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Posted April 23, 2014 by

Have Something to Say to the Boss, but Don’t Want to Lose Your Entry Level Job? How to Handle the Situation

Are you on an entry level job, and have something to say to your boss?  If yes, then the following post has advice on how to handle the situation without losing your job.

If you think you’re the only person who’s ever dreamed of chucking a ninja star at your boss, think again. The sadistic smartphone game Beat the Boss has been downloaded eight million times and spawned two highly popular sequels. Beat the Boss is billed as a game to relieve pent-up

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Posted April 22, 2014 by

What Entry-Level Recruiters Actually Look For (Hint: It’s Not Grades)

Job seeker and recruiter with a quote from job seeker

Job seeker and recruiter with a quote from job seeker. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Summary: What are entry-level recruiters looking for when they size up a potential job candidate?

When you encounter a recruiter at a job fair or networking event, what traits might this person be looking for as they shake your hand and chat with you for a few minutes? And when a recruiter starts a dialogue with you online, what traits might she be scanning for as she reads your messages and skims through your resume?

What kinds of qualities and signals will make a recruiter’s ears perk up? What keywords, personal traits, and non-verbal messages will inspire them to pick up the phone and chase you down before their competitors get ahold of you? And what traits will make them glaze over and move onto the next candidate in line? Here are a few of the ways recruiters size you up, regardless of your industry. (more…)

Posted March 13, 2014 by

Beginning a New Entry Level Job? 10 Traits Your Employer Will Appreciate

Making a good first impression on your new entry level job can not only mean having success in this position, but throughout your career.  In the following post, learn 10 traits that your employer will appreciate.

Becoming the best you can be in the workplace should always top your list of professional goals. The list of potential benefits is long, including promotions, salary increases and insulating yourself (as much as you can) when the inevitable layoff occurs. Each of us has our own idea of what characteristics make up a top employee. There

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Posted March 12, 2014 by

Job Seekers, Boost Your Chances of Landing Recent Graduate Jobs with an Online Portfolio

Do you have an online portfolio for your job search?  As one of may job seekers who may be searching for recent graduate jobs, a portfolio could help boost your chances of getting one.  Learn how in the following post.

Having a portfolio that can be searched online by clients has become more important than ever. According to CareerBuilder.com, almost half of employers use Google to search for applicants to fill in a position at their company. If you’re a designer, you can use portfolio sites like Behance, Carbonmade and Coroflot to

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Posted December 04, 2013 by

Want to Advance from Your Entry Level Job? 10 Steps to Land a Promotion

Do you want to advance from your entry level job?  Learn 10 steps that can help you land a promotion in the following post.

Feeling restless in your current position and eager to move up? Want to do so without shameless self-promotion? We all know the importance of doing more than expected and doing it exceptionally well to get noticed. But there’s more to getting promoted than that. Sure, going above and beyond is a great start, but there

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Posted November 08, 2013 by

Creating Your Career After College

Patrick Bet-David

Patrick Bet-David, Founder and CEO of the PHP Agency

Four years of high school buzzed by and now you find yourself in the middle of college. Or perhaps you’re a recent college graduate ready to enter the real world. Congratulations on your success so far, but as you might have already recognized, the real world is very different from the college experience.

In the new economy, a college degree is still valuable but it’s not enough. The competition is fierce and corporate America is still recovering from the recession. Jobs are hard to come by, but the good news is that more and more college graduates are creating their own career and going into business for themselves. (more…)

Posted November 06, 2013 by

Young Professionals, How to Handle Criticism on Your Entry Level Jobs

While most, if not all, workers don’t like criticism, it is something we all face at some point in our careers.  Young professionals should know how to handle criticism in their entry level jobs not only to learn from mistakes, but also to move forward in their careers.  Learn more in the following post.

No matter who you are and no matter your job, no one likes to get criticized. However, it’s an unfortunate reality that you will face criticism at work. Criticism takes many forms and has many purposes, most of which you can’t control. What you can control, however, is how you respond to it. Will you be cool

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Posted October 10, 2013 by

About to Start Your Entry Level Job? What You Need to Know

You may have some idea of what to expect in your entry level job, but there are some things to be aware of before you get started.  Find out more in the following post.

In 2010, like many of you, commencement had come and gone. I had worked my butt off through the summer and landed what felt like a dream job at a top digital marketing agency. I quickly learned, however, my expectations were very different from the reality I stepped into. So, I

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Posted October 03, 2013 by

There’s No “I” in Team: How to Truly Become a Team Player

Business team looking above with hands piled together

Business team looking above with hands piled together. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

We’ve all heard about the importance of being a team player, but what does that really mean in the workplace?

To really understand what being a team player means, you must first understand the nature of teams in the workplace. Generally speaking, a team is a group of about three to 12 people who work together toward a specific long- or short-term goal — like organizing a holiday party, overseeing a software upgrade, or handling an organization’s customer complaints. In some cases, it’s fairly easy to adjust to working in a team environment because it’s made up of people within a department who already have a history together. Other times, teams are interdepartmental, which can make them a bit more challenging. (more…)

Posted September 26, 2013 by

7 Ways to Become a People Person

Vicky Oliver

Vicky Oliver

In the words of a legendary fairy tale, maybe you’re Grumpy, maybe you’re Bashful, or maybe you’re just not all that Happy.

No big deal, because you’re terrifically Talented, and everyone knows it, right?

Not in the real world, no. When it comes to getting promoted, you’re more likely to be chosen if your boss counts “people person” among your many assets. In fact, a recent study that followed 20,000 recent hires found that nearly half of them (46 percent) failed within 18 months–and it wasn’t because they lacked skills. Eighty-nine percent of the time it was for attitudinal reasons: inability to be coachable and get along with others.

Contrary to what many believe, anyone can become a people person–that is, anyone can acquire the behavioral skills others find attractive and compelling. You may not feel at ease schmoozing with others and endearing yourself to them–but they won’t know that. Here are seven skills that will make you seem friendlier, more approachable, and come across as a more appealing employee to bosses and prospective employers. With some attention and a lot of practice, you might just become a people magnet! (more…)