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April 24th, 2014 by jconole

by Jen Conole, Career Advisor

The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently published a document titled, The Job Outlook for the Class of 2014. It is full of promising statistics and information. A few key pieces of information:

1. Hiring of New Grads is Expected to Rise. The job market has improved for new grads, and hiring is expected to increase by 7.8%

2. Certain Majors are In Demand. Employers are especially interested in bachelor’s degree grads in the business, engineering, computer/information science, sciences, and communications disciplines.

3. Starting Salaries are Sweeter. Benefits, too - and this is an important element to your total employment package. Benefits can mean big money in perks and savings. Research the labor market for your field of interest so that you know what to expect. Visit your Career Advisor for help if you need it.

Prepare for the Career Fair!

March 14th, 2014 by jconole

You love the idea of approaching strangers, pitching your value (or "selling yourself"), and fostering internship and job opportunities, right? Wrong. Most college students cringe at the thought of networking. Here are some quick tips to help you put your best foot forward for the upcoming Career Fair on March 26th!

Social Media: A Make-or-Break Element of Your Job Search

February 10th, 2014 by jconole

Students looking for a career should know what their “online footprint” looks like and how they come across professionally. A simple Google search will show you what an employer will see (and a potential employer WILL look for you on the internet). If you have social media profiles, they will appear in a Google search unless privacy settings prevent it.

If you do not already have a social media profile, I don’t suggest creating one for the purpose of a job search…UNLESS the jobs you are seeking are with companies who appear to value social media (e.g., a radio station, a PR firm, or Google are going to want to see that you have a good grasp on social media outlets!). More companies these days want to see a social media presence, because that is the medium they use for a lot of their marketing.

LinkedIn is a different sort of social media platform – much more professional than Facebook. Since most jobs are acquired through networking, I DO suggest creating and maintaining a professional LinkedIn page for anyone looking for a career.

Warning: Don't Become a "Resolutioner"

January 9th, 2014 by jconole

Following a long and hopefully fulfilling and fruitful holiday season, the New Year brings about inspiration in many of us. After indulging ourselves in various ways, exercise goals, nutrition goals, and money-saving goals abound. For those planning a career transition, this time of year also stimulates motivation (or panic?) to search, network, apply, interview, and secure that coveted dream job upon graduation.

Most of us “Resolutioners” will fall off the wagon sometime between now and March. For those preparing to graduate this spring, a March relapse could spell disaster for your job search efforts. Here are a few simple tips to get you started and keep you on track: