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Posted June 30, 2014 by

What Do Employers Really Want in New College Graduates? What job candidates aren’t even considering but should be if they want a job.

Group of graduating students

Group of graduating students. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

What’s the one thing that many college graduates fail to consider when preparing for a job interview?

Overcoming stereotypes!

Everyone to a certain extent faces unspoken biases during an interview—or what I often refer to as a second conversation or subtext during an interview that is not voiced by the interviewer. For millennial job candidates, biases can include being entitled, requiring constant supervision and positive reinforcement, lacking solid communication skills, and overall possessing a less than stellar work ethic. (more…)

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Consider Insurance Sales to Launch a Successful Career

Peter Leighton

Peter Leighton, Vice President of Recruiting for Combined Insurance

It’s no secret that college graduates in today’s economy face a tough job market, possibly the toughest in decades.  U.S. Labor Department statistics note that 36 percent of the 3-million recent grads in their twenties are currently unemployed or underemployed, many working part-time jobs that don’t use their degree. Many feel frustrated to be spending these critical career-building years working as retail and customer service clerks, or as waiters, bartenders or manual laborers, after years of hard work to earn those degrees.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  For those who are ambitious, determined and self-motivated and enjoy working with people, there is an alternative path.

You may want to consider sales. (more…)

Posted June 04, 2014 by

Making a career as Information Security Specialist

Saurabh Tyagi

Saurabh Tyagi

The Heart bleed bug that bit the entire web in April 2014 and the panic in the aftermath made it sure that there is actually a lot to cover when it comes to internet security.  The increasing number of hacker groups and critical data breaches bugging different companies are making a case for the governments to notice. This actually signals to a greater need to keep personal and top-secret information safe from cyber-attacks.  Therefore, making a career as information security specialists is probably the best choice you have right now. (more…)

Posted May 02, 2014 by

How to Become a Successful Teacher

Jack Wieczorek

Jack Wieczorek

To be a successful teacher can mean many things – most of the time it’s the question of the right personality, others times it’s good habits and a willingness to work hard to achieve one’s goals. There are, however, a few things all great teachers have in common – features that can be acquired by everyone up for a little challenge. (more…)

Posted January 23, 2014 by

7 Soft Skills that May Help Secure Jobs for Recent College Graduates

In the following post, learn seven soft skills that may help people secure jobs for recent college graduates.

We hear a lot about communication, leadership, problem solving, and so many other soft skills. And for good reason. Those skills are among the most in-demand by many employers. However, there are seven other soft skills that, while not discussed as often as their popular counterparts, make all the

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Posted January 02, 2014 by

Don’t Put Your Recent Graduate Jobs at Risk. 10 Annoying Habits to Your Boss

Workers with recent graduate jobs should be careful about how they behave.  Otherwise, they could put their jobs at risk.  Learn 10 annoying habits to your boss in the following post.

Whether you just landed a new gig or have worked at the same company for a while, you’d like to keep your job, right? Being a hardworking and competent employee is the first step to holding onto your job, but staying on your boss’s good side won’t hurt

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Posted December 11, 2013 by

5 Reasons Employers Should Hire Veterans for Entry Level Jobs

The following post includes five reasons why employers should hire veterans for entry level jobs.

With a stack of resumes and a list of applicants leaving messages, employers definitely aren’t short on interested individuals, but that doesn’t mean each is a strong applicant. Finding quality talent to fill your open positions is rarely easy. However, there is one demographic that isn’t short on quality: Marines. Not only should veterans use these tips

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Posted December 03, 2013 by

On an Entry Level Job and Must Share Bad News with Your Boss? How to Do It Professionally

If you’re on an entry level job and ever need to share bad news with your boss, the following post offers tips to do so in a professional manner.

Breaking bad news to your boss is like being the sober sister on girl’s night; someone has to be the sacrificial lamb. While you may feel trepidatious about informing your supervisor that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong, the situation may be a blessing in disguise. (Click here to Tweet this thought.) Employers are

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Posted October 14, 2013 by

Interviewing for Recent Graduate Jobs? How to Answer Some Behavioral Interview Questions

Graduates, when you’re on behavioral interviews in the hopes of landing recent graduate jobs, you might be asked some questions that seem difficult to answer.  The following post shares some of these questions and how to respond to them.

Behavioral interview questions are some of the toughest you may be asked by a potential employer, but they don’t have to be. We’ve answered some of the trickiest behavioral interview questions to make sure you don’t get stumped! 1. What did you like best and least about your previous job? GAME PLAN: This question exposes a lot about you

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Posted October 07, 2013 by

College graduates: Tips and advice on how to land your first job

Matt Krumrie

Matt Krumrie

Even though it’s starting to cool down, fall is a time when many companies are heating up the hiring process, according to Twin Cities-based college recruiting firm GradStaff. Summer vacations are over and busy HR and management staffs are back focusing on hiring, training and adding new staff members.

During this prime hiring time, GradStaff is busy arming college grads with the right tools and knowledge to get them on their feet (read more about how GradStaff can help college graduates) and on to a career path and out of Mom and Dad’s house, where a record number of young adults are living. According to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, 36 percent of adults 18-31 are living in their parents’ home, the highest number in four decades. (more…)