Majoring in Employment – College Job Search

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You are somewhere in your (hopefully) four year college career and, if you’ve not already figured this out, the experience is likely to be different than you envisioned when you began. Whatever your major (and no matter how many times you change your major), your ultimate goal is to have a career in the field of your choice (which is hopefully your dream career). But your four years of college may not be enough to land the job of your choice.

Reader’s Choice – Job Search Resources

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How to Job Hunt – Dick Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute? – Some interesting short job-tip videos from Dick Bolles (Dick Bolles is a highly esteemed job-hunting/career-changing expert, best known for his best-selling book, What Color is Your Parachute?). The videos give job-seekers practical tips to help them land careers they love and start the new year off right. This article tells you how to leverage Twitter to find a job.

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Wish Upon a Job – Building Your Job Search Part I

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Wishing for a job, that is. Wishing is nice from a “positive thinking” point of view but it won’t get you a job without putting in the time. If you are first starting your job search, you have a lot of homework to do before you can effectively start the job search process. The good news is that once you are all set-up, the bulk of your job search time can be spent on looking for opportunities. Good luck in your search.

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Get to know the new rules in job search

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With internet job search in full swing, things have changed to a great extent. You can find jobs online, build a good rapport and network with employers, give interviews on the web and find potential people who can recruit you. The rules to finding jobs via the internet keep changing, things which worked previously now are considered to be obsolete and there are no fixed rules for the new world of the online job hunt. Good luck in your search.

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Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 2

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In Part 1 of this article, we covered reinventing your career ( Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 1 ). Today’s post focuses on reinventing your job search. Similar reinventing your career, there countless reasons why you would (and should) reinvent your job search. Maybe you’ve been our of the job search market for a few years (or longer) and need to adjust to the ever changing online job search process.

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Wish Upon a Job – Executing on Your Job Search Plan – Part II

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A friend of mine has been “looking for a job” for a very long time. Job search by divine intervention generally doesn’t work and, at the end of the day, it’s all about getting things done. Part I of this series ( Wish Upon a Job – Building Your Job Search Part I ) focused on the tools of the trade – (almost) everything you need to start your job search. Job search boards (keep this list short).

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Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 1

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“ Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. I ran into an old friend (metaphorically speaking) that I used to work with very early in my career. Reinvent Your Career: Before you reinvent anything, the first question you should ask is “why?” Career Regrets: Maybe your career choice has not turned out as you expected. Or, perhaps your career has not progressed in the way you had planned.

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Job Search – 7 Career Links Hot off the Presses!

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So, not much to say in today’s post other than I hope you enjoy the following job search resources. Job-Applications.com – This site is an online job application resource site. On the left hand side of the site is a listing of job categories. Click on these and you will see a list of companies (with associated links) for that particular job category. Career Search Database – This is site is a career and job search database and guide.

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Not Your Parents’ Job: Five Careers that Didn’t Exist a Decade Ago

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Whether you’re a graduate on your first employment hunt or a young professional looking for a career change, you want to pick a job that’s got a future. Pick a career in a new or developing field. That way, you can avoid career-killing situations, like getting sued for libel. Environmental Economist – Mathematically minded folks who are interested in greening up their jobs should consider becoming Environmental Economists. Good luck in your search.

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Utilizing Non-Degree Skills for Temporary or Permanent Employment

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When looking for employment, effective communication is a key ingredient to landing the job. In fact, employers who took part in a 2011 job survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers placed communication skills at the top of desired skills among future employees. Communication is considered a “soft skill,” which means that it’s a skill employers desire regardless of the type of job or your knowledge. Good luck in your search!

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15 Things to Take Care Of While Building Your Career Online

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Do you have an online career brand? Or you depending on job sites such as CareerBuilder or Monster to do your career building for you? Here are 15 things you should take care while building your career online. Discover And Develop Your Career Brand. Your career brand is not just a job application preceded by a cute letter and followed by a resume. Use The Right Career Branding Tools. Do A Professional Job. Good luck in your search.

