Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson

Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson is a Los Angeles based writer whose work has appeared in the LA Times, Los Angeles magazine, Documentary magazine, Movie City News, and more. Her stories have covered the gamut from IT and healthcare to music and culture.

How to Break Out of a Job-Search Rut

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If you feel as if you’ve applied for too many positions without getting past the first interview (or even getting an interview at all), and you’ve become bored and frustrated with the process, you’re officially in a job-search rut. Forget about moving forward: The key at such moments is to rethink the way you look for work. Accept Your Unhappiness Susan Wise Miller, career counselor and vocational expert at California Career Services, imparted three conditions for change—the first and most… continue…

How to Survive Job Rejection

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Rejection stings, especially when you’re sure you’d sailed through the interview process. When you read that polite note informing you that you’re not the one, the path of least resistance may involve bitter invective, and a gallon of Cherry Garcia (or a six-pack). But there are better ways to channel that disappointment and move forward. Click here to find IT management jobs. Vent Hard, Be Brief You have permission to feel lousy. Let your frustrations out privately to a few… continue…

Our 2014 Gift Guide Is the Geekiest

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Happy Chrismakwanzikkah, a very irritating Festivas and a good winter solstice to you! To help you people of Earth celebrate the season, we’ve yet again put together a random guide to the kinds of gifts you want (but might be too afraid to ask for). Humans at Work Han Solo Carbonite Business Card Case $19.99 How can you garner the respect of your peers without proof of your nefarious, dark gifts? This solid block of “carbonite” that holds a miniaturized Han… continue…

How to Land a Job at KVH Industries

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KVH Industries is a leading manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television, and voice services via satellite to mobile users at sea and on land. It’s also a major manufacturer of high-performance sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense, as well as commercial guidance and stabilization applications. Based in Middletown, R.I., with research, development, and manufacturing operations in both Middletown and Tinley Park, Ill., KVH has approximately 550 employees worldwide; about 70 percent of them work in the… continue…

5 Critical Soft Skills for Tech Pros

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Your technical skills get your foot in an employer’s door, but it’s your soft skills that will clinch the hire and keep you employed. Despite the stereotypical (albeit sometimes earned) reputation of technologists as being unable to play well with others, a lot of companies assume all candidates will know how to behave on the job as part of their overall skill set. Because they believe this, any candidate who undervalues the importance of building and maintaining “soft skills” risks… continue…

Don’t Take the Wrong Job

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During a job interview, it’s critical that you pay attention to your environment, and ask the kinds of questions that will offer a good idea of whether you’re going to be comfortable at that particular workplace. Even if you think your skills are a perfect match for the position, don’t squander an early (and significant) opportunity to find out if the job is right for you. Gauge the Mood John Reed, senior executive director at Robert Half Technology, recommends that… continue…

Are Mobile Apps the Future of Applying for Jobs?

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While traditional recruiting and application practices are unlikely to disappear in the near future, mobile technology is influencing the job-search process in new and unexpected ways. A whopping 43 percent of current job seekers use mobile at some point during a job search, according to Jobvite’s recently published 2014 Job Seeker Survey. If you’re a Millennial or Gen Y, relying on your smartphone or tablet to apply for a position will seem like a matter of course—but for everybody else,… continue…

Using Social Media to Get the Job You Want

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More employers than ever rely on social media to find potential candidates for open positions. Why not use some of their tips and tricks to improve your profiles and get their attention? According to Miriam Salpeter, a social media mentor, consultant and principal at Keppie Careers, the first thing to understand is how social media can benefit your job search. While building and maintaining an online presence may appear daunting, it can pay off in ways a traditional job hunt… continue…

Tips for Surviving a Hostile Job Interview

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Is there a way to win over an interviewer who’s in a foul mood? Yes, there are strategies that can help you win a battle with an aggressive interview jerk, which you can use to potentially transform a difficult endeavor into something worthwhile for everyone. Prepare for All Contingencies “The key to being effective in an interview is being prepared for anything, whether it’s a question, or someone’s personality,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “I… continue…

The Lamest Interview Question Ever

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You can practice your interview elevator speech until you’re blue in the face, but if you respond robotically when you’re finally asked some version of the dreaded “Tell me about yourself,” you risk alienating the interviewer and blowing a moment that likely has little to do with your skills and experience. As Janine Davis, principal at Fetch Recruiting, puts it, asking candidates to talk about themselves is “one of the lamest interview questions out there.” Most interviewers use it as… continue…