Career Advice

Top 5 Soft Skills for Success

Top 5 Soft Skills for Success

It’s no secret that candidates spend a lot of time refining their skills, whether that means technical skills they need for the job (software programming, writing, earning a certification) or specific skills they need for the job search (interviewing, resume-writing, etc.). However, there is another underlying set of skills that can be just as important […]

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Resume

Thinking of a resume refresh? Read on for some quick tips on how you can easily improve your resume! Formatting I never recommend using built-in templates from word-processing software. They may look good initially, but when it comes time to change or update your document, it can be a royal pain to do so. Also, […]

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Resume

Techniques for Acing a Group Interview

Oh the dreaded group interview! Even more deodorant worthy than a traditional face to face meeting – these interviews have a tendency to strike fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned professional. But fear not! It is easy to overcome this challenge of all challenges. Read on below to learn some specific techniques […]

Techniques for Acing a Group Interview

What Employers Think When They Read Your Resume

As a former hiring manager and now career counselor, I have been privy to reading hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes. Looking at it from the “other side of the table” is an interesting exercise, for it can highlight an entirely new perspective. Here is my take on what an employer is REALLY thinking when […]

What Employers Think When They Read Your Resume

What You Need to Know About Background Checks

If you are in the midst of a job search, chances are you may be concerned about background checks and what employers may be looking for when or if they run one. Whether or not an employer conducts a background check, as well as what specifically they look for may differ based on things such […]

What You Need to Know About Background Checks

How To Change Jobs Without Changing Employers

Perhaps you started working in one area of an organization and later realized your talents were better suited for another kind of work in a different part of the company. Or maybe you’ve worked in one place for a long time and are ready for something new but not “too new”. You might really enjoy […]

How To Change Jobs Without Changing Employers

What Recruiters Want

Have you ever seen that Mel Gibson movie, “What Women Want”? In the film, Gibson’s character survives a freak accident, only to discover that he now has the power to read women’s minds. I won’t get into too much discussion about the potential merits (or terrors) associated with this power – that would be a […]

What Recruiters Want

Using Twitter as a Professional

As Twitter prepares for its initial public offering in the coming weeks, internet pundits are feverishly discussing the potential growth of the company and the various opportunities it could provide to advertisers. While the future of Twitter may hold some changes, there are many current benefits that you can take advantage of as a professional. […]

Using Twitter as a Professional

Your Work History: How Far Back Should You Go on a Resume?

When you sit down to craft a resume, what you’re really doing is sitting down to think about how you’re going to whet the appetite of an employer. The information you decide to include should ideally be just enough to make them want more of you. A common mistake I’ve seen on many resumes is […]

Your Work History:  How Far Back Should You Go on a Resume?

How to Handle Interview Silence

Oh the dreaded interview silence. His pesky presence is seemingly lurking around every corner. Sometimes you’re lucky and he doesn’t show up (he obviously had better places to be). But those times he does decide to make an appearance in an interview? Whew. He usually drags his friends along too…Mr. Sweaty Palms, Ms. Butterflies in […]

How to Handle Interview Silence

Why You Should (Almost) Never Eat Alone

I’m a funny one to give advice on this topic. I love eating alone. I love going to the movies alone. In fact, I love spending time alone more than almost anything else. I’m a classic introvert and draw my energy from quiet time and reflection. But that doesn’t mean I don’t also thrive on […]

Why You Should (Almost) Never Eat Alone

How to Choose Your References

Choosing your references seems like an easy task, right? Ask your best work friend when you’re out noshing on BLT’s and fries at your favorite Friday lunch spot and that’s it you’re done. Surely she’s the best person to speak for you, I mean she knows you better than anyone else in Cubicleville, right? Right? […]

How to Choose Your References

Things You Should Consider Before Moving for Work

Moving for a job is exciting. There’s the anticipation of a new city, the thrill of “starting over” in a new place, and the excitement of the unknown. It’s one of the best and most difficult things you can do for your career. So if you’re thinking about making a change and moving for work, […]

Things You Should Consider Before Moving for Work

How to Craft a Persuasive Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter can be daunting. Where do you start? How long should it be? And just what is the purpose of a cover letter anyway? Read on to learn more about the craft of writing a persuasive cover letter and all the reasons behind why it’s actually a good idea to have one. […]

How to Craft a Persuasive Cover Letter

Social Media and Your Job Search

Blogging, Twitter, Facebook. Social media is everywhere these days, and all you need to do is look around a busy space and you’ll see everyone’s eyes peering down towards their phones. We are glued to these little computers and all of the ways they connect us. But how many of us have really thought about […]

Social Media and Your Job Search

Career Myths You Need to Stop Believing

The Economy Sucks, So There’s No Use in Job Searching We all know it’s a challenging economic climate out there. But believe it or not, some roles continue to go unfilled. Finding quality candidates is a recruiter’s dream, and more often than not it’s an uphill battle for them to fill roles. Hiring managers may […]

Career Myths You Need to Stop Believing

What To Do When You’re Bored With Your Job

Being bored in a job is no fun. It makes getting up in the morning a whole lot harder and when you finally do get to work, the days may feel endless as you watch the digital clock on your computer seemingly freeze in time. Whether it’s not having enough to do, or working in […]

What To Do When You’re Bored With Your Job

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Being successful at work is more than having the right technical skills or book smarts. Sure – those skills are important. Without them, it’d be very hard to get your work done! But work is more about getting “stuff” done. It’s also about interacting with people in a healthy and positive way – in an […]

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

9 Ways To Get Your Resume Thrown In the Trash

Recruiters and Hiring Managers receive hundreds of resumes, sometimes in a single day, for a single position. They are looking for any chance they can of reducing that pile of resumes to review, so if you want to make sure yours goes directly in the “trash” pile instead of the “review” pile, follow these tips. […]

9 Ways To Get Your Resume Thrown In the Trash

Maximize your Career Fair Experience: Part 1 – Prepare for the Fair

Career fairs are a fantastic opportunity to connect with a number of employers representing a variety of organizations in one event. Given that so much of the application process takes place online, career fairs provide a setting in which face-to-face conversations may take place between candidates and recruiters, allowing applicants to make a positive, professional […]

Maximize your Career Fair Experience:  Part 1 – Prepare for the Fair

Simple Exercises to Improve Your Speaking Habits

For some, public speaking is as frightening as the thought of running through the hallways of your high school naked. For others, it’s only marginally more appealing. But sooner or later in the working world we have to do it. Whether it’s leading a meeting, presenting a pitch or training new employees, it’s part of […]

Simple Exercises to Improve Your Speaking Habits

How Are You Supposed to Answer, “What Are Your Weaknesses?”

It’s the dreaded interview question. The one that makes your hands get clammy and your throat close up. None of us ever want to answer it. Of course not, because an interview is about showing our perfect professional selves, right? It’s about being absolutely 100% perfect for the job, about having polish and poise and […]

How Are You Supposed to Answer, “What Are Your Weaknesses?”

Turning Your Internship Into a Full Time Job

Say you’ve secured a terrific internship with a company that you would love to work for full time. There are things you can do during your internship period to put you in a good position to acquire ongoing employment with the company. As you begin the internship, think of it like auditioning for your future […]

Turning Your Internship Into a Full Time Job

How to Make the Most of Your Fall Semester

No matter where you are enrolled, one truth is evident: summer is officially over. Dorms have been decorated. Books have been purchased. Friends have been reunited. Classes have begun. It’s a very busy time of the semester, as new students get settled in, and returning students get back into the swing of things. In the […]

How to Make the Most of Your Fall Semester

Networking Do’s and Don’ts

When I work with students, one of the most common questions I get is, “Just how exactly do I network?” Building relationships is integral to career success, and while many of us know that intellectually, it can sometimes be difficult for us to take action and get out there. Here are some “Do’s” and “Don’ts” […]

Networking Do’s and Don’ts

Cubicle Etiquette: 5 Tips for Navigating the Cube

If you are preparing to enter the world of Corporate America, the odds are pretty good that you will live part of your life in a cubicle – at least during your first few years on the job. Not everyone is cut out for success in the world of cubes, but it does have certain […]

Cubicle Etiquette: 5 Tips for Navigating the Cube

Confessions of a Career Counselor – What We Really Want to Tell You

I’m a firm believer in being genuine at work. When I advise students or career professionals, I try to be as transparent as possible, and to share as much “real” information as I can about the world of work. That being said, there are still some boundaries that have to remain intact, if only to […]

