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.

are all jobs bad?

A reader writes: Are all jobs… bad? Because right now I’m looking around and feeling very hopeless about the idea of having a job that checks all the boxes: 1) pays well (or just a living wage), 2) isn’t totally toxic and/or managed by total clowns, 3) allows you to have decent work-life balance, and […]

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how can I get a management job without management experience?

A reader writes: I am about six years into a career that puts the “individual” in individual contributor (nonprofit fundraising, in case it matters). I have good relations with my colleagues and we work collaboratively when possible, but our projects are completely solo. I have always known that I want to spend my career in […]

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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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