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Are you ready to differentiate yourself from others who are competing for the most desirable positions? We’ll get you ready. It’s tough out there, and in today’s job market, we are committed to helping our Candidates to do more than simply survive.  We can do “better”.  We can help you to thrive!

Many claim that the definition of success is when preparation meets opportunity.  Which is more important: preparation for success or the opportunity itself?  At American Recruiters, we believe they’re both equally important.

Top performers at all levels, will all agree that putting in the time and effort to being better prepared is critical to their success.  Whether you are an athlete, a chief executive officer or an aspiring management trainee, being prepared and able to perform and outperform others who are vying for the best career opportunities is what gets you noticed.  We help our Candidates prepare in every way possible, to ensure that they’re ready, when it’s their time to be seen and to perform.  From better resume and cover letter writing to better interviewing and accepting an exciting job offer, to growing in your career – we keep you prepared in ways that give you a competitive edge in today’s job market.

And because American Recruiters has partnered with the leading employers in our areas of expertise, we can provide you with a network of stealth opportunities that you would never find on your own. Our customers count on us to provide them with exceptional, better prepared, stealth talent that they can’t find on their own either.

Where preparation meets opportunity – you’ll find Us.  And you.
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  • What’s the worst thing you can do at an interview? May 19, 2017 - by: Michael Cheary-reed.co.uk We all make mistakes. Even at interviews. But before you start letting your nerves get the better of you, the good news is that most interview nightmares are easy to avoid. It all comes down to preparation – as well as knowing which things are likely to turn recruiters off. We’ve already... read more
  • What’s Different About A Second Interview? May 19, 2017 - by: Liz Ryan-FORBES Dear Liz, I’m in my first “career” job. I got hired through the career placement center at my college. It has been a great job for two years, but now I’m supposed to be transferred to a new location. They are moving people around and I have less seniority than almost everyone... read more
  • Three Magical Words That Will Change The Trajectory Of Your Career May 17, 2017 - by: Bruce Kasanoff -FORBES One of the smartest things anyone ever said to me was, “Act as if… you already have what you want.” These three words are like magic, so much so that it’s difficult for me to explain why they can have such a profound impact on your career. If you act as... read more
  • How to Prepare for a Phone Interview May 10, 2017 - by: Career Cloud An early step of any interview process is the phone screen. It can make or break your application process, especially if the position you’re seeking requires excellent communication skills. This is your first impression on a company and you need to make it count. The phone screener could be a recruiter, a... read more
  • Finding A Mentor Might Be Easier Than You’re Making It May 9, 2017 - by: Steve Cadigan , CONTRIBUTOR – Forbes No matter your level of seniority in your company or field, you’re inevitably going to encounter a challenging situation you’re unsure how to handle. This can be anything from a new job offer, to a company merger, to managing a tough employee. Instead of viewing these as stumbling... read more
  • 12 tips for your best resume ever April 5, 2017 - By Jane Burnett, LADDERS Writing a resume is, let’s face it, not always seen as fun: hours mulling every year of your career, searching for the right words, worrying about whether your accomplishments look impressive enough. Then you have to find the time to noodle around with it, between work, family and other commitments. Even... read more
  • Avoid Three Common Nursing Resume Mistakes March 14, 2017 - by Keith Carlson In 2016, resumes are still very important for nurses, whether you’re just out of school or a fully seasoned nursing professional. Resumes aren’t rocket science, but many a nurse feels confused and baffled by how to make their resume work. Why not avoid some common mistakes that will weaken your resume from the... read more
  • 8 Required Skills for Today’s Nurses March 14, 2017 - Nursing leaders need to be able to tackle tomorrow’s value-based care challenges. I recently had the chance to talk with two of the nation’s most prominent nursing leaders — Lamont M. Yoder, the CEO of Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz., and Carol Bradley, senior vice president and chief nursing... read more
