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There’s no denying that donating your time and energies through volunteerism is one of the most fulfilling ways to develop important skills through new experiences. Guest ...
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The candidate looking for a hedge fund job and the recruiter staffing for one have different intentions. Simply stated, the latter wants a job. The former wants to keep his. As a ...
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   When you're in college, or have just graduated, having an effective career planning strategy is crucial. It's important to know a little bit about who you are and ...
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Earlier this week, I was talking with some recent high school and college graduates. After asking them about the jobs they want and what they are doing to get them, it became ...
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This summer, more and more teens and young adults are spending their time looking for great summer jobs, but not getting them.  It's no secret that it's been a tough job ...
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  Okay, you can’t afford college right now, especially with tuition fees rising faster than gas prices at the pumps. But you need a job to move out of your ...
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Your student loan approval letter came in the mail and you’re eligible to borrow enough money for tuition, room and board and living expenses. Even though you have at least ...
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 I saw my first ad for “back to school” supplies today.  It’s hard to believe that in about a month, at least in Georgia, children, teenagers and ...
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  Time to “read the tea leaves” and accept the sobering news: Today’s employers are looking for grads who have  earned “employable” ...
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You just found out that you and your best friend applied for the same job.     This is not an uncommon scenario. Especially when you consider that so many students are ...
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You finally graduated with a BS or BA degree.  And after months of sending out resumes, going on interviews and doing everything short of pounding the streets wearing a ...
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Summer is in full swing and with it are thousands of college students, graduate students, teens and new grads trying to land jobs in their desired field for the summer. This year, ...
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When you're just out of college, having spent years and tens of thousands of dollars on your education, you probably have a vision in your head about what your professional life ...
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    If you’re a recent college grad, you know the job market is pretty dismal. Those that have found work are waiting tables, working in low-level retail sales ...
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Sometimes the fix for a job search isn’t an interview, instead it’s innovation. Four college students from Harvard came up with a concept for a class project that is ...
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 This honest question was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook a couple of days ago.  She went the traditional route, graduated from high school, and got a ...
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As a college grad, you’ll be joining two million young job seekers flooding into today’s already over-saturated job market. You may be sorely disappointed in what ...
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Since graduating college seven years ago, I have had many ‘first days of work’ largely because I changed careers. I have become the go to person on this topic for most ...
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If you scan the jobs boards and listen to HR managers and recruiters, you’ll hear the steady drone of how engineering and science majors are in demand and securing high ...
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So there you are, pounding the pavement, sending out resumes and going on interview after interview with no job.  Then your BFF texts you about this great new startup ...
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Summer is already in full swing, but it's still not too late to get a great summer internship. With the current tough job market, finding a summer job is tough and having ...
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Many of you are engaged in the daily struggles of the job search. In summer, the stress tends to intensify as it appears that a lot of companies slow down the hiring process while ...
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We’ve all heard the dismal news of college grads looking for work. A recent Associated Press report noted that over half of new college grads are jobless or ...
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Whether it’s your first full-time job or just a part-time temp gig, you beat the odds in this bad economy and you’re finally getting a paycheck for your labors. ...
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Regrettably, today's engineering grads face one of the toughest job markets in nearly a quarter century.  Yet for many of the estimated 1.6 million college students who have ...
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 You’ve heard about the Freshman 15—the 15 pounds that creep on your freshman year from  carb loading  in the cafeteria, late pizza study nights and ...
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I’ve recently read an onslaught of articles aimed at members of the digital age. Most of these articles caution that getting ‘caught up in technology’ may have ...
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This is the time of the year when graduations are happening, and the job market gets a shot of new candidates looking to start a new career. Finding a place to get started in that ...
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 Turn on the news and you’ll see stories about the Class of 2012, listening to some dignitary, political figure or superstar give a rousing commencement speech.  ...
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Like many college students, I went into college with ‘undecided’ as my major. It always made me laugh, as though I was an indecisive person and needed help figuring ...
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Whether you are changing careers or fresh out of college starting a new career, there are many resources available to assist in locating an entry level position to get you ...
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It's May, and that means graduates across the country will be entering the workforce and looking for their first professional jobs. Making the transition from college student to ...
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Over the next few months, many recent college graduates will embark on the job search. This time can be daunting but also rewarding. If you graduated with a job, congratulations! ...
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  I used to think that a career in film or advertising would be a great way to make a living, with each day presenting a new creative challenge. That was before I discovered ...