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5 Ways To Get Noticed and Earn a Full-Time Writing Job

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Entering the writing field, whether you aim to be a journalist, a copywriter, or a novelist, has never been easy, but coupled with a slumped economy, it almost seems impossible to secure a lucrative career as a wordsmith. It’s a vicious cycle: those without experience can’t find jobs and finding experience without a job can be incredibly difficult. So how do you let employers see that you’re the writer they’ve been searching for? By: Brittany Behrman.

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Risky Business: The 7 Most Dangerous Jobs in the US

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Below is a list of the 7 most dangerous jobs in America based upon the number of fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers. For those not looking to put their skin on the line, the BLS data would recommend finding a job in the peaceful settings of education, training, and library occupations. Top 7 Most Dangerous Jobs in the US. This broad category primarily includes those that list mining or drilling on their job description. Good luck in your search.

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Thousands of Resumes, So Little Time

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It’s so easy (relatively speaking) to send your resume to companies, apply for specific jobs online, email your resume to recruiters and sign up at lots of job search sites. Companies like Google and Apple can get hundreds (or more) of applications for every job posting. That’s why most companies these days use key word search to narrow down the resumes that are worth reviewing. Good luck in your search.

2012 238

Emergency Exit Only – Finding a New Job

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You don’t have a “Plan B” You are not ready to look for a job because you had no plans to make a career move. Do you have an emergency exit plan? Everyone should have an exit plan (in the event of an emergency). An emergency plan is not something you want to deploy, but you will sleep a lot easier if you have one (much like any emergency evacuation plan). Having an up to date resume is 50% of the job search battle.

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Insider Tips for Building a Career in Government

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Chief attractions of a government job include diversity of career options, employment stability, salary, and benefits–including retirement plans. More people are interested in pursuing careers in the government, particularly as baby boomers retire. Most government agencies have websites online with invaluable information that can be used to launch and grow a career, such as public administration. Explore the Diversity of Career Choices.

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Are Gunsmiths a Dying Breed?

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As far as careers go Gunsmithing is a highly specialized field. Typically it is those who appreciate firearms, use them, and take care of them that find a career in gunsmithing rewarding. Though there is a decline in privately owned gunsmith shops, career opportunities are available for aspiring gunsmiths. Good luck in your search. Related posts: Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 2. Reader’s Choice – Job Search Resources.

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Resume Writing Service

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The professional resume writing option may be the most expensive, but it is overall the best bet for getting the job done. Whether you are searching for an entry-level job or an executive position, you can benefit from fresh eyes on your resume. A typical resume writing service employs career coaches, marketing copywriters, and human resources professionals. Each day the resume craftsmen help new graduates, job-hoppers, promotion-seekers, and career-changers.

Changing Careers: The Role of a Social Worker

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Those looking for a change of career may not have considered the jobs associated with social work. The job can be very demanding and it is important to maintain a level of perspective and focus in order to avoid taking on the stresses and strains encountered when dealing with other peoples’ issues. With the wide variety of jobs that come under the social work umbrella, there will never be two days the same in the life of a social worker. Good look in your search.

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Patience is a Virtue (but a job would be better) – Wish Upon a Job Part III

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A friend of mine found out that their job would be ending in 6 to 12 months. That sounded like more than enough time to find a great job with time to spare. Of course, that was 5 months ago and now it looks like their job will end in another 2 to 3 months. Well I can tell you it was not spent looking for a job. If you are serious about finding a new job, you must treat each day as if it was your last day employed. Good luck in your search.

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Are Your Online Job Applications Being Dumped Before Any Human Ever Reviews Them?

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Applying for a job online means that your application is entered into a database of applications, sometimes called the automated applicant tracking system, or the online application repository. Think about it—how many online job applications have you submitted without hearing back from the company that you submitted to? Your online job application is sorted and processed by the automated systems. Locate jobs that are matched closely to your skills and abilities.

