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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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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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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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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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Lynn O’Shaughnessy, higher education journalist, author of The College Solution, and expert on all things college and financial at the College Solution Blog and CBS Money Watch, recently wrote a thought-provoking piece called “8 Reasons Not to Get A Business Degree.” I highly recommend Lynn’s post for college students wrestling with the daunting task of [...]

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Like a broken record, your parents keep nagging: “Have you gone over to Career Services yet?” Automatically, you don’t want to go there. It’s like a sugary Pollyanna suggesting you skip down to the public library to find a book when it’s so much easier to download that book to your Kindle. It sounds even more [...]

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You’re a junior in college, beginning to sweat about getting a job after graduation, listening to all the horrifying urban legends about recent grads from elite colleges who are still unemployed. But there’s not much you can do yet about your future, except nailing a good GPA, posting your profile on LinkedIn, and checking in [...]

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Richard N. Bolles, author of  What Color Is Your Parachute? first coined the term Informational Interviewing.   Wikipedia defines it as “a meeting in which a job seeker asks for advice rather than employment. The job seeker uses the interview to gather information on the field, find employment leads and expand their professional network. This [...]

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