  • Good news for those with nursing careers March 14, 2017 - by Scott E. Rupp It’s survey season again, and we’re being met with a harvest of new data that — for the most part — shines the sunlight on the healthcare industry and gives all a little something extra to talk about. I’m passionate about such information, partly because I believe it’s like salt to an... read more
  • 3 Reasons You’re Not Getting Hired (Even Though You’re 100% Qualified) February 22, 2017 - The Muse , CONTRIBUTOR Shutterstock It’s one of the most frustrating job search scenarios. You’re applying for the right roles and you have the right qualifications. You know this to be true because you’re landing one interview after the next. And yet, you’re not getting offers. You keep hearing that, while you were a finalist,... read more
  • 7 career lessons from the 7-year-old girl who wants a job at Google February 22, 2017 - By Allison Hirschlag Google CEO Sundar Pichai received a unique job inquiry recently. Not only was it sent directly to him — hardly the norm for a giant company — but it was also hand-written by a 7-year-old girl. While Chloe Bridgewater from Hereford, England is not exactly on the job hunt yet, she wanted... read more
  • 13 tips for nailing a Skype interview February 20, 2017 - Etiquette surrounding a Skype interview is different from both in-person and phone interviews, but mastering the art could land you the job you’ve been coveting. Skype interviews can really be the best of both worlds — you still get face-to-face time with an employer while cutting travel out of the equation. And while mastering the... read more
  • How to survive being in-between jobs February 17, 2017 - By Jaclynn Knecht, Career Contessa contributor UNEMPLOYMENT ISN’T IDEAL…BUT IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME IN-BETWEEN JOBS. Anger, relief and anxiety are just a few of the feelings I had the morning I received my termination notice. Granted, it was from a job whose shelf... read more
  • How to search for a job while you have a job February 17, 2017 - By Mary Lorenz USE THESE TIPS TO SUCCESSFULLY SEARCH FOR A NEW JOB WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE A JOB. You like your job – you just don’t love it. Or you hate your job, and every minute that ticks by is a minute shaved off your life. Or maybe it’s not the job, but your... read more
  • How to job hunt smarter, not harder February 17, 2017 - Source: CareerBuilder THE FOLLOWING JOB-SEARCH TIPS CAN HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIME AND EFFORTS DURING YOUR SEARCH. Submitting applications left and right? Not getting as many responses as you thought you would? Feel like applying is itself a full-time position? When you’re on the job hunt, it feels good to be... read more
  • 6 job-search mistakes to avoid when finding your first job February 17, 2017 - Source: CareerBuilder HERE ARE SOME COMMON JOB-SEARCH MISTAKES THAT TRIP UP MANY NEW GRADS — AND TIPS FOR AVOIDING THEM. Launching your first job search is both exciting and bewildering. You’re eager to impress potential employers with your newly gotten experience and degree, but you’re afraid that you might botch it. Here are some common... read more
  • 7 Job Search Productivity Tips February 17, 2017 - By Mary Lorenz WHILE THERE’S NO EASY BUTTON FOR LANDING A JOB, THERE ARE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR JOB SEARCH MORE PRODUCTIVE AND FIND A JOB IN RECORD TIME. If there are two things we know in life that are certain, it’s that 1) as long as Taylor Swift is falling in and out of... read more
  • How to find a company culture that fits you February 17, 2017 - By Angela R. Howard, MA, SPHR ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD. HERE’S HOW TO FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT RATHER THAN SOME GLITZY JOB DESCRIPTION. This past weekend I found myself browsing my favorite boutique only to fall in love with a stunning dress. Of course, I talked myself into trying it on. If you’re... read more
  • Five Unmistakable Signs It’s Time To Change Jobs January 24, 2017 - How will you know when it’s time to change jobs? It is easy to miss the signs that your job no longer suits you. It’s so easy to fall into a stupor when your job meets your basic needs. A job search seems like such an undertaking that we think “I’m fine. I can hang... read more
  • How To Answer ‘What Makes You The Best Candidate?’ November 8, 2016 - by Liz Ryan Shutterstock Dear Liz, I am someone who doesn’t mind job interviews. I like to meet new people and I enjoy the conversation, as long as it is a real conversation and not a series of rapid-fire questions. I can’t stand it when interviewers ask insulting questions that no adult should have to answer.... read more
