8 Mistakes To Avoid When Asking For A Raise

In addition to Tax Day, there’s another big occasion happening today. It’s Equal Pay Day, a day that us women aren’t exactly celebrating. That’s because we’re far and away from making equal pay to our male counterparts. Let’s make some progress by making plans to ask for a raise, but before you do so, keep

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Smart Reasons to Opt For Retail As a Career

Retail is a fast-moving industry with ample avenues for those who wish to find a well-paying job and turn it into a lifelong career. Though rewarding in the long run, a career in retail brings its own set of challenges. While an uncertain economy definitely makes it a risky proposition, retail is still considered a

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The Job Seeker’s Top 10 List

It goes without saying that today’s job market is more challenging than it has been for many years. That means you have to work even harder to uncover opportunities and distinguish yourself among a crowded field of applicants. Here are 10 strategies to help you gain an edge in a tough employment market:

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Unusual Job-Search Tactics That Might Actually Work

Today’s competitive job market is causing job candidates to try creative approaches in order to grab a hiring manager’s attention and secure an interview. In fact, Robert Half recently polled executives, asking them to recall the most unusual job hunting tactics they’ve seen applicants employ. One candidate offered a money-back guarantee for the initial six

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The Perks of Temp Work

The numbers of temp jobs have been showing relatively healthy gains during the employment market’s very sluggish recovery. And many experts see the increase in temporary employment as a good sign that the recovery will continue–companies often hire temp workers as a way to increase production or development without the financial obligation that full-time employees

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6 Ways to Stand Out in the Seasonal Employment Pool

It’s a competitive job market out there–the unemployment rate is still unpleasantly close to 10 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and you can bet that the seasonal employment pool will be well stocked with qualified candidates during this year’s holidays. Here’s how can you set yourself apart from other applicants.

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Metrics that matter

Staffing metrics have evolved from rough estimates on absenteeism to complex studies that evaluate every aspect of human-capital measurement. Along the way, the issue of what to measure has become as important as the old issue of how to measure.

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Common Mistakes Made by Job Seekers

After 10 years as a state unemployment counselor, it’s clear to me that job seekers are wont to follow their same old routine every day, yet they expect it to yield different results. In doing so, they set themselves up for rejection. Most of us are allergic to rejection. The adverse reaction causes our thinking

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How To Get Your Career Change In Motion

Changing careers can be like taking a train trip. You plan it, start at one location and go to your ultimate destination, with stops in between. (Sorry, there are no non-stop career trains.) The basics for getting started are scheduling your departure time and showing up at the station. Here’s how to get yourself moving.

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Career Transition Touchstones

Transitions are not comfortable. Wouldn’t it be nice if career changes were mapped out for us in neat little how-to packages with “start here and go to there” instructions (complete with arrows and signposts to keep us on track)? Sorry, it’s not that easy.

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Pass the Telephone Screen

Not all interviews are face to face. If you’re conducting a long-distance career search or need to talk to a manager who’s not in town, you may undergo a phone interview. By conducting preliminary phone interviews, employers save money and shorten the hiring cycle. An HR professional may call a candidate with a stellar resume

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