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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +21
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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 over 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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    Find a Health Care Internship

    Find a Health Care Internship
    The best way for students to find an internship in a healthcare field is to blend Web search savvy with old-fashioned relationship building. Students have a wider range of careers in health care than ever before as new opportunities emerge in pet healthcare, drugstore-based clinics, electronic prescriptions and medical records, and specialty injection and infusion treatments performed in people's homes. Healthcare ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Format Your Resume

    Format Your Resume
    There is no right way to organize your resume. Different formats create different effects - and a different picture of you! Determine which format (Chronological, Functional or Combination) will put you in the best light. Chronological Resume In the chronological resume, job history is organized sequentially, with the most recent job listed first. Job titles and employers are emphasized and duties ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Top Eight Resources for a Resume Critique

    Top Eight Resources for a Resume Critique
    You've decided you need a second opinion on your resume, but where should you turn? We've gathered the top eight resources for resume critiques, as well as the pros and cons of each, to help you find the best reviewer for your needs. Professional Resume Writers Resume writers can provide excellent advice on how to improve your resume, says Murray Mann, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    How Much Will Your Education Be Worth?

    How Much Will Your Education Be Worth?
    It's no secret that education is linked to job security and salary. Those with a high school degree were likely to earn less than half the salary, and experience over twice the unemployment, as those with a master's degree according to research from Salary.com. General facts about education and employment can help your individual career choices, but you have particular ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Find Your First Finance Job

    Find Your First Finance Job
    You're about to graduate with a finance, accounting, economics or business degree. How do you parlay that achievement into a great job? Just as you did when you wrote all those term papers, the first step is to pick a topic, or in this case, a niche. Finance degrees usually lead to jobs with corporations or financial institutions. Corporate jobs include ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Top Ten Tips to Boost Your Interview IQ

    Top Ten Tips to Boost Your Interview IQ
    Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to enhance your interview IQ. Practice Good Nonverbal Communication It's about demonstrating confidence: standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Dressing for Success

    Dressing for Success
    You think it doesn't matter what you wear to an interview? You’re wrong. When you walk up to your interview and shake their hand, they already have an impression of you. You may not have even said anything yet! Studies have proven time and time again that people's perceptions and impressions of interviewees impact their hiring decision-making processes. Whether it's conscious ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +25
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    America's Top Internships

    America's Top Internships
    Each year, the Vault Guide to Top Internships profiles internships across the country and determines which are most lucrative. The internships are then tiered from highest to lowest based on a variety of factors, such as substantive work, pay, perks, selectivity, and the "resume radiance" factor. Additionally, the Vault Guide provides the Top Ten Internships for each year. For the "best ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +12
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +21
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    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter

    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter
    When you are fresh out of college and applying for your first job, you want to write a cover letter that stands out from the hundreds that are on the desks of human resources professionals around the country. You want to show that you are not only qualified for the job, but a cut above the rest. You want your cover ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +11
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Break into Human Resources

    Break into Human Resources
    Like many people trying to get into HR, Andrea Battle spent months applying for listed positions without success. Battle had decided to make the move from university administration to HR, so she initially focused on rewriting her resume to target her newly chosen field. However, she had little success when she applied for HR vacancies. "I knew I could convey my ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Help Your Teen Find the Best Summer Job

    Help Your Teen Find the Best Summer Job
    According to Monster’s 2007 High School Graduate Survey of more than 2,000 high school graduates, some two-thirds of today’s graduates already have work experience. If you want to help your teenager become one of them this summer, the best way to do it is to solemnly pledge that you’ll only help, because it’s much too easy to succumb to the temptation ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Ten Tech Interview Errors

    Ten Tech Interview Errors
    You're there on time, the job description is a perfect match and one look at the office tells you this is the job for you. So what could go wrong?Plenty. Everyone makes mistakes. But according to those who do the interviewing, job seekers for tech positions are prone to a number of common interview blunders. To avoid them, you've got to ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +19
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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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 over 7 years ago | Rated: +18
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +22
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