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Connections for Life

 

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Connections for life. What does that really mean? When this poster went up on Michigan Avenue outside the Chicago campus, I began to wonder why we need connections for life, what it means to have connections for life, and what it takes to maintain those connections for life. I then found a great article posted 1 year ago titled, “Hire Economics: Why Applying to Jobs Is a Waste of Time,” and my questions started forming their own answers:

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What I hope to do with my master’s

shutterstock_191262146Being halfway through the awesome M.S. in Written Communication (MSWC) program, I have already created and begun implementing a post-graduation plan of action. A few months ago I took advantage of the adept services offered by the Career Development Office here at NLU and had my resume critiqued. My job has now become looking for a job, and the CDO was instrumental in assisting me in crafting a first-class resume that I can submit with total confidence to potential employers.

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Step 2 in any career search: Take action!

shutterstock_65840998We already learned from Emily Drake that the first step to any job search is getting to know yourself. What do I do next? Take action! Communicate, communicate, communicate. Now is the time to put your money where your mouth is to effectively share who you are, why you are credible, and why you are interesting.

Here are 3 ways to Take Action:

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What really happens at an educator job fair?

EJF RoomI just posted last month about how to prepare for a job interview, but what about preparing for a job fair and, realistically, what kind of results are possible?

There is no better way to answer these questions than to talk about what just happened on March 4th at the 2014 NLU Educator Job Fair hosted at NLU’s Lisle Campus. Held from 1pm-4pm with potential post-fair interviews taking place between 4:30pm-6:30pm, both the employer and student respondents to the post-fair satisfaction survey agree that the 2014 Educator Job Fair was a wild success.

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ConnectVETS focuses on transitioning today’s military to tomorrow’s workforce

shutterstock_137298617Recently we talked with Emily Garrity, co-founder and president of ConnectVETS. She shared helpful information about ConnectVETS, as well as resources available to help veterans as they transition from military to civilian life.

Tell us about ConnectVETS.

Chicago-based ConnectVETS is a national leader in providing online job search education and career transition resources for transitioning service members and veterans to facilitate military talent acquisition. The organization focuses on building the bridge between military veterans and employers. ConnectVETS was founded in 2007 to support the men and women who have served our country by connecting veterans with private sector employment opportunities. ConnectVETS is also active in the Illinois Joining Forces Initiative, where I serve as the employer engagement sub-committee chair in the employment and training working group.

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Step One in any career search: Know yourself

shutterstock_105088013Emily Drake, Employer Outreach Specialist with the National Louis University Veterans Program, shares important career search and networking tips for student veterans.

Knowing your audience is arguably one of the most important elements in any successful transaction — asking someone out on a date, negotiating a merger or acquisition in the board room, requesting a raise at work and, of course, determining how to approach a potential employer.

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Facing age discrimination: Over 40 & hired!

shutterstock_1131507Age Discrimination. These are the two most dreaded words for job seekers over 40. I can see the fear and worry about their ages on the faces of my over-40 clientele. Secretly, they are hoping for a magic word or tip that will wipe this worry from their minds. How I wish I could give that to them!  Alas, concerns about age and the job search is the subject of many blogs, articles and presentations. In fact, next Tuesday, January 28th, NLU is hosting a “Do Not Miss” event titled ‘Over 40 and Hired’ supporting those who encounter age bias when navigating the job search. Featuring, Karen Jordan Williams, an engaging Human Resources Learning and Development expert, participants will walk away with insights and practical strategies designed for seasoned professionals to overcome this type of challenge.

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Changing careers: It’s more common than you think!

Thinking about changing careers? Well, you aren’t alone. A Reuters survey done in July 2013 found that “only 14 percent of U.S. workers believe they have the perfect job and more than half want to change careers.

Breaking it down even further, Reuters says, “nearly 80 percent of workers in their 20s said they wanted to change careers, followed by 64 percent of 30-somethings and 54 percent in their 40s.” I am even shocked by those statistics and I work with career changers every day!

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Reconnect, reflect, revise: Career management over the holidays

holiday job managementWith Thanksgiving coming up so quickly (though if you are like my 4 year old, not quickly enough!), it is time to be thinking about how we manage our careers during the holiday “off” time between Thanksgiving and up until we excitedly ring in the New Year. Follow these 3 R’s to get you started:
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