The Most Important Things For My Career Are:

I frequently meet with students who are struggling to figure out their path in life.  Often I find the challenge is that they are spending a lot of time worrying about what they think they SHOULD be doing and not enough time reflecting on what they WANT to be doing.  As I have stated manyContinue reading “The Most Important Things For My Career Are:”

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Tips for Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a great tool for researching prospective careers, building your network, and reaching out and connecting with people.  This should be an entirely professional social media tool, so keep your personal life out of it.  It really should function as an on-line resume and professional networking tool.  It takes some time and effort toContinue reading “Tips for Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile”

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Email Best Practices

When dealing with email communication I am frequently stunned by the lack of professionalism that I encounter.  Many times I receive emails that have no salutation or sign-off and no capitalization, grammar or sentence structure.  If these habits continue when the sender enters the workforce he/she will find that it will have a significantly negativeContinue reading “Email Best Practices”

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Business Casual – What to Wear to Work

If you want to succeed at work, you need to dress the part.  This is not a myth but a reality.  Your appearance represents your employer and your respect for your job as much as it represents your personal style.  Because of this, employers take very seriously the image that you create for yourself andContinue reading “Business Casual – What to Wear to Work”

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What Not to Do In An Interview – The Dick and Jane Series Contd.

Do not show up late, but don’t be too early either:  Take the time before the interview to find out exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there and then plan to be there about 10 minutes early.  If you end up getting there a lot earlier, take aContinue reading “What Not to Do In An Interview – The Dick and Jane Series Contd.”

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Beyond Business Casual – Personal Branding Part 2: Creating a Professional Image

Studies show that most people will make decisions about who you are within the first 30 seconds of meeting you and some of those impressions can be difficult to alter once formed.  This is one of the reasons why I emphasize the importance of dressing professionally particularly when you are going to a networking eventContinue reading “Beyond Business Casual – Personal Branding Part 2: Creating a Professional Image”

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Personal Branding and Creating a Professional Image – Part 1

Match your shoes to your hem-line, always wear panty-hose, if you wear a little make-up it gives the impression that you pay attention to details . . . As a feminist, much of this seems offensive; however, working in a profession where I advise young people on how to present themselves in a professional manor,Continue reading “Personal Branding and Creating a Professional Image – Part 1”

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You are your own PR agency

Remember: Everything that you do, every letter or phone call that you make is a representation of you. Because of this it is important to invest some time in developing a tool kit of job search resources that you can use.  Also, it is important to go through a variation of a branding process thatContinue reading “You are your own PR agency”

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Your On-Line Presence – Networking and Image

On-Line Networking: These days, over 50% of employers Google prospective employees before they hire them.  This means that you need to be paying attention to your on-line image.  So Google yourself! See what comes up. Keep your private life private. You can still have personal information on the web. Just make sure that it’s onlyContinue reading “Your On-Line Presence – Networking and Image”

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