How to stay positive and motivated during your job search

Just in time for holiday season, last week a new government report announced that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2009—8.6%! While that’s fantastic news for lots of Americans, the report remains underwhelming for thousands of job seekers still un- or under-employed. It’s easy to get frustrated by the ongoing search

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It’s the Holiday Season – The best time for a job search

With Thanksgiving behind us and only five weeks left in the year we traditionally see a dramatic slowdown in the amount of resumes we receive.   The conventional wisdom is that there are fewer openings during the holiday season and it is better to wait until the New Year to resume your job search and

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Money Management for Recent Grads & Job Hunters

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the U.S. added no new jobs last month. While the most recent report was a major disappointment, individuals must focus on what they can manage instead of what they cannot control. While job hunters cannot control the overall economy, people can manage how much they spend and of course

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Top 5 Ways to Best Utilize the Career Services Office

I recently met with a student who worked at the Career Development center at Bard College. She discussed the college’s efforts to make their offices appealing to the older teen/young adult demographic, with events like “Resumania.” The student advisor also told me how some Type-A students become permanent fixtures at the career center, as soon

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Getting Hired at a Boutique Finance Firm

M.B.A. students may dream of landing a job with major firms like Goldman Sachs, UBS or Morgan Stanley. But as the recent recession either shutdown or downsized many Wall Street behemoths, applying to boutique investment banking firms may be a more productive route for job hunters. NewOak Capital, a financial advisory firm founded in 2008

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Does Being Unemployed Beat Having a Bad Job?: How the psychosocial qualities of an office impacts mental health

By Tanya, Wall Street Services Reporter According to a study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, having a full-time, paid, 9-to-5 job may be worse than being unemployed altogether. Researchers from the Centre for Mental Health Research at The Australian National University found to no surprise that unemployed respondents had poorer mental health than those

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Would they really work as consultants (Part I)?

I had a meeting with an old client at a boutique investment bank to whom we had provided graphics candidates in the past. We were speaking about an idea I had for a new model for contract recruiting and I told her about our current focus on placing consultants.  “Would senior people want to work

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The Staffing Service as Agent

Lately I have been thinking of Ari Gold as a model of how we need to interact with our temporary employees and consultants. Now I don’t mean the cursing and yelling part – rather interacting with our employees from the perspective of managing their careers.

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Hope – It’s Only a Strategy When Running For President

Forgive the Obama slight – I am actually a big supporter of our President. It is just throughout the campaign, whenever I saw an Obama Hope poster, I chuckled. And it wasn’t the cynic in me. I think that Hope is the most dangerous thing when interviewing candidates. Particularly for those of us who are

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