Confessions of a Career Counselor – What We Really Want to Tell You

Landing a Sales Job: Part 2

Last week, I provided a basic overview of terminology and career paths related to the sales field. While sales is a diverse and often lucrative career, it is also a field that is frequently misunderstood or negatively stereotyped by job-seekers. Sales certainly is not a great fit for everyone, but it can be an excellent […]

Landing a Sales Job: Part 2

Cover Letter Tips for New College Graduates

I have found one of the least favorite parts of the job search for many students is writing the cover letter. For some, it’s way too time consuming. For others, they just don’t know what to focus on. And there are those that think it’s an essay about their entire life story, except somewhere in […]

Cover Letter Tips for New College Graduates

Tips for Remaning Positive During Your Job Search

The grind of writing cover letters, preparing and sending resumes, going on interviews and all else involved with a job search can be exhausting. Because of all the work involved, it is easy to feel negative, burnt out and overwhelmed. But there are things you can do to make sure that you keep your chin […]

Tips for Remaning Positive During Your Job Search

How to Know When It’s Time to Look for a New Job

Workers are more stressed now than ever before. Between economic challenges, reductions in staff, controlling bosses, or just plain “bad fits,” there are many ways in which a job can be a struggle. And when we find ourselves in these unlucky situations, more often than not we learn to cope because we need the paycheck. […]

How to Know When It’s Time to Look for a New Job

Tips for Transitioning to a New Job

I started a new job recently, and was reminded just how challenging it can be to be “the new kid”. There are new faces to meet, new languages to learn (all that company jargon!), and buildings to navigate. It can sometimes feel like junior high all over again – looking for someone to eat lunch […]

Tips for Transitioning to a New Job

How To Leave a Job Without Burning Bridges

You’ve made the decision to move on. Perhaps it was a bad boss, who drove you to tears every Tuesday afternoon at that Operations Meeting. Or maybe the two hour commute wore you down, and you just couldn’t stomach dealing with the office politics anymore. You have fantasized about this day for weeks, months, maybe […]

How To Leave a Job Without Burning Bridges

Resume Tips for New College Graduates

As a career advisor, the topic students come in to inquire about the most is irrefutably the resume. Students all seem to understand the importance of having a polished document to present to potential employers or admission reps, and the resume is one of those universal monsters no one can escape. Whether applying for a […]

Resume Tips for New College Graduates

What You Need to Have in a Design Portfolio

If you are interested in pursuing a career in a design related field, you will most likely be asked to submit a design portfolio along with your resume. While your resume is crucial to showing your experience, the design portfolio has the capability of expressing your personality and your skills. Every design field differs and […]

What You Need to Have in a Design Portfolio

How to Clean up Your Online Reputation

Most people take a “what they don’t know won’t hurt them” approach to job seeking. We emphasize the details, stories, and anecdotes most likely to get us hired and exclude anything that won’t. It’s a good strategy, except for one thing: “what they don’t know” is shrinking every year. In 2011, US News reported that […]

How to Clean up Your Online Reputation

Landing a Sales Job: Part 1

I’m willing to do anything – except sales.” I should probably print this statement out in big, bold letters and paste it on the wall somewhere in my office. It is – by far – the number one thing that I hear students say when they visit me in the career center. I understand – […]

Landing a Sales Job: Part 1

Show Your Employer That You’re Serious About Your Career

There’s so much written about how to get a job that it can seem like that’s the only difficult stage in career planning. But once you get a job, it’s a good idea to start thinking about your career trajectory, focusing on how you will flourish and grow as a professional. Having this focus will […]

Show Your Employer That You’re Serious About Your Career

What To Do When an Interviewer is Distracted

You applied for your dream job, and got the call. The hiring manager wants to interview you! You are surprised and nervous and your mind is whirling. Is your suit clean? Do you need a haircut? How will you calm those nerves? You get your clothes together and set aside time for clear thinking the […]

What To Do When an Interviewer is Distracted

Navigating the Office: A Millennial’s Primer on Business Etiquette

Let’s face it – Millennials get a bad rap sometimes, both as college students and as entry-level employees. A recent TIME magazine cover story blasted Millennials (those born from about 1980 to 2000) as being the “Me Me Me” generation. A quick survey of recent articles reveals any number of negative stereotypes. Millennials are frequently […]

Navigating the Office: A Millennial’s Primer on Business Etiquette

Should You Accept a Promotion Without a Pay Raise?

