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How to turn an interview into a conversation

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As a broadcaster, there’s no question my career depends on excellent communication. But here’s a secret I’ve learned from every guest who sits down on my set: so does every career. ...

Become a LinkedIn power user

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In the previous blog post, I talked about how to use Twitter in your career search. Today, let’s go over how to achieve your career goals using LinkedIn. The good news is, the setup is a lot like Twitter, and you can use your ...

What can a career coach do for you?

If you’re looking to give your job search a boost, consider using a career coach, says Catherine McGinnis, MS, a nationally certified career counselor with Phoenix Career Services™ for University of Phoenix.

“When I was about to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in anthropology, I ...

When is the best time to negotiate a salary offer?

The interview process is going well — you’re confident that you’ve excelled on all fronts, and the job appears to be yours — but you know the big question is still coming: “What are your salary requirements?”

It’s a query that experienced job seekers, as well as those new to the ...

Turn Twitter into your career search engine

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This might surprise you: In today’s job market, 94 percent of companies are using social networks to find candidates, and nearly 80 percent of jobs are found through networking. The fact is that social media is one of the best ...

How to change careers at any age

No matter how old you are when you decide to change professions, the most important thing isn’t your age — it’s your qualifications, says Catherine McGinnis, MS, a nationally certified career counselor and coaching manager for Phoenix Career Services™.

6 key ways to follow up after an interview

Many job seekers typically place the most emphasis on writing a killer resumé and cover letter, and then figuring out how to nail the interview. “But it’s also crucial to give careful consideration to how you follow up once your interview is over,” explains Steven Starks, MS, a national certified counselor and a career coach for Phoenix Career Services™....

How to build a personal brand online

Just as Coca-Cola®, Apple® and Microsoft® corporate brands can instantly convey an unspoken message about their companies’ quality and value to consumers, a strong personal brand can communicate what job seekers have to offer to employers.

5 simple tips for people who hate networking

People love to hate on professional networking: It’s transactional, they say — a drab, white room with people mechanically exchanging business cards. I used to think so, too. Before founding The Muse, I was the world’s worst professional networker. I knew, in theory, that it was important — to get a new job, to get a promotion or advance a career, to make connections or learn ...

How you can tell it’s time for a career change

If work is no longer fulfilling, and you’re thinking about making a move, how do you decide whether you should start a completely new career?

When simply changing your employer is not enough, it may be time, says David Meintrup, MA, a career coach with Phoenix Career Services™ for University of ...

How to build job experience in your career field

While federal statistics show that earning a bachelor’s degree can lead to higher income on average— more than $400 more per week than with a high school diploma — a degree alone is no guarantee you’ll land a good job.

“You really need a combination of education and experience to get hired for ...

Perfecting your elevator pitch

What’s an elevator pitch, and why do you need one?

“An elevator pitch is a 30-second, 90-word marketing tool for job seekers,” explains Eleanor Augur, MA, a career coach with Phoenix Career Services™. “It’s a commercial where you’re the star — you’re selling your skills, ...

How to protect your online personal brand

Corporate brands like Coca-Cola® beverages and Apple® devices convey an instantly recognizable message. But good branding also applies to individual job seekers, says Donna Meldrum, MA, a licensed professional counselor and career coach with Phoenix Career Services™.

Networking with style

The days of looking for posted job openings and then sending out resumés are rapidly falling by the wayside, according to a 2013 Jobvite hiring survey. It found that 94 percent of job recruiters use social networking to search for candidates, and 78 percent of those recruiters have hired based on that approach....

5 things you shouldn’t say in a job interview

Now that you’ve landed an interview at the company of your dreams, it’s time to prepare for the initial meeting. While there’s a wealth of information on coaching people about what to say when encountering a prospective employer, it’s also key that you know what not to talk about.

How to ask for a letter of recommendation

If you’re seeking a job or scholarship or hoping to move on in college to earn an advanced degree, chances are you’ll need letters of recommendation from some of your instructors to accompany your application.

But before you request a letter, there are some key things to bear in mind, ...

How to market your general studies degree

As a student of the humanities, you’ll study everything from mathematics to social sciences to technology. But how do you make a well-rounded education enticing to employers?

Students who earn a general studies degree need to highlight their ...

6 tips for older job seekers

The older you are, the longer it can take to find a job, says Linda McKee, MBA, area chair of organizational behavior and development for the School of Business at the University of Phoenix New Mexico Campus.

That means that although federal laws protect job applicants from ...

5 surprising human resource jobs

There’s more to human resources (HR) than processing paperwork and reviewing resumés, says Sam Sanders, PhD, a certified senior professional in human resources, and campus college chair for the School of Business at the University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus.

New center to offer career coaching services

University of Phoenix students and alumni in need of academic or career support soon will be able to visit the state-of-the-art Phoenix Career and Coaching Center.

“At University of Phoenix, we’re interested in not just providing a solid ...

How to blow a job interview

Human resource professionals have no end of stories about oddball behavior by job candidates, which can run the gamut from prospective employees inviting interviewers out for a drink to bringing pets to interviews.

But an obvious blunder isn’t the only way to ruin your chances of landing a ...

5 in-demand telecom jobs

Telecommunication experts are in demand right now across a wide spectrum of industries, says Liane Monaco-Christensen, MBA, an instructor in the bachelor’s in IT (BSIT) program at the University of Phoenix San Diego Campus.

5 jobs IT certifications can help you get

Information technology (IT) is constantly changing, so it’s crucial to keep your skills current. But how? With certifications, says Treg Gardner, an IT specialist who teaches in the University of Phoenix A+ Fundamentals and Network+ Technologies certificate programs.

5 networking tips for health administrators

Heard the expression “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? While that might be true for some industries, in health administration, both aspects are equally important.

“What lands people jobs,” says Dean Athanassiades, MS, an online instructor ...

How to set goals to advance your career

Big career steps like going to college, landing your first job and moving into a new role with more responsibilities don’t just happen by themselves.

“Getting ahead … lies in the ability to set and meet goals,” says Kathryn Scahill, a National Certified Counselor and career coach with Phoenix Career ...