10 Common Job Interview Blunders


Did you know that five out of six Americans will be looking for a new job position this year? That's according to a recent survey conducted by job-placement firm Manpower. If you're planning to look for a new gig, then you might want to pay attention to some advice Executive Search Consultant Kathryn Ullrich has offered to TheCareerPioneer.com readers. 

Ullrich is the author of Getting to the Top: Strategies for Career Success (Silicon Valley Press, 2010), and also serves as associate … [Read more...]

Expert Tips on Career Change & Social Media

I recently had an opportunity to interview Kimberly Bishop about changing careers. Kimberly is a recruiter and job search expert on high-growth career fields, and speaks extensively on the importance of leveraging your existing experience to transition into and land a new job. Did you know that most people change their careers several times over the course of their lifetime? I've heard that some professionals switch gears in their career as many as 8 to 10 times. And considering the current … [Read more...]

Social Media to the Rescue: I Used Linked In to Land a New Gig

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By Kristus Ratliff , event and conference manager & blogger at "Hotel Food Chatterbox" Nearly a month ago, someone saw my LinkedIn page and contacted me to request a phone interview for the Operations Manager position at his company.  I agreed to the phone interview and two weeks later, accepted the position.  The job and company were everything I’d been dreaming of: more responsibility, a promotion, and working in the private industry.  However, the job opening was never posted online, … [Read more...]

Trends: 21st Century-Syle Job Search


Get creative with social networking to land your dream job -- or at least a gig that pays the bills. Social networking sites and new digital tools are making it easier and easier for the average person to get noticed in such a crowded job market.  Read on to learn more . . . Sites such as Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, along with a relatively new site called SlideShare, are making waves and folks are creatively using such resources to expand their networks, open new doors of opportunity and … [Read more...]

Rejuvenate Your Job Search

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New Year's Resolutions For Job Seekers I'm not generally someone who believes strongly in creating New Year's Resolutions. They're mostly rooted in lofty thinking and, for much of the population, are very rarely based on definitive plans.  I do recommend, however, using the start of a new year as an opportunity to explore your accomplishments from the previous one, and consider what your life could look like in the days ahead. In lieu of the new year, (and for those die-hard resolutions … [Read more...]

Get What You Can, While You Can!

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Yesterday, I attended the funeral of Ms. Amanda Lloyd -- my husband's grandmother. As funerals would go, it began and ended with a mostly somber and reflective undertone. Even though she reached 90 years of age, and had suffered from several medical issues in most recent years, it was still difficult to see her be laid to rest and to say "farewell," particularly among immediate family members. We had to travel about three hours to attend the funeral. As the day ended, my husband and I, along … [Read more...]

Have an Interview Horror Story? Tips to Shine at Your Next Career Fair 


You arrive late because you forgot to pick up your suit from the cleaners. You didn't have a            chance to check you appearance in the bathroom before the interview began, so the entire time you had tomato stuck in your teeth and didn't know it. That's just great. Now the interviewer thinks you were running late because you stopped at your favorite pizza joint. How in the world do you climb out of this hole?

 After all, this was the company you've just been dying to work for. If … [Read more...]

Top 10 Do’s to Turning Your Passion Into a Dream Career

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Last year, I quit my full-time job to stay at home with my daughter, rather than put her in daycare. I knew, within the first couple of months, that I didn't want to just sit around watching soap operas and court shows while eating bon-bons as she took her naps. (In a previous post, I explained how my daughter spent the first couple of months of her life in the NICU. During that time, I was home without the baby and had lots of time to think when I wasn't sleeping or pumping.) I needed … [Read more...]