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    What is a Product Manager?

    What is a Product Manager?
    Job postings for product managers are peppered with phrases like "customer-centric," "consensus-builder" and "fluid environment" -- requirements that don't easily translate into the concrete abilities and experiences needed to succeed in the product manager role. Despite being one of the most sought-after positions, the skill set needed for this position is surprisingly difficult to define. What Exactly Is Product Management? Product ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Beat Out More Experienced Competition

    Beat Out More Experienced Competition
    It's tough enough landing an entry-level job when you're competing against your peers, but what do you do when more-experienced workers are after the same job you are? This predicament is a common one for new grads and workers these days, due in great part to a lagging economy that has led to significant layoffs. In one MonsterTRAK poll, 90 percent ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Health Care Resume Tips

    Health Care Resume Tips
    Healthcare has undergone significant changes in the past 20 years, and healthcare organizations are increasingly sensitive to cost control and productivity. Funding sources for both public and private healthcare orgzanizations have cut back reimbursement and allowable expenses. Your resume must reflect an understanding of these changes. It must show evidence of skills, experience, a commitment to quality, and an ability to ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Avoidable Interview Mistakes

    Avoidable Interview Mistakes
    We’re not going to sugarcoat it: interviews can be tough. You’re a bundle of nerves and you really want that position. You don’t want to mess up or say the wrong thing. You think you’re doing everything to prepare but what if you’re making one huge mistake that’s ruining everything? After all, everyone wants to walk away from the interview with ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Top 10 Most Wanted Degrees in 2015 by Employers

    Top 10 Most Wanted Degrees in 2015 by Employers
    Finally, some great news for college graduates! The job outlook is getting brighter this year, according to recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a non-profit group that connects college career services with employers. The survey’s findings indicate that employers are planning on hiring 9.6 percent more college graduates within the U.S. than last year, which is ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +24
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    How to Get an Employer's Attention in 20 Seconds

    How to Get an Employer's Attention in 20 Seconds
    I review a lot of resumes, and they often land in my mailbox with the exact same titles: resume.doc or resume.pdf. Can you say boring? Try these alternatives to stand out as an interesting candidate: 1. Your Name Resume.doc — This minimum level of personalization ensures your resume will remain attached to your application. 2. Your Name Resume December 2010.doc — ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +30
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    Career Profile: Radiation Therapist

    Career Profile: Radiation Therapist
    Medical advances have made radiation therapists among the most sought-after specialists in the field of radiological technology. “Improvements in cancer treatment have enhanced survival rates, so there are more patients requiring therapy,” according to a study by Allied Consulting, a national healthcare staffing firm in Austin. Indeed, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects much faster-than–average job growth for radiation therapists ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +47
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    President Obama’s American Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for You?

    President Obama’s American Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for You?
    If you’ve been tuning into the news for the past few months, you’ll notice that the unemployment rate has been steadily decreasing several tenths of a percentage point from month to month. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that number had dropped to 8.3% in February. [gate] Good news for the economy, and good news for job seekers across ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Don't Miss Out on Your Dream Job

    Don't Miss Out on Your Dream Job
    Question: How can I make my academic and extracurricular responsibilities look more professional? Answer: Be specific in your accomplishments. Use numbers whenever possible. If you were an employer looking at a college student's resume, which of the following entries would impress you more? "Wrote news releases" "Wrote 25 news releases in a three-week period under daily deadlines" Clearly the second statement ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +31
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    The Hottest International Internships

    The Hottest International Internships
    If you're a college student or recent graduate and have done some preliminary research on entry-level positions overseas, you know they aren't easy to come by. Because of the costs and immigration issues, companies aren't likely to send just any entry-level lackey out into the world. But if you're not the type to let what's deemed unlikely keep you from exciting ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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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 almost 2 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Common Job Interview Questions for Returning College Students

    Common Job Interview Questions for Returning College Students
    The resume and cover letter were perfect. You look great on paper and you might just be perfect for the job. Time for the next step: The interview. Odds are good that your interviewer will ask you about your experiences as a returning student. Knowing what to expect and planning your answers can help you make a winning impression. Start by ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Top Ten Tips for Career Planning

    Top Ten Tips for Career Planning
    Take a variety of different classes. Don't pigeonhole yourself into one tight line of study. Branch out and take a good look around to see what interests you. Complete a few self-assessment tests. Self-assessment tests can tell you a lot about yourself and may help you match your skills and interests with possible careers. Develop a career inventory. What kind of ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Try This Four-Year Career Checklist

    Try This Four-Year Career Checklist
    What makes you tick? What major will fit you best? How will you find a good career? And how can you keep from going crazy trying to sort through this swirl of career-related questions? Many college students feel confused and overwhelmed by all of the career decisions they must make. Fortunately, there's a strategy you can use to make the whole ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Q&A: Applying for Jobs

    Q&A: Applying for Jobs
    When I am responding to a job posting and a contact name is not given, is it OK to address the letter "To Whom It May Concern"? Or is there a better way to handle this? Answer: "To Whom it May Concern" is a bit outdated, as is "Dear Sir/Madam." You might want to go with "Dear Hiring Manager" when you ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +31
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    Find Work Outside Your Major

    Find Work Outside Your Major
    An accounting graduate gets a job as a passport specialist with the federal government. A music major and an art history major both find their niche in public relations. A sociology grad ends up working for a major nonprofit organization as a speakers' bureau coordinator. They're all true stories and proof positive that you can land a job in a field ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Land a Great Internship

    Land a Great Internship
    It's one of the most common and frustrating career dilemmas college students face: "To get a good job after graduation, I need experience. But how do I get experience without having a job in the first place?" One common - and wise - solution: An internship, paid or unpaid, part time or full time. Easy enough. But how do you get ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Careers to Consider

    Careers to Consider
    For students in college, the ultimate goal upon graduation is nearly always to land a great job. Whether you’ve graduated, are set to graduate or still in college, the job search is an inevitable reality. As soon as you find yourself ready for the hunt, it’s difficult to decide where to begin. The job market can be tricky and it’s always ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +23
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    Types of Interviews

    Types of Interviews
    An interview is an interview, right? Actually, depending on the size of the company, you could go through many interviews before the decision is made. Ace each one by knowing what to expect. Screening Interview Usually a member of the personnel department or an outside recruiter conducts this interview, which is meant to weed out unqualified candidates. This interview is ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Researching a Company's Diversity Policies

    Researching a Company's Diversity Policies
    The interview's set. Now you want to know if the potential employer does more than talk about diversity. Follow these tips to find out if the company has a proven commitment to hiring a wide range of people. Making the Grade Many business and special-interest publications compile regular lists of employers that back up their diversity efforts with proven results. Forbes ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +18
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