  • Reasons Successful People Change Jobs More Often November 7, 2016 - by Liz Ryan Shutterstock A lot of working people and job-seekers worry about looking like “job hoppers.” They force themselves to stick it out at jobs they hate, because they’re afraid that employers might spurn them if they have too many short-term jobs on their resumes. Here’s the problem with that logic. The employers who... read more
  • I got nervous on my first day of a new job and made a huge mistake — here’s what I should have done instead November 2, 2016 - by Aine Cain I had a bit of a shaky start at one of my recent summer internships. The internship itself ultimately turned out to be an all-around fantastic experience, but my nerves definitely messed up my first day on the job. I was a latecomer to this particular program. Most of the other interns... read more
  • Talent gets you noticed, character gets you recruited October 26, 2016 - “He is going to be shocked we no longer want him.” “Come again?” I asked the college assistant coach seated across from me at lunch. “You flew across the country to meet him, and now you won’t recruit him anymore?” The coach had recently stopped for a day in another state to check in on... read more
  • If You’re Not Working Now, We Won’t Hire You October 24, 2016 - by Liz Ryan Dear Liz, I got laid off in June and I was confident enough about my job-search chances that I took June and July off. I started job-hunting in August and it’s pretty slow going but I’ve had a few interviews (no offers yet). I was shocked that an HR Manager at a healthcare... read more
  • How to hire your employer October 17, 2016 - by Clayton Christensen My new book, Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice, debuted this past week, but it’s work that’s been nearly two decades in the making. For years my research has focused on understanding why good companies so often fail, a quest that led me to write The Innovator’s Dilemma years... read more
  • 15 Ways To Make A Bad Job Better October 17, 2016 - by Liz Ryan Nearly everybody has suffered through a horrible job at some point. When we’re unhappy at work, we tend to feel sorry for ourselves, and that’s understandable — but there’s a lot more we can do to relieve our misery than just dragging ourselves to work every day! If you can’t job-hunt right now because... read more
  • Five Reasons Right Now Is The Perfect Time To Job-Hunt October 17, 2016 - by Liz Ryan It is mid-October, and the fourth quarter of the year is flying by! If you don’t like your current job, right now is a fantastic time to start job-hunting. Here are five reasons why: The most common fiscal year-end is December 31. Companies large and small have allocated money to hiring new people,... read more
  • “I’ll Be Online Later” October 11, 2016 - by Sara Holoubek “I’ll be online later,” you say, grabbing your laptop as you head out the door. “Please don’t,” say a growing number of CEOs who are radically rethinking the modern workday. Prompted by Millennials who value work-life balance, an increasingly global workforce spanning time zones, and devices that allow us to connect anywhere, anytime,... read more
  • Does Your Boss Inspire Greatness? September 30, 2016 - Do you have a mentor? You know, someone who you can ask for advice on occasion, someone that might be able to help you navigate the political puzzles of corporate life? Today, more than ever before, companies are appointing mentors for junior staff and who’s to say that’s a bad idea? Except for one little... read more
  • We’ve got a Physical Restraint! Now what? 7 Steps to Assess September 30, 2016 - When the interdisciplinary team determines that the use of physical restraints is the appropriate course of action, and there is a signed physician order that gives the medical symptom supporting the use of the restraint, the least restrictive manual method or physical or mechanical device, material or equipment that will meet the resident’s needs must... read more
  • TOP 12 REASONS WHY PEOPLE RESIST CHANGE September 26, 2016 - Expecting resistance to change and planning for it from the start of your change management progamme will allow you to effectively manage objections. Understanding the most common reasons people object to change gives you the opportunity to plan your change strategy to address these factors. It’s not possible to be aware of all sources of... read more
  • 6 body language tricks that are hard to master but will pay off forever September 14, 2016 - by Jacquelyn Smith and Áine Cain As Ursula the sea witch famously said, “Don’t underestimate the importance of body language.” Some tricks, like remembering to smile and having a firm handshake, are pretty easy to implement in your everyday life. However, there are other techniques that, while relatively commonsense, are somewhat trickier to tackle. Still, they... read more
