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Tips for Networking Beyond the Job Application

By Ann Eastham
Contributor, Career Services

When you’re a job seeker, the biggest frustration is by far the process of applying for jobs online and never knowing if your application is even reviewed. It can feel like your resume is just in outer space. You’re not alone in feeling this way; so many people do. You may wonder why someone else was hired when you may have been equally, if not more so, qualified.  It’s probably because they are taking full advantage of networking opportunities.

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.

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.

Conquering Bullet Points One Accomplishment at a Time

By Jaymie Pompeo
Contributor, Career Services

Creating resume bullet points for past work experience can be quite the mission. We all know listing job duties will not impress anyone. Only the job function is mentioned, which doesn’t provide any insight into who you are. Accomplishments, on the other hand, explain how well you execute the task. Not only do they provide a glimpse of your successes, but they demonstrate the potential you have as a future employee.

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.

The Art of Following Up

By Rowe Leathers, GCDF
Contributor, Career Services

One of the most important components in a job search is the interview follow up; yet it is one of the most overlooked and uncertain parts of the process. While many job seekers recognize this to be a critical step, many fear it because they don’t know what to say or, worse, don’t want to be a nuisance. To conquer your fear of making that call, consider shifting the way you think about it.

Is Your Introvert Personality Preventing You From Getting Noticed?

By Rowe Leathers, GCDF
Contributor, Career Services

Do you need to nail your next job interview? If so, don’t go! Instead, send someone who is a master of conversation, someone who is energetic and charismatic to help you land that job. A charismatic person can convey your skills, experiences and qualifications with purpose. A person with energy can showcase your commitment and dedication for success, and a master of conversation can connect with the interviewer to demonstrate your desire to be part of the team.

A Resume Recipe for Success

By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Services

Holiday baking is a big business in our household. In order to keep up with the seasonal demand for sweets, I tend to spend many hours in the kitchen, pressing cookie cutters into dough, and baking little masterpieces that will be distributed, examined, and (hopefully) enjoyed by many.

While obviously different, writing a resume is much like baking a cookie, both needing to win the approval of those who sample it. If you don’t want your resume to leave a bad taste in the mouths of prospective employers, consider following a little resume recipe for success.

An Effective Guide to Ideal Interview Body Language

By Will Smith Online Career Tips, Guest Contributor Contrary to popular belief, neither Mandarin nor English is the universal language. Rather, the right answer is body language. Yes, that’s right! The language that everyone in the world understands is not the one that’s spoken. They say that “action speaks louder than words,” and this is what body language is all about. You can be understood without saying anything. Just your actions are enough to convey what you think and feel.