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Ace That Interview … Without Even Leaving the House

Success tips for wowing prospective employers on the phone

Here are four tips for wowing prospective employers without leaving your home.

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Talent Hunt

Companies still struggle to find the best employees

Jobs are scarce, competition is high, unemployment is staggering—all of these factors should contribute to…

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Careers in Demand: Event Planning Among Top Cool Jobs to Pursue

A love of planning and creating memories can be professionally rewarding

A variety of options are available in an industry that can average $76,000 in yearly…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Fast-Food Restaurant Mogul Michael Melton

Also: GoldStar Properties of N.Y. CEO Tiana von Johnson is Entrepreneur of the Week

MEM Enterprise CEO Michael Melton is the featured Power Player on the next edition of…

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Maximizing the Search

In the world of social recruiting, you have to know not only how to share…

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Tackling Today’s Job Market: How to Adjust Your Job-Seeking Strategy Today

If you're not finding career success, change your game plan

If your current job-seeking approach is leading to dead ends, here’s how to make a…

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10 Relaxation Tips for the Workaholic

Achieve balance by maintaining a healthy life outside the office

Learn to leave work at your job so you can have balance and a healthy…

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Train Like a Boxer to Take on Tough Job Market

How the sport's discipline can be applied for career success

How the discipline of boxing training can be applied to job seeking and career success.

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Anatomy of a Winning Resume

How you can tailor yours for job-seeking success

Here’s a breakdown of a winning resume, from top to bottom, so that you can…

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4 Assets Senior Professionals Bring to the Workplace

Workers over 50 offer valuable skills developed by experience

Workers over 50 offer valuable skills developed by experience

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There has been a a lot of advice for job seekers on how to conduct a successful interview. However, there hasn't been much focus on the toughest interview of all, the one you face when you are over 50. This age group has the highest rate of unemployment today, and the highest level since the Great Depression.

Interviewing can be especially challenging for job candidates over 50 because recruiters and hiring authorities can hold biases, and many are are not good at interviewing to start with. Many workers over 50 never really had to learn how to interview seriously for a job while out of work, or might still hold on to outdated standards when it comes to marketing themselves.

Here are five important strategies for the over 50 job seeker on how to ace the interview and use their age as an asset, not a handicap. ---Tucker Mays and Bob Sloane

5 Interview Strategies for the Over-50 Job Seeker

How to sell yourself so that age is an asset, not a handicap

How senior workers can sell themselves in the job market.

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Are You That Loud Coworker? Here’s How to Turn it Down

Use these tips to be assertive, not offensive at your job

Madame Noire gives tips on how to tone down the volume and turn up the…

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5 Signs You’ve Chosen the Wrong Career

How to find the right fit for the profession of your dreams

Five signs you’re in the wrong line of work and should consider a career change.

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Most job seekers include a laundry list of job duties and responsibilities rather than focusing on their accomplishments. Job duties are generally generic and standard for everyone in the same position, but your accomplishments are uniquely yours. If the employer interviews 10 sales associates, they will all have the same job duties, but you may be the only one who increased sales by 25% and was awarded salesperson of the month.  So, focus less on what you did every day and more on what you actually accomplished.  Employers will notice the difference.

Career Tip of the Day: Tailor Your Cover Letter

Take the extra time and effort so you'll get noticed

Be sure to do your research and tweak your cover letter for the prospective employer,…

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One of the most important parts of the job-seeking or college admission process is the ability to provide quality references. If an employer or school asks you to supply them with references, it’s usually a clear indication that the testimony of those persons will play a big part in whether you get the job or get accepted. The old adage is still true: It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

With this is mind, references should be chosen carefully, strategically, and wisely.  Consider these 5 tips the next time you submit the list of those who could very well make or break the decision to extend the offer. ---Aisha Taylor

5 Tips for Choosing Professional References

How to ensure those giving recommendations are an asset

References can make or break you. Here’s how to choose them wisely while job seeking.

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Top 3 Reasons Job Seekers Should Seek Volunteer Work

Fill the unemployment gap with a pastime that can increase success

Three reasons volunteer work is a good idea for those who are looking for new…

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Is a Bachelor’s Degree Still Worth the Investment?

A breakdown of cost vs. return for career earning potential

Experts say though higher education costs continue to rise, its worth the investment when it…

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Top 5 Tech Skills Employers Want

Boost your marketability by strengthening your knowledge

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Many top employers and CEOs have agreed: Technical skills that can be applied to…

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How to Get a Leaner, Better Resume in 60 Seconds

You can make it short and sweet without omitting vital info

How to make your resume short, yet professional in 60 seconds

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How I Did It: Teen Vogue Accessories Director Talks Career Success

Stylista used persistence and ingenuity to climb fashion industry ladder

Teen Vogue accessories director Shiona Turini tells how to break into the fashion industry and…

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8 Tips for Great Business Meeting Etiquette

Freshen up your workplace poise and presence skills

Madame Noire offers eight tips for proper business meeting etiquette.

