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6 Tips to Get a Resume that Works for You Misperceptions about LinkedIn That May Keep You from Using It 10 Things I Wish I Knew Coming Out of College Tales of a Recovering College Dropout

6 Tips to Get a Resume that Works for You

By Terika L. Haynes, DBA, MHA, FACHE Faculty Member, School of Business at American Public University Let’s face it--resume writing is a task that many people do not enjoy. But a great resume is invaluable for landing the right job. Here are six tips to ensure that you have a competitive resume.

Misperceptions about LinkedIn That May Keep You from Using It

By Cathy Francois Contributor, Career Services According to LinkedIn, only about 50% of LinkedIn users are active. I have heard many excuses as to why people are not actively engaged - or using it at all - based on misperceptions about what LinkedIn is and how it will benefit them.

on the precipice

10 Things I Wish I Knew Coming Out of College

By Dr. Latanya Hughes Assistant Professor, School of Business at American Public University Finishing college can feel like being on the precipice of a new terrain. It’s scary, but it will be alright. I can’t promise you roses and champagne, but I can tell you some things (in no particular order) I wish I knew then.

Tales of a Recovering College Dropout

By Ryan Bradshaw Faculty member, Retail Management at American Public University “My name is Ryan Bradshaw and I am a recovering college dropout.” I use this line in almost every class I teach or visit. When I was 20 and in my junior year as an undergraduate, everything was looking up. I’ve always been highly motivated and college was no exception.

To Poach or Not to Poach

By Dr. Suzanne Minarcine
Faculty Director, School of Business at American Public University

How far do you go in recruiting new employees? One of my business clients is an elite hair salon in Atlanta that serves celebrities and top women executives. I have worked with the owner, Tom, since he started planning the business 10 years ago and he has done a fabulous job building the reputation of his salon. He had the foresight to move into an up-and-coming area and quickly established his reputation.

The salon recently had three new customers who all wanted appointments on the same day at the same time. It took quite a bit to accommodate this request, but Tom is committed to customer service and to meeting customers’ needs and he was able to get two of his stylists to come in on their day off.

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How to Stay Safe Online

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

In the latest video featuring cyber security trends for 2015, In Homeland Security’s managing editor Glynn Cosker provides an overview of what to expect in each week of NCSAM and what consumers and businesses can do to stay safe online in our ever-evolving digital world.

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The Key to Success in Your Next Job Interview

By Bobby Johnston
Ambassador and Alumnus at American Public University

The interview you have wanted and been thinking about since you started your search has arrived. You make the rundown through everything you believe you need. Best outfit, check. Reviewed all of the questions you believe they could ask, check. Good night’s sleep, check. Ok, you are ready to go--or so you think.

The first interview question throws you for a loop, “What do you know about our organization?” You pause, desperately trying to pull something out of your mind. Not knowing, you simply reply that you have not done much research on the company. Your failure to investigate the organization may have cost you the opportunity that you were so desperately seeking.

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Mature Man Looking in Mirror

Never Doubt that You Have Purpose

By Dr. Randall Cuthbert
Associate Professor, Emergency & Disaster Management at American Public University

Here’s an exercise for you to try: Go into your bathroom, look in the mirror, and ask yourself: Why am I alive?

I frequently ask my students, either through an essay presentation or forum discussion with their classmates, this question about the class they are currently completing: What did you learn? How will you use it?

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US Hiring Slowed in September as Global Economy Weakened

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in September and added fewer jobs in July and August than previously thought — a sour note for a labor market that had been steadily improving.…

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Where Will Your Goal Take You Today?

By Jackie Hott
Faculty member at American Public University

Doctor, lawyer, farmer, actress, athlete, business woman, mom, or teacher--which one did you want to be when you grew up? When we are young we think about the future, but you are never too old to have goals.

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When Social Media Becomes More than a Tool

By Jill Kurtz
Online Career Tips Editor

Trend alert: Companies are making the transition from using social media as a tool to using it to create a social business. Bernie Borges, CEO of Find and Convert and host of the Social Business Engine podcast, discussed this trend in a webinar offered by the Public Relations Society of America.

So, what is a social business? According to Borges, “A social business embraces the culture and technology of social media for strategic business applications. It understands that employees across the organization should contribute to brand excellence through external and internal engagement.”

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College Degree Choice and Your Career

By Sharie Adamson, Ed. D
School of Business at American Public University

Many of us begin our college journey thinking we need to decide what we want to do with the rest of our lives. College is only one piece of the puzzle of our lives and we need to keep that in focus. Preparing for a successful career involves choices well beyond the classroom.

I had the illusion that my college degree choice would set the path for my career for the rest of my life. Therefore, I really stressed about my degree plan. This caused me to change my degree and shift my opinion many times over the course of my first two years in college.

When I settled on the field of teaching, I assumed that I would be a teacher for my entire future career. I was mistaken and, 25 years after I began my career, I look back and wished that I had been more focused on the joy and process of learning instead of focusing on the rest of my life.

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Ace Your Interview With Body Confidence

You Are Not Ready Until You Know These 6 Interview Techniques

Founder of CareerAlley

There are several types of interviews: initial interviews with recruiters, telephone interviews and “in-person” interviews. Whether your dream job is trading stocks on Wall Street or an adventurous job in Alaska, you need to know as much as you can to successfully complete each round of your interview. It is rare these days to get an “in person” interview without first going through a telephone interview.  As you know, the purpose of a telephone interview is to screen potential candidates and further pare down the list to a short list of individuals who will be asked to interview in person.

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