Creating an Application: Hints to a Successful Job Application

Creating an Application: Hints to a Successful Job Application

Some employers only require a résumé and cover letter to be considered for a position. However, some employers require a completed job application as well. Here are some pointers to aid in a successful job application: Arrive prepared with the information you need. It is better to have more information then not enough. If you […]

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Résumé Confidential

You need to make a change, and you have decided that a new career is the way to go. However, you don’t want to quit your old job until you have a new one. First, you need an updated résumé, one that shows what you are currently doing as well as what you have done […]

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Return to Sender: Email Address Unprofessional

It is human nature to want to be recognized as an individual. People need to express themselves whether through bold socks, funky nail color, or permanent ink. While we in the Career Development Center celebrate personal expression, there is definitely a time and a place. We have covered the aforementioned topics time and time again; […]

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5 Must-Ask Interview Questions

Adapted from jobs4allnow.com All job seekers should prepare for this inevitable question: “Do you have any questions for us?” Here are 5 questions that will not only separate you from the amateurs but will also provide you with useful insights into what the position is really like. 1. “What are the priorities that will need […]

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How Much $$$ Should I Ask For?

[adapted from “Establish a Salary Range” by Paul W. Barada] By now, you have most likely seen job postings asking for a cover letter that states your salary requirements. In those situations, how much do you ask for? If you ask for too little, then you may not have enough income to maintain your desired […]

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Playing the Field: A Dater’s Guide to Job Hunting

What would happen if people began to approach their quest for the perfect job in the same manner in which they approached their quest for Mr. or Ms. Right (or Mr. or Ms. Right Now, as the case may be)? While we are definitely not suggesting that you should try to meet potential employers in […]

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Looking for a Scholarship?

[adapted from Aftercollege.com] Thanks to the recent downshift in the economy, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs and save pennies. Scholarships are beautiful bundles of free funds to those lucky enough to obtain one. Not only do scholarships help you afford that expensive college degree, but they also boost any résumé. Are you […]

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The Past is the New Present: Preparing for a Behavioral-Based Interview

What exactly is behavioral-based interviewing? Behavioral-based interviewing is a style of interviewing that many companies and organizations use in the hiring process. The basic premise behind behavioral interviewing is this: The most accurate predictor of future performance is past behavior in a similar situation. It provides a more objective set of facts upon which to […]

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Taking the Dis out of Disability

Tips to Find a Fulfilling Career with a Disability More and more young people are diagnosed with disabilities. Disabilities aren’t new, but now they have names and, in some cases, treatments to lessen the effects. While stereotypes are being broken and accommodations can be made regarding course work, what happens when a person diagnosed with […]

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When Networking’s Not Working

Adapted from recruitersconnection.com You hear it all the time, from friends, from family, from the Career Development Center: “Networking is the best way to find a job.” While this is true in many cases, what do you do if your networking efforts are doing less than promised? You’ve talked to friends and family, neighbors and […]

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The Voice

[adapted from recruitersconnection.com] On February 5th, right after the Super Bowl, the new season of the TV show The Voice debuted. While you may not be a huge fan of yet another televised singing competition, the show’s concept could help you on your career path. We talk a lot about first impressions: your smile, your […]

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Security in an Insecure Economy

[adapted from recruitersconnection.com] With companies facing lay-offs, mergers, and cut-backs, it is more important than ever to understand the importance of job retention. In order to keep your job, you may have to provide management with reasons as to why they should keep you as an employee. Go above and beyond. When you do what […]

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Under Pressure

[adapted from recruitersconnection.com] With modern technologies and the necessity to remain competitive, many companies undergo changes MOST of the time, creating uncertainty and ambiguity in the workplace. Employees are going back to school, taking on more hours, doing anything that they can do to remain relevant in their positions. While it is good to remain […]

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But I Work Better Under Pressure

[adapted from recruitersconnection.com] Who hasn’t waited until the last minute to turn in a paper or waited until the night before a test to study? While some may say that they work best under pressure, procrastination is a bad habit, a lack of discipline, and a time-management issue, and is usually coupled with a lack […]

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Can’t Always Get What You Want

[adapted from recruitersconnection.com] The Rolling Stones recorded these lyrics in 1968, but you may also remember them from the first season of Glee: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.” The hard part is differentiating between what you want and what […]

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Nine Steps to Calm the Jitters

[adapted from recruitersconnection.com] Who doesn’t get nervous at the prospect of an interview? With just a few minutes to make a great first impression and wow the interviewer, cue the interrogation light and the Law and Order theme music. Seriously, it is difficult to keep your nerves under control, but here are nine things that […]

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What’s Your USP?

For the Business majors out there, USPs are probably old hat. Your professors probably talk about it on a weekly basis. For those who are not Business majors, it is a completely foreign concept. USP stands for Unique Selling Point (or Proposition). If a company wants to be successful and to survive the current market, […]

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Project a Sharper Image

[adapted from recruitersconnection.com] We say it all the time in the Career Development Center: image and first impressions are critical in an interview. It is important to think about the image that you want to project and the character traits that will help you accomplish that goal. Here are 11 traits to consider: Authority – […]

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From Great to Remarkable

[adapted from inc.com] There is nothing wrong with being great. In fact, most of us strive for greatness on a daily basis. Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, and diligent. They possess a wide range of easily defined but hard to find qualities. But what if you could take “great” up to “remarkable”? Here are […]

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Writing Your One Minute Commercial

(Prepare to sell yourself.) Whether you know it or not, your first job is in sales. You need to be able to sell yourself and your skill set. In order to do that well, not only do you need to know yourself, but you also need to be prepared. Every salesperson usually has a pitch. […]

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Tips for Resume Writing

So, you’re wondering “What is a resume? Why should I have one and how do I create one?” A resume is a snapshot of your skills, education and work experience. Potential employers often require a resume as the first document in the application process and it’s your chance to show employers what you have to […]

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Rebounding From Rejection

It is the stuff Hollywood blockbusters are made of: jilted protagonists burning letters, plotting revenge, or ridiculously vowing to step out of the game forever. Yet no one wants to make a movie about receiving the dreaded rejection letter. (You thought we were describing some sappy chick-flick, didn’t you?) Not so surprisingly, many people respond […]

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Interviewing 101: Researching a Company

One of the most important steps in preparing for an interview is researching the company. Employers perceive this as a critical factor in evaluating potential employees as it gauges interest and enthusiasm in the position and the company or organization. Here are five things you need to know before you start researching: 1. It’s usually […]

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The Real World

Sometimes work is just one of those things that you don’t want to deal with. Many students are employed at hotels, restaurants, or other service-industry firms, but can’t decide how they will “make it to the top” with that particular company. Some students do not want a part-time job because they consider such work useless […]

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Wanted: A Job!

Are you a recent college graduate, or college senior, and can’t find a job to save your life? Do you find yourself getting anxious and frustrated with your job search? Time to do a self evaluation! 1.) Are you doing everything you can to make sure your job search and personal life are separated? It […]

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Secret Ingredients

We know getting the perfect job can be one tough nut to crack. Luckily, the secret to your success is right here in Troup County, where you’ll find a wide range of career opportunities. And we’re here to serve you with a large helping of job openings, tips and resources. Stay positive - there are plenty of employers out there looking for one smart cookie just like you!


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