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    Professional Associations: Make Connections to Make a Career

    Professional Associations: Make Connections to Make a Career
    Developing your career plans? Tap into a career network by joining a professional association in your field of choice. Many associations offer special services and membership rates for students, and through the association's programs, you can learn more about the field and develop relationships with established professionals. Check below to find the right association for you. Accounting American Institute of Certified ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Health Care Gigs that Lead to Something Bigger

    Health Care Gigs that Lead to Something Bigger
    Healthcare is one industry where good employees are always in demand. With the aging Baby Boom generation expected to stretch the healthcare system to its limit, hospitals and other healthcare employers have a continuing need for workers to fill a variety of entry-level roles, such as dietary aide, admissions representative, administrative assistant, medical records assistant, housekeeper, patient technician, unit clerk and ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +95
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    Writing a Resume Fresh Out of College

    Writing a Resume Fresh Out of College
    One of the most difficult and daunting tasks after graduating from college is creating your first post-college resume. You may not have the job experience you’d like or, perhaps, you just aren't sure how to get across your experiences all together. Experts agree that most students underestimate how much experience they actually have and often don’t include many valuable aspects on ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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    Q&A: Post-Graduate Internships

    Q&A: Post-Graduate Internships
    Peter Vogt, the MonsterTrak Career Coach, answers questions about having an internship after graduating from college. How old is too old for internships and volunteering? I'm 27 now. Lost a few years because of personal problems. I'm now in much better shape, but at a loss for explanations to employers regarding gaps in my resume, low grades, etc. My long-term ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +16
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    5 Reasons Not to Date Your Co-Worker

    5 Reasons Not to Date Your Co-Worker
    You spend most of your waking hours at work. You rarely get out for lunch, never mind dinner. You'd like to meet that special someone, but you just don't know where to look. Suddenly, Cupid shoots his arrow, and it hits the person in the next office. Out with all reason – love is in the air! Stop. Sure, meetings ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Is Engineering for You?

    Is Engineering 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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +27
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    Dealing with the New Reality of Entry Level Jobs

    Dealing with the New Reality of Entry Level Jobs
    Just a few years ago a college degree in hand meant an entry-level job was virtually assured. Those days are gone-- right along with the idea of staying with one employer for 5 to 10 years. Here's why -- and what you can expect from this new reality we call the modern job market: Your Degree Is Helpful But Not a ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +31
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    Get a Job: Federal Work-Study

    Get a Job: Federal Work-Study
    Looking for money for college? A lot of students make ends meet and get great work experience by participating in the federal work-study program. Through work-study, undergraduate and graduate students take jobs during the school year to help cover college costs. But money is only one reason to apply. Students who participate in work-study gain valuable employment experience, build great ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +25
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    Top Ten Cover Letter Tips

    Top Ten Cover Letter Tips
    Before you apply for your dream job, check out these tips that will make your cover letter stand out. Tip #1: Keep it brief. Your letter should not go over one page. Use short paragraphs and bullet points whenever possible. Avoid flowery or excessive words when fewer words will get your point across equally well. Tip #2: Be assertive and proactive. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +18
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    10 Summer Internships You Can Apply for Now

    10 Summer Internships You Can Apply for Now
    It may be hard to see into the summer months with the freezing cold temperatures, but it’s time to start not only thinking about, but applying, to summer internship programs. However, getting a summer internship this year may be tricky. With unemployment at a stagnant 9%, according to the most recent data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Not Your Usual Desk Job

    Not Your Usual Desk Job
    After graduating from the University of Iowa, Andy Sternberg decided that he wasn't ready to have a conventional nine-to-five job. Instead he looked for alternatives that would support him financially while allowing him to work in a creative environment. He currently works as a TESL (Teach English as a Second Language) instructor in Spain. "I've selected jobs outside of the full-time ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Research Careers on the Web

    Research Careers on the Web
    Getting a job starts long before you send in your resume or go to an interview. Before you can apply, you have to choose a career. And there are a lot of resources online that can help you identify and explore your interests, learn more about different career paths and get the connections you need. Test Yourself Online self-assessment tests can ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +24
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    How Community Organizing Can Pay

    How Community Organizing Can Pay
    For a recent graduate, finding the right career can be daunting. Job markets are in flux and one year can bring many jobs and the next far too few. Fortunately, there is one job sector that never seems to be filled: non-profit groups. Non-profits run the gamut from Amnesty International, the ACLU, to smaller, lesser-known groups which makeup the majority of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +31
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    Maybe You Can Get Paid for an Unpaid Internship

    Maybe You Can Get Paid for an Unpaid Internship
    The idealist in you wants to take that great but unpaid internship you heard about the other day. After all, it will give you critical experience in your chosen career field that will help you land a job after graduation. But the realist in you rightly argues, "How are you going to pay your bills?" The unpaid internship dilemma is one ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Top Tips for Internship Success

    Top Tips for Internship Success
    Even if you're working for free, your internship can be worth a fortune — in job experience and valuable career connections. But it's up to you to see that your efforts pay off. Make the right moves to make the most of your internship. Be Professional To impress, take your responsibilities seriously. Treat your internship like a full-time job by always ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Oops! Common Resume Mistakes

    Oops!  Common Resume Mistakes
    Before you mail, fax or e-mail your resume and cover letter, make sure your materials have that professional polish. Easy Errors DON'T forget to include your contact information: Name, e-mail, address and phone number. DON'T include your interests on your resume, unless they're relevant to the job you're seeking. Also, personal information, such as date of birth, height and weight, ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +25
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    Health Care Career Myths Debunked

    Health Care Career Myths Debunked
    Whether you're a veteran healthcare worker or just starting out, some long-held myths about the industry can hinder your career—or stop you before you even get started. Learn the truth about these seven common healthcare career myths. Myth 1: The nursing shortage guarantees me the perfect job when I graduate. "While the shortage of nurses is acute across the United States, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Dealing with the Quarter-Life Crisis

    Dealing with the Quarter-Life Crisis
    When high school pals Alexandra Robbins, 25, and Abby Wilner, 25, got together over lunch several years ago to catch up on their lives after college, they were both ready to tell some glowing stories about how well they were doing. "At first, we both said we were having a great time," recalls Robbins, an English and American studies double major ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +45
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    Negotiating Job Offer for Beginners

    Negotiating Job Offer for Beginners
    The goal of going through the grueling application and interview processes is to get to the ultimate goal: a job offer. The employment offer comes in and excitement ensues until you suddenly realize that negotiations will soon begin, assuming you intend to accept the offer. If you want to get to a mutually agreed upon contract cordially and quickly, try the ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +15
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    Alternative Science Jobs

    Alternative Science Jobs
    A science degree doesn't have to mean a career in the lab. Students with a head for science but little interest in the traditional career paths should explore some of these exciting alternatives. Science Writing and Journalism Advances in science occur at a rapid pace. Science writers are needed to keep up with the latest happenings in the science community and ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +27
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