Applying For A Job?

Elizabeth Witbeck

One of the most popular questions that college students have is regarding which college program to enroll in. They want to know which major is the easiest, which major will earn them the highest salar[...]

Careers That Did Not Exist 10 Years Ago

Elizabeth Witbeck

The economy is always changing. The lifestyle that your parents had growing up is different than the one you are living in now. And the way future generations will be raised is different than the way [...]

What Calculators Are Allowed On The ACT?

Elizabeth Witbeck

If you are planning to take the ACT, then you need to know which supplies to take with you to the exam. You are allowed to bring a calculator with you, but only certain types. The ACT has an official [...]

What To Do When A Coworker Is Wasting Your Time

What To Do When A Coworker Is Wasting Your Time

Anthony Roberts

You’re working like mad to meet a tight deadline on a project, or you’re just on a roll and having a really productive day and getting more done than you expected. Then your co-worker decides to s[...]

How Do I Highlight My Experience On My Resume When It’s All Over the Place?

Anthony Roberts

Every job you’ve had has included about 25 mini jobs within them.  You’re a jack of all trades and master of none.  You’ve worn so many hats that you don’t remember what your hair looks like[...]

5 Common Reasons People Get Fired (and How to Easily Avoid Them)

Anthony Roberts

Getting fired is a life altering experience for people when it happens, and honestly just isn’t fun for people to have 10 minutes to box up their stuff before being escorted out of the building.  A[...]

I Want A New Career But I Have No Idea Where To Start

I Want A New Career But I Have No Idea Where To Start

Anthony Roberts

Making a career change is not unlike being in a relationship that you know isn’t really going anywhere.  You know things aren’t the way you want them to be, but it’s hard to move on from what m[...]

Here’s What You Need To Do If You End Every Day Feeling Behind

Anthony Roberts

Nobody likes to feel behind or like they didn’t accomplish anything at the end of the day.  It can be depressing and doesn’t set the stage well for the beginning of the next day.  This can be a [...]

Are The National Youth Leadership Forum Programs Worth It?

Elizabeth Witbeck

Are you a high school student trying to decide if the National Youth Leadership Forum is a good opportunity for you? The National Youth Leadership Forum is an intensive summer program. It’s desi[...]

Career Spotlight On Civil Engineering

Career Spotlight On Civil Engineering

Career Igniter

When you think of the term “engineer,” what comes to mind? Probably any number of things. Pursuing a career in engineering can mean taking one of several paths. From biotechnical engineering, elec[...]

Closing A Career Gap On Your Resume

Virginia Franco

I often work with clients understandably worried about how to overcome a gap in their career history. Whether you left the job market by choice or otherwise – in my experience working with out-of-wo[...]

4 Tips For Landing A New Job Before It Is Advertised

Career Igniter

These days, with the economy being quite tight and consumer confidence rather up and down, the job landscape is very competitive. As a result, you will often find yourself having to go up against hund[...]

How To Get Past A Stall In Your Business Career

Career Igniter

In your working life, there’s not much worse than feeling like a hamster on a wheel, doing the same things every day and not getting anywhere. It’s miserable to have been at a job for too [...]

Preventing Employee Theft And Fraud

Career Igniter

Your applicant walks in the door at the right time for their interview. They sit down, and give you all the indicators that they are the perfect fit for your job opening. You end up hiring this person[...]

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Applicants Make On Their Cover Letters

Robin Schwartz

Composing multiple cover letters during an ongoing job search may prove challenging for some. It can be very time consuming to write a specific cover letter for each job you’re applying to. Applican[...]

What’s The Difference Between Exempt And Non-Exempt Workers?

Robin Schwartz

Most jobs are governed by FLSA and classified as either “exempt” or “non-exempt”. Occasionally, employees in certain occupations (i.e. agricultural workers, railroad workers) are excluded from[...]

