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What does your cover letter say about you?

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Yes, we’re all familiar with the form letter that reads like junk mail that most people send along with their resume. There is some disagreement in the career coaching community about the importance of cover letters. Some say it’s a relic from the days of fax machine communication: a formality that is glanced over and forgotten. Others say it’s an integral part of the application progress: a lens that focuses and compliments the resume. It is up to you as an applicant to decide how you want to be marketed, and how your information is delivered to an employer. But, in the world … / Read more »




Job seekers beware! Think before you act and watch out for scams.

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There is an old Latin phrase – Caveat Emptor – which means let the buyer beware.  This is good advice for every job seeker at all times. I find that many job seekers are very naive when they are searching for jobs and reviewing job descriptions. Just because a job has been posted on a career services website, company website or internet job board, does not mean it is complete, accurate or wholly legitimate. If a Nigerian prince offers you a lot of money or a great job via a job posting, but requires that you send him some money to … / Read more »




An Open Letter to Students (and Parents) Regarding Career Services (2014)

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It’s that time of year again. Freshmen are nervously preparing for life after high school and already asking the question: What am I going to do when I graduate college? Seniors and others students entering their final semesterss of college are beginning to recognize they now have less than a year to answer that same question. Most sophomores and juniors are just glad they are not freshmen or seniors, but also know they need to explore their career options and get hands-on experience to complement their degrees in order to compete successfully for jobs, graduate school admission and other post-graduation opportunities. … / Read more »




SWEAT is a key ingredient in career success

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I am a huge fan of reality television programs that allow me to explore and learn about the wide variety of jobs and career paths people pursue.  I am and always have been curious about what people do for a living and why they do it. I even wrote an article on the topic – Six Career Lessons You Can Learn From Reality TV About Doing What You Love. One of the stars of this genre of reality television is Mike Rowe (the “Dirty Jobs” guy).  Mike has been paying his success forward through his foundation (The mikeroweWORKS Foundation) and trade and … / Read more »




How can you overcome being terminated from a job?

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Darryl from Bismarck State College asked: How can you overcome being terminated from a job and having been out of your desired field for more than a decade? I really thought that going back to school would make me more desirable to prospective employers, but so far, I have not had any luck. Hi Kyle Challenging questions, indeed, but not necessarily related! Let’s look at them individually I’ve been fired. How do I start over? Getting fired is never a pleasant experience.  When it happens, you have to be honest with yourself about how and why it happened.  What, if … / Read more »