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  • Five key tips for a successful career change

    DEAR JOYCE: I'm turning 40, I'm in finance and burned out on my job. I seem to remember that several years ago you quoted a line about men past 40 waking up nights, looking out over city lights, wondering where they went wrong --and getting a career itch....
  • When a job ad suggests only young workers need apply

    DEAR JOYCE: As a mid-lifer job hunter, I applied for a position described in a recruitment ad that seemed perfect for my talents and experience. After no response and two failed attempts to follow up, in rereading the ad, it hit me: "We seek...
  • When schools and colleges lie about getting jobs for grads

    DEAR JOYCE: A 24-year-old friend went to a private vocational-technical school. The school advertises that it finds jobs for all of its graduates. My friend graduated four months ago, but he has yet to get hired and the school keeps making excuses. What...
  • Resume revolution: computer eyes now reading most resumes

    DEAR JOYCE: You've previously mentioned the computer software technology known as applicant tracking systems (ATS) used by many employers. I detest technology and as a job seeker, why do I care? I can network my way to employment. -- M.W. "Applicant...
  • Five tips to save your resume from death by computer eyes

    A resume revolution is here. Driven by technology in large and small companies across America, automated applicant tracking systems (ATS) use computer software to not only read but judge resumes. Why? To save employers time and recruiting costs. ATS...
  • How to phone your way into a job

    Dear Joyce: Getting past gatekeepers to speak to a hiring decision-maker is extremely difficult in these times of screeners and voicemail. Any suggestions? -- P.S.L. Start with a charm offensive on every gatekeeper you encounter. Imagine gatekeepers as...
  • Quality research is your key to best career and job moves

    DEAR JOYCE: In times being radically reshaped every day, how can anyone sustain a rewarding work life? How do we know a good job we have today won't vanish tomorrow? -- D.E. While there's no failsafe formula for finding a satisfying and well-paying job...
  • Shocker: Are job postings really coming to an end?

    Dear Joyce: My 22-year-old nephew told me that job postings are biting the dust -- going dead as a dodo bird. How can that be true? How can people find jobs? -- A.T. Online shoe retailer Zappos has recently declared the end to job postings -- the...
  • Ouch! When quitting job can backfire in new hunt, do this

    DEAR JOYCE: Eight months ago I walked away from a $24-an- hour job because of a real jerk of a supervisor, -- younger than me -- who constantly wrote me up for the same things his younger pals regularly got away with. No justice! On applications for...
  • High stakes: sign non-compete contract, or keep looking?

    DEAR JOYCE: I want to change jobs but apparently I can't. When I came here, I signed a non-compete contract and apparently I'm stuck. I don't want to be kept off the market for a year or more or be sued. Advice? -- S.F. Non-compete agreements protect...
  • Stand up for yourself: Push co-worker to pull his weight

    DEAR JOYCE: I'm happy to share work assignments but I'm currently paired with a guy who seems content to let me stay late and do most of the heavy lifting in the monthly production reports. I dislike conflict and wind up saying nothing. How can I handle...