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    A Recent Grad Shares Her Job Search Nightmare

    A Recent Grad Shares Her Job Search Nightmare
    When Ashley Anderson graduated in December 2008 with a BA in marketing, she expected to send out a few resumes before she found a job in her field. But four months, 500 resumes, and countless interviews later, Ashley was happy to land the only job she could-- a customer service position with a computer software company. A far cry from the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +46
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    College Grads Facing Startling Unemployment Rates

    College Grads Facing Startling Unemployment Rates
    College grads this year are facing one of the toughest job markets in decades. As of March 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate for people age 20 – 24 was 13.9%. That’s 5.4% higher than the national average, and 3.7% higher than last year. “Graduates who are unable to find jobs are at higher risk of ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    First Job Dos, Don'ts and Disasters

    First Job Dos, Don'ts and Disasters
    It's your first job and you want to make a good impression. But chances are what passed for appropriate conduct in your dorm room and classroom won't earn you points at work. So cop a professional attitude and use on-the-job etiquette to get ahead. Watch Your Time Start with the most basic rule of business etiquette: Be punctual. Always arrive ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +28
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    Negotiate Your Way into a Bigger Paycheck

    Negotiate Your Way into a Bigger Paycheck
    While it's difficult to make definitive statements about what to do and what not to do in every negotiation situation, there are some potential pitfalls to be aware of before entering the negotiation process. Here are five of the most common no-nos. Initiating Negotiations Too Soon Timing is important here. The appropriate time to negotiate is when a formal offer has ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Why your Degree Won't Guarantee a Job

    Why your Degree Won't Guarantee a Job
    Let's pretend you're a senior biology major, but the only reason you chose biology in the first place is because you liked going to zoos and didn't really know what else to major in. Now as graduation approaches, you wish you could go back and major in communications and become a writer instead. Changing your major now isn't a realistic option. ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Land Great Internships for College Students

    Land Great Internships for College Students
    If you had asked me four semesters ago, I definitely would not have thought I was capable of doing half the things I have. That's what is pretty neat about getting older: You have the opportunity to reflect back on where you were in your life, and compare it to where you are now. And usually, you see a lot of ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +30
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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 almost 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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +23
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Not Your Usual Desk Job

    Not Your Usual Desk Job
    After graduating from the University of Iowa, Andy Sternberg decided that he wasn't ready to have a conventional nine-to-five job. Instead he looked for alternatives that would support him financially while allowing him to work in a creative environment. He currently works as a TESL (Teach English as a Second Language) instructor in Spain. "I've selected jobs outside of the full-time ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Internship Q&A

    Internship Q&A
    I graduated from college six months ago, but I never did an internship because I had no idea what I wanted to do. I now think that I would like to work for a study abroad organization. Is it too late to convince a company to let me intern with them? I inquired several times about internships my senior year ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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    My Drafting Internship

    My Drafting Internship
    Student: Joshua Holter Internship: Industrial Assemblies, Inc. How I heard about it: Through my Design Technology instructor. He told me about the company and I called and set up an interview. Daily routine Using AutoCAD, I engineered store displays for major companies. The prints I engineered were approved and sent out to the shop to be built. The project that I ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Opt to Co-Op: Cooperative Education

    Opt to Co-Op: Cooperative Education
    Are you looking to get more out of your education? Do you want real world experience to help build your career? Cooperative education, or co-op, can give both your education and your career a boost. How Co-op Works Co-op is an education program that combines your studies with paid work experience in a field related to your major or career ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +10
  • +17

    Don't Let Money Lead

    Don't Let Money Lead
    One MonsterTRAK member writes: "I'm just wondering: What is a good field to go into after college? I'm in my first year of college and have changed my major twice. I want to make at least $90,000 a year and will do just about anything that doesn't involve a lot of math. Could you give me some options?" These words are ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +21
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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 almost 6 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 almost 6 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 almost 6 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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +14
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