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    The One-Size-Fits-All Resume Usually Fits Nothing

    The One-Size-Fits-All Resume Usually Fits Nothing
    Wouldn't it be nice to be able to find a sample resume that matches your background, copy it to your word-processing program, make minor changes and be done with the arduous task of creating a dazzling resume? While that would be ideal, you can shortchange yourself and sabotage your job search if you base your resume on a sample document. The ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Five Resume Tips for College Students

    Five Resume Tips for College Students
    When you're in college, creating a resume may not seem like a top priority. Indeed, this task doesn't appear on many students’ radar screens until their final semester. How important is it for college students to have a resume? "Vital!" says Lorie Lebert, CEO of career management firm Resumes for Results and contributor to numerous resume books, including Best Resumes for ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Sales Not for You? Don't Be So Sure

    Sales Not for You?  Don't Be So Sure
    Sales -- to many a recent college grad, it's the dreadful career path of last resort. A quick look at posts on the “Career Planning for College Students” message board shows: "I've been looking up jobs on Web sites and in local newspapers. I have had very little response, and the responses I do get are for sales jobs, which I ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Working for Free: The Benefits of Internships

    Working for Free: The Benefits of Internships
    College academics are just one part of preparing for a future career. New grads need to offer something extra to prospective employers. That's where an internship comes in. An internship is an employment situation in which a student works (often for free) in order to gain hands-on experience. Internships offer valuable work experience, help you develop marketable skills and beef up ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Healthcare Careers

    Healthcare Careers
    If you're a high school student considering a career in healthcare, congratulations! The healthcare field is full of exciting opportunities for people of all education levels and abilities. Read on for key factors to keep in mind as you weigh the pros and cons of a career in healthcare, as well as snapshots of several healthcare jobs and links to additional ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +42
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    My Internship at CNN

    My Internship at CNN
    I've always wanted to work for CNN. So when I got the opportunity for an internship at their headquarters in Atlanta last summer, it was a dream come true. As a CNN intern, I had to have initiative and drive to compete with older interns who had more training and experience than I did. Read on to find how you ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    In the Market for a Mentor

    In the Market for a Mentor
    Graduation is just ahead and you're getting ready to put your education to work. It may be time to get in the market for a mentor. What is a mentor? A mentor is a professional who acts as an adviser and role model to a new member of their profession. Part coach, part motivator, the mentor works as a guide ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Be Picky with your First Job

    Be Picky with your First Job
    What a relief! Your first job offer. But before you say "yes," think about whether it's the right job for you. Start by asking your prospective employer for some time before you make your decision. Anywhere from a few days to a week is acceptable. Take that time to figure out what's most important to you and weigh the job ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Employee Benefits 101

    Employee Benefits 101
    Would you ever want to give up a healthy chunk of your salary? In effect, that's what you'll be doing if you disregard the various employee benefits you'll have access to in your first job. Many new college graduates simply don't understand their employers' benefits programs or their significance in real-dollar terms. "They underestimate the value of their benefits and don't ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +21
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    How to Work the Job Fair

    How to Work the Job Fair
    Posting your resume online should be part of your job search strategy but only one part. Face-to-face interaction is still very important. And there's no better way to see lots of faces from different companies than a job fair. The Perks "Students can get in contact with and talk to many people from their field, give out resumes and practice ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +34
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    Navigate the Unique Job Search Concerns of Grad Students

    Navigate the Unique Job Search Concerns of Grad Students
    Earning a graduate degree is a big accomplishment -- one many students hope will clear a path to a great job. But grad students typically confront unique barriers to job search success, especially if they're seeking opportunities outside academia. Be ready to work around these internal and external roadblocks, either alone or with the help of a school career counselor, ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Three Steps to a Successful Job Interview

    Three Steps to a Successful Job Interview
    You've made it to the interview stage! But before you step through that door, make sure you know the basic steps of a successful job interview. Preparation Learn about the company and the position. Check their Web site, use online corporate directories such as Hoovers.com or Yahoo Finance, or request information from the company's public relations department. Your school's reference librarian ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +70
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    10 Cover Letter Don'ts

    10 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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +114
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    Cover Letters to Get You Hired

    Cover Letters to Get You Hired
    You might think that if you have a good resume, you don't need a cover letter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your cover letter supplements your resume. It focuses attention on your achievements and gets a prospective employer interested in you. Cover letters are especially important to new graduates. Through the cover letter, you can persuade an employer ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +103
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    Get Paid for Your Degree: Teaching Assistantships

    Get Paid for Your Degree: Teaching Assistantships
    What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “work your way through school?” Waiting tables? Working the night shift? What about standing in front of a roomful of freshman students teaching course material? Many university graduate programs offer the opportunity to become a graduate teaching assistant (TA). A TA position offers many benefits, including relief from paying full tuition and ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +16
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +31
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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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    Common Courtesy During Your Job Search

    Common Courtesy During Your Job Search
    I love the term “common courtesy,” particularly because we use the phrase when we want to note there’s been a lack of it. Nobody mentions common courtesy when it’s there; they lament its absence and from the number of times we use the phrase, it seems courtesy is actually rather elusive. Rules of etiquette can be daunting, particularly for those unaccustomed ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +13