Job Hunting? Dust off Your Online Persona
by Marcia Robinson - Sep, 2008
Who doesn't know yet that employers peruse social networking sites to find out more about potential new hires? Who doesn't know that a negative online person could stall a job search? Apparently some jobseekers still don't. I did a career session today for a lively group of athletes. A quick, show-of-hands indicated that close to 90% of the group had at least one of the three big social networking sites - YouTube, MySp...
Educational and Work Experience Parameters for Professionals
by Kathy Bornheimer - Sep, 2008
These issues are as common as which came first “the chicken or the egg”. When this discussion involves certain professions a third component is included; certifications. As usual one of the intentions of this article is to invite dialogue, not solutions “According to Kathy”. Any feedback or comments to these ideas is welcomed. What education, credentials or experience do people need to maintain employment? The answer...
In College, Small Improvements Mean Greater Success
by Bob Roth - Aug, 2008
When I was in college, I took a class in Industrial Psychology. In it, we studied the concept of Just Noticeable Differences. As we conducted experiments with weights, light, speed and sound, we found that it took a difference of approximately 15% before we noticed the change. However, in college and in life, much smaller changes can make a big difference. You know that the difference between a “C” and an “B” is generally t...
Your Parent Association Plays An Important Role In Student Employment
by Bob Roth - Aug, 2008
Somewhere along the line, college parents and parent associations have dropped the ball. They have completely ignored their responsibilities for successful student employment. That’s because most parents believe that the process of student employment has nothing to do with them. They’ve delegated this responsibility to the college and to the students. However, to greatly increase student employment success, parents can and sh...
Entry Level IT Certification for Career Success
by Randall Olson - Aug, 2008
Are you planning a career in an IT occupation? If you want to be successful in the information technology field, it's very important to earn one or more professional certifications relevant to the type of job that you hope to get. Whether you want to work in technical support, networking, hardware installation, or in any other type of IT position, getting certified before you start looking for a job is a good career advancemen...
Standardized Exam Preparation Tips
by Mary G. White - Aug, 2008
Whether you're getting ready to apply for admission to college or are seeking a professional certification, preparing to take a standardized exam can be very stressful. Not only do you need to possess a solid understanding of the material covered by the exam, you also have to know how to read questions that sometimes seem to be worded in a deliberately tricky manner. To compound the issue, you also have to cope with the add...
How to Choose and Hit Job Search Targets Creatively
by Kevin Donlin - Jul, 2008
Ever want to slap your forehead and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” You might, after you discover how one New York man found the right job, largely as a result of blind luck…or was it creative smarts? Read on to judge for yourself and, more importantly, to find the two lessons that can get you hired, too… “College prepares you for the real world. That’s what my guidance counselors told me, anyway,” says Robert Bas...
Pomp With Circumstance
by Barbara Wulf, MS, CPCC - Jul, 2008
I’m packing my suitcase to attend my daughter’s college graduation. It seems like yesterday when she was deciding which college to attend and now, four years have flown by. During her college life, she would call with snippets of happenings about her classes, long hours at the library, writing a big paper, summer job prospects, preparing for study abroad, and the like. I’ll miss those conversations. Now, it’s time to step out ...
Seven Career Myths That Could Stall a Career
by Marcia Robinson - Jul, 2008
Many people, including very successful professionals, hold on to misconceptions about how to achieve career success. Many believe, incorrectly so, that there is only one path to achieve career happiness or find "career nirvana". If you are struggling with career choices or looking for a job, you might be the recipient of a lot of "free", well-intentioned career advice from people who are themselves gainfully employed. Th...
Colleges and Employers Don’t Value Your Texting Skills
by Bob Roth - Jul, 2008
Symbols, abbreviations and emoticons have gradually crept into the daily communication used by teenagers and young adults throughout the United States and beyond. Texting is now a necessary skill for every young person with a cell phone or a computer. Teenagers regularly depend on this abbreviated form of communication to quickly transmit words, thoughts and emotions to their friends. Unfortunately, these informal communica...
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