5 Tips for Using LinkedIn Effectively

linkedin.jpgClaiming to be “the world’s largest professional network,” LinkedIn has become a valuable tool for young professionals and job seekers. Allowing you to create a separate professional social network, LinkedIn has many opportunities to promote yourself while making connections with others in your field. To better utilize LinkedIn, follow the basic steps below.

Setting Up a Profile.

 

Before you can use LinkedIn you need to create a profile. Use the profile to define yourself while showing what you have already done and what you are looking to do in the future. Do not be afraid to share more than your work  experience, such as a blog or volunteer positions, as long as they correspond to your professional ambitions. Remember to keep the information clean and well edited.

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Why Working in Norway Has Its Benefits

work-norway.jpgMore and more students from Norway are studying abroad. The Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (ANSA) website states that 21,300 are currently studying abroad in over 90 countries around the world. Since its formation in 1956, ANSA has helped Norwegian students study abroad by making the process stress-free and nearly free with Lånekassen financial support. Many of those students are excited to procure a job in the country where they study and possibly even settle down for years to come. However, a growing number of Norwegians are returning to their homeland in order to get better paying jobs and benefits.

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5 Reasons You Should be Getting an Internship

internshipInternships are short term experiences that can give you real life perspective on the different careers you would like to pursue. Potential employers, and increasingly schools themselves, are insisting on internship experience before you graduate. Not convinced about the importance of internships? Here are 5 reasons why you should have one before you graduate. 

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5 Tips for Better Networking

networking1.jpgWe all understand the importance of networking: gaining contacts, insight into the field and industry trends are all reasons why we network, but how do we become better at it? Like any skill, networking is an art, that gets better with use and experience. 

Here are five easy things you can do to improve your networking skills and make your job search more manageable:

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How to Write a Better Cover Letter

experience_web.jpgCover letters and résumés form the majority of job application documents. They indicate your interest to an employer and provide information about your academic and professional background. There are a few types of cover letters, but here we will focus on cover letters that accompany an application to a known job opening. Different disciplines or job fields may have different preferred styles for cover letters and résumés, so check with a field-specific source to make sure your documents will be accepted.

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5 Questions to Clarify Your Career

career1Figuring out the career path you want to take can be a challenge for the college student or recent graduate who has little work experience. Sometimes it is hard to correlate your abstract thoughts about ideal work conditions with actual interests and your practical ability to be competent in the tasks you need to do to complete a job. To help you gain some clarity about your career, here are a few questions to ask yourself. Continue reading “5 Questions to Clarify Your Career”

5 Tips for Job Hunting Success

job_search.jpgJob Hunting: It can fun for a while but that momentary enjoyment can get old pretty quickly. It’s best to think of looking for your next job like a job itself; without routine and commitment, it’ll likely draw on for a while.

Are you searching for your next job or making a career change? Check out our 5 tips for job hunting success:

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5 Tips for Negotiating a Higher Salary

hand-shakeIn this time of underemployment, negotiating your salary can be a grey area for recent graduates who are seeking their first professional job out of school. The question: whether or not recent graduates should ask for a higher salary when they have little, or no, relevant work experience and are just happy to not have a job waiting tables?

 The answer: as long as you are smart and considerate about a decision to negotiate your salary, it can never be too early to hone your negotiating skills.

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Mobile Apps for the Job Hunt

mobile_apps.jpgThe job search has gone mobile with the invention of the smartphone. Using mobile apps to hunt for jobs is a great way to continue the search while you are on the go. You can take a minute to look and apply for job postings while you are waiting at the bus station or between classes. Other apps allow you to edit your resume, store networking contacts and arrange meetings with individuals in your industry. 

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