Posts by The Daily Muse

The Professional’s Guide to Reaching Out to an Old Business Contact

Need a favor of someone who might not remember you? Here are 5 steps to rekindling those connections—without making it awkward. More

The 5 Commandments of Salary Negotiation

Here’s how to navigate the salary bargaining process to nail the number you so desire. Hint: You need to look at the ceiling and the floor. More

5 Common Faux Pas Made in First-Round Interviews

Do you always seem to get your foot in the door—but can’t quite make it one step further? Here’s why. More

5 Taboo Topics You Should Avoid While Networking

From politics to personal pet peeves, steer clear of these conversation-stopping subjects with new work contacts. More

Scheduling a Job Interview? This Is the Best Day to Do It

Research shows that the day—down to the hour—you interview impacts your chances of scoring a gig. Here’s the science behind it. More

21 Favors You Can Ask Career Contacts—Without Burning Bridges

To truly build a lasting, respected relationship, avoid asks like “can you help get me a job?”—and pose these queries instead. More

Does Your Resume Runneth Over? 6 Tips for Trimming

From creating multi-use lines to tweaking the margins, these hacks can help you craft a cleaner, leaner doc. More

3 Ways You Could Be Annoying Networking Contacts

These major mistakes—like making your asks too general—could be ruining your relationships. The better approach to take. More

Applying for a ‘Step Up’ Job? 4 Ways to Tell if You’re Really Ready

If you’re interested in a gig that’s a big jump from your current role, use this guide to see if applying is worth your time. More

Job Hunting? 4 Signs You May Be Coming Off as Too Aggressive

Confidence is great. But if you’re making these brash moves—like mass-requesting LinkedIn connections—it’s time to tone it down. More