  • 11 horrible body language habits that are hard to quit, but you’ll be glad you did September 14, 2016 - Jacquelyn Smith and Áine Cain It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. It’s an old cliché, but it’s true. That’s why body language is such a crucial part of communicating. The way you act can warp the entire meaning of what you’re saying. That being said, bad body language habits are the... read more
  • Five Signs You Need A Pay Raise — And Five You Don’t September 13, 2016 - Liz Ryan Shutterstock Everybody wants to get paid more money, so we can’t blame managers for being skeptical when someone says “I need a raise!” Every manager, supervisor and team leader has heard “I need a raise!” a million times. When you decide to pitch your boss on the idea of giving you a pay... read more
  • 2 Job Offers? Here’s How To Choose September 13, 2016 - by Lisa Quast (Photo credit: Shutterstock) A former client “Catherine” approached me with an unusual career situation. Her problem? She was stressed out and didn’t know what to do because she had two job offers, but couldn’t decide which to take. Neither was her dream job, but both paid more than she currently made, and one... read more
  • 5 Things That Happen When You Stay in a Job You Don’t Love September 13, 2016 - Do you love going to work? I’m going to guess no, because you’re reading this post. You want out, but you don’t know how to do it. You have bills to pay, right? Mouths to feed. It’s not like you can just give two weeks notice and walk out of hell and into your dream... read more
  • Science: September Is the Second-Best Time of Year to Make a Resolution September 12, 2016 - Want a change of direction? Here’s why now is the perfect time to get started. BY JESSICA STILLMAN Contributor, Inc.com According to the calendar, September is just another month in the year. But according to our emotions, this time of year often feels particularly weighty. With summer at an end, many people experience a pang of nostalgia... read more
  • Ten Ways It Hurts You To Stay In One Job Too Long September 1, 2016 - by Liz Ryan Shutterstock The working world has turned upside down over the past twenty years, and most people don’t realize it. If they recognize that momentous changes have occurred in the talent marketplace, they haven’t adjusted their approach to managing their career accordingly. That’s dangerous! It used to be that working for one employer for... read more
  • What If Your Team Was All A-Players? August 23, 2016 - By Dean Sippel Not everyone on a team can be an A player, right? Steve Jobs, among others, would say, “Wrong!” “The Mac team was an attempt to build a whole team like [Woz], A players,” Jobs described. “People said that they wouldn’t get along, they’d hate working with each other. But I realized that... read more
  • How to Deal with Verbally Abusive Patients August 19, 2016 - We’ve been there.  The patient is incredibly rude, demeaning, or even saying sexually explicit things to you.  Patient satisfaction has been preached to you constantly.. but what do you do when the patient crosses the line? I’ve had quite a few experiences of all of the above.  I felt helpless until I figured out the... read more
  • Should I Tell My Co-Worker She’s About To Get Fired? August 19, 2016 - By Liz Ryan Dear Liz, I have a pretty good job, but some of the managers here are very political and untrustworthy. The worst manager in our division, “Bob,” has been known to stab employees in the back before. One of my best work-friends, Cyndi, works for Bob. The truth is that Bob should work for Cyndi... read more
  • CCRCs Push Salaries Higher as Comeback Continues August 15, 2016 - by Tim Mullaney Pay continues to rise for management-level employees at continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) around the nation, with an average annual increase of 2.70% between last year and this year. That eclipses the 2.63% average increase for CCRC management positions between 2014 and 2015. The statistics come from the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation... read more
  • Five Unmistakable Signs You’re Too Smart For Your Job By Liz Ryan, Contributor August 12, 2016 - Because we are so oriented to seek safety and security and a stable paycheck, we can easily fall under a spell and stay at a job too long. It can be hard to notice the signs that you are stagnating in your job. If you’re not learning new things all the time, you are slipping... read more
  • Five Red Flags That Scream ‘Don’t Hire This Person’ August 10, 2016 - Dear Liz, I enjoyed your column “I Would Never Hire a Candidate Who Did This” and I fully support your advice to Hank. I manage a 14-person team and I can’t imagine why any manager would need to know a job-seeker’s complete job history just to make a hiring decision. Speaking for myself, I’d rather... read more
