Day #4: The Amex and Learnvest $400 Giveaway!

Yup! Another $400 of American Express goodness coming your way – it’s a Free Cash Week, baby! :) And this time we partner up with Ogiilvy PR and LearnVest to help spread the joy on this giveaway day. They’re working with a great life coach named Christine Hassler, and she’s on standby ready to get your questions!  So continue reading, my friends, today’s giveaway starts NOW…

About the American Express/LearnVest Partnership

To help recent grads live more independently and establish important skills, American Express and LearnVest introduced two free online resources aimed at helping twenty-somethings better manage their money and their careers as they transition from school to work. These 10-day online financial bootcamp programs cover a range of topics from setting career and financial goals to learning communication, networking and salary negotiation skills.  The free Build Your Career and Take Control of Your Finances bootcamps are available at

About Christine Hassler

Christine HasslerChristine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . being a Life Coach.  In 2005, she wrote the first guide book written exclusively for young women, entitled 20 Something 20 Everything, and then published her second book not too far later, The 20 Something Manifesto, which was written for men and women and stems from her experience coaching twenty-something’s.

Today, she supports individuals in discovering the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?” Christine coaches with a counseling emphasis specializing in relationships, career, finances, self-identity, personal and spiritual growth. Her expertise is centered on the twenty and early thirty something years of life, and she is passionate about busting the myth that the twenty something years are about living by a checklist and having it all figured out.


Just like previous giveaways this week, all you have to do to enter to win ONE of TWO $200 American Express cards is to answer the below following question.  With one of your own ;)  The TWO lucky questioners will not only win their $200 card, but ALSO get their questions answered by Gen Y expert Christine Hassler herself!  So make them good!  And if you don’t have one you’re just dying to ask, come up with something you feel our audience would love to hear the answer to anyways. So we can all learn :) Here’s what we got:

What’s a question you have around finding (or landing) a good job in the current challenging market? Or a question on anything else career-related?

We’ll pick two of these questions, and the two people behind them will win a $200 Amex card EACH!  That’s $400 free cash for y’all just for asking some good career questions – not too shabby :)  (And in full disclosure, I got a $200 card for hosting this as well – win-win-win!)  Now go and drop your questions below. The giveaway ends THIS Saturday, December 17th @ Midnight, and the two winners will be selected and announced the following day (Sunday) in the afternoon.  Good luck!!  Come up with some good ones, friends!! (And thx again to Amex & LearnVest!)

PS: For this particular giveaway, you MUST be a resident of the U.S. Sorry!
PPS: Get ready for an even CRAZIER giveaway tomorrow! You won’t wanna miss it!

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  1. RJ December 15, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    How can I make myself more competitive against those who already have jobs? If headhunters want those already in the workplace, how can I show that I have or can learn the very same skills as those currently in the marketplace?

  2. Angela December 15, 2011 at 6:00 AM

    Dude, when did Christine Hassler make her way into personal finance? Gen Y coaching must be drying up. She is a washed up coach trying to remain relevant in a field she knows nothing about. Learnvest is even worst because they only cater to affluent women with money to spend.

  3. Gina December 15, 2011 at 6:32 AM

    How do you find a passion and create income from that? What steps do you take?

  4. Jenny December 15, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    How do I best explain a gap of several years in my resume? I was homeschooling my children before returning to college myself. While the skills I used in raising and educating my children are of course valuable, I’ve found it challenging to translate those skills into “resume-speak” when looking at how to present that time period to prospective employers.

  5. Rich Uncle El December 15, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Why are corporations asking for X amount of years of experience for almost every job, when most people looking for jobs are either coming right out of college or unemployed.

    How can someone make the jump from non-managerial job to a managerial position without the experience under your belt?

  6. NDchick1 December 15, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Where can I find the confidence to leave my current “going nowhere”/stuck-in-a-rut job? I have a decent salary and benefits for my field, but I just feel stuck. Someone else please give me a push out the door and onto something bigger and better!

  7. Matt December 15, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    What are some the most satisfying jobs for those looking to start semi-retirment?

  8. Edward Antrobus December 15, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    How do I find internships that don’t require you to be a college student?

  9. Janelle December 15, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    We read that we’re supposed to follow our passions – find a way to incorporate the things we love into our careers. That’s a lofty aspiration, given that anyone looking for a job right now (LIKE ME!) struggles just to get an interview. What advice do you have for job seekers on finding not just a job, but a position that we’ll enjoy, in this type of environment? If that’s not possible, at what point do we give up on a job we can be passionate about, in exchange for one that just pays the bills?

  10. Ryan December 15, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    How can I best present myself in year-end reviews? These are the times when people can make or break promotions, raises, perks, etc., and it’s difficult to know how to walk the fine line.

  11. Corie December 15, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    How can I make myself stand out against other applicants who have more experience than me?

