June 2013

  • StraighterLine’s CEO Burck Smith Interviewed in The Evolllution

    Barry Lenson

    The Evolllution (those extra “L’s” mean ILluminating the Life Long Learning Movement) is an online newspaper that covers important trends and people in education. So it’s not surprising that the publication recently published an interview with StraighterLine’s CEO, Burck Smith. If you’re interested in what’s happening on the leading edge of learning, you’ll want to read this interview. But until you do, here are a few outtakes of what Smith has to say . . . Why so many different providers are entering the higher education marketplace today . . . “Well, I think what you’re seeing in the marketplace is a lowering of the barriers to entry. Online learning in particular; it does not cost very much to create an onlin ...

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  • SEO Your Resume

    Barry Lenson

    Once upon a time, early humans printed out their resumes on paper and sent them through the mail. Today, of course, resumes are an electronic thing. Job-seekers create them on computers and then upload them onto job boards and employers’ HR sites when they are applying for specific jobs. After a resume resides in those places, more electronic processes take place. Mostly, the hiring officers who are trying to fill jobs will use key term searches to find qualified candidates. If a social media company is looking for candidates who know back-end computer skills such as CSS, HTML, Flash, and JavaScript, for example, that employer is going to search for those terms. If your resume doesn’t contain them, you and your resume won’t be foun ...

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  • Great Reasons to Get Your Business Degree Online

    Barry Lenson

    In just the last month, I’ve seen more and more magazine ads for online business programs.  I’ve seen ads on websites too. Heck, I even saw a flashy big billboard by a highway in New Jersey that pitched an online MBA program. There’s no doubt about it. There is definitely something in the air about earning business degrees online.  But when you stop to think about it, that’s not surprising. After all, earning a business degree online makes a lot of sense right now, for reasons like these . . . You don’t have to quit your day job.  I haven’t been able to find any statistics about how many students are working jobs at the same time they are studying for their business degrees, but I suspect that a lot of them are, for a ...

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  • Buy Yourself a Great Father’s Day Present with All the $$$ You’ll Save by Taking Courses Online

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re taking online courses at StraighterLine, you already know that you’re saving money. But you might not realize how much. Here’s a quick review of the math . . . If you take advantage of StraighterLine’s most popular pricing option, you can subscribe for $99 a month, then take as many courses as you want for individual fees that start at $49. If you crunch the numbers on that, you’ll quickly see that you can complete one year’s worth of college for a total cost that is in the range of about $1,000 to $1,500, depending on how quickly you can complete courses, how much time you have to devote to them, and other factors. But no matter how you take those courses, you are still going to save roughly $45,000 on college t ...

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  • Find Your Next Job at a Virtual Job Fair

    Barry Lenson

    If you’ve been to job fairs, you know how frustrating they can be. You show up with a pile of resumes – just like hundreds of other people do. You talk with representatives from a few companies and give them one of your resumes – just like hundreds of other people do.  You attend a few breakout sessions and watch a few company videos  – just like hundreds of other people do.  Then when it’s over you and those hundreds of other people leave, wondering whether your resume has landed in the right pile and whether you are going to hear anything from any hiring companies. A Better Way to Find Your Next Job Enter the virtual job fair. It takes the whole job fair experience online, and makes the whole process work better for bot ...

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