job searching

how should I address my interviewer in application emails?

A reader writes: I have a question about how to address someone at a company you’re applying to during the process. Recently, a colleague of mine passed along my resume to someone they knew was hiring informally and great news! My colleague got back to me and said something to the effect of, “Bob Smith […]

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how bad is job-hopping, really?

A reader writes: How bad is it really to “bounce around” jobs frequently? I’ve been practicing in my field for about five years and have had three jobs in that time – the first for about five months, the next for about two and a half years, and my current one for about a year […]

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is this office culture cutting-edge or a cult?

A reader writes: I recently saw an entry level job opening at a fairly new company that would be a great fit for me as long as the company isn’t a weird cult. The style of the job listing gave me pause. It was less explanatory about the role and more intensely vouching for the […]

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can you bill for your time after a long interview process?

A reader writes: A friend recently sat for 29 — yes, 29 — half-hour interviews for the position of senior director. The interviews included the CEO, president, COO, CFO, etc. The company’s hiring manager called her two references, both of which are highly respected in the field, and both of which attested to giving her […]

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every job posting asks for more experience than I have

A reader writes: I got into my field about a year ago but I’m at a very small startup that’s dubiously stable, so I’m trying to start my job search before I’m forced to by outside circumstances. Unfortunately, the field I’m in is intensely competitive for junior positions, which there are almost none of. I’ve […]

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how can I move out of working in retail?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I graduated with an MFA in fine arts several years ago and worked briefly as an adjunct after finishing school. The work was low-paying for the effort I put in and so unstable that I found myself abandoning the thought of pursuing a career in […]

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is applying for jobs a numbers game?

A reader writes: I’ve been job searching for what feels like forever but in reality is probably about six months. I’m getting conflicting advice about how to approach my job search and I’m not sure how to sort through it. I’ve read that it’s smart to apply for as many jobs as you can because […]

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how much do you need to self-promote when you apply for a job?

A reader writes: When you’re applying for a job, and especially in something like a cover letter, where is the line between necessary self-promotion and overconfidence? I’m looking for jobs right now, and I’m finding it really hard to hit the right note to convince a hiring manager that I’d be great at the job […]

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