Tagged: Getting Your Foot in the Door

How can I start my professional network?

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Erin from University of Texas at Dallas asked: “I’m getting ready to graduate in the spring, but haven’t found a job yet. People often find jobs by knowing someone who knows someone, but how can I meet people who would want to hire me when I’m still in school?” Thank you for your question, Erin! You’re right, having professional connections greatly enhances your job prospects. When you know-someone-who-knows-someone, there’s a certain level of validity and accountability attached to your name that you can’t achieve with a resume alone. It can be a daunting prospect to start your professional network, especially before … / Read more »

Searching Secrets: Better Ways to Find a Job

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An article by contributor Eileen O’Shanassy. With the strengthening economy, job hunting is no longer the completely grueling experience it once was. However, landing a job can still be challenging, so if you’re currently searching for a new job, you’ll want to utilize some different methods, including, but not limited to the ones mentioned below. For the greatest likelihood of success make sure you vary your searches and spread your job hunting net wide. Tell Everyone You’re Looking This is one of the most consistently successful methods of finding a job, as not only are many available jobs never posted … / Read more »

Professional Peak: How to Dress for the Position You Want

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An article by contributor Eileen O’Shanassy. Visit any university campus and you’ll see scores of students dressed in “college couture” – wind shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, and sandals. While it might be socially acceptable on campus to slink to a lecture dressed like they rolled out of bed, college students are in for a rude awakening when they enter the workforce because, like it or not, what you wear is critical for the future of your career. Dressing for the part is important and can be a challenge if you don’t know how. Here are some ideas to help you prepare for … / Read more »

Standing Out in Your Interview: 4 Things That Give You an Edge

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An article by contributor Brooke Chaplan. Interviewing for a job can be stressful, no matter how many times you have done it. You have to prepare to be evaluated by strangers, imagine a future at the job, and do it knowing it may not work out. The best way to ease your anxiety is to do your best! With preparation, you will be more confident and perform better.  There are obvious ways to prepare, like dressing the part and arriving on time, but they may not set you apart. Here are four tips that will give you an edge on … / Read more »

Pros and Cons of Unconventional Resumes

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An article by contributor Kate Thora. The way in which employees receive resumes is continually changing. From slightly smudged typewriter resumes to faxing, sending emails and simply applying online, the format of resumes are never set in stone for too long. How a prospective employer receives a resume is not the only thing that is constantly changing, so is the actual content of said resumes. With the internet and social media at the peak of its powers, resumes are no longer the straightforward, black and white applications; there are so many different ways to apply for jobs. But do they … / Read more »