What Color is Your Parachute 2008

In the coming weeks, I will be working through the latest edition of the career classic “What Color is Your Parachute?”. Look to the site for updates on my progress, glimpses into the useful tips and content from the book, and suggestions for further reading. In the meantime, have you used this book to help your career search? If so, what did you find the most useful? Anyone with a story of a major career shift brought about by reading the book?

How to Find a Non-Profit Job

Interested in using those skills you’ve developed in the for-profit world to do good for those in need? Finding jobs, volunteer opportunities, and internships in the non-profit world has never been easier with the advent of several web resources devoted to compiling these job opportunities. They include: Continue Reading

How NOT to Get an Interview: Resume’ Errors

Employers may receive as many as one hundred resumes for every one available position. Highly competitive, highly salaried, and niche positions can receive many more. So, when an employer is looking for any reason to weed out your application from the pile into the circular file (the garbage), it is important to be sure not to make that decision easy for them. For the next few posts I’ll discuss a few key errors I’ve seen time and again in application packages. Today: Continue Reading

Crying in the workplace

Much has been made of Hillary Clinton’s tearful outburst on the campaign trail. There are some pundits who argue that her tears made her more sympathetic to other women and may in fact have helped her career. But what about women (and men) in the workplace? How do those tears impact the future or reputation of the average employee? Continue Reading

Women: Four Key Pieces of Your Interview Wardrobe

I admit, not everyone has a corporate job, and there are probably wonderful jobs out there that you can interview for in ripped jeans and a baseball cap. If you find one that I qualify for, please let me know! But for the majority of women interviewing for anything in a business casual to highly conservative environment, there are key pieces you can add to your interview wardrobe that will class up your image, and give you the confidence you need to get the job. Continue Reading

How to Address a Bad Recommendation

It happens to the best of job seekers- that one past supervisor with nothing good to say about you. Whether you were having personal problems that made doing your best possible, the personalities just weren’t a match, or you hadn’t found your fit field-wise, inevitably your job search will bring you around to that perpetual question- “Can we call your last supervisor?” How do you field that question with delicacy without giving up on the new job? Continue Reading

Dating Your Resume: Objective Statements

One of the easiest ways to make your resume’ seem outdated and irrelevant is to include that ol’ resume’ clunker- the “objective statement”. Generally listed at the top of a resume’, objective statements make sweeping goal-based, unnecessary objectives the first thing a prospective employer sees about you. Applicants returning to the job market after several years in a different field or with a single employer, often find themselves dredging up a dusty resume’ complete with its dated devices. So why are objective statements the 8-tracks of resume’ items? Continue Reading

Recession Ready Advice

The news headlines are full of doom and gloom- to listen to the forecast, any day now we could be in the midst of full-blown recession. While the national economic advisers make plans about how to politically address the problem, Penelope Trunk on her blog, “Brazen Careerist,” discusses how to get your career ready for the recession.  In addition to her valuable tips (specialize, achieve something quickly that you can quantify on your resume, consider graduate school, do quality work now and develop quality mentoring relationships), I have a few tips of my own on how to get your career  recession ready. Continue Reading

What is a Slash Career?

The standard model for career success has changed in our multi-tasking times. In the old model, you get your degree, apply for a job in your field, and work for the same company, doing relatively the same job, until you retire. Now, the whole picture has changed. How can you catch up to the new model with an old model resume’? Try a slash career.

What is a slash career, you may ask? Continue Reading

New Beginnings

It’s a brand new day here at Career Search, and I, Amy Loveridge, am your new guide to all of your career search needs. In the coming days, you will see some changes around here, an updated blogroll, some new posts to get you started on your job search, and a full profile of yours truly.

This blog hopes to get you from wherever you may currently be in your job search to the career of your dreams. There will be information about creating and updating your resume, reviews of books to help you make better decisions about the career you seek, links to other useful career sites online, suggestions about where to look for the best jobs, education tips to advance your career, and lots of other information to broaden your career horizons.

I look forward to meeting all of you and encourage you to contact me at careersearch (at) contentquake.com with your questions, comments, and suggestions for topics you want to see covered here. In the meantime, I wish you all the best in your job search.

Posted by Amy Loveridge