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Networking by any other name

Remembering names can be the secret to successful networking opportunities at holiday parties.

By Marshall Brown | December 14, 2010; 06:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Negotiating a job offer--Pt. 2

The package is often about much more than salary, so plead your case carefully.

By Marshall Brown | December 7, 2010; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

Negotiating a job offer (Pt. I)

Most organizations will expect there to be some negotiation before a final offer is accepted. You need to go through the negotiating process with an upbeat attitude.

By Marshall Brown | November 9, 2010; 06:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Transferable skills, great possibilites

Today's message from South Africa: know your skills, your accomplishments and your successes and learn how they are applicable to international development.

By Marshall Brown | November 3, 2010; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Setting priorities and values

I learned from my new friend Vera that we should stay true to our passions, follow our hearts, know what is really important to us and we can achieve whatever we want.

By Marshall Brown | October 27, 2010; 06:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Making a difference in Africa

I am with people that are fighting malaria, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and poor--if any--sanitization from countries such as Uganda, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

By Marshall Brown | October 21, 2010; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

What? No business card?

A business card can say a lot about your brand, your image and your professionalism and can help you find a job if you are "between successes."

By Marshall Brown | October 14, 2010; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cover letters that work

The right cover letter can be the key to getting a potential employer to look at your resume and then you.

By Marshall Brown | October 13, 2010; 06:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Your 30-second commercial

Having a short speech to articulate your value and expertise is a valuable tool to have during a job search.

By Marshall Brown | October 12, 2010; 06:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Job search help for disabled vets

One possibility for home-bound vets in need of work is the Pearl Interactive Network, a company that employs home-based service-disabled veterans nationwide.

By Marshall Brown | October 1, 2010; 06:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Homemaker seeking employment

Taking steps to transition from stay-home-mom to working outside the home requires you to determine what you are passionate about and what will be fulfilling for you.

By Marshall Brown | September 29, 2010; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (5)

Making your LinkedIn profile work

Updating your LinkedIn profile may be the secret to helping it work better for you.

By Marshall Brown | September 28, 2010; 06:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Your objective is the job

There is no reason to list an objective on your resume. Employers know your objective is getting a position.

By Marshall Brown | August 24, 2010; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Starting a job search

The first step should be identifying the skills and experience you have to offer a potential employer.

By Marshall Brown | August 11, 2010; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Job fair tips

Managing a job fair properly can be the difference between establishing a contact that will lead to a job and not.

By Marshall Brown | August 2, 2010; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (2)

Master the electronic resume

In today's job market, you have to be able to connect with employers via the Internet.

By Marshall Brown | July 26, 2010; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

A career coach can often help

Coaches help you deepen your understanding of yourself and/or specific issues, develop an action plan and help you to move forward.

By Marshall Brown | July 15, 2010; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Negotiating your salary

Using some key techniques can help you negotiate the best salary.

By Marshall Brown | July 12, 2010; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keeping it fresh and farewell

If you are bored with your job search, introduce something new to recharge your batteries. And, farewell. I'm moving on after today's column.

By Karen Chopra | July 7, 2010; 05:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Update your resume to stand out

Using a step-by-step approach to update your resume can ensure that you produce the best tool to help you on a job search.

By Karen Chopra | July 7, 2010; 05:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Carefully choose your career guide

The subtle differences between career coaches and counselor don't matter in a job search. Both can be helpful.

By Karen Chopra | July 2, 2010; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Network overseas for jobs

Develop new contacts through networking to find jobs in other countries.

By Karen Chopra | July 1, 2010; 05:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Consider a contract position

Working on a contract basis often opens the door to a better position.

By Karen Chopra | June 30, 2010; 05:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Disguising a lack of experience

Volunteer experience and summer jobs can be used to bolster a resume.

By Karen Chopra | June 24, 2010; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

The informational interview

To transition from your current job to a job you'll love, the informational interview can be very helpful.

By Karen Chopra | June 23, 2010; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Distance no barrier in job search

With cell phones and e-mail, distance is no longer a problem when it comes to looking for a job.

By Karen Chopra | June 18, 2010; 05:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

The fine art of networking

Anyone can learn the intricacies of networking with a little preparation.

By Karen Chopra | June 17, 2010; 05:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Should you change for a new job?

If you don't like the changes they request, but still want the job more, accept the job and also inquire as to whether all the changes requested are truly necessary.

By Karen Chopra | June 16, 2010; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Succeeding in a panel interview

With a little preparation, you can handle and even succeed in a panel interview.

By Karen Chopra | June 14, 2010; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Researching a salary range

The right questions can give you all the market research you need on the salary range of a job.

