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Negotiating a Flexible Schedule? An Expert Shows You How

  I heard negotiation expert Katie Donovan interviewed for an 85 Broads webinar and thought my readers would benefit from her advice. Katie’s company, Equal Pay Negotiations, LLC, specializes in helping women negotiate for equal pay, benefits and promotions and Katie frequently addresses the topic of flexible schedules. Following is my Q&A with Katie on this important topic. Allison Cheston I feel like we’ve been a work/life balance discussion for at least 20 years.…

Stop Applying to Jobs Online and Other Career Advice

I love to get good questions from readers and share my answers in a post. Here’s one that addresses a few important issues: Hi Allison, I just read one of your articles on Forbes about how to job search on LinkedIn. I’m a twenty-something currently looking for an entry level job in NYC in the TV business. I’ve had three interviews in 4 weeks but no offers. Responding to job ads feels like sending my cover letter/resume into a black hole (and it’s depressing).…

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            …

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.

Internships Really Do Lead to Full-Time Jobs: One Intern’s Story

Everyone knows how valuable internships are to long-term career planning and ideation. Employers are reluctant to hire college grads who haven’t had work experience because by graduation time, the majority of students have had at least one internship. But what about long-term career prospects? How often do interns get offered full-time jobs? I was heartened to see a report by the National Association of Colleges & Employers for 2012 stating that overall conversion rate for interns to full-time hires has hit an all time high of 58.6%.…

You’re 90% There

Career paths are long and confidence is an ephemeral thing. And in my experience, women need their confidence replenished more than men. A couple of years ago, I heard senior banker Heidi Miller talk about how women in business have an over-riding tendency to focus on what they lack, as opposed to what they have to offer.  In her talk, Miller pointed out that in an interview, men have a tendency to sell themselves based on the experience they bring to a specific job—the part that they’ve done before—while minimizing the part of the job that’s unfamiliar.…

You may have heard me wax poetic about LinkedIn, which I think is a fantastic—and underused tool—for career developers, as well as job seekers. But there’s one area where Facebook has it beat, and that’s when it comes to wanting to connect with a specific group of people on a particular topic. I recently created a Facebook group for those I’m interviewing for my new consulting practice, curriculum and book, In the Driver’s Seat: Work-Life Navigation Skills for Young Adults.…

Negotiating Your Big Move

I am heartened to report that I am starting to see clients being tapped for new jobs, and am also seeing employers who are seeking new talent. This is great news for many reasons. What I am also seeing, though, is a lot of fear of negotiation, even if the candidate is currently employed and entitled to feel they are “in the driver’s seat”. This mystifies me. Many of us have an inherent fear of negotiation, coupled with a discomfort with discussing money.…