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    Three Steps to Choosing a Career

    Three Steps to Choosing a Career
    A professional wrestler runs for governor of Minnesota and wins. The owner and pastry chef of my neighborhood bakery is a former investment banker. A friend from college who was a computer scientist for seven years now makes her living as a sailboat captain in Seattle. How did these people get where they are today? Through a combination of luck, confidence ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +21
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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 year ago | Rated: +21
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    4 Ways to Build Confidence as a Job Applicant

    4 Ways to Build Confidence as a Job Applicant
    The task of finding a new job is often as daunting as working full-time. Between reading tons of job ads for just the right position, completing long applications, going to various interviews all over town, and being rejected, the entire process can be downright exhausting. Here are some things that you can do to build your confidence as an applicant and, ...
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +21
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    Your Resume's Look Is as Important as Its Content

    Your Resume's Look Is as Important as Its Content
    Imagine you're an employer and you have two resumes in front of you. One is filled wall-to-wall with text and uses four different fonts. It's also peppered with dozens of bolded, italicized and underlined words and phrases. The second resume is much more visually pleasing. It, too, offers a lot of information, but you can quickly scan the document because it ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +21
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    Showcase Positive Attributes to Land the Job

    Showcase Positive Attributes to Land the Job
    When applying for a job, each interaction you have with a potential employer must show what qualities make you better than the next applicant. An employer is able to learn about your education and work experience by taking a quick look over your resume. It is important to display personal attributes that can’t be found on your resume in order to ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +21
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    Practice Interview Questions

    Practice Interview Questions
    Prior to an interview, it’s always a good idea to go over some practice interview questions. After all, practice makes perfect. Asking yourself such questions – or getting someone else to “mock” interview you – is a great way to think about the types of answers you’d like to give and allows you to review your resume in the process. Below ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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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 2 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Gain More Job Satisfaction

    Gain More Job Satisfaction
    You may have landed your dream job right after graduation, or you may be working a job until you can find the job you really want. In both cases you will have to take your satisfaction with your job into your own hands. While it may seem like it is the job of managers or supervisors to keep you happy in ...
    Published 6 months ago | Rated: +20
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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 12 months ago | Rated: +20
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    Gaining Control Over Your Job Search

    Gaining Control Over Your Job Search
    Do you feel like you’re constantly job searching without results? Don’t put in time without payoff – there is a better way! Your search shouldn't be consuming all of your time and efforts. With a little organization and effort, you can restore balance into your life. Follow the below guidelines, courtesy of Yahoo! Finance, to take back control of your job ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +20
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    Tools for Your Future

    Tools for Your Future
    College is an exciting time, but it can sometimes be scary too. It’s daunting to make decisions now that will affect the rest of your life. Namely, what do I study now to be able to survive and thrive later on in life? While there are no set answers, there are tools to help students make well informed decisions about the ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Summer Jobs in Hospitality

    Summer Jobs in Hospitality
    Picture yourself working in one of the country's famous national parks this summer. Nature surrounds you, as do hiking trails and whitewater rafting trips through canyons. Or think of what it would be like to work for a ritzy resort on a tranquil, sunny beach. Are these fantasy jobs? Not likely. But they can be a great way to supplement your ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Work in Retail

    Work in Retail
    Take a look at these retail stats: * The national annual staff turnover for retail companies ranges from 60 to more than 200 percent of their payroll. * Selling merchandise is highly seasonal and is readily influenced by weather, tourism and holidays. * The current retail job market is tight. Malls often post job openings for all their store tenants at ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Finding a Summer High School Internship & Using It on Your College Apps

    Finding a Summer High School Internship & Using It on Your College Apps
    Many high school students think of the summer months as a much-needed break after a hectic school year. While this is true for some students, others choose to remain busy over the break, whether through paid employment or a summer internship. High school students who complete summer internships benefit from several advantages. The Benefits of High School Internships First, a student ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +20
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    Steps to Success

    Steps to Success
    The entire goal of college, at least for most students, is to graduate and land a great job. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, most students know that the ideal situation of having a job upon graduation is more often the exception than the rule. Getting through college is half the battle – and it’s something all students need to keep in mind. ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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    Seven Things That Can Ruin a Job Interview

    Seven Things That Can Ruin a Job Interview
    Whether you have graduated from college and are looking for your first job, or you are still in school looking to land a great internship, you will need to successfully interview for the position. Doing one wrong thing during an interview can cost you the position you have applied for. Here are some things you should avoid doing if you want ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +20
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    20 Rules for Grad Students to Live By

    20 Rules for Grad Students to Live By
    Nobody can give you a guide on how to live your life or a step-by-step manual on how to accomplish the things you strive for. People can, however, make suggestions on how to go about your life and approach situations. Maybe they don’t all apply to your particular situation, but it’s helpful to take a step back one in a while ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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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 over 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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    FICA Who? Understand your "Disappearing" Paycheck

    FICA Who? Understand your "Disappearing" Paycheck
    With a job offer in hand and your first paycheck on the way, you may be daydreaming about how you’ll spend your paycheck—on a new work wardrobe, furniture for a new apartment, maybe a better car. But how much spending money can you really expect from your paycheck? It helps to remember that more than 20 percent of your salary may ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Facebook Opens Opportunity for College Credit

    Facebook Opens Opportunity for College Credit
    Facebook publicly launched Open Academy , a partnership with universities to create a class where students studying computer sciences are able to earn college credit for contributing to open source projects. The project expanded to 22 universities after the pilot program proved successful last year at Stanford University. The pilot and “private beta” programs took place at various schools, including MIT, ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +19
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