10 Steps to a Better Career: Our Top Articles of 2014

Jump-start your career in 2015 by checking out our most popular articles of the year.


Whether your New Year’s resolution is to improve your career or change jobs altogether, these tips are sure to help. Below, in no particular order, are our top ten most-read articles of 2014. And they’re chock-full of job-search and career advice.

5 things successful people do each morning

According to Inc. Magazine, morning people are more proactive and more productive. But what exactly do they do to set themselves up for success? Adopt these five highly effective habits to start your day on the right note.

How to answer, “What’s your greatest weakness?” during a job interview

Most job seekers are familiar with the “What’s your biggest weakness?” interview question, but few feel equipped to answer it with confidence. The next time you’re asked this stress-inducing question in an interview, use these tips to provide a powerful response.

Quitting time: 5 signs it’s time to leave your job

Quitting is never easy. And while the unemployment rate is improving, the thought of resigning can be frightening with many still facing a tough job market. There will always be high and low points in your job, but how do you know when the bad aspects outweigh the good? Here are some signs that will help you decide when it’s time to look elsewhere for work.

7 mistakes that make your professional resume – and you – look old

Resumes, like many other marketing materials, have an expiration date. As technology changes and the job-search process becomes more mobile, it’s important to reevaluate and edit this important document periodically. Make sure your resume is sending the right message to employers by avoiding these common mistakes.

Your profile picture is bringing down your job search

In today’s marketplace, it’s essential for every job seeker to develop and actively monitor their online professional brand. While a photo on your resume is still considered taboo, recruiters have come to expect a picture accompanying your online professional profiles. Learn how to avoid nine common profile picture pitfalls to enhance, rather than damage, your professional brand.

The most important two minutes of your job interview

While an interview will certainly last longer than two minutes, the first few minutes can set the tone for the entire meeting. As Will Rogers once said, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Learn what you can do to make each moment of your job interview count.

9 signs you didn’t land the job

You spent hours crafting your job application. You pass the phone screen with flying colors and are invited to an in-person interview. You practice your elevator pitch, don your best outfit, and head out to the meeting. Then you leave the interview feeling … confused. Did it go well? If you’re unsure where you stand after the interview is over, consider these telltale signs that you won’t be getting a call-back.

Are you answering these interview questions incorrectly?

Interviews can be multi-part affairs and take place in a variety of settings, but the intent is the same: To gauge how you measure up in real time and assess if you can put your mouth where your personal brand is. That means preparation is key. Be prepared to answer these difficult – and essential – interview questions so you’ll respond with confidence when it matters most.

Here’s what a mid-level professional’s resume should look like

Great experience doesn’t automatically equate to an impressive resume. As your career evolves, so, too, should the format of your professional resume. If you’re a few years beyond the entry-level position, it’s time to revamp your personal marketing materials to reflect this status. Learn how to craft a resume that stands out from the crowd.

5 reasons why you didn’t land an interview

You find the perfect job online and submit your application, already fantasizing about your new position. Then the waiting game begins. After what feels like forever, you check back on the job posting, only to realize the position’s been filled.  If you’ve found yourself in the job-seeker “black hole,” wondering what went wrong, consider the following reasons why you didn’t hear back.