3 Ways to Make Your Internship a Success

By Elizabeth Paul on Sep 19, 2017 12:29:00 PM

Internships are becoming ever-more important in the career-search, especially for college students and people entering new careers. For the intern, they provide on-the-job experience, an opportunity to explore different career paths, and network connections for future jobs. Even more, they may be the golden ticket for a job offer with the company or organization offering the internship.

But how do you ensure that you are getting the most out of your experience? And what can you do to make your internship a successful step in your career development? Here are three ways to make your internship worth more than taking coffee orders and copying papers.

Continue Reading

Four Ways to Prepare for an Informational Interview

By Elizabeth Paul on Jan 24, 2017 4:29:09 PM

Networking is challenging. There are so many unknown factors, unspoken rules, and directions that you can take. But great things can come your way if you’re up to the challenge of wading through the murky waters of networking.

One of the best places to start networking is with an informational interview. These interviews aren’t for job offers, but they offer you a way to learn more about a specific field, career, or company in which you may be interested.

Continue Reading

Four Quick Ways to Improve Your Networking Skills

By Elizabeth Paul on Jan 10, 2017 6:23:22 PM

Networking is a hot topic in today’s professional world. It sets the stage for potential career opportunities, connects you to other professionals, and helps you develop important professional skills. With so many benefits, then, networking is an important skill to have.

Unfortunately, most people don’t learn how to network properly. Some individuals happen to know good connections, which certainly counts as networking, but it’s a whole different ballgame when you have to network with people you don’t know. After all, where do you meet them and what do you say to turn them into a connection?

Luckily, you can develop and fine-tune your networking skills to ensure that you’re doing the most you can through networking with others. If you need help getting started, here are four quick ways to jump into improving your networking skills.

Continue Reading

Write Your Perfect LinkedIn Summary

By Elizabeth Paul on Sep 27, 2016 11:04:31 AM

 If first impressions are important, then your LinkedIn Summary is no exception. In fact, it is arguably the most important part of your LinkedIn Profile. It sets the stage, hopefully grabs interest from readers, and introduces who you are beyond job titles and profile pictures.

Continue Reading

How To Succeed In A Job You Hate (And Why You Should)

By Andy Kistler on Jun 14, 2016 4:08:26 PM

What a wonderful thing it is to love what you do. I mean, the majority of us spend at least 40 hours a week at work, so we might as well enjoy our jobs, right? In fact, a report conducted by Staples Advantage suggests that U.S. employees are surprisingly happy at work. According to the report, 86% of employees are both happy at work and desiring to move up in the organization. Everything is peachy and everyone is happy, right?

Continue Reading

17 Ways Your LinkedIn Profile Is Keeping You From Your Dream Job

By Andy Kistler on May 18, 2016 5:33:21 PM

Looking for a new job? If you are, you have probably spent a good amount of time combing your resume. And while you may have eliminated every comma splice and spacing error on that sheet of paper, did you take some time to work on your LinkedIn profile? Whether you are looking or not, recruiters are now using LinkedIn more than ever to find qualified candidates for positions. If they aren’t impressed with what they see, you will never get a chance to show them that perfectly crafted resume.

Continue Reading