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  With nearly half of today’s college graduates unable to find work, one needs to really take a look at how colleges are preparing people for the working world. ...
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  You're a new engineer just out of school, and you finally landed a job so you can start paying back your parents and the bank for those student loans. Unfortunately, ...
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May is upon us! Many of you are graduating from college, or will be graduating from college in August.  This is the perfect time to research companies and apply for jobs. I ...
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 High school seniors who earn “non-traditional” diplomas have been finding it hard to enlist in the Armed Services after graduation.  Currently home schooled ...
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According to reports, about half of the graduating 2012 college class will most likely find themselves either jobless or underemployed. Of course it all depends on what your major ...
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There's been a lot of talk lately about the benefits of college, versus the huge student loan debt and lack of employment prospects. As the economy improves, young college ...
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Often in the field of education, we focus on what type of learner someone is. (Do they need many visual aids? Do they need to move around often? Or would they rather hear a ...
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  There are a number of ways that you, as a student, can use what means you have to land a job in the future.  How do you go about accomplishing this?  Here ...
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Are you trying to find a job in the utilities industry, but are not quite sure which end of the industry offers the most growth and challenges? Don’t blame yourself. ...
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  Starting your career as an electrical lineman can be tough. Word is spreading fast that these jobs pay well and most offer generous benefits packages.   For those ...
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 College students who are graduating next month should be optimistic about prospects. A March report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers predicts a 10.2 ...
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  If you’re just out of college or even if you have a science degree backed by a few years of work experience, finding a job (or moving up to a better one) can be a ...
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 Efficiency is highly touted as what separates hard workers from their lazier counterparts. Efficiency can be a hard task to master when you’re used to a college ...
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  Are you ready for the new Energy Economy? If not, career colleges across the country are stepping up to the challenge to help you. They’re offering programs designed ...
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As I mentioned last week, I think it’s important to reflect on what you’re doing right in your job search, as well as what needs improvement. I focused largely on the ...
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In early March a report was released that shows that through February, small businesses are continuing to add more and more jobs, however they tend to be lower end positions. The ...
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 In the past, I’ve written extensively on the importance of marketing yourself. Whether it’s an internship, volunteering, or taking continuing education courses, ...
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I've been talking to a lot of friends lately about my full time return to the work force. I have  been a stay at home mom for almost 4 years now.  I've volunteered ...
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 Who doesn’t want their child to go to college and get a four-year degree?  A college education was, and still is, considered a “must-have” for career ...
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 Whenever I want to see the state of affairs for newcomers at a job, I ask people I know who have been with the same company or in the same career field for an extensive ...
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 Having a job in college can be of benefit to you when you are searching for employment after college graduation.   If you advance in the job, it shows ...
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Not that long ago, I wrote about new and innovative ways to stand out when searching for a job. With advancements in technology, it seems that most college students or recent ...
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You call up your friend and get their voicemail. Of course your joker of a friend has a hilarious novelty message on their machine. You laugh, and leave a message and start to ...
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Recent reports from the Pew Research Center show that despite a bleak economy, the millenial generation (which is often defined as people born after 1980) is still optimistic ...
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    by Alex A. Kecskes   If you’re a recent computer science grad and you’re looking for a job, you might have heard about all the high-tech ...
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by Alex A. KecskesBy:  Alex KecskesWhy are so many college grads finding it nearly impossible to find work? The reasons may surprise you. It’s not the fact that they have a ...
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I've read many articles written for the 'younger' generation of job seekers. Those who have been out of work since graduating college, or who are supplementing income by taking on ...
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    by Alex A. Kecskes   Enjoy contract work? Like to work the numbers? The Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) COPPER CAP Program prepares college graduates for ...
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As CNN Money recently reported, the unemployment rate fell to 8.5% in December - its lowest level since February 2009. This is great news for recent college graduates and young ...
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The best fields for paid internships.When you are in college, finding a great internship is the key to finding a great job after you graduate. In fact, many companies go on to ...
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If you're a recent college graduate, the beginning of the new year means a search for a job. Though the economy is not in the clear yet, it can be beneficial to begin looking for ...
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In the past, I have written about the pros and cons of social networking. Though I graduated from college when social networking was still on the precipice of making a large ...
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    by Alex A. Kecskes   Looking to start your career in the utilities industry? In these tough times, you might consider starting on the ground floor of a big ...
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As the holidays roll around, networking opportunities are abundant. Even though you may not currently be searching for a job, it's the perfect time to meet new people and branch ...
