Jaynine Howard

Jaynine is a military veteran whose work as a career strategist and reinvention specialist has been recognized by professional organizations throughout the nation. She has served as a guest expert for the Huffington Post and has been quoted in Military Times and USAA magazine. Her Pinterest board for job hunting and interviewing was listed as one of the top 100 Pinterest boards for job hunting. Jaynine's no-nonsense approach to job hunting and gift for resume writing have helped clients get the phone ringing within 20 minutes of creating a LinkedIn profile, within seven minutes of faxing a resume, and within 40 minutes of posting a resume online. Her resumes and career strategies help clients get jobs and promotions.

Success March 13, 2019
3 Things to Do During Your First Few Months on the Job

Starting a new job is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. You have to learn the ropes of a brand new company and position; if you had to relocate for the job, you're also juggling the added stress of unpacking and navigating a brand new community. However, no matter what else is going on, you need to make time for yourself and your career. Here are three things you should be doing...

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Get Hired March 8, 2019
3 Ways to Make Your Professional Reference's Job Easier

I recently received a phone call asking if I would provide a professional reference for someone named Margaret. I racked my brain, trying to remember a student, client, or someone I worked with in the Marine Corps by that name — but I came up empty. I even tried thinking of a Marge or a Maggie or some other variation of the name, but I had no luck. Therefore, I did not call...

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Get Hired February 25, 2019
Learning a Trade? You May Still Want to Earn a Bachelor's Degree

The trades industry is hot. According to Tradesmen International, some of the most common jobs for craftsmen are projected to experience double-digit growth by 2024. For example, openings for millwrights are expected to rise by 15.2 percent, openings for electrician helpers by 18 percent, and openings for solar photovoltaic installers by a whopping 24.3 percent! It's no wonder many...

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Get Hired February 18, 2019
First Day on the Job: Make a Great Impression Without Coming on Too Strong

It's your first day on the job, and you want to make a great impression on your supervisor and coworkers. This is an understandable urge, but you must be careful. You don't want to come on too strong — like a person wearing so much perfume or cologne you can smell them before you see them. You don't want to be that person, metaphorically — and literally! — speaking. The following...

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Get Hired February 11, 2019
No Ghosting: What to Do After Accepting the Job Offer

"Ghosting" used to be reserved for the world of dating. Now, it has become quite common in the workplace. Ghosting is when one person — in this case, a candidate or employee — ignores all the calls, texts, emails, and other messages sent by another person — in this case, an employer. In the workplace, ghosting often happens when a candidate accepts an offer but then decides they...

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Get Hired November 1, 2018
How to Answer the Most Common Interview Questions

You've been invited to an interview. Now what? In addition to researching the company, you also need to be sure you are prepared to answer the questions you're likely to face. Let's review some of the most common interview questions and how to answer them: 1. Tell Me About Yourself The interviewer doesn't really care about how many children you have, where you grew up, or your...

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Get Hired October 12, 2018
Been a While Since Your Last Interview? Brush Up on These Methods:

In my previous article, I covered job search basics for those who are either new to job searching entirely or returning to the market after a long time away. In today's article, I'd like to cover the next step in the process: interviewing. Again, this information may seem very basic to some people, but to new job seekers and those entering the market for the first time in a long while, it...

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Get Hired October 5, 2018
If You Haven't Searched for a Job in Years, Here's What You Need to Know:

If it has been a decade or more since the last time you hit the job market, you need to know that times have changed. You may have searched for your last job in a newspaper. You may have even gone to the local library to print copies of your resume to hand out to business owners. These outdated techniques will not land you a job today. Instead, you have to adjust to the new tools and...

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Get Hired September 6, 2018
Back to School Basics: How to Launch Your First Job Search

I learned this summer that some people have never learned to job hunt in our current climate, whether because they've never had to do it before or because the rules have changed since the last time they hit the market. In the spirit of the back-to-school season, I've decided to cover the fundamentals. Welcome to Job Search 101! (Don't worry if some of this seems complicated. You can find...

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Get Hired July 20, 2018
Claiming Veteran and Military Spouse Preferences for Federal Employment

USAJobs.gov provides civilians and veterans alike with access to federal employment opportunities. Setting up your USAJobs profile correctly and uploading the proper documents is key to moving forward in the federal hiring process. This article offers advice on navigating the federal hiring process, with a particular focus on non-disabled veterans, disabled veterans, and military...

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Get Hired May 30, 2018
The Hidden Costs of Being Unemployed

In a previous article, I discussed things to do before you say, "I quit." Being unemployed has drawbacks besides the loss of a steady paycheck, so plan accordingly. Finding a new job takes time. According to career expert Alison Doyle, there is a simple way to estimate how long your job search might take: approximately one month per every $10,000 you want to earn. So, if you want to earn...

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Get Hired May 15, 2018
17 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Job Interview

Everyone gets nervous before and during job interviews — whether they admit it or not. (Those who say they do not get nervous are the same people who come off as arrogant and overconfident during interviews. Watch out for them!) Interviewers know that you will be nervous. They expect it. Still, being too nervous is not good. If you are stammering, shaking, and sweating during an...

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