[ Skip Main Nav ]

Phoenix Forward - Careers - University of Phoenix RSS feed

How to turn an interview into a conversation

Video transcript ›

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

Video transcript ›

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 ...

5 ways to be more productive at work

Ever feel like the workday has flown by and you still have a mountain of paperwork and scores of unread email messages to deal with? You’re not alone in your frustration: A 2012 survey by Good Technology found that 80 percent of people continue to work after leaving the office — amounting to an average of seven extra hours each week. ...

5 signs of a toxic work environment

Do you dread going into work each day and come home feeling demeaned and dejected? You may be toiling in a toxic work environment, according to Leslie Baker, MA, a licensed marriage and family therapist who teaches in the counseling program at the University of Phoenix® Bay Area Campus in California....

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

Video transcript ›

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 get the most out of student teaching

Before you earn your education degree — and become certified to teach — you must prove you can do the job. Although your coursework can help prepare you to lead a classroom, you’ll get real-world experience as a student teacher under the guidance of a mentor teacher.

Want to work from home? 5 jobs to consider

Working from home can be a rewarding and flexible career option, and you can land home-based gigs in a growing number of industries. But you might not know where to look for these opportunities if you’re new to telecommuting.

“Millions of people work from home — it’s commonplace now,” says Haley ...

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™....

6 jobs that call for project management skills

You might not realize it, but even if you don’t have Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification, you already may be using project management skills in your current job. And if you decide to become a certified PMP, you likely can apply those skills toward your goal, says Jenny Kirgis, MBA, PMP, a business executive who teaches online project management ...

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 to become a mental health counselor

If you’re thinking about entering the mental health field, now’s a good time. The projected growth rate for mental health counselors and family therapists is 29 percent between 2012 and 2022 — much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How to become a CPA

While accounting careers range from clerical positions to chief financial officers, in most states only a certified public accountant may audit financial statements any company releases to the public, says Judy Thomas, MBA, a CPA who teaches in the accounting program at the University of Phoenix® Colorado Campus. “Every type of business can benefit from the ...

What it takes to become a special education teacher

Working in special education requires more than a bachelor’s degree and state certification and licensing. You’ll also need creativity, flexibility and a kind of patience that’s rare even among the most professional teachers, according to Yinka Dallas, an educational specialist and online instructor in the special education program for University of Phoenix....

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 ...

Need to manage stress at work? Try these 4 tips

If you’re among the more than one-third of U.S. employees who drag themselves to a stressful work environment every day, take heart.

There are ways to help you deal with your chronic situation, according to Vicki Greenberg, a board-certified family nurse practitioner and nursing ...

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, ...

5 ways to advance your career as a police officer

You made it through the police academy and are working as a patrol officer. But you have your sights set on being promoted from beat cop to detective — or perhaps one day, even chief of police.

As with many jobs, moving up takes dedication: You need time to learn the ...

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™.

Why consider a career in a STEM field?

You may have heard the term “STEM” in the news and in conversations about job growth or new opportunities for employment. But what exactly does it mean?

The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math, explains ...

How to break into forensic accounting

Forensics aren’t limited to the world of police and TV crime shows. From big financial scandals, like Bernie Madoff’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, to identity theft to embezzlement, the field of forensic accounting offers plenty of opportunities to detect fraud and help protect the public.