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    Career Profile: Forensic Accountant

    Career Profile: Forensic Accountant
    Job Description Some public accountants specialize in forensic accounting—investigating and interpreting white-collar crimes such as securities fraud and embezzlement, bankruptcies and contract disputes, and other complex and possibly criminal financial transactions, including money laundering by organized criminals. Forensic accountants combine their knowledge of accounting and finance with law and investigative techniques to determine whether an activity is illegal. Many forensic accountants ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +35
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    Summers Past and Future

    Summers Past and Future
    It's 90 degrees and there is a small breeze. Somewhere an insect is buzzing. I am in my recliner, reclining. It's lazy out. And there’s still one gorgeous hour left until my next class starts. Class? But it's the middle of August! It’s buggy, muggy and a million degrees. I arrive at lectures looking like I've spent the morning paddling around ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +10
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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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    Why Career Services May be Your Salvation

    Why Career Services May be Your Salvation
    I’m always looking for new places to study, cozy bookshops or buzzy cafes. My new favorite destination is a cross between a library and a kindergarten playroom. It’s called University Career Services and it just might be your salvation. Most colleges have some department like this, staffed by guidance counselor/librarian types. It’s meant to fill the gap when you left behind ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Career Profile: Pharmaceutical Sales

    Career Profile: Pharmaceutical Sales
    Job Description Hit the ground running and excel in a profession that’s for self-motivators. “Basically you’re running your own business,” says one rep, who received intense sales and product training and spends his time educating doctors about assessing breast-cancer risk. Besides being self-starters, pharmaceutical reps must be good at following up and deciding where to focus their time and efforts. In ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Testing for Your Future

    Testing for Your Future
    Standardized tests, like the ACT and SAT, aim to measure your knowledge before you enter college and often times, in order to enter college. Similarly, there’s a new trend on the horizon: post-college testing of graduates to assess how much you’ve learned for your future employer to evaluate. It’s called the Collegiate Learning Assessment (referred to as the CLA+) and it’s ...
    Published 6 months ago | Rated: +19
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    Ten Signs You Shouldn't Quit...Yet

    Ten Signs You Shouldn't Quit...Yet
    Unsure whether you should keep your job or seek greener pastures? While a shaky economy shouldn’t keep you in a job you can’t stand, you can watch for these 10 signs that could tell you you’re fine right where you are. 1. You’re Happy We’re not talking mere complacency here, but genuine happiness. If you’re happy, you’re going to be more ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Does Presence Equal Promotion?

    Does Presence Equal Promotion?
    Experts say that when you’re trying to get your career off the ground, you should go to work. This may seem like common sense: if you want to keep working, go to work. What we’re actually referring to here, however, is the value of being present in the office. [gate] But my office environment is flexible and my boss doesn't mind ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +12
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    Preparing for Success on the Job

    Preparing for Success on the Job
    Hey, looking good! That new designer suit makes you look like a runway model on the way to a Fortune 500 job. Once you've graduated, you'll take on the working world in style. But will you be able to prove that you're not just another pretty face? Here are a few skills you'll want to develop before you get out into ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Could Engineering Be for You?

    Could Engineering Be for You?
    Whether launching rockets into space or developing the latest medical technologies, engineers solve problems large and small. Engineers use science and mathematical principles to develop innovative solutions to technical problems. Engineering is “taking a lot of data and turning it into a usable product and solving the problems to make everybody happy in the process,” says Lisa Bongiovanni, an environmental engineer ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +28
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    The Informational Interview

    The Informational Interview
    As a future job seeker, from time to time it’s helpful to get advice and feedback rather than acceptance or rejection. How? The informational interview, of course! During an informational interview, you’re able to ask for career, industry and job search advice from a given professional within the field. Such interviews will be useful throughout your career and can even help ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +17
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    Career Profile: Preschool Teacher

    Career Profile: Preschool Teacher
    Job Description Preschool teachers instruct children from infancy to age 5. The term “preschool” refers to instruction in non-public arenas such as licensed preschools, childcare centers, family day care centers, home day care centers, federal programs like Head Start, and full or part-day private child centers/day care centers sponsored by religious bodies. These teachers nurture and care for children who have ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +23
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    Ten Cover Letter Don'ts

    Ten Cover Letter Don'ts
    Your cover letter is the first thing employers see when they open your materials. Avoid these 10 mistakes, and make your first impression a good and lasting one. Mistake #1: Don't Overuse "I" Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. Avoid the perception of being ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Career Profile: Advertising

    Career Profile: Advertising
    What’s the most important qualification advertising agencies look for in young candidates, whether their interests lean toward the creative professions, account management or media buying? Industry experts say it’s all about having the right instincts (and preferably some training) about how to deliver a crafted message to a targeted audience in the complex universe of advertising media. Here’s a look at ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +61
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    Career Profile: Paramedic

    Career Profile: Paramedic
    Job Description Paramedics are first responders who provide advanced life support for medical and trauma emergencies throughout a first response area, usually as part of an emergency medical service or fire and rescue department. Paramedics possess advanced certifications above and beyond what a basic EMT would possess. Median Annual Salary $35,210 Education Requirements The most advanced level of training for this ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +53
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    Job Seekers: 5 Smart Steps on Twitter

    Job Seekers: 5 Smart Steps on Twitter
    Every job seeker who is using Twitter for job search purposes pretty much just gets on board and hastily creates a Twitter account. However, a few calculated steps will be invaluable in the launching of your Twitter account for an effective job search campaign. Please read the following and see if you can tweak your account today: [gate] Choosing Your Twitter ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Career Profile: Biotech Sales Representative

    Career Profile: Biotech Sales Representative
    Job Description Do you like reading up on new science and technology? It’s part of the job as a biotech sales representative, which requires sellers to stay abreast of scientific trends for their business. Biotech companies study biological processes, and offer products which are used to develop more effective medicines, consumer products, and industrial processes. Advances in biotechnology have led to ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: -15
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    Post-Holiday Job Hunting Strategies

    Post-Holiday Job Hunting Strategies
    For the unemployed, the holiday season can be especially stressful. Strained finances can make gift-giving something to dread. Potential employers are going AWOL in mid December, putting the brakes on even the most diligent job search. Even so, soon the holidays will be over and it's time to get your search back on track, even though it may take a week ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Career Profile: Sales Engineer

    Career Profile: Sales Engineer
    Job Description Many products and services, especially those purchased by large companies and institutions, are highly complex. Sales engineers—who also may be called manufacturers’ agents, sales representatives, or technical sales support workers—work with the production, engineering, or research and development departments of their companies, or with independent sales firms, to determine how products and services could be designed or modified to ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: -33
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    Career Profile: Dispatcher

    Career Profile: Dispatcher
    Job Description Dispatchers are responsible for handling calls for assistance from the public (often through 911 systems) and dispatching the appropriate type of emergency response units. Dispatchers must be able to obtain enough detail from the situation to properly determine the type, seriousness, and location of the emergency. They operate out of police station or centralized command center and often remain ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: -18