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Career Fairs 101

If you're looking for an effective way to learn more about your industry and take your professional communication skills up a notch, you can increase your network at an upcoming career fair. Never been? Here's what to expect: Career fairs are often held in conference centers, colleges and universities, municipal buildings, or other public spaces. Inside, you'll find dozens (or hundreds!) of employers and employment agencies focused on meeting potential candidates and making connections. Plan...
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Your Career Counselor: Do Credentials Matter?

When you decide to meet with a career counselor, you’re hoping they’ll listen closely to your career story and offer concrete advice on how to overcome obstacles and find a career that's right for you. This may include learning more about your career direction, learning which college major is best for your career goals or updating your resume to make a career change. No matter which topic you hope to cover, you’ll want the career counselor you meet with to be knowledgeable and offer insight...
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Tips for Acing Your Next Interview

Interviewing has become a large part of our lives as we’re changing jobs more frequently than ever before. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average person will have 12 jobs from age 18 to 48. That’s a lot of interviews! While many of us have interviewed in the past, we may still feel intimidated when walking into a room full of strangers. The tips ahead can help you prepare, practice, and feel more confident when approaching your next interview. Prepare and Practice Interview...
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Career Good Karma

Have you ever heard the idea that if you put positive energy into the universe, good things will happen for you? There’s a theory, developed by career theorist John Krumboltz, that’s similar to karma and it's been proven to actually work. The theory is "Planned Happenstance" or the idea that you can take advantage of or even actively look for circumstances that can change your career for the better. Sometimes it's those moments that many of us would call luck that change our lives. The chance...
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12 Steps to Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

Creating a professional LinkedIn profile is a great way to attract potential employers and make connections to people who can help your career. Your profile is essentially an online resume that highlights your skills, accomplishments, employment history and education. According to Career Builder, 70% of employers today are reviewing candidates’ online presence and many are recruiting online, so having a professional profile is an excellent a way to stand out from the crowd. Before you take that...
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Future Focused: Resume Writing for Career Changers

Changing careers can be a difficult proposition. Not only are many career changers at a loss for how to gain the experience they need to move smoothly to a new position, they’re also not sure how to best represent their new professional self on their resume and cover letter. The good news is that there’s a specific formula for creating a new presentation of your skills, abilities and experiences. Read on for our tips. A Degree is Great, but Experience Matters Too Many Career Changers know they...
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Seeking Job Satisfaction? Find Your Work Values

Have you ever had a job that you really enjoyed or one that you didn’t? Most of us can say that we’ve experienced positions or employers that were great and made us happy while others made us miserable. But, why? Have you ever analyzed why you loved one job but didn’t love another? Finding a job that’s right for you is a mix of several things, including your interests and skills. But one consideration that's vastly important when trying to find a satisfying position are work values. Finding...
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4 Career Boosting Activities to Complete While Earning Your Degree

  Most adult students are finishing a college degree degree to make a career change or to aid in their professional development. Whether the desired change is a move to a totally different career field or to start out or advance in a particular field, earning your degree is a great first step to landing in a career path that works for you. What many students may not consider while earning their degree is what else may be required by employers once they’ve graduated. This blind spot can cause...
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5 Steps to an Impactful Cover Letter

There are many good reasons to write a cover letter and we recommend you write one and customize it each time you apply for a position. In fact, employers today are expecting that you’ll customize your letter especially for them. Here are a few good reasons to polish up your writing chops. A cover letter… Offers a narrative to go with your resume, including more information about why you’re right for the job Explains important details about your experiences and skills that can’t be fully...
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Great Resume Writing Starts Here: The Do's And Don'ts

Resume trends change regularly. Knowing what’s new and what’s considered passé can make the difference between scoring an interview, or having your resume fall into the dreaded "no" pile.  Follow the tips below to create a great up-to-date resume! Don’t Forget the Top Third Rule The top third of your resume is the most important and where you’ll want to highlight your best skills and experiences. Employers typically spend 6 seconds scanning each resume, so capturing their attention in the top...
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