Maybe. That answer might surprise a lot of you. Many of us look at employment in rather mercenary terms: if we didn’t get paid, we wouldn’t do it. That’s why we get a case of the Mondays and thank God it’s Friday, right? Well, leaving personal satisfaction with our jobs (which varies from person to […]

Should You Accept a Promotion Without a Pay Raise?

What You Should Expect From a Job Fair

One of the keys to a successful job search is a positive attitude. Another one is tenacity. And you’ll want to have boatloads of both when attending a job fair! Job fairs come in all varieties, and the more information you have, the better. Here are some hints to make your life a little easier […]

What You Should Expect From a Job Fair

What To Do When Your New Job Stinks

Starting a new job is a challenge. In some ways, it can feel like high school all over again. Trying to find your way around, looking for someone to eat lunch with, and getting used to all the lingo. It’s normal to feel out of sorts and uncomfortable in the beginning, but what happens when […]

What To Do When Your New Job Stinks

How to Make the Most of Your First Job

Fresh out of school, your first job helps establish you in the professional world. But don’t kid yourself, being the new guy or gal in the office can be more stressful than you think. To help you transition, here are a few strategies for a successful first employment experience. On time is five minutes early […]

How to Make the Most of Your First Job

How to Write a Memorable Thank You Letter After Your Interview

Phew, the interview is over. You put on the suit, shook hands, smiled until your cheeks hurt. You talked about your skills and your background, shared a witty story or two, and slyly threw in a comment about your interviewer’s alma mater. Now what? One of the first steps in making sure you are remembered […]

How to Write a Memorable Thank You Letter After Your Interview

How Can I Overcome a Felony?

As a follow-up to my last entry about how to overcome a DUI conviction during your job search, I wanted to outline some tips for another fairly common (and difficult) question that career counselors receive: How can I overcome a felony to succeed in my career? Like a DUI, felony convictions can impact your job […]

How Can I Overcome a Felony?

How To Conduct A Long Distance Job Search

Looking for a job from a different zip code may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. All it takes is a little bit of adjustment and a focused strategy. Set Yourself Up for Success As with any job search, the more research you can do ahead of time, the better. […]

How To Conduct A Long Distance Job Search

Ten Things You Need to Know About Supervising People

1. If you’ve never done it before, it will most likely surprise you how hard it is But it’s also rewarding. I recently did some analysis with first time managers who had been in the working world for several years in very high-level engineering positions. When asked the question, “What surprised you the most about […]

Ten Things You Need to Know About Supervising People

How to Ask Someone to be Your Reference

Now is the perfect time to assert what I believe to be the fundamental principle of 21st century job searches: No one cares about you. Okay, that’s probably overstating it. Most people are actually highly cooperative and willing to lend a hand (especially your potential references) but they are far more likely to do so […]

How to Ask Someone to be Your Reference

Great Jobs for Students

Tuition, room and board, books, student fees, late night pizzas, nights out, cell phones and more; the expenses mount while you’re a student. Getting a job can help alleviate the stress of financial concerns and give you a little extra for social activities. Not all student jobs are the same, however. Some can have benefits […]

10 Great Jobs for Students

Undecided on a Major? Explore the Possibilities!

As we enter the month of August, thousands of students are busy preparing for their first days as college freshmen. Feelings of excitement and uncertainty are very normal as you start the next chapter of your life within a higher education setting, and if you have not selected a major prior to your first day […]

Undecided on a Major?  Explore the Possibilities!

What to Do When You Screw Up at Work

I remember my first real full time job post-college. I was working at a non-profit, with a full salary and benefits. I even had an office! I felt very official. What I loved most about my job, though, was the flexibility and autonomy I had in my role. My boss was pretty hands off, and […]

What to Do When You Screw Up at Work

How Will a DUI Affect My Job Search?

Talking to employers during interviews and networking events can be pretty challenging. You are expected to be on top of your game, present yourself with professionalism, and talk articulately about what you can offer the company. So when a candidate gets a DUI conviction, it can sometimes feel like the end of the world. How […]

How Will a DUI Affect My Job Search?

