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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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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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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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Top 5 Items to List in Your Scholarship Essay

It’s true that higher education costs are climbing. However, scholarships can make it easier to pay for college. Finding and applying for scholarships takes creativity and dedication, and the process is often rigorous and competitive. But by highlighting just a handful of factors on your scholarship essay, you can ace the all-important first step: submitting [...]

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A Productivity Tool for Your Job Search

Life is complicated and time is short, especially if you are someone who works hard and plays hard. Wasting a precious resource like your time can mean missing out on chances to grow professionally and engage socially, and let’s face it, managing the daily administrative tasks that accompany an ambitious lifestyle can be mind-numbingly boring! [...]

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The New Year: A Great Time for Renewal

As we gear up for the new year, it’s a great time to reflect on what went right in our lives during 2012, as well what we need to change (aka New Year’s resolutions). To help take a holistic and organized approach to the New Year, you may find it useful to consider your resolution [...]

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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 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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Midterms, Interviews and Preemptive Fun

It happens about this time every semester – grad students hunker down for midterms, group projects, interviews, leadership roles, and extracurricular activities – all important elements for a commanding GPA and desirable resume. But something has to go to make time – and the first thing to go is FUN. Let me tell you why [...]

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7 Steps to Finding a Great Mentor

As a new graduate starting a new career, it might be helpful to find a mentor to help you navigate your new role. Mentors can be a great resource of industry knowledge, a contact with numerous connections in your field and an incredible role model to show you what success looks like in your future [...]

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Evaluating Job Offers: Salaries aren’t Everything

Whether you’re a soon-to-be college graduate seeking your first job or an experienced job hunter, it’s important to remember that salaries are not the only thing to consider when a job offer comes your way. While the salary itself will be important in maintaining the lifestyle that you’re accustomed to, there are other factors to [...]

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How to Get Into Professional School

As I just matriculated this fall at the UMKC School of Dentistry, I figured now is the best time to write about this subject. Having just gone through the all the steps involved, I’m fresh, and feel like I have some advice that could help others achieve their dreams so I want to pass it [...]

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Five Keys to Graduate School Success

Starting graduate school can be stressful and intimidating, whether you are just completing your undergraduate work or going back to school after a period of time in the ‘real world’. To combat this feeling of uncertainty, I have found that students are likely to be happier and more successful if they focus their efforts. Here [...]

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5 Tips to Hit the Ground Running after Graduation

As we head into summer, my Facebook feed has been filled with photos of my friends graduating from college. While the photos exude celebration, achievement, and pride (and rightfully so), the status updates that have followed or preceded these photos tell a much bigger story. Many recent grads are finding themselves unsure about the next [...]

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Tips for Introductions and Networking Offline

In your everyday world, the casual encounters of your daily routine can open up a network of connections with limitless possibilities. Consider some of the common–and not so common–places where people are networking offline in my last post, “Advance Your Career with Community Contacts.”  So, now that you know where to look for contacts, how [...]

  • 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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