Whether you’re looking for a new job or a whole new career, the real trick is figuring out what you don’t even know that you need to know. That’s why I created Career Nook … to offer real world, common sense advice to help you make sense of it all.
To get you started, I’ve put together links to some Career Nook advice articles about job search, career change, and many other aspects of career growth and development. Feel free to browse and share your own stories.
Job search is NOT easy. Nor is figuring out what you need to do to actually find a job you want. But despite the many challenges, there is no reason you have to go through it alone – or uninformed.
In this section you’ll find job search help articles to get you started, discover new ways to look for jobs, learn how to use transferable skills, fix a stalled job search, deal with a “job hopper” label, network and make connections, use social media, and keep yourself sane even if it takes a while – which it often does. But the good news is, you only need one “Yes!”
Resumes & cover letter help (plus targeted examples)
A strong targeted resume reinforced by a strong targeted cover letter are two of your most important job search tools. Here are some articles with resume tips and samples to show you how to create your own resumes and cover letters, in a way that will help an employer see why YOU are an ideal candidate – and help get you to that all-important first interview!
A great interview starts well before the actual day you sit with an interviewer. I’ve put together some articles to help you prepare for interviews and tough interview questions – with insights as to what an employer is really looking for that you can easily adapt.
Also included: Phone interviews, help with interview nerves, thank you notes, and how to survive the post-interview waiting game. There is a trick to staying sane … well, mostly sane.
After applying for a job or after an interview, you wait and wait to hear back – but there is only silence. While waiting can be maddening, no response doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t still in the running. Here are some articles to help give you a better understanding of what really goes on behind the scenes, and what if anything you can do about it.
Career change & growth (plus self-assessment tools)
Most of us were never taught about careers when we were young. Usually, we wind up figuring things out as best we can on our own. Here are some articles to help you discover more about yourself (critical to the process), career preferences, dealing with jobs and career problems, and learning what to do if you feel it is time for a change.
Sometimes the hardest thing about the job interview process is figuring out exactly what it is that you don’t know. Here are some articles that will help you ask and answer questions to help with your job interviews. And if you don’t find your answers there, feel free to ask for what you’re looking for in the comments!
Each time you communicate with an employer, whatever you send them becomes part of the picture they have of you. And while original is always best, sometimes it helps to see examples you can use as a template.
Even after you get that terrific new job and negotiate the best salary you can, you still need to be able to make the most of your hard-earned money. Some tips to help you save & manage money, understand investments, manage credit, and learn to make friends with your money!
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