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Job Change in a Recession? Go For It!

By: Kristi Daeda

February 13, 2009

You've heard it too, I'm sure. "I'd be crazy to look for a job right now." "A job change would be career suicide." "I'm just going to wait until things get better, and then I'll start looking."My take: hogwash.The common thread in each of these statements is an aversion to risk. It would be risky to make a switch when I'm so valued and indispensable at my current company. It would be risky to be the lowest person on the ladder should layoffs come to my new employer.And sure, it might be...

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Stay Afloat in a Grim Job Market

By: Lindsey Pollak

February 12, 2009

If you walked around midtown Manhattan during the summer, you might have seen the financial executive, in his late 40s, who paraded around in a sandwich board declaring "Experienced MIT Grad for Hire" and handing out copies of his resume.A few months later, you might have come across a group of job-hunting, 20-something recent graduates promoting their skills though sidebar advertisements on Facebook and links to their online resumes.What intrigues me about these methods is not just the guts these job seekers displayed. It's the different generational approaches to self-promotion... 

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17 Vital Interview Questions

By: Sital Ruparelia

February 11, 2009

A large part of your success at job interviews comes down to the ammount and type of preparation you do. In particular, preparing yourself for the types of questions you're likely to be asked.Below are 17 questions you must be able to answer prior to attending most types of interviews. This is NOT a definite guide to interview questions (there's no such thing) -- but instead a set of core questions that makes you go through a thought process before attending interviews.If you can answer these questions for yourself, it allows you to answer most types of non technical questions in most interviews (by non technical, I mean questions not related to your functional area -- eg Sales, Accounting etc)...

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There Are Jobs to be Had

By: Rita Ashley

February 10, 2009

So much gloom and doom. Are you fed up hearing about layoffs and unemployment? Well, it makes good media fodder. It's not especially compelling to write headlines that say, "Jobs Available at Many Companies," or "Ten people hired at," or "Costco expands IT." But it is true. The good news is, your experience and talents are no less impressive just because you are unemployed. You didn't lose your expertise, abilities or connections when you lost your job. The only thing missing is an arena in which to perform. Even better news, companies that have layoffs or a freeze on hiring, still have job openings. Yes, they are hard to find, but many companies have critical hiring needs...

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Opportunity Knocks

By: Jamie Matlin

February 7, 2009

We've all heard the old saying every cloud has a silver lining.  Well, there is a silver lining to company lay offs as well.  At some point in the future, the economic environment will begin to turn around.  When that time comes, production, consumption and workload will increase, leaving companies with holes in the workforce.  How will your company fill those gaps? They will have two options-look internally or look externally After enduring the hardships that come with a lay off cluttered landscape, it will be time to put you staunchly back in first place by seizing the opportunity of your next promotion...

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Beat the System to Get a Great Job

By: Penelope Trunk

February 6, 2009

When you want to get a new job, don’t look at your resume to see what you could get. Instead, take time to build a resume that meets the requirements of the jobs you want. This doesn’t mean using keywords that are in the job description. That is not going to work. Instead, look at the types of experience that are required to get the job you want, and then get yourself that experience. 1. Make up a project for yourselfYou don’t need to be paid in order to put something on your resume. A resume is about experience, not income. So invent projects for yourself, and do them, and make sure you execute exactly what you need in order to put a bullet on your resume. For example, if you need to be able to say you executed national campaigns, then do one...

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