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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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    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 11 months ago | Rated: +21
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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: +16
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    Congratulations, Your Student is a College Graduate. What’s Next?

    Congratulations, Your Student is a College Graduate. What’s Next?
    Graduating from college is a major milestone. Once you have finished celebrating your student’s success, it’s time to help your student determine their next steps. Your student’s college degree is a stepping stone to other future life achievements. So what's next for your student after college? For some students, the career they want to pursue requires a graduate degree; others may ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +7
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    The Perfect Internship

    The Perfect Internship
    Do you know what to look for in an internship? An internship is a useful experience that can show you what a career in a particular field will look like and if you’re suited for that field. Think about it: how else will you know if that’s what you want to do with your life? An internship is a great way ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +16
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    Work the Room: Networking Tips

    Work the Room: Networking Tips
    Meeting with people who work in a career or company that interests you is a great way to get a jump-start on your dream job. They'll not only let you know about opportunities in the field, but they can also give you some great advice based on their experience. However, in order to get the information you need, you have ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +20
  • +15

    Make Your School Alum Work for You

    Make Your School Alum Work for You
    No one will ever care about your career as much as you do. But if there were ever a group of people to come close, it would be alumni from your college or university. These former students have likely been in your shoes themselves, and are generally among the most willing to help your career development if you ask. Why are ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +15
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    Networking Know-How

    Networking Know-How
    Networking is more important than ever when it comes to landing a job. You may think that networking is for corporate types, not for college students. But you're wrong. According to one Wall Street Journal survey, 94 percent of respondents said networking was their primary job-search method. As the saying goes, "either network or not work." So where do you start ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +6
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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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    Now Hiring

    Now Hiring
    Where are all of the jobs? This question has plagued job seekers in recent years, especially with companies cutting back on hiring due to the economy. The economy is better – in fact, 5.5 million jobs have been added since 2010, but there’s still improvement necessary. However, according to U.S. News, some industries seem to be resilient enough that they’re recession-proof. ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +12
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    Using Twitter in Your Job Search

    Using Twitter in Your Job Search
    Can Twitter actually help in your job search? Apparently, using social media can be an effective tool in making the hunt a little more manageable. By utilizing the simple tips below, you can position yourself into becoming a social networking super sleuth, detecting jobs tweet after tweet. [gate] Tip 1: Brand Yourself Whether it’s your name, a description of your capabilities ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +16
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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 1 year ago | Rated: +17
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    Why We Interned: Benefits of Internships

    Why We Interned: Benefits of Internships
    If you're on the fence about whether or not to pursue an internship during college, the statistics alone should convince you to do one. Employers overwhelmingly point to internship experience as the most important factor they consider in hiring new college graduates for full-time positions, and they have a variety of self-serving reasons for feeling that way. How do you benefit ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +29
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    Go Global: International Internships

    Go Global: International Internships
    How would you like to be an intern in the British parliament? Or teach English in Japan? With an international internship, you'll show employers that you have a knowledge of international business, as well as the ability to work in another culture. Programs That Send You Abroad To find an international internship, start with your school. Colleges and universities sponsor ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +26
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    Seven First-Time Resume Concerns

    Seven First-Time Resume Concerns
    When you're a college student or recent grad and trying to write a resume, especially your first one, you'll face questions you typically won't find addressed in the current blizzard of resume books. That doesn't mean your questions aren't valid; it simply means the resume experts often overlook them, because they generally target mid-career audiences. Over the last five years as ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +24
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    Make the Most of the Monster Network. It's Not Just a Job Search Engine.

    Make the Most of the Monster Network.  It's Not Just a Job Search Engine.
    Monster Monster.com - Job search career advice, and networking Hiring.Monster.com - Post jobs and search resumes on Monster.com Jobs.com - Global job search FlipDog.com - Job search and employment opportunitiesUSAJobs.com - The federal government's official job siteQuickHire.com - Monster government solutions MonsterWorldwide.com - Monster corporate websiteMonsterhires.com - Job opportunities at MonsterTMP.com - Recruitment advertising and yellow page advertising agency Campus FastWeb.com ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +17
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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 1 year ago | Rated: +31
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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 1 year ago | Rated: +25
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    Common Interview Questions (And Answers)

    Common Interview Questions (And Answers)
    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. While the job interview can be nerve-wracking, there's a lot you can do to prepare. Knowing what to expect and planning your answers can help you make a winning impression. Start by ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +26
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    Q&A: Finding a Job

    Q&A: Finding a Job
    Peter Vogt, MonsterTrak's Career Coach, answers questions about searching for jobs, networking, career fairs, and more. College is rapidly drawing to a close, and all the online job searches I've done haven't gone so well. I'm getting my degree in English, but I want to write. Unfortunately, the only real jobs I've had have been in office administration, and I'm ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +15