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Application Launch for 2015-2016 White House Fellows

President Obama and the First Lady are encouraging Americans to apply

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are encouraging Americans to apply to the White…

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One Third of Part-Time Workers Are Struggling to Find Full-Time Work

A recent study by CareerBuilder shows many still having difficulty

A nationwide survey was conducted by CareerBuilder online, which took samples from 301 U.S. part-time…

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Leap of Faith: A Millennial’s Story of Saying Goodbye to the 9-to-5

Journalist Dontaira Terrell's journey to call her own shots and take back her independence

Millennial Dontaira Terrell quit her Corporate America job to pursue calling her own shots in…

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3 Smart Steps for Job Seekers With No Luck

Think you've done all you can do? Try these steps

If you think you’ve done everything you can to land a gig, maybe you haven’t.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Military Boss Moves: 5 Smart Job-Seeking Tasks to Do While Deployed

Prep early for life after serving your country

These tips will help you prep early for career moves in civilian life.

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Things You Don’t Need on Your Resume

Tips on what not to include on your resume to maximize it’s success in landing…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Trends in Career Reinvention: Cities Hiring ‘Chief Innovation Officers’

Latest news lends nod to power of reinvention for professionals

Cities are now hiring chief innovation officers, a nod at how job seekers can focus…

By Janell Hazelwood

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4 Smart Reasons to Leave the 9-to-5 And Become Your Own Boss

Making that move of faith isn't just for disgruntled workers

Sometimes it’s a bigger power play to work for yourself. Here’s why.

By Janell Hazelwood

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4 Good Reasons Volunteering Helps Your Job Search

Use your free time to give back---and get a leg up on opportunities

Don’t let unemployment get you down. You can spend your time giving back—and getting a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Job Seekers: 3 Vital Interview Questions That Tell All

Employers take cues from your answers, so don't be on the losing side

Prospective employers take cues from the way you answer these key questions, so take a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The One Valuable Success Trait You Need That Lawyers Have

Become indispensable with top-notch, quick critical thinking skills

Lateefah Muhammad, successful Florida A&M University College of Law graduate and professor, shares the secrets…

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If you have a stressful job or are in the midst of an un-happy relationship, find ways to cope with these nuisances or move away from them altogether.  Finding “me time” such as meditation, starting a blog, volunteering, creating an art project or riding a motorcycle.  If it makes you feel good about yourself and takes you away from the day to day difficulties, do it.  If you are stressed you are more prone to fall back into bad habits.

5 Ways Yoga Can Help Your Job Search

These lessons can lead you to your dream gig

Besides the obvious health benefits, here are lessons you can apply to your job hunt…

By Janell Hazelwood

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4 Money-Smart Employment Options for the Summer

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Sometimes, traditional work just doesn’t cut it alone. And as the weather gets…

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How to Market Yourself in 150 Characters or Less

Use this strategy to condense your elevator pitch

Oftentimes, employers have little time and less patience. Learn the art of introducing what you…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Rethink Your Resume: Creative Ideas You Can Execute Today

One savvy job seeker used Kickstarter as inspiration

Some say keep it simple. Others say get fancy with it. Either way, creativity can…

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Is Your Job Search Suffering Because Of Your Social Circle?

Are your family and friends keeping you from getting a job?

The people you surround yourself with are reflective of you. So now’s the time to…

By Sasha King

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Success Secrets Exposed: 5 Steps to Upgrading the Game after Graduation

Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D. shares a strategy for job market advancement

Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D., best-selling author and speaker, shares a strategy that can arm grads with…

By Antoine Moss

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How to Use Your Day Job to Get to Your Dream Job

Create the appropriate strategy today

Some gigs are just a stepping stone, and in any power player’s career, knowing a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Social Media Profiles for Job Seeking

These tips are quick, simple and out of the box

So you’ve seen tip after tip on optimizing your resume. Well these are simple and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Too Picky In Your Job Search

Sometimes less than ideal is the best option

Having standards is one thing but some job seekers take them to a whole other…

By Sasha King

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An Old Staple for Youth: How to Write A Savvy Cover Letter

Students and young professionals, these tips will help you draft a winner

Hate having to tailor that initial introduction? Well, these tips will help you draft that…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Top 5 Job-Seeking Mistakes of College Students

How to get ahead of the game post graduation

It’s always good to know what you do right, but it’s the avoidable mistakes that…

By Sasha King

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Recruiters: Here’s How to Attract More Young Leaders

Attract millennial innovators with these quick tips

You want millennial innovators to work for your company? Well, it’s not always about what…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Newly Unemployed? 7 Steps To Turn Challenge Into Triumph

Don't let the gloom stop your grind

Don’t let the gloom halt your grind. You can succeed after being laid off or…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Career Development Like Dating? 4 Rules to Apply to the Grind

These tips won't leave you heartbroken

Sometimes, finding the right job or career can be like finding “the one.” Here are…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Seal the Deal: How to Approach Job Seeking Like an Entrepreneur

This strategy can help you get the offer you deserve

Take a page from the book of enterprising leaders and approach your job search like…

By Sasha King

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The One Valuable Job Skill Employers Will Love You For

No matter what industry, this knowledge will make you that much more marketable

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With almost every industry being influenced by tech, it’s not rocket science that having…

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College to Career: 5 Steps to an Easy Transition

Strategy for maximizing valuable post-grad career building

This strategy will ensure you don’t waste valuable time and resources post graduation.

By Antoine Moss

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Brand Building for the Intrapreneur

How a solid personal brand can lead to internal success

Crafting a great personal brand can mean the difference between being seen as a great…

By James Walker

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Top Five Mistakes Recruiters Make on Job Posts

Faux pas that could mean months of employment vacancy

Finding talent to fill a position can be difficult. Avoid these common faux pas to…

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The Ultimate Career Every Professional Should Prep For

You won't believe what this lucrative professional path is

Apparently, no matter what industry you’re in today, there’s one path of employment everyone should…

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No Bueno: 10 Job-Seeking Mistakes Recent Grads Should Avoid

Take heed to these faux pas when at the interview

If you’re looking for entry-level employment, be sure to avoid these common mistakes.

By Courtney Connley

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4 Smart Ways to Use Twitter to Find Your Next Gig

These steps can ensure you find job-seeking success

Job seekers, these steps will ensure you maximize the time you’re spending tweeting, to find…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Calling All Recruiters: How to Best Screen Candidates via Social Media

A step-by-step process on finding the best of the best on the Web

When it comes to finding great talent, recruiters must also leverage their visibility on the…

By Sasha King

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17 Wacky—But Winning—Steps to Success

This off the cuff strategy can help you advance in your career

Sometimes you have to go against the grain to truly succeed. This strategy is for…

By Sasha King

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Cool Jobs: 12 Emerging Careers in Tech

Keep track of the trends for career growth

These tech sectors show promise and growth, providing new options for employment.

By Sasha King

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Celeb Status: 5 Winning Ways to Connect with VIPs and Celebrities

Use this strategy to make power connections in your industry

It can seem intimidating approaching who’s who of your industry. Use this strategy to make…

By Antoine Moss

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You Get Paid to Do What? 5 Unique Jobs for Creative Types

These out-of-the-box careers are perfect options

If you’re a creative job candidate or don’t fit into a mold, no worries. These…

By Courtney Connley

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5 Ways to Market Freelance Skills for Full-Time Employment

Use these rules of thumb for long-term opportunities

Five tips how to best explain your freelance experience when interviewing for a permanent position.

By Sasha King

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Job Seekers: How to Win the Post-Interview Waiting Game

Surveys says average employer takes weeks to follow up

You haven’t heard a peep since that winning job interview. But, you may not be…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Night Owls and Early Risers: Top Career Choices Best for You

Whether you prefer the late shift or mornings, there are options

So you don’t like waking up at the crack of dawn to go to work.…

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Career Success: Is 30 Really the New 20?

If you're still in your prime, quit fretting and get busy

So you haven’t figured out what you want to do with your life yet. Might…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Blaze Your Own Trail: 5 Ways Millennials Can Kickstart Career

Non-traditional ways of making a living and follow your purpose

For young professionals, creating opportunities to leverage their skills in nontraditional ways is key. Here’s…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Spring Fever: The Best and Worst Cities for Jobs

San Jose and Portland among top; New York and New Orleans rate low

The season of renewal is coming, and many businesses hire and fire during this time.…

By Sasha King

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Get Into This: Out-of-the-Box Resumes and When to Use Them

Unique job-seeking tactics and when to keep it simple

Here’s how to leverage unique job-seeking tactics and when to just keep it simple.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Brand You: 5 Winning Ways to Sell Yourself

These tips will help you stand out from the pack

Try these tips to market yourself in the job market.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Outstanding: 10 Ways to Make a Lasting First Impression

Be popular and engaging no matter where you go

These steps will ensure you’re likable, engaging and able to close the deal in making…

By Sasha King

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4 Ways to Boost Job-Seeking Success

These steps ensure you have a solid plan with winning results

Consider the following ways you can increase your chances of job-seeking success, simply but putting…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Higher Ed Hustle: Four Advantages of Working While in College

New study says more students working through school. Here's why that's a good thing

A new study shows that more students are working while in school. Here are four…

By Jamie Harrison

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It’s Not Just About Tweeting: Top 5 Coolest Social Media Jobs

As Social Media Week winds down, check out what it takes to get the hottest gigs

It takes more than just tweeting to be a social media professional. Here’s a list…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Hired: Top 20 Paid Internships Across the Country

Former interns weigh in a rate companies on scale of 1 to 5

Take a look at the best companies to intern, according to a survey of former…

By Sasha King

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How To Tackle “Your Biggest Weakness” In An Interview

Turn a question on your shortcomings into a winning selling point

When asked the dreaded question that might shine a light on shortcomings, here’s how you…

By Sasha King

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Match Made in (Job) Heaven: How to Find the Perfect Career

Let your first choice be the right choice

You can make the right choice the first go round with these tips on choosing…

By Sasha King

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Top Career Lies You Believe in Your 20s

Don't believe the hype. Get in gear today.

From outdated advice to time taken for granted, your 20s is a prime time to…

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How to Bring Out Your Inner Gangsta for the Job Hunt

Pew study shows millennials more motivated during search---and you be can too

A Pew study shows millennials work harder to gain employment. Here are three ques you…

By Jamie Harrison

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Bring on the Knowledge: 5 College Courses That Add to Your Job Marketability

Classes that translate into better jobs

These classes add valuable skills to your portfolio, making you that much more competitive in…

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Cold Call: How to Avoid Getting the Dial Tone During Your Job Search

This strategy ensures you won't get immediate rejection

This successful strategy will ensure less immediate rejection—and at least they’ll hear you out.

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Just Stop It: 5 Failing Job-Seeking Habits You Need to Break

A tough market can breed desperation. Don't ride the bandwagon

From abusing social networks to being a persistent pest, these five habits could keep you…

By Courtney Connley

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Exciting Experiences & No Benefits: 4 Pros and Cons of Working for a Startup

Consider what you're getting into before saying yes to the job

Spending your work days in jeans with an office full of cool people sounds like…

By Jamie Harrison

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25 to Life: How to Conquer the Quarter Life Crisis

Use this strategy to combat the inevitably scary transition

Damian Barr, author of Get It Together: A Guide To Surviving Your Quarter-Life Crisis, offers…

By Jamie Harrison

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Mission Possible: Working With a Strategic Purpose Can Mean Greater Job Satisfaction

Media vet gives strategy on infusing passion in professional path

Having a mission gives your work purpose, one that goes beyond the organization you serve.…

