job searching

do I need to do something creative to get a job?

A reader writes: I finished my master’s degree about six months ago and have been searching for a job ever since. I’m currently working an unpaid internship in the field I want to work in, but it is unlikely to lead to a full-time, paid position. I have been continuing to apply to various positions […]

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you won’t need to explain your current work gap

I keep hearing from people asking about the best way to explain a layoff right now, or a work gap on their resume caused by the current outbreak. You will not need to explain it. Everyone will get it. Many of your interviewers will have been in the same situation themselves. If they weren’t, they’ll […]

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can you even job search right now?

Job hunting can be difficult at the best of times. It’s absolutely dismal right now. With layoffs climbing into the millions, workers are being abandoned into an economy where, in many fields, it feels impossible to find a job anytime soon. There’s never been a more depressing time to be a work advice columnist. Today […]

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is this the wrong time to apply for jobs?

A reader writes: I recently saw a job posting that looks like a great next step in my career, but I’m unsure if this is the right time to apply for and maybe even start new jobs. Things are so uncertain and, well, I am feeling like leaving my current job would be risky until […]

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how can I avoid ending up in another horrible job?

A reader writes: How do I ensure I don’t end up in a toxic work environment again? Based on my experiences, some companies are really good at hiding their toxicity during the interview process. My past two jobs have been at incredibly unhealthy organizations with high turnover, and I’m starting to lose faith that there […]

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is contract-to-hire worth it?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’ve been at my current job for about three and a half years, and have been in my current position for almost two of those. In theory, I know that I should really like my job; it involves some of the tasks that I am […]

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how much does your job in college matter?

A reader writes: I am a senior undergrad at a state college in a science major. I have been working for a year as a research assistant for a professor I very much admire. This professor has exposed me to many opportunities for travel and study that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about, and she […]

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