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    Why You Need a Mentor

    Why You Need a Mentor
    When I first graduated with my Bachelor's degree, I was confused. While I had a sense of accomplishment, I also wondered what my next step should be. After a year of agonizing over how to advance my career, I decided to go to graduate school. Surely after completing a Master's degree my future endeavors would be laid out in front of ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Gap Year Programs for College Grads and Working Adults

    Gap Year Programs for College Grads and Working Adults
    With May quickly approaching, you’re probably shrinking back from panic at the idea of graduating and getting a job in the real world. Or maybe you’re reading from your cubicle right now, passing time (slowly) at a job you hate in an industry you’re bored with. First, these feelings are totally normal in either case. Second, if you want to postpone ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Top 5 Habits for Career Success at Entry Level

    Top 5 Habits for Career Success at Entry Level
    I am blessed to have some of the best bosses coach me when I first entered the working world. They passed to me what seemed like, at that time – pretty obvious things one would do when in the working world. What seems pretty obvious as habits for career success isn’t always so. As you start on your career path you ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Nice Guys Finish Poor: 5 Personalities that Don’t Get Promoted

    Nice Guys Finish Poor: 5 Personalities that Don’t Get Promoted
    Money is nice. But the business of earning it, according to some researchers, may be just the opposite. A German study conducted by the Institute for Employment Research recently found that “nice” people tend to earn less money than their not-so-nice colleagues. Before you ditch your good manners and start practicing your growl, take a moment to reassess your nice guy/nice ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Which College Grads Make the Most Money

    Which College Grads Make the Most Money
    Which College Grads Make the Most Money And Other Career-Related Superlatives A recent article from CNN Money indicates that engineering majors outperform their classmates when it comes to starting salary offers. In fact, engineers of various disciplines claimed 4 of the 5 top spots for average salary offers in 2011. And computer science majors rounded out the group. But life isn’t ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Reality Check for Younger Generation Workers

    Reality Check for Younger Generation Workers
    The following article lists 9 characteristics of Generation Y in the workplace. “Adulthood” has been getting delayed more and more the last couple of centuries. This is partly due to increasing prosperity, allowing parents to provide longer for their progeny, and partly due to increasing longevity, leaving older workers in the workforce (and alive) longer. Unfortunately, too many “Gen Y” (also ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Identify and Avoid These Career Decision-Making Traps

    Identify and Avoid These Career Decision-Making Traps
    Deborah Schneider spent far more time researching the $15,000 car she once bought than she did on a slightly larger purchase -- her $90,000 law degree. "Years later, I realized how common that is," says Schneider, who coauthored Should You Really Be a Lawyer? with Gary Belsky and produces its accompanying Web site. "Each year, many college students spend more time ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    5 Reasons Professional Organizations are Worth Joining

    5 Reasons Professional Organizations are Worth Joining
    There are professional organizations in every field. But are the yearly dues worth it to join? While each and every organization is different, the short answer is most often: yes. Especially if you’re young and just starting out in your career. That’s because many professional organizations offer scholarships for college members, and mentors for those in the interning or entry-level position. ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Overcoming Time Management Obstacles

    Overcoming Time Management Obstacles
    I hate to admit this, but I’m a bit overextended. I know, I know. I wrote an entire workbook on Time Management and yet sometimes, I still have trouble with it myself. I think it’s just one of those things that can never be entirely mastered. We all go through phases where we feel mentally and physically overwhelmed. At that point, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +6
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    6 Signs it’s Time to Change Careers

    6 Signs it’s Time to Change Careers
    So, you’ve been thinking it might be time to change careers – you just wish you had a way to know for sure. With 84% of Americans claiming they want a new job in 2011, you are not alone. So, how does one assess if it’s time to find a new career path? We asked over 100 career experts what the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +6
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    What to Expect When You’re Expecting Your First Job

    What to Expect When You’re Expecting Your First Job
    Do you have unrealistic expectations of your first job? If the answer is yes, you may not even realize it, but you wouldn’t be alone. Nearly one-third of college graduates have unrealistic expectations for their first job, according to a survey by the Creative Group, a national staffing service. Some of the misconceptions revolve around what exactly they’ll be doing and ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do when you start your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +5
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    The Pros and Cons of Job Hopping

    The Pros and Cons of Job Hopping
    Out of everyone in my group of college friends, I was the only one who still had the same job two years after graduation. Everyone else had changed jobs once, twice, even three times. So, I felt somewhat smug—as if I knew something they didn’t. It wasn’t until many years later I understood the positive side of job hopping. It hit ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Make Career Decisions You Won't Regret Later

    Make Career Decisions You Won't Regret Later
    You can't make good decisions without good information. Yet college students often attempt this feat when choosing majors and career paths. It's tempting to make decisions based on little or no data to get rid of feeling like you're in limbo. But you won't find out what is right for you without doing some work. How can you identify the most ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Question Everything as You Explore Your Career Options

    Question Everything as You Explore Your Career Options
    College is really only about one thing: Learning how to become a critical thinker -- someone who knows that truth is a moving target and who is willing to ask the many questions necessary to move continuously closer to that target. As you take your classes, participate in campus activities and interact with diverse groups of people, critical thinking should become ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Moving for a Job? Learn to Love Your New City

    Moving for a Job? Learn to Love Your New City
    So, you’re graduating and about to make a move to a new city for a job. Whether it’s a full time gig or a summer internship you’re gearing up for, getting acclimated to your surroundings is often the key to your success in any given place. Almost everyone goes through an adjustment period when they move to a new town. Hating ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    HR Says: Is this Interview Question Legal?

    HR Says: Is this Interview Question Legal?
    The following is a Q&A segment between one of our readers and CAREEREALISM-Approved Career Expert, Ben Eubanks – a human resources specialist. This article series is called “HR Says.” Question Is it “illegal” for employers to ask a person for the year they graduated from college? Isn’t this asking for a person’s age? Using 22 and the numbers of years since graduating, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Job Seekers: 5 Smart Steps on Twitter

    Job Seekers: 5 Smart Steps on Twitter
    Every job seeker who is using Twitter for job search purposes pretty much just gets on board and hastily creates a Twitter account. However, a few calculated steps will be invaluable in the launching of your Twitter account for an effective job search campaign. Please read the following and see if you can tweak your account today: Choosing Your Twitter Account ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    4 Quick Ways to Improve Your Executive Resume

    4 Quick Ways to Improve Your Executive Resume
    Try this: pick up your resume and scan it for 15 seconds. Now put it down and write down what you can remember. Now ask yourself, “Would I call this person?” If your executive resume does not have a clear value proposition that compels someone to call you, then you need to make some changes. Here are 4 ways to do ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    What President Obama’s State of the Union Address Means for Jobs in America – Now and in the Future

    What President Obama’s State of the Union Address Means for Jobs in America – Now and in the Future
    After President Obama’s State of the Union Address the other night, it should be clear to you things have changed in America. The realities of the good and bad of it as it relates to employment in general and specifically federal employment follow. There are 7 main points I’ll cover. I’ll start with the worst and work my way to the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +2