The letter of recommendation can be considered the final piece to the puzzle when interviewing for a job. This typically one-page letter can make or break a hiring manager’s decision to pick you for the job. However, in this day and age of technology, the traditional letter of recommendation has changed to online recommendations and endorsements via LinkedIn, and personal phone calls to references. Writing a letter of recommendation has quickly become old-school. While technology has made it easier to do background checks on prospective employees, a solid letter of recommendation can give you an edge and it is a good idea to know when and how to write one. Check out these three easy steps to crafting a winning recommendation letter: READ FULL ARTICLE ► Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The landscape of the workplace has changed. As the economy recovers, employees are finding themselves hanging on to their jobs by handling multiple roles and doing more with less. Even with the additional effort, many are still worried if they are doing enough to not only keep their job, let alone advance in their career. Marc Cenedella, CEO and founder of the online job-matching service the TheLadders, offers his best career advice to today's workforce. He has some answers for some of the most common questions plaguing professionals today. Find out what he has to say about showing your value, how you can make an impact in your organization, and ways to impress a prospective employer. READ FULL ARTICLE ► Photo Credit: Shutterstock

There are many reasons people leave the job force—layoffs, medical reasons, and/or raising a family. For example, more than 10 million women ages 25-54 take time off to raise kids. Regardless of the amount of time spent away from the job, studies show that 73-90 percent are considering re-entering the workforce eventually. Despite the desire to get back to work, many feel lost when transitioning back into the workplace. In order to reclaim your career, developing a strategy is key to find your way back. Having the right support, education, and tools are all pertinent when re-establishing your career. Find out how to re-enter the workforce. READ FULL ARTICLE ► Photo Credit: Shutterstock

You’ve been on tons of job interviews, but you still haven’t gotten a job offer. After each interview, when you find out the position went to another candidate, you tell yourself that it wasn’t the right fit or that a better opportunity will present itself. But it’s time to face the music: You could be doing something wrong. Before you find yourself rejected by yet another employer, find out if you're making any common interview mistakes. Little things like these could cause you to lose great opportunities. Are you unwittingly sabotaging your own job hunt? Find out here. READ FULL ARTICLE ► Photo Credit: Shutterstock

You’ve done your company research, you've carefully thought-out answers for the usual interview questions, and your portfolio is ready to wow. But is all that enough to make a great impression during your job interview? Will you stand out from the crowd? What's in your interview toolkit? Learn about that one extra thing you can put in your job interview toolkit to put yourself at the top of the heap and show that you came to the interview to win. READ FULL ARTICLE ► Photo Credit: Shutterstock

It happens to the best of us: You get a phone call from a company interested in setting up an interview for a job you applied for ages ago, but you can’t remember anything about the position or the company. Even worse, you don’t even remember applying for the job. Being unorganized can cost you an interview. If you’ve been on a serious job hunt and sent out your resume to more companies that you can count, it is hard to keep track of all that information. Find out how to organize your job search, so you’re prepared for any opportunity that may come your way. READ FULL ARTICLE ► Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Whether you are serving burgers or working on Wall Street, there are certain fundamental skills that will help you succeed in your career and give you an edge over the competition. These are called transferable job skills. These transferable skills are the types of practical talents people pick up in their everyday lives and carry them from job to job, but may have little to do with their business expertise or education. In fact, during a job interview, it’s these skills hiring managers are looking for in the perfect candidate. Do you have the five essential skills you need to succeed? Find out. READ FULL ARTICLE ► Photo Credit: Shutterstock

You practice your professional handshake, get your suit dry-cleaned, and arrive 15 minutes early, but sometimes it seems no matter how many interviews you go on, there are always a couple of questions that throw you for a loop. On the way home, you craft what would have been the perfect response. You ask yourself: “Why couldn’t I come up with that answer an hour ago?” The truth is you can’t know every question that will be asked during an interview ahead of time, but there are certain questions almost all interviewers will ask. Find out what interviewers want to know and be more prepared than ever. READ FULL ARTICLE ► Photo Credit: Shutterstock