Cramming for a test? Don’t do it, say UCLA researchers

Every high school kid has done it: putting off studying for that exam until the last minute, then pulling a caffeine-fueled all-nighter in an attempt to cram as much information into their heads as they can. Now, new research at UCLA says don’t bother. The problem is the trade-off between study and sleep. Studying, of […] … learn more→

Managing a maternity leave

“There is something I need to tell you…” It was the conversation I had been dreading for two weeks, ever since I discovered that I was pregnant with my second child. It was only eight months since I had become the director of student development at a community college and a pregnancy had not been […] … learn more→

On the job hunt, trust no one

Loyalty. That’s a word I never gave much thought to in relation to the job market. I was brought up in the do-unto-others school of thought; my colleagues had always had my back and vice versa. But that all changed, actually came crashing to an abrupt halt, with one brief text message from a peer, […] … learn more→

Job search in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s

Whether you are 22 or 62, a job search may be in your future. But the 20-something’s job search strategy should look very different than the 60-something’s — and so should everyone’s in between. Especially in this economy, people of all ages are in the market for a new job. Some people are looking to […] … learn more→

Test your cover letter

Before you submit your cover letter to recruiters and hiring managers, run through this battery of questions to gauge its readiness. … learn more→

How to get a job in academia when you finish your PhD

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the parlous state of the academic workplace. Just for a change, I thought it would be nice to do a hopeful post about the employment situation. The usual advice boils down to one statement: “publish early, publish often”. However, after reading Jen’s post last week I think we […] … learn more→

Truth, lies and resumes

When searching for a job, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. You can stutter during a cold call, get lost on the way to the interview or even forget the name of the hiring manager. These are all honest mistakes and likely can be overcome with hard work and perseverance. Lying, […] … learn more→

7 Personal branding tips for introverts

In the workforce, having a successful career can often be about personal branding and forging connections with others in the industry. But these things can be tough for introverts, who are naturally prone to desire time alone, prefer personal reflection and thought, and are often very shy. This can be intimidating when entering a professional […] … learn more→

Lessons learned: Listening as a critical skill in an interview

Whether you’re selling a multimillion dollar advertising idea or applying for a job, the strategy is the same — make sure you give your audience what they want. In the pilot episode of AMC’s “The Pitch” this week, two advertising agencies — The Ad Store from New York City, and SK+G from Las Vegas — […] … learn more→

The greening of your job search

An extended job search doesn’t just take its toll on your confidence and your psyche. It can also have a harmful effect on the environment. As if advancing your career — or rebuilding it after being unemployed or underemploymed — wasn’t stressful enough in today’s sluggish economy, taking responsibility for the planet can seem like […] … learn more→