Low-Risk Alternatives to College for Finding Job Opportunities

College was once an excellent solution that allowed young people and those hopeful for career change to reach better opportunities. But today, as many disillusioned college graduates will agree, attending a college may only raise questions. Questions like: “Who is going to hire a fresh graduate these days?” “Where can I find jobs for my […]

Low-Risk Alternatives to College for Finding Job Opportunities

How To Stay Positive During Your Job Search

Let’s face it. The reality is that job searching is hard. If done correctly, a search can almost feel like a full time job in itself. It takes time to build networks, craft resumes, and research companies. In between those tasks are trips to the dry cleaners, haircuts and let’s not forget all that internet […]

How To Stay Positive During Your Job Search

How To Figure Out What You’re Good At

Embarking on a job search can be agonizing, even more so if you have no idea of what you are good at. Maybe it’s your first time out of the gate, and you have no idea where to start. Or perhaps you’ve been out in the ‘real world’ for years, and you find yourself burned […]

How To Figure Out What You’re Good At

Refresh: A Few Thoughts on When to Update Your Résumé

Lurking somewhere on your hard drive is the latest copy of your résumé. When was the last time you opened that file, or actually updated it? The biggest problem with updating your résumé is that you probably don’t think about it until you need it for something like a new position or a potential promotion. […]

Refresh: A Few Thoughts on When to Update Your Résumé

Keeping Your Cool Before An Interview

You’ve created a strong résumé, one that gets results. And it’s gotten you an interview. Congrats! Now that you have your foot in the door, perhaps you’re feeling nervous about interviewing. No need to fear–there are several things you can do to help yourself stay calm before a job interview. Practice If you are someone […]

Keeping Your Cool Before An Interview

Thinking Outside the Box: 3 Overlooked Strategies for Launching Your Career

While the economy is improving, the job market remains pretty competitive. As a result, many candidates are still struggling to jumpstart their careers. It’s a well-known fact that a large percentage of college grads are either unemployed or under-employed long after graduation. Whether you lack the necessary qualifications to achieve your career goal, are not […]

Thinking Outside the Box:  3 Overlooked Strategies for Launching Your Career

Does Your College Major Really Matter?

One of the most powerful books I have ever read is The 80/20 Principle by David Koch. The basic idea is that 80% of our results (income, happiness, etc.) come from from just 20% of our actions. Or, stated more depressingly: most of what we do is irrelevant. Mere filler that does nothing to move […]

Does Your College Major Really Matter?

Things You Need to Know About Group Interviews

Is there anything more exciting than getting that call for an interview? You’ve been waiting by the phone, checking messages and email constantly and now you know you made it. YOU SCORED THAT INTERVIEW. Inside you are elated and invisibly giving yourself the fist bump when the person on the other end of the phone […]

Things You Need to Know About Group Interviews

5 Things All New Grads Should Know About Job Hunting

Most of us go to college in hopes of landing a job. And not just any job, but a great job. Maybe even a dream job. But here’s what no one told you: college isn’t career training! There’s nothing wrong with learning about philosophy or calculus or western civilization, but simply having a well-rounded education […]

5 Things All New Grads Should Know About Job Hunting

How to Handle an Employment Gap on Your Resume

Everyone knows a gap in car insurance coverage is a red flag to your next insurer. It signals either recklessness (like a drunk driving conviction) or carelessness, like failure to pay on time. Gap customers pay for this suspicion for years in the form of increased premiums. But what about gaps in employment? I’m not […]

How to Handle an Employment Gap on Your Resume

An Introvert’s Guide to Getting Ahead at Work

Saying the words “introvert” and “getting ahead” may seem a bit incongruous, as the label ‘introvert’ can conjure up all sorts of images – from the solitary bookworm sitting alone on a park bench, to the shy wallflower at a party, peering down at their shoes. Introversion is often misunderstood as shyness, but the real […]

An Introvert’s Guide to Getting Ahead at Work

Seven Surefire Ways to Successfully Annoy Any Recruiter

Everyone aims to put their best foot forward when entering a job search, particularly when students have the opportunity to interact with recruiters, whether in person, via email, or by application to a position. Knowing this is a delicate relationship that can make or break a hiring decision, candidates often flub the chance to impress. […]

Seven Surefire Ways to Successfully Annoy Any Recruiter

Great Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

When I teach career development classes, I often compare the interview process to dating. There’s the same nervousness, sweaty palms and anxious wondering. “Will they like me?” When interviews go well and the conversation is flowing, it can often feel like good chemistry! Think about how you feel when you’re preparing to go on a […]

