This Year, Make a Promise to Submit 100 Job Applications

You’re tired. You’re worn out. You’re disappointed. You didn’t get the job you really wanted. You were a great candidate, and you made it pretty far in the process, but you cannot figure out what went wrong.

I am with you. Job searching is emotionally and mentally exhausting. Employers will run you through the gauntlet of resumes and cover letters and interviews and assessments and test assignments, and after all that, …

3 Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Counteroffer

While most career advice professionals will adamantly advise you against ever accepting a counteroffer from your current employer, the honest truth is accepting one can sometimes be a good career decision. It all depends on a few factors.

The sad fate of those who do accept counteroffers is often referenced in recruiting circles: 90 percent of them leave or are let go from their company within a year. I’m …

New Dad? Here’s Why You Should Take Paternity Leave

Soon-to-be dads need little reminding that their lives are about to be full of all sorts of new sights, sounds, and even smells. Yet one new experience they might not be expecting is a nudge from their employer to take advantage of paternity leave.

Some new dads wryly regard paternity leave as some sort of consolation prize, while others may worry they are being taken out of the starting lineup …

Learning a Trade? You May Still Want to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

The trades industry is hot. According to Tradesmen International, some of the most common jobs for craftsmen are projected to experience double-digit growth by 2024. For example, openings for millwrights are expected to rise by 15.2 percent, openings for electrician helpers by 18 percent, and openings for solar photovoltaic installers by a whopping 24.3 percent!

It’s no wonder many people see going into a trade as a great way to secure lucrative …

Why Job Seekers Should Focus More on Their Skills Than Their Experiences

When you’re creating a resume or professional profile to showcase your value to potential employers, you have a choice to make: Should you emphasize your skill set or your previous job experiences?

Hiring managers certainly want to see relevant professional experience, but the fact is they often value skills over work history. To understand why, we should talk about how these two components of …

Put Down Your Phone: 4 Brain-Building Activities You Can Do at the Bar

Article by Srini Pillay

The bar is crowded. You’ve ordered your favorite drink, and your friends have not arrived yet, so you grab your phone to scroll mindlessly through Instagram or send a few work emails while you wait.

This is far from a unique situation. In fact, Americans check their phones about 80 times a day. However, retweeting, liking, and texting instead of looking up from the …

How to Negotiate a Pay Raise With Just About Anyone

Believing you deserve a raise is one thing; successfully negotiating a change in your salary or benefits package is quite another. While your priorities might be clear to you, the conflicting interests a company may be dealing with behind the scenes are often less apparent.

That said, fear of being told “no” shouldn’t stop you from asking for what you’re worth. Whether your boss is a stone-cold numbers person, your …

First Day on the Job: Make a Great Impression Without Coming on Too Strong

It’s your first day on the job, and you want to make a great impression on your supervisor and coworkers.

This is an understandable urge, but you must be careful. You don’t want to come on too strong — like a person wearing so much perfume or cologne you can smell them before you see them. You don’t want to be that person, metaphorically — and literally! — speaking.

The following tips will help you strike the right balance between being impressive and being …