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Finding Your First Entry-Level Job

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I know this, because for four months – including my final two months of college – my life was consumed by the job search. Finally, I found a job, and if I can do it, then you can too. When I started applying to jobs, I learned quickly that my typical method of functional disorganization would never work. You can apply to five jobs, turn off your computer, and start watching television thinking you are all set. But that probably won’t land you a job.

Choosing a Career Coach

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Most of the resumes that I receive nowadays come from job seekers using a career coaching service during their executive job search. 3. Would you feel comfortable considering a complete change in the direction of you career, if advised by your coach? Good luck in your search. Related posts: Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 2. My Favorite Job Search and Career Sites – Vol 1.

Different Career Opportunities in the Dental Industry

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The dental profession offers numerous career opportunities. From constructing dentures to carving models of the mouth and teeth, you can become a dental assistant with a high school degree and a few years of on-the-job training with a dental clinic. But lab technician careers can also begin with on-the-job training in dental offices and labs. Good luck in your search. Related posts: Job Search – 7 Career Links Hot off the Presses!

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Stop Watching CSI and Make Crime Analysis a Reality

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If you have an interest in subjects like this, you might be an ideal candidate for a crime analysis career. Here are some of the steps you will need to take in order to secure your ideal job in this industry. Before you decide that you want to pursue a career in crime analysis, it is important that you fully understand the subject and the job description. After completing the practicum, you will be ready to take on a career in the field.

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Looking to boost your CV? Work experience abroad might be better than another qualification

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If you are a graduate looking to widen your career opportunities then work experience is crucial. How are you supposed to get your first job if it requires already having worked in a similar job before? Are you willing to take the challenge to boost your job opportunities? Good luck in your search. Job Search – 7 Career Links Hot off the Presses! Reader’s Choice – Job Search Resources.

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Physical Therapy as a Career

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Choosing a career is one of the biggest decisions you have to make in your life. If location, earnings, location, benefits, and traveling are important to you, then a career path as a Physical Therapist might be the best fit for you. A physical therapy career opens the door to a variety of rewarding job opportunities. This can be a great career boost in terms of gaining experience with new techniques and facilities. Good luck in your search.

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3 Signs It’s Time for a Career Change

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Many of us are unsatisfied with our jobs. However, it is important to determine if your dissatisfaction with your job is something that can be remedied or if it is time to consider a change. It makes sense that so many of us fuss about disliking our jobs. However, it is important to realize that just because your job isn’t your dream career doesn’t mean you have to hate it or even dislike it. Good luck in your search.

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4 Tips for Learning about a New Career

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If you’re thinking about starting a new career, you aren’t alone. A poll last year conducted by Right Management, a subsidiary of Manpower, found that 84% of employees wanted to find a new job in 2012. There are many reasons to make a career change, but the key to a successful transition is finding a career that will ultimately provide job satisfaction, which might mean more than better pay or a shorter commute. Take a Career Test.

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Young and Out of Work? Check Out These Options!

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Whether you have just graduated from college into the middle of a rotten job market or your previous job has disappeared, it is essential that you get back into the game and that you do it as quickly as possible! The truth of the matter is that while jobs are scarce, there are a wide variety of options open to you. Consider some of these options and try as many of them as you can; you never know when you are going to get the jobs of your dreams.

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Is It Time to Be Your Own Boss?

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If you’ve been out in the job search spinning your wheels and getting nowhere, maybe it’s time to go in another direction. Even if you do get a job, you never know what could happen tomorrow. It really doesn’t seem like a job if you enjoy doing it. The non profit organization The National Federation of Independent Business that tracks start ups found that people are happier when they are working a job they enjoy. Good luck in your search.

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How to Fail at Job Search

Career Realism

These three stats stood out for me: 50 percent of workers say the economy has negatively altered their career plans or job search. 58 percent of employees don’t believe they could find a job now they would accept. 43 percent of workers believe their careers have slowed down and it will be harder and will take more time to achieve career growth. Quick Job Search Tip. Job search fail image from Shutterstock.