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As the holidays roll around, something that is always on my mind is how I can get thoughtful gifts that are also inexpensive. I know that I'm not alone in this concern; college ...
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    by Alex A. Kecskes   Are you a recent EE, ME, CE or IT grad who can’t seem to find a job in this bad economy? Instead of just sending out resume after ...
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Oftentimes, internship hopefuls are a bit surprised to learn that much of the job seeking process mirrors that of seasoned professionals. You are responsible for locating great ...
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    by Alex A. Kecskes   If you’re a recent college grad, you know that today's job market is brutal. You send out resumes and they seem to fall into a black ...
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Over the past few weeks, there has been no shortage of minor and major 'crises' surrounding the country. For those of you who are communications majors or recent graduates with a ...
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Every semester can be a daunting task in picking the right courses - especially if you are still undecided on a major. In college, I typically chose general education classes that ...
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Home and commercial construction is a field to consider when looking into careers in manufacturing. After all, there is nothing more precious than a person's home and nothing more ...
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Though it's not news that the economy has effected every part of our lives, I was taken aback when I read that outstanding student loans in the United States are estimated to ...
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Many recent college graduates have decided to pursue an advanced degree instead of beginning a job search. For some, that means graduate school while others choose to pursue a ...
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Are you an entry-level job seeker looking to get out there and find your first position? Making your first attempt marks the beginning of quite an adventure as you look to meet ...
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Coming out of college many people are lucky to escape with their lives, never mind not having any debt.Debt happens to us all. You need to know the facts about debt as you move ...
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College is coming to an end and you have decided that now is the time to start your job search. You have already learned what is required of you when it comes to dressing for ...
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    by Alex A. Kecskes   If you’re a recent grad looking to start your career in the utilities industry, you’ll need more than just a resume and solid ...
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Our world changes daily - mainly due to technology. However, since technology is such a huge part of our everyday lives and we are constantly reading something, our friends at ...
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When it comes to the career choices people make, television often plays a significant role in influencing these decisions. In the 1960s and '70s when the characters on "Dr. ...
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In general, I love reading compilations about the "best value" - especially when it's for a big investment, such as education. Recently, U.S. News and World Report issued their ...
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After finishing up my first week at a new job, I feel like it's the perfect time to reflect on surviving at a new job. Whether it's your first job out of college, or your tenth, ...
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Last week we talked about internships and what they are and how they work. This week I thought we would stay on the same path and talk about apprenticeships. But aren't ...
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Back to school season is in full gear and for the first time you're not buying books or clothes or getting settled in your temporary 8 month home. Degree in hand you're standing ...
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If you have grown listless with your job search, it's time to jump-start your career or job hunt strategy. Everyone appreciates an energetic and positive co-worker so make sure ...
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Life after college is a huge change. Suddenly you really are an adult. No more school days and student loans. No more frat parties and late night study sessions. No more long ...
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Even while you are looking for a job and sending out resumes, it is important to keep up with fun hobbies and learn new skills. Not only does it enrich your mind and body, but it ...
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Surfing the web I came across something a little bit different for this week. Ever wonder how past college graduates have fared in the post-college career hunt? How things have ...
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  by Alex A. Kecskes   You’re an engineering grad and you’re eagerly looking for a job. You heard that attending job fairs can be fruitful, that they're ...
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One of the most difficult aspects about being a recent college graduate or college senior entails understanding financial matters, especially those that affect credit score and ...
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Looking for ideas for a new post for you guys, I started looking over colleagues posts, my own old posts, popular newspaper posts, asking friends and even google search results ...
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Last week, I wrote about landing your first job after college. A seemingly simple process has become increasingly arduous since the economy has grown worse. Overall, the search ...
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  by Alex A. Kecskes   You studied hard and you finally graduated with an ME, EE or CE with honors. Now comes the tough part. Getting that all-important first job. ...
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  by Alex A. Kecskes   You just got your “sheepskin” in business or an MBA. You graduated at the top of your class. Unfortunately, all you have for ...
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Though summer is almost over, I hope panic has not set in if you're still job hunting. The truth is that it is normal for a job search to take a little while and summer has been ...
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Dealing with student loan debt. For the people who have just recently graduated, understanding student loan debt is crucial for long term financial management. Knowing exactly ...
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The move from college life to career can be really difficult at times for both the student and their parents. Having a child in school, even college, can be comforting to a parent ...
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Taken from googleimages I was amazed when I read this article in Forbes about how recent college graduates are steadily finding job opportunities. It seems ...
