Category Archives: job search

Jobless Zone: Laughing at desperation

Recently I found myself getting a little obsessive about checking voicemail and email for any message regarding jobs I had applied for. And then I thought, “Uh oh, am I becoming Debbie Sue Linda?” As played hilariously by actress Jennifer … Continue reading

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Jobless Zone: A lucky break in France

I always thought it reckless to take a vacation shortly after you’ve been laid off. But I just did. A little background: Five years ago, when I entered the Jobless Zone for the first time after a layoff, people suggested … Continue reading

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The big pileup: social networking sites

Metaphors abound in descriptions of social media sites today. They are “exploding,” the “next big thing,” the “new media revolution.” Here’s another that will be familiar to anybody who watches football: They’re the center of a big pileup. Everybody — … Continue reading

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Holiday help: landing a seasonal job

Staffing experts say the outlook for seasonal hiring during the holidays this year is slightly better than last year, but it still means that job seekers will face stiff competition. Unlike past years, the pool of candidates for these jobs … Continue reading

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Avoiding the resume ‘black hole’

I’ve heard some recruiters say they usually scan a resume in seconds. That boast could challenge job seekers to stand out as much as possible, but it also feeds the impression among candidates that their resumes end up in a … Continue reading

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The open frontier in hiring today

The exploding popularity of social networking sites has created a new Wild West in the recruitment landscape, where few boundaries, guideposts, and rules exist. But recruiters and job seekers are rushing in for possible rewards. A hiring helper? A recent … Continue reading

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Three commands for job-hunting success

Last week I shared these simple commands (3 Be’s) as part of the “Money & Main Street” segment on CNN.com: Be flexible. You may have to look outside your industry, your town, your salary range in order to find a … Continue reading

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Extreme job hunters: Where are they now?

A few months ago I interviewed some job hunters who were using unusual tactics to get work, like renting a huge billboard for a month. I went back to them recently to see what kind of success their extreme efforts … Continue reading

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The Top 10 list for job seekers

Who doesn’t love a “Top 10″ list? The concept, especially as perfected by David Letterman, never bores me; I enjoy the countdown and the pull of what’s next. Of course, humor helps in a big way, but the list I … Continue reading

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On salaries big, small, and sweet

A recent article tracking the best- and worst-paid professions found many food-service workers at the bottom of the pay scale — when strictly looking at annual wages. Not surprisingly, medical jobs were among the highest-paid. Surgeons topped the list ($206,770), … Continue reading

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