The Importance of Staying in Touch With Your Professional References

Getting to the reference stage of the job search process is like winning a double lottery: you were one of a small group of people chosen from a thick stack of resumes to get an interview; then, you were one of the handful of people chosen from the interviews to get to the reference stage.… Read more »

Get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile With These 4 Tips

Getting your resume noticed doesn’t happen in a sudden, eureka moment. Instead, it’s more like winning The Bachelor. In order to get to the interview stage, your resume needs to survive a series of cuts. If you’re a strong enough candidate, you’ll still be around at the end, when it’s time to start meeting candidates… Read more »

Changing Your Career Path? Use These 4 Tips!

The traditional life progression goes something like this: a few years learning how to talk and how to tie your shoes, 12-16 years of schooling, then about four decades in a single profession, followed by a couple of more decades spent in restful activities like golf, fishing or gardening. But that structure doesn’t really work… Read more »

What to Bring, and What to Leave at Home, When Attending a Job Interview

People will give you a lot of advice about getting ready, like “be prepared” or “by failing to prepare, you prepare for failure” or “never bring a knife to a gun fight.” All that’s fine, but being prepared comes with a basic sorting problem: There’s stuff you need and stuff you don’t. Most of the… Read more »

How Your Nightly Routine Can Set You up for a Better Workday

We know the feeling. It’s 10 a.m. and you’re already behind. You’re tired, harried and overwhelmed. Somehow, everything gets (mostly) straightened out by the time you head home, but it’s just a few hours until you have to turn around and do it all over again. Is there a way to avoid that oh-my-gosh-the-water’s-already-up-to-my-neck feeling?… Read more »

Rev-Up Your Morning Routine With These 3 Tips

The best way to rev up your morning…lots of caffeine, right? A Red Bull double espresso washed down with a Buzz Cola chaser on your way out the door. Then, you’re ready to run through walls until at least lunch time. Well, that might be effective in the short term. But eventually, your caffeine tolerance… Read more »

How to Properly Explain What You Did at a Previous Job

There comes a time in every interview where you’ll be asked about your previous jobs: what you did there, how you interacted with your co-workers and why you left. While this may seem like an easy task, framing these prior experiences takes a little tact. Too much enthusiasm? Maybe you’re not ready to move on.… Read more »

3 Tips For Parents Balancing Work and Back-to-School Time

Labor Day is over. You can start to feel a slight nip in the breeze. People are closing up their pools, putting away their lawn furniture and openly talking about plans for Thanksgiving. And school’s back in session – a blessing and a curse to working parents. A blessing because it will no longer be… Read more »

5 Reasons to Have a LinkedIn Profile While Job Searching

Social media has become a big part of the career-building process. Almost all job search activity now happens online, with much of the action expanding from websites like Indeed or Monster to places like Facebook, Twitter and, of course, LinkedIn. This last hub represents the main beachhead for the social-media takeover of the job-search process.… Read more »

Here Are the Top Three Career Opportunities in Flint, MI

Flint, Michigan, has a hard scrabble reputation. From Roger & Me to the water crisis, when the national media turns its attention to Flint, it tends to characterize the city as an example of economic turmoil in de-industrializing America. But the city is much more than that. Without downplaying the challenges that have marked the… Read more »