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Your career is probably one of the most important aspect of your life. It helps define who you are, who you want to be, and what you’d like to be remembered for. As a young professional who has worked at two companies and dealt with two different corporate personalities, I try to impart my perspectives on the working climate today.


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How to Build a LinkedIn Profile that Will Help You Get a Job

Linkedin ChocolatesLast year, CareerBuilder released the results of a survey indicating that 37 percent of employers look at social media as part of the hiring process. As our society becomes even more dependent on technology and the web, more employers are likely to take a look at your online activity, and make decisions about you. As a result, it’s vital that you present yourself in the best light on social media.

One of the web sites that’s especially important when it comes to making professional connections is LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn profile can make or break your job search. On top of that, if you are looking for a job, LinkedIn can be a way for others to find you. Even though I’m not in the market for a traditional job, LinkedIn has resulted in freelance gigs.

Here are some tips for building a LinkedIn profile that is more likely to help you get a job:

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What Happens When the Opt-Out Moms Want Back In?

Working mom As a work at home mom, I have a natural interest in all things related career and parenting. It’s been especially interesting to me to read recently pieces on what has become of the so-called opt-out generation. An article for the New York Times recently revisited the lives of women who had opted out of work 10 years ago. Where are they now? And is it possible for them to opt back in to the workforce?

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Looking for a Job? Don’t Forget the Hidden Job Market

handshakeMy husband is looking for a full-time teaching job right now. It’s been a bit tough in this market. However, he got what might have been a break a few days ago. He’s consulting on a project at the university where he is an adjunct. He received some interesting advice as a result of his work on this project: Go in an ask for a better situation.

Apparently, there’s some wiggle room — but it’s not something that’s exactly advertised. This is something that is increasingly common in the job market. Employers might not advertise their openings, or advertise their best job openings. Instead, you need to be plugged in to the hidden job market, keeping an ear to the ground as you look for opportunities that might not be common knowledge.

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How to Make the Most of Your Internship

internshipRecently, internships have been in the news, thanks to a recent ruling regarding unpaid internships. While the actual future of unpaid and low-paid internships remain in doubt, the reality is that internships are likely to continue to be a part of professional development.

No matter what you think of internships, and whether you are paid or not, they can offer a great stepping stone to your career. However, you have to be willing to do what it takes to make the most of your internship.

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Should You Move for a Job? 5 Things to Consider

move for a jobMany people dream of moving to a new city and getting a new job. In fact, that’s a prospect that my family is facing right now. My husband will be interviewing for a new job, in a new city halfway across the country.

We’re pretty sure that moving for the job (if it’s offered to him) is the right move for us. After all, my husband’s job as an adjunct isn’t fulfilling to him, and it doesn’t pay very well. But, just because moving to another city for a new job — and higher pay — is right for us, it doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone.

Elizabeth Lions, career expert and author of I Quit! Working For You Isn’t Working For Me!, offers 5 items to consider before you pack up and move out:
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How to Find the Right Roommate

RoomiesNow that you’ve graduated from college, and have a job, you might decide it’s time to move out of mom and dad’s house.

Unfortunately, living on your own can be expensive. Even though you’re pulling down a regular paycheck, you might have trouble affording a place to live. Or, even you can make rent, you might not have enough left over (after your other bills) to do anything else.

If you are looking to strike that balance between living outside your parents’ house and saving money, one of the best ways is to get a roommate. You can split the cost of rent, as well as the utilities, and have a little more at the end of the month to spend on fun stuff or — better yet — to save for the future.

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How to Find a Mentor to Help Your Career

Mentors with their Mentees“Mentors can provide valuable advice, counsel, advocacy and networking assistance,” says Lynne Sarikas, director of Northeastern University’s MBA Career Center. “They can be a valuable career resource. Family and friends may want to help, but they often lack experience in the field.”

On top of that, Sarikas points out that many of our loved ones lack the objectivity needed when you are serious about improving. “Professional mentors can provide support, encouragement, and career-related guidance, while identifying and maximizing networking and career exploration opportunities.”

So, if a mentor can be such a help to your career, how do you find one?
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Unemployed? Your Benefits May Be Smaller than You Think

unemployment benefitsOne of the most frustrating things in life is being unemployed. This is especially true if you want to work, but you are unable to find a job. Even though the unemployment rate is falling, many people still find it difficult to land a job.

Many states administer unemployment benefits to help support those who can’t find work. If you don’t have a job, it might be worth it to see if you qualify for unemployment benefits.

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