Is Your Social Media Footprint Helping or Hurting Your Career?

June 24th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | 2 Comments »

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Social media sites have become one of the major sources of interaction in our society, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on how clean your social media footprints are. It doesn’t take the full force of the NSA to dig into your personal and professional life. In fact, if you have any type of presence on any of the major social media sites, a simple internet search can reveal a lot about you. The question is: does your social media presence help or hurt your career search?

Follow these tips to see how the major social media sites can help your quest for a job. Read more…

Microsoft’s E3 Lesson: How to Make a Good Recovery!

June 21st, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »

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At some point in time every tech company makes a major mistake, but can an industry giant like Microsoft afford to gaffe as badly as it did during their E3 conference? They went from their original announcement (with heavy DRM restrictions meant to cripple the used gaming industry and a mandatory online connection for all game play) to the polar opposite in less than two weeks. A day after E3, the preorders for the Xbox One were a mere fraction of those for the PS4. Since Microsoft’s retraction, they have jumped ahead of those for the Sony console. Read more…

Unbeatable Tips for Contract Workers

June 20th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »

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The 9-5 grind isn’t for everyone, and many of today’s workers prefer to take on freelance contract work to make their living. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are more than 2.5 million temporary and contract workers in the US, a number that is predicted to rise dramatically over the next few years.

Contract work means living as a constant job seeker. If you dread the process of finding a job then this form of employment may not be for you. Relying on contract work comes with the price of never having a steady paycheck, but many are content sacrificing their steady 9-5 job for the freedom that goes along with temporary work. Make sure you are willing to put in the work required to keep yourself employed. Read more…

What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

June 17th, 2013 | Articles, Interviewing | 1 Comment »

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What is your greatest weakness? It’s the question that can send chills down any job seeker’s spine. Your interview can be going perfectly, you can feel 100% comfortable with your prepared responses, and then the ugliness of that question emerges from the shadows and you’re done. Game over. You may fear that any answer you give will be the rationale for the company to not hire you but if you put a consistent level of preparation into exploring your weaknesses, it can be the final piece that sets you apart. Read more…

Forget Google Glass: Wait for the Contact Lens Computer

June 14th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »

contact lens computerGoogle Glass still doesn’t have a release date set for the public, and although it has commanded the attention of media outlets, bloggers, and programmers, it may already be on its way to becoming old news. Before Google has even finished developing its marketing strategy for Glass, researchers have already begun working on the next era of technology: a computer display built into a contact lens. Read more…

4 Unbeatable Tips for Recent Grads

June 13th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »

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If you’re a part of the graduating class of 2013, the good news is that unemployment for college graduates is down to 3.9 percent. The bad news is that nearly half of recent graduates are working low wage jobs outside of their fields. That means, with a whopping anchor of debt, many members of Generation Y are employed in positions that didn’t require them to ever set foot on a college campus. So, if you end up in this situation, how can you quickly get from just treading water to speeding over it with Jet Ski throttle? Read more…

Interview Lessons From Foolish Film Characters

June 10th, 2013 | Articles, Interviewing, Job Search, Resume | No Comments »

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You can end up tying your brain into a knot trying to memorize all the dos and don’ts of the job interview process. Thankfully, we can always rely on the movies to help us unwind.

Use the following job interview scenes from movies to learn a few painfully obvious interview mistakes to avoid (and enjoy a good laugh in the process). Read more…

Open Source Science: How IT Can Improve Scientific Understanding

June 7th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »

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Can a mobile app outdo a telescope? Are web apps and 3D graphics engines ready to surpass microscopic imaging? The answers, in some cases, may surprise you.

These days, scientific breakthroughs aren’t exclusively made through the use of conventional tools. Web & mobile apps are becoming more prominent in the research process as IT professionals whip up solutions to augment the work of classically trained biologists, chemists, physicists, and astronomers. Welcome to the age of open source science. Read more…

Should I Relocate for a Job? Questions to Consider Before Making the Big Move

June 6th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | 2 Comments »

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The only thing more consequential than switching jobs is making the decision whether or not to relocate yourself and your family to a new town or city. While a new career opportunity may sound great at first, the costs of moving, both financially and personal, may be too much to burden at this point in your life. Relocating your family is a big step, and should not be taken without much consideration, so before you set out to make the big move consider these questions first. Read more…

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

June 3rd, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | 1 Comment »

Risk

In a fast-paced job market, one second you may be master of competitive techniques and the next, you may be clinging to a set of quaint antiques. According to Google cofounder Larry Page, the problem for many modern businesses and professionals is that they feel satisfied enough when they improve their business, product, or skills by only 10%. This type of approach at best keeps you aligned with the rest of the pack and at worst, in his words, leads them to “decay slowly over time.” Read more…