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Job Search Resources – August Edition

A new feature we are going to unveil on our blog will take a look at different articles that offer job search, employability and college tips. These posts will give you advice from experts around the field, allowing you to take you job search to the next level or even to help ace that next exam.

You’ll be able to find these job source resources and more on our Twitter account, so be sure to follow along there so you don’t miss a thing. Read More…

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Are Cover Letters Still Necessary?

Standing out during the job search can take a little work. For decades and decades one of the standard ways job seekers made a good first impression and shared key employability skills has been the cover letter. But, are cover letters necessary?

At the the inaugural “Job Ready or Not?” event, hosted by Bryant & Stratton College Online, leading HR and hiring managers from top companies discussed how this is a tricky area for job seekers because there is not a right or wrong answer. It really comes down to knowing the company you are applying to and what they prefer. Some larger companies that use automatic screening tools skip the cover letter completely and focus efforts on finding the right keywords on a resume to move candidates forward in the process. Read More…

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Tips For How To Pick Your Major

College. Finally. You are here. You are ready.

But, you have no idea what to major in.

Study what you enjoy?

Learn the job that will make you the most money?

Enroll in the shortest degree program?

Brooke Urban, senior academic success coach for Bryant & Stratton Online, says first year students do not need to panic. Read More…

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How Do Online Classes Work?

In many ways, online degree programs are very similar to traditional learning – you learn the same concepts, and you study from similar materials. But a common misconception about the difference between online and traditional education is that the student engages in less interactions with instructors and classmates. In fact, online learning might just be more interactive. If you are considering getting a degree online, here’s what you can expect from the online classes at Bryant & Stratton College. Read More…

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Carefully Consider the Decision to Change Your Major

Did you just finish your first year of college, only to realize that you do not enjoy your major?

Thinking about changing to a new course of study?

You better be sure.

Did you just not happen to like these classes? Did you and your professor not hit it off? Were you bored with the first year of requirements because you want to get to the meatier classes the seniors are taking?

If you are going to change your major, you better darn well despise it, because it may take a lot of work to earn back that year. Read More…

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Instructor Blog: Tips on Effectively Using Persuation in the Workplace

Bryant & Stratton College is focused on preparing students for the workforce, and workplace capabilities are one way of doing that. Workplace capabilities are listed on each supplemental syllabus, and one of the workplace capabilities listed is persuasion. Why is this a valuable skill and how will it be accomplished in your courses?

Along with the obvious examples of persuading an employer to hire you or give you a raise, persuasion is often seen in more subtle, common examples. When working on a project, you may want to persuade your co-workers to select your approach.  You may want to propose a new technology and procedure.           Read More…

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Career Prep: Developing a Professional Portfolio

Anyone will tell you that you need to have a well-polished resume in order to score a job interview. But while most candidates will spend the time it takes to build a solid resume, many fail to prepare for the interview itself. A resume only gets your foot in the door. An employer will meet with several candidates in order to find the right person for the job, and it’s important to set yourself apart from the competition.

How do you stand out?

In order to stand out, a job candidate needs to be prepared to communicate what value they will bring to an organization. In addition to having the technical skills to do the job, an individual needs to demonstrate their skills in communication, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving. These “soft” skills are just as important as the technical skills you learn in a degree program.

How do you display these skills and qualities during a job interview? One of the best ways to prove your abilities to a potential employer is to develop a professional portfolio. Pulling together examples of your past work and experience is a great way to show, not just tell, an employer that you are fit for a job at their company.

What should you include in a portfolio?

Building a portfolio on your own may seem like a daunting task. That is why it is helpful to find a degree program that incorporates professional development into the curriculum. At Bryant & Stratton College, online degree programs include instruction on how to build your professional portfolio, as well as how to use it to your advantage in an interview. Knowing how to call out the skills and qualities that differentiate you from other candidates is just as important as having the portfolio itself. Bryant & Stratton College students are also required to have their portfolio reviewed by an outside professional who works in their industry of interest as part of their graduation requirements.

The items you choose to include in your portfolio will vary depending on the industry in which you are pursuing a job.  Still, here are a few common elements you will find in a good portfolio:

  • Education history – Provide copies of your transcripts, diploma and documentation for any internships or apprenticeships you completed during your college career.
  • Work samples – This section of your portfolio may include writing samples, presentations, and projects you worked on for school, an internship or a past job.
  • Volunteer and Extra-curricular activities – Be sure to highlight any activities that may be relevant to the job for which you’re applying.

In most cases, employers will not require candidates to submit a portfolio. This is exactly why you should bring one to an interview. Doing so will make you stand out from the other candidates, show the interviewer that you go above and beyond what is asked of you, and serve as a valuable tool for displaying your skills and qualifications.

If you are looking to pursue a degree, consider Bryant & Stratton College Online. Bryant & Stratton College offers a wide array of associate and bachelor online degree programs. To learn more, call 1.800.895.1738 to speak with an admissions representative.

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The Most In-Demand Jobs Requiring Certificate Programs

The most in-demand jobs in the today’s market usually call for applicants to have completed a certificate program. Fortunately, online certificate programs make it possible for single parents, full-time employees, and those just entering the job market, to complete a certificate and/or degree according to their own schedule. Here are examples of jobs in high demand that can be attained by completing a certificate program:
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Careers in Healthcare with Online Certificate Programs

If you are interested in pursuing a profession which helps people, offers a variety of different work environments, and provides multiple outlets for professional advancement, a career in healthcare is a perfect fit. The healthcare industry encompasses a seemingly infinite array of positions, from administration and billing professionals, nurses and doctors, to upper-level management positions. One thing they all have in common is they require some form of certification and/or degree before you can be considered for employment.

Fortunately, no matter how busy you are, online certificate programs make it easy and affordable for you to receive the degree and/or certification you need to obtain a satisfying career in healthcare. Online certification programs are flexible enough to work with any schedule.

  • Are you a single mom?
  • Are you tired of working full-time without any hope of career advancement?
  • Do you regret that you never received any education after high school?

Consider how jobs in healthcare can transform your life. Read More…

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5 Tips for Negotiating Like a Boss

What should you do when you nail the interview, get the job and your potential employer asks: “What are your salary expectations?

Tell her!

A recent poll by the Society of Human Resources Management and careerjournal.com found that most job seekers are not comfortable negotiating employment terms, especially money.  In fact, 78 percent of those polled stated that they did not like talking about money. If you are among this group, try following these tips to successfully negotiate your fist ‘real’ salary. Read More…

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