Monthly archive January, 2014
Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

My most recent question on Klout’s Cinch came from a college senior:  I’m a senior at UC Davis and it seems like everyone is stressing out about full-time employment. Is this really the right time to start looking? If you want to be working immediately after graduation, then, yes, this is the time to start... ...Continue Reading
How to Improve Your Skills & Knowledge "On the Cheap"

How to Improve Your Skills & Knowledge “On the Cheap”

Keeping your skills up to date is difficult when you’re unemployed.  One way to learn new skills and keep up with your field is by taking classes. I hear you now: Even if I  have the time to take classes, who has the money to invest? That’s where MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) come in.... ...Continue Reading
My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

Sam Javanrouh via Compfight Someone reached out to me on LinkedIn, asking for my advice about his six-month long job search. He wondered why it was taking so long now, while in the past he’d gotten offers almost immediately.  He wondered if it had to do with being let go from his last job. Here’s... ...Continue Reading
If You Feel Stuck, Try Doing a Personal SWOT Analysis

If You Feel Stuck, Try Doing a Personal SWOT Analysis

Sometimes, job search can seem endless and sometimes people feel stuck – as though they keep doing the same thing over and over without the result they want.  What to do? While I firmly believe that if you are doing everything right in job search, it’s a question of “when,” not “if,” you land your... ...Continue Reading
Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

A reader asks “What are the best jobs that allow you to travel?” Obvious travel-filled jobs are flight attendant and pilot.  Many pilots get their start in the Air Force. Other people who travel are those who work on cruise lines.  It’s hard work and a way to see a lot of different places, depending... ...Continue Reading
How to Prepare for Your First Job Interview

How to Prepare for Your First Job Interview

I love getting questions from job seekers, because I know that when one person asks about something, there are MANY more people who have the same question.  Luckily, I now have a regular source of questions, a new application called Cinch (from Klout), I periodically get asked for my advice on career issues.  Here’s the... ...Continue Reading

Where the Jobs Are: Areas for Job Growth & Skills Needed

Not long ago, I was asked about degrees that lead to jobs with salaries over $75,000 a year.  So I dug a little and found out that there are some areas where there is projected job growth, along with the probability that you will eventually make more than $75,000 a year.  Entry-level jobs start at... ...Continue Reading