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    Improve Your Resume Before Getting the Job

    Improve Your Resume Before Getting the Job
    There’s a trend and, unfortunately, it’s not positive. There are a lot of college graduates, degrees in one hand, resumes in the other, who cannot seem to find employment. This leaves many job seekers in a pickle. Obviously, they cannot improve their resumes and, thus, get noticed by potential employers, without gaining more job experience. But, suppose you became the applicant ...
    Published 27 days ago | Rated: +25
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    Benefits of College Career Centers

    Benefits of College Career Centers
    Your college career center may be offering some – or all – of these amazing benefits and you might not even be aware of them! If you have not researched or utilized your college’s career center, it can be a wealth of knowledge and resources all wrapped up into one building. Set aside some time for a visit or explore their ...
    Published 23 days ago | Rated: +26
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    Paying to Intern

    Paying to Intern
    In this job market, experience is everything. How do you get invaluable job experience? Work an internship, of course. But with more students than internship opportunities, the competition is fierce. Students are forced to adopt a “by any means necessary” attitude in hopes of getting ahead. Most recently, this includes paying to open doors. Let’s be clear: we’re not referring to ...
    Published 11 months ago | Rated: +19
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    How to Make a Great First Impression

    How to Make a Great First Impression
    Whether you’re interviewing for a job, internship, scholarship, at a networking event or, even, meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time, you want to make a great first impression. It’s understandable that you’re nervous and sometimes your nerves can get the best of you. Even if you’re great at concealing your nerves, you want to come across as genuine ...
    Published 20 days ago | Rated: +23
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    Signs You’re Slacking in Your Job Search

    Signs You’re Slacking in Your Job Search
    In this economy, it’s easy to blame the unsuccessful job search on the market. Maybe you assume you’re not getting interviews because nobody is hiring or you’re not getting the job after the interview because there’s such high competition out there that you have a lesser chance. But, is that really the case or is it just an excuse for a ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +20
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    Myth or Reality? The Gender Pay Gap

    Myth or Reality? The Gender Pay Gap
    In the second presidential debate, undecided voter Katherine Fenton took to the microphone and the national stage to ask President Obama and Governor Romney for their thoughts and policies on equal pay for women. Unfortunately, Fenton’s concern was downplayed in the weeks after as the country chose to focus on Governor Romney’s “binders full of women” comment instead of the real ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +10
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    How to Travel on a First Job Salary

    How to Travel on a First Job Salary
    The best time to travel is when you’re young. Seeing the world changes you—and helps shape your world view. When you’re young, traveling is less about “vacation” and more about experiencing culture. Most likely you don’t have kids to worry about or a mortgage to pay. But…it’s expensive. And the catch is that most young people don’t have a lot of ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Tips to Land (and Keep) the Job You Want

    Tips to Land (and Keep) the Job You Want
    The job search process is a funny thing. You have to be able to represent yourself, your experience and your history on a single sheet of paper. If you’re lucky enough to get an interview, you’ve got around an hour to demonstrate your capable, professional self and convince the interviewer to become your advocate. That being said, these tasks are clearly ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +22
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    Diversify Your Resume

    Diversify Your Resume
    Internships are great – but there are plenty of other ways to bulk up your resume without limiting yourself to indentured servitude. You want your resume to say something about what type of person you are, your work ethic and what you’re capable of accomplishing. Here are some outside-of-the-internship box suggestions to bulk up your resume content. • Become an Entrepreneur ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +21
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    Gap Year Programs for College Grads and Grad Students

    Gap Year Programs for College Grads and Grad Students
    With May quickly approaching, you’re probably shrinking back from panic at the idea of graduating and getting a job in the real world. Or maybe you’re reading from your cubicle right now, passing time (slowly) at a job you hate in an industry you’re bored with. First, these feelings are totally normal in either case. Second, if you want to postpone ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +16
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    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter

    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter
    When you are fresh out of college and applying for your first job, you want to write a cover letter that stands out from the hundreds that are on the desks of human resources professionals around the country. You want to show that you are not only qualified for the job, but a cut above the rest. You want your cover ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Take Control of Your Online Image: How to Wipe it Clean

    Take Control of Your Online Image: How to Wipe it Clean
    The Internet is a dangerous place for employees and potential employees. That’s because employers are using information they find about you online to make hiring and firing decisions. A recent article in the New York Times said 75 percent of recruiters are required to do online research of candidates and 70 percent have rejected candidates because of what they found. And ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Top 5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes

    Top 5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes
    If you want to make adults squirm like kindergartners, broach the subject of salary negotiation. Talking money makes most workers uncomfortable. And while they want such talks to succeed, they make plenty of blunders. If only they had some basic negotiation guidelines. So what’s the best way to avoid stumbling and also boost your confidence? Rebecca Warriner, a job search coach ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +19
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    End Your Internship on a Good Note

    End Your Internship on a Good Note
    The end of summer brings an end to corporate internship programs’ most lucrative season. While you’ve been working hard all summer to impress your supervisor, colleagues and other interns, there is still quite a bit you can do after the internship to stay in their good graces. Email Your Entire Team Chances are, the team you worked with all summer doesn’t ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Tools for Your Future

    Tools for Your Future
    College is an exciting time, but it can sometimes be scary too. It’s daunting to make decisions now that will affect the rest of your life. Namely, what do I study now to be able to survive and thrive later on in life? While there are no set answers, there are tools to help students make well informed decisions about the ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +19
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    Get a Summer Job from President Obama, Bon Jovi

    Get a Summer Job from President Obama, Bon Jovi
    Have you spent the last few weeks frantically searching for a summer job only to find job openings at your local public pool or shaved ice stand? The problem is a common one for students, especially in this economy, when students are battling experienced adults for temporary or part-time job opportunities. President Obama’s Administration has grown increasingly concerned over this trend, ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +43
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    Studying for an Employable Edge

    Studying for an Employable Edge
    It’s every college student’s worst nightmare: graduating without any job prospects. But, why not start preparing now so that won’t happen? There are ways to secure that you have the so-called bright future ahead. How? According to CNBC, many of your course decisions may impact your hiring potential. The following are some recommended courses that can help ensure you’re ahead of ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +23
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    Let's Get Legal: Guidelines for Paid or Unpaid Internships

    Let's Get Legal: Guidelines for Paid or Unpaid Internships
    One of the greatest woes of an internship is that it is, more often than not, unpaid. Interns are often the hardest working employees because they want nothing but experience or, perhaps, opportunities in return for a job well done. Employers know this and, unfortunately, sometimes take advantage of the situation by keeping interns longer than necessary, making them work for ...
    Published 19 days ago | Rated: +30
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    Job Outlooks for Master's Degrees

    Job Outlooks for Master's Degrees
    Whether you’ve just completed your Master’s degree and are now entering the competitive job market or you’re still in undergrad considering a Master’s program to enter, the question you face is the same: Which field has the best job outlook? There are a number of fields that are doing well even post-recession, that you might not necessarily think of at first. ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +20
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    What to Never Say in an Interview

    What to Never Say in an Interview
    You've been told what to do in an interview. Talk up your attributes. Pull from personal and class experience if your job experience is lacking. But, have you ever thought about the things you shouldn't say? If not, you should. There are plenty of points in an interview when you can make or break it. If you say any of these, ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +22