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The Road to Success…– Discover Your Unique Talents

When searching for the things that set you apart from others in your field, it is important to remember that your skills, talents, and experience make you one of a kind. As many human resources managers can attest, people often share similar educational background and qualifications, but each individual is very different. Your personality, motivations, and talents what will set you apart from similar job applicants and provide you with a career edge. The key is to discover the things that make you unique and then build on these strengths.

How can you learn more about your own unique strengths? The following are some helpful methods that can reveal your special talents, interests, and motivations. Try out several different methods in order to find out more about yourself.

1. Think about some of your past experiences. Have there been any significant events that helped shape you into who you are now? How did you deal with these experiences? The way you cope with different life events can reveal a great deal about your unique strengths. Write down how you reacted to each experience and then list the skills and abilities that you relied on. These methods of dealing with each experience are talents that form an important part of your personality and self-image.

2. Think about your past accomplishments. How did you achieve these things? Write down the steps you took to pull off each accomplishment. Your ability to set goals, your motivation to accomplish these goals, and your continued resolve to complete future goals are an important component of your unique self. Also consider why these goals were so important to you.

3. Challenge yourself to try new things. Sometimes it’s easy to fall into a pattern where we only try the things we are comfortable with. Testing yourself to try new things can reveal a great deal about your unique strengths and abilities. Even if you completely successful, you will learn a great deal about how you deal with the unknown and how you respond to a challenge.

4. Take a career assessment to learn more about your unique abilities. Career assessments are a great way to get to the heart of your unique strengths, interests, and experiences. A career assessment involves taking stock of your career satisfaction, your individual passions, and your personality. A career assessment often involves taking personality and aptitude tests or filling out an interest inventory. These career-planning tools can provide excellent feedback on your unique talents and strengths.

5. Allow others to see your unique talents. Take advantage of opportunities to shine in your career. If you have a knack for public speaking, volunteer to give a presentation to clients. Any chance you have to use your unique abilities is a chance for others to notice and give credit to your strengths. Building on your one of a kind talent, interests, and experiences is the surest path to career success.

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Creating a Winning Coverletter

Cover letters are generally poorly written and boring. It’s true. Most of them just repeat what was already in the resume and show no personality at all. I don’t know how the poor human resource people survive having to look through them day after day. The problem is that most people don’t know what should go in their cover letter. The following are the cover letter essentials.

Expanded Experience

What do I mean by expanded experience? You want to detail some of the experience in your resume and expand on it. Don’t just repeat the information. In your cover letter, you’re trying to sell yourself, so talk about what you did, how it increased your competence, and why it matters to this company.

Specifics

Whatever you do, whatever you say, BE SPECIFIC! The specific details of your experiences are far more interesting than a few general statements about what you do in your current job or what you learned during a special training. Details will make or break your cover letter.

Personality

I know you have one, but if you write the normal type of cover letter, I’d probably be surprised to know that you had more going for you than being a bump on a rock. Let your personality shine through in your cover letter. Share your enthusiasm for the job and your interest in your field. They want to know that you would enjoy what you want to do.

Contact Information

Obvious, I know, but include your contact information. A lot of people forget to include the basic contact information including phone numbers, email, etc. You can also be proactive and tell the company you will check back with them on a certain date, but be sure they have your information in case they want to talk to you sooner.

Say Thank You

Your momma taught you to say thank you, so be sure you say it. Thank the reader for their time and state that you hope to hear from them soon. They will appreciate this little note of thoughtfulness that says a lot about the type of employee you could be.

Send It Correctly

If you’re sending your resume and cover letter electronically, please make sure that you save it in Plain Text format. Otherwise, the company may not be able to read it, and they probably won’t contact you for another copy. Plain text can be opened by any type of Word Processor, and the company will appreciate your efforts.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out Of Your College Experience

College is very challenging and at the same time very rewarding. You need to take your time in college seriously, so that you can create a functional and fulfilling college experience.

Here are five tips for getting the most out of your college experience:

1. don’t take classes that you don’t plan on attending, unless of course you need a break in your schedule.

