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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

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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5 Steps to Finding Work You'll Love: Career Planning Tips

If you're stuck in a job that's not a good fit, you've probably caught yourself thinking about your "dream job." You may have wondered what it would be like if going to work was among the highlights of your week instead of the low points. It might sound like a fantasy, but having a position that feels right can be a reality. How? The key to finding work you'll love is knowing yourself and then using that knowledge to find local job opportunities that fit you. The Career Planning Cycle The first...
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In Her Own Words: Sandra Uses Career Services to Chart her Next Move

Creativity through writing and art has always been very important to me. From a young age through high school I could be found expressing myself through drawing, painting, journaling, and telling stories. But when it came time to choose a degree program after high school, I wasn’t sure how to combine a career and my passions. So I obtained the only degree that made sense, English. But as graduation neared I began to wonder, what kind of job would I get with my degree? At the time, I didn’t...
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10 Career Tips for #MarCom Marketing Majors

The Marketing and Communications is a field that's always evolving and there's always something new to learn. Getting your marketing degree is an excellent way to launch your career and here are a handful of tips to help you engage at a deeper level with your career path.  1. Never Stop Learning Are you the type of person who would remain a student forever if they could? Well, in the field of marketing, you can kind of get away with this. Throughout your career, you'll always have to find ways...
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