“It’s all about who you know.” Many job seekers despise this statement, but oftentimes you will find that the job you end up with came as a result of someone you knew. Networking could not be more important in the job seeking world. I spoke with Randall Hansen, the founder and webmaster of Quintessential Careers, and much of his advice involved insight into the […]

Resume writing is an area where young professionals often struggle. There is a ton of advice out there and you can even hire a professional service to do it for you, but at the end of the day, it’s probably in your best interest to focus on doing just a few of the most essential things right rather than try doing […]

As Rob Sullivan was finishing college, he began applying for jobs in Chicago, New York, and Minneapolis, but his big target was Leo Burnett, one of the world’s top advertising agencies. “Like hundreds of my classmates, I competed for one of the coveted spots on the interview schedule when the Burnett recruiter came to campus. I did well enough that […]

As 2014 draws to a close and we enter a new year, it’s time to think about what we hope to accomplish again. I love new years because they feel like a clean slate. Everything I did that wasn’t great last year is the past and the coming 365 days are full of possibilities. Anything feels possible! 1. Learn a new skill […]

2014 has been an exciting year for us at JobBrander. We’ve been focusing a lot of our time on developing some new products to help job seekers, building our email distribution list, and featuring more interesting companies here in Chicago and across the United States. As the year winds down, we wanted to share our most popular articles of the […]

There are a few skills that are necessary to success no matter what career path you take. Of these, many career professionals will point to one that is the most important: Communication. I spoke with Beth Colley, the founder of Chesapeake Career Management Services, and much of her advice centered around this one skill. Beth moved into the resume writing and career […]

The job search is often a buyer’s market with employers and hiring managers holding most of the advantages, but it doesn’t have to be. Great candidates find unique ways to stand out from the crowd by showing off specialized skills and becoming well known within their particular area of specialization. That said, answering the question, “What makes you different?” is […]

A common misconception is that part-time jobs are a waste of time. People think that making a cup of coffee, waiting tables, ringing up clothes or serving as a secretary are not worth the few hours a day for minimum wage. On the contrary, part-time jobs are extremely worth it and make you stand out amongst your peers as you […]

“Karl, do you think it’s okay if my resume is 3 pages long? I mean, I really do have a lot of experience.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some variation of the above question from a young professional who just can’t seem to fit five years of work experience and four years of school onto a […]

If you’re in a position to oversee a few of your own direct reports this holiday season you may be thinking about getting them a gift. While you don’t want to go overboard, you also don’t want to be too predictable or boring. Before you get gifts for everyone, take a little time to think about the process: Are gifts […]