If, at the time you choose your schedule, you have no interest whatsoever in taking a particular course, then don’t enroll. The more disinterested you are in a subject, the worse your performance in the class will be. If you don’t see yourself ever attending lecture, then don’t sign up. If, however, you need a break in your schedule, then by all means find a light course that doesn’t require a lot of work or attention.

2. Study abroad.
Studying abroad is one of the coolest experiences in life, in or out of college. Expose yourself to new things. Learn while in a foreign environment. Develop your language skills, immerse yourself in another culture and explore. It’s so worth it.

3. Make up your own course at least once
Are you dying to do your own research? Are you just tired of the courses that are being offered? Well then find a faculty advisor, and make up your own class. Draw up your curriculum. Create your own research topic, approve your research materials and get credit to follow your interests all by yourself. Outside of a few office meetings with your advisor, you won’t have to go to class at all. No midterms or no finals here, only individual research approved by a professor that likes you.

4. Write a thesis
Many colleges make writing a thesis optional. Instead of producing a thesis on your own, you can take a couple extra classes or enroll in a highly focused, writing-intensive research course. Forget that stuff. Writing a thesis is not easy, but it is personally rewarding. You get to wrestle with your own custom topic for months, and in the end, you have a large research product that you can be proud of.

5. Take advantage of office hours
Get to know your professors. Ask them questions. Display genuine interest and heartfelt curiosity, and you will get better grades. If there is ever drama that you need to deal with, you’ll have a channel of communication already open. While other kids are asking Professor Last Name what they can do about their late paper, you’ll already have talked to first-name-basis pal and explained your situation ahead of time. If you can’t stand your TA’s, then bypass them, and forge a lasting relationship with your professors.

No two college experiences are ever the same. Everyone’s university experience is flavored by the relative qualities of the institution they are studying at. Locations, atmospheres, curriculum, students, faculty members and so on, are different everywhere. There are, however, a few experiences that are commonly found in most universities. These experiences must be enjoyed while you’re still in college. So take only classes that interest you, unless you plan on not caring about a particular course. Study abroad, write a thesis and make up your own curriculum. Befriend your professors and you will have an easier time succeeding in college.

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Achieving Excellence – Tips for Achieving Career Excellence

College is very challenging and at the same time very rewarding. You need to take your time in college seriously, so that you can create a functional and fulfilling college experience.

Here are five tips for getting the most out of your college experience:

1. don’t take classes that you don’t plan on attending, unless of course you need a break in your schedule.

If, at the time you choose your schedule, you have no interest whatsoever in taking a particular course, then don’t enroll. The more disinterested you are in a subject, the worse your performance in the class will be. If you don’t see yourself ever attending lecture, then don’t sign up. If, however, you need a break in your schedule, then by all means find a light course that doesn’t require a lot of work or attention.

2. Study abroad.
Studying abroad is one of the coolest experiences in life, in or out of college. Expose yourself to new things. Learn while in a foreign environment. Develop your language skills, immerse yourself in another culture and explore. It’s so worth it.

3. Make up your own course at least once
Are you dying to do your own research? Are you just tired of the courses that are being offered? Well then find a faculty advisor, and make up your own class. Draw up your curriculum. Create your own research topic, approve your research materials and get credit to follow your interests all by yourself. Outside of a few office meetings with your advisor, you won’t have to go to class at all. No midterms or no finals here, only individual research approved by a professor that likes you.

4. Write a thesis
Many colleges make writing a thesis optional. Instead of producing a thesis on your own, you can take a couple extra classes or enroll in a highly focused, writing-intensive research course. Forget that stuff. Writing a thesis is not easy, but it is personally rewarding. You get to wrestle with your own custom topic for months, and in the end, you have a large research product that you can be proud of.

5. Take advantage of office hours
Get to know your professors. Ask them questions. Display genuine interest and heartfelt curiosity, and you will get better grades. If there is ever drama that you need to deal with, you’ll have a channel of communication already open. While other kids are asking Professor Last Name what they can do about their late paper, you’ll already have talked to first-name-basis pal and explained your situation ahead of time. If you can’t stand your TA’s, then bypass them, and forge a lasting relationship with your professors.

