job searching

how do I rebuild my career after destroying it in my 30s?

A reader writes: I was relatively successful in my twenties. I got a job right out of college and climbed the ladder, going from an assistant position to a director position, all at the same workplace. I even accomplished some pretty amazing things—many of which are still in place. My personal life exploded in my […]

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how do I not lose hope in a highly competitive field?

A reader writes: I’m in a very competitive, very niche academic field. I’m writing because I wonder if you and your readers can tell me how to keep going when I’m losing hope as this roller coaster of a search keeps on rolling. I have been applying for jobs since last year, and I have […]

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should I apply to jobs I’m not fully qualified for?

A reader writes: I’ve gotten advice from a lot of other blogs, friends, and family that I should be applying to jobs even if I’m only about 50-75% qualified, and I was wondering what your opinion was. I’ve been applying to jobs that I believe I could do, but for which I don’t have all […]

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can informational interviews actually be useful?

If you’ve ever read any job search advice, you’ve probably come across the recommendation to do “informational interviews,” especially if you’re early in your career or trying to switch fields. What are informational interviews? And can they really help you? The answer is … maybe. It depends entirely on what your goals are in doing […]

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do internal candidates have a better chance at the job?

A reader writes: I am currently in the running for a fantastic job at a dream company. I was approached about the job by a recruiter. The feedback from the first face-to-face interview was that I was the strongest candidate and the company decided not to proceed with any of the other external applicants and, […]

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should I apply for jobs that don’t sound great?

A reader writes: I am moving back to North Carolina from Texas, and will be living with my parents until I can find a new job. I’ve been with my current company in Texas for over four years, and it is my first job out of college. Because of this, I feel like I don’t […]

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should I go around HR and contact the hiring manager directly?

A reader writes: I’m currently job searching and when I learn about an opening, I’ll often reach out directly to department heads as opposed to HR. However, sometimes after these directors/VP’s email me back saying they’ve forwarded along my resume to HR, it goes no further. I like being proactive and cutting out the middleman […]

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