Job Tips - Category: Job Search

Wondering How to Change Careers?

Looking to change careers? Focus on what you do like.

Struggling in your current job? Looking to change careers? I get it, trust me, I’ve been there.  You take a job because you think it’ll be great, or you convince yourself that you need to make a little more money – that’s usually how it happens.  Then you end up working just for a paycheck […]

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Corridor Cost of Living Calculator

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Good day Eastern Iowa.  Today we want to bring to light one of our additional tools on CorridorCareers.com that has been available for job seekers for awhile, but you may not know about it.  It’s a simple Cost of Living Calculator. If you are planning to re-locate to Eastern Iowa, or you want to compare […]

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Salary Calculator Tool

Corridor Careers Salary Calculator

Hi friends in Eastern Iowa and visiting from afar.  We are back today with another resource tool that you can use on CorridorCareers.com.  It is our……..drumroll please…………… Salary Calculator!  This tool is especially helpful for those who may be switching from part-time hourly work to a full-time salaried position, or vice versa. To find our […]

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This thing has sucked

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But it’s not all doom and gloom. Our data analyst, Dan Holterhaus offers a personal look at how the Corridor Careers team has responded (and embraced the suck) and offers job seeker resources to cope.

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CARES Act Resources and Information

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Please note: The CARES Act program has ended. If you have been unemployed due to the Iowa derecho, please read our other post. The CARES Act signed into law by the President is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.  There are two parts of the CARES Act that could be important for you. […]

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Job Search Crisis, or Opportunity?

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We are in the middle of Coronavirus COVID-19 creating a crisis for many people in many industries.  Travel, tourism, and restaurants are arguably the hardest hit by the pandemic.  When times are tough, we all grow as a society and as humans.  If you are part of a large community of people who lost their […]

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits for Iowa Workers

Update to iowa workers on Coronavirus unemployment

UPDATE: The CARES Act program has ended. Other pandemic-related unemployment programs have also ended. If you have been unemployed due to the Iowa derecho, please read our other post. Do you have questions regarding your employment and potential layoffs due to the Coronavirus?  Please read below for updates from the Iowa Workforce Development Office for […]

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Job Search 101: How to Network and Gain References

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In this article we are going to explain how to network and gain valuable references as you move throughout your career. Let’s face it, networking events that turn into friendly chatter over drinks are a little over-rated for the average job-seeker looking to connect with others in their community.  Networking events have gotten a bad […]

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How to Fill Out Online Job Applications

Learn tips making online job applications work for your job search

Filling out online job applications can be a long process and seem never-ending when you are going through your job search.  If you need some online apply tips, we’re here to help. Each application may ask similar questions, yet it is important to tailor your answers to the job you are applying for. Remember these online apply tips to make your online job application process go as smoothly as possible.

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Job Search 101: Winning the Phone or Video Screen

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Hiring Screens.  Those annoying but all too necessary steps that a human resources department has to go through to make sure they are putting quality candidates in front of their hiring managers for face to face interviews.  In this post, we want to give you some strategies for making it through the phone screen process […]

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Phone Interview Tips and Tricks

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Even before the coronavirus, companies used phone interviews to start the recruiting process. These tips are specifically for phone screens. See this resource for Zoom interviews (video calls). Phone screens or initial interviews are your first chance to make an impression on a potential employer.  So it’s important to treat them just as seriously as […]

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Job Search 101: Resume Building Blocks in 2020

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This post is the first in our 2020 Job Search 101 series, focused on crafting a resume in 2020. Specifically, we’ll focus on something more like a template that you are going to use in many ways. Let’s get started on making a resume that helps you tell your story, while keeping things brief and […]

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Customer Service Jobs in the Corridor

Customer Service Jobs in Cedar Rapids Iowa City

Interested in Customer Service jobs in the Corridor? Let’s face it.  To be in business, you have to sell something.  To sell something, you have to have someone to take care of your customers.  Your ability to serve your customers and keep them coming back is the most important part of your business model, yet […]

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Hey Alexa, Search Jobs on Corridor Careers!

Corridor Careers Alexa Skill available on smart devices

Have you enabled the Corridor Careers skill on your Alexa device? Last year, we unveiled our Corridor Careers skill on Alexa and have seen more and more job seekers using it to aid in their job search.  Today, we are refreshing our old post about adding Corridor Careers on your Amazon Alexa enabled device! Adding […]

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Sign up for Local Job Alerts

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In this video, we explain how to sign up for local Job Alerts on Corridor Careers. Pick 1 or more categories and get alerted at the frequency you like. You control how often you get notified – sign up today and unsubscribe when you get that perfect job! Studies show applicants who apply on the […]

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How to Save a Job on Corridor Careers

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Quickly organize your job search by using our ‘save a job’ feature. You don’t need to login, just click the heart next to the job while browsing so you can come back to it later.  Here’s a quick video showing you how! 1) Find the jobs you are interested in viewing in the future and […]

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Tis The Season to Find That Job

Tis the Season for Job Hunting

A frustrating job search during the holidays can lead us to wonder why a company is not giving the gift of “job” this holiday season.  Questions begin to arise.  Is there something wrong with me?  Am I not qualified for the job?  What is it about me that people don’t like? Job searching during the […]

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How To Find a Job You Want To Do

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From a survey done by Corridor Careers, many job seekers reported having a tough time knowing how to find a job that they actually want to do.  There are multiple reasons that you may be having a tough time finding a job you love, and here are some of the most common: Unsure of what […]

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How To Stay Motivated In Your Job Search

How to stay motivated in your job search by using gamification

Being on the job hunt for weeks can be frustrating, and it’s hard to know how to stay motivated in your job search. Looking for prospective employers and potential job fits, and waiting in vain for a response are common complaints of job seekers.  After several job application submissions and little to no response later, […]

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Mental Health and Your Job Search

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Job Search and Depression Extensive job search has been known to lead to depression, but often the struggle with mental health during a job search is ignored. Research studies have shown that initially after losing a job, the experience can be quite unsettling.  After the initial shock wears off, people can find a sense of […]

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Cover Letter Elements

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What makes an effective cover letter? Do I still need one? Many online applications for jobs don’t require a cover letter any longer like they used to.  And I’m sure you are thinking, “Great, one less thing I have to do to apply for this job!”  But are you really doing yourself a favor by […]

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What Should I Wear to a Job Fair?

