Finding A Job

  • Five Strategies for Students who Want to Land their First Jobs

    Barry Lenson

    Five Strategies for Students who Want to Land their First Jobs Are you about to graduate from college? If so, congratulations. But . . . how are you going to get a job? As everyone knows, competition for available jobs is fierce in today’s workplace. But don’t despair. Use these strategies to get an advantage over your competition . . . Sheer speed! Create a list of potential employers and visit their Websites daily. As soon as you see a job listed, customize your resume and apply immediately. Your goal is to be among the first candidates to apply - before the job is advertised on Monster.com or other external job boards. Stay in touch with your former classmates. They can be terrific sources of information about jobs. So ...

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  • How to Use Internships to Jumpstart Your Career

    Barry Lenson

    How to Use Internships to Jumpstart Your Career In only the last five years, internships have become one of the most popular strategies that college students are using to find jobs after graduation.  If you haven’t been thinking about finding an internship too, this could be the time to start looking for one. Summer is coming up. And summer is the time when most companies welcome interns through their doors. What Are Internships? An internship is an unpaid job that companies offer to college students. If those words – “unpaid job” – sound off-putting to you, perhaps it is time to think again. The fact is that more and more companies are using internships to identify students whom they will hire after they graduate from col ...

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  • How to Pick a College Major without Breaking the Bank

    Barry Lenson

    Diane Chambers, the pretentious character on the television series Cheers, once bragged that she was “only one credit away from getting a degree in any of 37 different disciplines.” Well, that’s extreme. Yet I personally know one undergraduate student who has made short-lived commitments to major in English, Philosophy, and Anthropology. But I won’t poke fun at her, because picking a college major is actually pretty difficult. But there’s another problem about changing majors three or four times. With the cost of college courses running so high, it can cost a fortune to decide on a major, take some courses, and then change your mind. So, how can you increase the chances of picking the right major the first time? Here are som ...

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  • Job Hunting? Here’s How to Make the Most of Your Online Learning Experience

    Barry Lenson

    “I really like to hire job candidates who show that they haven’t taken the easy route to earning a college degree,” says an executive who does a lot of recruiting for a major financial institution in New York. “When I talk to a recent college grad who overcame some obstacles and worked hard, I am more likely to hire that candidate than a graduate who had an easy time of it.” Those comments make sense, and they are worth remembering when you finish college and hit the job market. If you present yourself the right way, there is no reason why your online college work cannot be an asset in the eyes of companies that are hiring. But how can you present yourself in the strongest way? Here are some pointers . . . Tell Your Life Sto ...

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  • Want to Win a Job Today? Get a Business Degree

    Barry Lenson

    Want to Win a Job Today? Get a Business Degree If you’ve been reading the news in the last few weeks, you know that in December, the unemployment rate in America fell from 8.7 percent to 8.5 percent. According to many estimates, about 200,000 new jobs were created. What skills do you need to nail down one of these new jobs? Your most effective strategy is definitely to . . . Get a business degree. If you have an degree in business, you stand out from other candidates who are competing for the same jobs. When you have earned an undergraduate degree in business, you have demonstrated important skills that employers are looking for . . . You are ready to take a job that is on a management track, not an entry-level job that has litt ...

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