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7 tips for the anxious interviewer.

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We all have anxiety. It gets us out of bed in the morning and working on that term paper before it’s due. Sometimes though, anxiety gets in the way of the important things we need to do, like acing an important job interview. Your palms get sweaty, your voice starts to shake and crack, you’re rambling on at a mile a minute, and before you know it, you’re apologizing to the interviewer and berating yourself for doing a terrible job. If you’re an anxious interviewer, relax! Almost everyone gets nervous about interviews, even the interviewers! Here are 7 quick tips to … / Read more »




6 Career Resolutions for 2015

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New Year’s Resolutions. Why do we make them?  Why don’t we keep them? Each new year presents the opportunity for new beginnings, and new beginnings – big and small – are important for helping us move forward in our personal and professional lives. So – as you ponder your possible new year’s resolutions for 2015, consider adding the following six resolutions to your list: #1 – Give your best at work We all have jobs. Whether you are a manager, a line employee, a stay-at-home parent or a student, you have work to do.  Do it well.  Take pride in … / Read more »




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 »