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The 411 on Informational Interviews

By Kristen Carter
Contributor, Career Services

One of the new networking strategies that you may have heard buzz about is informational interviews. This term was developed by Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute?, and its purpose is to gather information on a particular industry and/or specific company you may wish to work at one day. Think of it as an information gathering session, not an opportunity to ask for a job. This is an excellent strategy for a potential job seeker or career switcher to employ; however, it does require substantial initiative and persistence as you must convince these professionals why they should meet with you.

Never Work a Day in Your Life!

By Kristen Carter
Contributor, Career Services

At the end of the day, it is imperative that you know for yourself what you want to do. An oft asked question, designed to evaluate your internal motivation or passion is: If money were not an issue, what would you do for a living? While some may be able to immediately blurt out an answer, others may have to take some time to ponder the matter. Either way, your response typically reveals a true passion.

A Three-Prong Approach to Job Hunting

By Jessica Bigger
Contributor, Career Services

Searching for a job is like having a full time job. You have to put in a tremendous amount of energy while staying focused and positive. For me, I was looking to re-enter the workforce after being a stay at home mom, which presents its own challenges. I used this three-prong approach to secure my current job. It took me less than two months to get an interview.

Is a Bad Credit Rating Hindering Your Career?

By Rowe Leathers
Contributor, Career Services

Having a poor credit rating can do more than just keep you from getting a job. Simply knowing that your credit rating is limiting your employment options can reduce your self-confidence, and in turn, can negatively impact your attitude, outlook and overall demeanor. Unfortunately, your demeanor can send a message of doubt and desperation that potential employers can sense, and quite frankly, avoid.

Dressing Well for Work on a Budget

By Shun McGhee
Contributor, Career Services

Even some of the more stringent dress codes can leave you with wiggle room. Find that room and tailor it to fit your budget and personality. For example, if the company dress code does not permit you to wear a suit, see if a jacket and slacks combination will work. If so, this will expand your wardrobe possibilities and yield more opportunities to mix and match your clothes. The lessons I have learned to date have helped me to dress well during my most financially lean moments, and they may help you too.

Don’t Get an Associate from the School of Assumptions: How to Conduct Career Research

By Cathy Francois
Contributor, Career Services

Solely relying on the opinions of others is a research fail. I recommend getting hardcore numbers and official information regarding your career of interest. Sources such O*Net or the Occupational Outlook Handbook are a great place to find statistics on salary trends, expected demand, required experience, education, and much more.

Why Didn’t I Get that Job?

By Eileen Shackleford
Contributor, Career Services

Haven’t we all asked that question at some point?If you have ever been in a job search, you know there will be times when you leave an interview thinking, “I nailed that! The job is mine.” Then what? A “thank you for your application” email arrives.If you are like me, you like the unvarnished, plain ole’, unarguable truth.Sometimes in today’s corporate speak, it is hard to drill down to what expressions like ’not a good fit’ mean.

The Power of Please

By Shun McGhee
Contributor, Career Services

June 5, 2014 marked the end of my nephew’s 8th grade school year, an occurrence that was celebrated by a graduation ceremony. In addition to our attendance, both sets of my nephew’s grandparents traveled to the ceremony as well. Since the grandparents had traveled quite some distance, they asked my niece if her grandmother could please sleep in her bed for the night, to which my niece responded, “Yes.” My nieces’ mother instilled in her daughter the value of sharing, though here was a chance to see it in practice.

Try Out a New Career

By Rowe Leathers
Contributor, Career Services

Have you ever considered doing something entirely different from your current job role? Do you have secondary skills that if provided the opportunity could blossom into a new career path? What hobbies do you have that possess the potential to become an income earning activity?