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The Zen of Job Searching

Since time immemorial, or at least since the very beginning of career advice columns (which, it sometimes seems, go back just as far – archeologists are working on that, I think), you have read – over and over again– advice on strategies, tactics, methods, and approaches of job searching.

Welcome to the rest of your career...everyone!

If you could gaze into a crystal ball and see the rest of career right now – even if it will look completely different from what you’ve experienced so far – so different, in fact, that you’d also realize how unprepared you are for it – would you: (a...

And now, the 2014 word of the year: “AND”

In the last column of 2011 and the second one of 2012, I emphasized a concept which I believed was central not only to job searching and career development, but to self-development as well: self-definition, creating an identity – solely yours –...

Keeping job search stress under control

There is no way to eliminate job search stress entirely, but here are twelve ways to minimize it. 1. Be realistic – this could take a while. Job searches usually take months, even in an improving market. Being realistic reduces stress. Fooling...

Do you want a return call – or not?

Two out of every three voice mails I receive could be – and should be – a lot better than they are. One of the three is not clear enough for me to understand the message the first time I listen to it and another one begins in an unprofessional,...

Education, training, and your resume

Dear post-high school student, I am writing this letter to you and 17,487,474 of your closest friends. That’s how many of you are enrolled in institutions of higher learning (public, private, 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional), according to...