No two college experiences are ever the same. Everyone’s university experience is flavored by the relative qualities of the institution they are studying at. Locations, atmospheres, curriculum, students, faculty members and so on, are different everywhere. There are, however, a few experiences that are commonly found in most universities. These experiences must be enjoyed while you’re still in college. So take only classes that interest you, unless you plan on not caring about a particular course. Study abroad, write a thesis and make up your own curriculum. Befriend your professors and you will have an easier time succeeding in college.

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Finding the Right Online University

First, Find The Right Online Degree
Before you begin to settle on a decision about which online university will provide the most bang for your buck, you should first do some shopping online to determine which degree is the one you most want to pursue. There is a wide range of online education opportunities for you to take into consideration. To distinguish themselves from each other, online universities offer many different types of degrees. Even within one field, you will find many different online degree experiences. A Bachelor’s of business at online university A will differ from the one you can pursue at online university B, etc. You will probably find that each online university you shop around in offers several versions, however nuanced, of the same degree. This is all good news for prospective students like yourself; it’s good to have options. However, in a bang-per-buck discussion, first you should decide what you want out of your online degree. Then, when you know what online degree it is that you’re after, do some comparison shopping among the online universities that offer the degree of your dreams.

Do Your Comparison Shopping
While this is a bang-per-buck discussion, don’t just make your decision based on what your online degree will cost. You should also think about what your online degree will offer you. You’ve already done quite a bit of this type of thinking by putting the time in to determine what type of online degree program you’re truly interested in. Don’t shortchange yourself at this point by just going with the online university that gives you the lowest quote on price. In addition to your consideration of the cost of your online university, you should factor in the intangibles each of the online universities you’re comparing will offer you. What are the success stories of graduates of the various online universities you’re comparing? Are there graduates you can call or email to quiz them about their experiences in the online degree program you’re considering? Which of the online universities has the strongest alumni network? Which of the online universities you’re researching have the best records of placing their students into high-profile careers after they graduate? Again, to get the best bang for your buck, take into every aspect of what the various online universities you’re considering offer, not just price.

Avoid Online Degree Mills
Finally, a word must be said about so-called online degree mills. Avoid these at all costs. Make sure the online university you sign on with is fully accredited, meaning that the degree you earn from it will be acknowledged and respected.

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Top 10 Resume Don'’ts

When searching for the things that set you apart from others in your field, it is important to remember that your skills, talents, and experience make you one of a kind. As many human resources managers can attest, people often share similar educational background and qualifications, but each individual is very different. Your personality, motivations, and talents what will set you apart from similar job applicants and provide you with a career edge. The key is to discover the things that make you unique and then build on these strengths.

How can you learn more about your own unique strengths? The following are some helpful methods that can reveal your special talents, interests, and motivations. Try out several different methods in order to find out more about yourself.

1. Think about some of your past experiences. Have there been any significant events that helped shape you into who you are now? How did you deal with these experiences? The way you cope with different life events can reveal a great deal about your unique strengths. Write down how you reacted to each experience and then list the skills and abilities that you relied on. These methods of dealing with each experience are talents that form an important part of your personality and self-image.

2. Think about your past accomplishments. How did you achieve these things? Write down the steps you took to pull off each accomplishment. Your ability to set goals, your motivation to accomplish these goals, and your continued resolve to complete future goals are an important component of your unique self. Also consider why these goals were so important to you.

3. Challenge yourself to try new things. Sometimes it’s easy to fall into a pattern where we only try the things we are comfortable with. Testing yourself to try new things can reveal a great deal about your unique strengths and abilities. Even if you completely successful, you will learn a great deal about how you deal with the unknown and how you respond to a challenge.

4. Take a career assessment to learn more about your unique abilities. Career assessments are a great way to get to the heart of your unique strengths, interests, and experiences. A career assessment involves taking stock of your career satisfaction, your individual passions, and your personality. A career assessment often involves taking personality and aptitude tests or filling out an interest inventory. These career-planning tools can provide excellent feedback on your unique talents and strengths.

5. Allow others to see your unique talents. Take advantage of opportunities to shine in your career. If you have a knack for public speaking, volunteer to give a presentation to clients. Any chance you have to use your unique abilities is a chance for others to notice and give credit to your strengths. Building on your one of a kind talent, interests, and experiences is the surest path to career success.

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