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The Top 100 Websites for your Job Search

Last year Careerlism inaugurated our first-ever list of the best websites for your career. We took nominations from readers and combed through some 700 sites in order to compile our list of the top 75. This August we put out another call for nominations and got a flood of 2,000 comments, emails and tweets in response. Then we reviewed last year’s list and considered all of the new nominations. In the process we decided to expand our list to 100.

The Right Way to Discuss Your Failures in a Job Interview

by Allen Gannet     Twitter @Allen | Oct 30, 2016

In interviewing hundreds of people, I’ve found that the way a candidate answers one key question tells me more about them than any other. I'll usually wait until the candidate has relaxed somewhat and begins to open up. Then, about halfway through the interview, I'll ask, "What has been a moment of significant professional disappointment or failure, and what caused it?"

Do they focus on a lost promotion, or a failed project? Do they make it about themselves, or about their company?

The Online Application Two Step Process

Here’s a not uncommon scenario on the Internet today: you spend several hours surfing the Web at a number of employment Websites; you search through hundreds of job postings in their job databases; and finally, you find what you’ve been looking for. There, right in front of you, is a posting for your dream job. So, what do you do? Send in your resume, right? Well, not exactly; if that were the sum of it, a lot more of us would be getting offers for the jobs we really want.

You see, applying for a job online is actually a two-step process:

The Most Important Part of Your Resume

by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

July 15, 2014

What’s the most important part of your resume? I hate to say it, but the attention span of hiring managers seems to be getting shorter. In fact, I was speaking with an executive-level employer the other day (who regularly reviews resumes), and he commented about how quickly he can scan through a stack of resumes and choose the candidates he plans to call.

The Listener Wins

by: Michael Purdy, Monster Contributing Writer

A crazy thing about communication in American society is the strange power of the listener. A song isn't good unless the listener says it is good; audiences determine music's success. However, it is equally true that we aren't serious listeners until we have educated our ears. If we don't critically train our listening tastes, we could be a mindless consumer of whatever the music industry pushes our way with big ad budgets and slick promotions.

The Incredible Benefits of Introducing Others

by Bruce Kasanoff on February 21, 2014

Until recently, I didn’t know that Bill Gates might owe a chunk of his early success to his mom. It turns out that Mary Gates sat on the United Way board along with John Akers, who became IBM's CEO. Mary suggested to Akers that IBM did not sufficiently appreciate some of the smaller firms in the computer industry, and eventually IBM started taking proposals from such firms, among them the fledgling Microsoft firm.

The Geography of a Recession by LaToya Egwuekwe

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 28 million people currently unemployed -- that's including those involuntarily working part-time and those who want a job, but have given up on trying to find one. In the face of the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are hurting. "The Decline: The Geography of a Recession," as created by labor writer LaToya Egwuekwe, serves as a vivid representation of just how much. Watch the deteriorating transformation of the U.S.

The Business Card Resume

"Have you heard about a 'mini-resume' that fits on a personal business card?" one of my readers asked. "I was wondering about your opinion on these resume cards. Part of me says it's a good thing, another part not so much."

The first time you hear about a business card resume, it can sound like a gimmick, and you should know better than to waste valuable job search time pursuing gimmicks. That said, business cards are an accepted sales tool the world over, and for a job hunter they're so much less intrusive than carrying around a wad of resumes under your arm.

The Best Interview Preparation Tool Ever

By CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O'Donnell

 Review the following questions. In as much objective detail as possible, create a unique response for each one.

Hint: Don’t oversell yourself – stick to the facts and tell the story.

Share insights gained and professional lessons learned when possible. Try to quantify your statements. (i.e. “As a result of our efforts, we increased sales by XX%.”)

1. Tell me about your greatest accomplishment on the job.

The Best and Worst Words on a Resume

Do you consider yourself a hard worker? A real go-getter? Someone who likes to think outside of the box? Then you’re just the type of person who needs to review their résumé ASAP.

A recent CareerBuilder survey found there are some words hiring managers and human resources pros just don’t want to see on your résumé. And if you’ve called yourself a go-to person, a team player or a strategic thinker, you’ll need to make a few changes before you send your résumé to anyone else.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Cover Letter Writing

The next letter you receive should be a formal job offer, not a rejection form

A cover letter is designed to inform and interest an employer to read on to your resume. All too often, though, the cover letter bores, offends, or sometimes amuses—but not in a good way—the people who read them. Successfully achieving the former is the first step to gaining an interview with the company, but commit the latter and your job materials will be sent to a hiring manager's "no" pile quicker than you could write "References Available Upon Request."

Stella- 'Ideal Job' Exercise

Your Ideal Next Job & Employer Exercise

Phil Stella, Effective Training & Communication

How many of you are seeking a new job?

How many are seeking a great new job with a great employer, so good that you would have left your previous job to take it?

How many will know it when you see it or where to find it?

Seasonal Hiring Means Jobs for More than Retail Clerks

While retail sales clerks should see a surge in seasonal job opportunities at the end of 2014, demand for temporary labor in package delivery, cybersecurity, resort services, party planning and a few other niche industries will also be strong, staffing experts say.

And let’s not forget Santa and his elves. With some economic indicators pointing toward the North Pole, seasonal workers who have the requisite girth and mirth to portray Santa at stores and other venues will be at a premium—particularly if they have a genuine beard, as opposed to the imitation variety.

Resume Screening

JANUARY 24, 2012

Your Résumé vs. Oblivion

Inundated Companies Resort to Software to Sift Job Applications for Right Skills

By LAUREN WEBER

Many job seekers have long suspected their online employment applications disappear into a black hole, never to be seen again. Their fears may not be far off the mark, as more companies rely on technology to winnow out less-qualified candidates.