Some kinds of personal chitchat are just fine in a job interview, while other topics are best avoided. Here's how to tell the difference.
Dear Annie: I am applying for my dream job with a software company. So far, I've made it past the phone interview and a technical competency screening, and the next step is an in-person interview. I looked up this hiring manager on LinkedIn and noticed that we MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Nov 1, 2012 11:20 AM ET
While demand for some IT skills is soaring, finding a tech job isn't always easy. A Silicon Valley recruiter explains what employers want now.
FORTUNE -- At first glance, you might think that anyone with up-to-date IT skills and a few years of work experience has it made in the shade. Unemployment among this group has dropped from 4.2% in the third quarter of last year to 3.3% now, according to MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Oct 25, 2012 9:03 AM ET
Graduating from college in the spring? The job market for the class of 2013 is super-competitive, but standing out from the crowd at a career fair can help.
FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: I'll be getting a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering next spring, and I'm nervous about my chances of having a job offer in hand by then. With a lot of student loans to start paying off, I really have MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Oct 19, 2012 10:28 AM ET
Not only are retailers staffing up for a fourth-quarter surge in spending -- a good sign for the economy overall -- but many more temporary jobs look likely to turn permanent.
FORTUNE -- Ho ho ho. Recent announcements by Macy's (M) and Toys 'R Us that they'll add 125,000 more holiday jobs this year than last are, it turns out, just the tip of the iceberg. Altogether, U.S. retailers, including restaurants, MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Oct 10, 2012 3:01 PM ET
Being out of work for two years or longer makes candidates harder to place than people with a criminal record, recruiters say. Gen Y, take note: A history of job hopping is a deal-breaker, too. By Anne FisherAnne Fisher, contributor - Oct 3, 2012 11:21 AM ET
The chemistry, or lack of it, between you and your immediate boss could make or break you in a new job. Here's how to tell if the fit is right.
FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: At the end of your recent column about cultural "fit," the expert you quoted said that most job candidates don't ask enough questions. But what should interviewees ask, especially when talking with a prospective boss? I'm now in MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Sep 21, 2012 11:01 AM ET
It's not always easy to get a clear picture of a company's culture in a job interview, but thoughtful preparation can help you ask the right questions. By Anne FisherAnne Fisher, contributor - Aug 31, 2012 10:27 AM ET
To avoid joining the growing ranks of unemployed attorneys, says one expert, third-year students need to learn how to network -- and fast. By Anne FisherAug 30, 2012 9:26 AM ET
Several startups are looking to use algorithmically powered job search systems to solve job search woes for candidates and recruiters alike. But can data replace the human touch? By Ethan RouenAug 2, 2012 5:00 AM ET
If you're worried that your age will count against you, think again. More employers and recruiters are looking for managers with additional years of experience.
FORTUNE -- We're all familiar with the stereotype: Job seekers in their 50s almost always get shunted aside in favor of young (and believed to be more tech-savvy) go-getters in their 20s and 30s, right?
Well, as it turns out, not so much. When Chicago outplacement firm MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Jul 18, 2012 1:27 PM ET
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