By James Walker

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Jobless Blues: 8 Coping Tactics for the Newly Unemployed

Acknowledge the challenges then get back into the saddle

With many companies still conducting layoffs, bouncing back from becoming unemployed can be difficult. Here’s…

By Sasha King

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Constantly Changing Gigs? Here’s Why You Should Set Some Roots

Making changes is fine, but frequent moves can hinder advancement

While changing jobs may not necessarily be bad for young workers, doing so too frequently…

By Jamie Harrison

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A Diminishing Legacy: Postal Job Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class

Budget cuts lead to more economic challenges for minority workers

U.S. Postal Service having eliminated 168,000 jobs since 2006. More cuts are expected, meaning more…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Got No Experience? You Can Still Make Major Career Strides

Mogul John C. Maxwell's tips on sparking professional success

Business mogul John C. Maxwell shares career advancement tips for millennials who have little to…

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How to Avoid Getting ‘Catfished’ in Your Career

Be smart and diligent to avoid employment-related fraud

MTV’s “Catfish” showcases the dangers of fraud in online love connections, but you can also…

By Courtney Connley

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Show Me the Money: Are Unpaid Internships Worth Your Time?

Sometimes you have to weigh your options for long-term success

Sometimes getting no compensation for work may not be a viable option. Check out the…

By Jamie Harrison

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When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: How Discernment Should Be Your BFF in Job Seeking

Being too direct or wacky can mean yet another year unemployed

We’ve all heard the “get creative” advice, but sometimes getting a bit too radical can…

By Janell Hazelwood

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7 Must-Have Skills for a Career in Tech

Specific knowledge set will ensure you remain competitive

Learn what essential knowledge this high-growth industry requires so can be at the top of…

By Janell Hazelwood

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No Bueno: 4 Pieces of Bad Career Advice to Avoid

Common quips that could derail long-term professional success

These insights are commonly expressed but not necessarily the best insight on career fulfillment or…

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TMI, Much? How Disclosing Too Much Relationship Drama Can Taint Your Professional Reputation

Save the drama and focus on the bigger picture

Three reasons blasting every little detail about your relationship on social media can taint your…

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Football Fanatics Please Apply: How Your Sports Obsession Can Be a Job-Seeking Plus

Try these winning strategies to make a career touchdown

You can apply vital sports elements to win in your job search. Here’s how.

By Sasha King

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Eliminate the Chaos: How to Organize Your Job Hunt

Don’t let the process and stress drive you up the wall

You don’t have to be overwhelmed with trying to find your next gig. Here are…

By Courtney Connley

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Up in Smoke: Don’t Let Twitter Ruin Your Career

For the average person, a negative social media imprint can damage their brand

Check out these tips to avoid making social media missteps that may hinder your professional…

By Jamie Harrison

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Flip the Script: 3 Key Questions to Ask During Your Job Interview

These will set you apart from the competition

The job-seeking process is a two-way street. Employers are vetting you, but you should also…

By Courtney Connley

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I Just Want to be Successful: 4 Signs It’s Time to Look for Another Job

It may seem scary, but in order to advance, you must take the first step

Making the decision to take the next step in your career can seem scary, especially…

By Jamie Harrison

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Motivation: 3 (Right) Ways to Help A Loved One Get a Job

Offer professional gifts that keep on giving

Here are three ways that will help both you and the ones closest to you…

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Stick & Move: How to Job Search While Still Employed

Ensure you're progressing with this advancement strategy

Many professionals struggle with how to juggle a job search while handling the job they…

By Courtney Connley

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5 Harsh Realities Young Professionals Face—And How to Overcome Them

Don't be discouraged, but resourceful and innovative

The employment cards may not be stacked in recent grads favor, but here’s how you…

By Courtney Connley

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Job Seeking: How to Seal the Deal Like a Salesman

