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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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Topics: Resources

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

Move Up In Your Career: Graduate Degrees That Pay Off

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 21, 2013 8:09:00 AM

The rate at which individuals are earning graduate degrees is growing quickly, raising the question, is a master's degree worth the investment?

Almost 420 candidates received master’s degrees at the recent commencement at Saint Leo’s University Campus, many earning their graduate degrees online. Over 330 more candidates will receive graduate degrees at numerous commencement ceremonies at Saint Leo centers across the country in coming weeks.

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Topics: Trends

How To Be More Creative And Why It Matters

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Mar 8, 2013 7:57:00 AM

While professionals agree on the importance of creativity for individual career success and global economic growth, a Kenyan teen’s innovative thinking helps preserve the lives of an endangered species.

Lions hold a special place in the hearts of all of us in the Saint Leo University community.

Which is one reason why you might find the following story intriguing.

Originally appearing on the NPR blog, “all tech considered,” it’s about a teenager in Kenya with a truly “bright” idea. The eight-minute video is posted below and is inspiring to watch.

Here’s why.

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Topics: Tips

10-Step Job Interview Preparation Checklist

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 7, 2013 9:03:00 AM

As you're preparing for a job interview, remember the fundamentals.

Unexpectedly, an awesome opportunity to interview for the ideal internship lands right in your lap.

Or, perhaps, you’ve been waiting a long time for an opportunity to interview at a company that’s always making the local “best places to work” list, and you finally have the chance.

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Topics: Tips

Planning A Career, Preparing For Life

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 21, 2013 2:07:00 PM

Rediscovering Rudyard Kipling's famous coming-of-age poem, "If."

By Rob Liddell

As Saint Leo University’s director of Career Planning, Rob Liddell provides students with practical guidance about preparing for a career and steps to follow to achieve success.

In the following guest blog post, Rob offers some advice more reflective and inspirational in nature about preparing for life. His thoughts about self-confidence, criticism, forgiveness, fear, and dreams spring from Rudyard Kipling’s well-known poem about maintaining integrity, “If”.

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Topics: Tips

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