  • 7 Ways To Sound, Look And Feel More Powerful At Work August 8, 2016 - I’m going to give it to you straight: You’re probably not being assertive enough at work. But don’t get down on yourself. It’s because you’re conditioned and discouraged not to be. Just type “women” and “assertive” into a search engine and you’ll find one piece of research after the next showing that when women are... read more
  • How is Your Phone Etiquette? August 5, 2016 - Ring, ring, ring… It’s for you! In a world of texting and email, phone etiquette has fallen by the wayside. Slang and casual conversation is okay with friends and family, but it doesn’t fly with employers or other professionals. If you want to be taken seriously you might want to examine your phone etiquette. As... read more
  • If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything August 5, 2016 - You need to speak in public, but your knees buckle even before you reach the podium. You want to expand your network, but you’d rather swallow nails than make small talk with strangers. Speaking up in meetings would further your reputation at work, but you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. Situations like these —... read more
  • Why Working ‘Just’ Three Days a Week As a Nurse Is Utterly Exhausting August 4, 2016 - was sitting at my computer screen, entering orders for a physician, and trying not to forget what he had said since I had neglected to write it down. I was charting my note, mentally taking inventory of all the tasks I had accomplished and problems I had identified and reported. My eyes felt gritty and... read more
  • 11 signs your boss is impressed with you, even if it doesn’t seem like it August 1, 2016 - Getting along with your boss is a pretty crucial part of succeeding at work. Your manager likely controls whether or not you get promoted, demoted, or fired, after all. Your job is in their hands. Some bosses make it clear if they adore you — non-romantically, of course. They heap on the praise, give positive... read more
  • 10 Uncomfortable Deeds That Will Make You More Successful August 1, 2016 - Travis Bradberry T.S. Eliot was clearly onto something when he asked, “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” The very act of stepping outside of your comfort zone is critical to your success and well-being. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until... read more
  • How To Get Your Job Interviewer Off The Script July 28, 2016 - You are not going to get a job that deserves you by sitting in the chair like a Good Little Job-Seeker and answering questions. You have to get your interviewer off the script! A ‘screener’ or HR interviewer who interviews you before you meet your own hiring manager may have a hard time getting off their interview... read more
  • The Effective CNO: 5 Skills Great Nurse Leaders Use to Manage Change July 26, 2016 - Inspiring and engaging staff and operating with transparency are some of the proven ways nurse leaders can keep their teams on their toes. Change used to come in short bursts, but now it’s continuous. As the health care industry pivots to accountable care organizations and prepares for population health, the pace of change is accelerating.... read more
  • When employers look at you online, what should they see? July 13, 2016 - On Behalf Of Alan from Interview Success Formula Nearly 80% of employers do an online search for potential candidates. What will they learn about you? You always dress the part in live interviews. Let’s make sure your online presence matches up. And, puts your best foot forward. The place to start is with LinkedIn. This... read more
  • 10 Brilliant Tips for Dealing With a Difficult Boss July 6, 2016 - In an ideal world, we would all have fantastic managers—bosses who helped us succeed, who made us feel valued, and who were just all-around great people. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. But, whether the person you work for is a micromanager, has anger management problems, or just isn’t very competent, you still have to... read more
  • Ten Things You Must Do Before Accepting A Job Offer June 30, 2016 - Pilots use a checklist to make sure that everything that’s supposed to happen before a flight does happen. You need a checklist too, to make sure that you’ve covered all the bases before you accept a job offer. Here’s a list of 10 things to do before you say “Yes, I’ll take the job!” 10 Things You... read more
  • Ten Policies You’ll Find In Every Toxic Workplace June 27, 2016 - There are lots of clues that a company or institution you’re interviewing with is a bad place to work. You can tell  by the way the recruiter communicates with you. You can tell from the feeling you get when you walk into the building for your job interview. You can tell in a second how... read more