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As you are embarking on your new career (probably your first career), you will inevitably wonder what business casual truly looks like. If you are interviewing for a job, I ...
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By now, you might be struggling with the job search and the endless stream of consciousness thoughts in your head. (I think I correctly remember saying, "Will I ever get a job?" ...
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Recently, most columnists, mentors and professors have focused on the typical advice for college graduates: network, hone your interview skills, and find a job. (It's not always ...
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 by Alex A. KecskesIf you're looking for a challenge and a way to "hit the ground running" in the job market, major firms around the country are offering a wide ...
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We all like to say that we got into our chosen career field for the love of the job. Money had no impact on our professional life path. We all also know that without money, we're ...
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It's been said that your first job will most likely not end up being your dream job. While this may be true, it's still important to find something that you will enjoy. This ...
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With the 'millennial' generation entering the work-world, the focus lately has been on how social media effects networking and landing a great job and how recent graduates are ...
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Being a student you spend a lot of your time reading. Text books, researching, your own work over and over... and over, but every college student should also have a library worth ...
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Ever heard someone call themselves a `Social Media Ninja`? How about 'BBQ Master'? 'Chief BooBoo Kisser'? We've all heard these made up job titles and probably a million more, we ...
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Playing up your strengths is key to marketing yourself successfully. But what if you don't know what they are?Some of the most common advice given to job seekers is to play up ...
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For many college students heading off to work a summer job, thoughts of making real money and meeting new friends are at the top of the list. If the job is at a place like Disney ...
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Since it's now May, many readers are preparing for the often celebrated, yet uneasy feeling of graduating college. Now begins the frantic search for a summer job, internship, ...
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Informational interviews have been gaining popularity lately. If you have been wanting to find out more about a particular job title or industry, here is how to go about it.The ...
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Looking for an entirely different type of summer job? Consider becoming a federal politician. Well, that is exactly what several students from Quebec, Canada did. They decided to ...
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Are entry level job making a comeback? The signs are looking good.If you have been pounding the pavement, trying to find an entry level job over the past few years, I'm sure you ...
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Nike Inc. capitalized on the saying, “Just Do It.” This phrase seemed to resonate with people on a global basis. So much so that it has contributed to making Nike an extremely ...
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Should you be actively looking for a job while you are still attending college? According to a recent survey, the answer is a resounding – YES!In a survey conducted by Braun ...
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Graduation season is upon us and whether you're graduating this year or in the years to come, it's a time of reflecting on our past decisions and preparing for our future. As you ...
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Take a look at the jobs that young people are aspiring to.     Have you ever wondered what sorts of careers young people are hoping to have when they enter the ...
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With graduation coming for many college students, competition is heating up for the available positions that companies are needing to fill. College graduates who are seeking to ...
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There is a disturbing new trend where parents are becoming more involved in decisions that should be made solely by their adult children. After years of micromanaging their ...
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In Larisa Redin’s recent article, she discusses pros and cons of a summer internship (presumably unpaid) vs. a traditional summer job. This is an important decision for college ...
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Far too often it is too easy to get a college degree, but have no purpose for living. Learning how to identify and live your purpose is something colleges and universities need to ...
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Financial management is one of the most important skills college students need to learn. For college students and recent grads who are just entering the workforce, learning how to ...
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We all have that dream company. The one with the product or service we use, recommend, love and wish we could get paid for promoting, wearing, using their product. Then we laugh, ...
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Well, summer time is fast approaching, and if you have not secured plans for the summer yet, now is definitely the time to think about making some concrete plans. For instance, ...
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There was an article in my local newspaper recently warning high school students that colleges have hired companies to investigate social media sites for students who post ...
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You hear it constantly during exam season, eating and sleeping properly will help you study and keep you sharp, but who has that kind of time? Thousands of dollars, hours and ...
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Before or just after graduation, most college students begin to look for a job. A better way to insure the kind of career and life you will be living would be to do a “future in ...
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While creating a resume can be a daunting task for many people, writing a resume can be that much more daunting when you are looking to break into a new field. A resume, itself, ...
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As you embark on a new career, you will inevitably face co-workers and bosses with whom you disagree. It’s difficult being the “new kid on the block” in any situation, but in an ...
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Whether or not you are currently looking for a job, as you are a student, you no doubt will be on a limited budget. As such, if you want to take advantage of all the savings that ...
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Are your parents hurting your chances at landing a great new job? How helicopter parents try to micro-manage their kids' careers.According to several reports, many parents are ...
