Why Your Career Won’t Look Like Your Parents’ (And Why That’s OK)

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Many of us struggle to find the perfect career. We jump from job to job, getting frustrated at our inability to find a job to take care of us for the rest of our lives. It wasn’t like this for our parents, right?

You probably remember your mom and dad heading out to work every day, to the same company, year after year—and they seemed to like it! After all, they’ll likely push you toward finding similar stability. Well, here’s a newsflash: The world of work has changed. Your career will not look like your parents’ did. And it’s totally OK! Here’s why.…

What You Need To Do Before Asking For A Raise At Work

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I want to start this by saying I’m not planning on asking for a raise any time soon, so don’t worry, Warren. (FYI, that’s my boss.)

But, as most people are, I’m planning to ask for a raise eventually. You may be thinking about this future as well, as 2014 comes to an end. After speaking to some people whose opinions I value dearly—my coworkers, people I look up to in my industry, and my mom—I’ve learned that the time to start planning to ask for a raise isn’t when you want a raise. It’s right after you got the first one (or in my case right after you get hired).

Here are four things you should do in the planning process.…

How To Work With Interns As An Entry-Level Employee

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To every college student out there, the words “entry level” may as well be the equivalent of “major leagues.” As a full-time worker, you get a bunch of things that would make your collegiate self squeal with joy: benefits, respect, responsibility, and most of all, a SALARY (*cue singing choir*). It’s so awesome, you may very well forget those dark days of being the unpaid intern whose desk was in a supply closet.

That is, until you have to work with the unpaid intern whose desk is in a supply closet.…

How You Can Benefit From A Work Exchange Program

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This year, I traveled around Europe for nearly 6 months in an attempt to solve my quarter-life crisis. As a money-saving measure, I nearly eliminated accommodation costs by couchsurfing, staying with friends, and doing several “work exchanges,” where I volunteered my time in exchange for food and a bed. The types of work exchanges available vary greatly, from farms to youth hostels, to summer camps to restaurants. Online networks such as WWOOF, HelpX, and Workaway help connect people to hosts in need of help.

Work exchanges are appealing to savvy travelers, not only because they can help you save money, but also because they provide learning opportunities, cultural immersion experiences, and much more. During my travels, I spent 2 weeks volunteering as a“native English speaker” at a language immersion program in Poland and nearly a month helping out a family in Ireland with a number of assorted jobs. Here are several important things I gained from these exchanges.…

4 Ways To Get Motivated And Get Over The 9-To-5 Blues

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I try to pride myself on finding cool, odd, fascinating jobs in my pursuit of career happiness. But sometimes, no matter how awesome filming a music video sounds, it’s hard to get excited for work. It might be the coming of winter (the lack of sun clearly affects my caribeña ways). Or it could be just be the “first year in the workforce” blues. But one thing’s for sure: this is frustrating.
If I wanna continue my quest of taking over the world, I have to combat this feeling. If you feel the same way, and are finding it hard to make the best out of your current job, check out these tips on how to get motivated at work.…

The Do’s And Don’ts For Different Kinds Of Job Interviews

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When it comes to job interviews, you used to just have to show up to the office with your résumé and answer some questions; now, we’ve got everything from Skype interviews to group interviews. And that’s great!

Different kinds of job interviews give you different opportunities to show off your strengths—provided you manage the interviews correctly. Here are some tips that can help you do just that.…

Why Your LinkedIn May Be More Important Than Your Résumé

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I’ll never forget the conversation I had with a senior marketing professional at Hubspot’s INBOUND Conference about a year ago.

We sat next to each other in one of the sessions and gradually ended up talking about the weather, Boston, recruiting, and entry-level jobs, probably in that order. At that point, I was just beginning my job search and expressed my frustrations formatting a résumé specifically for each position I applied to.

His words: “Don’t bother. When I hire, I only use résumés to search for the person’s name on LinkedIn. Then, I throw the paper résumé out and just read their profile.”…

What To Do While Waiting For Your Dream Job

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I’m happy to report that, late this summer, I finally landed a job! It took me about 8 months, but I’m currently working as an associate editor for a local newspaper and getting the experience that I wanted.

However, I know not everyone is as fortunate. Don’t get discouraged. You still can find your dream job. Unfortunately, you can’t know when it will arrive—and with student loans and other expenses around, you can’t keep waiting.…