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Wake-Up Call: How a Young Bachelor Rebounded after Getting Laid Off

Real-life lessons of triumph over unemployment

Marc, 32, thought his job as a manager in the telecommunications field was safe, until…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Only Ex-Convicts Need Apply: Detroit Hosts Special Jobs Fair

City Council pushes to combat high jobless rate, give second chance

Seeking to combat the rising unemployment in Detroit — in a population where a significant…

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How to Answer the Most Common — And Difficult — Job Interview Questions

Come with your A-game to avoid tanking during the job seeking process

Here’s how to answer typical interview questions that job candidates commonly flub.

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Former Social Worker Writes New Life Chapter in Publishing

Entrepreneur finds passion, financial freedom -- and a way to give back

After being terminated from a position at a nonprofit, Richard Jeanty decided to take a…

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Simple As 1,2,3: Quick and Easy Networking Strategies

Pocket-size read offers convenient reference on how to make quality connections

Shanti Das, entertainment industry veteran and founder and CEO of entertainment and music consulting company…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Online Job Connections: Social Media by the Numbers

Many unemployed turning to Facebook for leads

How more job seekers and employers are utilizing Facebook to find employment opportunities and fill…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Never Give Up: How A Senior Professional Turned Unemployment Into Career Triumph

One woman overcomes depression to embark on next phase of her career

Unemployed for more than two years, Marie, 60, was able to transition into a new…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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10 Things Bad Managers Say at the Office

Common blunders that can wreck work morale and productivity

Some of the most common workplace mistakes are made just by the slip of a…

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5 Reasons Internships Aren’t Just for College Students

At any age or career level, considering internships can help boost job seeking success

Internships can provide job seekers who are looking for a career change or who have…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Has the State of the Economy Made You Lose Your Ambition?

Don't let a bleak outlook overshadow your optimism for success

How to manage keeping a bright outlook on your career future in the midst of…

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When Networking and Hooking Up Collide

Some people work several agendas in the name of professional connections

When networking and scoping out for dates collide, how does one appropriately balance the two?

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SAGGING CLOTHES: The only thing worse than sagging jeans is sagging dress pants. The stereotypes associated with men who sag their pants are all negative. A professional seeking career success shouldn’t want those unfavorable labels to follow them on the job. It’s best to choose well fitting, tailored pants that aren’t too tight, too short, too long or too big and are complimented with a belt.

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10 Ways Your Style Is Hindering Career Success

Avoid these fashion don'ts while in the office

When it comes to workplace success, image speaks volumes. Avoid these 10 fashion faux pas…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Are You Following Your Passion to Find Career Success?

Finding your calling may hold the key to happiness in professional pursuits

To turn your calling into your career, leave fear at the door and kick down…

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10 Signs of an Outdated Resume

Don't miss out on a job opportunity because you fell behind on updating your resume

Avoid disqualifying your resume because of outdated practices. These 10 things signal that you’re now…

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10 Ways to Cope with a Job You Hate

If you don't have the option to quit, here's how to avoid a meltdown

Hopefully a few small changes in dealing with your job can make the difference between…

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So you've made it through the undergraduate experience and you're headed into the job market. You've done your internships, volunteered and built up a pretty nice professional and social network. As part of <a title="our Back-to-School coverage" href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/backtoschool/"><strong>our Back-to-School coverage</strong></a>, BlackEnterprise.com offers this step-by-step guide to finding career success, from the search, to the interview, to salary and benefits negotiations to keeping the job. <i> --- Janell Hazelwood </i>

From College Graduation to Career Success: Your Step-by-Step Guide

How to successfully transition from college student to working professional

Here’s a step-by-step guide for college graduates to finding career sucesss, from job search to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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3 Ways to Overcome Past Mistakes to Land the Job Today

How to explain criminal history and termination with honesty and dignity

How to explain criminal history and termination with honesty and dignity

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Don’t Go There: What Not to Ask a Recent Graduate

If you plan on having a one-on-one with a new grad, beware of these three feather ruffling questions

Let’s pump the brakes a bit and look a little closer at this yearly Q&A…

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5 Surefire Ways to Ruin Your Chances of Getting the Job

Don't make mistakes that could disqualify you from being hired

Aisha Taylor details 5 ways job seekers can disqualify themselves from getting employed after the…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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7 Things You Should Be Doing After a Job Interview

Remain proactive to find job-seeking success

Madame Noire details what a job seeker should do after landing the interview to remain…

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How to Get a New Job While Still at the Old One

Follow these five steps so you won't end up taking a major career loss instead of a career change

Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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5 Ways to Beef Up Your Skills for Job Seeking Success