Avoiding Overtime Without Saying “No”

Robin Schwartz

Most people get excited when they are asked to work overtime. They know that they will be able to get a higher paycheck and earn more money. With the extra money, they are able to splurge a bit on the[...]

How To Communicate Schedule Expectations To Your Boss

Robin Schwartz

Expectations within the workplace exist in duality. There’s what your employer expects from you and what you expect from your employer. Typically, during the interview phase, an opportunity exists t[...]

6 Jobs You Can Get With A Degree In School Counseling

6 Jobs You Can Get With A Degree In School Counseling

Career Igniter

Working as a school counselor is undoubtedly a fulfilling career. However, even when you have a degree in the field and plenty of experience, jobs working in a school setting may not always be availab[...]

Illegal Interview Questions

Illegal Interview Questions (And How To Handle Them)

Robin Schwartz

Interviews can be stressful and awkward experiences for both the interviewee and interviewer, depending on their experience level. Sometimes in an effort to get to know a candidate more or to break th[...]

Balloon-filled office

Office Pranks To Pull On Your Co-workers

Career Igniter

Working in an office during the week can become a bit dull. If you want to try one of these office pranks, be sure not to cross the line. There is a big difference between pranking a co-worker and bei[...]

Tell Me About Yourself

How To Answer: Tell Me About Yourself (Examples Included)

Heidi Scott Giusto

What are the top three things to know about responding to “Tell me about yourself” during an interview? “Tell me about yourself” is your chance to orient the interviewer to your professional s[...]

Why Should We Hire You?

How To Answer: Why Should We Hire You? (Examples Included)

Heidi Scott Giusto

When asked “Why should we hire you?” all possible responses should reduce to this: “You should hire me because I’m the best fit for the job.” That’s really all you [...]

What A Career As A Character Designer Can Offer You

Career Igniter

There are a lot of fascinating careers but none really come close to the opportunities that come with working as a Character Designer. Whether it be for the movies, TV, video games or animation, there[...]

Do You Have Any Questions For Me?

How To Answer: Do You Have Any Questions For Me? (Examples Included)

Heidi Scott Giusto

This question provides you the opportunity to go on a fact-finding mission. This is your chance to get more details that to help you assess whether the company is a good fit for YOUR needs. Usually, i[...]

What Are Your Strengths?

How To Answer: What Are Your Strengths? (Examples Included)

Heidi Scott Giusto

Some people cower at the thought of professing their strengths during an interview. Others gladly boast of dozens. When answering this question-What Are Your Strengths?-interviewees need to strike a b[...]

What Is Your Greatest Weakness?

How To Answer: What Is Your Greatest Weakness? (Examples Included)

Heidi Scott Giusto

Of all interview questions, “What is your greatest weakness?” likely causes the most dread. People struggle to determine whether they should try to turn a strength into a weakness, whether[...]

Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?

How To Answer: Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years? (Examples Included)

Heidi Scott Giusto

In the same way that many college students fret over “giving the professor what she wants,” so too do interviewees wonder how to appropriately answer this question. Do I show ambition? Or [...]

LinkedIn

How To Kick Your Job Search Off The Right Way With LinkedIn

Biron Clark

If you’re looking for jobs online, you have a lot of different choices available and limited time to spend! So it’s important to choose a strategy that’s going to give you the most for your effo[...]

Resume

How To Get Started On Your Resume

Rachel Schneebaum

So you’re a new graduate getting ready to apply for jobs, and you know you need a resume. Or maybe you already have a resume—from summer job applications or a career workshop, say—but you know i[...]

Tips For Career Branding Success

Chelsea Lawler

Setting yourself apart from other job hunters is a difficult task! You want to convey an image of success and value while showing promise to a potential employer. How do you enhance your personal bran[...]

How Do I Choose The Right Career Path?

Chelsea Lawler

If you are unsure what career path you want to follow, how do you figure it out? What is the answer? There are many questions that you will need to ask yourself in order to choose the best career path[...]