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Mary Beth Erskine

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Using Social Media To Get Hired

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Technology and competition have forever changed the job search process. A new e-book offers 10 tips for using social media to get hired.

If you’re a busy adult enrolled in an online degree program, chances are you’ve been in the work world for a while. But you probably have some sort of career move in mind: to advance with your current employer or maybe it’s to change career fields altogether.

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2015’s Hottest Jobs for College Graduates

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 20, 2015 7:41:00 AM

Online degree programs offered through the Donald R. Tapia School of Business could help prepare you for one of the year’s top jobs. 

Supply and demand.

It may sound like a chapter from your high school economics textbook, but in today’s job market, supply and demand is about talent deficits – a lack of qualified people to fill available jobs.

In other words, it’s about opportunity.

And the possible next step in your career.

According to a new list compiled by employment powerhouse CareerBuilder, the future is bright – particularly for business and computer information professionals with college degrees.

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Topics: Trends

The LinkedIn Group All Online Students Should Join

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 31, 2014 8:15:00 AM

Tap into one of the most powerful business tools on the planet by joining the Center for Online Learning’s Career Services group on LinkedIn.

Social media use for hiring is at an all-time high.

According to Jobvite’s 2014 Job Seeker Nation Report, 93 percent of recruiters are likely to look at a candidate’s social profile.

Their social media channel of choice?

Hands down, recruiters prefer LinkedIn.

When searching for job candidates, 94 percent of recruiters use the business-oriented social networking service that has attracted more than 300 million members.

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Career Webinars Focus On Human Resources Management, Marketing

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Mar 19, 2014 8:37:00 AM

Leander Hamilton with AACSB International and Kelly Cofer from The Tampa Tribune are the next two speakers in the Leaders in Industry webinar series.

Are you preparing for a career in human resources or marketing and want to find out how to land that first job?

If you’re a student enrolled in either Saint Leo University’s online or on-ground human resources management or business-marketing degree programs, take note. You can get the inside track on careers if you register now for one of the upcoming sessions in the Leaders in the Industry webinar series.

Launched earlier this year by the Center for Online Learning’s Student Services Department, the webinar series offers students the opportunity to better understand what companies are looking for in new hires by hearing directly from professionals in the industry.

Here’s the schedule for these next two sessions:

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Topics: Resources

“Leaders In The Industry” Career Webinar Series Kicks Off

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 31, 2014 7:31:00 AM

Saint Leo’s new career planning webinar series will give students the inside track on a variety of career fields.

“What are employers looking for in today’s college grads?”

“What’s it really like to work in human resources, law enforcement, health care, marketing, or any particular field?”

Chances are if you’re a college student with your sights set on gainful employment in the not-too-distant future, you won’t find the answers to common questions such as these in a textbook – or even online.

Sometimes you just need to consult an expert – someone with experience in your intended field.

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6 Reasons To Use New Career Services Tool: LionsLINK

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 28, 2014 8:21:00 AM

Career Planning introduces LionsLINK. A more powerful career portal, it includes access to a job bank of six million employers and the opportunity to network with alumni-mentors.

Maybe you’re a traditional student at University Campus getting ready to graduate in the spring and you’re looking for your first job.

Or perhaps you’re an adult student studying online or at one of the university’s education centers. You already have a full-time job, but your goal is to change career fields as soon as you finish your degree program.

Whether you’re a first-year student or an alumnus, you can benefit from LionsLINK, the university’s new career services management system, specially tailored to serve the needs of the Saint Leo University community.

LionsLINK includes a host of services and capabilities such as employment postings for internships and permanent positions, customized job searches, alert notifications for job search matches, online storage of sensitive employment documents and access to a wide variety of career planning resources.

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Topics: Resources

Video Resumes Show Off Your Star Qualities

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 31, 2013 8:09:00 AM

Video resumes are increasing in popularity among job candidates looking to stand out from the crowd.

You’re not trying to delude yourself. You know you’re not the next Daniel Day-Lewis or Julia Roberts.

And you don’t want to be.

What you do want is to land an interview for what sounds like a great job. The problem is so do several hundred other people.

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Topics: Tips

Energize Your Ho-Hum Cover Letter

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 1, 2013 8:06:00 AM

Cover letters are a golden opportunity to bridge the gap between a resume and real-world experience.

It’s reaching “Tastes Great… Less Filling” proportions: the controversy over the need to write customized cover letters has both sides of the argument deeply entrenched and intractable.

In one camp are those who believe that in today’s market of applicant tracking systems – where sophisticated technology scans your resume long before any human eyeballs cast even a cursory glance – cover letters are as archaic as the paper on which they’re written.

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Topics: Tips

Are You Preparing Now To Walk The Job Market Tightrope?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 2, 2013 7:20:00 AM

Saint Leo’s career services advisor dedicated to online students offers her best advice: Don’t wait until you’re ready to graduate to focus on career development.

Did Nik Wallenda just wake up one morning and say, “Hey, I think I’ll walk a quarter-mile across a 2-inch cable 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge today.”

Of course not.

It was a feat he had been preparing for all of his life.

The same is true for any of the tightropes we walk in life – the job market tightrope included.

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Study Forecasts More Jobs For College Grads

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 27, 2013 10:28:00 AM

New report says the economy will create 55 million new jobs over the next decade and 65 percent will require postsecondary education.

If you’re pursuing a college degree, stay the course.

A new study says that there could be 55 million job openings in the economy through 2020. Twenty-four million of those openings will be from newly created jobs and 31 million openings will be due to baby boomer retirements.

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Topics: Trends

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