finding a job

Books to Land a Job

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Looking for a new job, try picking up a book.

These days the job search has changed. It's all about connections, how savvy you are on social media and how careful you are about leaving a digital footprint that paints a positive picture. So to help you through the process Business Insider has put together a list of the eight books you should read that could help land you a paycheck.

Up first is “What Color is Your Parachute?” And if you're only going to read one book on the list experts say this is it. The first half of the book talks about how to create and eye-catching resume and cover letter as well as improving your networking. The second half dives into how to find your ideal career and a job you wouldn't mind going to.  read more »

Starting a New Job

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You've made it through the interview and landed a new job; now it's time for you to ask a few questions.

For most people the first few months at a new nine to five is a learning curve, and the best way to figure out how things are done is to ask. Recently Fortune magazine sat down with an executive vice president with Wells Fargo to talk about the best way to ask for help at a new job. He says since you aren't expected to know much, people are more willing to answer your questions. Plus it demonstrates your enthusiasm to co-workers and your new boss. So how do you go about doing this?  read more »

Must Have Job Skills

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If your new year’s resolution involves a new job; there are a few skills you need to bring into 2013.

If you’re looking for a door to get your foot into; the Wall Street Journal has four must-have skills to put you a step ahead. And if you’re already employed the journal says these same skills can land you a promotion.

For example number four on the list is improving production. Experts say in the new year executives will be looking for a 20% improvement in employee performance. This includes volunteering for projects or looking for creative ways to help the company. One New York career coach suggests being able to understand what is needed and wanted without being told.  read more »

Starting Over

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Rising unemployment has made the job market a competitive field with too many players in the game. It might take some teamwork to get you off the bench.

Eva Shinn is a single mother of two who lives in the San Francisco bay area. Three years ago her husband left for work and a fatal heart attack prevented him from ever coming home. Forced to go back to work Eva has been unable to find a full time job and the financial problems are stacking up.

Last month she learned she was one of three winners of the Operation Re launch Career project. Over the next three months she will receive everything from beauty tips to job training to style advice. And with so many changes coming her way I asked Eva what she was most looking forward to in the coming months.  read more »

Strategies for the Job Hunt

Unemployment is pushing ten percent. But don't let that discourage you from getting a good job.

The Governments latest unemployment numbers are certainly sobering. Four hundred thousand more jobs were lost in June alone. But Tom Musbach, Senior Editor at Yahoo Hot Jobs says it was encouraging that job losses are slowing when he compared the second quarter numbers to the first. But Musbach says that might not be enough to stop the march to a double digit unemployment rate.  read more »