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Mary Kearl

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Past articles by Mary:

I'm a freelancer who once biked across the country to solve my burnout. These days, I'm taking a more sustainable approach to stay grounded.

"Burning out and then taking a few months' break only to go back to the grind again isn't the only way forward," Mary Kearl writes. → Read More

6 Tips for Successful Virtual Networking, Even During the Pandemic

You don’t have to stop networking because of the pandemic—and you shouldn’t. Here’s how to forge connections remotely. → Read More

I'm a freelancer who could lose out on income, flexibility, and being the primary caregiver to my child if the PRO Act passes

Mary Kearl and her family left California after AB5 passed. Now she says she could lose much of her business if the current PRO Act passes. → Read More

18 common phrases and acronyms recruiters use in the job search process and what they mean

Ever seen KSA or DOE on a job posting? Or heard of an "exploding offer"? Hiring experts define the most common terms job seekers may come across. → Read More

5 tough lessons I learned as a novice freelancer that cost me thousands in potential earnings

Mary Kearl says she'd often agree to unpaid tests or multiple interviews and would begin working before she secured a partial deposit payment. → Read More

Recruiters, headhunters, and HR — here's what each professional does, and how you can best network with them to land your dream job

Networking with various types of hiring professionals can offer job seekers an advantage, so it's important to know how to get their attention. → Read More

We're freelancers who relocated to a tiny town in Maine during the pandemic. Here's how we earned over $150,000 in 2020 while raising our toddler and enjoying local adventures.

Mary Kearl works about 25 hours a week and was able to grow her freelance business while having plenty of time for blueberry-picking and hiking. → Read More

LinkedIn hashtags are an underrated tool for getting hired. 6 recruiters share the ones they use to find and poach talent.

Using and following hashtags on LinkedIn isn't a widely used tactic among job seekers, but can put you miles ahead of the competition, recruiters say. → Read More

5 tech recruiters for companies like Tesla, Google, and Amazon share how candidates can stand out in a more competitive job market and the qualities they look for in hires

Being among the first to apply to a job and cold messaging recruiters or executives are just some of the ways tech talent can stand out in 2021. → Read More

6 bootcamps that cost little to nothing upfront, teach students crucial tech skills, and help them land roles at Google and Spotify

Income share agreement programs, or ISAs, allow students to pay back the full tuition after landing a steady tech job post-graduation. → Read More

28 Digital Marketing Terms You Need to Know (Whether You’re a Marketer or Work With One)

From B2B to CTA to SEM to A/B testing, there’s a lot of jargon to learn and keep up with as digital marketing continues to evolve. → Read More

I'm a relative newcomer to Maine. Here's what the divided swing state looks like on the ground before the election, and what voting was like for me.

On the ground, yard signs decorate houses and roads, and range in message from "Veterans for Trump," to "Dump Trump," to simply "Honor Ruth. Vote." → Read More

How to nail a big media interview, according to a PR veteran whose clients include Andrew Yang, Mike Bloomberg, and the family of George Floyd

The communications expert LaToya Evans suggests researching your interviewer and setting parameters before agreeing to a media interview. → Read More

The 10 most important elements of a startup pitch deck, backed by VCs, angel investors, and other experts — with real examples from founders

CEO Allison Byers outlines what makes a perfect startup pitch deck for founders, created from hundreds of iterations and with input from investors. → Read More

I've already made 6 figures in 2020 while only freelancing part time. Here's how I'm able to set high rates and work less hours.

Mary Kearl used to chase a high income by working long hours. This year, she hit six figures while freelancing 20 to 30 hours a week and traveling. → Read More

Recruiters often use 'boolean logic,' or advanced keyword searching, to track down candidates on LinkedIn. Here's how to optimize your profile to end up at the top of their results.

Recruiters gave Business Insider the inside scoop on how they search for and pick out candidates online using the boolean method to find keywords. → Read More

What Is a Marketing Specialist and Should You Become One?

How do you decide whether to pursue a general marketing role or specialize in one particular area? Here’s what you need to know. → Read More

I'm a freelancer who's brought in 5 figures a month in income since the start of the pandemic even after losing half my clients. Here's how I've found additional work and kept business up.

Freelancer Mary Kearl has managed to maintain a five-figure monthly income since March while working 20 to 30 hours a week and watching her toddler. → Read More

A tech recruiting platform used by Amazon and PayPal is tackling bias by eliminating the need for resumes and cover letters in the hiring process — here's how it works

HackerEarth's new screening process removes a candidate's personal information like name, birth date, and gender and focuses on skills assessments. → Read More

The cofounder of a company that's negotiated job offers for talent at Facebook, Amazon, and Google walks through the steps candidates can take to land higher salaries, more equity, and better perks

Candor has helped hundreds of candidates negotiate and increase their salary offer by $50,000 or more through their consulting services. → Read More