Monthly Archive for May, 2014

: May, 2014

3 tips for writing a cover letter that stands out

The San Francisco Bay Area job market is one of the most competitive in the country. It houses some of the world’s biggest names in technology and attracts applicants from around the globe. Aside from having a strong resume, job seekers need to make their cover letters shine. Here are three tips that will help […]

Is overconfidence hurting your career?

Overconfidence can be a close cousin to arrogance, and both of them can block your ability to learn what impacts your career growth. While confidence is recognized as a wonderful trait in moving your career forward, it would seem that more of it would generate a faster career track. However, the key is developing a […]

Social media mistakes Millennials make

With the national youth unemployment rate above 15 percent, it seems as though Millennials are struggling to lock in full-time employment. The sluggish economy is partly the blame. Misusing social media accounts is also seriously hurting Millennials. The social media diet Last week, the Chronicle reported on Kim Lehmkuhl who quit from her Pleasant Hill city clerk job […]

25 best companies for pay and benefits

Google employees get the best pay and benefits, according to a recent report from Glassdoor. The Mountain View-based company earned a score of 4.4 out of 5 to top Glassdoor’s first compensation and benefits survey. The survey is based on employee feedback form the past year. The most-reported position at Google, software engineer, pays between $78,000 and $215,000, according to […]

Job search tips for contract employees

When Bay Area residents hear the word “contractor,” they don’t always picture a handyman. They think of a wide range of workers across several sectors. This is because local companies hire contract workers frequently and, for some, it has become a viable alternative to the full-time employee model. Even though local companies hire thousands of […]

Office etiquette for interacting with disabled coworkers

The Americans with Disabilities Act was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. And even though the law has done a lot in the area of public access for the disabled, it has not helped people with disabilities find work. In the United States, 70 percent of working age people with disabilities are unemployed. And […]

Is your career T-shaped?

Candidates who can bring the depth of their expertise combined with an entrepreneurial sense of risk by looking outside the box in solving problems will make it to the top of the list for sought after talent. Describing T-Shaped skills is not a new concept in the marketplace the idea was first mentioned by David Guest […]

Was sexism or management style behind Jill Abramson’s firing?

The world of journalism was shaken up last week when Jill Abramson was fired from The New York Times. The abrupt discharge of the executive editor has many people in and outside the field of journalism wondering who’s at fault. While some are referring to the dismissal of the Times’ first woman executive editor as […]

Gain an edge by improving your observation skills

How good are your observation skills? Most people could stand to sharpen theirs a bit. They can help you know when to talk and when to listen. For example, if you’re doing all the talking in a networking conversation (and asking few questions), you’re not getting the information you need, and the other person is […]