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Does Your College Major Matter When Applying For A Job?

One of the most popular questions that college students have is regarding which college program to enroll in. They want to know which major is the easiest, which major will earn them the highest salary, and which major w[...]

Careers That Did Not Exist 10 Years Ago

The economy is always changing. The lifestyle that your parents had growing up is different than the one you are living in now. And the way future generations will be raised is different than the way you were raised. We [...]

What Calculators Are Allowed On The ACT?

If you are planning to take the ACT, then you need to know which supplies to take with you to the exam. You are allowed to bring a calculator with you, but only certain types. The ACT has an official calculator policy th[...]

What To Do When A Coworker Is Wasting Your Time

You’re working like mad to meet a tight deadline on a project, or you’re just on a roll and having a really productive day and getting more done than you expected. Then your co-worker decides to stop by and set you b[...]

How Do I Highlight My Experience On My Resume When It’s All Over the Place?

Every job you’ve had has included about 25 mini jobs within them.  You’re a jack of all trades and master of none.  You’ve worn so many hats that you don’t remember what your hair looks like. When applying for [...]

5 Common Reasons People Get Fired (and How to Easily Avoid Them)

Getting fired is a life altering experience for people when it happens, and honestly just isn’t fun for people to have 10 minutes to box up their stuff before being escorted out of the building.  Aside from that embar[...]

I Want A New Career But I Have No Idea Where To Start

Making a career change is not unlike being in a relationship that you know isn’t really going anywhere.  You know things aren’t the way you want them to be, but it’s hard to move on from what might be comfortable [...]

Here’s What You Need To Do If You End Every Day Feeling Behind

Nobody likes to feel behind or like they didn’t accomplish anything at the end of the day.  It can be depressing and doesn’t set the stage well for the beginning of the next day.  This can be a bad cycle that just [...]

Are The National Youth Leadership Forum Programs Worth It?

Are you a high school student trying to decide if the National Youth Leadership Forum is a good opportunity for you? The National Youth Leadership Forum is an intensive summer program. It’s designed to introduce hi[...]

Career Spotlight On Civil Engineering

Career Spotlight On Civil Engineering

When you think of the term “engineer,” what comes to mind? Probably any number of things. Pursuing a career in engineering can mean taking one of several paths. From biotechnical engineering, electrical engineering, [...]

Closing A Career Gap On Your Resume

I often work with clients understandably worried about how to overcome a gap in their career history. Whether you left the job market by choice or otherwise – in my experience working with out-of-work clients is that b[...]

4 Tips For Landing A New Job Before It Is Advertised

These days, with the economy being quite tight and consumer confidence rather up and down, the job landscape is very competitive. As a result, you will often find yourself having to go up against hundreds, if not even th[...]

How To Get Past A Stall In Your Business Career

In your working life, there’s not much worse than feeling like a hamster on a wheel, doing the same things every day and not getting anywhere. It’s miserable to have been at a job for too long without a promo[...]

Preventing Employee Theft And Fraud

Your applicant walks in the door at the right time for their interview. They sit down, and give you all the indicators that they are the perfect fit for your job opening. You end up hiring this person. A few years later,[...]

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Applicants Make On Their Cover Letters

Composing multiple cover letters during an ongoing job search may prove challenging for some. It can be very time consuming to write a specific cover letter for each job you’re applying to. Applicants may often wonder [...]

What’s The Difference Between Exempt And Non-Exempt Workers?

Most jobs are governed by FLSA and classified as either “exempt” or “non-exempt”. Occasionally, employees in certain occupations (i.e. agricultural workers, railroad workers) are excluded from FLSA because of inc[...]

Avoiding Overtime Without Saying “No”

Most people get excited when they are asked to work overtime. They know that they will be able to get a higher paycheck and earn more money. With the extra money, they are able to splurge a bit on themselves, pay more to[...]

How To Communicate Schedule Expectations To Your Boss

Expectations within the workplace exist in duality. There’s what your employer expects from you and what you expect from your employer. Typically, during the interview phase, an opportunity exists to discuss the schedu[...]

6 Jobs You Can Get With A Degree In School Counseling

6 Jobs You Can Get With A Degree In School Counseling

Working as a school counselor is undoubtedly a fulfilling career. However, even when you have a degree in the field and plenty of experience, jobs working in a school setting may not always be available. Growth within th[...]

Illegal Interview Questions

Illegal Interview Questions (And How To Handle Them)

Interviews can be stressful and awkward experiences for both the interviewee and interviewer, depending on their experience level. Sometimes in an effort to get to know a candidate more or to break the ice, interviewers [...]

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Office Pranks To Pull On Your Co-workers

Working in an office during the week can become a bit dull. If you want to try one of these office pranks, be sure not to cross the line. There is a big difference between pranking a co-worker and being shown the door an[...]

Tell Me About Yourself

How To Answer: Tell Me About Yourself (Examples Included)

What are the top three things to know about responding to “Tell me about yourself” during an interview? “Tell me about yourself” is your chance to orient the interviewer to your professional strengths and fit for[...]

Why Should We Hire You?

How To Answer: Why Should We Hire You? (Examples Included)

When asked “Why should we hire you?” all possible responses should reduce to this: “You should hire me because I’m the best fit for the job.” That’s really all you are trying to commun[...]

What A Career As A Character Designer Can Offer You

There are a lot of fascinating careers but none really come close to the opportunities that come with working as a Character Designer. Whether it be for the movies, TV, video games or animation, there is a need for someo[...]

Do You Have Any Questions For Me?