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If you are sharing an apartment or a house with several roommates, deciding how to split the rent can be challenging. A new rent calculator can help.One of the staples in college ...
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Lots of people try to beef up their resumes by volunteering, but are you putting in effort or just putting in time? With the amount of work involved in your education, finding a ...
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I find this image so appealing because, truly, who hasn't felt that way after graduating college? Sometimes it can be difficult to forge on with a job search in this economy but ...
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This time of year, you are most likely extremely busy with your coursework. However, now is also an excellent time to start thinking about your summer job prospects. Why? Well, ...
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This week I will embark on a journey we each encounter at some point: the start of a new job. Since I've started a few different jobs, I know there's a typical adjustment period. ...
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When you think about your college career, it certainly wasn’t something that started and finished in one day. You started out as a freshman, and then moved up to sophomore status. ...
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When you are looking for a job or applying for a graduate program, most of the time, you will need to write a cover letter or an application essay. Anytime you have to write about ...
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When I went away to college for my bachelor’s degree, I can honestly say, I learned more about myself than I did about my studies. One of the things that became clear to me, as I ...
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If you are looking for a job, whether it's your first internship or your twentieth interview, you are bou" ...
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So, what is a 401k plan anyway? For some of you, this may seem like a pretty silly question, but a surprisingly low number (44%) of employees in their 20's, who have employers ...
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Classes are over, graduation has passed and your credit score and bank account reflect years of paying tuition. You are now a full grown, responsibility laden adult. ...
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After I read Jodi Sonoda's great article, I couldn't help but thinking that I was pondering the exact same questions. I recently noticed that my local library had changed its ...
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At some point in your life, you will suffer through unemployment. I say suffer because unemployment is a catch-22: you have all the time in the world to do what you want, but no ...
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If you're looking for a job, chances are you will try anything with this economy. Everyone is competing for a limited number of jobs and it can grow frustrating, especially if you ...
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When you are still in college, and having trouble landing a new job, finding the money to pay your bills presents a challenge. Tuition and books are expensive, and there is no way ...
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If you want to find the ultimate one-stop shop to learn about all things related to your major and your career, you really do not have to look any further than your school’s ...
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Yesterday, I heard of a new book by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa entitled Academically Adrift. The book's focus is what, if anything, undergraduates are learning the first two ...
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Out of all the college professors I took classes from, in my undergraduate and graduate classes, I can count the really outstanding teachers that I have had on my two hands. The ...
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If you are graduating in May, recently graduated or are graduating in the near future, you're most likely looking into career options once you earn your degree. There are many ...
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I remember being a recent college graduate and not having any idea on where to find a reasonably priced suit or work clothes. Generally, I suggest that college students and recent ...
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It is the start of a new year, and for many college seniors, it is time to start thinking about the job they want to find after graduation. It may seem a bit early in the game to ...
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When I was working on my undergraduate degree, one of my professors, Mr. Bill Milne, encouraged me to seek field work experience in part-time positions that could lead to ...
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Since it's a new year, I figured I would try out some new techniques for happiness, success, career satisfaction and the like. While in college, I rarely thought about these ...
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For new grads looking for a job in this tough market, the choices may mean having to move to a new city. Many grads are expanding their job search to include a much wider ...
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I was just out of college when I was offered an interview for my dream job. If I got it I would be shooting weddings and events for the local videographer on the Outer Banks in ...
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In the research that has been done, the people you meet form an impression of you in the first 5 to 35 seconds. What that means is they are judging you because it is easier to ...
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Thanks to the popularity of Web 2.0, some interesting careers within the social media realm have emerged in recent years. In fact, this new field has become so popular that ...
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It's that time of year where many people explore resolutions for the upcoming year. What will I do differently so that I receive a positive outcome? But before thinking ahead, I ...
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I have said it before, and I will say it again, just in case you missed it the first couple of times. Be very careful about the information that you share on social networking ...
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Between 2007 and 2009 I went back to college and earned my masters degree. When I worked as an intern in the admissions department of the university I attended, it soon became ...
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In our last session I challenged you with some tough work to find out who you really are as a start to targeting the next steps in your career. I suggested you use online tools to ...
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In the Hot Seat is an illustrated depiction of the good and bad ideas of job seekers in interviews.Thinking about your next step? Check out http://www.collegejobbank.com/By ...
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It's December, the time when college students return home and hope to find part-time work for some extra money. It's not a bad idea, but maybe try a job that actually interests ...
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If you are a student, applying to colleges or thinking about graduate school, then you are already aware that every dollar of scholarship money you can find is worth the time and ...
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While life in the dorm may have its ups and downs, there are certain advantages to close-quarter college living especially if you have an entrepreneurial spirit. Be your own boss ...
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If you've read my blogs before, you know how I feel about social networking. Too many people I know waste countless hours on these sites and with no known purpose. I hate to break ...
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by Alex A. Kecskes   It's your first real job after graduation. You're ready to hit the ground running--not so much with experience--but with tons of enthusiasm. ...
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Check your tire pressure - Not only is it safer to have properly inflated tires, it will increase your gas mileage. Air might not be free at gas stations anymore but it doesn’t ...
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When interviewing at any level and, especially entry-level, there are certain questions you can ask that will help you stand out from the crowd. Following these rules will boost ...
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I enjoyed Larisa Redins' article, about working at non-profits. Having interned at one non-profit and worked at two non-profits, I highly recommend it. However, it's important to ...
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Some of the most valuable career advice can be hard to accept. The world of work is not always easy, and it’s not often what we expect it to be when we first start working ...
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In the Hot Seat is an illustrated depiction of the good and bad ideas of job seekers in interviews.Thinking about your next step? Check out http://www.collegejobbank.com/By ...
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As mentioned in part one of this article, one of the best ways to start making connections that can lead to your first job after college is to use your alumni association.Lifetime ...
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As there are many benefits to interning abroad, this type of internship may be of interest to many people. Thus, in order to help you find the best international internship for ...
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Holiday party time is upon us once again. There’s a bevy of decent advice to follow on office holiday party etiquette, particularly if you’re just starting out in your career. I ...
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One of the best ways to start making connections that can lead to your first job after college is to use your alumni association. There is an innate desire to help fellow alumni ...
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Although exciting, completing an internship abroad is a decision that should not be taken lightly. You must be made aware that with these types of internships, you most likely ...
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Maybe it’s nostalgia, but I miss the days of kids riding bikes to friends’ houses instead of having cell phones nicer than me. This generation, called “The Millenials,” relies ...
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Are college grads unprepared for the job market? According to a report by NPR, it would seem so. They recently covered a study conducted by York College in Pennsylvania that shows ...
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Have you signed up for the hot new class on campus? Across the country more and more colleges are recognizing the need for an education in etiquette and offering courses for their ...
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One of the keys to finding the job you really want when you graduate from college is to do everything possible to match your talents and career aptitudes to the right field of ...
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There are many times when a potential employer will ask you to provide them with professional references. One of the most common times is when you are just out of college and ...
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After high school I enrolled in and dropped out of several colleges, 5 in total. It just wasn’t right for me at the time. I was called everything: a waste, hippie, beatnik, ...
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An internship is a very important part of any college experience. It give you the opportunity to find out what it is like to work in a particular field before you graduate. For ...
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Headhunters and recruiters can do more than find jobs you are suited for. They can coach you for interviews and make suggestions for your resume. They know employers and can ...
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When you are fresh out of college and looking for an entry level position in your field, one of the biggest challenges you will face is competition. For every entry level job ...
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You might not have time to get a full time or second job while hitting the books. If you’re just as strapped for time as for cash there are 6 creative ways to pad your pockets you ...
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“I wish that I knew what I know now – when I was younger” – The Faces, “Ooh La La” Do you ever wish you could give some career advice to ...
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Not exactly sure what type of career you want to pursue when you graduate? Do not worry as you are not alone. That said, there are also a number ways for you to discover what ...
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Without fail, countless articles are written about what students should and should not do to land an internship or a job. I read them as an undergraduate (and continue to read ...
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  by Alex A. Kecskes Most recent college graduates are brimming with the erudition of academia, but many lack the practical business skills they need to survive ...
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There’s a reason you never took classes before noon. You’ve never been much of a morning person and now you’re getting ready to start your new career which requires you rise at a ...
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When you are fresh out of college, it can be easy to make a lot of mistakes during your job search. We all have made them, and in this difficult job market, it is more important ...
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So, you’ve just returned from the theater where you saw Iron Man III or Avatar II or Rocky XIV, and you’ve decided you want to work in the movies. Well, sir (or ...
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While Facebook is great for socializing with friends and family around the globe, this social networking site is increasingly becoming more important as a professional networking ...
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An internship might sound like a total failure when you are job hunting, while in fact it is just another job hunting strategy. If you can make an unpaid internship work for you ...
