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Career Change on Your To-Do List? Vet Your Assumptions First! [Webinar Recap]

Editor’s Note: On October 15th,  Bryant & Stratton College Online hosted a webinar titled “Creating a Career Change Action Plan”. Led by acclaimed career coach and frequent BSC Online presenter Kim Dority, the presentation provided practical tips and advice for anyone looking to alter their current career path.  Below are a few of Kim’s key takeaways from the webinar.

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Now That I’ve Got a Mentor, What Should We Talk About? [Webinar Recap]

Editor’s Note: On August 28th,  Bryant & Stratton College Online hosted a webinar titled “Are You My Mentory? How to Find and Work with a Mentor” Led by acclaimed career coach and frequent BSC Online presenter Kim Dority, the presentation highlighted advice and guidance for students and professionals looking to find a mentor. Below are a few of Kim’s key takeaways from the webinar.

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4 Ways to Make Yourself Job Ready – Takeaways from the Employability Summit

On July 19 Bryant & Stratton College Online hosted the “Job Ready or Not?” Employability Summit. The event featured tips and advice on improving employability skills from leading HR and hiring experts from CareerBuilder, Come Recommended, Enterprise, Humana, Marriott International, and Microsoft. The experts highlighted a variety of traits employers value as well as tactics for the job search, gaining experience before you’re hired and using social media to build a personal brand. Below are a few of the key takeaways from the Summit.

Be Employer-Centric

Too many job hunters get stuck in a “what’s in it for me” attitude said the speakers. Steve Talbott, Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise Holdings Inc. said just by thinking like an employer, instead of a job hunter, you will stand out among the other applicants. Jessica Lee, Director of Digital Talent Strategy at Marriott International suggested making sure you’re resume, cover letter and application match the type of language an employer is using in a job description. As an applicant you should do everything you can to make it easy for an employer to recognize why you would be a good fit for their team.

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Making Mistakes Work for You

When you’re new to the workplace, it’s normal to try to avoid making mistakes – after all, you’re working like crazy to impress people with how professional you are! But the reality is, everyone you work with has made tons of mistakes, from your boss to the company president. So instead of focusing on never making a mistake, shift your framework to what you can learn from your mistakes. That’s how you grow.

For example, assume you’re stepping up to a new professional challenge, such as giving a workplace presentation for the first time. Even though you’ve done the appropriate research and preparation, perhaps with this first presentation the outcome is completely, unpredictably awful – a stunning failure. Your smart move here? Focus on what you can learn from the mistakes you made during your presentation. it.

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Webinar Recap: “Exploring Career Options: How Many Ways Can You Use Your Degree?”

The “Exploring Career Options” webinar provided tactics and information resources to discover a variety of professional paths to attendees. The  presentation also enabled attendees to:

  • Understand and be able to use the best frameworks to explore the diversity of degree-related career opportunities
  • Identify and use the best people and information resources for researching their options
  • Determine the best questions to ask, and how to ask them so potential employers and career-connectors will want to respond

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Webinar Recap: Citation: Using APA & the Bluebook Together

In today’s internet-age information is so readily available, causing an increase in instances of plagiarism – especially accidental or ‘responsible’ plagiarism.

The webinar Citation: Using APA & the Bluebook Together helped attendees identify instances where citation is necessary and what reference materials to use and how to properly cite information.

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Webinar Recap: Ramp Up Your Job Search with LinkedIn

As job-search efforts ramp up across a battered economy, job-hunters need every effective tool that can find. LinkedIn is one of the most robust tools available, with a wealth of tools, resources, and processes to help connect you with the right job. Best of all? It’s free, and really easy to use!

During the presentation, acclaimed career coach Kim Dority shared her unique perspectives on just how to utilize LinkedIn for your professional needs.

Kim also covered how to :

  1. Identify and use all of LinkedIn’s job-search options, including targeted alerts
  2. Optimize all of the sections of your Profile to stand out to potential employers
  3. Develop and execute a strategy to enable your connections to help you find the right job

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Kim’s Key Take-Aways:

  • Enhance your visibility to employers by completely building out your LinkedIn profile.
  • Research industries, companies, and careers to get a comprehensive sense of your job and career options.
  • Explore job openings to understand the possibilities, assess your competitiveness, and see what interests you.
  • Apply for jobs via LinkedIn or through the company’s website.
  • Prepare for the interview by researching your interviewer, company, and industry.

