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Moving Up the Ladder: Getting Ahead on the Job
by Teena Rose

Finding a job is tough. Finding a good job is even tougher. When you've found that perfect job, it's important to then find opportunities to move up the workplace ladder. Here's how:


Fixing a Hole: Addressing Gaps in Employment

There are a host of reasons why you may have experienced a gap in employment. They include being laid off and spending time looking between positions, taking time off to raise a child, enrolling in classes, or recovering from an accident or prolonged illness. Although you have a chance to explain the time off in an interview, addressing the gap on a resume requires tactical and practical thinking. Here are tried and true methods for handling employment gaps on resumes and during face to face interviews.


Winning Job Interviews: Reduce Interview Anxiety/Outprepare the Other Candidates/Land the Job You Love
by Paul Powers

Preparing for interviews can often be a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. Although you may have good information, a glut of it can be confusing and overwhelming. Winning Job Interviews cuts to the quick and gives job seekers the entrée they need without the appetizers and unnecessary side dishes.


Q. I find myself in the fortunate position of having two really good job offers to consider. One is for a lot more money than I'm making now, but the other one seems to have more variety and greater potential for growth. Should I take the money or the dream job?

A. The only person that can answer that question is you. Whether you place higher value on money or development or any of a number of other job attributes is highly personal and will likely change over time. The one thing we can say is that you should trust your instincts and go with whichever one feels like the best opportunity. If you really aren't sure what your instincts are telling you, you might try flipping a coin. Before you reveal how the coin fell, ask yourself if you're hoping the answer will be heads or tails. That should tell you what you really want to do, and if it doesn't, you can always just go with the way the coin flipped. Congratulations on the offers, and best of luck in the next stage of your career.

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