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Networking: When to Use a Job Recruiter

Generally, the best person to do your job search is you. No one understands your criteria and skills better than you do. Furthermore, it is always best to use your own contacts to land a job. However, there are times when it is beneficial to use a job recruiter. A job recruiter has many contacts in numerous professional industries and can help you to match your skills to an employer's needs. If, for some reason or another, you feel that you may benefit from this kind of service, then perhaps you should consider using a job recruiter.

Many people who are in the middle of their careers decide to get a new job through a recruiter. Perhaps they are simply too busy with their current work to conduct a thorough and proper job search. Alternatively, they may feel that doing their job search on their own might raise suspicion at work and compromise their current positions. If you find yourself in one of these situations, or feel as though it would be best to find a new position through a job recruiter for any other reason, then the following tips should help you out.

- Be sure to use a reputable recruiter. If you have been in the industry for a little while, you will probably already know which recruiters are the best. If you are new to the industry, then do a little research and see if you can't find which recruiter is the best in your area.

- Be sure to use a recruiter who specializes in your industry. Many job recruiters specialize in specific industries. Some job recruiters focus on the fashion industry. Others work mainly in the sciences. Be sure to use someone who has a good track record of placing people in your industry.

- Make sure that your job recruiter fully understands your experience, your credentials, and your professional trajectory. If your job recruiter does not fully understand your capabilities, then he or she will not be able to do well at finding a good position for you. Furthermore, he or she will not be able to appropriately represent you.

- Make sure that your job recruiter knows exactly what you are looking for in a new job. If your job recruiter does not fully understand the next step that you want to take, then you will wind up going on interviews for jobs that you don't really want.

A job recruiter can be incredibly helpful if you use him or her in the right ways and at the right time in your career. Before you engage the services of a job recruiter, be sure that you really need that kind of help. It is always best to use your own connections.

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Scholarships: Get That Money!

Academic scholarships are an easy way to use your academic success to pay for college. Taking advantage of these can be incredibly easy, provided that you are able and willing to submit applications notifying whomever is awarding scholarships about your academic ability. There are some common mishaps that might keep you from gaining access to that free money.

Review the application entirely. This is the first step in avoiding the disqualification of your application. Read over it before filling or signing anything. Review the requirements to complete, submit the application along with whatever supplemental documentation might be required. This can include, but is not limited to, transcripts, and essays. Make sure that you have plenty of copies of these documents handy to send off with all of your scholarship applications.

Do not confine your eligibility to one scholarship application. Find many academic scholarships for which you might be eligible. Apply for all of them. You might not make the finalist list for one, but you will for others. Give yourself as many opportunities as possible to get that free money!

When you have an application, fill it out completely. Make sure you have read it through and provided complete and accurate information. There are countless applications that are disqualified because the applicant cannot be contacted with the given information. Make sure to be very observant of what you are typing or writing and maybe even ask a friend or family member to proofread the items for you.

Another common mistake when completing applications is to apply for scholarships for which you are not eligible. This wastes your time, the evaluating committee's time and that certainly won't get you a scholarship, especially if you do not have the proper required credentials.

Remember, you are trying to apply for an academic scholarship. The application is your chance to shine! Check for completeness, grammar, spelling, accuracy and that you have all the right supporting documentation. Do not include things that have not been required, such as a photo of yourself or a non-essential essay. Many academic scholarships are reviewed by committees of people who review applications. They won't read anything that isn't part of the application. The application phase shows that you are organized, punctual and capable of following directions. Show them what you've got and they will show you the money!

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Sports Sciences?

The field of sports sciences is vast. With a degree in sports sciences, you can go into exercise science, kinesiology, personal training, sports coaching, sports management, sports medicine, injury prevention and performance enhancement among others. This degree can lead to employment in clinics, educational institutions and even professional sports organizations.

How Do You Prepare for a Career in Sports Sciences?

To prepare for a sports sciences career, you first need to figure out the area in which you want to work. This will determine the type of education and training you will need. Degrees in sports sciences are offered at all different levels from certificates all the way up to doctorates. Many fields in the sports sciences require advanced degrees with specific concentrations and clinical practice. For example, to work in sports management, you would likely consider a bachelor’s degree in sports sciences with a concentration in business and management. A job in personal training can be acquired with a certificate. However, your chances of gainful employment would be improved with an associate’s degree in sports sciences and a supplemental certificate or concentration in personal training. Sports sciences degrees include a curriculum heavy in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and exercise.

Online Degrees in Sports Sciences

To enhance your sports sciences degree or advance your career, online learning and degree completion programs are extremely useful. Even with a full-time job and additional responsibilities, with online education, it is possible to complete additional degrees, fortify your credentials and expand your knowledge base. Many institutions are now offering online degrees in several areas of the sports sciences. Most programs are designed for the working professional – classes can be taken wherever and whenever – no commuting and no classroom meetings. Institutions that offer these degrees online include California University of Pennsylvania, Simmons College, University of Alabama, and United States Sports Academy.

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Temp Your Way to Success

Starting with a temp position can lead to a full time job.

Don’t be fooled; the job market cam be very tough. New graduates often have a hard time getting a good full time job. Even grads with great credentials, experience, and professionalism might have troubles. But there are a number of ways in which job seekers can get into the field that they want even when the market is tough.

One of the best ways to get your foot in the door is to begin working as a temp. Although you will have to bounce from job to job, temping often pays quite well and will give you the option to see the internal workings of many different companies. Using the guide below, you should be able to use working as a temp to land a full time job that you love.

STEP 1- Find a good temping agency.

Much like recruiters, many temping agencies specialize in one particular industry. Therefore, be sure to find a temping agency that can land you a job in your career industry of choice. Do a little research into the temping areas of your industry to find which ones are the best.

STEP 2- Put your best foot forward.

Get in touch with the temping agency and schedule a meeting. When you go to see them, be clear about your professional intentions. Make sure that the temping agency knows exactly what kind of company you would like to work at.

STEP 3- Get a temp job.

Once you have found a good temping agency, get to work. Hopefully you will be able to find a few positions that you like that last more than just a few days. In fact, some companies have temping agencies find them employees for periods as long as six months.

STEP 4- Get a full- time job.

After you have been temping for a while, you will probably have worked for a few companies that you really liked. Be sure to stay in touch with your supervisors at those companies. Also, keep a close watch on these companies so that you will know when they are hiring for full time employees. Having already worked at the company will likely help you in terms of landing the job that you want. In fact, you may be hired during the time that you are working as a temp.

The best part of temping your way to a full time job is that you will already know a great deal about a company before you take on a new position. You will already have an understanding of the way the office works and what the work is like. In this way, temping is like interning but better. After all, most interns don’t get paid for their work.

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Interested in a Sports Science Degree?

What Can You Do with a Degree in Sports Sciences?

The field of sports sciences is vast. With a degree in sports sciences, you can go into exercise science, kinesiology, personal training, sports coaching, sports management, sports medicine, injury prevention and performance enhancement among others. This degree can lead to employment in clinics, educational institutions and even professional sports organizations.

How Do You Prepare for a Career in Sports Sciences?

To prepare for a sports sciences career, you first need to figure out the area in which you want to work. This will determine the type of education and training you will need. Degrees in sports sciences are offered at all different levels from certificates all the way up to doctorates. Many fields in the sports sciences require advanced degrees with specific concentrations and clinical practice. For example, to work in sports management, you would likely consider a bachelor’s degree in sports sciences with a concentration in business and management. A job in personal training can be acquired with a certificate. However, your chances of gainful employment would be improved with an associate’s degree in sports sciences and a supplemental certificate or concentration in personal training. Sports sciences degrees include a curriculum heavy in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and exercise.

Online Degrees in Sports Sciences

To enhance your sports sciences degree or advance your career, online learning and degree completion programs are extremely useful. Even with a full-time job and additional responsibilities, with online education, it is possible to complete additional degrees, fortify your credentials and expand your knowledge base. Many institutions are now offering online degrees in several areas of the sports sciences. Most programs are designed for the working professional – classes can be taken wherever and whenever – no commuting and no classroom meetings. Institutions that offer these degrees online include California University of Pennsylvania, Simmons College, University of Alabama, and United States Sports Academy.

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I Got My Online Degree, Now What?

So you made it!  You some how managed to balanced your demanding life with a challenging online education. Your new degree makes you more competitive for more jobs and advancement in your current career. Now What?

If you are trying to move up in your current job, inform your employer of your graduation and include a copy of your transcript/diploma. Also notify and demonstrate to them any new skills or qualifications you have gained from your online education. Apply for jobs internally. Although you may have obtained your new degree, you might not receive the better paying or new job instantaneously. With your new degree, you might feel overqualified for your current job, but be realistic because it takes time to secure a new job!

Ok, you’ve applied and have gotten an offer! Congratulations! However do not be disappointed if you are not offered as much money as you’d like. You might not be making the money you want right away, but with your new or higher online degree, you can soon request the raise that you deserve!

Some of you decided to pursue a different degree because you were unhappy with your current career choice and thought you needed better. Check out some job fairs. A lot of these job fairs are flooded with 20 something year olds looking for a career. But as a newly adult graduate, you not only bring your new degree to the table, but also years of experience; thus making yourself much more valuable and competitive for a career change.

Although you have gained additional credentials and your resume is sparkling with the new degree, you might not get the new job right away. Again it takes time! You might have to stay working at your current job until you find the job you want. But remember, be respectable and fair to your current employer. Because you are pursuing something new, does not mean that you can slack off and be unethical in your work practice.

So after receiving your degree, applying internally/externally for a better or different career, and attending job fairs, you are now well on your way to rolling in the money and getting your dream job thanks to your online degree!!

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