By Karen Chopra | June 10, 2010; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Negotiate for the best job offer

A tough economy can make people wonder whether it's worth it to negotiate their salary when offered a job, but negotiating offers is part of the job search process..

By Karen Chopra | June 10, 2010; 05:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Searching after losing a business

Potential employers empathize that you have lost your company, but they are concerned that you might not be committed to staying with them in the long term.

By Karen Chopra | June 9, 2010; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Checking your references

You do need to vet every reference you give to a potential employer because weak references can lose you the job.

By Karen Chopra | June 8, 2010; 05:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Job searching in secret

When you already have a job, you should conduct a search for another one with the utmost secrecy.

By Karen Chopra | June 7, 2010; 05:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't insist on meeting

I think it's wrong to insist that people meet you in person when you are networking; there are good reasons why someone prefers to conduct business over the phone.

By Karen Chopra | June 4, 2010; 08:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

For a job, it's ready, set, network

Good networking consists of asking questions that will lead you to new people to talk to. If you talk to enough people, you will find a job.

By Karen Chopra | June 3, 2010; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Salary negotiation A-B-Cs

If you have always wondered just how you ask an employer for more money, this is what you do.

By Karen Chopra | June 2, 2010; 05:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Sure-fire resume tips

If you resume is done just right, it's more likely to get read--and itsn't that the point?

By Karen Chopra | June 1, 2010; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

Blog for career advancement

A good blog can develop your personal brand and help you expand your network.

By Karen Chopra | May 25, 2010; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Resources for research

Business publications can help you identify places to look for a job that you never even knew existed.

By Karen Chopra | May 20, 2010; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keeping your SSN to yourself

When the online application wants your SSN, you may want to obfuscate a bit.

By Karen Chopra | May 12, 2010; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Standing out in a crowded office

To stand out from the hundreds of applicants for office assistant jobs, make the effort to make personal contacts.

By Karen Chopra | May 4, 2010; 07:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Helping a job-searching sibling

Giving advice to a resistant sibling about her job search may not help either her or the relationship.

By Karen Chopra | April 27, 2010; 05:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

How soon can I leave?

It's not whether you have left a job quickly that is the problem, it's how many jobs you have left quickly.

By Karen Chopra | April 26, 2010; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (2)

Beware of your Internet image

Make sure that all the ways an employer can encounter you--from Google searches to your e-mail address--convey the right information.

By Karen Chopra | April 14, 2010; 03:23 AM ET | Comments (4)

Don't text a potential employer

Texting implies that an immediate response is expected. As a job seeker, you don't yet have the right to demand an instant response.

By Karen Chopra | April 13, 2010; 05:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Intelligence community jobs

There are specialized resources available if you are job searching in the intelligence community.

By Karen Chopra | April 6, 2010; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Work while you keep searching

Nothing says that taking a job means that you stop looking for other opportunities.

By Karen Chopra | March 26, 2010; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Miserable job searches

A job search looks the same, and takes the same amount of time, whether you are looking for a dream job or just a way to pay the bills.

By Karen Chopra | March 24, 2010; 05:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

Negotiating a relocation

You don't have to make a commitment to move for a job before you have had the chance to interview and determine if it is something worth you pulling up stakes to do.

By Karen Chopra | March 22, 2010; 06:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

How much notice is enough?

Unless it would ruin your reputation to leave quickly, two weeks notice is normally adequate.

By Karen Chopra | March 16, 2010; 05:07 AM ET | Comments (6)

The resume is just the first step

Sending out a resume is just the first step in the campaign to get an interview.

By Karen Chopra | March 15, 2010; 05:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Targeting the job search is key

If the job search doesn't have a target, your search will miss.

By Karen Chopra | March 12, 2010; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

When friends don't assist

You may have to court your friends before you can expect their help with your job search.

By Karen Chopra | March 8, 2010; 06:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

Turning down a great job

What to do when everyone around you wants you to take a job that you know isn't the right fit.

By Karen Chopra | March 5, 2010; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (5)

Is it the job, or is it depression?

Whenever there's a noticeable change in your mood, it's important to evaluate the cause.

By Karen Chopra | March 1, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Hiding "too much" experience

Make the depth, not the length, of your experience stand out on the resume.

By Karen Chopra | February 26, 2010; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sorting out resume advice

It's your resume, so take the advice that makes the most sense to you and stop obsessing.

By Karen Chopra | February 10, 2010; 04:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Following up on an interview

Follow-up on interviews regularly, but not obsessively. It can make a difference in whether you get hired for the job.

By Karen Chopra | February 9, 2010; 05:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Taking time off between jobs

If you ask nicely, you can probably get some more time off before you start that new job.

