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5 Leadership Tips to Help New Managers

Congratulations! You’re in your first managerial position. With this likely comes more responsibility, a higher salary and subordinates. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also a good time to reflect on helpful career information, like what makes a good manager and consider what your management style will be. Here are some leadership tips for new managers: Read More…

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Getting Creative About Gaining Work Experience

It’s really no surprise that employers want candidates with work experience that help demonstrate employability skills. Why wouldn’t they? With so many unemployed and underemployed people, employers have the luxury of being very selective.

Work experience is the key

College graduates may make themselves more marketable with paid or unpaid experience on their resume in addition to their degree. Students in online degree programs can also make time in their academic schedule to gain the same type of work experience as traditional students through internships.

Jodi Shirley was in the elementary education field for years when she decided she wanted to work in criminal justice. She knew work experience would be the key to moving into her new career. Plus, her school required a 120-hour internship.

She works full-time, attends school and has a family with three very active teens. None of that stopped her.

“I waited until summer break and worked at the local police department,” Shirley says. “I started working there the first day I was on vacation and worked 8:30 to 5 every day, with no pay, in the records department.”

For Shirley, it was worth every minute. Read More…

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Job-Seeking? Identify What Problem You Will Solve

One of the challenges of rethinking our careers these days is how to most effectively position ourselves with a potential employer for maximum opportunity (okay, first to get hired, then for maximum opportunity!). In other words, you and your outstanding skills are the solution to the problem or challenge they face.

Whether you’re writing a cover letter, tailoring a resume, or preparing for a job interview, think about how to demonstrate and document your problem-solving track record.career-change-arrows

The problem or pain point could be as simple as “we need someone reliable who can learn our system quickly and replace the employee we just promoted.” Or it might be “we need someone who knows how to turn our print content into interactive media for our website.” Or perhaps it’s “we need someone who not only understands how healthcare clinics work but also speaks Spanish to help us effectively support the healthcare needs of our growing number of Latino patients.”

Your job is to learn, from the job posting and doing as much research on the organization as possible, what problem, challenge, or opportunity the organization is trying to address through the posted position, and then focus entirely on the value you bring that will help them successfully do so.

Basically, your communications should showcase four things: Read More…

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Will a New Degree at Your Old Job Get You a Raise?

Most people know and understand that the combination of education and work experience will likely help you earn a better salary.

In fact, that is exactly the reason why many adults go back to school after they have been in the workforce. But, does earning your degree while working guarantee you a raise?

No, it does not. However, with the right timing and strategy you just might get a raise when you ask for it. Read More…

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Common Workplace Mistakes Made by Newbies

If you are stepping into your first “real” job after college you probably have a mixed bag of feelings about it. It’s exciting to meet new people, have new responsibilities and contribute to your new company’s goals. And it’s also little scary. That’s just how it goes when you’re a newbie, but that’s a bad thing. Some mistakes are expected and they are easy to avoid or correct as long as you are aware of them. Here are a few: Read More…

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Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter

There have recently been a plethora of conversations surrounding the importance of including a cover letter with a resume.  Bryant & Stratton College spoke with many industry professionals and found that there are companies, such as Microsoft, who will completely discard an applicant’s cover letter. However, there are many companies and hiring professionals strongly base their hiring decisions on an applicant’s cover letter.

The moral of the story is that it is always a great idea to include a cover letter when you are submitting a resume. A proper cover letter can serve as a selling point to a hiring manager when they are combing through a pile of applications. Setting yourself apart from the competition can be your saving grace in the current job market that is suffering from the growing skills gap issue – allowing you to make a great impression on a potential employer before you even walk in the door. I wanted to share two key elements that you should employ when designing your cover letter. Read More…

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Developing Organizational Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

Many of the skills you learn and practice through your degree program at Bryant & Stratton College are designed to carry over to your professional life as well. Read about how your organizational skills can help set you up for your dream job.

Did you know the same organizational skills you used to obtain your degree are equally helpful when it comes to landing your dream job? Reading and following directions, paying attention to detail, and time management are all examples of traits prospective employers are looking for. Your penchant for organization will be visible before you are ever hired. It is evidenced by a fabulous resume, a perfectly executed job application, a detailed business plan, and thoughtful responses to interview questions. In fact, your organizational skills will come into play repeatedly as you begin to apply and interview for future jobs. Here’s how: Read More…

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Earning Experience to Land your Dream Job

There are often hurdles for beginning a dream job. Learn the skills for gaining the necessary experience to find your dream job.

The infinite cycle of needing a job to gain experience but needing experience to get that job leaves some job seekers dizzy – and perhaps a little panicked too.  This stipulation can seem an especially cruel obstacle if you’re a new graduate or starting a career in a new field. So, when every job posting today seems to require one to two years of experience, how can you meet it before getting the job?

Bryant & Stratton College Online hosted a “Job Ready or Not?,” an Employability Summit featuring HR and hiring experts from several top companies. Below are some thoughts these experts had on gaining experience as a new graduate. Read More…

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Q&A With Todd Lempicke of ThinkOptimal

As part of Bryant & Stratton College Online’s efforts to bring resources and information to improve students’ and graduates’ employability, our blog staff sat down with resume expert Todd Lempicke of ThinkOptimal to talk about trends and best practices.

Q: What’s one component that is commonly found on strong resumes? Read More…

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5 Networking Tips for Online Students

No matter what your plans are for your future and your particular career, networking is an essential tool for achieving your goals. If you are an online student, you may worry that your lack of face-to-face interaction is impeding your networking opportunities. But fear not, for there are still many ways in which you can participate in networking. Here are five networking tips for online students that can get you started: Read More…

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