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Best Posts of the Week for Job-Seekers: 9.30.13

Each week I’ll feature three posts offering particularly good counsel for those early in their careers. Send along your favorites for consideration. For the week of September 30th: Some of the best tips I’ve read for recent grads, (but really for anyone) from Don Fornes,  founder of Software Advice: Nine Job-Seeking Tips for College Graduates Business communication coach Nancy Ancowitz talks about how listening well and being comfortable with being quiet can help you in your career: Listen Your Way Up the Ladder Dan Schawbel, personal branding expert and author of the new book Promote Yourself, talks about how every job involves selling and provides good tips on branding and self-promotion: Success Is Determined by Your Ability to Sell Yourself            …

Find the Job that Brings Out the Best in You

Find the right fit by finding a job that brings out the best in you. Job search is a lot like dating - the more work you do at the front end to understand both yourself and your fit in the marketplace, the better the opportunities that will come your way.

How to Major in English and Still Get a Job

A recent opinion piece in the New York Times last weekend mourned the passing of the English major as an assured path to a job or graduate school. English was never a degree offering a specific career track. Twenty years ago and beyond, English majors from top liberal arts colleges were sought after in every profession. Today, as the debate about the value of the college degree rages on, schools are being expected to provide more vocational coursework and guidance to ensure the employability of their graduates.…

How to Handle Resume Gaps

  I love getting questions from readers—and here’s a very practical one that I’m not sure I’ve addressed on this blog before. “I would like to know if you have any blogs with advice on how to get back into work or a job after long periods (ex. years) of unemployment and how to explain these breaks to your employer.” This is a great question and one that plagues many job-seekers.…

Why You Need to Know What You Are (And How to Find Out)

I had a very gratifying moment with a client the other day. He’s been out of work for a long time—about 9 months—and has been struggling with transitioning from his original career in journalism to something more secure and lucrative for the long term. After months of applying blindly to advertised jobs and hearing nothing back, he had called me, defeated. Our process included picking apart his experience for clues and focusing on the things he could do to make himself more marketable.…

New Grads: Yes, You Can Get a Job!

It's a tough time for prospective college grads trying to find their first job. Read this for ideas on how to get some perspective.

On Taking Your Own Advice

My friend Noel Rozny wrote about getting out of your comfort zone on this blog in September, and I have taken her advice. A couple of months ago I took a job, which is why you haven’t heard from me in some time. I wasn’t looking for a job—I have a fulfilling practice advising young adults on finding their careers, so working for a company was not something that was on my radar.…

Why Being Uncomfortable is Good for Your Career

The following is a Guest Post by the talented and indefatigable Noël Rozny. I was recently a guest on #InternPro Radio, where the hosts and I talked about the steps college students can take to prepare themselves for the working world. One of the main points that came up was the importance of having as many new experiences as possible and getting outside of your comfort zone. No matter who you are, where you work, or what you do – we all need to shake up the status quo from time to time (my goal is several times a year at least, roughly once a quarter).…

Career Posts: Recommendations this Week

I see many excellent career posts and want to share the best advice with my followers. Here are a few from this week–all substantive, all great advice. 1. I am frequently asked by job seekers who have jobs how to promote themselves on LinkedIn without tipping off their current employers about their search. Here’s step-by-step, sound advice from my friend Chris Perry of Career Rocketeer: How to Keep Your LinkedIn Job Search Undetected While Currently Employed 2.…

Let Me Interview You About Your Interesting Career

Do you do work that you find deeply engaging? Are you proud of what you do and want to share it with others? If so, I’d like to interview you for my new career series, every Thursday, called “What Do You Do and How Did You Get Your Start?” I’ll be interviewing a cross-section of professionals with inspiring stories, so if you or someone you know would like to be included, please get in touch with me at allison@allisoncheston.com.…