By Karen Chopra | February 3, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Effective job searching

Here are some simple guidelines to tell you if you are looking hard enough for a new job.

By Karen Chopra | February 2, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

High salary means longer search

Higher salaries don't have to mean a longer search, as long as it's an effective one.

By Karen Chopra | February 1, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

When to start a job search

If you know your job will be ending, start looking now.

By Karen Chopra | January 27, 2010; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

No blue ink on a resume

Resumes are supposed to look professional, not creative.

By Karen Chopra | January 20, 2010; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Post-retirement career launch

Here are some ways to get started planning your post-retirement career.

By Karen Chopra | January 15, 2010; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jobs are available in D.C.

Finally, the D.C. job market is looking like it's got a pulse.

By Karen Chopra | January 14, 2010; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Offer letters need to be accurate

When the offer letter doesn't reflect what was agreed to, don't hesitate to ask for changes.

By Karen Chopra | January 13, 2010; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

No nagging while networking

Nagging is never a good tool in building a network.

By Karen Chopra | January 6, 2010; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Phone and e-mail for networking

E-mail is great for networking, until they don't e-mail back. Then, you are going to have to use the phone.

By Karen Chopra | January 5, 2010; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Why don't they call me back?

One phone call is just the start of a networking process; you may have to call your contacts multiple times to get a response.

By Karen Chopra | December 22, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Networking at the holiday party

With a little planning, you can build a network at the annual holiday party, and maybe even enjoy it!

By Karen Chopra | December 17, 2009; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Talking money without revealing salary

What to say when you don't want to reveal what you make now.

By Karen Chopra | December 15, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

When interviews net no jobs

Most of us aren't ever going to win an Academy Award for acting, so if you are interviewing for jobs out of desperation, not desire, that can be hard to hide.

By Karen Chopra | December 11, 2009; 02:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Finding time to change careers

With just a few stolen minutes, you can start the process of envisioning the career of your dreams.

By Karen Chopra | December 10, 2009; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Networking Questions Part II

Get the most from your networking with powerful questions.

By Karen Chopra | December 8, 2009; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Networking Questions Part I

Good networking is all about good questions--like these.

By Karen Chopra | December 7, 2009; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quitting a job before you start

With tact, you can say "no" to a job after saying "yes," if something else better comes long before your start date.

By Karen Chopra | December 2, 2009; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Networking basics: talk to strangers

There's a definite methodology to talking to all those intimidating strangers as you network for a job.

By Karen Chopra | December 1, 2009; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Networking basics: getting started

To get started with networking, you just need a little help from your friends, and the right questions.

By Karen Chopra | November 30, 2009; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dodging an age-related question

If they want to know when you graduated, refusing isn't the right answer.

By Karen Chopra | November 25, 2009; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Video interviews are often problematic

When they propose an interview via video conference, be ready for anything.

By Karen Chopra | November 23, 2009; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Interview strategies for stutterers

You can minimize the impact of a disability, such as a stutter, by using the Internet to introduce yourself and confidence to disarm the interviewer.

By Karen Chopra | November 19, 2009; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Just say "yes" to a drug test

Requests for drug screens are not pleasant, but only one answer will get you through the interview.

By Karen Chopra | November 18, 2009; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Negotiating a part-time schedule

You can match a great part-time schedule in a new job with some careful job searching and some savvy negotiating.

By Karen Chopra | November 17, 2009; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Use suit, not dye, to minimize age

Dealing with age discrimination requires professional attire and the right attitude, but not a wig!

By Karen Chopra | November 16, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cover letters: easy as 1-2-3-4

With this four-step blueprint, you can bang out cover letters in no time.

By Karen Chopra | November 12, 2009; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Winning resumes: chronological

Good resumes list experience in reverse chronological order. We'll pause for howls from functional format lovers.

By Karen Chopra | November 10, 2009; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Resume basics: two pages max

Two pages is the ideal foundation for a strong resume.

By Karen Chopra | November 9, 2009; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't talk salary in the interview

When asked your current salary, say, "That's personal information and I don't give that out."

By Karen Chopra | November 9, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keep salary history to yourself

Salary information should be closely held. They are asking because they want to know if you are too expensive for them or if you could be had for a bargain price.

By Karen Chopra | November 5, 2009; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thank you notes for interviews a must

When it comes to the job search, there is only one rule that never has any exceptions: Thou shalt ALWAYS send a thank you note.

By Karen Chopra | November 4, 2009; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Generic resume could cost you the interview

A generic, one-size-fits-all resume can make it look like you don't fit any job you apply for.

By Karen Chopra | November 4, 2009; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can executive assistants be allies?

Executive assistants can be the key to your search, instead of an obstacle.

By Karen Chopra | November 3, 2009; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

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