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Posted July 04, 2016 by

How college students can network professionally

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While obtaining a higher education, it’s a smart idea for college students to gather some contacts along the way. Building a professional network in college can be helpful when searching for internships and entry-level jobs. Don’t underestimate classmates, professors, or anyone else who can assist with your job search. John Moriarty, Director of the Career Development Center at Barry University, gives advice on how college students can build a professional network in school.

“The old adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is as true today as it was 50 years ago. Building a professional network is the key to unlocking the secrets to success and scores of unknown opportunities. The internet makes it possible to identify professionals in your chosen field; passion, persistence, and determination will enable you to connect with those professionals.

The first and most obvious place for college students to find professionals to connect with while still in school is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a professional social media platform where professionals create profiles detailing their professional experience, expertise, and education. Using the advanced search feature in LinkedIn, students can search various criteria to find the right person to connect with.

Armed with a list of professionals who are working in college students’ desired fields, it is now time for students to contact the professionals about conducting an informational interview. Ask to meet with professionals (15 to 20 minutes) to learn more about what it takes to succeed in their professions and get advice as job seekers just beginning their careers. Request a face-to-face meeting, but if that is not possible, ask for a phone interview. This is an excellent opportunity for students to build a rapport with professionals and impress them with passion, enthusiasm, and a desire to succeed in the industry.

Besides LinkedIn, college students should take advantage of other internet resources such as industry association websites, news articles, and blogs to identify connections. In addition, students should use the resources of faculty, staff, and the career development center to build their networks.”

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John Moriarty, Director of the Career Development Center at Barry University

John Moriarty, Director of the Career Development Center at Barry University

John Moriarty has an M.B.A. from National University in San Diego, California, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida. A native of South Florida, and a Marine Corps veteran, John spent nine years recruiting employees for various local and national companies before joining the Barry University Career Development Center staff. John has served as a Career Counselor, an Assistant Director, and is currently serving as the Director of the Career Development Center.

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Preparing for the corporate world – A guide for college students

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Barney Whistance, guest writer

As graduation draws near, anxiety along with trepidation of getting a decent job seems to take over. Why not save yourself from impending doom by being prepared beforehand and present yourself in the best possible manner for recruiters to hire you? Opportunities are endless, but it is up to you how you avail them. We hope to guide you to pave your career path and minimize the imminent danger lingering around the horizon of not doing justice to your years of academics and hard work. Formulating an effective job search strategy will bring you in close proximity to recruiters, searching ardently for a potential candidate and increase your chances of getting hired. (more…)

Posted October 30, 2014 by

Should You Become An Auto Insurance Agent?

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Kimberly Quinones, VP of Sales Midwest at Illinois Vehicle Auto Insurance

Selecting a career path that is challenging, interesting and stable can require some careful thought and consideration. Among the choices that can provide stability and the opportunity to grow within the industry is becoming an auto insurance agent. Understanding the potential benefits and downsides of the career can make it easier to determine if it is the right job for your career goals. (more…)

Posted October 29, 2014 by

Leverage Social Media to Get Your Break

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Jeremy Juhasz, Social Media Strategist at EMSI Public Relations

It’s only natural. We spend a lot of time on our cellphones these days. If you think about it, the amount of time we incorporate technology into our everyday routine is pretty remarkable. Even more astonishing is our time spent just on social media. For the majority of the time, for most of us, social media is an outlet for entertainment rather than a productivity tool. However, social media provides each one of us the availability to ultimately leverage our career aspirations. (more…)

Posted October 09, 2014 by

High School Student Landed a Hedge Fund Internship Thanks to Persistence

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The phrase ‘hedge fund’, made out of crimped 100$ bills. Isolated on white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

When you have a goal as a student, you should believe that you can achieve it no matter what anyone else says.  The key is not to give up.  Learn about the experience of one high school student who obtained a hedge fund internship by having persistence in the following post. (more…)

Posted June 13, 2014 by

Recent Graduates, Do You Have Entry Level Jobs as Entrepreneurs? 6 Tips to Keep in Mind

For recent graduates who have entry level jobs as entrepreneurs and are looking for some advice, the following post shares six tips to keep in mind for success.

As founders, we learn from our own experiences. But you can’t know everything. If this is your first time starting up, it’s important to seek advice from people who have been there before. Let these six tips become part of your entrepreneur’s credo: (Click here to tweet this list.) 1. Know your differentiating factors You might not know this right

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Posted May 29, 2014 by

Searching Jobs for College Students? Don’t Be a Bug a Boo in These 3 Ways

Being eager in your search for jobs for college students is okay, as long as you don’t do anything over the top to hurt your chances of employment.  The following post shares three ways to be a bug a boo that will annoy employers.

Persistence is key in a job search, but can you take it too far? A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reveals that more than 65 percent of job seekers contact employers directly as a method of job searching. While this shows employers you’re taking active steps to find a job, there

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Posted May 21, 2014 by

Looking for an Entry Level Job as a Librarian? An Interview with One Job Seeker

For anyone trying to find an entry level job as a librarian, the following post features an interview with one job seeker you might be interested in.

This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for six months to a…

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Posted April 21, 2014 by

Are You an Internship Finder without Work Experience?

If you are an internship finder, you may discover opportunities that require work experience.  So, how can you overcome a lack of experience in your search?  The following post shares some helpful tips.

You are ready to begin your internship search. And then… you see on several of internship postings that applicants must have previous experience. Previous internship experience. And you have none. And you ask yourself: “When did it become necessary to have experience… to get an internship???”

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Posted March 27, 2014 by

5 Ways to Fine Tune Your Job Search

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In a competitive job market, it’s important for every job seeker to consistently fine tune and tweak their job searching process. If you are having trouble landing a job, the problem may be your search tactics and not you. Even if there are ample job opportunities in your field, you need to ensure that you are using the right avenues and techniques to find worthwhile opportunities. (more…)