How To Answer: Do You Have Any Questions For Me? (Examples Included)

This question provides you the opportunity to go on a fact-finding mission. This is your chance to get more details that to help you assess whether the company is a good fit for YOUR needs. Usually, interviewees focus on[...]

What Are Your Strengths?

How To Answer: What Are Your Strengths? (Examples Included)

Some people cower at the thought of professing their strengths during an interview. Others gladly boast of dozens. When answering this question-What Are Your Strengths?-interviewees need to strike a balance between (a) k[...]

What Is Your Greatest Weakness?

How To Answer: What Is Your Greatest Weakness? (Examples Included)

Of all interview questions, “What is your greatest weakness?” likely causes the most dread. People struggle to determine whether they should try to turn a strength into a weakness, whether they should share a[...]

Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?

How To Answer: Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years? (Examples Included)

In the same way that many college students fret over “giving the professor what she wants,” so too do interviewees wonder how to appropriately answer this question. Do I show ambition? Or will that make the i[...]

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How To Kick Your Job Search Off The Right Way With LinkedIn

If you’re looking for jobs online, you have a lot of different choices available and limited time to spend! So it’s important to choose a strategy that’s going to give you the most for your effort, and LinkedIn’s[...]

Resume

How To Get Started On Your Resume

So you’re a new graduate getting ready to apply for jobs, and you know you need a resume. Or maybe you already have a resume—from summer job applications or a career workshop, say—but you know it isn’t up to snuf[...]

Tips For Career Branding Success

Setting yourself apart from other job hunters is a difficult task! You want to convey an image of success and value while showing promise to a potential employer. How do you enhance your personal brand to showcase your s[...]

How Do I Choose The Right Career Path?

If you are unsure what career path you want to follow, how do you figure it out? What is the answer? There are many questions that you will need to ask yourself in order to choose the best career path. Maybe you do know [...]

How The Wrong Body Language Can Hurt Your Interview

Throughout the job interview process, you may be faced with questions that may conjure up negative thoughts you longed to suppress. Did you have an overbearing, rude boss? Were you terminated from your last position? Reg[...]

Research A Company Before Your Job Interview

You’ve probably read plenty of advice telling you to research a company before you interview. And you’ve been told that all kinds of bad things will happen if you don’t. It’s actually true. You’re very unlikely[...]

How To Write A Cover Letter

Like a resume, your cover letter needs to immediately catch and hold your potential employer’s attention. This means you need to highlight things about yourself that are impressive and unique—and, more importantly, y[...]

Methods Of Assessments For Group Interviews

What are the specifics of the various group interview formats? What can you expect? Below, we will highlight the areas you can expect to see at your next group interview. Each company or small business conducts his or he[...]

Switching Careers: Transferring Your Skills

The prospect of switching careers can seem scary or even hopeless: if you do feel this way, a large part of the reason might be because you don’t think you meet the minimum skill requirements for a position outside you[...]

Networking Tips For The Job Seeker

Networking with other industry professionals may seem time consuming for many job seekers. Networking allows job seekers to possibly hear of new insider information or open positions before they are posted on the Interne[...]

How To Use Keywords To Strengthen Your Resume

As all job seekers have had to learn, in today’s job market, it’s important to do absolutely everything you can to make your resume stand out to employers. There are growing numbers of industry-specific job boards wh[...]

Avoiding Relationships At Work Is Bad For You

Avoiding Relationships At Work Is Bad For You

Every so often I encounter a person who has taken the moral high ground that they shouldn’t have to have relationships with people they work with. The rationalization put forth can be in a combination of the following:[...]

Things To Consider Before You Accept A Job Offer

After all of your preparation and hard work, you have landed a job offer. Congratulations! Maybe you thought this day would never come, but guess what? IT DID! So, you have been offered the position at the company! What [...]

Mistakes To Avoid During Your Interview

The interview process can bring anxiety and fear to many interviewees, which in turn, can fatally affect an interview. It is natural to be nervous before and during your interview, but it is imperative to avoid interview[...]

Important Resume Do’s and Don’ts

I’m going to list and briefly describe some common mistakes job seekers make when writing their resumes; I’ll also list and briefly describe some important things to keep in mind while writing your resume. Th[...]

Tips To Remember When Changing Careers

Maybe you are unsatisfied with your current career and wish to find a new position. Or maybe you are guilty of hopping from job to job to gain more experience and refine your skill set. Hopping from career to career can [...]

Tips For Making A Successful First Impression At A Job Interview

Yes, you have heard this before: “Dress for success!” What exactly does that mean to you, and more importantly, what does the mean to your potential employer? You may think to yourself, “Ahh! What am I going to wea[...]

How To Make Your Resume Stand Out

When writing your resume, your primary goal is to stand out from your competitors. Of course, you also need to demonstrate required qualifications and skills; but odds are, you can safely assume that most if not all of y[...]

How Do I Acquire Career Related Experience?

Maybe you have heard variations of the phrase, “You need to gain more experience. Please apply again when you have more to add to your resume.” With many entry-level positions, there may be the statement that you do [...]

Preparing For Your Next Interview

When interviewing, it may seem like you are the one who should answer all of the questions. It is important to remember that you should ask the interviewer questions as well. Many interviewers will give you the chance to[...]

Here’s What A Master’s Degree Can Do For Your Nursing Career

If you have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you’re already qualified for many well-paid nursing jobs. But a BSN isn’t the end of the educational road for nurses. A Master of Science in Nursing can open many doors t[...]

Essential Building Blocks For Building A Standout Resume

Building a professional resume is fundamental for any job search. Here are the essential building blocks for building a standout resume. Many of these essentials are overlooked constantly and you can differentiate yourse[...]