  12. Nate December 15, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    What is the most important (one) quality that employers are looking for in under 30 applicants?

  13. SJ December 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    How do shy people get over the “money talk” hurdle? I know you only get what you ask for, but asking for money seems so inappropriate! And I hate leaving it up to the HR people to be “honest”!

  14. Kimberly December 15, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Necessecity is the mother of invention. I find that I encounter more people whom have lost their job and launched their own company in this economy are thriving. The interesting part is that they needed to have something catastrophic like that happen in order for them to take the plunge otherwise they would not have taken the chance. The idea of walking away from a steady paycheck was too risky but when forced to do so they blossomed. Why do you think people are so scared of risk and walking away from a safe paycheck in order to start the company they dreamed of and be their own boss?

  15. kasey December 15, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    There are some people in my industry that I haven’t made a great impression on, and I’d like to overall rebuild a great reputation. Not that I’ve done anything wrong, I’m just not seen as a “star” – how do I change their perceptions?

  16. Jessica @ Faith Permeating Life December 15, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    I’m actually starting out doing job-search coaching for new grads and young professionals as a side business because I have experience in that. So my question is a bit different, which is what that specific group of job-seekers most want help with when landing their first job out of college.

  17. Miranda December 15, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Hi there! I’m a hairstylist and I love my job, however there has always been a fear in the back of my mind that something could happen to me and make me physically unable to do my job. What sort of jobs are the best and highest paying for people who have learned a trade and don’t have college degrees?

  18. HighOrderGuiltComplex December 15, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    How much of your true personality should you show when doing an interview? I read that we should be open, honest, and candid, and engaging in interviews when I feel like some of those traits are lies about how I will be in an office environment. At work I like to keep to myself and do my job but I don’t have a way of expressing this in an interview without coming off as being cold and uncaring.

  19. Kristy t December 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    How long are you supposed to stay in one job so that you dont look like a flake, but also that you are ambitious?

  20. Stacey December 15, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    What kind of advice do you have for young people who live in very rural areas and want to stay, but can’t find the job opportunities they need? How do you convince a larger corporation to hire you to work from home in a home hundreds of miles away from a home office?

  21. rlk December 15, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    When do you know it’s time to move on to a new, higher-level position?

  22. Nick W December 15, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    When it comes to breaking into a field/market, it’s all about “who you know” and people with contacts inside the company get in way sooner than anyone else. How do you recommend networking to get a quality job?

  23. Carson December 15, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    What are the pros/cons of working at a large public company vs. a small private company? Should one have experience at both?

  24. Alexson December 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    I work in an event-driven non-profit. What are some of the best ways to show dedication to the job, while innovating and keeping from getting bored when the nature of the work is very cyclical?

  25. Jan December 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    How do I make my resume and cover letter standout from others with similar education and work experience? I want the recruiter to realize I am an A candidate within the first 5 minutes of reading it

  26. NancyO December 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    How do I do transition into a mangerial role?

  27. Drew December 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    If I already have a good job I like, at what point should I be content with the job I have over looking for something better?

  28. Crystal C December 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Job dissatisfaction is extremely high at my company. What can employees do to increase their individual morale levels? Also, what’s your best advice for maintaining work-life balance in a technology driven age?

  29. Maddie December 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    When you decided to give up your career to follow your passion, what was the biggest hurdle to that, and how did you overcome it?

  30. Megan December 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    I am a freelance writer and editor, and I love it. My question for Ms. Hassler is: What kind of recommendations would you make for increased financial stability to freelancers and telecommuters, no matter if they are new in the business or seasoned?

  31. Tessa December 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    How can you go about switching from front line employee to a manager role?

  32. Shelly December 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Will an internship really help me land a job or should I do an independent study where I can volunteer and job shadow at more job sites?

  33. Rachel December 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    If I am happy with my current job and career progression, how do I keep from becoming complacent in my daily work activities?

  34. Happy Homeowner December 15, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    I’ve been toying with the idea of opening my own business, but I haven’t made the leap yet. As the fire to do so burns brighter each day, I’m curious to know how to judge the timing. How do you know that the timing is correct to set out on your own? Is the timing ever correct–is it just one of those things that you say to yourself one day, ‘just do it?’

  35. mila December 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    How to appropriately bring about the salary topic in a job interview?

  36. Kate December 15, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    As a recent grad, how can I show a potential employer that I’m a good candidate even though I don’t have as much experience as they often say they’re seeking?

  37. Kelli December 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    What career fields have the most staying power in our current economy and for the future? I’m thinking tech and health care will continue to be two of them, but what other industries should I be considering?

  38. Ryan December 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    How do I show the employer the potential I have coming out of school with only limited job experience?