What should I wear to a job fair or interview?

Wondering what to wear to an upcoming job fair or job interview? Our advice? Keep it simple. 10 Tips on Styling for a Job Fair Here are 10 tips on how to style yourself for a job interview or job fair. Start with the basics: clean and neat socks and undergarments. These really make a difference […]

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In The Works Podcast: Trends in CR Workforce

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In The Works is a radio segment series in partnership with local AM600 WMT Newsradio.  Doug Wagner, our host, & Liz Kennedy, Corridor Careers, talk with area experts on the topic of workforce trends and information for both job seekers and employers. Trends, Skills, and Career-Readiness, Oh My! Liz and Doug chat about trends in […]

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5 Career Fair Questions You Should Ask

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Visiting a Career Fair isn’t the same as an interview, but it does give you one on one time with employers and recruiters.  It pays to be ready to answer the typical interview questions and gives you a chance to practice your skills. 5 Questions you should ask: Don’t forget you need to ask Employers […]

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How to Get the Most Out of a Job Fair

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Plenty of people think job fairs are a thing of the past in the digital age. Don’t believe them. Job fairs can be a treasure chest of opportunity if you know how to work them. We decided to break it down into 4-areas:  Research, Planning, The Day-Of, and Follow-up. Research Employers One of the best […]

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Lessons in Moving and Relocation

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After bouncing around a few different cities in the Midwest over the last couple years, I made the challenging, yet right decision to move back to my hometown of Cedar Rapids in January of 2018.  Most recently I had been in Chicago, and while Chicago offered much in the way of dining, nightlife, and entertainment […]

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Resume Best Practices That Will Help You Land the Job

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When searching for a new job, updating your resume can seem like a big task. Between summarizing your previous experience down to a few sentences and trying to squeeze everything onto one page, there’s a lot to consider. However, it’s best to make sure the basics are covered: Make sure it’s up to date with […]

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Job Interviewing Tips for Admin and Clerical Jobs

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One of the advantages of interviewing for an administrative or clerical job is the large number of sample interview questions on the internet. You only need to search “preparing for an administrative or clerical job” and you’ll find several pages of sites offering ideas. We’ll share the most pertinent questions and help you make sure […]

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4 Things To Do Before You Apply for a Job

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According to Gallup, roughly half (51%) of employees are actively looking for a new job or watching for job openings—and there are plenty of jobs to be had in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Whether you’re employed and testing the waters or unemployed and looking more actively, here are a few steps you can take […]

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Salary Negotiation Requires Research, Tact and Strategy

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If you’re like most graduates fresh out of college, you have an idea of how much money you need in your first job, but salary negotiation is a foreign concept. Little wonder it’s one of those things most college classes don’t teach. First Things, First – Always Negotiate If there’s one thing career advisors agree […]

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5 Things to Look for in Your First Job

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Whether you’re looking for your very first job or first job out of college, there are a lot of factors to consider before making up your mind. Most job applicants look at pay first. That’s understandable, especially when you’re just getting started. However, the joy of good pay quickly fades if you don’t like the […]

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How to Get Internships That Work

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Ask college students about past internships and you’ll get a wide range of answers. Some students found they were a stepping stone to their first jobs and others just felt like coffee jockeys for the paid help. A well-chosen internship can be a great opportunity to learn more about how the real world operates. Before […]

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How To Prepare For A Nursing Job Interview

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Prepping for a nursing job interview might seem straightforward but the field of nursing carries with it additional considerations beyond what is expected of other job candidates.  After all, people are putting the care of their loved ones in your hands. Hospital and clinic administrators have to interview and hire accordingly, especially given the large […]

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5 LinkedIn Tips for Recent College Grads

Professionals in nearly every industry are using LinkedIn – 93 percent of companies use it to recruit new hires. As a recent college grad, it’s important to have a strong profile that outlines your strengths and experiences. Below we outline some tips on how to get your LinkedIn profile camera ready. Customize Your Public Profile […]

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What to Do After College: Tips on Finding Your First Job

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So you did it. You survived all of those tiring all-nighters, grueling end-of-term finals and (somewhat) balanced keg stands and you’re ready for next phase of your life. Graduating from college is a huge feat that calls for celebration. But when the party is over, , it’s time to find a job and knowing how […]

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What Kind of Job Site User Are You?

Update to iowa workers on Coronavirus unemployment

Are you a serial job searcher who always keeps your options open? Or, do you only hit the job sites when you need a job, like, right now? Maybe you feel trapped in a job that’s sucking the life right out of you, and you cruise job sites as therapy after particularly bad days. At […]

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SEO for Resumes

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5 Tips for Getting Your Online Job Application Noticed Back in the day, job hunters and their advisors spent a ridiculous amount of time determining what kind of paper, envelopes and type style a job seeker should choose for their resumes. The idea being that some human, somewhere, was actually holding your resume in their […]

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