job searching

The largest stockpile of job searching advice on the internet — more than a decade of questions and answers about how to find a job.

can non-work activities count toward years of work experience?

A reader writes: I know that you’ve said before that years of experience in a position is referring specifically to work experience, and that you can’t simply count schoolwork in a related field as such experience. But what about when a job is asking about experience using certain skills that can be relevant outside of […]

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the mystery of “remote” job listings that aren’t actually remote

Amid the boom in remote working spurred by pandemic closures two years ago, job seekers are encountering a frustrating phenomenon: jobs advertised as “remote” when they really aren’t. To the extreme and understandable frustration of job seekers, it’s become quite common for candidates to see a job posting for a role that claims to be […]

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how do you learn what types of jobs exist?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: When you’re trying to make a major career pivot, how do you even learn what sort of jobs are out there? For context: In 2014, I enrolled in a seven-year grad program with the goal of becoming a college professor. I was passionate about teaching, […]

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should I tell my boss I’m job-searching?

A reader writes: I have a question about how much notice to give my boss before leaving my role. While I have not received any offers of employment yet, I have begun to actively apply for jobs. My boss, with whom I have a very close working relationship, had previously asked me to give her […]

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