May 4, 2012

Resumes for Federal Job Applications

One of the most intimidating job applications is the one used by the federal government. It’s not that the process is so confusing – although it is somewhat – but that it has multiple parts. First there’s the application itself. Of course you’ll be honest and accurate. Even so, there’s just more anxiety when you […]

February 21, 2012

Five Ways to Stay Upbeat During Job Search

It’s tough to feel upbeat about job search. There aren’t very many activities in life that take as much energy while returning so little reward, at least on a daily basis. Of course, the reward comes at the end, making this one of life’s ultimate exercises in delayed gratification. If this sounds like a problem […]

February 6, 2012

Plus & Minuses of Portfolio Careers

Have you heard about "portfolio careers"? While the term has been around for a while now, the concept has really taken off during the latest economic downturn. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing depends on your perspective. By way of definition, think of "portfolio" in terms of investments – a diversified portfolio means […]

January 23, 2012

Time for a New Look? Better Check

We’re not very far into 2012, so if you haven’t written up your New Year’s resolutions, you still have time to add one: Improve personal image. Ouch. I didn’t mean anyone in particular – just most people in general. Double ouch. Here’s the thing. I’ve noticed that while we’ve been adopting a more casual look […]

November 28, 2011

Navigating the Emotional Pitfalls of the Holiday Season

For job seekers, the recently or long-term unemployed, and those who don’t like their jobs (have I left anyone out?), the holidays can be an emotional challenge. Regardless of which holidays you celebrate, it’s nearly impossible to escape the cultural emphasis on buying things (which you currently can’t afford), celebrating (which you probably don’t feel […]

November 14, 2011

Purge the Mistakes from Your Job Search

Are you job searching? Tons of people are and, depending on which statistics you follow, the average period of unemployment is pretty long – perhaps as high as eight months. Of course, statistics can be misleading and even inaccurate, so it’s difficult to say that one particular number is correct. That said, here’s something that […]

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