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Posted September 02, 2015 by

3 Emotional Intelligence Tips for New College Graduates

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Yvette Bethel

Aidan graduated from college 4 months ago with a BSc in Mathematics. After much sacrifice and hard work he was elated to earn a 3.7 GPA so he thought he would be employed by now. Instead he is rather frustrated because he received an offer for a job he is not that interested in and he is awaiting a response from another job that he really wants. Aidan put the first offer on hold asking the company to give him two weeks to make the decision. Tomorrow is the deadline for getting back to the company that made the offer. Aidan has college loans to pay and after graduation, the collections department has been calling him regularly.

This is only one possible scenario. There are some of you who have had no invitations to interviews yet, in fact, you are tired of receiving the same letter time after time. “Thank you for your application for employment. We regret to advise we have no vacancies at this time and will hold your resume on file for three months in the event a suitable position becomes available.” Still others have been invited to multiple interviews. You put on your newly purchased interview ensemble, you did everything you were advised to do in an interview, you even practiced in a mock interview but no-one has made an offer yet. (more…)

Posted August 25, 2015 by

How to Become a Go Getter at the Workplace

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A determined young businessman on the go. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

What’s the difference between a robust employee in the workplace and the one who “checks out” of work even when he is present? They could be working under the same boss, having the same credentials, or even providing the same quality of work (that is when they are both motivated). The main difference, hence, may lie in a personality trait that differentiates successful people from the unsuccessful ones. One’s a go-getter and the other is more of a no-getter.

Which one are you? If you’re reading this post, then you’re probably looking forward to knowing what it takes to be a go-getter and not only be able to motivate yourself at work every single day, but also power up others around you with your spark.

To become that, you need to adopt a go-getter mentality and this is what it’s like… (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 November 03, 2014 by

College Admissions Essays: What to Leave Behind and What to Keep

Ryan Hickey

Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Peterson’s & EssayEdge

An entire book could be written about your life. Regardless of whether or not you think it would be a particularly interesting book, the fact remains that you’ve had a lot of experiences that you could include in your admissions essays. Deciding on which parts of your life to highlight can be difficult, so follow these steps to guide you as you write your essays.

To make things easier, let go of the bad stuff first. Here’s what can be left behind. (more…)

Posted July 22, 2014 by

Are You Negotiating for an Entry Level Job? 6 Tips that Can Help

Before accepting an entry level job offer, there may be something that you would like to negotiate.  If so, the following post has six tips that can help you during this experience.

When you’re negotiating with someone who has more sway than you, it’s an understatement to say it can be intimidating. It may seem like fighting an uphill battle, even defending opinions, services or products you passionately believe in. Fortunately, you can prepare yourself ahead of time and use strategies during

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Posted July 10, 2014 by

College Graduates, Don’t Like Your Current Jobs? 3 Ways to Make Them More Pleasant

There are probably some college graduates who don’t like their jobs.  However,  the following post shares three ways to help grads make their jobs a little more pleasant.

When you’re having a bad day at work, it’s easy to fantasize about an entirely different career solving all your problems. While a new job or environment could be a better fit, focusing only on your external circumstance negates the impact of one important factor: You. Your habits and attitudes

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Posted June 10, 2014 by

Optimistic Thinking Can Be a Job Seeker’s Greatest Weapon

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer at KAS Placement

Searching for a job is much like your career.  If you feel that you can do something and clearly envision success, you are much more likely to achieve that objective.  Conversely, if you believe you cannot attain certain goals, you are less apt to put 100% focus and preparation into the tasks it takes to reach those desires.

It’s no secret that most successful job seekers are the ones who know where they want to be, are confident in their abilities and show personal control and discipline during the employment search.  Overall, their view of the world is one that can be described as optimistic. (more…)

Posted March 05, 2013 by

7 Ways to Put on a Happy Face at Work–and Smile All the Way to the Bank

Vicky Oliver

Vicky Oliver

Having an infectious smile and putting some zip in one’s step doesn’t just make work life more fun. Being happy at work is also a career booster.

A study of recent MBA hires found that optimistic people get hired more quickly than their less-optimistic peers. What’s more, two years into the job, these happy workers were more likely to have been promoted. (Here’s a link.)

Being happy on the job improves your reputation. Optimism also makes you more resilient, able to adapt to new situations, and solve problems faster. Happy employees get better feedback from bosses and peers. And they enjoy more job satisfaction because work doesn’t feel boring, difficult, or unpleasant. (more…)