Take a cue from their confidence and strategy to get real results

Take a cue from tactics salespeople use all the time to sell products by being…

By Janell Hazelwood

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True Life: Surefire Ways to Tank Your Job Interview

Take heed to this writer's cautionary tale of failure and triumph

One writer tells firsthand the mistakes he made as a job seeker and how you…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Boss Moves: 3 Winning Management Strategies of Silicon Valley

Boost your productivity and efficiency at your office

Companies like Pinterest and Instagram have seen major success. Here’s how you can take a…

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A Bit Much?: Why Infographic Resumes Might Not Be a Good Look

Though creative, they may not be worth the time to create

Though infographic resumes have become all the rage, you may want to think twice before…

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I’ll Pass: How to Properly Turn Down a Job Offer

It may not seem like a big deal, but how you decline can affect future success

It may not seem like a big deal, but in many cases, how you decline…

By Jamie Harrison

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Why You Aren’t Having Job-Seeking Success

How to get out of your own way and regroup

For frustrated job seekers, giving up isn’t the answer — or an option. Here’s how…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Go Broke While Looking for a Job

Clever ways to impress without straining your already-strapped wallet

Here are ways you can still impress while not emptying your already-lacking pockets.

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond: How to Get Top Opps at Your Job

Be inspired by Rihanna's 777 Tour to have once-in-a-lifetime career moments

Journalists recently got the career chance of a lifetime to be part of Rihanna’s 777…

By Jamie Harrison

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Bey Savvy: Social Media Lessons You Can Learn From Beyonce

Having a targeted, less-is-more approach can be ideal

Here are 3 reasons laying off on social media while on the job or job…

By Jamie Harrison

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Real Boss Move: Seek Career Flexibility, Not Job Security

Diversifying your skills ensures you'll tread a more realistic---and lucrative---path

With job security out of the window, many full-time workers are in combat mode, preparing…

By James Walker

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Next Gen Resumes: How to Present 360-View of You

Use online tools to stand out from the pack

The resumes of tomorrow are not just one-page documents. They are living, breathing presentations that…

By James Walker

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Be Bold: How to Get Outside Your Comfort Zone for Job Search Success

Challenge yourself and try something new

Here are some job searching tips that will put you at ease during the process…

By Sasha King

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Low Retention: Why Job-Hopping Is Your Best Move

Sometimes staying loyal to one gig isn't the best idea

One writer offers the 10 reasons keeping it moving is not such a bad idea.

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Top 10 Hot Spots for Finding Blogging Jobs

Check out these key resources to find work that pays

These are prime job boards for bloggers to find paying gigs.

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Maximizing Your Membership: How to Make Professional Orgs Work For You

Get the best return on your time investment

These tips will help you maximize your professional memberships and ensure your involvement in organizations…

By James Walker

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Keep Your Head Up: Staying Motivated During Your Job Search

Don't be discouraged. Remain focused and strategic while looking for work

Here are tips on how to keep your cool and remain encouraged while looking for…

By Jamie Harrison

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Job Fair Ninja: How to Walk Out With a Winning Gig Today

Three steps that will ensure you aren't wasting precious time

Cindy Billington, career advisement professional at Texas A&M University, shares tips on how to conquer…

By Jamie Harrison

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Negotiating Your First Salary

Are you being a pushover or a power player?

Sometimes getting what you deserve at your first gig can be daunting. Check out these…

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You Tried It: Top Most Ineffective Responses to Twitter Job Opps

Stay away from mistakes that could cost you a prime opportunity

Here are the top most annoying, off-putting ways to respond to a job opportunity presented…

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9 Annoying Lies Job Interviewers May Tell You

Learn how to decipher the half-truths to make the right decision

Check out nine of these fibs and how you can see right through them to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Dazed & Delusional: Get Real About Your Professional Strengths and Weaknesses

These five steps will lead you in the right direction

Here are four steps to truly assessing yourself for true career advancement and fulfillment.

