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Your Next Big Opportunity Is Closer Than You Think: Applying For Jobs Where You Currently Work How Will You Make 2015 a Better Year? From Hourly to Salary – the Pro’s and Con’s How Would You Categorize Your Career
 

Your Next Big Opportunity Is Closer Than You Think: Applying For Jobs Where You Currently Work

By Ann EasthamContributor, Career Services Sometimes your new perfect job is one at your own company, which can be exciting and awkward at the same time. Whether you are applying to a different department or for a promotion, consider these tips.

How Will You Make 2015 a Better Year?

By Rowe Leathers, GCDFContributor, Career Services With another year behind us, many are taking stock of their place in all aspects of life: family, personally, and professionally. A promotion in 2014 is strong validation that your career is on an upward trajectory. But what if you didn’t get a promotion? Does it mean that your career has reached a lull? Not necessarily. There are many factors affecting the momentum of your career that are out of your hands, but there are some you can direct.

From Hourly to Salary – the Pro’s and Con’s

Many people, myself included, have a moment in our professional lives when we decide to go from hourly to salary. When I received an offer for my first salaried job after working hourly positions since high school, I felt like I had finally “made it”. I was no longer measured by the numbers of hours worked but by the quality of the work I was doing. However, I failed to realize the cons of working a salaried position and began to miss the pros of working hourly.

How Would You Categorize Your Career

To quote the R&B group the O’Jays, “I love music.” Though unlike the O’Jay’s, I do not love just any kind of music, but prefer anything that can be considered funky. Typically, this includes Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Caribbean, roots Reggae, some Classical, R&B, and Rap. Music is a huge part of my life. When I am working, I usually listen to some type of music. I sing when I run, and when I am quiet, music is going through my mind.

Making the Most of Social Media at a Conference

Vlog with Madeline Roberts
Online Career Tips Contributor

This video describes how social media can enhance your experience before, during, and after a professional conference. From updating your business cards to include your Twitter handle to following the event hashtag at home, these tips will help you make the most of social media at a conference.

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LinkedIn as a Career Motivator

By Rowe Leathers
Contributor, Career Services

There is no bigger career motivator than the fear that comes from seeing your friends and colleagues move forward in their career when you are feeling stagnant. A new title in a LinkedIn profile is evidence that colleagues in your circle are progressing forward in their careers, and that realization can leave you questioning your own career journey. Rather than letting fear make you second guess your career decisions, allow the feeling to motivate you to step up to new challenges and branch out into new areas of your profession.

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Gaining Meaningful Experience through Community and Civil Service Programs

By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Services

During a tough economy, landing a job can be difficult for anyone. However, it can be especially rough for recent graduates with little to no past employment experience. Entry-level positions tend to be competitive and attract a wide variety of candidates, including professionals who already possess many years of working experience, making it difficult for recent graduates to secure those positions.

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Five Bits of Career Advice from a Lifelong Coach

By Jessica Kleiman
Forbes

Over the past 20 years, I’ve been lucky enough to receive career advice from a mentor who has helped foster my success in innumerable ways. This woman has worked in many different industries and roles throughout her life–from promotion director to image consultant, from HR executive to artist–but there is one job she has had consistently: teacher.…

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Check In and Check Up

By Shun McGhee
Contributor, Career Services

My corporate rearing taught me the more I stayed out of my boss’s office, the better it was for me; I considered it as the equivalent of staying under the radar. I saw closed-door conversations with management as a necessary evil and never something an employee should request. Boy was I wrong.

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3 Ways to Foster Professional Development in the Workplace

By Jamie Nichol
Business2Community

Professional development opportunities in the workplace are more important now than ever before. The next generation of workers are the famous millennials, and companies are working to adapt their programming in order to attract this powerful group that is filled with new ideas and different priorities.

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How To Be “Future Ready” for a Career in Marketing

By Mark Schaefer
Business2Community

I was challenged by my friends at Dell to write a post on what it would mean to be “Future Ready” … How do we prepare and remain relevant for the next 5-10 years of business?…

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Make Yourself a Purple Squirrel: The Perfect Match for the Job

By Ann Eastham
Contributor, Career Services

Haven’t heard the expression? It’s ok; I hadn’t either, until recently. “Purple squirrel” is a term for a job candidate who has the exact education, experience, and qualifications needed for a particular position. It means that you have the ability to step into a position and immediately perform your job responsibilities. The exact origin of the term is unknown, but it has been widely used by hiring managers and recruiters since at least the late 90’s. Why a purple squirrel? Because the chances of finding someone with the exact qualifications that you are seeking are as rare as a real-life purple squirrel. So, what are you to do?

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