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Stand Out In The Job Market: Build Your Personal Brand

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Feb 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

How do you position yourself so that hiring managers will notice you? Who better to ask for insight than a seasoned recruiter?

If you think branding is something that concerns only ad agencies, big corporations and maybe celebrities, it’s time to heed the legendary words of management guru Tom Peters in “The Brand Called You.”

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Why You Should Be Aware Of Your Digital Footprint

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 9, 2014 7:24:00 AM

Dr. Ronda Mariani offers common sense tips on how to make your online image work to your advantage when you’re looking for a job.

“There is no branch of detective science which is so important and so much neglected as the art of tracing footsteps.”
– Sherlock Holmes

These days, you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes, bent at the waist, peering down at the ground, and puffing on a pipe to track footprints.

You don’t need a deerstalker cap or a magnifying glass.

And you don’t need to be a deductive genius.

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Why Developing A Good Work Ethic Is Essential To Career Success

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 17, 2013 8:03:00 AM

A good work ethic is more than logging long hours on the job. It involves an attitude and actions that reflect integrity.

If you won $10 million in the lottery, would you continue to work or would you quit?

Silly question?

Not really.

You might be surprised to learn that according to a recent Gallup survey, two-thirds of American workers say they would continue working even if they won $10 million in the lottery.

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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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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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How To Get Great Letters Of Recommendation

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Apr 23, 2013 7:16:00 AM

Saint Leo’s Director of Career Planning answers the most frequently asked questions about getting references that get in the door.

“What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?" "What makes the muskrat guard his musk?”

All together reply: “Courage.”

As a new college graduate, you’re ready to put your degree to work.

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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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How To Develop A Good Work Ethic In 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 19, 2013 7:10:00 AM

A good work ethic is key to being successful at anything in life – and will make you a more valuable employee.

Back in the 1990s, there was a television show called, “Kids Say the Darndest Things!” It was based on a feature that was heard on Art Linkletter’s old-time radio show and long-running T.V. series in which kids would share their candid – and unintentionally funny – thoughts and reactions.

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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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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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