Personal Branding Has a Branding Problem

After years of job seekers being bombarded with career advice about personal branding, a lot of people are expressing disgust. A new industry is capitalizing on hatred of personal branding and reassuring job seekers that they don’t have to do anything as tawdry as personal branding. If you Google, “I hate personal branding,” there are […]

Ways to Earn Quick Money

There are many reasons why someone might need this list of ways to earn quick money: a bout of unemployment lasts longer than expected, a freelancer has a dry spell, an unplanned bill arrives, or a person wants to save for something specific. This list is provided as a convenience to readers. Please do your own […]

How to Land a New Job After Being Fired

If you’ve ever been fired from a job, you may be anxious about whether being fired will affect your ability to land new employment. I queried hiring managers and career experts for their advice about how to land a new job after being fired. Here are their responses: “When you are job hunting after being […]

Please Don’t Take That Counteroffer!

My heart sinks when someone tells me they plan to accept a counteroffer. While my standard response is something measured like, “Let’s talk through the pros and cons,” my internal response is, “NO, please don’t take that counteroffer!” Here are some of the reasons why: – Once you tell an employer you were thinking of […]

Career Tip: Join a Professional Association

Western culture is enamored with the myth of the independent lone achiever. Instead of lauding team members, we love success stories that portray a trailblazing pioneer unfettered by social and group connections. In reality, teamwork is effective in endeavors ranging from science to entrepreneurship to sports. In career development, joining a professional association offers opportunities for […]

EVERYTHING You Need to Know to Land the Job

Are you looking to get your job search on track? Need to update your resume, learn how to interview confidently, figure out how to have the dreaded salary negotiation conversation? If this sounds like you, I want to introduce you to a trusted colleague and friend who has just the job search course you need […]

How to Quickly Land a New Job

There are two types of job seekers: (1) Those who are willing to take a leisurely path because there is no urgency to their job search, and (2) Those who need to know how to quickly land a new job because they are running out of money or patience with a bad job situation. If […]

Use Detective Skills to Evaluate a Job Offer

When companies recruit you, they often stretch the truth or outright lie. To find out the truth, you have to use detective skills to evaluate a job offer. Here are some strategies to use: * Sign up for accounts at CareerBliss, Glassdoor, and Indeed. While it is true that unhappy people tend to write more […]

How to Recover from a Failed Internship

Dear Dr. Civitelli, For the past eight months, I have been interning at what I initially thought was a dream startup company while taking classes. At first, I was working in an area that matched my skillset. When the grant the project I was part of was not renewed, I was asked if I wanted […]

How to Use LinkedIn: When to Accept or Decline an Invitation

Like many people, right now I have a huge number of pending LinkedIn invitations. LinkedIn advises us to accept connection requests only if we know a person well, but since so many people have thousands of connections, clearly, a lot of LinkedIn users are ignoring LinkedIn’s instructions and are using other criteria to decide whether […]