Editorial Guidelines

Editorial Guidelines

CareerCast.com seeks to provide its readers with all the information they need to find a new job and advance their careers. To that end, we publish exclusive feature articles, columns and statistical overviews on job hunting and career advancement.

Editorial Goals

CareerCast.com has been recognized as one of the Internet's premier job-search and career-guidance Web sites. Our mission is to help readers manage their careers most effectively by providing timely, accurate and thorough information. We seek to help readers:

  • Understand the process involved with finding a new job or advancing in an existing position,
  • Identify opportunities that will lead to advancement, and
  • Recognize the economic, social and technical forces that will influence their success.

Our Readers


Our typical reader is a college graduate seeking the second or third job of their career. They are geographically widely dispersed, with 83% in the U.S. The majority hold white-collar positions, while the rest are blue-collar, administrative and professional, including human-resources specialists, career counselors and executive recruiters.

CareerCast.com Authors

Most of our authors are employment professionals, successful job hunters and industry analysts. Freelance writers contribute on a more limited basis.

Article Content

Topics for how-to articles range from cutting-edge ways to prepare a resume, write a cover letter, interview and network, to new techniques to negotiate, build stronger relationships with superiors or subordinates, and work with recruiters.

The essential purpose of these articles is to impart current, pragmatic information that readers can put to use immediately. These articles should offer concrete examples and up-to-date advice that provide insight into fundamental elements of career transition and advancement.

Trend articles contain both a news angle and an explanation of a recently occurring development, such as the greater use of employment contracts, abuses in the career guidance industry or the increasing occurrence of discrimination cases. These articles depict important changes that have significant implications for a large portion of our readers.

Submission Specifications

  • When writing for CareerCast.com, please keep in mind that all feature-length articles should include at least one of two important components: case studies and quotes.
  • Case studies should focus on real people who have experience with and can talk about the article's topic.
  • Additional quotes should be gathered from experts in the field nationally who can validate the article's premise.

Articles should run 500 to 800 words. We seek original articles that have not been published elsewhere to appear on CareerCast.com and the CareerCast.com network of sites.


We will check all submissions through Copyscape to ensure originality in order to prevent plagiarism and a negative impact on SEO. We also reserve the right to edit articles for tone, editorial flow, length and SEO purposes.

When evaluating submissions, we ask the following questions:

  • What information can I pull from this article that I can readily put to use?
  • Are there any new ideas or insights that will allow me to see things more clearly or open new avenues for me?
  • Are there real people cited who lend substance to the article?
  • Are there ample examples that illustrate the central points of the piece?
  • Is the article essentially interesting, and is the writing concise?

Publishing decisions are usually made within three weeks after receipt of your completed article.