10 Great Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

“Build It Before You Need It” – 5 Tips for Cultivating Your Network

Networking is a powerful career tool – arguably THE most powerful – but it can also be one of the most challenging strategies for a job-seeker to implement. How can you go about developing relationships that will help you achieve your goals without feeling like you are asking for handouts? The answer to that question […]

“Build It Before You Need It” – 5 Tips for Cultivating Your Network

Cover Letters for New Grads – An Employer Perspective

As a former hiring manager for a large HR company, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of being the one who receives the hundreds of resumes and cover letters submitted for job postings. It was up to me to decide who to bring in for an interview based on these documents, and I’d like to share […]

Cover Letters for New Grads – An Employer Perspective

7 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated at Work During the Summer

Let’s face it; some of the most difficult times to stay motivated at work are right after lunch, around the holidays and when the weather warms up. If you’re starting to get cabin fever at work, try these tips that can help you regain your focus. 1. Plan Your Week If you have ever gone […]

7 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated at Work During the Summer

Syncing Your Resume with the Digital Age

It can be really difficult to stand out from the crowd when applying for a job. If you’re applying directly (without the help of an agency), standing out from everyone else in that huge pile of resumes is not an easy task. Even if you’re using a recruitment agency, it really helps if you provide […]

Syncing Your Resume with the Digital Age

An Insider’s Guide to What NOT to Include in Your Cover Letter

Crafting the perfect resume is only the first stage of applying for a job. The real challenge comes when creating a personalized cover letter to accompany and back up your application. While cover letter writing is time consuming, it is an essential part of a job application; however it is often a task that leaves […]

An Insider’s Guide to What NOT to Include in Your Cover Letter

Dear Mr. Smith: A Step-by-Step Guide to Networking Emails

Working at a university career center, one of the most common complaints I receive from employers is about the way that students communicate. We often hear about students sending email messages that are unprofessional, awkward, or downright inappropriate. Sadly, it only takes a few moments to send a poor email, but exhibiting bad communication is […]

Dear Mr. Smith: A Step-by-Step Guide to Networking Emails

Simple Things You Can Do to Get Your Resume Read

1. Who do you know? This advice may be counterintuitive if you found the job posting on a website, but first go through your own contacts and see if you have any connections with the company. Occasionally, you will be able to request that a former colleague, friend or even vendor refer you to the […]

10 Simple Things You Can Do to Get Your Resume Read

5 Tips for a Successful Internship

It is now mid-summer, and many students are halfway through their internship programs. They are no longer the new kids on the block, and are busy working on projects, meeting with managers, and interacting with other interns. But aside from completing assigned tasks, what else should an intern focus on to get the most out […]

5 Tips for a Successful Internship

How to Manage a Workplace Bully

While bullying may be an issue that you expect to find on a playground, it is still creeping into adult’s lives in the form of the workplace bully. However, unlike the current, vocal anti-bullying campaigns that are urging children to speak up and get help, adult support over this similarly relevant issue seems to be […]

How to Manage a Workplace Bully

Four “Revolutionary” Career Lessons

In the spirit of Independence Day, I decided that now would be the perfect time to write a Fourth of July-themed blog post. For one, it’s sort of a fun idea, and it’s also a rare opportunity for me to apply my background as a history major. I love drawing these sort of analogies in […]

Four “Revolutionary” Career Lessons

Making the Most of Your Internship Experience

Got a summer internship? Congratulations! You have taken a huge step in setting yourself up for job search success! Employers love to see internships on candidate resumes; the hands-on experience you gain allows you to build the skills they seek in full time employees. Internships are also an excellent way to “test drive” a career […]

Making the Most of Your Internship Experience

How to Update Your Outdated Resume

I’ve always made a point to keep my jobs for at least two years. This is something that I do for two reasons. First, I’ve found that two years is about enough time for me to grow my skillset to the point where I can move on to something new. Second, two years is long […]

How to Update Your Outdated Resume

How To Write A Great Cover Letter

So you have found a job posting that you are really psyched about, and now you are sitting in front of your computer trying to begin your cover letter…and you are absolutely stumped. Where should you even begin? Cover letters, in my opinion, are one of the most challenging and overlooked parts of the application […]

