by Kathy Kirchoff
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the labor force participation rate among people with disabilities is only about 22 percent, compared to a 70 percent participation rate among those without disabilities. That’s a lot of wasted potential. If you’re living with a disability and looking to advance your career with more training or education, consider online learning.
by Linda Yang
Are you a college student or job seeker looking for creative ways to showcase your skills, achievements, and experiences? How about making a portfolio? You can make one electronically or create a print version, depending on your needs and the expectations in your field.
by Tom Melander
Imagine this. The interview went well and the hiring manager assures you that you’re on the short list as you both walk to the door. Then, as you’re shaking hands good-bye, the hiring manager says, “Oh, one last thing. What’s the worst job you ever had?” This happened to a client of mine last month and his response got his name crossed off the short list.
How would you advise my client to be better prepared next time?
by Teri Fritsma
Want to know a sure way to do yourself in on the job hunt? Use poor grammar and writing on your resume and cover letter. I don’t just mean little typos (which you should make every attempt to avoid, but which can and do happen). I’m talking about the errors that expose your bad writing to the world—the kind that knock an otherwise well-qualified candidate entirely out of the running.
1. Use apostrophes correctly. An apostrophe preceding an “s” usually implies the possessive form of a word. Apostrophe abuse is becoming so common there’s a whole website dedicated to poking fun at it. If you’re a chronic mis-user of apostrophes, you should spend some time on that site.
Incorrect: Use apostrophe’s to make a sentences meaning clear.
Correct: Use apostrophes to make a sentence’s meaning clear.