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.

Banish Your Job Ghosts

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While you can survive a toxic workplace, the emotional aftereffects can linger long after you leave. Your pent-up anger and guilt can affect your future job search. Don’t let that happen; the ghosts of bosses past shouldn’t influence how you look for work. Sort It Out No matter how long ago the lousy job, if the very thought of it still grinds you up, you haven’t processed it. Maggie Graham, a certified professional career coach, notes that you can’t just… continue…

The Truth About Personal Branding

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Nearly every employment expert on the market seems to throw around the phrase “personal branding” these days. In order to land a job, they tell you, it’s critical that you “build your brand.” Is “brand building” yet another job-search fad? While easy for some to dismiss, the concept of branding does have some real-world application for those individuals who want to stand out from the pack. Image Has Meaning “Without a doubt, a job search is a marketing process where… continue…

5 Reasons You’re Still Unemployed

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Despite what many claim is a burgeoning economy, some tech pros still struggle to find work. Those difficulties are sometimes a question of circumstance—some cities and counties simply don’t need tech workers with particular sets of skills, for example. But sometimes it’s more about the candidate needing to change habits or behaviors in order to make themselves more appealing to potential employers. With that in mind, here are five good reasons why you might have trouble getting hired… unless you… continue…

Top Interview Qs for Salesforce Developers

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It’s a healthy job market out there for Salesforce developers (Dice currently lists over 900 open positions across the United States). According to Payscale, starting salaries start in the low $50,000 range, and a developer with the right experience could potentially make upwards of $140,000. But if you’re newly certified, or don’t have a wealth of experience, how should you prepare for a job interview? For Salesforce-related jobs, click here. Dice asked several Salesforce developers to get a handle on… continue…

How Software Developers Can Switch Industries

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If you’re a frustrated developer who loves building software (and technology in general) but hates the job, you may be happier working in another sub-industry. Making a leap into a new pond can be challenging, but it’s more than possible. “While there’s typically a preference for industry-specific experience,” said Doug Schade, principal consultant at WinterWyman Technology Search in Boston, “in an ultra-competitive market, employers overall have become more and more lenient and strong candidates are able leverage their skills to… continue…

Job Search Tips for Baby Boomers

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For anyone over 50, the depressing reality is that a job search will likely prove significantly more challenging than for younger people. In the wake of each new rejection, the Baby Boomer candidate is left wondering whether he or she is too old, overqualified, or out of negotiable salary range. But rather than dwell on why you didn’t get the job, you should focus on what it’ll take to succeed next time: Full Effort First and foremost, it’s a highly… continue…

Five Ways to Ruin Your Job Search

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It’s difficult enough to remain actively engaged in a job search without worrying about self-sabotage. Fortunately for you, there are some strategies you can employ to make sure you don’t end up pursuing bad ideas that you think are really great at the time. The ‘Spray and Pray’ Method According to Melissa Cooley, founder of The Job Quest, the biggest mistake that job-seekers often make is using the “spray and pray” method: firing out résumés as quickly as possible at… continue…

Landing a Healthcare IT Job at J2 Interactive

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J2 Interactive is an award-winning software development and IT consulting firm specializing in customized solutions for hospitals, labs, research institutions and health-information exchanges. Headquartered in Charlestown, Mass., and with an office in Windsor, U.K., most of the company’s employees telecommute. As a result, the company recruits nationwide (it currently boasts 75 staffers, 72 of whom work in the IT space). Click here to find healthcare IT jobs. Lou LaRocca, president and chief executive officer, said the company is always looking… continue…

Job-Search Tips for Introverts

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Most introverts are actually very good communicators who are uncomfortable interacting under certain circumstances. Unfortunately, those difficult situations often include business-related activities such as networking and interviewing. So what’s an ambitious introvert to do when in search of new employment? Prepare and Practice “When prepared, introverts do well in social situations,” said Karen Southall Watts, “professional encourager” and author of Networking for Introverts. “Plan for your networking events,” she continued. “This includes having an idea of how many people you’d… continue…

4 Tips for Surviving a Rapid Firing

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You’re called in for what you think will be a typical meeting, only to be told, “We’re downsizing” or “You’re fired.” How should you react? The first step is to hold it together and not react. While it might be tempting to pull the office equivalent of that Jet Blue flight attendant who decided to quit his job by grabbing a beer and sliding down his plane’s emergency inflatable slide, remaining reserved is the preferable alternative: You don’t need more… continue…