  39. Jeremy December 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    In today’s market do you stay focused on your ‘ideal’ companies to work for or should you compromise somewhat and look to similar positions at slightly less than your ideal place to work?

  40. Mami2jcn December 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    My brother-in-law has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Political Science. Apparently he can’t find a job in his field so he has been working as a waiter at Applebee’s.

    My question is: Shouldn’t my brother-in-law seek out a more professional office job, say in banking, even if it isn’t in his desired field or his “dream job”? Won’t prospective employers be unimpressed by the waiter position listed on his resume? How would he be able to win over a prospective employer given the fact that he has no professional experience?

  41. Jake December 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    I love my job, I am fortunate that my company is actively helping me with my career development plan and I have an opportunity to switch departments in to a new (also entry-level) role. I’ve been with my company for over 18 months and have gained a lot of experience. But how do I ask for a raise when I transition in to a role when I don’t have any direct experience in that area?

  42. Bonnie December 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    How do I handle getting a job after staying home with my kids for a couple of years?

  43. Bria Marie December 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    My question is: What is the best way for someone who has not yet completed a degree (due to financial reasons) to make themselves a candidate for positions? I find that with the current level of un- and under-employment, it is difficult to get even a retail job when competing against those with degrees.

  44. Desi Guy December 15, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Hi, After working for a few years you invariably get into a “mid” zone where you are too experienced to be considered junior but still not have enough years of experience (say 10 or more) to be considered a senior level guy. What is the best strategy to maximize your earning potential as well as accelerate the transition during those few years?

  45. Aaron December 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    How can you stand out amongst so many applicants?

  46. judyyy December 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    How can someone who has reached a “mature” age compete with all of the young educated nice looking young people?

  47. lindsay December 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Do I REALLY need a personal website to get a great job? I hear lots about having a personal website or starting a blog to improve your personal branding, etc, but I don’t have the time or interest in starting a blog or website.

  48. Jessi December 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    I currently work for a non-profit that I love and is really flexible for me and my familiy. However, I don’t make much money at it. I am always having a hard time deciding whether the flexibility is worth the little money I make or if I would be better off going elsewhere where I could contribute more in a financial way to my family (i.e. get out of debt faster)? There are other jobs out there that I would be interested in, but my above concerns, topped by the crazy job market, make me feel like I should just stay where I am at. Help!

  49. Robin December 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Great opportunity to ask a question! Here’s one…. My husband is considering a job change (same field, different company). Is it better to make a lateral move or hold out for a higher position like he wants? We work in the not-for-profit sector and he would like a higher up position in a company, but knows he could make a lateral move (same position) much quicker. What’s better at this time in our economy?

  50. Yana December 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Do you think that “Do what you love, the money will follow” can simply mean that if you want a job, you go for the one that you are capable of getting and doing rather than the one that meets your desired income level?

  51. Jessie C. December 15, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    My question is: How do I make myself stand out in the last stage of interview among last five qualified applicants? What does the company look for to reach the final decision at this point?

  52. Jeffrey Trull December 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    I’m always curious as to if or how much it will hurt me to leave a certain job field (say, engineering) and do something else for a year or two and then try to go back. Will it be an uphill battle, or not as bad as I’m thinking?

  53. Eric December 15, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    How do you transition into a new job where you have little direct experiene, but expect to maintain the same level of compensation and responsibility that you have in your current job?

  54. BalancedLife December 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    I am having difficulties advancing my career and taking more responsibilities mostly stemming from the fact that I don’t want to take more time away from my children. Is it possible to get to a point where its too late to move up?

  55. Kim H December 15, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    How do I convince my boss that I can do my full time job in less than 40 hours while still keeping full time pay? They obviously don’t want to promote me and I don’t qualify for overtime, so the only incentive I have to stay is less hours at work.

  56. John @ Frugal Gearhead December 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Do you feel it is still feel it is necessarily to include an objective on a resume, especially when you are writing a cover letter?

  57. wonko December 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    While slogging through over 100,000 of student loan repayments, is it appropriate to drink a half bottle of bourbon a day?

  58. Angela December 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    How do you juggle so many clients and still make each client happy? How do you manage your time? That’s the big question of the year for me!

  59. Ashley H. December 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    What are the top 5 tips for new college graduates trying to find work in the economy when everyone wants you to have so many years of experience?

  60. Nicole C. December 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Do you suggest recently college graduates going straight to graduated school?
    I understand that they would probably earn more with the post-grad degree, but with no working experience, accumulated student loans and no net worth, is it worth??
    There has been a lot of argument about “Is a college degree worth the cost?”. So, I would take a step further: Is a graduate degree worth the cost?
    It bothered me that from time to time, you heard some professionals (lawyer and doctors) are struggling to pay off their student loans. And, I think some people are avoiding to enter the job market now by continuing education.