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5 Resume Killers

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Whether you are looking to better your career or you lost your job, that job hunt is on. There are many ways to get that perfect interview lined up but if your resume is subpar and falls under one of the following categories there is a chance that your job search could be a long one. Job History: If you have gaps in between jobs, be prepared to explain why. Another problem is listing jobs that you are only at for a short period of time.

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Why You Should Hire with Emotional Intelligence in Mind

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She has written on a variety of topics, ranging from small business, sports, and career advice. Good luck in your search. Related posts: Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 2. Wish Upon a Job – Building Your Job Search Part I. Job Search – 7 Career Links Hot off the Presses! Career advice Career Planning Careers Guest Post Advice Career Advisor

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5 Top Tips for Freelancing Success

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Focus your attention, time and energy on the jobs you get and stop wasting it on the jobs which pass you by. It’s better to build strong relationships with a few clients, who can offer repeat business and referrals, than to do one off jobs with companies that you never see again. These top tips for freelancers are brought to you from Redcommerce , who specialise in contract and permanent SAP jobs. Good luck in your search. Five Career Tips for College Freshman.

Are Women Better Team Leaders?

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This helps create a strong team when planning to go about team exercises or projects. Many jobs are becoming more feminine based; focusing around the concepts of good communication skills, emotional intelligence, a natural mother-like nature, and even listening skills. It doesn’t matter what sex the leader is, if they can acquire these traits, the job will become easier. Good luck in your search. Related posts: Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 1.

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Climbing That Career Mountain

Career Trend

I wrote about that here: “Weighing in: 3 Job Search Fitness Tips.” Career Advice Career Change Career Fitness career management Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter career advice career planning career strategy executive resume JobSearchBy Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Goodbye sugary treats, hello fitness. This Friday, June 1, Rob and I begin phase 2 of our fitness initiative. We launched phase 1 on Jan.

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Bored with Job Boards – How to Find the Best

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So how many job search boards do you think there are? Like so many things on the Internet, many job search boards are a waste of time. But the good news is that there are many really good job search boards. The challenge is to both, access only the best sites and to ensure you balance your time with other job search methods. So what, exactly, qualifies as a Job Search Board? Stealth Job Hunting. Good luck in your search.

Professional Social Networking

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When professionally networking, and applying for jobs, your recommendations are very important to possible future employers. There are two types of recommendations that will help you in your job search – character references, and skill references. Both of these are extremely significant when applying for a job, or networking with other professionals. Britania Starr is a content writer for College.com , and enjoys writing about education and career planning.

8 Career Related Articles You Will Want to Read

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I get regular emails from my readers suggesting career or job search related articles. THE NEW NETWORKING: ULTIMATE LINKEDIN GUIDE FOR 2012 GRADS – This article, from Onlinecolleges.net , provides some great LinkedIn tips for updating/creating your profile, connecting with those you should, how to ask for recommendations and more. Some of this stuff you would learn the hard way (which can be painful and hurt your career prospects).

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Fifteen Great People in History Who Never Earned a College Degree

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Are you in a current career rut and wishing you would have gone to or finished college? Earning a college degree can lead to a great career, if approached correctly. However, you shouldn’t fret so much about not having your degree, because there are many college graduates who are still having a hard time finding a job, let alone a career. They had an idea and a passion for something, and they turned that into a successful career. Good luck in your search.

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Brand New Year. New Personal Brand?

Executive Career Brand

is a post from: Executive Career Brand. While you’re working on those resolutions, why not also take stock of your personal brand and brand messaging, to be sure they’re aligned with your career plans for this year. Times being what they are, you never know when a new job opportunity, a possible career change, or even a layoff may come your way. If you’re ready for a change, it’s time to do some research and plan a new career path.

How to Get the Career You Want And Deserve! Five Steps to Identify Your Skills

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Effective career planning takes time and it should start well before job changes are imminent so that career moves are through choice and not just a reaction to circumstances. Even if you are not expecting or wanting to change your current job, you have to recognise that, inevitably, your role will change and you need to anticipate that change and prepare accordingly. Good luck in your search. Related posts: 5 Steps to Making a Fresh Start for Job Search.

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