How To Write A Great Cover Letter

Three Important Sports Lessons You Should Be Applying to Your Career

I’m a huge sports fan, always have been. When I was a little girl, my brother would call me from his part-time job to get updates on Chicago Bulls games. How many points did Jordan have? How many assists did Pippen have? And when I was 7, when the Bears won the Super Bowl, I […]

Three Important Sports Lessons You Should Be Applying to Your Career

Career Fair Killers

If you’ve ever been to a career fair, then you know they can be pretty stressful events. You work hard on your resume, put on your best professional outfit, and then plunge into a room full of employers and candidates in an effort make yourself noticeable. Being put on the spot is never fun, but […]

Career Fair Killers

Netiquette: Professionalism for the 21st Century

As the world of job searching and professional networking steadily moves further into the digital realm, it is becoming increasingly important for aspiring professionals to be aware of how their online behavior is perceived by others. Just as your professional etiquette can make a significant impact on how you are viewed in the business world, […]

Netiquette: Professionalism for the 21st Century

Change is Constant, LinkedIn’s Latest

Have you gotten dizzy yet with all of the changes on LinkedIn? It seems every time you turn around something is new, or at least altered. Here’s a quick guide to what’s been happening. It’s okay to be a show off – your profile can be a portfolio Soon, if not already, you’ll be able […]

Change is Constant, LinkedIn’s Latest

Make Your Resume SAIL

Obviously, your resume is important. And that means it is very important for YOU to spend a great deal of time getting it perfect. Depending on who you ask, you might have anywhere from 7 to 10 seconds to make an impression on employers, and if they’re using a computerized system to screen out candidates, […]

Make Your Resume SAIL

Things You Need to Know About Finding an Internship

The real problem with finding an internship is that there is an overwhelming amount of resources and information out there. When it comes time to apply to internships, you are part way through the semester and may feel like the last thing you want to do is more work (i.e. internship search and applications). To […]

Things You Need to Know About Finding an Internship

Four Things You Need to Know Before You Start Your First Job

While every workplace is a little different, we all face a similar set of challenges. Everyone remembers their first full-time job job for one of two reasons: it was a serious wake-up call and/or it was an awful experience. Despite absolutely detesting my first “real” job, I did learn some skills that will make the […]

Four Things You Need to Know Before You Start Your First Job

How to Negotiate Benefits

Congratulations on your job offer! While you might be tempted to put up your feet and relax, keep in mind that the hard part is not quite finished; you have yet to negotiate your offer. Unless you are well-seasoned in the world of employment, negotiating benefits can be the most intimidating part of the job […]

How to Negotiate Benefits

5 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Career

In the world of career counseling, we often spend a great deal of time working with clients to discuss what steps they should be taking in their professional planning. These steps can be technical in nature, such as formatting your resume, or more abstract, such as developing a vision for your future. However, the reality […]

5 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Career

How to Develop a Clear and Specific Career Target

As with everything, if you don’t know exactly what you want, you are less likely to get it. As I tell people, just like dating, the “I’ll take anything approach” seldom works out. Picture yourself on a plane ride (or a subway, concert ticket line, etc.) and the chatty person next to you ask what […]

How to Develop a Clear and Specific Career Target

The Savvy Student’s Summer Break Checklist

What are your plans for the summer break? After a busy semester of studying, presentations, and exams, you have hopefully scheduled some well-deserved rest and relaxation! Unless you have an internship lined up for the summer, you probably haven’t planned to give much thought to your career over the break, but there are several small, […]

The Savvy Student’s Summer Break Checklist

Should I take a job that I hate?

“This is ridiculous,” my buddy Mike said to me, “I haven’t even started my new position yet, and I’m already dreading it. Do you think I made the right decision?” Mike (his name is changed here) had recently accepted a promotion in his organization. The pay was better, which was a good step for him, […]

Should I take a job that I hate?

Get Fit and Give Yourself a Competitive Edge at Work

We all know that today’s job market it tough. It is even tougher to get one of the few well paid, interesting and creative jobs out there. That’s because these are the jobs that most people want and are the ones that recruit the most talented employees, which means competition for them is fierce. The […]

Get Fit and Give Yourself a Competitive Edge at Work

Be your own coach

Using athletic coaching as a guide to self-directed career success For people managing a slow job search it is easy to get discouraged. In this market the average time for the active job seeker to find a position has been extended from six months to nine months. If you need a new outlook for your […]

Be your own coach

The Digital Job Search: 6 Online Tools You Should Check Out!

