When is the Best Time of Year to Look for a Job?

As the end of the year approaches and the holiday hubbub heats up, many job seekers decide to take a short vacation from the hunt. December, after all, is a busy month packed with personal engagements. People also assume it's the least likely time for businesses to hire new staff. For these reasons and more, many professionals put their job searches on hiatus, figuring they'll be wasting their time because companies...

Thinking of Starting a Business? Start With The Seven Stories Exercise®

Roughly 15 percent of the people who come to The Five O’Clock Club seeking career guidance and coaching end up starting their own businesses or become consultants. This is due to the fact they have taken the time to review their career path and future goals via The Five O’Clock Club’s Seven Stories Exercise® and have completed a Fifteen or Forty-Year Vision®. These exercises are both forward-looking and reflective. They...

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How to Handle Being Told "You’re Overqualified" in Interviews

By Ruth K. Robbins, Five O'Clock Certified Coach Imagine this scenario: You’re interviewing for a job you really want and everything is going well until you hear the words, “You’re overqualified.” What exactly does that word “overqualified” mean? Oftentimes it’s a nice way to get rid of you. “Overqualified” is something of a code word used in place of other concerns and worries, such as: You’ll jump ship as soon as you...

8 Red Flags You Should Look for a New Job Immediately

Nobody has the perfect job and there's bound to be a bad day or two here and there. But what if your bad days outweigh the good? Or worse, what if you can't remember the last time you had a good day? Knowing when you should stick with a company or cut ties in pursuit of greener pastures can be difficult. Consider these searing-hot red flags as signs you should...

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Unemployed for a Long Period of Time? Realistic Solutions to a Common Problem

In today’s job market, it’s very common for people to be on the job hunt for months at a time. When this happens, it’s easy to feel your morale slip. At The Five O’ Clock Club, we know how important perseverance and a positive attitude are to a successful job hunt. To help get you through this difficult period, here are nine tips to help you stay motivated. Do more: Understandably,...

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Effective Expert Advice On How to Get Promoted

Everyone wants to be recognized for their contributions and earn a promotion. Promotions, however, aren't given these days simply due to seniority. Tenure at a company is only one factor, and there are many other ways you can position yourself for success. Consider these eight expert tips for getting a promotion. Analyze the path To get a promotion, you may have to veer off your current path. That means taking a good look at...

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Should You Apply? How to Tell If You're Right For the Job

Say you apply for a job and you're ecstatic because you meet every single required qualification. You go through three rounds of interviews and are feeling pretty good about things. Then you get the rejection letter: "Thank you for your time, but we've selected another candidate who we felt was a better fit." How can someone else be a better fit than you, you wonder, when you have the ideal experience...

Refresh Your Job Search for Fall

The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are starting to turn, but what does that have to do with your job search strategy? It turns out, pumpkin spice season also happens to be a popular time for hiring. So if you’re on the hunt for a job this fall, polish up your resume and follow these tips to find success. Treat your job search as a fresh start Just...


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