Busy Life? How to Gain Job Skills When You Don’t Have a Lot of Free Time

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Thanks to technology and changing market demands, job requirements are evolving at a breakneck pace. The skills that got you a job three years ago may not be enough to get an interview today, so you need to adapt and learn new skills to stay competitive. However, between jobs and family and other commitments, who has the time? Here are three expert tips that will help even the busiest person learn the new skills you need. Continue reading “Busy Life? How to Gain Job Skills When You Don’t Have a Lot of Free Time”

Going For Gold: How Thinking Like A Superstar Athlete Will Get You The Job

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A world-class athlete will tell you that, when they think of big moments, they visualize winning. Whether it’s inching out the competition for a Gold Medal, or sinking the game-winning shot with one second left on the clock, successful athletes don’t have times for “what ifs” in their outcomes. When it comes to a job search, having the same positive outlook will help you towards success. Don’t worry about “if” you’ll get a job, visualize yourself getting it. This way, you won’t need to worry about the outcome, but rather how you are going to get there. Here are three things to remember when it comes to conducting a job search without worrying about the outcome (because you know you’ll succeed): Continue reading “Going For Gold: How Thinking Like A Superstar Athlete Will Get You The Job”

Want to Get Your Resume Seen? Know How to Beat the ATS

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Because companies can get hundreds of applications for one job, roughly 75% of them have introduced an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to their screening process. An ATS searches resumes for keywords and information, meaning that it can quickly scan a resume for specifics, which can save hiring managers countless hours during the hiring process. If you have a resume full of highly attractive skills and experience, yet find that you aren’t hearing back from employers, it may be that your resume is not ATS-friendly. To ensure that hiring managers are actually seeing your resume, here are four tips for getting past an ATS’s electronic eyes: Continue reading “Want to Get Your Resume Seen? Know How to Beat the ATS”

No Experience? No problem | 4 Skills You Learned In College That Will Get You Hired

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Your diploma only lists one (or two, for you overachievers) area of expertise, but your degree program probably gave you more adaptable skills than you realize. Just having these skills won’t get you very far on your job search, though; you need to demonstrate them to potential employers. Take inventory of some of the abilities you picked up during your university career—and learn how to show them off. Continue reading “No Experience? No problem | 4 Skills You Learned In College That Will Get You Hired”

Four Things Every Student Should Do to Ensure a Great Job After Graduation

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Whether graduation is in a few of months or a few of years, there are specific things every student should do as soon as possible to increase their chances of landing a great job.

Get Specific About What You Want To Do as Soon as Possible

From targeted class work to references from faculty advisors to internships, your time in college provides unique opportunities to break into the field or job of your dreams.  Many people enter college without a clear idea of the direction they want their careers to take. That’s fine. College is a time of discovery, and you are supposed to try new things. It may take a year or two before you really know what you want to do. However, the sooner you can decide on a direction, the sooner you can start taking advantage of all the opportunities that only a student has access to. Commit to a goal as soon as possible, and that can give you several extra years of experience to help you outshine the other student applicants.

Break the Big Goal into Several Smaller Goals

The idea of leaving school and finding a job can seem daunting and far enough into the future that it’s tempting to put it off. Big goals like that are almost designed to fail, so break the big goal up into a series of shorter goals that you can accomplish sooner and with less effort. For instance, each year you might set a goal to reach out to at least 10 recent grads that you know to learn more about the companies and jobs they are in now. This can help you build your network and help you narrow down the jobs and companies you want to target at graduation. Once you know the companies you want to target, you might research your professors on LinkedIn to see which of them are connected to people at your target companies. Make sure you take classes with these professors and distinguish yourself so that they will be more inclined to give you a good reference or an introduction to a key contact.

Look Towards Internships and Work That Will Be Relevant To Your Resume

Internships are the answer to eternal chicken and egg question of how do you get experience without a job, and how do you get a job without experience. Many companies are willing to give students with relevant course experience a chance that they may not give if you were just applying for a job. Several students do an internship every year, and that all helps them build out very impressive resumes. Even if you aren’t sure what you want to do yet, an internship can help you clarify your goals, so start applying as soon as you can, and work extra hard to impress your boss. You never know when an internship will lead to an offer of part time work or full time work after graduation.

Keep Your Grades Up And Take Relevant Classes

While it is nice to plan for the future, it’s vitally important that you focus on the present as well. Not only should you be taking relevant classes, but also be sure to keep your grade point average up. Different companies are going to weigh your GPA in different ways during the hiring process, but having an impressive GPA will help you, especially when you are just out of college.

If You Have 10+ Years with the Same Employer, You Need a Special Resume Format

 

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Hiring managers like to see a long and prosperous tenure with a company, but you will need to structure your resume a bit differently than if you had frequent job changes. When you are applying for a new job, an employer wants to see a resume that reflects your growth and continued education during your career, so simply listing a decade-long job as it were any other position on your resume is not going to allow you to show what you have achieved. Here are three tips on how to best suite your resume for this type of situation: Continue reading “If You Have 10+ Years with the Same Employer, You Need a Special Resume Format”

What To Do When You Have Gaps In Your Employment

 

Gaps in your employment history raise questions in the mind of potential employers. When they see a gap in your employment history, they are naturally going to be curious about why you weren’t working or whether your skills have gotten rusty. When you are putting together a resume, consider the following things while you are trying to address gaps in your professional life: Continue reading “What To Do When You Have Gaps In Your Employment”

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