What career are you meant for? Take the quiz!

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10:46 AM

 

Topics: Goal Setting, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Are you a job hopper? Here's how to be good at it.

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09:00 AM

Changing jobs can improve your career. Here’s how to do it right.

By Michelle Kruse

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Most employers strongly value loyalty in their workers, but that trait doesn't always pay off for the employees themselves. Staying with one company for an extended period of time might keep the boss smiling, but it could result in various kinds of stagnation for the employee. Besides the potential for professional boredom, there's also the danger of missing out on growth — both in terms of salary and responsibility — that could come from moving on. [TWEET]

Whether you're a seasoned job-hopper or you're simply thinking about becoming more mobile in your career, there are a few important things to keep in mind so you don't come off as unreliable to potential employers. Keep these things in mind to make job-hopping work for you.

Topics: Personal Branding, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Finding job opportunities for students with art degrees

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09:00 AM

Unwritten rules every art major should keep in mind during the job search.

By Lesley Vos

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College life is awesome! Interesting classes, exciting assignments, Greek life, new friends – this is the best time of your life. But a moment comes when you have to start searching for a job, and will learn how difficult it can be. However, by being prepared, a successful job search can be yours. [TWEET]

Topics: New to the Workforce

Tips for creating an excellent resume to land an internship

Posted by Amanda Augustine

11:54 AM

A successful career starts with a great resume. Here’s how to sell yourself with very little experience.

In today’s job market, the internship has become the new entry-level position. If you want to build a successful career, it starts with a series of internships, co-ops and fellowships throughout your college career. But to land these coveted opportunities, you must first write a winning resume. [TWEET]

I recently shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for job seekers with no experience. Here are the top takeaways:

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Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume, New to the Workforce

How to answer, “What’s your greatest weakness?” during a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

01:07 PM

This dreaded, seemingly trick question will no longer be difficult to answer in job interviews.

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Most job candidates are familiar with the “What’s your biggest weakness?” interview question, but few feel equipped to answer it with confidence.

The next time you’re asked the stress-inducing question in an interview, use these tips to provide a powerful response. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, New to the Workforce

9 questions to ask during an informational interview (and 1 to avoid)

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:30 AM

Arrive at your next informational interview prepared to gain valuable insights for your next career move.

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It’s nearly impossible to discuss job-search tactics without mentioning the value of networking. Smart job seekers not only invest in developing their professional networks; they also tap into these connections for introductions, job leads and other valuable insights. However, one networking technique is often overlooked by even the savviest of job seekers: informational interviewing. [TWEET]

The concept of the informational interview (also known as an informational conversation) was first introduced by Richard N. Bolles, author of the popular job-search book, What Color is Your Parachute? Bolles believes that job seekers should speak with professionals in their field of interest to gather more information before choosing a particular career path.

I couldn’t agree more.

Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re considering changing careers, informational interviews are a great way explore various career options and clarify your job goals.  Furthermore, they can be an effective way to gather insight into a particular company when you’re preparing for an interview.

Below are nine questions you can ask during your next informational interview – and one to avoid – to make the most of this valuable opportunity.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Goal Setting, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

6 tips for getting your job search started

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09:05 AM

By Robert Jones of Money Crashers

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Whether you're looking for your first job, or you've been in the game for a while and are considering a change in careers, you may have better opportunities now than in the recent past. According to Gallup, the National Jobs Creation Index recently reached its highest point in the last six years. Instead of just basking in the good news and hoping the market does the work for you, adopt a proactive attitude in order to beat the competition. To help get on the company dime faster, check out these six job-search tips.

Topics: New to the Workforce

Email secrets of successful professionals

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:12 PM

Never have an email go unanswered again. Get your emails read with these simple rules.

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It’s a constant battle to keep up with the deluge of emails inundating my inbox on a regular basis. Between my online publications, social media alerts, and the god-forsaken spam email, it’s a wonder I’m ever able to find and respond to the emails that matter most.

Sound familiar?

I’m not surprised. According to Outlook, 144.8 billion – that’s billion with a b – are sent every day worldwide. Sadly, a report by McKinsey Global Institute and International Data Corp found that workers only consider a mere 14 percent of the emails in their inbox to be important. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Workplace

The 3-stage approach to the job hunt

Posted by Amanda Augustine

04:43 PM

Simplify your job search by dividing it into manageable phases.

As a job seeker, you will be taken on a journey that is sure to produce some highs and lows along the way. To help you navigate this process smoothly, I’d like to show you how I break down the job search into three main phases: (1) Prepare, (2) Search, and (3) Close.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Job Search Process

4 things every college graduate must do

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01:00 PM

By Daniel Burrus

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Graduation is the prime time to think about your future—about the things you want to accomplish and the kind of person you want to become. After reflecting back to when I was 22, here are a few things I have learned over the years that would have helped me then, and might help you now.

Think big

As you make your future plans, many people will tell you to “think big.” Well, I want to tell you that however “big” you’re thinking right now, it’s probably too small. There’s always a bigger big. Success can be defined in many ways, and I’m not telling you how to define it. I’m simply saying to take your definition of success and raise the bar on it. Ask yourself, “What is even bigger than what I’m thinking, because that’s what I really want to do?” If you can’t imagine it, you will never achieve it.

Topics: New to the Workforce