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Posted March 24, 2014 by

Do Job Seekers Have the Soft Skills to Obtain Jobs for Recent College Graduates and Advance Their Careers?

In order to obtain jobs for recent college graduates and advance their careers, job seekers need to focus on acquiring soft skills.  The following post has more on the importance of developing these skills.

Soft skills are essential irrespective of the level of management – entry, middle and top level management. People rise in organizations due to hard skills but fall due to lack of soft skills. Successful professionals need more of soft skills rather than hard skills. And to make it to the CEO level

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Posted March 10, 2014 by

Do You Have an Image Problem on Your Entry Level Job? 3 Tips to Fix It

If you would like to improve your image on your entry level job, consider three tips to fix it in the following post.

During the first semester of my junior year, I was working on a complex and drawn out group project with three of my classmates, with written portions that had to be completed every day by each group member. At the project’s end, all of these written materials had to be compiled together into one

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Posted March 06, 2014 by

A Cover Letter That “Goes To Work” For You…

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Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

When you want to exchange contact information with someone you meet, you probably pull out a business card, sometimes referred to as a calling card. Well, a cover letter is a bit like that. It’s the first document a hiring manager sees from you and it either makes a good impression or one that, like the letter itself—goes into the shredder.

Therefore, you’ll want to write a job search cover letter that goes to work for you—one that includes the essential details needed to evaluate your qualifications for the job the employer wants to fill. Details such as your name, employment background and experience, job skills, and level of education, as well as your interest in competing for the position, are of utmost importance. (more…)

Posted February 26, 2014 by

The 5 Stages of Job Hunting Grief – And How to Cope with Them

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Woman crying at work after being dismissed. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the five stages of grieving the loss of a loved one – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These were defined by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross way back in 1969, and quickly became a universally accepted model for how people deal with death. You may have even seen people apply these stages to other kinds of loss, such as job loss. But there’s another kind of grief that’s increased in prominence during the Great Recession but hasn’t been as clearly defined: job hunting grief. (more…)

Posted February 10, 2014 by

Issues with Coworkers on Recent Graduate Jobs? How to Handle Them

On their recent graduate jobs, young professionals may encounter some problems with coworkers at some point.  How they handle them will demonstrate what type of people they are.  In the following post, get some tips on dealing with colleagues in a professional manner.

Have you ever had to confront a colleague or teammate? How did you manage to express yourself? Was the result as you expected? Communication is everything. (Click here to tweet this thought.) Your career can be shaped by how you deal with a dispute, confrontation or crisis. Spontaneous, heated squabbles damage your credibility and respect. While

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Posted January 17, 2014 by

7 tips for how to become a leader at work

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Smiling businesswoman leading her team. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Becoming a leader at work is a very challenging task and it requires sufficient experience and skills to lead a team. If you are working in any organization and you want to become a leader of your staff, here are 7 tips that might help you:

Tip#1: Appreciate your juniors

Appreciate your junior staff members. If you don’t appreciate them, they won’t be in your favor. Surveys have shown that if a senior member understands and appreciates his/her juniors, he/she is more likely to become the leader of that team as compared to the one who doesn’t appreciate the same junior staff at all. You would be chosen and selected as the finest leader if you keep appreciating and encouraging your subordinates. They will eventually consider you as their leader even before you become one. Remember that a leader is not a person who “tells” its juniors; instead a leader is the one who “shows” its juniors how to perform a specific task. (more…)

Posted January 07, 2014 by

Ring in the New Year With More Job Interviews!

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Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Happy New Year! Decide now that this New Year will not be more of the same old, same old. The year is new. You’re new. Opportunities are new—and you’re going to take advantage of all of them. That means brushing up on your interviewing skills, learning something you didn’t know before, and incorporating what you learn into your new job interview.

After a good night’s sleep, ask yourself the following questions—questions that require honest answers if you’re going to land the job you want and are qualified for. (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 22, 2013 by

College Success 101: Fifteen Habits to Put You Ahead of the Pack

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Smiling female college student on campus. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

What will it take for you to have a successful college career?  Whether you are a high school graduate or returning to school, the following post shares some habits to help you make the most of your college experience.

Visit just about any college campus and you’ll observe students who are, to put it simply, doing college right. No, they’re not perfect (who is?), but they are diligent and perform well academically, while still enjoying a healthy social life and maybe even holding down a part-time job or raising a family. They’re on good terms with their professors, and they take a full—but not overwhelming—course load each semester. They’re likely to seek out internships and participate in on-campus student organizations, and no one wonders whether or not they have what it takes to make it to graduation. (more…)

Posted September 16, 2013 by

Is Your Dream Entry Level Job about the Passion or the Money?

On the road to achieving your career goals, people may say things to bring you down, but don’t give up on your dreams.  While some people are more focused on making money, others simply have a passion they want to pursue.  If you’re looking for an entry level job, consider what is more important to you in the following post: the passion or the money.

“I thought you went to college so you could get a ‘real’ job.” I received this sentiment from a well-meaning friend a few months after I graduated with a writing degree. During my post-college job search, I continued to work as a nanny to pay the bills. Though I was slowly building

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