The Commonwealth of Massachusetts just approved a paid leave law, extending protection for workers that far exceeds the (unpaid) current national Family and Medical Leave Act and the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act. This newly enacted Massachusetts paid family leave law means that new parents, caregivers, and sick workers can take job-protected, paid time off without facing economic duress. […]
You’ve reached (possibly for the 100th time) what feels like a breaking point professionally. Every ounce of you wants to barge into your boss’s office and give your notice, even if you don’t already have your next gig lined up. Of course, you deserve to find a better professional situation. But is it wise […]
For any number of possible reasons, you’re scared, tired of the search, and feeling at your wits’ end. Looking for work is hard enough… with extra emotional pressure, it’s even harder. I chatted with Kara Baskin of AARP’s Life Reimagined about this topic, and how to shake off the fear and stay focused on looking […]
I have a funny (and informative) thing to share with you at the end of this post… but, first: Scarlett Johansson. Chris Klein. Jessica Alba. Marlon Brando. Brad Pitt. Robert Di Niro. All are A-List actors who really, really wanted a job they didn’t get. (See their audition tapes here, for famous films, along with the […]
When you’re in a job search, every day can seem like an unrelenting uphill climb. (Unless you’re taking the morning off and hiking, in which case you do come down eventually…) Open your computer, search for jobs, tailor your resume, search LinkedIn, call your networking contact. And, all the while, your mind spins… what do I do […]
Volunteering may be a highly effective way to find a new job, according to a recent study out of UMASS Boston. Participants who volunteered were more likely to find new employment within six months.
‘Tis the season. First comes the champagne, the fruitcake, and the holiday cheer. Then, as companies start new budget years, review staffing plans, realign business units, and assess the skills they need for the coming year… the layoffs begin. If you’re worried about getting laid off, and if you happen to have a sense that it might be […]
It’s the summer, which means that employers will be slooowwwing down the hiring process while managers are on vacation. Ay-yay-ay… not so good news for job seekers. Or is it? What if there are some lemons we can turn into lemonade? Here are some thoughts about using the downtime to your advantage: 1) Hiring Managers […]