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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 November 18, 2014 by

Employers, Are You Interested in Hiring Veterans?

Employers are constantly looking to hire the best and brightest people to help their companies succeed.  While they might have certain candidates in mind, it is important for them not to forget about those who have served our country.  Veterans who are transitioning from military life to civilian life might have the skills and experience employers need to fill job openings.  They do not want a hand out, just a hand up in preparing to enter the job market. (more…)

Posted July 09, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Involved in Negotiation When it Comes to Jobs? Avoid These 7 Mistakes

Before accepting new jobs, recent college graduates may have the opportunity to negotiate for something.  When negotiating, they (and other job seekers) should avoid these seven mistakes discussed in the following post.

While even the word “negotiation” can evoke fear, stress and anxiety for many, the intent is quite simple: to discuss and ultimately agree on a deal.  Whether it’s a multimillion dollar contract or just deciding where to meet for lunch, life is rife with negotiations.  And, the negotiation process is

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Posted June 02, 2014 by

Shy About Tooting Your Own Horn on Recent Graduate Jobs? 5 Tips to Feel More Comfortable with Self-Promotion

For young professionals on recent graduate jobs who are shy about talking about their accomplishments, the following post has five tips to help them feel more comfortable with self-promotion at work.

“So,” says the black-suited interviewer, “tell me about your accomplishments.” If we fast forward five minutes, would you still be considering your reply? If you’re an introvert, your mindgrapes might have hijacked your vocal cords and started a misguided inner monologue: “Does she want to know about the time that I completed eight proposals

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Posted April 11, 2014 by

Don’t Have the Experience Required to Get Jobs for Recent College Graduates? 4 Tips to Learn from People Who Were in Your Shoes

If you are feeling down about not having the experience required to get jobs for recent college graduates, the following post has four tips from people who also didn’t have this experience at one time.

An Army combat engineer turned advertising executive. A banking executive turned career counselor. A mother of 12, now a communications writer. An Intel engineer turned comedian. These are not your typical career changes. Here are the inspiring stories and creative strategies these people used to transition into a job they love — without related work experience or education

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Posted January 27, 2014 by

12 Tips to Help College Graduates Find Entry Level Jobs

Congratulations, you’ve graduated from college!  Now, comes the challenge of finding a job.  For you and other graduates searching for entry level jobs, the following post offers tips to help your searches.

As a fresh graduate, it is always intimidating looking for your first job. Get prepared! Here are a few tips for entry-level job seekers…

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Posted November 27, 2012 by

VA Offers Training Program for Veterans

CollegeRecruiter.comMilitary veterans trying to get back into the workforce can apply for a VA training program, which could lead to future job opportunities.  The following post has more information.

According to a Department of Veterans Affairs press release, 45,000 applications have been approved for the Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), a new training and education program for unemployed veterans who want to upgrade their skills for high-demand jobs. Another 54,000 slots will be available in FY 2013. VRAP aims to train 99,000 veterans over the next two years in over 200 job skills that the Department of Labor has determined are the most sought-after by employers.

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