  61. Heather December 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    How do you best show your worth as an introvert in a introverted position (research) in an extrovert-domianted field (communications)?

  62. Kelly December 15, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    I’ve always heard that it’s good to network when looking for a job, but I always feel guilty using my personal connections or friendships for professional gain. I’m sure that I can’t be the only one that feels this way – do you have any advice for me? How do you approach someone who may have a connection? How do you get over the guilt? How do you convince yourself that you’ve been hired for your qualifications and personality, rather than because you know the right people?

  63. jay December 15, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    My job search related question is: what percentage over my current income makes a cross country move worthwhile, and where can I find reliable COL differences in the new place, and my small town?

  64. Sassy December 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    How do you explain short time lengths at jobs due to being laid off due to the maket? I feel that people look at my resume and see that I have had 3 jobs in the past 4 years and are scared of hiring me due to me leaving and looking for better employment. That isn’t the case at all! I am a very loyal employee and work hard with a lot of good experience.

  65. Lily December 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    I’ve been a stay at home mom for the past 4 years, how do I explain that gap in employment without it screaming “I’ve got kids and they’re my #1 priority!” and possibly scaring them away from hiring me?

  66. Gina M Maddox December 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    What are some items that should be added to a person’s resume in this time of social media and technology in order to keep on the cutting edge?

    gina.m.maddox AT gmail DOT com

  67. Sam December 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    What’s the best way to keep in touch with your contacts and network for a job, without coming off as annoying?

  68. Lisa December 15, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    I’m so tired of writing cover letters. I hate them! How can I get past this hangup and stay motivated? It’s so hard to write a compelling cover letter when sometimes I’m not even sure if I’m truly interested in some of the jobs posted.

  69. tish johnson December 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    My company is dropping their Simple IRA matching contribution in half next year. Should
    I chalk this up to bad economy, get on the growth train, or take the time to look
    For a company with unwavering benefits?

  70. Sam December 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Would you recommend more schooling (masters) or keep working for experience? I have been out of school for a few years and would like to move up in the university I work for, but don’t know which is better, education or experience.

  71. Katie December 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    If I want to change industries, how can I do it without going back to school? Getting a job in a new industry without prior experience is next to impossible it seems.

  72. Cordelia December 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    How do you balance working on a side business while also holding down a full-time job? I know so many Gen Yer’s who have side hustles going on, but also know they need some security until they get off the ground. How can they (us?) make sure the day job and dream job both get our best?

  73. Margaret December 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    What are some tips on maintaining honesty in an interview while still telling the interviewer what they want to hear?

  74. Jeff B December 15, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    I was recently laid off & may or may not be called back in 4-5 months. I’ve always wanted to start a side-line business but with my work schedule my time had been limited. I have very little capital to start; however I wouldn’t need all that much to start-up initially. My question is; should I put my efforts toward getting this underway, or would I be better served to direct my energies toward getting a replacement job?…

    Thank you for this forum!

  75. Miriam December 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    How can I find a job I’ll actually enjoy, as opposed to a job that is just work to make ends meet?

  76. Foxie December 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    As someone who isn’t sure if Im going to graduate this Spring, next Fall or in 2013 altogether, is it possible for me to get a “grown up” job pending graduation? (It’s just for my bachelor’s.) Is it even possible for this with me having really no experience? (I’ve been a cell phone sales rep for the past three and a half years or so, that’s about all of my experience. My degree will be in HR Management and it’s the field I’d like to move into.)

    I’d seriously love to get this answered…. I want to go back to the job aid people that offer assistance for me (military wise, since my school is no longer a help as it’s half-way across the country) but they don’t seem to deal with people like me often…

  77. Oanh December 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    I am considering moving to another state. What is the best way to find a job in another state & living in a different state?

  78. LB December 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Oh my god, I am in a horrible mood today. All I can think of is why do people ask questions before doing any of the research themselves? Sorry, supposed to have stitches out today for a wisdom tooth removal, and I got a TEXT this morning saying appointment was canceled. Then I figured out I have an infection and a hole where they didn’t stitch. Seriously disappointing. Now that I vented:

    Any advice on how to go back to school for the career I want, incorporate some of those skills into my current position, and pay for everything?

  79. Steve December 15, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    How can I position myself to stand out amongst all the recent college grads? I have some unique experiences, but I want to really make sure employers notice my resume and hire me!

  80. DB December 15, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Is it better to stay with a company where you know you may be able to move up and gain experience quickly even though the company isnt very stable, or to look for a position at a more stable company that may not have as much opportunity?

  81. Matt December 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Do you think it is valuable to role play / conduct mock interviews in preparing yourself for the inevitable plethera of interviews endured during a job search?

  82. Catherine December 15, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    How do I know when it is time to move on from my current job in order to progress in my career? I love my job but also need to be challenged and just don’t know when it would be right to pursue other opportunities and how to go about that.

