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Signs You Are Leaving a Position Prematurely

By Cathy Francois
Contributor, Career Services

It is important to consider both the short- and long-term effects before making any career move. Carefully consider the untapped opportunities with your currently employer before jumping on board to what might be a sinking ship.

Market Your Skills for a Second Income

By Rowe Leathers
Contributor, Career Services

If you are one of the many who would welcome a second income, it may be a good time to assess your knowledge and talents. Instead of taking a part-time retail job that may not be related to your current field, consider freelancing to further develop your key skills.

Are You the Office Grouch?

By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Services

If you’re heading down the path of office grouch-dom, reroute yourself in a more positive direction. Initiating simple, reoccurring acts of kindness is a great way to positively influence how your coworkers perceive you and can have a whirlwind effect on the morale of your office environment.

Ready for Graduation, But Ready for a Career?

By Shun McGhee
Contributor, Career Services

Ultimately, it is just as important to prepare for success after college as it is to prepare for success during college. By taking the suggestions offered here and doing some of your own research, you can place yourself in really good position to obtain gainful employment after graduation.

Incorporating Self-Employment On Your Resume

By Ann Eastham
Contributor, Career Services

While applying for a corporate position can be stressful after a period of self-employment, it doesn’t have to be. By incorporating these tips into your resume, you will help your skills and experience shine through and overshadow any concerns a hiring manager may have.

Is Your Personality Helping or Hurting Your Job Search?

By Kristen Carter
Contributor, Career Services

With self-knowledge comes direction, and being in tune with yourself can help you make positive decisions regarding your career. When you are aware of and acknowledge your unique traits, you will be able to recognize certain areas that may need attention and how your personality may positively or negatively affect your job search.

Should We Really Despise Objective Statements?

By Jaymie Pompeo
Contributor, Career Services

Most career advice nowadays will imply that putting an objective statement on your resume is a cardinal sin. For the longest time, even I jumped the bandwagon and preached the sermon on “thou shalt not use an objective statement.” Let’s be honest – when used, objectives tend to focus on the job seeker’s personal satisfaction versus what really should be promoted: how he or she fits the needs of the current opportunity. It’s no wonder they have such a bad reputation.

Signs That Your Job Searching Skills Are a Little Rusty

By Cathy Francois
Contributor, Career Services

The days of circling ads and faxing your resume is so 2000 ‘n late. I remember a time when I used to pick up the Sunday classifieds to check out the job postings just for fun and to see what was in demand. I even went door-to-door inquiring about job openings. Although these methods have their place, technology has enhanced the way we find information, but has added a greater level of complexity to the job search process. How long has it been since you’ve searched for a job outside your current workplace? Here are some signs that you may be a little rusty.

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.