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Posted April 16, 2014 by

Concerned about the Status of Your Entry Level Job? How to Protect Yourself

Hearing about job layoffs can make anyone feel nervous about keeping his or her position.  If you have an entry level job that you’re concerned about keeping, learn how to protect yourself in the following post.

An HR executive once described most layoffs as being done with an ax rather than a scalpel. In my experience, that is definitely true; unfortunately, who goes and who stays is more a matter of right-place-right-time than competence. So don’t assume that being a “top performer” will protect your job.

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Posted February 26, 2014 by

The 5 Stages of Job Hunting Grief – And How to Cope with Them

Woman crying at work after being dismissed

Woman crying at work after being dismissed. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the five stages of grieving the loss of a loved one – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These were defined by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross way back in 1969, and quickly became a universally accepted model for how people deal with death. You may have even seen people apply these stages to other kinds of loss, such as job loss. But there’s another kind of grief that’s increased in prominence during the Great Recession but hasn’t been as clearly defined: job hunting grief. (more…)

Posted August 13, 2013 by

5 Reasons Why Being Fired from Your Entry Level Job May Not be a Bad Thing

No one likes to be fired, but perhaps this experience can lead to something better, like a new entry level job.  The following post has five reasons why being let go may benefit your career.

So you lost your job—and you weren’t exactly laid off. Maybe budget cutbacks were involved somehow, but deep down, you know the truth: Lots of people in the company are still in their chairs, and you aren’t one of them. And maybe there’s no ambiguity about your

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Posted July 12, 2013 by

7 Ways the Sequester Affects Your Job Search

Marsha Davis

Marsha Davis, Salary.com contributing writer

A recent Gallup poll states 51% of Americans don’t know enough about the sequester to judge if it’s a good or bad thing for the economy or for themselves personally. I tend to take a more negative view. As a layperson, and a veteran resume writer, I hear from many people who feel the effects of the sequester and believe it’s a bad thing, even if those changes have not already taken place. It’s like waiting for the other proverbial shoe to drop: You know something bad is about to happen, you just don’t know when.

This article spells out in layperson’s terms what the sequester actually is and how it affects you as a job seeker. (more…)

Posted June 19, 2013 by

Jobs that Pay Well and May Require Little to No Work Experience

If you’re unemployed or unhappy with your current salary, the following infographic shares some jobs that could resolve either of these matters.  By the way, you may not need that much work experience to secure one of these opportunities. (more…)

Posted August 22, 2012 by

Emergency Exit Only – Finding a New Job

Fortune favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

Career AlleySometimes, against all odds and due to no fault of your own, you find yourself either out of work or about to be out of work. Maybe your company has gone out of business or is taken over by another company. Sometimes a product line is eliminated or some other catastrophe has occurred.  Whatever the reason you are (or will be) out of work is really not important. What is important is that this unfortunate turn of events took you by surprise. You don’t have a “Plan B”. You are not ready to look for a job because you had no plans to make a career move. Your whole world has been turned upside down, now what? (more…)

Posted May 31, 2012 by

Computer Sector Leads Job Cuts for May 2012

Job cuts increase in the month of May, leaving the computer industry hurting the most.

In May, the nation’s employers announced plans to cut 61,887 workers from their payrolls, the most since last September when layoffs totaled 115,730, according to the latest job-cut report released Thursday by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The May job-cut total was up 53 percent from the 40,559 planned layoffs announced in April.  It was 67 percent higher May 2011, when employers announced job cuts totaling 37,135.  This marks the fourth year-over-year increase in monthly job cuts in 2012. (more…)

Posted May 21, 2012 by

The Long Road Back – 5 Links for Starting Your Job Search

It’s not about where you started, it’s about the journey” – Joey Trebif

Career AlleyLosing your job sucks. There’s just no other way to put it. Whether you are part of a downsizing, merger, “job mismatch” or plain old “going out of business”, there is no worse place to be than on the unemployment line. I’ve seen all of the variations of job loss from all different angles. And whether you are an observer or a participant, it is one of the more unpleasant facts of life. After it happens, it no longer matters how it happened, the end result is the same. How you react to your job loss will very much impact how quickly you will bounce back. Regardless, you will need and should allow for your “mourning” period. And then it’s time to look forward and not back. Become fully engrossed in your job hunt. Today’s post is about the long road back to a new job and a new beginning. Whatever your journey, you will end up in a better place than you where when you started. (more…)

Posted May 10, 2012 by

How to Prepare for the Job Interview If You Have Been Fired From A Job

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

1. Script Your Thoughts. Whether you were fired under unfair circumstances or for something you did that you regret, write down your thoughts on how you would explain the instance. Read your script aloud or use a tape recorder and practice until you like what you hear. Better yet, answer the question for someone else in a mock interview. Have him observe your interview technique–your body language, eye contact and comfort-level while discussing your experience. Feedback from someone else will help you improve your presentation.

2. Check with Your References. It is important to find out what your former employer will say, or not say, about you if called for a reference. What you say should be in sync with what your former employer will say. If you left the employer under agreeable terms, check with your former employer to find out what you can expect. (more…)

Posted May 08, 2012 by

What To Do If Fired From Your 1st Job

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, CEO of KAS Placement

Most of the time, when younger job applicants are fired from their first job, they feel that the firing was solely based on their inadequacy as business professionals. However, this is simply not the case in most circumstances.  This negative thinking can send many younger professionals into a job search funk that is simply not necessary and can last for much longer than the situation warrants.


Instead, the majority of recent college graduates who were just fired from their job have to consider the following 3 pieces of advice: (more…)