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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?

Is Bigger Really Better?

By Eileen Shackleford and Barbara Ellis
Contributors, Career Services and Corporate & Strategic Relationships

Where do most people start career searches? Often it begins by thinking about the dream companies from which they’d like to receive a job offer. Those companies are usually the highly branded companies we see or hear about in the media and experience in our everyday lives – Coke, UPS, Raytheon, Dell, Disney, or Price Waterhouse Cooper. These are just a few of the Fortune 500 companies with whom many of us interact on a daily basis and might think of first for a new job search. The question is: Is bigger really better?

How to Write a Compelling Profile Statement

By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Services

You're ready to apply for a job. You possess all of the required skills and qualifications, and you’re sure that you are the best candidate for the position. You’ve polished up your resume, but you’re still a bit hesitant to submit it. What if the employer scans over some of your qualifications? If only there was a way to immediately highlight who you are as a professional and why you are the ideal candidate for the position. Fortunately, there is, and it’s called a profile statement.

Resume Facelift: How to Avoid Aging Yourself on Paper

By Cathy Francois
Contributor, Career Services

I believe that tenured professionals have a lot to offer employers, and many hiring managers appreciate the experience and knowledge that “seasoned” professionals bring. However, let’s face it: we live in a culture that values youthfulness – as shown by our billion dollar beauty industry. Given that there are laws to protect workers age 40 and older against age discrimination, I think job seekers owe it to themselves to keep age off of their resume and avoid unintentionally aging themselves.

Online Job Searching: Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

By Christine Muncy, M.Ed., GCDF
Contributor, Career Services

Seasoned career searchers will tell you that the most successful job searches will have a plan, involve being organized, and knowing your material. However, that is often easier said than done, particularly with the overwhelming number of open positions available. While there are a plethora of sites, blogs and job boards to choose from, often the most effective ones are provided and administered by a university's Career Services office.