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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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College Admission Officers Check Social Media, Too!

Everyone knows that social media  are pretty much universal at this point. Nonetheless, those of us who use digital technology on a daily basis may even be surprised at how much – and how quickly – that use has grown. Social Media Can Hurt Your College Bid In 2006, only 15% of high school students [...]

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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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Conquering Your Jabberwocky – Part II

Recently we followed Alice down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.  This week, we are going to apply some lessons learned from Alice, particularly how to move past our fears. The Jabberwocky is an appropriate analogy for our fears.  It has “jaws that bite,” which could be construed as words that pierce our psyche and wound [...]

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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 [...]

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Advance Your Career with Community Contacts

You tweet. You’re on LinkedIn. You’ve got the online networking thing down. But what about offline? Are there some local networking opportunities to consider? Consider your everyday life. You shop, you vacation, and you dine out; in all of those situations, you are encountering people. Life is the original social platform–minus the 140 characters. I [...]

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Are you learning everything you need to know?

Most students begin college thinking they’ll learn everything they need to know for their future careers in the classrooms on campus. While you’ll gain considerable knowledge learning facts and figures, theories and policies, you’ll also develop critical thinking skills, learn to work in teams, build leadership skills and begin to see the bigger picture as [...]

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Don’t Let Finals Get To You – 5 Tips

Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel?! The semester is almost over! Here are 5 finals tips for you. Top 5 Finals Tips 5. Review your study guide – sounds simple, right?! Not all professors expect you to blindly go through all the lessons from the semester. Some will let you [...]

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Career Lessons from College Homecoming

It’s Homecoming Week at my university, so I thought I would glean some career wisdom from this proud tradition. A tradition for many colleges and universities, homecoming is an event designed to welcome alumni back “home” to their alma mater. For current students, the festivities are all about school spirit. It’s about connection Homecoming is built [...]

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On-Campus Jobs: Student Leader Roles

In my last post, I wrote about the benefits of one specific type of on-campus job: the general office position. With training now in full swing for some of our student staff, I thought I would focus on the benefits of student leader positions on campus. What do I mean by “student leader positions?” I [...]

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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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