By Jamie Harrison

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Perfect (Professional) Match: How Searching for the Right Career is Like Dating

From the interview to the vetting, job seeking very similar to dating

Job seeking can be likened to dating, with similar principles and outcomes.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Three Career Boss Moves You Can Make Before, During, and After Sandy

Use this down time to get a leg up on competition

Here are there productive things you can do to enhance your career while waiting out…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You: How to Handle Job Rejections

Every 'no' leads to an eventual 'yes,' so stay positive and persistent

Here’s three simple ways to ward off the Job Seeker Blues. You’ll get your dream…

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Top 3 Inadvertent Job Interview Flubs by Young Professionals

Stay away from these not-always-so-obvious employer turn-offs

Stay away from these not-so-obvious flubs that could turn off a recruiter or prospective employer.

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Trashed: 4 Cover Letter Mistakes that Lead to the Delete Key

Gain the competitive edge by staying away from these faux pas

Stay away from these age-old red flags that turn recruiters and prospective employers all the…

By Jamie Harrison

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Top Free Sites to Boost Your Professional Profile

Simple and essential Web tools to help you stand out from the pack

Use these savvy Web tools when marketing yourself to prospective clients and employers.

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Get Into This: 4 Free Savvy Job Search Apps

On-the-go resources make getting that gig so much easier

Check out these four free app resources to make your job search that much easier…

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Career Tip of the Week: Prep for Your Next Season

With cold weather soon to come, take care of what's important today

Cold weather will soon usher in fall, and with that you wan to be prepared…

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How You Can Use Your Blog for Job Search

Creative ways to maximize employment opportunities

A blog can be more than just a Web journal or gossip rag. You can…

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New Grads: How You Can Get a Career Jumpstart

Use these tips to land the job of your dreams

If you’re a newbie on the job market, here are a few tips to help…

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Online Job Fairs: Viable Option for Disabled Job Seekers

Convenience of the Web offers prime career opportunities

Opportunities for disabled job seekers to network and land your dream gig are just a…

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Creative Resumes: 3 Job-Seeking Blunders

Don't go too far left with your professional pitch

It’s OK to stand out among other job seekers, but don’t go too far when…

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Survey: Minority Employment Up in Radio and TV

More media jobs in South and West than in Northeast, Midwest

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDN) reports more minorities working in radio and television…

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What a Cliché: 5 Most Overused Resume Phrases

Get rid of rhetoric and get to the tangible job skills

Overused resume cliches and buzz phrases can be a turnoff for employers looking for tangible…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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7 Awesome Jobs You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Perfect picks for the nontraditional job seeker

Of course the traditional career paths prevail, but these jobs are for the job seeker…

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5 Reasons Summer is the Best Time for Your Job Search

Take advantage of the perks of this season to find ultimate success

The daylight hours are longer and there’s more time to execute the best strategy. Summer…

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A Smarter Way to Update Your Resume

Key things to consider before adjusting a very important document

A resume is more than just a piece of paper full of experience. Here’s how…

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7 Steps to Getting a Promotion

Make strategic power moves in the right direction

Use this seven-step strategy to position yourself for a power move in the right direction.

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The Best — and Worst — Body Language Cues in the Office

Be sure to be conscious of the unspoken message your sending in the workplace

A story can be told using no words, whether it’s through a weak handshake or…

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How to Deal with a Toxic Boss

Find ways to manage those Monday (through Friday) Blues

You don’t have to sit in misery at work, dealing with a terrible supervisor. Here…

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One of the most significant challenges faced by any jobseeker is how to make yourself more marketable.  It’s important to identify and develop qualities and skills that make you more attractive to potential employers than your counterparts.  While the list of these qualities is extensive, and includes commonly known traits such as education and communication skills, this ever-evolving job market requires you to go above what is common.  Here are 7 qualities/skills that every employee should seek to attain. ---Aisha M. Taylor

7 Qualities of a Marketable Employee

Every employer looks for these top qualities in the employees they invest in. Check out…

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Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. It's the popular kid on the social media block, showing enormous growth and attracting the interest---and usage--of big brands including Nike, Kraft, Whole Foods, and HGTV. From boards centering on arts & crafts to interior decor and jobs boards, Pinterest can serve as a vital resource in not only your life but specifically, your career.