  83. Joanne Gregory December 15, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    If I have an advance degree in one field but would really like to try something related but just a little different, how can I get someone to let me try the transition without going back for yet another degree?

  84. lori December 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    How do i write a resume that makes me look marketable to employers when i am trying to change careers?

  85. Kandace December 15, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    How do I prepare myself for a return to the workplace in a few years? I’m a full-time stay at home mom and have been for almost 3 years. I plan on being at home for another 5 years, financial situation allowing.

  86. Megan Cassidy December 15, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    What is best way to start finding clients to start freelance writing, without leaving my full time job?

  87. Deb K. December 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    I have a very specialized master’s degree that I cannot use to get a job without more schooling. Will putting it on my resume help me stand out from the crowd, or should I leave it off so people don’t wonder why I’m looking for a job in a different field than my schooling is in (or think I’m over-qualified, both of which I’ve heard before)?

  88. Jen December 15, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    What is the best way to make sure you follow the right career track at work and don’t get looked over?

  89. Newlyweds on a Budget December 15, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    When you walk away from an interview, what are the top three objectives you should have conveyed to the interviewer?

  90. Devin December 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    What are your thoughts on continuing your education during a recession, do you think it will pay off in the future?

  91. Latonya R December 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Q: When your education/work experience/career field is less in a particular job arena than that of what the job announcement asks for, how should you convey yourself on a job application and what specific interests can you explain to them to compensate for lack of?

    Q2: Should one move from a particular company if the company is on a income raise freeze and how do you find out if this may be similar circumstances for other campanies in the same field or arena?


  92. Em D. December 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    What questions should I be asking myself to figure out how to grow in my career?

  93. Angella December 15, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    How do you “sell your skills” and get potential employers to look past your educational background? I didn’t go to college, but I’ve been with a small company for 7.5 years handling every thing an accountant and marketing exec with a degree does. I’m fully qualified for positions based on my knowledge and experience, I know all the programs, yet no piece of paper = no consideration it seems.

  94. Jenn December 15, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    When considering a possible transition to another job out of state, but in the same field, what are the most important things to do to make yourself more marketable and more appealing as an employee?

  95. Ashley December 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    My question is…I have a college degree however, I seem to have problems landing a job I really want because I haven’t worked in a while because I am a now stay at home Mom. Should I take a job I am over qualified for just get myself back out there?

  96. Aislinn December 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    What is the best way to better my circumstances and opportunities if my college degree is general and I can’t afford to go back for a graduate degree?

  97. Cathy December 15, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    While I currently have a job, what is the best way to prepare myself to move up to the next level? Management courses? MBA? Would that be worth the investment?

  98. Sandy December 15, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    How does a twenty-something get back into the market after several years of not working due to illness? Esp if the twenty-something had limited job experience before she became ill. Thanks!

  99. Shilpa December 15, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    How do I explain the gap in my career?

  100. Lauren December 15, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    My question, as a college student, is: “If the job market is already tough for everyone, how does a college graduate go about making themselves worthy of being hired?”

  101. Lynda December 15, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    how do you find passion in your (rare) spare time and make money from it when it is something as trivial as crafts and when it seems like everyone else is doing the same thing?

  102. amanda December 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    How can I keep my costs down while looking for a job out of state?

  103. Ky G December 15, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    How do I convey my worth and year’s efforts during annual review time without sounding arrogant or like a show off but also not selling myself short?

  104. J. Money December 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Jeeeez you all have some freakin’ GREAT questions going on! I am incredibly impressed, way to put them out there! :)

  105. Brendon December 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    What’s the best way to approach a job search in a city other than the one where I live? I’d really like to move back home, but I’m having a hard time finding a job.

  106. Dee December 15, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    How can I follow my passions with an unstable economy and more school debt than I can deal with? How do I add meaning and excitement to my career? Thanks!

  107. Chris December 16, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    How do you avoid getting a gap in your resume if the job search stretches out for too long?

  108. nikki h December 16, 2011 at 2:44 AM

    how do you recommend keeping a balance between a financially stable lifestyle (staying debt free, good credit, savings/investments) and still being a 20-something enjoying life and not being constantly worried about the future?

  109. Gee December 16, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    What are your best tips for overcoming anxiety and nervousness during an interview?

  110. One Frugal Girl December 16, 2011 at 5:36 AM

    How can women stay relevant in the workforce while taking time out to raise children? What should I consider before making the move to stay home (pros & cons)? Is there a time limit on staying home? How long is too long to try to reenter the workforce after taking time out to raise a child?

  111. Susan Stahley December 16, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    I chose to stay home with my son until he gets into HS. I have another 1.5 yrs until he is in there. What is the likelihood of me being able to get a job if I don’t have any skills other than taking care of a home and family?

