Senior Job Seekers: Are you “Overqualified”?

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Age discrimination is unfortunately quite common in the corporate world today, and many senior job seekers are having difficulties getting the jobs they want and deserve. However, being older and less “fresh” is not the only reason why senior employees are turned away. Often, employers worry that older applicants are ‘overqualified’ and may demand a salary that’s above the company’s budget for a position. They might also feel that an overqualified worker will get bored with the po... Read More

How to Negotiate a Raise after Returning From Maternity Leave

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Returning to the ordinary ups and downs of work life after a long, and not-so-relaxing, maternity leave can be a real challenge. Your life can feel like a constant whirlwind, when you’ve got a baby to care for at home as well as all of your commitments at work. For this reason, some employers might believe that a working mom is unable to be completely committed to her job. Unfortunately, employers can use this as an excuse to give low raises to their female employees returning from maternity l... Read More

How Female Job Seekers Can Combat Age Discrimination

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Age discrimination in today’s corporate world is, unfortunately, quite commonplace. Companies, despite claiming to support equal opportunity for all, are more likely to hire new employees from Gen X or Gen Y rather than from the baby boomer generation. And, unfortunately, if you are a woman from to the baby boomer generation, you will have to deal with both age and gender discrimination. Over the years, there has b... Read More

How to Find Firms That Value Older Workers

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Many firms today prefer to recruit younger workers who have long careers ahead of them and can provide many years of value to a business. As a result, organizations tend to see an increase in the number of millennial employees, while older workers seeking new jobs are often left out of the hiring process. Thus, companies are frequently missing out on experienced employees while looking for fresh and energetic new faces to join the business. As age discrimination in the hiring process continue... Read More

Women: How to Handle Sexual Harassment at Work

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Unfortunately, sexual harassment against working women happens quite often, and it can appear in several forms. Physical, verbal, and even psychological forms of harassment can take place in a variety of settings, and if it is not dealt with correctly, this can result in significant emotional trauma. The problem with sexual harassment is that it is not always out in the open, thus people are often not aware that it is happening around them. It is often difficult for women to report cases of s... Read More

6 “P’s” for Veterans Returning to the Workforce

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Transitioning from the military back into regular civilian life can be difficult, especially when it comes to finding a job. For starters, you will have to look for positions that are suited to your skills, and this process can take months. You will need to draft a resume, submit applications, and attend interviews. When you’re working a regular 9 to 5 schedule, things will be quite different from how they were in the military. Still, your time in the service has showed that you can face... Read More

Market Your Bilingual Skills – It is More Effective than You Think

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Many job seekers sometimes try to avoid discussing their cultural and ethnic backgrounds during the job search due to fear of discrimination. However, for job seekers today, diversity is an added edge when portrayed the right way. If you can speak more than one language, you would definitely be a valuable addition to any company. So, you can give yourself an advantage by making potential employers aware of your bilingual skills. The Global Economy... Read More

How to Craft a Military-to-Civilian Transition Resume – Do’s and Don’ts

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You have served for years in the military, and finally it is time to return to regular civilian life. Of course, making this transition means you will need to find a civilian job. The first thing you have to do is identify the industry in which you would like to work and then design a resume that will help you land the job you want. However, simply listing your military experience in your resume isn’t the most effective... Read More

How to Combat Age Discrimination in the Job Search

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Even with all the fair and equal employment laws in place, job seekers above the age of 40 frequently face age discrimination. Unfortunately, this type of discrimination is often so subtle that it is almost impossible to prove. If you happen to be above a certain age and are looking for work, don’t let this discrimination get in the way of your career path. In fact, as a mature worker, your skills and experiences are of far more value than the services of a younger, less experienced employe... Read More

How to Handle Your First High-Stakes Job Interview

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You have held a great job for the last few years, and now you’ve decided that it is time to take your career to the next level. However, your company hasn’t offered you a promotion, even though you feel like you’re ready to take the next step. If your current employer isn’t doing much to advance your career growth, it might be time to consider changing companies. When you do decide to make a switch, you should try to apply for a higher position than your current level so that you can ... Read More

How to Discuss a Disability or Injury in Your Interview

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As a job seeker, it is imperative that you say the right things during your interview, as you are trying to make the best possible impression on a potential employer. If you are dealing with a disability or a recent injury, it is often better to be honest and let your employer know about it. I say ‘often better’ because it is not necessary for you to tell a potential employer everything about your disability. If your disability is visible and it comes up during the interview, there is lit... Read More

How To Turn Diversity Into A Career Advantage

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In today’s world, the term ‘diversity’ refers to a having wide array of beliefs, behaviors, and backgrounds. However, if you go back to just a few years ago, you’ll see that many employers believed that all issues related to workplace diversity could be resolved if a company simply looked more diverse. This is why many diversity management efforts in the past primarily involved the recruitment of candidates from different ethnic backgrounds. Today, however, ... Read More