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You're an off to college, out of the nest, and on your own independent type who does what you want, when you want… as long as the bus is headed that way at that time. You realize ...
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Today, more employers are demanding that college grads be experienced in their respective fields *before* they get hired for full time positions. How do you get this experience ...
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I recently read a Wall Street Journal article entitled, "Penn State Tops Recruiter Rankings: Companies Favor Big State Schools With One-Stop Shopping for Graduates With Necessary ...
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When you are in college, or just getting out, writing your first professional resume can be a challenge. But, what are recruiters looking for when they read over your ...
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When Odysseus went off on to fight the Trojan War, he entrusted his young son, Telemachus, to his trusted friend and counselor, Mentor. Mentor’s job was to guide and ...
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Most freshman dream of being able to hang out with seniors but most college students probably haven’t thought twice about spending time with senior citizens. A lot of young adults ...
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Bob Ross from Joy of Paining fame and one of my all time favorite inspirational role models once said, “You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy.” But in tough ...
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Sometimes it seems like school is never going to end. It’s easy to believe you have all the time in the world to accomplish your “Things to do in college” list you probably ...
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by Alex A. Kecskes You just graduated from a fine university, your resume is honed to perfection, and you're ready to dive into the job market for that ideal ...
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When I was interning in college, I never knew how formal I should dress. My place of employment was fairly casual and I went to my internship from class, so I didn’t want to be ...
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One of my favorite authors, Oscar Wilde, had a great quote that has always stuck with me – “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” It’s also the best advice I can give you when ...
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This week marks the return of undergrads across the country to college campuses. Students are moving to new dorms or apartments and starting new classes with new professors. Many ...
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Every year around this time, companies who do surveys come out with their picks of the in-demand and best paying degrees for college students. Of course, the start of the fall ...
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Looking to land your real first “real” job? Read on to discover some tips that will help you to do just that!• Figure out exactly what type of career you want. To help determine ...
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My June 24 article (Internships 101) touched on the fact that internships are imperative for any college students who wants to gain experience while learning on the job. I also ...
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Recently, I read a great article in Glamour magazine on increasing productivity at the workplace. It reminded me that, as Americans, we tend to multi-task because we think it is ...
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In 2010, it seems like social media and social networking are everywhere. Young children have cell phones, laptops, and social sites like Facebook. Many Americans can not go a day ...
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The number one enemy we have when trying to land the job of our dreams is the person we look at every day in the mirror. This person needs to be your biggest fan. You know who I ...
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When you are a recent college graduate, networking can seem a bit intimidating. Even people who have been in their field for a long while sometimes see networking as a chore. If ...
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College life is now behind you or maybe you are close to graduating. Have you thought about what type of job you want to look for? Have you given any thought to how you might find ...
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Cover letters – they are an essential component of the job application process. After all, a cover letter essentially introduces yourself, your skills, and your enthusiasm for a ...
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Now that it's officially summer, I can only assume that you are growing frustrated at your job search. Please don't give up hope. It's hard to find a job when it appears that ...
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I know what you're going to say - you need a job that pays and volunteering doesn't cut it. I understand where you're coming from. When I graduated college, I panicked over my job ...
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Throughout my time as a communications student, communications practitioner and an internship supervisor, I have learned some helpful pieces of advice when it comes to making the ...
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Dale Carnegie said, “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest most important sound, in any language”. One of the most empowering techniques in interpersonal ...
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In many professions, it is commonplace to develop a working portfolio and edit and modify it as one moves through his or her career. I suggest conducting some research on the ...
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Whichever career you decide to get into, you will be dealing with people. In order to be successful and tap your full potential you will need to develop the tools to deal with ...
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Did you know that there is not another living person on the entire planet that is just like you? That’s right; you are truly unique. Your genetic make up and the environment that ...
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It's June, so that means a whole new class of college graduates are eagerly seeking their first jobs. Most are hopeful yet apprehensive about taking that first step into adulthood ...
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Survive the Recession in Style! Skills you need NOW 1. The Ability to Listen! Employers want someone who pays attention the first time. Keep a pen and paper handy and ...
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Heading into the final year of your college career can be both exciting and frightening at the same time. On one hand, receiving your diploma means no more classes, research ...
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Being a college grad in the middle of a recession is one of the toughest times to try to find a job. Unfortunately, there are thousands of students who have recently graduated – ...
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If you’re just graduating from college, or deciding to enter the workforce after spending your adult years involved in other projects, then you have the benefit many others ...