  112. Abella December 16, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    I’ve gone from homemaker to career woman to business owner, and I would love to know how to improve myself as a boss. I have a microbusiness with lots of togetherness in the office, and I need to know how to successfully walk the line between collegiality and friendship. How can I best inspire great performances from people I really like?

  113. Shannon December 16, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    A lot of large corporations ask you to apply online and won’t allow you close to a decision marker. Is it best to apply this way, or keep calling within the company until you get a hold of a person within that department?

  114. Rusty December 16, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    What are some receesion proof careers to get into now?

  115. KZ December 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    How can I enter a new career field after almost 10 years doing a ‘niche’ type career *without* going back to school?

  116. Kay Lynn December 16, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    How can baby boomers compete in the job market against younger job seekers?

  117. Zac December 16, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    What are some elements I should think about before quitting my job to get an MBA? I just wonder if two years of lost income and student debt ever be paid back after i get an MBA…

  118. Glenyse December 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    With over 20 years career experience, eight as an Executive Assistant how do I get past the autoresumebots that insist I need a Bachelors degree to apply for an Executive Assistant position?

  119. Hedy @ Penny for my Thoughts December 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    If people not pn your reference list are called, how do you know how to thank them?

  120. Amy December 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Negotiating a higher salary at the point of hire is so awkward, do you have some tips on the most appropriate and effective way to do this? (Ex. When to ask, what percentage over the amount offered, how to present it)

  121. Casey December 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    How do you decide what matters more: better pay/advancement with not great benefits/time off or conversely average pay with awesome benefits/time off?

  122. Dustin December 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    What’s the best way to approach completing a “Goals and Objectives” plan at work when you are totally struggling with deciding on a long-term career path?

  123. Megan M. December 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the last 5 years, but was an accounting professional before that. I’m considering getting back into the job market. How can I help make sure my “time off” (not at all how I see it, but I know some employers see it that way) is not a liability in my job search?

  124. Amelia December 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    When applying for a position, how do you differentiate yourself when there is so much competition out there without being gimmicky?

  125. Chris P December 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    When there are office politics that totally change the office dynamics (the whole upper tier of management changed) what should the long term employees do to be seen of value instead of being seen as needing to be replaced with outside contractors?

  126. Tyler T. December 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    How can I land a job out of college that will enable me to live on my own AND make my school loan payments?

  127. Jen December 16, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    How do you know it’s the right time to make a career (or even job) change? Financially, professionally, etc? Is there a such thing as a right time?!

  128. Justin Hollender December 16, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    How do you start a side business that you have a passion for and transition it to be your main source of income?

  129. Annalisa December 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    I want to know how to make yourself sound and appear marketable when you’re a mom with kids. I feel like employers don’t take me seriously because they think I’ll quit to stay at home, even though I have a 4-year engineering degree!

  130. Becky Cromwell December 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    What can I do to make myself more valuable to a company? Should I get my masters, or specialize in a specific software application?

  131. Beth December 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I am working to transition into a new field where networking is essential. I’ve been going on a lot of informational interviews, but how do I effectively maintain the network I am creating?

  132. Fumito December 16, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    I understand networking is a big thing to do for job security and keeping options open for your future. I was just wondering…how exactly do you network effectively if you have a somewhat introvert personality?

  133. Charlie December 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    After 22 years with one company, working in roles that are not always precisely defined and very specific both to my abilities, interests and company needs, how would I market and define myself to prospective employers?

  134. jimmy December 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    does it matter if i use a friend’s address in the city/state that i want to move to on my resume?

  135. Linda J December 16, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    I am in a career that has no promotional opportunities. To increase my income, I have to transfer to another career or position outside my field. How can I show that although my experience is in a different field, I have the skills to transfer to another position that is not entry level?

  136. Ryan December 16, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    I think the big question everyone should ask is how to find out more about the “hidden” job market. It can be difficult to learn about the jobs that are never advertised, but often times, these are the jobs that have the best long term potential.

  137. Mary H December 16, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    How do I ask for a raise at work when I know how hard this small business is struggling just to keep the doors open?

  138. Suzie December 16, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    I’m burnt out on my job of 7+ years and feel trapped by my company’s “fuzzy handcuffs.” They’re not golden because the pay is low, but they’re fuzzy & comfortable because I have awesome benefits and have a flexible schedule. How do I rekindle my lost passion for my work? Or do I just make the decision to move on?

  139. Jessica December 16, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    How do you best list military officer skills on a civilian resume? It is very hard to “translate” military jargon into something civilians can relate to. Yet, as a military officer, one leads hundreds/thousands of men, has a spending budget of hundreds of thousands of dollars, is in charge of .millions of dollars worth of equipment, etc.

