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Overcoming Objection and Dealing with Discouragement

By Shun McGhee
Contributor, Career Services

When pursuing your career aspirations, you will undoubtedly encounter people that do not see your vision or believe you can obtain it. Do not allow their fear and doubt to transfer to you. The ability to overcome objection is just one of the many tools you need to have at the ready in your career tool box.

Learning to Balance Your Perfectionism at Work

By Jaymie Pompeo
Contributor, Career Services

While presenting high quality work should always be your goal, perfectionists take it to an extreme that can be detrimental in the workplace. The amount of anxiety and stress from overanalyzing your efforts may contribute to producing low-quality work, missing deadlines, and may even hold you back, career-wise.

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.

Mature Job-Seekers: Your Game, Your Rules

By Rowe Leathers
Contributor, Career Services

With age comes experience, and with experience comes opportunities only afforded to mature workers. That said, seasoned workers must approach their job search differently than the younger and less experienced.

Pitfalls of Job Search Procrastination

By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Services

It’s 11:33 p.m. on a Friday evening, and you are zealously typing away at your keyboard. You’re on a time crunch to get your resume updated before your application is due at midnight for a position you’ve recently discovered. Well, you actually found out about it a few days ago, but you didn’t have the time to get everything together until just now. Besides, you’re a champ at turning things in right before the final deadline. From college exam papers to big office projects, you’ve mastered the art of procrastination, and you’re confident that your application will be submitted, as always, in the nick of time.

Rescue Me: Choosing the Right Degree Program

By Shun McGhee
Contributor, Career Services

On a hot and sunny day in the 90’s, my mother and aunt drove me to West Virginia State University. During that seven-hour ride to “State,” I thought about attending college and all it entailed, and I realized I had not chosen a major. I confessed this to my mother, and I asked her what she thought was a good major. She replied, “You should major in business because most professions will have some type of business fundamentals associated with it.” So, I declared Business Management as my major. I’ve found that I’m not alone in this situation; many of the students I’ve spoken with have chosen a major blindly.

Know Your Pregnancy Rights

By Ann Eastham
Contributor, Career Services

Whether you’re considering starting a family, trying to become pregnant, or already pregnant, knowing your rights as well as your employer’s benefits can help you better plan for the future in order to reduce stress and ensure a more joyous event. Two of these rights – the right to keep your job and the right to the same treatment as others with a short-term medical absence – are among the most important to understand.

Job Search Strategies That Will Make or Break You

By Kristen Carter
Contributor, Career Services

“I’ve applied to hundreds of jobs” is not an uncommon statement heard in my role as a career coach. However, this immediately sends up a red flag: you’ve cast out a wide net in hopes of receiving a few bites. The problem with this approach is that you are likely not setting yourself apart from other applicants or customizing your resume for the job, and that leads to the question: are you submitting too many job applications?

Filling the Void Before It Takes Over

By Jacquelyn Brookins
Contributor, Career Services

Here I was in a great new position that met all of my work desirables – doing something that makes a difference, a perfect work/life balance, and working with amazing colleagues and management – but I couldn’t help but wonder whether I would burn out or become dissatisfied rather quickly. The good news: I was able to recognize the problem before it surfaced to reflect and come up with a plan to move forward.