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4 Ways Your Summer Job can Jumpstart Your Career

Are you making the most of your summer job? Perhaps you’re “just waitressing” or working at the mall or a grocery store. But, did you know that a temporary summer job can help boost your future career? In fact, did you know that New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg was once a parking lot attendant? [...]

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The Value of “Thank You”

Saying “thank you” is something most of us do without even thinking: after a waitress serves a meal, a sales clerk helps you find a particular item, someone holds a door open, or after you sneeze and someone nearby says, “God bless you.” These pleasantries are part of our daily routines – our American culture. Likewise, [...]

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Are Cover Letters Dead?

If you have applied for a job online recently, you may have noticed that the process is driven by a series of screens that request you to create a profile in the company’s online career center and upload your resume. Next, you may be asked a few questions about your qualifications for the job. But, [...]

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4 Steps to a Better Resume

By now, you’ve likely learned that resumes come in many different forms: chronological, skills based/functional, or a combination of the two. And, let’s not forget that you may change elements of your resume to target the information for a specific job that you’re applying to… With all of these options, resume writing can get very [...]

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Volunteer Your Way into a Job

Did you know that April is National Volunteer month? When it comes to volunteering, many people immediately think of spending time at a local soup kitchen or pitching in for a day with Habitat for Humanity to help build a house. While these are important ways to volunteer in your community [as well as gain [...]

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The 5 Tenets of Networking

When I was in college, the word “networking” literally filled me with anxiety. The idea of introducing myself to complete strangers was incredibly intimidating to my very shy nature; but I had it all wrong. Networking should not be scary or intimidating – especially if you approach it with an open mind. For starters, networking [...]

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5 Things To Do Before You Graduate College

In two months, most college seniors will be decorating their graduation caps in anticipation of the big day. With only weeks of precious time left in the spring semester, you’ll want to ensure that you cross a few important items off your “I Need a Job” list.   1.)  Make an Appointment with Career Service [...]

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4 Tips to Succeed at the Career Fair

This time of year, it’s common for many colleges to host career fairs – events where many local and/or national companies come on campus to recruit for entry level positions. Career fairs offer an incredible opportunity to network with recruiters and market your skills. Here are some quick tips to help you prepare: 1.)  Research [...]

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Plan for Success in Your Internship

It’s the age-old cliché: how do you gain job experience when employers are seeking candidates who already have experience?  Most students can quickly start to build their resume with an internship, while others can do the same through volunteering or part-time jobs. Yes, even that part-time retail job can help you prepare for your future [...]

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3 Steps to Build Your Online Brand

Now that you’ve cleaned up your online profiles, it’s time to really build your online brand. First, let’s talk about what it means to have an “online brand.” Your online brand is how others perceive you online – it’s the culmination of all of your social media profiles and online activities. Collectively, this presence should [...]

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4 Tips to Clean Up Your Online Presence

Like most college students, you likely have a Facebook page and a Twitter profile. You may even have a Google+ or LinkedIn account, aiming to connect with professionals in your field. Some of you may even have a YouTube channel, a Flickr account, and a collection of boards on Pinterest. So, what does this have [...]

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12 Ways to Be Career Focused in 2013

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I’m not one for listing specific things I want to change or do in the upcoming year. Instead, I prefer to come up with a theme so that I can use a number of mini successes to meet my resolution goal. So, if my theme is “health,” actions [...]

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5 Ways to Maximize the New LinkedIn Profile Layout

If you haven’t heard, your LinkedIn profile is about to get a face-lift – if it hasn’t already. LinkedIn announced in mid-October that it would be rolling out a new look to profile pages aiming to make it easier to showcase your experience and connect with others. To see examples of the new page, click here for an interactive [...]

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5 Tips to Start Your First Job Right

If you’re a December graduate, chances are you will be starting your first “real” job in the next few months. As that first big day approaches, you’re likely reading up on the company and learning everything you can about what to expect – and that’s perfect! Here are five tips to help once you get [...]

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Being Thankful for the People in Your Neighborhood

Normally I fill this space with tips and information about finding a job or advancing your career. Today, however, I thought this space would be better served with reflection. There are many things for which I’m thankful for this year – but as I look at my career, I’m thankful for the people who have [...]

  • Dan Schawbel

    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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    Chelsea Rice is the editor-in-chief of the Student Branding Blog. She began her work for StudentBranding.com just before graduating from Boston University, where she studied journalism and minored in international relations.

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