    Thanks for your time and the opportunity.

  140. BRB December 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    What is too short of a time to stay at a job and when are you better off just omitting a job on your resume whether the work isn’t applicable or it was only for a short time?

  141. Angie December 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    At what point do you make the decision that a lucrative job isn’t worth the price you pay for it (losing time with family)? How do you determine the tipping point when jobs aren’t as plentiful as they used to be?

  142. Mistress Susan December 16, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    What are the top 3 skills employers are looking for?

  143. Drake December 16, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    How do I search for a better job while holding down my crummy job

  144. Nyra December 16, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    My college hosts professional networking events often, but after meeting someone only once for a few minutes, it is awkward to stay in touch with them afterwards. Any suggestions for how to stay in touch with professional connections without being bothersome?

  145. Michelle December 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    I have a friend who hasn’t found a job and graduated nearly 7 months ago. When she actually starts getting interviews, how should she explain this gap? Right now she works in retail as a shift manager, but it’s completely unrelated to her major in college.

  146. Gina-Renee December 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    I have had the same job for 10 years but am looking to go into a new field. How can I tailor my resume to a job that is outside of my field?

  147. Diana December 16, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    I’m in my early 30’s and my last job was in sales and account management. My company failed after the economy came tumbling down.

    In the 3 years since I was laid off, I’ve applied for every type of job out there — jobs on the same level as my old job, jobs at a higher level, and jobs at entry level. I’ve gotten nothing.

    Out of desperation, I’ve actually started applying to jobs at fast food chains, jobs at the mall, etc. It’s certainly not ideal, but I feel it’s what’s necessary.

    So my question is this: In this economy, where getting *any* job seems to be impossible, am I supposed to take whatever job I can find (even if it’s making sandwiches at Subway)? Or do I need to worry about what’s going to happen in a few years when a potential employer asks me why I would be working at some place like Subway?

    It seems like the ultimate Catch-22 — either I stay unemployed, or I become employed now and risk unemployment later.

  148. Susan December 16, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Should we consider a job in the public sector (government) now despite the budget troubles and retirement issues that lie ahead for public employees.

  149. Troy December 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Is continuous employment up until retirement a thing of the past? And what advice would you give to someone who is afraid of being laid off to the point where they delay long term moves such as a 30-year mortgage?

  150. Cathy December 16, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Part of my current job includes viewing many different people’s resumses. Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of people including pictures on their resumes. I see not just young and hot people applying for bartending positions, but older people applying for sales and other professional postions. Some even show pictures of themselves with their children. Is this the way of the future? Or is it just another way to answer some of the questions interviewers are not allowed to ask, age, race, religion, etc?

  151. Elizabeth Wilkins December 16, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    What is a good tip for a Mom who has stayed at home and now wants to work even just a few days a week?

  152. Sarah R December 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    I actually have a job and we’re trying to fill three new positions… my question is why we’re having trouble in this economy and job market finding people who 1) can create a good-looking resume without grammar errors or typos, and 2) are qualified and seem really talented. I’m in disbelief, frankly. Is it our job posting quality? Is it that we have unusual jobs to fill (creative+business)?

  153. andi December 16, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Since graduating college I have had two jobs. One contract and one permanent. Since I graduated at the end of 08 there was literally nothing available and it took me a year to secure my first “grown up” position and that was conceding to a contract position where I was currently an intern. Then last Summer I secured my current job, mainly for because it offered “real” health insurance. Both of my jobs I took purely out of necessity instead of trying to find what I am truly interested in. I keep worrying that the longer I am out of school without relevant work experience the harder it will be to cross back into a field the interests me.

    So I guess my questions are…
    In this economy, any advice for finding THE job instead of just A job?

    Should I continue looking for the job I want, when I know my current employer made a big investment in hiring me? I just feel so guilty and so ungrateful. My job has a two year “train in” period where you essentially are a drain on the company finances, oh and i’m 1 of 12 employees.

    Also, any tips for buckling down and doing a job that you’re not interested in? Again, I feel so guilty and so ungrateful, but every single moment im at work every fiber of my entire being fights against it. I can’t focus, I’m miserably depressed. I know I need this income, but this is beyond square peg, round hole.

  154. Audrey H. December 16, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    How can someone who is still in college make themselves an appealing job prospect with a thin resume?

  155. Nicky December 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    How do I become effective at networking, not just LINKEDIn?

  156. bobbi December 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    How do you decide rather or not to take a low paying job (lower than unemployment is paying) or stay on unemployment?

  157. Amber December 16, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    I’ve done PR for a state environmental agency for the last four years, focusing on water issues. It’s my only post-college PR experience, and I feel like I’ve painted my resume into a corner. At this time, it seems that most openings in my field are for tech subjects. What is the best way to show potential employers that my training carries over, and that I am capable of learning quickly?

