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Do the Unemployed Discriminate Against the Unemployed?

Along with some of the wonderful forms of discrimination (note: sarcasm font) that have existed for centuries, the modern job marketplace has seen the rise of two fairly new forms of bias: 1) commute discrimination (disqualifying certain candidates based on where they live and their anticipated “commute length” to work; ) and 2) unemployment discrimination […]

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Hiring a Headhunter / Outsourcing Your Job Search

No question about it.  Looking for a new job can be a hard, stressful, and frustrating experience — especially for those folks facing particular challenges (e.g. gaps in their work history, lack of a college degree, etc.) or whose confidence may be suffering due to a recent layoff or termination.  As a result, I get […]

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The SEO of You: Know Your Keywords!

At one of my networking events not too long ago, a recruiter advised the audience of job seekers in attendance that the most important element of resume preparation was to ensure all the right keywords were contained somewhere in the document so that the resume would come up in a relevant database or applicant tracking […]

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Volunteering: A Smart Career Move?

Of all the different things that professionals today are looking for in their careers, the chance to do “meaningful work” is right up there near the top of the list.  Time after time, I’ve had individuals from the for-profit sector express the desire to take their careers in a new direction that would allow them […]

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Time to Run a “Professional” Job Search?

Between the passing of tax day, the looming Easter holiday, and the predictable onslaught of April showers, there’s no question about it —  spring has definitely arrived. As part of the seasonal ritual, both my son (who started Kindergarten this year) and my wife (who works for a school) got to enjoy a week off […]

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The Value of Second Effort

We’ve all heard the saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” Have you heard the alternate version, attributed to WC Fields? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” Personally, I’d submit there’s a third version needed for […]

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Top Job Search Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

Nobody’s perfect.  But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all strive for a dash of continuous improvement, especially when we have the start of a brand-new year coming up and a golden opportunity to take certain aspects of our lives — including one’s job searching efforts — to the next level. On this note, I was […]

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5 Reasons Not to “Obsess” Over an Single Employer

“Matt, you’ve got to help me.  There’s this one company I’d kill to work for and I need your help landing a job there…” Many folks have come to me over the years, making statements like the one above, and in almost every case my reaction is the same.  It sends shivers up my spine.  […]

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The Double Whammy: Job Hunting During a Divorce

Of all the different career services I’ve provided over the years, the one service I only performed once, and vow to never do again, involved agreeing to serve as an “expert witness” during a divorce proceeding.  Several years back, I was called in by an attorney to help prove that a woman’s husband was intentionally […]

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Target Companies, Not Job Leads: Two New Lists

One thing it pays to always remember, if you’re looking for a new job, is that the job market is not a stagnant entity.  Even in the most challenging of economic times, there will always be a certain amount of workforce turnover and always be a fresh crop of new employers appearing on the horizon, […]

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