Category:Important Skills

How can I get paid experience when no one will give me an opportunity?

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Tamara from California State University Bakersfield asked: “I have applied to several jobs and keep getting the same response: “We would love to hire you,  but you have no paid experience.” I have volunteered at an after school program for over a year now and told have been told that it does not count.  So my question is this: How can I get paid experience if no one will give me an opportunity?” Thank you for your question, Tamara! This is a tough challenge that can seem impossible to address:  You need experience to get a job, but the only way … / Read more »




5 Steps to a Successful (And Not So Awkward) Informational Interview

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An article by contributor Michelle Riklan. Many applicants experience only the interviewee side of the job application process. They apply for a job, come to the interview, and answer some questions about their work and qualifications. They don’t experience what it’s like to be the one asking questions. If you haven’t interviewed anyone before, an informational interview can quickly go awkward. Still, information is power, so gritting your teeth and going to an informational interview will help you learn about the job or company you’re targeting, in a way no online research or job fair can teach you. Once you … / Read more »




What to Know Before Agreeing to Overtime Work

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An article by contributor Eileen O’Shanassy. If you have been asked to work overtime or are considering a job where overtime will be mandatory, there are a few things you need to know. Under some circumstances, you will be eligible for an increase in pay for all hours worked over 40, but there are also many notable exceptions. Here are a few things for you to consider. Overtime Pay is a Federal Mandate If you are in or are starting a job that offers or requires overtime, it is important to note that the Federal government has set a standard … / Read more »




Strike work-life balance in your first job after graduation

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An Article by contributor Chloe Taylor. Landing a well-paid job in your field of expertise immediately upon graduation is a huge success, but managing to achieve work-life balance as a newbie in the business hoops is nothing short of a miracle. Blame it on youthful enthusiasm or desire for validation, but many graduates wind up chained to their work in a matter of weeks. And while the newly-acquired sense of purpose, self-importance, and responsibility might feel great in the first few months, all that work and little or no play will at some point begin to deplete your batteries and … / Read more »




How studying abroad can help your career

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An Article by contributor Christopher Austin. Apart from being super cool to leave your home town and go somewhere overseas to study, the truth is an international degree can help jump-start your career, and prepare you for academic success. Students eager to apply for college somewhere far away from their homes should know that the opportunity may help them developed some core professional skills: self-awareness, confidence, adaptability, and communication. These programs can set you on the right path for a great and fulfilling career! The perks of studying abroad Studying abroad helps alumni develop an additional set of skills; skills they … / Read more »