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When I was in high school, I was an intense, focused straight-A student, a typical INTJ (in Meyers-Briggs lingo) with a small, homogeneous group of close friends. With my introverted temperament and singular goal orientation, I was not one for glad-handing with everyone in my 750-student high school class. I remember a classmate, my polar opposite, a [...]

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Many organizations and graduate programs use Skype™ Internet technology to interview applicants, sometimes as a pre-screen to select finalists for office headquarters or campus visits. The old-fashioned telephone, however, is still used for this purpose as well, for internships, jobs, and grad programs. Are there any special considerations for phone interviews?

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Employers and graduate school programs are increasingly using online technology such as Skype™ to interview potential applicants. College students may be initially relieved to find out they are going to be interviewed over the Internet, because it is so convenient and, in some ways, less intimidating than a meeting in person in the organization’s offices. However, [...]

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I recently read a helpful article in a blog called The New Talent Times, ”Nine Job-Seeking Tips for College Graduates.” It offered solid advice worth reading, but I was most taken with its Number #1 Tip: “Create a 10-year plan, even if it doesn’t play out.”  One’s first reaction to a tip like this might be, [...]

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You have heard about everything you’re “supposed” to do to get ready for the “real world” while you’re still in college. Your parents asked you if you’ve stopped by Career Services yet, to start creating a resume for an internship when you’re still a freshman. And of course, you haven’t. But in fact, there are [...]

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As a college and graduate school admissions consultant and career counselor, I work with young adults of all levels of motivation, many who amaze me with their talent, discipline and goal-orientation. Often, however, I find myself nudging clients along, usually at the request of their parents, hoping to breathe life into comfortable suburban twenty-somethings who [...]

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Resources abound to help you create a resume for internships and your first job out of college. Your college career center is a great place to start, especially because your school may have a specific required template for its resume book and interview sign-up process. The internet has plenty of great sites with resume templates, [...]

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You majored in medieval history, but you ended up in retail merchandising. You still love history, but management and marketing in the real world is actually quite fascinating. You’re better at it than you thought you would be, and judging from that recent promotion, your managers must have faith in you. But your lack of [...]

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No matter what your friends may tell you, elite employers do care about your college grades. This is especially true for competitive summer internships and the most sought-after entry level positions. So with that reality check, what can you do about a lackluster GPA? 1. Switch gears on your grades ASAP. The sooner you start [...]

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Note: This is an update of my popular 11/09 post (where new data were available). Since last year, it is important to note that Sunbelt cities, especially in Texas, have peppered the top ten lists in greater numbers. Austin, Dallas, Houston, Denver and Atlanta are well worth considering. Graduating from college in this economy! Finding [...]

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