6 Things to Do After Attending a Career Fair

You attended the career fair, made a few possible contacts, and gathered a big stack of business cards. Now, you are sitting at your desk, trying to figure out what your next step should be.

Here are six things to do once the career fair is over:

1. Look Through the Business Cards You Collected

Review each card, then make notes about the conversations you had with each company …

6 Steps to a Strong Negotiation Strategy

Don’t wait until you get an offer to start thinking about salary negotiation. It’s never too early to plan for salary discussions, even if you aren’t going to leave your current job for at least a few more months.

If you’re strategic about it, negotiating a new compensation package doesn’t have to be scary. What should scare you, though, is only negotiating your paycheck while leaving the rest of your …

What Jobs Would ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Have in the Real World?

Now that the season seven of Game of Thrones is here, it’s time to answer the burning question on everybody’s mind: If the characters had to schlep it in the real world, how would they find gainful employment?

Thanks to a new infographic from the resume-builder Novoresume, you don’t have to rack your brain too hard puzzling it all out. Check below to see what

How to Find the Right Resume-Writing Service for You

Selecting the right resume-writing service involves more than finding someone who can string together a few sentences. You need someone who can effectively summarize your attributes, experience, and knowledge in a format that flows while making you stand out from other applicants.

If you’re in need of a resume-writing service, keep the following criteria in mind:

1. Experience Counts

Rather than relying on a single person who has limited …

The Case Against Retirement (That Has Nothing to Do With Finances)

Peer pressure in your 50s? Really?

My friends and I were sitting around a table outside of a restaurant in Scottsdale. There were no bugs, no wind, no humidity. It was 75 degrees and perfect. People who retire to Florida have simply never been to the West Coast.

Eventually, the conversation turned to a common question: “What’s your plan?”

My friends and I will get little sympathy. I’ve read

To Build a Better Workplace Reputation, Balance Humility and Confidence

People consistently name “confidence” as the most important key to making a good impression in the workplace. It makes sense: We like to work with individuals who feel strongly about their convictions and can be counted on to drive efforts forward.

That being said, I personally don’t believe that confidence – though essential – is the most important quality for making a strong impression. Rather, I’d argue that confidence should come second …

Dear Job Seeker: How to Navigate the ATS

The job market is better today than it was just a few years ago, but finding a job that matches your skill set and your cultural needs is still no picnic. For you, it’s about more than just filling a seat. You want to find a place where you can plant your flag, build the base of your future endeavors, and grow.

As a result, there’s a lot of pressure on every resume you send out and every interview you go …

To the Next Generation of Women Engineers: Just Go For It

Engineering bewilders many people. At dinner parties, we’re often asked: “But what do you actually do all day?” Add being female engineers to the mix and people have even more questions.

The perception that we spend all hours sitting in front of our screens, staring at complex equations and working in isolated bubbles, can make many young women (or men, for that matter) shy away from the field.

But as industrial engineers, we’ve found careers with the …

What to Do When Your Former Employer Is Sending Mixed Messages:

A reader recently wrote to me about a unique situation. They had landed an impressive contract position. Everything was going great for 11 months – until, suddenly, they were let go. The company laid off a large number of people all at the same time. After soliciting feedback, the reader was given a good review and sent on their way.

It wasn’t personal. Or was it? Just a few days after …

How to Address Long-Term Unemployment in Your Job Search

If you’ve been unemployed for a long stretch – say, six months or more – the job search may feel like a fruitless endeavor. However, with the economy improving and more and more jobs being created every month, opportunity really does exist. It’s just a matter of learning to position yourself to grab that brass ring.

If you’ve been out of work for a while now, there are some simple tweaks you can make – to