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Prove and Persist to Get Hired To get hired for any good job you must do two things: prove to employers that you can do the work, and persist past the point where others give ...
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Email plays an increasingly important role in our lives both in and out of the office. In fact, the most popular web mail service, Yahoo! Mail turned 10 years old in October, ...
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Congratulations! You’ve graduated from college, successfully completed the resume shuffle and interview dance, and now are knee deep into your first job in the “real world.” ...
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You’ve been asked a million times: “What do you want to do?” I’ve spent the last three years of my life getting answers to that question, and here’s what I’ve learned. 1. Your ...
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You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. New college grads often find themselves caught in the middle of this classic Catch 22, and may spend ...
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A recurring question we are asked as we enter the working world is, “What do you want to do?” Having a confident answer is easier said than done. When I was close to finishing ...
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The first thing that comes to your mind after getting your degree is to find a lucrative job in your chosen field. The job market is highly competitive and it is important to ...
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College graduates had been on a good run during 2006, when they hit the streets for their first jobs. However, a February report from the Labor Department may mean that the brakes ...
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Step One: Plan for the Unexpected Big Time BillThe first step arises from debt from a one-time large expense - something that is too large to be paid for with your monthly ...
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Are you a college student or a recent graduate? Chances are you're saddled with a hefty amount of student loans as well as consumer debt, like car payments and credit card ...
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Having graduated with a degree in journalism just a few months ago, it feels like there are so few options, but so many opportunities. Who wants to hire someone with less than ...
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Even though senior year is just beginning, it may be the best time to spend a few hours here and there preparing for the road ahead. The rude awakening brought on by the real ...
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Being new in the working world, I am sure you are eager to show off your newfound skills and knowledge. However, out there in the working world some basic work effective habits ...
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On-campus interviewing has been on a long, slow decline for the past fifteen years at college campuses nationwide. The past five years have seen one of the worst slumps for ...
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The one aspect of job search preparation that can truly set you apart is employer research. Employer research is what brings you together and keeps you together with those who ...
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Job hunting is serious business. To be successful, you'll need to organize your job search like a business. While a manila file folder labeled "Jobs" will serve you well as a ...
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The company site interview. Very few college students will make it this far with our company. Only 10-20%. Most students are weeded out during on-campus interviews. They receive ...
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I have some confessions to make. I'm a Hiring Manager. I can hire you. But I can also decide not to hire you. And for every person I hire, as many as twenty hopeful contenders are ...
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Do you have a BA in English? Whenever you inform people of this fact, is their usual response, “So, you want to be a teacher?” Being an English major, I fully understand. If I ...
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Every year, more college students are entering the business world before graduation. While two decades ago, one couldn't get a job without a college degree, these days, many ...
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A solid, constructive friendship base is something most people had while growing up and, if not, strove to have as they went to higher education or whatever they chose to do after ...
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College students have many opportunities to gain practical experience. Some of them are highly visible, others are not so. Internships are, of course, a highly visible opportunity ...
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Starting a first job after college is a challenge. Just when you want to make a great impression, you encounter situations you've never dealt with before. If you know somebody who ...
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Although the path to career success is rarely smooth, one of the best ways to ensure a steady ride is to find a mentor to guide you along the way. Particularly in the constantly ...
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Q: I usually select accounting internships that are posted at my school. I fax or email my resume and a cover letter. Usually I never get any response. I even went to the career ...
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There is a general consensus in the professional world that having an internship at some point during a college career is a smart move. But there’s more to it than just securing ...
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Future employers are looking for undergraduates who gain meaningful experience while at college. The current trend is for undergraduate students to find an internship the summer ...
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Although there are differences in each accounting job, there are some fundamental technology requirements that employers expect from entry-level accountants. First and ...
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Check your income tax withholding Students who work part-time usually have no federal income tax withheld from their pay. This is done so students can earn up to $4,300 (one ...
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A new job. Your first "real" job. Wow! This can be a very exciting time filled with all kinds of emotions and questions. You may wonder: How will I do? How will I meet anyone? Are ...
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How can you give your career a jumpstart? Find a mentor. It's one of the best ways for young professionals to learn about the ins and outs of an industry or company. Many ...
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The words "accounting major" do not always mean what they used to on college campuses. Most students today don't have the same high reverence for the accounting profession that ...
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One of the toughest questions facing college students today is not "Can I find a job?" Instead, it's "When I graduate, what is the right place to start my career?" The ...

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