Having just a bachelor's degree won't cut it in today's competitive job market. Use these strategies to help you be prepared

Consider these 5 tips to beef up your knowledge and propel your career success

By Aisha M. Taylor

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CBC Launches Jobs Initiative to Include Town Hall Meetings, Job Fairs

Legislators want to raise awareness, provide employment resources

Among other efforts to push legislation that will create jobs among an African American population…

By Janell Hazelwood

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7 Ways To Blow a Job Interview

Don't make these critical mistakes when trying to get the job

Having a solid resume is only part of landing the job of your dreams, you…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Words are key. Your resume should include as many relevant keywords as possible. Avoid using general terms like “good communication skills” and “team player.” Instead, use keywords that match exactly what the employer is looking for. For example, if you’re pursuing a career in marketing, words like “research” and “promotions” will jump off the page and of course show up more on job search engines. Don’t waste precious resume space by using overused words that don’t mean much.

3 Reasons You Should Seek Professional Resume Help

The advantage of getting valuable consulting on your resume is priceless

Here are 3 reasons its a good idea to seek out the services of a…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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How to Shake Last-Minute Interview Jitters in 5 Minutes

Use these tactics to get rid of nervousness and ace your interview

The weight of the competition and the thought of being dismissed can leave you anxiety-ridden,…

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Many professionals in the workforce at some point in their career reach a crossroads where they must weigh their options and determine if they will remain at a company or quit and move on. According to the Department of Labor's March 2011 "Job Openings and Labor Turnover" report, 1.9 million workers chose the latter and left their jobs amid the recession.  Yet another report, by BlessingWhite, a global consulting firm, notes that the number of North American employees determined to leave their positions has nearly doubled since 2008, from 7% to 13%. Blackenterprise.com spoke with Joey Price, human resources specialist and founder of career services firm, Push Consultant Group L.L.C., on seven signs that quitting and moving on may be your best option. —Souleo

7 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Stuck in a dead-end job? Take a cue and go for the career opportunity of your dreams

Joey Price, human resources specialist and founder of career services firm, Push Consultant Group L.L.C.…

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Obama Addresses America’s Concerns via Twitter

Thousands of tweeps took to @townhall to ask the president about the state of our economy

President Barack Obama held the first-ever Twitter Town Hall, giving citizens the chance to interact…

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WATCH: Al Sharpton’s 3 Steps To Job Seeking Success

National Action Network president says it takes vision and strategic action to combat joblessness

The Rev. Al Sharpton, in a speech at the Black Enterprise 20/20 Vision Forum, urged…

By Janell Hazelwood

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In today's job market, hiring managers see hundreds of resumes cross their desk and in boxes every week. So what's the best way to be sure yours shines above the rest and gets you an interview? Check out these five tips to ensure your resume gets noticed and leads to call backs for opportunities. —Aisha Taylor

Get Hired!: 5 Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed

Job seekers tips for a stand-out resume

Check out these five tips to ensure your resume gets noticed and leads to call…

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Win a FREE Resume Makeover!

Get free career consulting advice from an expert who will make your resume shine!

Are you a job seeker who has sent out countless resumes and wonders why you…

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Get Hired!: 4 Tools Every Job Seeker Needs for Career Success

Essentials you should have to get the job you deserve

BlackEnterprise.com presents the tools for success with job seeking and trying to advance your career.

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7Alternative Holiday Jobs

Whether out of school or out of a job, here's how you can make extra cash during the holidays

Good tidings and cheer isn’t all that comes with the holiday season; a lot of…

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Obama to GOP: Stop Playing Political Games

On the eve of 9/11 anniversary, president defends economic strategy and asks for patience

According to Obama, the economic crisis has been so deep and so wide that his…

By Joyce Jones

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Can Obama Pave The Way to New Jobs?

New economic initiative likely to boost employment, but may not move the needle for black-owned businesses

Standing before a group of labor union crowd in Milwaukee on Labor Day, President Obama…

By Joyce Jones

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Job Seekers Readiness Guide

Unemployment�s high and competition is tough. Here are five key areas that can give you the edge in the job market

At a time when many job seekers are asking if résumés are still relevant, Jewell…

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Your Opportunity is Out There! Go Get It!

With unemployment at 9.9%—meaning more than 15 million people are out of work—talk of an…

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Since You Asked: Can’t Find a Job in My Field

What am I doing wrong?

I’m so discouraged trying to find a position in my field of human resources management.…

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Is the Corporate Grind Really Worth It?

Thinking about going solo? Freelancing might be right for you.

Call it a dream to work from home in your PJs, choose your income, your…

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.7%

Annual adjustments show fewer jobs in economy despite rate drop

The Department of Labor reported today that in January, the U.S. unemployment rate decreased from…

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Learning the New Rules of Today’s Job Market

The current economic crisis has forced college students to think strategically about career options. Most…

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