  • The real reason 60% of job seekers can’t stand the application process June 27, 2016 - Almost nobody enjoys searching for a job. In fact, a recent survey – the product of collaboration between research firm Future Workplaceand HR-technology providerCareerArc – found that a majority of job seekers have had a poor candidate experience. The “Candidate Experience Study” surveyed 1,200 respondents – 826 job seekers and 374 employers. About 60% of... read more
  • When Does a Job Become a Career? June 20, 2016 - For those who are employed now, along with those who are searching for a job, employment at its basis represents a need. For many people that need is related to a source of income and for those who are unemployed it becomes a necessity that reduces the amount of perceived selectiveness when weighing possible options.... read more
  • 7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills June 20, 2016 - According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, emotional intelligence will be one of the top 10 job skills in 2020. The awareness that emotional intelligence is an important job skill, in some cases even surpassing technical ability, has been growing in recent years. In a 2011 Career Builder Survey of more than... read more
  • Can I Get Fired For Doing My Job Too Well? June 20, 2016 - Dear Liz, I am going through a difficult period at my job. I was hired a year ago to launch a National Accounts program and that program is going really well. The company overall earned $72 million in revenue in 2015 and our national accounts were responsible for $19 million of that sum so the... read more
  • 7 Traits of OVER ACHIEVING TEAMS!!! June 20, 2016 - According to Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2016, “A new organizational model is on the rise: a “network of teams” in which companies build and empower teams to work on specific business projects and challenges. These networks are aligned and coordinated with operations and information centers similar to command centers in the military.” The “military”? Are... read more
  • 10 Signs You’re Burning Out (And How To Stop It) June 20, 2016 - Even the best jobs can lead to burnout. The harder you work and the more motivated you are to succeed, the easier it is to get in over your head. The prevalence of burnout is increasing as technology further blurs the line between work and home. New research from the American Psychological Association and the... read more
  • Why the best administrators are doctors and nurses June 20, 2016 - Over the last several years since I graduated from residency, I’ve worked in many different hospitals up and down the east coast. These have ranged from large urban medical centers to rural community outposts. In all of these places I’ve felt the inevitable conflict that exists between physicians and administrators — to varying degrees. It... read more
  • How Body Language Trumps IQ June 20, 2016 - When it comes to success, it’s easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust, but social psychologist Amy Cuddy knows first-hand how attitude can outweigh IQ. Cuddy suffered a car accident at the age of 19 which resulted in brain damage that took... read more
  • Why Is the U.S. Perpetually Short of Nurses? – The New Yorker June 20, 2016 - There is an outcry in the United States that we’re facing an urgent nurse deficit that threatens the safety of individual patients and the nation’s health as a whole. Consider arguments from two Times editorials. “The nationwide shortage of nurses is likely to reach crisis proportions…. There is not much chance for permanent relief until... read more
  • How To Spot A Toxic Boss Before You Take The Job June 17, 2016 - by Liz Ryan – FORBES Our friend Yvonne quit her new job after six months. “I should have known my ex-boss was a psycho control freak,” she said. “Were there signs of his tendencies during the interview process?” we asked. “There was one sign, a huge one,” said Yvonne. “I can’t believe I missed it.... read more
  • If You’ve Ever Been Called A ‘Job-Hopper,’ Read This June 17, 2016 - One day I will clean out my garage all the way down to the last storage box and find my original job application from my first full-time, non-temp job. I was 19 when I ambled into a greeting card company called Recycled Paper Products on the north side of Chicago to apply for a customer... read more
  • Are You Missing This Key Leadership Skill? June 17, 2016 - Great business leaders are quick-witted, decisive, and analytical. They are decision-makers and influencers; their calculations sometimes impact hundreds of employees’ destinies. They are confident, straight-forward and empower their organizations and subordinates in more ways than one. However, some of them are horrible when it comes to written communication. Yes, we said it. Some leaders have... read more
  • 5 Easy Steps to Asking Better Questions June 17, 2016 - The story goes, while most babies’ first words were Momma, or Dadda… the first phrase I ever uttered was, “What’s that?” Don’t believe me? Ask any of my friends, coworkers, random strangers on airplanes, or professors I had in college… I haven’t stopped asking questions since. Sometimes it gets me in trouble but asking questions... read more
  • These Are The Skills Bosses Say New College Grads Do Not Have June 17, 2016 - As college graduates burst out of the gates of their respective alma maters, polished and confident in their abilities, few are probably thinking ahead to a possible speed bump that sits in their paths. That stubborn obstacle would be the disconnect between the jobs they eventually secure and the skills they’ve learned thus far. The... read more
  • How You’re Unknowingly Sabotaging Your Career Potential & What To Do About It June 17, 2016 - Megan Bruneau, WOMEN@FORBES During the first 25 years of my life, I experienced three crippling failures that I can recall. They’re seared into my memory, archived effectively save remnants of stomach-turning shame. The first, spelling ‘surprise’ incorrectly during a third grade test–my only 19/20 of the year; the second, getting rejected by Jackson Shea when... read more
  • Can My Employer Hold Me To A Two-Year Commitment? – Forbes June 17, 2016 - Dear Liz, When I took my job a year ago, my boss made me sign a piece of paper that said I would stay in the job for two years. If I don’t do it, there goes my reference from this job. I’ve only been in the job for a year but I’m ready to... read more
  • Tell-Tale Signs Your Job Is No Longer Right For You (And What to Do About It) June 17, 2016 - Do you look forward to going to work every day, or dread it? Do you lie awake in bed at night, worrying about the next work day? If so, consider this list a little wake up call that we often forget to make when we get caught up in busy careers until we are really... read more
  • What Will Your References Really Say About You? June 17, 2016 - I’m sure you’ve heard this oft-spoken mantra before: Your former employer is only allowed to divulge your employment dates and the title you held with the organization. If you’re confident that your former employers will always adhere to this policy, you might want to think again. Reference-checking firm Allison & Taylor has found that approximately... read more
  • Writing a Follow Up to an Interview: How and When to Send it June 17, 2016 - You’re feeling pretty confident after your last interview. You nailed all the key questions, got across the important points, and left a great impression. You go home, treat yourself to a glass of wine, sit back, relax, and that’s when it hits you: you forgot to write an interview follow up note! Fret not –... read more
  • Should I Accept A Promotion If I’m Planning To Quit? June 17, 2016 - I never expected to be in this situation, but I have a dilemma at work. Last year I was pushing my manager Angela to promote me to a new position that she was trying to create. I wasn’t competing with anyone for the job. It’s the job I was doing already. I was running our... read more
  • Five Signs You’ll Hate The Job If You Take It June 17, 2016 - We are programmed to win whenever there is something to win. We’ve been taught to set goals and achieve them. When you’re job-hunting, the instinct to win the prize can take over. You can expend a lot of energy trying to get a job, and then realize once you’ve got the job that it’s not... read more
  • Should I Tell My Boss I’m Unhappy — Or Just Leave? June 17, 2016 - Dear Liz, I’m in a quandary. There are so many aspects of my job I don’t like, it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning. At this point I keep doing my job just to have a salary. I don’t get paid enough, and the working conditions are beyond stressful. There aren’t enough... read more
  • Taking the Plunge May 13, 2016 - So, you’ve decided what you want to do, dreamt as big as you can, talked to as many people who would listen and planned the steps you think you need to take. There it lies before you in black and white, the goal of your new career, the steps you need to take, the way... read more
  • How to Negotiate Salary: 5 Expert Tips May 6, 2016 - Need help fashioning a to-do list on how to negotiate salary with a current or future employer? Give the following salary negotiating tips a try. Do your homework. This includes researching the current market value for the position and carrying that knowledge with you into the talks. Creating a Pay Scale Salary Profile and keeping... read more
  • Career Opportunity vs. Fear of Change – Is The Bump Worth The Jump? April 29, 2016 - At some point in time most working professionals will be faced with a new career opportunity outside of their current employer’s offerings.  Most of the folks I know have some sort of fantasy involving a job opening that pays a higher salary, contains added career growth potential, and/or generally sets them in a direction that... read more

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