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The Value of Hiring Older and More Experience Job Seekers

By Bette Novak | Aug 1, 2012

  Today job seekers and career changers encompass all ages; however, I find that older job seekers age 55 years and older believe that “age discrimination” is a barrier they face when they apply for jobs.  Whether this is true or not, a new labor statistics in April may shed some bright light on this …

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Not the same old thing

It’s Not the Same Old Thing

By Bette Novak | Dec 15, 2011

Once again a year winds to a close with little apparent relief for millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans. The unemployment rate drops seemingly only when job seekers are discouraged enough to suspend their search for work. When these folks restart their efforts after the holidays, they’ll likely be joined by the traditional post-holiday lay-offs. …

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Economic Market DOWN and Unemployment UP; Now what can I do?

By Bette Novak | Sep 2, 2011

This past week, we waited for the Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, to give us some news. Instead, he essentially told us that we should wait and see what will happen. So where does that leave those of you who are worried about the economy, keeping your jobs or finding employment? How much do we …

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Frustrated Over Your Job Search?

By Bette Novak | Apr 4, 2011

Avoid 3 Common Job Search Mistakes Made by Most Job Hunters The job market remains tough, and businesses continue to show concern regarding the tension between hiring costs and profits. More potential employees are chasing fewer jobs. You should be aware of 3 job search strategies many people overlook when introducing themselves to the job …

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Roles of Parents in their Grads Job Search

By Bette Novak | Feb 28, 2011

Despite the snow outside, the season of graduations will soon be upon us. It’s an exciting time both for students and their parents. The students are excited to begin to make their own way in the world. The parents are excited to—hopefully—stop shelling out so much money for books and tuition. But all that excitement …

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Successful Job Seekers Don’t Fly Solo

By Bette Novak | Jan 20, 2011

I hear it all the time: “It’s so competitive out there, how can I get a job in this market?” They look through the classifieds, search on the Internet, send out resumes and cover letters, and wait for something positive to happen. The sad truth is that most of the people who make this remark …

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The Perfect Storm (Employment Edition)

By Bette Novak | Dec 16, 2010

Last Friday, the Labor Department reported that the national unemployment rate had risen to 9.8 percent after holding steady at 9.6 percent for several months. The Dow Jones Industrials took the news in stride, remaining solidly above 11,000. A compromise on the Bush-era tax cuts has been reached that will allow of unemployment benefits to …

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Social Media and the Job Search

By Bette Novak | Nov 14, 2010

There was a time not that long ago when the concept of networking for a job using the Internet would have been considered as heresy by most career councilors and coaches. Networking was supposed to be a personal face-to-face activity. You wrangle an invite to a local chamber of commerce mixer and talk to as …

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Five Options to Reduce Your Job Search Confusion

By Bette Novak | Oct 1, 2010

Hello and welcome to the end of summer for 2010. Image by lhuiz via Flickr Each day there are mixed reviews and messages about the recovery of our economy and the job market. As I listen to the TV reports and read the articles in my local paper and the Wall Street Journal, I get …

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