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Want To Forget Important Things? Don’t Take Notes.

By now, hopefully you have learned to take good notes inside the classroom.  However, taking notes outside of class can be just as important.  I have found that the tips and tools I learned about from individuals outside the classroom have been the most influential to my personal and professional success. Why should I take [...]


When Stressed: Don’t Procrastinate, Take a Break

We all feel overwhelmed at times — whether it be from classwork, jobs, relationships, group membership responsibilities, or a combination of all of them.  Feeling stressed is unpleasant and, if you are like me, you do not function at your best when you feel this way. When I feel like there is too much on [...]


College Seniors, Start Now

As you are entering your senior year, your parents and friends may be asking you about your post-graduation plans.  You may know exactly where you want to work after you graduate, or you may have no idea.  This article will provide useful planning tips for your senior year regardless of where you are in the [...]


Maintain Your Network by Saying “Thanks”

Celebrating Father’s Day recently got me thinking about saying thanks to people who have had a meaningful impact on my life.  Since there is no national day of recognition for every different relationship we have in life, we need to remember on our own. Your network and your personal brand will be strengthened if you [...]


Show Your Skills and Experience Through Stories

In your application materials and in interviews with employers, it is important that they hear concrete examples of your skills and work ethic through your past experiences. You need to know how to tell your story to convince them that you have the necessary attitude, skills, and experience to succeed in the job. Imagine being [...]


Your Cover Letter is Not About You

The most important thing a good cover letter will do is to show an employer that you will be a perfect fit for their position.  What most job applicants don’t realize is that an employer is not only wondering if you are qualified for the job, they are also concerned that you might not really [...]


LinkedIn: What is it Good For?

There are many social networking tools and techniques out there that you can use to spread your personal brand and to locate jobs. You may be wondering which ones would be most beneficial to you as you plan your job and internship search.  This article will outline some of what LinkedIn can be used for [...]


Authenticity and the Job Search

I often come across advice to “be authentic” in your job search and personal branding. I have personally found it challenging at times to balance personal authenticity and professionalism, so I decided to go on a search to find out what it means to be authentic. I proceeded to ask several career professionals to define [...]


Confidence is the Winning Strategy

Some of the most common sentiments I hear from students during career counseling sessions is, “I don’t have any relevant experience” or “I don’t have many skills to bring to a job.”  As much as students seem to truly believe in these thoughts, once I get talking to the student about their past experiences, I [...]


Being a Team Player Means Speaking Up

If you see an issue or problem at your workplace (internship, summer job, etc.) that could be improved on, you should speak up. Organizations would never progress forward if things stayed the same through the years.  They have likely hired you for a reason and keeping your ideas to yourself will not help anyone and [...]


Striving for Perfection

If you personally strive for perfection in all that you do, please consider the following: “Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is.… It’s your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best.” – Sir Laurence Olivier It is important that you distinguish for yourself whether you want to [...]


What Are You Going to Do With THAT Major?

If you have chosen a major in the social sciences or arts & humanities, such as sociology or philosophy, you have likely heard the question,  “What are you going to with that?”  Your parents or friends may have asked you the question with simple curiosity and without judgment, but that is unfortunately how you may [...]


Is Graduate School the Solution?

Are you prepared to attend graduate school? There are many reasons why people decide to go to graduate or professional school and some reasons are stronger than others.  You may want to analyze your motives for attending graduate school.   Here are some of the things you should consider before deciding to attend: Need — [...]


Build Your Network Wherever You Are

There are so many things I wish I knew when I was 20.  On Monday, Bret Simmons wrote about that topic, and it got me thinking about what I wish I knew then.  I wish I had realized during college how important it was to begin polishing up my professionalism and networking skills from the [...]


Oops, That Interview Did NOT Go Well

So, you had one of your first job interviews and you can tell it did not go so well.  That does not feel very good.  Well, what can you do now? One tactic is to beat yourself up about it until you never want to think about interviewing again.  Another is to assume it was [...]

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    Dan Schawbel, the founder of the Student Branding Blog, is a world renowned personal branding expert, the international bestselling author of Me 2.0, as well as the publisher of the Personal Branding Blog.

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