Navigating the job search process, enduring a career transition or becoming a new hire can be challenging, especially in today's economy. To help you sort through the confusion and give direction to your professional growth, the Alumni Association and Career Development Center (CDC) have partnered to bring our graduates the information, tips and advice needed to ensure success. Whether you're a recent graduate just starting your job hunt or a seasoned expert looking for ways to take your career to the next level, we're here to help. The center provides a number of services and resources to assist Binghamton University alumni with career concerns.We do not endorse any of the following content providers, and receive no compensation in exchange for their inclusion here.
How to make the most of the job you're stuck in
The early part of the year is a time for fresh starts, but finding a new job is an awful lot harder than getting to the gym, socking away money or going on a diet - especially now, when even as the economy shows signs of improvement, many people continue to feel trapped in their jobs. Without new challenges or the prospect of a raise or a promotion, you can all too easily lose motivation and feel frozen in place. Still, remaining in a less-than-perfect job doesn't mean you have to put your career on hold. According to this Forbes.com article, by acquiring new skills within and outside of your current job, you can move forward even as you stay in the same place.
5 Tips for new economy entrepreneurs
Recent college graduates frustrated with a slow job market are increasingly deciding to take matters into their own hands. A recent Harris Interactive online pool found more than four in ten 18-to-24-year-olds have considered starting their own small business. However, before plunging thousands of dollars into a new website or other start-up costs, consider these five tips from small business experts Karin Abarbanel and Bruce Freeman '73, coauthors of Birthing the Elephant.
Employment seekers always should take a temporary job, so "go for it!"
Searching for a full-time desirable job is time-consuming and tough. But, out of the many people that are seeking out their dream position, only few take advantage of part-time employment. Patricia Moran, director of The Institute at Middlesex County (N.J.) College, urges people to go after temporary positions because these jobs pay and help expand professional networks.
Cover letter relevance: to include or not to include
There is an ongoing debate on whether cover letters should be included with resumes when applying to jobs. Kris Plantrich, of MyFOX Job Shop, tells readers to ignore those who tell you not to write a cover letter. While cover letters are only read 33 percent of the time, according to Plantrich, it is still important to write an interesting introduction.
The one-page resume vs. the two-page resume
Resumes are the initial contact any applicant has with a potential employer. It is invaluable that they are clean, neat and well-written. But, what if you go longer than one page? Is that a hideous error? Margot Carmichael Lester of Monster.com discusses pros and cons of each option.
100 potential interview questions
You have nailed down an interview. Great! But, what will they ask? Are you prepared for any question they throw at you? Thad Peterson of Monster.com has a list of potential interview questions that should be studied before going into any interview. Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball? Don't know? Time to study.
11 job-search tips for 2011
Okay, so 2010 was not a great year to search for jobs. You may have reached that point where you are so pessimistic about finding a job, you don't know if you can continue. Kaitlin Madden of CareerBuilder.com can get you out of your rut. In this article, she describes 11 tips for the not-so new year.