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Posted August 19, 2014 by

Applying for Entry Level Jobs and Want to Leave a Lasting Impression? Write a Letter

While most of us like communicating quickly in one form or another, sometimes taking our time to create a message can be more effective.  So, if you’re applying for entry level jobs and want to leave a lasting impression, consider writing a letter as suggested in the following post.

Effective communication is essential. Period. Whether it’s talking with coworkers in the break room, calling an out-of-state relative or even receiving a touching email from a forgotten friend, the need to convey emotion and information is fundamental to the way we interact. (Click here to tweet this quote.) Yet in our ever-connected world, brusque emails, limited

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Posted August 04, 2014 by

Looking to Find an Internship or a Job? Things Not to Do During Your Interview

If you’re trying to find an internship or a job, there are certain things you don’t want to do to hurt your chances.  Find out what they are from an infographic featured in the following post.

Would you ever bring your parents to a job interview? Get that last second cigarette in so the smoker’s stench was extra pervasive? Maybe even have a strong drink or two beforehand to steady your nerves? Like you, we are surprised how many job seekers, if they were being 100% honest,

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Posted July 29, 2014 by

About to Accept an Entry Level Job Offer? 5 Things to Do First

While you might be excited about receiving an entry level job offer, make sure to do these five things first in the following post before accepting the position.

After a challenging job search, you finally received the call you’ve been waiting for! Your interviewers liked the potential they saw in you, and a few days after your final meeting, they picked up the phone to tell you the good news: You’re the one they want. They’d like to

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Posted July 29, 2014 by

College Students, Unable to Expand Your Network in Your Search for Jobs? 8 Things You’re Doing Wrong

College students, if you are searching for jobs by networking but are having trouble increasing your group of contacts, the following post shares eight mistakes you’re making in this process.

No doubt: networking is one of your best job search and career building tools. But for job seekers who aren’t networking pros, the whole thing can feel pretty scary. After all, there are lots of ways to screw up relationships of any kind – especially the professional variety. Particularly vulnerable to failure: those new contacts we meet at meet-

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Posted July 02, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Need References for Jobs? Here is What You Should Know

Once they become serious candidates for jobs, recent college graduates might be asked for references.  The following post shares information they need to know when considering who their references will be.

At some juncture in the interview process you will need to provide references. By this time things are getting serious. Generally you are not asked to submit references until the employer is near the hiring decision and you have made it through most of the gauntlet. The last thing you want

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Posted June 30, 2014 by

College Graduates, Interviewing for Jobs? Take These 9 Steps to Seal the Deal

When interviewing for jobs, college graduates should consider taking these nine steps in the following post to land their opportunities.

Finally! You’ve secured a job interview at one of your target companies. This could be it… your dream job! Now what? Here, from our partners at Rasmussen College, is a step-by-step process for preparing perfectly for that job interview, and getting the offer. From thoroughly understanding the mission of the company, to trial interviews and knowing your talking

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Posted May 07, 2014 by

A Job Interview Secret Worth “Sharing”?

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Roger walked out of the interview room, his palms still moist, and his heart rate finally settling down. “I’m pretty sure I did okay. Maybe not perfect, but I was really nervous going in,” he told his friend Bob who’d come along for support.

Now it was the hiring manager’s move—deciding whether or not to invite Roger back for a second interview.

This is the hard part for any job candidate. But you don’t have to sit back and twiddle your thumbs or pig out on donuts while you wait for a response.

Here is a secret that you can apply, one that Roger used too. (more…)

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Want to Learn More about Recent College Graduate Jobs? Conduct Informational Interviews

Informational interviews can provide entry level job seekers with an opportunity to learn more about a career field.  So, how should you go about the process of setting them up and handling each step?  Find out in the following post.

In informational interviews, you talk with a professional from your desired field to learn more about their current line of work, their career history and obtain insider knowledge about the company (culture, availability of mentors, etc.). Informational interviews are also a great opportunity to ask advice about how to achieve your own career goals. Here’s what else you

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Posted March 06, 2014 by

How to ACE the Job Interview—the First Time

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Do you think of a job interview as a nerve-wracking experience? Do you feel afraid, negative or pessimistic about your chances of succeeding? Maybe you say to yourself, “Other people always get the jobs; why not me?” It doesn’t have to be that way. If a hiring manager invites you in for an interview it’s a good sign. It means you’ve said something in your cover letter that motivated the employer to call you. So rather than letting fear and worry drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and get it ‘right’ the first time. Here’s how: (more…)

Posted February 07, 2014 by

Put a Little “Heart” Into Your Next Cover Letter

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

People rush to buy their loved ones some tangible expression of their affection at this time of year. A Valentine’s Day card, flowers, or chocolate are popular gifts of the heart.

What does this have to do with job-search cover letters? Actually, a lot. You’re not going to send a card or flowers to a hiring manager. But you can put a little ‘heart’ into your next cover letter––a bit of passion for the job you hope to win.

Show your emotional as well as your professional self so you will come across as a human being who cares about others, wants to be a team player, and is excited about helping company employees meet the goals of the organization. (more…)