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  • Fired? That doesn't mean you can't swing a good reference

    DEAR JOYCE: I seem to recall that several years ago you wrote about what to say and do about having been fired when you're seeking new employment? My training was a joke, plus I now know that my former employer has a reputation for hiring and firing...
  • Why you need WhatsApp in your job search

    DEAR JOYCE: Facebook's recent purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion is getting a lot of media attention right now, but I'm not sure how or if it will impact the job search. Yes? No? -- H.L. The short answer is yes -- it's a major new tool. WhatsApp is a...
  • Job hunters alert: Google+ becoming a must!

    DEAR JOYCE: Google+ is now twice the size of LinkedIn (540 million vs. 259 million) and half the size of Facebook (1.1 billion). Established in 2011, Google+ is already the second largest social network in the world. Despite impressive numbers and...
  • Bring home a raise with these simple strategies

    DEAR JOYCE: When I say I need a raise, I am not exaggerating! I support two kids and although I work my tail off, we can barely get by between paychecks. I read somewhere that you should never plead poverty when asking for a raise. Why not? -- A.M. Raise...
  • Will this new higher ed idea boost your job punch?

    DEAR JOYCE: My uncle told me about a fairly recent development in distance education -- MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, from name universities that are available free on the Web. Now I read that the non-profit MOOC provider organization Coursera...
  • Five whoppers you should never tell recruiters

    DEAR JOYCE: I loved your amusing quotes from recruiter Tim Sackett about lies that recruiters tell candidates, but what about the other side of the coin -- lies that candidates tell recruiters? -- T.T. Tim Sackett (http://www.timsackett.com) is a very...
  • Staffing expert spills beans about job hopping

    Staffing expert spills beans about job hopping By Joyce Lain Kennedy Tribune Content Agency DEAR JOYCE: At 36, I've held five jobs since college. My current position of six months is OK, not great. I'm ready to start looking again, but will I be viewed...
  • When to hedge this tricky interview question

    DEAR JOYCE: A company recruiter recently asked me, "Who else are you interviewing with?" I consider that question intrusive and none of his business. Why is it asked? -- M.S. The typical rationale for asking this question is to validate your interest...
  • Do pre-interview questionnaires get jobs or waste your time?

    DEAR JOYCE: After sending my customized resume for an advertised professional position, I received an email from the employer asking that I fill out and return an elaborate questionnaire for the job -- a new experience for me. The questionnaire asked...
  • Six keys to writing extraordinary resumes

    Dear Joyce: My husband is looking for a job for the first time in more than 10 years. I've read a lot of articles about resume writing and things seem to have changed. What do you think are the very most important things to know about writing resumes in...
  • How to tune up a tired job

    DEAR JOYCE: I am no longer interested in my job. I once enjoyed the work but it's fizzled, becoming tedious and mind-numbing. Have others complained to you about this issue, and what did you recommend? -- K.B. Absolutely, yes, over the years I've heard...