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Charles Purdy is a senior editor at Monster; he has appeared on CNN’s “Your Bottom Line,” Fox Business News, and Wall Street Journal Radio, and his career advice has appeared on Forbes.com, CNBC.com, CBS SmartMoney.com, and many other financial sites. He is also the author of the book “Urban Etiquette” and a former managing editor of “Macworld” magazine.

How To Prepare for A Virtual Career Fair: Veteran Tips & Tricks

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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How To Prepare for A Virtual Career Fair: Veteran Tips & Tricks

The Veterans Virtual Career Fair will run from November 14 to 18. If you’re a vet, register today. All you have to do is sign up, post your resume, and start visiting the virtual “booths” of employers. Each booth will have information about the employer and the jobs available, and there will be opportunities to speak with recruiters right at the event. From your computer, you’ll be able to communicate and engage with job exhibitors and attendees in a virtual environment. As long as you have Internet access, you’ll be able to participate.

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Veteran Career Advice: Transferring Military Training to Civilian Jobs

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Veteran Career Advice: Transferring Military Training to Civilian Jobs

Veteran Dan Blasini (RN BSN BC) is one of Monster’s most inspiring success stories. After serving in the Army, Dan was looking for a way he could help injured soldiers lead independent lives after returning from war. He posted his resume on Monster and soon found his dream job — as a case manager for Hanger Prosthetics, where he began a career helping people adapt to prosthetic limbs. Dan finds inspiration in seeing his patients overcome their obstacles — and he inspires us.

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Mario Batali’s New Media Production Coordinator Shares Career Advice

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Mario Batali’s New Media Production Coordinator Shares Career Advice

When world-renowned chef and restauranteur Mario Batali needed to hire the perfect media production coordinator, he turned to Monster.com for assistance. And the Monster.com post for this dream job on Batali’s media team attracted more than a million job views and garnered nearly 50,000 resumes in just 55 days.

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Dream Job or Pipe Dream: Are Dream Jobs A Reality?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Dream Job or Pipe Dream: Are Dream Jobs A Reality?

The term “dream job” means different things to each of us — and for many job seekers right now, a dream job would be any job.

But when most people talk about their dream job, they’re talking about the elusive position that engages their passions and interests, is well suited to their skills, challenges their intellect (but isn’t too challenging), and integrates well into their life.

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How to Find Great Contacts and Add Them to Your Professional Network

Monday, July 11, 2011

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How to Find Great Contacts and Add Them to Your Professional Network

A large, diverse, and engaged professional network is an important part of a job search. And part of maintaining a professional network means adding to it on a regular basis. Don’t wait until you need a favor or are desperate to get your resume in front of a hiring manager! Right now, valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your social circle — they’re the parents of your kids’ chums, they’re in your school’s alumni association, and they’re your friends’ friends. So how do you turn these people from relative strangers into valuable network contacts?

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Open Door: What Your Workers Really Think About HR

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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Open Door: What Your Workers Really Think About HR

If you’re in an HR or recruiting position, you likely interact with a lot of job seekers and employees, and you may believe that you already know everything you need to know about their mindsets and attitudes. After all, you’re in the people business.

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Online Professional Networking for Beginners

Monday, June 27, 2011

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Online Professional Networking for Beginners

Even though you may have plenty of Facebook friends or spend a healthy amount of time on Twitter, you may not think that you can (or should) do “professional networking” online. Perhaps you think of networking as something that only executives or salespeople do at big conventions. Maybe you want to keep your online life and your work life separate. Or maybe you just think that professional networking is too time-consuming or boring.

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Meet the Workplace: The World of Work for New Grads

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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Meet the Workplace: The World of Work for New Grads

It’s not just that many recent grads are new to the world of work — it’s also that the world of work has changed quite a lot in recent years. The tumultuous economy, fast-changing technologies, and the social-media revolution (just to name a few factors) have made the workplace 2011′s grads are entering a very different place from the one 2oo1′s experienced.

Of course, many of the questions new grads face — such as “Should I follow my passions or work on finding a stable career?” “What mistakes should I beware of?” and even “Was my four-year degree really necessary?” — aren’t questions that only young people ask. We’re all dealing with these questions to some extent.

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Job Interviews: Tips for the Virtual Interview

Monday, April 18, 2011

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Job Interviews: Tips for the Virtual Interview

Looking for a job has changed a lot in the past ten years. For one thing, there’s less of a need to actually leave your house for a job interview: inexpensive Web cams and videoconferencing tools like Skype mean that, nowadays, your first interview (or first couple of interviews) with a company may take place in front of your home computer — maybe, that is, a “virtual interview.” But although the technology is ready, are you?

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