How Diversity Can Help (and Hurt) Your Resume

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During a job interview, asking a candidate questions related to their ethnic, social, cultural, or religious background is a big no-no. So, no matter where you are from, being openly discriminated against during a job interview is unlikely. Companies understand the legal implications of such discrimination, and interviewers are trained to treat all job applicants with respect. However, when you are conducting a job search, the information on your resume will be reviewed with the utmost scruti... Read More

For College Students Seeking Jobs, It’s About More Than Classwork

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The minds of most college students today are occupied by a single thought - will I land a job after I’m done with my education? While some may find it strange that a soon-to-be college graduate would be worried about finding a job, the reality is that in today’s world, having a college degree does not guarantee placement in any industry. Of course, having a degree will increase your chances of landing a job, but a large number of recent college graduates today are unemployed or underemplo... Read More

How to Determine if You “Fit” Into a Company’s Culture

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Let’s say you work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. This is 40 hours of work every week, which is the standard for nearly every organization in today’s world. Isn’t it important that you stay happy for most of this time? To make sure that long hours at work don’t drain everything out of you, you will have to find a company where you really fit into the culture. The collective interaction between the employees in an organization along with the environment in which they operate is what mak... Read More

How to Market Volunteer Experience in Your Job Search

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Based on where you have volunteered and the kind of work you performed, volunteer experience can be a valuable addition to your resume. Most job seekers are reluctant to add volunteer experience to their resume on the assumption that an employer would simply overlook it. Some even fear that including volunteer work would make it seem like they’re trying too hard to get the job. But if you’ve done many hours of community service or volunteered at an organization for a charitable cause, ... Read More

Why a Criminal Background Should Not Automatically Disqualify a Candidate

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By Stephanie Hammerwold   Nearly one-third of the adult population in the U.S. has a criminal record. If employers are automatically disqualifying people with a record, they are missing out on a large number of potentially good employees. There is often an assumption that those with a record are untrustworthy, lazy, unreliable or otherwise not good candidates. The... Read More

Career Tips for Women of Color

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Even in the year 2016, women, particularly women of color, often face discrimination during their careers and are often stereotyped in the corporate world based on existing prejudices in a white-male dominated workforce. However, in today’s world, there is increasing social awareness, and companies are taking initiatives to promote more diversity in the workplace – now is the time to step up and take advantage of the opportunities for... Read More

An Introvert’s Guide to Getting Ahead in the Workplace

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For generations, people have propagated the idea that those who like to talk, love to socialize, and enjoy the spotlight have the edge over their peers in the work environment. Thanks to a flawed definition of leadership skills, this stereotype has been ingrained in society. It has led introverts to believe that they need to change their personalities and portray a more extroverted image in order to get ahead at work. Sure, being an introvert in the workplace comes with its share of challe... Read More

An LGBT Candidate’s Guide to the Job Search

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Our country has made great progress regarding the LGBT community over the past few years, but things are still not perfect, and members of this community still often encounter discrimination from their peers and even potential employers. When looking for a job as a member of the LGBT community, you will probably encounter some form of discrimination or questioning about your sexual identity, whether it is subtle, explicit, or entirely unintentional. However, you are not alone in this situatio... Read More

How to Land a Job if you are Overqualified

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You have been working in a regular job for a couple of years now, and during that time, you have gathered quite a bit of experience. You might even have a PhD under your belt, for all those specialized jobs requiring an advanced degree. With all this expertise and all these skills, you apply for a new role at another company. But to your dismay, the employer seems to shrug off your job application without as much as a phone call. You try again, and t... Read More

Resume Mistakes to Avoid

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Your resume speaks volumes about your skills as well as your personality, and it is often the first point of contact with a potential employer. You have to ensure that you make the right impression so that you can move on to the next step, because an unimpressive resume full of mistakes can end your hopes of landing your dream position. Most job seekers fail to understand the significance of the resume, and thus, building a great resume wil... Read More

How to Translate your Military Skills for a Civilian Job Resume

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Once you leave the military after years of service, finding a well-paying job to support your lifestyle becomes a top priority. However, many veterans are often unsure of where to start their search for a normal job. This is primarily due to the fact that they may be unable to explain to employers how their time in the military has given them the necessary skill set for civilian jobs. If you are a military veteran, it is imperative that you... Read More

How to Ask for ‘Reasonable Accommodations’ if You Have a Disability

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Thanks to recent government efforts, companies are now more open to hiring employees with disabilities. This, coupled with regulations that ensure equal employment opportunities, makes it a lot easier to find a job as a disabled worker. Even then, when you’re disclosing a disability during the job search, you may come face to face with quite a few difficulties. For example, many employers still beli... Read More

How to Use Diversity to Your Advantage in the Job Search

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In recent years, organizations have been looking to hire diverse candidates in order to portray a strong global outlook in a workforce made up of various different ethnicities, races, sexes, and religions. Companies understand how important it is to have diversity within their organizations, as it provides different perspectives and a large pool of unique talents to help grow their business. Also, having members from different cultural an... Read More
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