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 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 »

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 »

Beware of These 3 Warning Signs Before Accepting an Offer

You’ve made it to the final job search stage: the offer. After slogging through unemployment limbo, enduring the ego-shrinking ordeals of the job search process and overcoming your insecurities during the interview, you’re finally at the finish line. But just before you cross, there’s a few things to consider. Not all opportunities are created equal.… Read more »

Why You Should Try a Skills-Based Resume For Your Next Job Search

Most of us make a resume for the first time as we finish school. From there, even as our careers progress over years or even (yipes) decades, we usually stick to the same resume model. We may update, we may tweak, we might improve, but we never get around to completely rewriting, even though we… Read more »

4 Things to Help You Fit In With Your New Co-Workers

First days are hard. When you land that new job, there’s the initial sense of elation. But as you come in for that first day, it’s common to be struck by a bout of nerves.   Doubts set in: Will I get along with my new boss? Will my work meet expectations? And maybe the… Read more »