In the digital age, information is king and everything happens online – including your job search. Most college career centers offer a host of subscription-based resources to their students, but I also find myself drawing upon a lot of great FREE web resources during my daily interactions with students. There is a ton of career […]

The Digital Job Search: 6 Online Tools You Should Check Out!

Common Resume Mistakes

Updating my resume is the only thing I dread equally to writing cover letters. I have looked at my resume so many times it has become one giant blob of dread. Anyway, it is a task we should all do and do frequently. If you keep your resume up-to-date, you will have few edits to […]

Common Resume Mistakes

5 Difficult Interview Questions (And How to Answer Them)

Some people dread job interviews, and some people thrive at job interviews. Regardless of the category you fall into, there are those interview questions we all hate. You know the ones I am talking about. They are the questions that stump you during your interview preparations or the questions you complain to your friends about. […]

5 Difficult Interview Questions (And How to Answer Them)

Five first steps to using social media to find a job

The possibilities for entrepreneurship on the internet are endless, and, if you’re interested, you’ll find reams and reams of electronic paper on creating a personal brand online. Although having an up-to-the-minute Pinterest account may not realistically be such a great asset for finding many opportunities, there are some essential bases that you’d do well to […]

Five first steps to using social media to find a job

7 Ways to Use Twitter to Get Ahead in Your Career

By now, we all know the benefits of using LinkedIn for your career. It’s a great place to network, find new professional associations, make contacts with industry players and find out who’s hiring. But is it the only game in town? Not at all. If you’re searching for ways to advance your career and you’re […]

7 Ways to Use Twitter to Get Ahead in Your Career

Stop, Celebrate, and Aspire

In a recent blog post, Marisa Wong at Slideshare challenged followers to reflect on the past 10 years and create a slideshow commemorating the changes that have occurred in the previous decade. In connection to LinkedIn’s 10-Year Anniversary, Wong challenges her followers to think about where they were 10 years ago, where they saw themselves […]

Stop, Celebrate, and Aspire

Five Things You Should Definitely Do Before A Job Interview

So your resume and cover letter have passed the acid test and you’re over the first hurdle – you’ve just been granted an interview. Fantastic news – but now is not a time to rest on your laurels. In fact, it’s time to up your game. Now that you’ve landed an interview, the opportunity is […]

Five Things You Should Definitely Do Before A Job Interview

Owning Your Shortcomings

“What is your greatest weakness?” “Tell me about a time when you failed at something.” “Have you ever missed a deadline?” While most job candidates have particular questions that they dread, there are definitely a few that stand out from the pack. The questions outlined above are some of the squirmiest – these are the […]

Owning Your Shortcomings

How to Negotiate Salary for Your First Job

There’s nothing quite like that feeling of getting the first job offer in your professional career. But wait! Before you immediately reply with a ’Yes! Yes! I would happily accept!’ consider the implications. Sure it’s the first job in your area of expertise and you may not have much leveraging power, but the first salary […]

How to Negotiate Salary for Your First Job

Why You Should Also Be Thinking About ASKING Questions During Your Interview

Last week, I attended a speech on campus featuring a Fortune 100 executive. During the exchange with the audience, one student asked “Aside from basic qualifications, what might candidates do to stand out during the interview process?” The speaker immediately responded (and I’m paraphrasing here): “You need to be able to ask good questions during […]

Why You Should Also Be Thinking About ASKING Questions During Your Interview

Building a Career Wardrobe

So you are starting out in the “real world.” You’ve got your own place and the countdown to your first day has begun. There are a lot of things to think about when making the transition from college grad to career professional. Though you may have considered what to wear on your first day, you […]

Building a Career Wardrobe

Face Your Fear, Free Your Energy

As Michelle walked through the door at our university’s career center she had what appeared to be a pleasant smile on her face. Looking at her more closely, however, I sensed the tension she was fighting to keep in check. It’s no wonder the tension was there. Michelle would be graduating in 5 weeks and […]

Face Your Fear, Free Your Energy

How to keep things organized at work

If you are the type of person who always has so many things stacked on his office desk and just can’t seem to get past the paperwork backlog, then it looks like you have some serious organizing to do. You don’t have to wait for your boss to tell you to, do you? Here are […]

How to keep things organized at work