Life-Long Learning Equals Success

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Statistics show that workers with a degree are more likely to stay employed and earn better wages than those without higher education. Learning (or training) should be a life-long endeavor, not just a two or four year academic commitment.

But whether you decide to pursue a higher education or not, employers expect workers to keep current in their field, this means adopting a “life-long learning” mindset. Considering the statistics, evidence gives credence to continuing your education and training in your field, which are primary stepping-stones to your financial success.

Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

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Top Ten To Remember

The following are the most common mistakes people make when looking for a job. It was originally compiled by a Human Resource professional and now updated by me.

  • Don’t follow instructions on the application or don’t file before the deadline.
  • Don’t apply for the job opening.
  • Make mistakes in spelling and grammar.
  • Submit an application that is dirty and wrinkled.
  • Forget to include a resume.
  • Make vague statements about their qualifications.
  • Are late to the interview, or don’t show up at all.

Research Your Future

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 22, 2010 in , , | 1 Comment

If you haven’t visited your career services office on campus, do take time long before graduation to do so.

Introduce yourself to the staff, let them know you will be stopping in frequently (daily if you are in your last year) and utilize their knowledge. They can assist you in all your job search (and research) needs. Before you get your heart set on a major, you may want to discuss with the career services staff the latest information available regarding your choices. You can also try a career quiz to help determine a career based on your personality and interests. If your first choice seems to have a negative 5 to 10 year projection, it’s best to research your second and third choices, giving you more options. Keep your focus on what transpires as you go through school, monitoring how your field of interest is fairing. Be sure to watch the unemployment rate in the area you wish to eventually settle down in after graduation. Should that unemployment rate remain high, it’s wise to discuss with the career services staff other locations they might suggest you consider, and then research.

Planning Ahead

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 22, 2010 in , , | 1 Comment

Long-Term Career Goals

You’ve worked for good grades in school, joined the Work Experience Program, and have a job. Or perhaps you have focused in on a major and plan to follow that path into a university for your Masters Degree. Maybe you plan to work full-time after you graduate with your two year degree.

Whatever the situation, have you thought much about your long-term career goals? For instance; will the field you’ve chosen be a lucrative one, thriving 5 or 10 years from now? These are important questions that need to be answered. Don’t rely on chance–map out your career future so you know just where you’re headed–planning ahead brings success.

Writing Resumes and Cover Letters

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 18, 2010 in , , | 6 Comments

The Art of Crafting a Resume

Writing a resume can easily be described as crafting a tool used to market yourself. It is much more than a list of education, work experience, and volunteer endeavors, it is a way to convey your value to a potential employer–both present and future. Taking the time to craft a winning resume will be well worth the effort, since this is the first introduction of who you are and what capabilities you possess, to those that do the hiring.

Ask, and you Shall Save!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 16, 2010 in , | 1 Comment

The last thing you want to worry about while cramming for mid-terms is money. Yet no matter what you do, money plays a part someway, somehow. But maintaining a full-time job while also keeping up with your studies and your ever expanding social life seems impossible. Lucky for you, being a college student comes with its own monetary perks. You will be surprised at how many stores, restaurants, and leisure activities offer up discounts for college students. All you have to do is ask!

Effective Job Search Methods

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 15, 2010 in , , | 2 Comments

Internet, Newspaper and Networking

When you begin your job search, where do you go? If you turn only to the internet and local newspaper, you are limiting your possibilities. Newspapers do not contain all of the available job openings that exist. Many positions are filled internally, or inside the company, and never reach the outside world to the classified ads. Internet job postings may be old and the position filled. There may be scams associated with internet jobs, the “work at home” ads are notorious for being unreliable. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The vast majority of job seekers find jobs by interacting with people, otherwise known as “networking”. To find out detailed information about using networking properly, Google this excellent piece by Rachel Zupek ,“10 Ways to Network Properly”, featured in Career Builders.

Valuable Connections

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You have valuable networking connections through

people you may not have considered–your parents.

One person I know, a recent MBA grad from a prestigious college in California, began busing tables at a local restaurant a month after graduation. Unable to find employment in the industry of his choice, this was the only employment available to him. His parents had invested a small fortune in his education and didn’t waste time contacting their connections.