Networking Opportunities in the Community

22 Jul

Networking is a key part of job searching. It’s also a really hard part of job searching! It can be awkward, and it is often difficult to find a place to start. One option is to seek out community groups that offer networking events for free. Religious organizations, professional groups, and social organizations can all offer this type of resource.

For instance, Jewish Family Services (a United Way organization) offers a variety of career resources for free. All services are open to all!

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Need Help Finding the Name of a Hiring Manager?

17 Jul

This post is for you! Alexis Grant of The Muse has shared some great tips for using the internet to track down a contact person at your target company!

Once you have your contact’s name and email, be sure to have your cover letter reviewed – spelling and grammar errors on a letter are just as bad as errors on your resume. Bring your cover letter to drop-in critiques for help!

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A 3 Stage Approach to the Job Search from The Ladders

15 Jul

This post on The Ladders blog explains how to break your job search down into three distinct stages: Preparation, Search, and Close.

 

You can read the full post by Amanda Augustine here. Breaking the job search process down into manageable steps can help you to stay organized and keep on track! The Career Center is here to help – start with resume and cover letter preparation by getting a critique during our drop in hours.

Is Facebook Hurting Your Career?

10 Jul

According to Beverley Reinemann’s post on Undercover Recruiter, it might be. Controlling your online presence is essential to building credibility to recruiters. Many recruiters use the internet to learn more about potential candidates, so use social media to demonstrate your skills and interests! Learn some of the common pitfalls in her post.

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Career Inspiration From Pinterest!

8 Jul

Another dose of Pinterest Career Inspiration! What are your favorite career quotes?

 

 

Happy 4th of July!

3 Jul

The Career Center will be closed Friday, July 4th in observance of Independence day. We will reopen Monday morning. Have a happy and safe July 4th Comets! Get out there and celebrate America!

Infographic – 12 Things You Wish You’d Known Before You Took The Job

1 Jul

In her infographic posted on AvidCareerist, Donna Svei points out some great questions that you need to answer before accepting a job offer. Learning about the company’s financial information, gauging the culture of the company, and finding out if a position is brand new can all help you to make a smart and educated decision about taking a job. It is much better to turn down an offer for a job that isn’t right for you than to realize a few months in that you are not happy and that you will have to start the job search process all over again!

 

Tips for Calming Your Nerves

24 Jun

In her article on Business Insider, Jacquelyn Smith describes 11 tips for calming nerves before a big presentation. Most of these tips are also great for preparing for an interview – especially if you have to give a presentation as part of an interview or meet with several interviewers at once!

Our favorite tip is the first one on the list – Prepare. Nothing can help you be more ready and more confident in an interview than to be prepared. Research the company, prepare questions to ask the interviewer, and practice your answers to common questions. Practice your introduction so that you can start your interview strong!

Do you need more practice? Try our online mock interview tool Perfect Interview! Access it through link in the Resources area of the Career Center website.

Allstate Job Fair – June 26

19 Jun

Interested in working for Allstate? Stop by Allstate’s Career Fair in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, June 26! Visit http://allstate-texas.jobs/ to learn about the many career opportunities available.

For Online Use- Allstate Texas Career Fair Poster

Five Labs Personality Tool

17 Jun

Five Labs has created a tool that uses your Facebook posts to make estimates about your personality. The tool is based on research from the University of Pennsylvania, which suggests that personality is based on five characteristics: extroversion, openness, neuroticism, conscientiousness, and agreeableness. This tool will tell you how you rank on each of these characteristics based on what you have posted to Facebook. You can also compare yourself to Facebook friends and celebrities!

Understanding your personality and your strengths and weaknesses can help you to better understand what type of job is the best fit for you. Finding a job that is a good fit will help to ensure job satisfaction.

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This tool is fun and easy, but keep in mind that this assessment is only using data from Facebook, so it may not give an accurate results. If you are interested in learning more about personality types and how they can help you in your job search, make an appointment to take a formal assessment! The Career Center offers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. Call 972-883-2943 to make an appointment!

 

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