Check out five ways you can utilize Pinterest for professional development and advancement. ---Sirita Wright

5 Ways You Can Get a Job Using Pinterest

Find professional development and career leads via Web boards

This fast-growing social media platform can be a vital resource for professional development, job leads…

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7 Ways to Bounce Back After a Lay Off

Take these steps to overcome fear and act with confidence

Here are the steps to take if you’re facing termination or have already been laid…

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4 Ways to Boost Your Professional Marketability

Be that job candidate who is sought after and indispensable

Don’t just rest on simply having a degree. Make yourself a job candidate who is…

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How to Ace the Toughest Job Interview Question

Tackle it with the confidence of knowing the right approach

Tackle the question of your contribution to company profitability with confidence.

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Skip the objective. Objectives are outdated and rarely used in today’s world of professional resume writing. The purpose of the objective was to tell employers what you were seeking, i.e. “a challenging sales position.” Instead, the objective has now been replaced with a career profile or a summary of qualifications which tells employers exactly what you have to offer, i.e. “accomplished professional with 10 years sales experience.” Your resume should include a concise yet quality career profile which clearly indicates what you have to offer, rather than just what you desire. Employers are far more attracted to a candidate who actually brings something to the table.

How to Market Untraditional Work History

Eloquently explain the diversity of job experiences on your resume

Whether you’ve changed jobs frequently or had periods of unemployment, here’s how best to explain…

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3 Common Mistakes Job Seekers Make

Don't lose an opportunity because of avoidable errors

Be sure to avoid making these top errors when pursuing job opportunities.

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How to Maximize Your Goal Setting for Career Success

Ways to strategize your next move to land your dream job

It’s vital to set feasible goals and strategize ways to execute for future career success.

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How to Shake the Jitters Before a Job Interview

Walk in the room armed with confidence

Here’s how to shake those last feelings of nervousness before your job interview.

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New Job Skills to Fine Tune for the New Year

Get an early start on career strategy for 2012

These are top job skills that should be evaluated and improved for career success in…

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Study: Showing Too Much Skin Can Hinder Job-Seeking Success

Baring all can trigger doubts about decision-making abilities

Recent research examines the correlation between inappropriate attire and job-seeking success.

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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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Do’s and Don’ts for the Pregnant Job Seeker

Tips for pursuing career opportunities while expecting a child

Being pregnant shouldn’t deter you from pursuing your career goals. Here are tips on how…

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From Mouths of Recruiters: 4 Ways To Tank the Interview

Avoid these mistakes to land your dream job

Four common mistakes job seekers make that turn off recruiters.

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Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. ---Hajj Flemings

How to Prep for Success Early in Your Career

Start now on the right path to professional excellence

Ten tips to put you on an early track toward career success.

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4 Reason You’re Not Landing the Job

If offers aren't pouring in, it's time to reevaluate

Four reasons you’re not getting job offers and how you can regroup to find job-seeking…

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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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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.

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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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Be dependable. Are you dependable, especially when the clock is running out?

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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Top 5 Job-Seeker Excuses and How to Get Over Them

Get past perceived barriers to find career success

Many job seekers are out of work, not because of lack of opportunity but because…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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It’s that time of the year again when you’re bombarded with tons of back to school commercials, followed by the fall window displays and that signature end-of-summer breeze. For many college students, it means buckling down and hitting the books again (yes, less Facebook and Twitter time), but why do so without gadgets that will make college life easier? As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has selected six tech apparatuses you should invest in this semester. —Janel Martinez

10 Free Resources for Learning New Job Skills

Ways you can up the ante to rebound from unemployment

Madame Noire tells 10 free ways you can learn new skills and redevelop the ones…

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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…

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