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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 ...

7 job interview questions you should ask

It’s a common situation: The job interview is wrapping up, and you’re confident you’ve done well. But then the hiring manager says, “Do you have any questions for me?”

Responding with a polite “no” isn’t going to cut it. Your time to ask ...

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 ...

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.

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....

How to discuss difficult subjects with your boss

When it comes to challenging conversations, it might seem like it’s easier to talk to almost anyone other than your boss. But sometimes you must approach your supervisor about a tough subject, such as asking for a raise or requesting time off to handle a personal issue.

Make small talk work for you

Some people become tongue-tied even at the idea of having to make polite conversation at social events or business functions. But small talk is no big deal. By definition, it’s just informal or uncontroversial chatter.

“Keep in mind that you don’t have to divulge your entire life to a person ...

Making happiness at work a habit

Feeling content for eight or more hours a day while you’re on the job might seem like a fantasy. But it doesn’t have to be, says Paul Fornell, MS, a mental health therapist and instructor in the master’s in counseling program  at the University of Phoenix New Mexico Campus.

8 business email etiquette blunders

You probably use email almost every day at work. It’s quick and convenient, but that means it’s also easy to mismanage. Poor email etiquette can make you look unprofessional, rude or just plain clueless. Here, two communications experts share eight common work email faux pas and how to avoid them:  

In-demand jobs for nurses outside the hospital

Many professionals who earn a nursing degree expect to work in a clinical setting, such as a hospital or doctor’s office. But there are lots of other places where nurses can apply their skills in nontraditional jobs, says Karen Jamison, PhD, an instructor in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus....

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.

7 jobs for communication majors

With the number of traditional media jobs shrinking, communication graduates often must cast a wider net to find employment, says Victor Evans, PhD, an online instructor in the communication program for University of Phoenix.

“I’ve done a little bit of everything, including PR [public relations],” ...

Why consider transitional care nursing?

An aging population and the Affordable Care Act have increased demand for transitional care, says Karen Jamison, PhD, a registered nurse who teaches in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus.

“This area of nursing deals with transitioning high-risk patients from the ...

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.

Survey: Military to civilian transitions are tough

While U.S. servicemembers acquire valuable skills and go through diverse experiences, it’s often difficult for them to apply what they’ve learned to civilian careers, according to a 2013 University of Phoenix survey conducted by Harris Interactive in September and October 2013.

5 cool job perks

One of the first things most people typically want to know about a job is what it pays. But what about the fringe benefits?

“For some [prospective employees], the perks may outweigh or complement the salary component of a job offer,” according to Linda Ballard, a director of ...

How to remember names

Learning how to recall names can help your career and prevent some embarrassing moments.

Potential clients or customers, as well as employers, might feel insulted if you can’t remember their names, says Marshall Karp, MA, a career coach for ...