Kim’s Recommended Resources

Build Your Career Opportunities on LinkedIn, by Kim Dority,

How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Other Social Networks, by Brad and Debra Schepp

Job Searching with Social Media, by Joshua Waldman

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Webinar: “It Really Is a Team Effort – How Employees and Employers Create High-Performance Workplaces,” with Kim Dority

Are you striving to create a positive and performance-driven work environment?

“Negative workplaces often frustrate managers, disengage staffers and generally demoralize the entire group, causing an uncomfortable and low-performance work environment,” said Scott Traylor, Associate Campus Director for Online Education at Bryant & Stratton College. Read More…

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Changing Careers? Use These Questions to Make Sure You’re Headed in the Right Direction

Considering a job or career change? If so, you may want to invest some time in identifying your work preferences first to ensure the change you’re making turns out to be a great fit. To start developing a solid picture of what your ideal work situation might look like, consider your responses to the following either/or combinations. Naturally, for some choices your responses may be more of a mild preference than a strong response, but this still gives you useful information, by telling you that this particular issue isn’t a deal maker or breaker for you.

Nonprofit vs. for-profit:  Nonprofits may include political and religious groups and professional and trade associations as well as socially beneficial or community-based organizations, but they are usually mission- rather than profit-driven.

Technology-focused vs. technology-neutral:  Technology-focused organizations assume and demand a high level of tech expertise, and necessitate an ongoing commitment to staying ahead of the technology curve.

Emerging industry/discipline vs. established industry/discipline:  Organizations based on emerging industries and disciplines tend to offer exciting and challenging opportunities, while those in established or maturing disciplines often provide saner workplaces.

Large organization vs. small:  Large organizations generally bring the tradeoff of stable job expectations vs. rigid management structure, while smaller organizations may tend to be more responsive to new ideas but offer less direction and management control.

Established organization vs. start-up:   Established companies can usually offer superior benefits, while start-ups may be more willing to negotiate other perks such as stock options and flextime in lieu of traditional benefits.

Local or community-based vs. national:  Local or community-based groups often invest more in being good community citizens, but are prone to mirror the ups and downs of the local economy, whereas national organizations may have less of a commitment to your community but are also less damaged by its economic woes.

Structured vs. unstructured workplace:  Do you do your best work in a structured environment, or thrive in its absence?

Formal vs. casual:  Organizations vary immensely as to their tone and expectations of their employees. Do you feel more comfortable with established standards of dress and behavior or prefer a week of casual Fridays?

Hierarchical vs. flat organization style:  This choice is about how decisions are made. Hierarchical enterprises are primarily top-down, flat ones more likely to distribute decision-making responsibilities (which may impact quality and speed of decisions).

High accountability/reward vs. more moderate accountability/reward:  The former usually is found in the for-profit world; although it can be financially lucrative, it can also carry a substantial stress factor.

Project-focused or consistent workflow:  Projects are typical of client-focused work (for example, in a marketing firm), while a consistent workflow is usually found in more traditional, structured environments.

Established hours vs. flexible or nontraditional schedule:  If you prefer a traditional Monday-Friday, eight-hour-a-day work week, avoid jobs that put you on the front lines with customers (for example, any form of customer service/support).

Family-friendly vs. family-neutral:  Depending on your life circumstances and what personal responsibilities you are juggling, this may be the most important consideration for you.

Think of these questions as a starting point to better understand your preferred work style, then incorporate that information into your career-change choices.

In case you missed the “Career Change: Getting from Here to There” webinar, watch the recording now!  – Career Change- Getting From Here to There . The “Getting from Here to There” webinar provides advice and tips on how to create and execute an effective career plan, including information on strategic planning, targeted goal setting and identifying valuable contacts and resources.

Acclaimed Career Coach, Kim Dority is a frequent presenter for Bryant & Stratton College Online. Dority is an information specialist, consultant, career coach, published author and adjunct professor at the University of Denver in Colorado. She has written extensively on career development for students and new graduates and is a frequent presenter, lecturer and panelist on career-related topics. Kim’s areas of expertise include professional branding, career transitions and career sustainability.

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Webinar: Career Change – Getting From Here to There

The “Getting from Here to There” webinar provides advice and tips on how to create and execute an effective career plan, including information on strategic planning, targeted goal setting and identifying valuable contacts and resources.

The webinar will enable attendees to:

  • Clarify the type of career change they want to make and why
  • Identify what actions and information are needed to accomplish this change
  • Put together a realistic action plan for achieving this career change goal

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