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Kelly Love Johnson

Kelly Love Johnson is Content Strategist for Jobs2Careers. She's also a shower singer, TV watcher, pop culture junkie, and habitual smirker. She's passionate about helping people find their dream jobs and closing the wage gap. Her book, Skirt! Rules for the Workplace: An Irreverent Guide to Advancing Your Career, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2008.

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Multitasking is Killing You—9 Apps to Help You Fight Back

By Kelly Love Johnson / February 19, 2016

Most of us spend our workdays (and nights) bombarded with information—email, social media, coworkers, bosses. Our to-do lists get longer, we get more stressed and less productive. Remember when we used to be proud of our ability to multitask? Turns out, it’s really bad for productivity.   Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking […]

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Who Are You and Why Should I Recommend You?

By Kelly Love Johnson / February 15, 2016

First, let’s break down the difference between references and recommendations.   References are what you provide once your potential employer has expressed interest (as opposed to listing them on your resume, which has become outdated or redundant). Today’s hiring managers or recruiters will often ask for specific references—for example: “one former coworker, one former direct […]

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A Few Easy Tips to Crush Job Interview Anxiety

By Kelly Love Johnson / February 10, 2016

While you can’t completely eliminate the interview jitters, you can manage them and feel more confident as a result. Anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. It can come in handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you have a tight deadline or are being chased by a tiger. The latter doesn’t happen quite […]

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The Weird Trick That Can Reduce Workplace Stress

By Kelly Love Johnson / February 5, 2016

Do you know what telomeres are? If not, you should. They directly impact your health (and your lifespan). Shortened telomeres are bad news, and stress is a huge factor. Why? Inflammation. When you experience stress, especially the long-term and ongoing type, your body responds by producing higher levels of cortisol, a hormone that regulates everything from your […]

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It’s a Job Seeker’s Market, But Can It Last?

By Kelly Love Johnson / February 4, 2016

With the news that U.S. businesses added a solid 205,000 jobs last month, we wanted to share data from our own site on metropolitan areas that experienced the highest percentages of growth from 4th quarter 2014 to 4th quarter 2015. If last month’s report from the Bureau of Labor & Statistics is any indicator, most sectors added enough […]

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How to Work Like a Boss (Even When You’re Not)

By Kelly Love Johnson / February 4, 2016

Acting like the boss you want to work for is the best advice for working your way up the ladder (or if you want to stay in the same job and make more money). Not only are you setting an example for your own boss, but you’re also giving coworkers an idea of what you’d […]

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Hate Your Job? How to Find the Work You Love

By Kelly Love Johnson / February 1, 2016

The answer isn’t as simple as “follow your passion.” You have bills to pay, experience to gain, and adulting to do.  We love the realistic advice in this TEDx Talk by Scott Dinsmore, a career change strategist whose demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate […]

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The Best Answer to the Most Common Interview Question

By Kelly Love Johnson / January 28, 2016

The one question that always comes up in some form: “Why should we hire you?” If you’ve been thrown by this one before, we found some great advice that won’t leave you stammering when your potential employer pops the question. In this video, the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Career Management Office and representatives […]

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What Hiring Managers Wish You Knew

By Kelly Love Johnson / January 28, 2016

Your resume is bland or boring, your objective is outdated, and your cover letter doesn’t have a call to action. Creating the perfect resume can be the most difficult thing to do as you begin your job search. What format? Word or PDF? Both? Photo or no photo? How to customize my cover letter? Why aren’t […]

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Secondhand Stress in the Office: Are You at Risk?

By Kelly Love Johnson / January 27, 2016

Can you catch stress like the flu? That might be a little far fetched, but there is scientific evidence that being around other people who don’t manage their stress well can cause your stress levels to rise. A 2011 University of Hawaii study found that stress is as contagious as the common cold. How often do […]

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The One Thing That Guarantees You Will NEVER Get the Job

By Kelly Love Johnson / January 26, 2016

There are so many tips and pieces of advice out there for slam dunking a job interview, you could spend hours combing the internet looking for that “one best” bit of wisdom that will give you the edge on the bajillion other candidates applying for the same position that you want. Your dream job. You polished […]

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Why EQ is as Important as IQ in Your Job Search

By Kelly Love Johnson / January 25, 2016

So what is EQ and why should you care? We’ll let the person who coined the term explain.   We’ve written about EQ before—”The Weird Reason Why Employers Aren’t Calling You Back“—and heard from so many readers that we wanted to share the origin of the concept of emotional intelligence.   You’re probably familiar with IQ (intelligence […]

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