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Preparing for Career Fairs

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Career fairs are a great resource that colleges and universities often offer to help students network, learn how to talk to employers, and connect with a large variety of different companies and job opportunities. This is a great chance to make a good first impression with a potential boss or company. Attending career fairs is a great chance to practice and build on professional skills. You should consider attending them beginning as early as your first year of college, but it’s pretty much a must for your senior year. One…read more

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Graduate School Testing

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Congratulations! You are about to receive your bachelor’s degree! This is a huge accomplishment and milestone in your life. But now the question is: What’s next? Most graduates tend to explore careers that are within the field of their major. However, there are other options if you feel that you are not ready to jump straight into a career. One very popular, and sometimes necessary, next step is graduate school. The GRE, also known as the Graduate Record Examination, is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for a…read more

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“What Are Your Plans After Graduation?”

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It’s the unavoidable question that all college seniors dread the most! While looking forward to their pending graduation, all college students want to know what the next step in their lives will be.  If you find yourself only a semester or two away from graduating and still have no answer as to what comes next, don’t freak out.  Believe it or not, you are in good company. A lot of soon to be college graduates have no idea what to do next. Do you truly know what you want to…read more

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Networking Questions

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Are you afraid to strike up a conversation with a stranger? This may seem terrifying, especially if this person is much older and in an important work or social position. However, being confident and making a good impression during a conversation can sometimes be more powerful than a decent resume. Here’s a tip: Having questions already in mind when you are interacting with important individuals will ease your mind and boost your confidence immensely. In any situation where you are talking with people to whom you need to make a…read more

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Job Interviews

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If you are approaching your college graduation, you are probably starting to search for your first job. This means doing hours of research on the different companies you are interested in working for, filling out countless applications, and crossing your fingers in hopes of getting a reply back to set up an interview. Interview procedures are the most daunting steps in the whole job hunting process because making a good impression is essential and could be the deciding factor on whether or not you get hired.  But don’t worry, there…read more

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Networking

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No matter what college campus you are attending, you will encounter hundreds if not thousands of people. In my college, East Carolina University, we have almost 28,000 students! This means there is at least 28,000 new opportunities, people to meet, and things to learn. So there is no excuse not to network. Networking occurs when you meet and form professional relationships with people who have the potential to help you reach your goals in one way or another. Often it ends up being a mutually beneficial relationship or connection. The…read more

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5 Key Tools Needed to Network

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  Business Cards Business cards are ranked at the top of my networking checklist. The exchange of a business card is to be expected at the end of a conversation. This is an efficient way to give someone your contact information. When someone stumbles upon your card, they will remember you and the conversation you had. If you are speaking with someone who you think will be able to help you or you are interested in staying in touch with, ask for his or her card! You can follow up with…read more

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