  158. Kimberly December 16, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    How do I navigate being friends with the people I work with while still keeping work professional?

  159. Betty December 16, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Hello…this may sound crazy, but I currently have a great job ( $ & perks) but I have no skills! What can I do to prepare if things should turn bad? Thanks, and happy holidays!

  160. Hugo De La Rosa December 16, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    What’s the best way to motivate myself to try my hand at writing when a full time job, family and life in general needs attention?

  161. Candy December 16, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    If you are out of the workplace for several years while raising your children, is it a good idea to put volunteer activities on your resume?

  162. Tiffany In Houston December 16, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    I have recently transitioned to a new manager who has a totally different management style from my old manager, who hired me and mentored me. Tips for making the transition easier and making the transition successful for me?

  163. Carlo December 16, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    We’ve been told that it’s important to change jobs every few years, but what if the place you’re working at is great except for the ability to move up within the company because of the size of the department?

  164. jenna tomaszewski December 16, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    I just graduated from colege how do I show employers that I have experience though it may not be as extensive as other peoples? For instance I took two internships, how do I make that sound impressive.

  165. Kevin December 16, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    My question is this: What would you advise to a college student (looking for work) with no previous work or volunteer experience?

  166. Bschebs December 16, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    What is your best advice for some one who has a job, but is struggling to findwant they want to do for a career long term?

  167. Katherine December 17, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    How can I inspire the father of my baby, to get out into the work force and make something of himself? I am not money hungry, I would just like him to set a good example for our son. Also, I would like him to feel a sense of pride in his accomplishments. How can I get him out the couch and into the workforce? I love him dearly and do not want to leave him.

  168. Chung December 17, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    How to negotiate the base salary when you know you are going to take the job? Will asking for more back fire and that they don’t want to hire you?

  169. Diane December 17, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    I have a county government job that I’ve held onto by the skin of my teeth. I’ve also tested and achieved a spot on a promotion list. Is it better to stay with the position I have or move to a higher position that puts me at the bottom to possibly be eliminated if things go any further south? I have interviewed and not gotten two of these positions — both were eliminated before they finished the hiring process!

  170. Laura December 17, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    As I am approaching my late 20s many if my former college friends are mOving up the career ladder and becoming managers and above while I find myself stuck in a perpetual entry level type titles. What is the best way for me to look for a next step type position outside my current employer?

  171. Romeo December 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Would you accept a job offer at a high paying job ($150k) that requires you to work 80 hrs per week, or a job that pays half that requires only 40hrs per week?

  172. Sarah H. December 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    How can I differentiate myself from the crowd of job-seekers? How can I show that I will add value to the team?

  173. Sarah December 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    What’s a question you have around finding (or landing) a good job in the current challenging market? Or a question on anything else career-related?

    What are some technical questions I can expect to be asked by interviewers in the financial services industry?

  174. Jess Green December 17, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    I hear a lot of people going back to get their Masters degrees to stay competitive in the job market, do Masters degrees carry the same weight as they used to? Is it worth the financial investment to get one?

  175. Jessica, The Debt Princess December 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    How can I convince potential employers that my previous career is an asset even though it’s not in the same field as what I’m applying to?

  176. Michael December 17, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Is it worth spending my own money to get a professional certification in your field if your current employer (who you don’t have any immediate intentions of leaving) won’t pay the costs of the courses or to take the test (~$2,000)?

  177. Andrea Julian December 17, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    What can I do to make my resume stand out? And should I leave it just one page, or is it ok to extend 2 pages?

  178. lisa December 17, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    I am self-taught in java script, captivate (for e-learning), flash and a few other areas. How can I emphasize that I know this stuff, without ever taking any real courses.

  179. Donna B. December 17, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    I’m in the over-40 set, so my question is how to I market myself to a potential employer (apart from my experience) when I’m competing with people half my age (who generally speaking can accept a lower salary)? I sometimes think that my age immediately puts me at a disadvantage in a job interview.

  180. John December 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    How do you know what are your core strengths and find a job that uses them so you enjoy going to work everyday?

  181. Jennifer Marie December 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Should you negotiate salary at the first interview?

  182. J. Money December 18, 2011 at 12:02 AM


    Thanks for participating everyone, we’ll be announcing winners shortly! :)

  183. CrystalH December 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    How do you list “passion” as a qualification? I am passionate about a particular topic but I don’t have the necessary “experience”.

  184. Jennifer December 18, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    I am currently going thru a divorce, and I have been a stay at home mom for almost 7 years. With that in mind, my resume looks pretty blank, I am dreading that time during an interview when I am asked, “what exactly have you been doing the past 7 years?” What are some great pointers for those kinda questions??

  185. craig December 19, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    How should a full time employee go about researching a potential expensive grad program and balance the two?