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Nov 17th, 2019
Now that you have graduated and you've realized that getting your first 'career' job is not easy, those Millennial jokes seem a lot less funny.  You may start to wonder if the people who are interviewing you actually think that Millennials require a two hour break to decompress and a trophy just for showing up.    Since most of the people who are interviewing you will be Baby Boomers and Gen X, they grew up with strict corporate hierarchies and may see things a little differently than you do.  However, the employer's view of Millennials is not all bad.  Here are... + continue reading
Nov 11th, 2019
Harassment is one of the most uncomfortable situations that you will encounter at work.  Since it is difficult to avoid your harasser, you may start to feel like you are at their mercy.  You are not.  Workplace Harassment is not only unacceptable, it's illegal.  Under the Policy on Harassment Prevention and Resolution, harassment is defined as: "improper conduct by an individual, that is directed at and offensive to another individual in the workplace, including at any event or any location related to work, and that the individual knew or ought reasonably to have known... + continue reading
Nov 04th, 2019
There are so many reasons to volunteer.  Perhaps there is a cause that you are passionate about.  Or maybe it is important to you to give back to your community.  It is also a great way to meet new people.  But can volunteer work help you get a job?  It is possible but you have to be strategic about it and it's not a guaranteed formula.  Here are some tips that will help you approach your volunteer work in a way that will support your career goals: Focus on key skills.   Volunteer work is an excellent opportunity for you to develop... + continue reading
Oct 28th, 2019
Wouldn't it be amazing if the hiring manager emailed you the list of questions they are going to ask before your interview?  While this may be too much to expect, you can take a lot of the guess work out of interviews and set yourself up for success by preparing the answers for a few common interview questions.  Here are a few questions that are almost always asked at interviews and some key points to remember when answering them: What are your strengths and weaknesses?  This is not time to be shy.  Try to identify the skills and experience that you possess that make you... + continue reading
Oct 21st, 2019
Performance appraisals are extremely stressful for many employees.  You might be afraid that your manager is going to make negative comments about your performance.  While the process can be uncomfortable, it is also an excellent opportunity for you to impress your employer and develop your career.  Here is what you can expect from your performance appraisal and a few tips that will help you make it a positive experience: Hearing about what you have done well.  Most managers will begin your performance appraisal with positive feedback.  It is always great to hear... + continue reading
Oct 15th, 2019
You are probably well aware of all your technical skills.  This includes your degrees and certifications, your experience, your computer skills and any of your other skills and abilities that will allow you to actually complete the responsibilities of the job.  But do you know which transferrable skills you possess?  Your transferrable skils are your personal and interpersonal skills that are important for every single job.  Transferrable skills are arguably more important then some of the technical skill requirements of the job.  Many employers say that they can... + continue reading
Oct 14th, 2019
If you are trying to find a job, you absolutely HAVE to network.  Your competition is doing it and it is the single most effective job search strategy.  The problem is that a lot of job seekers are uncomfortable with it because they feel awkward or phony.  If you aren't using your network in your job search, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.  You can start small.  Here are a few steps that you can take in the next thirty days which will get you off to a strong start: Master your professional introduction.  Before you get out there to start meeting... + continue reading