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3 Questions to Ask Before You Move for a Job

September 27, 2010

airplaneRelocating for a job can be a fantastic way to get a boost in pay, move up the career ladder and try a new adventure. But before you make the big move consider these three questions:

1. Will I get any help with my move? Many companies are willing to pick up relocation expenses like a moving truck rental, professional movers, airfare, etc – just ask.

2. Am I protected from being layed off? What if you move and your new employer decides to downsize — ask if you are protected from being layed off for a negotiated amount of time or if you’ll be compensated if a layoff does happen.

3. How will I be paid? If you’re moving to a new country ask if you’ll be paid in U.S. dollars.


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Slow Growth in Service Jobs Could Weaken the Economy

July 7, 2010

As if we needed any new bad financial news…but the service sector, which makes up about 80 percent of employment and includes jobs in hospitals, restaurants, construction and schools, grew at its slowest pace since February sparking fears that the economy is losing steam. For all the nitty gritty details read the full article here.

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MTV Shows What It Takes To Get Hired

June 8, 2010

The new show MTV Hired is going behind the scenes and documenting the real interview process and what it takes to get a job. The documentary-style program follows recent college graduates–who first meet with a job recruiter to get tips for their big interview–the show then follows the grads through the entire hiring process, which gives the viewer insider info on what companies are really looking for in the perfect candidate. Who knew watching TV could help you get a job? Show airs daily at 4/5 central.

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Tips From the Brazen Careerist

December 1, 2009

Penelope Trunk—the former professional volleyball player turned professional blogger (Brazen Careerist) is a must-subscribe-to blog for hilarious takes on getting through life and managing your career.

A recent post on the lies about social media caught my attention–Penelope writes:

LinkedIn is great. I’m on LinkedIn. I have 650 connections. At first I wondered, why do I need this list of connections published on LinkedIn? What was the purpose of it? But now I get it. With LinkedIn, people can tell that I am a very connected person.

Most of you already know I’m well connected—I’m a print journalist, blogger, and startup founder, which are all very network-intensive jobs. But if you’re someone who doesn’t know how to tell whether someone is connected, LinkedIn is a great scorecard.

Potential employers like LinkedIn because they can glance at your LinkedIn profile and get a sense of how connected you are and how much money you make. (Yes, large networks correlate to large salaries.) That’s the utility of the scorecard.

But what you cannot do on LinkedIn is build a network. Networks are built on relationships, which grow from conversation. LinkedIn is not for conversations. So you need to go somewhere else to build your network, and then, when it’s big, display it on LinkedIn so you’ll look great.

I agree–before you even start looking for that next big job or do a career change be sure your LinkedIn is full of all those contacts you’ve accumulated over the years–whether they’re old high school friends, former coworkers and college buddies. Join LinkedIn here.