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Put Your Best Cover Letter Forward

Writing a resume is tough work, if you do it right. So, after doing all that work, why submit an awesome resume and then write a halfhearted cover letter, or no cover letter at all?

“People who submit a cover letter along with their resume are more likely to get hired over those who don’t,” said Danyelle Little, Work/life Management Professional and editor-in-chief of TheCubicleChick.com.

The fact of the matter is, your cover letter may be the reason why a hiring manager will – or won’t – read your resume. Here is how to grab his or her attention every single time. Read More…

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How to Find College Scholarships to Pay for Your Online Degree

Hunting for additional funding to help pay for school can be a daunting task as determining the starting point is difficult. There are a great number of resources available to students searching for college scholarships. Here are five great methods to get the search for scholarships started: Read More…

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Staff Spotlight: Career Services Advisor, Mike Lester

When he’s not offering students career advisement, you can often find Mike Lester donning a large, furry sabertooth tiger costume and wandering the halls of First Niagara Center during Buffalo Sabres games.

That’s right, from time to time, the man behind Sabretooth’s mask is one of Career Services Advisors at Bryant & Stratton College Online.

Mike has been with Bryant & Stratton for nearly two years and has been with the Career Services Department the entire time. Mike’s job function features a great deal of outreach to various businesses to help identify new career opportunities for students across the country.

Of all the features of his work here, Mike notes that the most rewarding part of his job is helping students to not only obtain employment, but to ensure our graduates are starting a career in the field of study they pursued.

“It’s not easy landing employment these days and counseling a student that is able to land a position within their field is a rewarding experience,” he said.

Not all of Mike’s time is spent working with businesses and students or helping to cheer on the Sabres, he is spending time at home with his wife Laura and their nine-month old daughter, Mackenzie. As you might expect, Mike is a big Sabres and Bills fan but he also has a penchant for many outdoor hobbies. Among his favorites are fishing and camping, two activities that allows him to spend quality time with his family. Read More…

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Four Types of Bad Team Players

Being a good team player is an employability skill that nearly all employers require and it’s not hard to figure out why. Have you ever been part of a dysfunctional team? Perhaps you had to tackle a big cross-departmental project at work and your team spent the time aimlessly tackling unimportant tasks. Or maybe you had a school assignment and your group struggled to get it done between bickering about the topic. Equally as bad, maybe one person (you?) got so frustrated he or she did the whole project by themselves. If you’ve ever faced this or a similar situation then you know the importance of good teamwork.general_management_png

But, not all team projects have to be difficult and just by correcting bad teammate behavior in yourself, you could dramatically improve the experience next time. To help we’ve listed the most common types of bad teammates. Do you recognize yourself in any of the descriptions below? Read More…

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Instructor Blog: Getting Back Into Gear

It has been a cold winter.  Getting back into gear after such a long break is hard. Below are some strategies that I hope will help you get back on track. Read More…

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Get Rid of That Boring Resume

Stuck in a resume rut? If you’re using the same resume over and over and over and only updating your most current job, your resume is probably boring! Here are three ways to breathe new life into it right now. Read More…

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Five Common Financial Aid Pitfalls to Avoid

Preparing for college requires a lot of decision-making – from choosing a major, to deciding between traditional and online colleges. But for most students, deciding whether to apply for financial assistance is a no-brainer, as student financial aid is often a necessary step in paying for higher education.

In order to receive federal or state financial aid, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application might seem intimidating, but as long as you are aware of the common pitfalls, tackling the application process should be a breeze. Here are five mistakes to avoid in order to be sure that you receive the best financial aid package possible.   Read More…

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Time to Start Asking For It

Wondering why you didn’t receive that promotion you’ve been working so hard for, or that raise you so richly deserve? The answer might be as simple as…you didn’t ask for it.iStock_000020762698XSmall[1]

That’s the assertion made by two must-read books by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation – and Positive Strategies for Change (2007) and its follow-up, Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want (2009). (Despite their titles, both books can be equally useful to men who feel their negotiating skills could use some strengthening.)

According to the authors: Read More…

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Career Insight: Nursing Home Administration

Medical and healthcare students and workers are in a great position to remain employed and to advance into the ranks of management.

Baby boomers currently make up a large portion of the population and as they age, the demand for medical and hCareersealth care services is growing. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics projects it to grow 23 percent between 2012 and 2022.

That’s quite a bit more than the 11 percent average growth for all occupations. And, it translates into an addition of 73,300 jobs! In May 2012, medical and healthcare managers held 20,050 jobs nationwide not in hospitals, but in nursing care facilities.

So if you are a student who is considering a career in healthcare management, you have a long, secure career to look forward to.

Entry into the realm of management in medical and health care services requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree, though Master Degree holders fare better. Read More…

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Instructor Blog: Juggling School and the Holidays

For many students, December is a busy time of juggling holidays and the end of school. While some of the time crunch can’t be avoided, a little perspective can help keep you from getting caught up in unnecessary stress. The most important question to ask is: What is important to you? There are almost endless opportunities for holiday celebrations, and an endless to-do list.  Without prioritizing, it can be easy to run out of time for schoolwork.

For me, sending out Christmas cards was challenging with my work obligations. After a few years of stressing out, I realized two important things. The first was that most people on my Christmas card list already knew what was going on in our family and had seen recent pictures of us. The other was that I had ample opportunity to send cards around New Year’s.  Then, you can even include family pictures from the holiday itself! I was able to preserve something I enjoyed without unnecessary stress.  I haven’t received a single complaint from family or friends.

Another important consideration is to look at what is important in the long term. While so much about the holidays may either seem obligatory or something you just don’t want to miss, it’s important to think about what might be sacrificed by each holiday party attended. Not devoting time to schoolwork will have long-lasting impact. Read More…

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