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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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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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Consider the Total Compensation Package

I am aware that my friends and I are getting older. I am not sure when it happened, but I came to the realization during a conversation with one of my best friends. She was talking about how close she is to becoming fully vested, and what this means for her financial future. Vesting and [...]

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Computer Information Systems Internships

With the wide array of job titles and working environments available to emergent computer information systems (CIS) graduates, internships are a great way to sample a career path and build valuable skills before graduation. While classroom knowledge is important for a strong foundation to build a successful career in any field, on-the-job-experience can tip the scales in [...]

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How I Can Tell You’re Not Prepared

I’m a huge proponent when it comes to preparing for an interview. I advocate researching the perspective company, creating a set questions, and, if possible, connecting with the recruiter via LinkedIn prior to the interview. Nevertheless, there will still be those individuals who choose to “wing it,” and go into the situation unprepared. As a [...]

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How to Create Your Own Unique Selling Proposition

Everyone is seeking to get the edge on the competition, from students to those already on their career path. One way is to borrow an idea from the world of business and create an individual unique selling proposition (USP). Competition begins early in academic life and continues into the workplace:   high school graduates compete [...]

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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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Do You Stand Out in Your Internship?

How to turn your internship into a job offer: Congratulations! You’ve landed that highly competitive, highly coveted internship with an organization you’d love to work for full-time someday. You beat out dozens of other applicants and now it’s up to you to make a good impression and prove to your supervisors that they made the [...]

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Network Like a Champ Without Getting a TKO

If you’re a young job seeker, you’ve undoubtedly heard that when looking for a job, it’s not always what you know, but who you know. So get out there and network! But in the frenzied social networking boxing ring we exist in, how do you know if you’re properly landing punches or simply shadow boxing [...]

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You’ve Heard It Before….Never Burn Bridges

“Never burn bridges” is probably one of the oldest pieces of professional advice. Without a doubt this advice has been given and received countless times, and although so simple, it’s timeless advice, that is so true even today. Six Degrees of Separation During my career with Hyatt, I’ve worked with a number of individuals and [...]

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Resumes Shouldn’t Be All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

Imagine that you are at your favorite restaurant. The waiter comes to take your order and you select a specific entrée, provide your cooking/garnishing preferences, and choose the side dishes. After a few minutes of pleasant table conversation, your waiter returns and hands you a plate – but it doesn’t contain what you ordered. Instead, [...]

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3 Reasons You Must Have a Personal Website in 2013

Ask yourself this: if an important person you’ve never met wanted information on you, where would they go? Most likely your super tech-savvy investigator would go straight to Google (or Bing…haha!). Would they find stuff about you that would impress them, or would it be full of random mumbo-jumbo nonsense from five years ago? Even [...]

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Save a Screw Up from Spiraling

Uh oh. You look at the email again, re-reading it to make sure you understood it right. Your stomach drops, your palms get sweaty, and all of a sudden your eyes are the size of saucers. Before you silently start letting out every obscenity you can imagine, the truth sinks in: you screwed up. Before [...]

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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 [...]

  • 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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