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Posted February 15, 2016 by

3 tips for a focused job search

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College students must stay focused when conducting a job search for entry-level jobs. This means eliminating distractions. Consider these three tips to help you conduct a more focused job search.

1. One creative and effective idea for a more focused job search is creating a weekly workflow plan every Friday afternoon for the following week. Which organizations will you reach out to for the first time, how, and when? Which organizations will you follow-up with for the second time, how, and when? Which organizations will you follow-up with for the third time, how, and when? Plan your job search schedule in the same way your college courses are planned out with syllabi.

2. Limiting the number of times you check email and text messages will help you stay focused on your job search. If you’re always glancing at your inbox, it will take away from time-consuming tasks such as writing resumes and cover letters. Unless messages are urgent, answer them later.

3. Setting timeframes and goals is another way to stay focused. Creating a plan provides college students with structure in finding jobs. By breaking down the time to search for jobs into individual parts, you won’t overwhelm yourself, and you will feel a sense of accomplishment by completing tasks.

A successful job search requires a commitment. By avoiding distractions, you won’t get sidetracked from that commitment. College students and recent grads who stay focused will ultimately land great entry-level jobs.

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Posted March 13, 2015 by

8 Reasons Why Graduate School Is Worth the Effort

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Someone wearing red sneakers heading towards his master’s degree. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Most students cease their college careers after obtaining bachelor’s degrees. However, there is also the possibility of continuing your education into grad school. The rewards can be numerous and long lasting. Below are 8 reasons why you may want to consider acquiring an advanced degree. (more…)

Posted March 12, 2015 by

5 Ways to Keep up Your Optimism while Searching for a Job

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Unemployment can really kill the high spirits of even some of the most optimistic people. Expenses keep adding up, people won’t stop asking you about your progress, and your utter boredom is enough to keep reminding you again and again about how you’re just too “free” to be normal. Life’s tough, but that shouldn’t keep you from going on and realizing your aspirations.

Remember, everyone goes through this phase at some point of their life and it sure isn’t easy for them either. Now, you might be thinking of the list of people who immediately got a job without much hassle. However, the first opportunity you leap into isn’t always the best.

From my own personal experience, I’ve seen a lot of people who simply grab the first chance they get of a “well-paid” job (or what they think is a well-paid job) only to quit it later because it wasn’t satisfying another need. That go-get-it attitude isn’t always rewarding in the long-term because you haven’t really thought through what you really want and explored all possible job opportunities. (more…)

Posted February 04, 2015 by

Persuasive Interview Preparation

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer at KAS Placement Recruiting

While preparing for an interview, it’s imperative to know what will and won’t persuade a recruiter or hiring manager. Attempting to convince an employer that you are competent by outright stating, “I am competent,” will have the opposite of the desired effect.

Hiring managers are most easily persuaded when they think an idea is theirs. With that being said, when preparing for an interview, it’s crucial to have an underlying tone of accomplishment and intelligence.

This will allow the recruiting party to come to the conclusion that you are competent without you having to outright say it. This is the foundation of persuasive interviewing. (more…)

Posted May 22, 2014 by

Want to Succeed in Your Search for an Entry Level Job This Summer? How to Make Progress

If you are looking to land an entry level job this summer, learn how you can make progress towards that goal in the following post.

With summer coming fast, it’s very tempting to blow off the job or internship search and spend your day lounging in the sun. Unfortunately, unless you’re planning on landing a swimsuit model job or applying for a lifeguard position, this isn’t an approach with a high rate of success. To help you create a sense of urgency and

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Posted May 08, 2014 by

Does Your Resume for an Entry Level Job Include These 10 Common Mistakes?

Young entry level job seekers can hurt their chances to find employment if they make any of these 10 common mistakes in the following post.

In the past year or so, I have seen 200 to 300 resumes written by college students. Based on that experience and my interactions with recruiters and other career advisers, one thing is clear: just about everyone makes the same mistakes. This is not a scientific survey by any means. However, ranked by frequency I submit to you the top

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Posted December 13, 2013 by

What’s More Important to Your Entry Level Job Search: Passion or Personality?

When it comes to your entry level job search, what is more important, one that fits your passion or one that fits your personality?  The following post makes the case for why personality is more important.

“Follow your passion” is a popular career-related expression. The conventional wisdom goes: you’ll find happiness and a fulfilling career if you have the courage to discover your true calling. If you’re not brave enough, however, you’ll become an empty shell of a human being with a commute-work-die life. We’re constantly told that fulfilling work comes from

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Posted September 26, 2013 by

And the Winner Is… Awards Millennials Might Believe They Should Win on Their Entry Level Jobs

While not all Millennials necessarily feel entitled, there are some who probably believe they are.  If these employees need some positive reinforcement on their entry level jobs, perhaps employers should consider giving out the awards mentioned in the following post.

It’s happening. We’re taking over. The Millennial generation, which is 80+ million strong and larger than the Baby Boomers, has started to fill management roles at companies big and small. You could say our journey into the upper ranks isn’t going smoothly. In a recent workplace study, older employees believe GenY managers are entitled and only concerned

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Posted May 09, 2013 by

10 Steps to Stop Procrastinating–So You Can Be More Productive at Work

Jude Bijou

Jude Bijou

Everyone procrastinates. We usually do it to avoid a task that’s unpleasant or daunting. But when procrastinating starts to interfere with performance at work–by causing us to feel worried, fearful, and stressed-out, or by causing others to feel anxious because we’re holding up progress–then it’s time to stop putting the task aside and get on with it.

Here are 10 ways to get out of the quicksand of procrastination and reap numerous benefits, which include improved productivity, enhanced mood, less stress, better coworker relationships, a sense of accomplishment, and restored reputation at work as a “doer.” (more…)