“Holiday travel” isn’t exactly synonymous with “networking opportunities.” After all, you’re probably not thinking about your career while you’re wasting away in the terminal or wedged into an airplane seat the width of a Pringle. But believe it or not, holiday travel is a perfect opportunity for networking. It’s a great way to alleviate boredom and make some valuable contacts during an otherwise stressful ordeal. Before you book your next flight to the in-laws, grab these networking apps and make the trip productive. Read More →
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You need a portfolio. Yes, I know you know that. But do you actually have one? If you do have one, when’s the last time you updated it? If you answered anything other than “yes” and “recently,” you’ve got work to do. If you’re unsure how to build a portfolio or unclear on what to put in the one you’ve already got, we can help.
Here’s the deal: portfolios aren’t just for writers and visual artists. Product pros, UXers, content producers, and anyone else who builds or designs needs to be able to show off their work to a recruiter or networking contact at a moment’s notice. Read More →
A month ago, I wrote that you’ve got six weeks left to find a job in 2013. If you took that advice to heart and got your job search in gear, you can probably skip this article. But since you probably didn’t, I’ve got some good(ish) news: you still have a shot at ditching your current gig for greener pastures before the year ends. Believe it or not, you can still get hired in Q4.
While most companies will have closed the books on open headcount by early December, some hiring managers are still searching for talent until the last minute. These creatures are elusive, but if you know what to look for, you might spot one in the wild. If you snoozed through October and just can’t bear the thought of sticking around until March for your bonus, this one’s for you. Read More →
Most hiring managers and recruiters will only give your resume a few seconds’ attention. Their inboxes are bursting with the things, so time is short. On top of that, hiring managers have their own jobs to do in addition to selecting and interviewing candidates. With so much competition and so little time to make an impact, keywords are critical. One of the easiest ways to see what your resume says about you at a glance is to make a resume tag cloud with TagCrowd. Read More →
Most people think that managing your career means carving out a weekend afternoon and spending quality time with your laptop, grinding away at your resume or scouring job boards. There was certainly a time when this was true. (OK, this was true until maybe about two years ago. You get where I’m going here.) These days, however, you can manage your career from the coffee line or, better yet, from inside one those interminable meetings your boss is so fond of. These 10 career apps can help you find jobs, bolster your network, and develop mobile-friendly personal marketing collateral. Read More →
By now, most of us know that it’s a good idea to include a little intro at the top of your resume before diving into your experience. You’ve probably got one on your own resume. But is it the right kind? Or is it the dreaded “objective statement?” If so, your job search might be over before it even starts.
Somehow, people still use these. I read tons of resumes, from the entry level on up to C-level execs, and I’m routinely horrified by the fact that these are still in use. I’m even more horrified by what they usually say. Here are some examples that actual humans have put on their resumes:
- “To find a company that recognizes and rewards my exceptional product vision and gives me the resources and creative freedom to build something amazing.”
- “To use my terrifyingly high IQ to help you build your buisness” (Yep. “Buisness.”)
What — aside from being terrible — do these have in common? Each of them addresses the job seeker’s goals instead of advertising how their skills can benefit a particular company. Even the most well-crafted objective statements are little more than Christmas lists, filled with the shiny things job seekers want. Read More →
Sooner or later, you’re going to be laid off.
Not because you’re not working hard enough, not because you’re not staying late enough, and not because you don’t do great things for your company and your team. You’re going to be laid off because rapid growth and equally rapid contraction is the new norm for businesses, especially those in the digital world. You can’t prevent it, but you can see it coming.
Early in my career, I was laid off from a publishing job. I should have seen it coming and prepared myself for it, but I didn’t. I was young and naive. I thought that as long as I did good work, my job would be safe. It wasn’t.
Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to survive multiple rounds of layoffs in publishing and digital. Over time, I learned to see them coming. While that didn’t make them any less nerve-wracking, it did teach me to prepare myself each time for getting the bad news. I know that my number will come up again, and I don’t intend to be caught off guard. Neither should you. Read More →
Think back to when you were still a kid in school. For days and weeks and months on end during the school year, the routine was the same: you caught an aging yellow school bus in the morning, worked your way through the same regimented class schedule with subjects that had been taught 1,000 times before, and ate the same mass-produced lunch in the same cafeteria.
But amid all of this dreary routine, there was one day that always stood out: the field trip.
The field trip was your only escape from the repetitive doldrums of your life. It was also the only time the school bus took you somewhere interesting: a museum, an aquarium, some cool kind of factory, or really any place that WASN’T your classroom for a day.
All it took was a permission slip from your parents. Without that, you were doomed.
Now replace “school” with “work.” For far too many people, the repetitive scene I’ve just described is how they live their professional lives. They endure a terrible commute each morning, go through the motions each day, and aren’t excited by their work. The only bright spots are the weekends.
But as an adult, you don’t need a permission slip to do what you love. Read More →
For me, the first day back after Labor Day always feels more like the start of a new year than January 1. With everyone (and it does seem like quite literally everyone) back from summer vacation and Q4 looming, the start of September always marks a renewed focus on work. With that in mind, I’d like to share some of my secrets to a successful September. Read More →