job hunting

Learn from my mistakes: Questions to ask before accepting a job teaching English abroad

I am just finishing a job teaching English in China. Unfortunately, it turns out that I was hired by a nightmare employer. I won’t go into all the details, but by reading my suggestions you can guess what kind of problems I ran into. I would like to make some suggestions so that you don’t make the same mistakes if you decide you would like to teach English in another country.

16 ways to expand your brain with free online courses

Are you a potential brainiac who can read/watch/absorb via online methods? Then free online courses may just be your window to the world. Or even the way you can get a professional certificate or an actual degree. You can be the brains of the ball with these 16 sites to take free courses and/or explore free ways to learn. Learn what exactly? Think coding, technologies, languages, music theory, social sciences, arts, and tons of others. Some of these courses are even through Ivy League universities! For you, for your kids, for your book club… anyone can learn if they’ve got the drive and an internet connection. Let’s see the sites, shall we?

Job hunting advice for offbeat job seekers (spoiler: your ink is probably okay)

Job hunting advice for offbeat job seekers (spoiler: your ink is probably okay)

Working at a job as a person with an offbeat lifestyle is one thing, but landing that job in the first place? That can be a minefield of prejudices, frustrations, and distractions from your skills. But it can be easier if you’ve got a plan. Plus, it’s easy to forget the basics of job hunting when you’re thinking about what they’ll be thinking about you. Here is some job hunting advice for offbeat job seekers like you…

The perpetual anxiety of never knowing if my job will be abolished: How I deal with job insecurity

Guys, I’m currently working my dream job. It’s awesome. But the very existence of my job is dependent on outside factors, and is re-evaluated every six months. The last year in particular has been really really uncertain; I’ve kept my job, but just barely. The next evaluation is looking very grim.

I’ve found ways of dealing with the perpetual anxiety of never knowing if my job will be abolished. Maybe these tips can help others with job uncertainty, like me…

How to change careers, despite having a not-too-helpful degree

I had no idea what career path I wanted to choose. I had no way to go back to school (even part time was beyond my financial means). But I was able to change careers, and change my path, despite having a not-too-helpful degree. Here’s how I did it…

Where can a disillusioned teacher start looking for something else?

I have been teaching for almost 10 years. I’ve taught in three countries, and in several counties in my home state. Though I love working with kids, I find the teaching profession itself has changed and twisted so much over the past few decades that I no longer have the drive and interest to work within the system. Does anyone have any suggestions for where a disillusioned teacher can start looking for something else?

You are NEVER EVER too old to make the leap: How to get out of retail jobs

I went from retail to an entry level office job to a full-blown social worker, but it took time. However, take it from me, you are NEVER EVER too old to make the leap! One of my favourite sayings is “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” Here’s what you can do to get the ball rolling…

How do you quit retail and move on to other careers?

I have worked in retail off and on for 10 of the past 15 years, and it’s time to quit. Standing/bending/folding all day is aggravating a pre-existing back problem. How do I break out of service jobs and go on to other fulfilling careers?