• How to Ensure Your Own Postgrad Job Placement

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Brittany Hege Whether you're currently working toward your degree through StraighterLine's affordable online courses or taking the more traditional classroom route, one thing's for sure: you can never do too much to increase the likelihood of snagging a postgrad job. But don't just take our word for it. Editor at large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and LinkedIn user Jeff Selingo's recent article, “Five Ways to Improve the Job Prospects of Recent College Grads” has been gaining traction with social media users for the past few weeks, as unemployment rates have proven to be a hot-button issue in the recent presidential election. Inspired by Jeff's “how-to’s” for putting more grads to work, we offer you a few sugge ...

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  • How You Can Help End the Nursing Shortage

    Jeffrey Simons

    by Jeffrey Simons There may never be a better time to become a nurse. America’s baby boomers are aging. At the same time, Americans are living longer. The government projects that there will be more than 880,000 new jobs for nurses created between 2010 and 2020. And the American Association of Colleges of Nursing is predicting a shortage of trained nurses. That increasing demand means increased opportunities for those who want to become nurses. Even better, getting a nursing degree has never been easier. There are more than 4500 nursing programs in the US. And many of the leading online colleges and universities offer nursing programs designed for working adults, so you can pursue your degree while balancing family responsibiliti ...

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  • How to Tweet Your Way to Your Next Job Interview

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Brittany Hege Getting a job. You can do it the easy way or the hard way. All right, so I lied. There is no easy way out, or shall I say, into employment and a career. But, if you're taking online college courses from StraighterLine in pursuit of your degree, you're just a mere URL hop and a mouse click away from one of the best tools for getting noticed by prospective employers: Twitter. Follow our handy-dandy Twitter tips and you'll land that job interview in no time. Don’t wait to start. You can start building your Twitter presence now, so you’ve established some history and followers by the time a prospective employer decides to check you out. First, you've got to establish how you want to represent yourself to other on ...

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  • Three Ways to Get Your Resume through Screening Systems

    Barry Lenson

    It’s Monday morning. You’re going through your daily routine of job-hunting online. Suddenly there it is . . . . your dream job! You click through to the company’s career page, fill out the online application, and upload your resume and cover letter. Then you shut off your computer and head out to Starbucks to treat yourself to a latte. You just applied for your perfect job, so you can kick back and wait for the hiring company to roll out the red carpet for you, right? As you know, that approach won’t work. In fact, your resume and cover letter probably won’t even get reviewed by actual human beings. Your stuff is going to get stopped by the hiring company’s resume-screening system.  So before you upload your materials and h ...

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  • Today’s Lesson: How to Become a Teacher

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons Ever since 1834, when Pennsylvania became the first state to require future teachers to pass a test of reading, writing and arithmetic, the process of becoming a teacher has been in a constant state of flux. If you’re wondering how to become a teacher today, teachers must possess a bachelor’s degree, as well as a state-issued certification or license. And that’s just the minimum. Many teachers have to go back to school to get advanced degrees or flesh out subject matter mastery to stay competitive. Some states now require teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their certification. Getting a degree in education can lead to more than just a job as a teacher. The highest paying positions in the fi ...

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