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What to Include in Your Online Portfolio

An online portfolio is a great tool to showcase your skills and abilities to potential employers. The purpose of the portfolio is demonstrate samples of the work you have done in the past as a way to provide “proof” of the talent you have and also an idea of what you can do in the future.  

When I applied to my first job out of college nearly 8 years ago, I set up a simple online portfolio to send along with my cover letter and resume.  I included the link with my contact information and explained in the cover letter that if an employer wanted to see sample work, they could check out the webpage.  I truly believe this set me apart from other applicants and secured me the job at the time.  Now that there are so many sites offering quick and easy ways to establish an online portfolio, this practice is more commonplace.  In fact, in some industries such as marketing, design, and communication, an online portfolio, is now expected.  

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How to Show Personality in a Cover Letter

It’s always safe to include a cover letter when submitting your resume or job application, even when a position does not specify that a cover letter is required.  The problem is that cover letters take time to write because you really do want to think about why you want to work for that organization and how you could benefit them.  

It’s tempting to use a traditional structure for your cover letter and simply insert a company name where needed, but you’ll most certainly be wasting your time if you do this.  Employers will read right through it and you will have lost yet an hour or two submitting another application that you won’t hear back from.  They want to know there’s an interesting person on the other side of that letter who may actually be great to work with.  So how can you deviate from the norm to really showcase more of your personality? Read on.

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Stop Doing What You Think You Should Do & Start Doing What Inspires You

Feeling at a loss for what to do next in your career? One of the best ways to know what your next career move should be is to start taking what I like to call “inspired action.”

When you take inspired action, things suddenly start to flow. You feel a sense of energy, enthusiasm, or joy. This is different from forced action, which comes from feeling that you should take action. It feels forced, with a lot of effort and little motivation or enthusiasm.

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Considering a Career Change? Don't Believe Everything You Think

Making a career transition requires us to get out of our comfort zones and into action.  It’s not easy. Anytime we break away from our norm and aim to make a change, our inner critic often speaks up loud and clear. If you’re attempting any kind of career shift, chances are that you will at some point face a few limiting beliefs like the ones I’ve outlined here.

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Stop Wasting Your Time: How to Actually Spend Your Time When Job Searching

Recently I wrote about how to stay motivated when the job search gets tough, where I outlined how to set a schedule and break up your time while job searching. What I didn’t cover was how you should actually be spending the time that you do have dedicated to job search tasks. I find that a lot of people struggle with this and end up confused as to why all their hard work and time has not provided the return on investment they were hoping for.

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5 Common Interview Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Don't ruin an otherwise solid interview with one of these all-too-common rookie mistakes! If you’re like many other young professionals, you’ve probably had interviews for part-time gigs or perhaps even college admissions in the past, but don’t have much experience interviewing for professional or full-time positions. It’s easy to equate these types of interviews and think you’re ready to tackle the big guys. Don’t go in unprepared—make sure you do your best and avoid these common interviewing mistakes.

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Changing Careers? Here's How to Market Yourself in Any Industry

According to a recent study by LinkedIn, millennials now go through an average of four job changes before age 32, many changing to entirely new industries as well. While the stigma about frequently switching jobs is dissipating, the ability to stand out among potentially hundreds of other applicants remains a challenge for industry-hoppers. To ensure that you catch the eye of your prospective employer, you’ve got to effectively market your skills.

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How to Follow Up After an Interview

So you’ve just finished an interview, and are waiting to hear back from the organization about their hiring decision. The ball is in their court, right? Well, sort of…

After an interview, you’ll still want to take initiative to ensure that you demonstrate your professionalism and enthusiasm, as well as move the hiring process along smoothly. To help you do so, I’ve outlined some follow up best practices throughout the hiring process.

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What's Important to You and Why? How Answering This One Question Can Lead You to Career Clarity.

You read a lot from me about the importance of values in our work because I believe that you should have a career that aligns with your values. Some may argue against this. Sometimes you just need a J-O-B, I get it. But wouldn’t life be so much better if you spent your days working in an environment or toward a cause that you believed in? 

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The Key Skill You'll Need Time and Time Again to Achieve Career Success

Making a career transition, applying for a new job, attending a networking event, interviewing, speaking up in meetings, asking for a raise…all these various tasks (and many others) involved in progressing your career forward require you to be vulnerable. And when we’re vulnerable, we open ourselves up to failure. The fear of failure alone makes many of us avoid dreaming big, taking action, or making a change at all. How do we face the fear, take a risk, and get back up when things don’t work out the way we hoped?

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Wondering How to Explain that Gap in Your Work History? Start With This.

Unemployment happens, and it's a sticky subject in interviews. Follow these tips to help you answer one of the hardest questions. 

There are a number of reasons you may have a gap in your work history—perhaps you relocated, got laid off, or took time to travel or raise a family. Whatever your situation, it’s often tricky to explain that employment gap to prospective employers. Here are three tips to help you prepare a perfect answer to a difficult question.

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How to Ask for an Informational Interview (And Why You Should)

An informational interview is one in which you, the interviewer, seek advice and input about careers, industries, and/or corporate culture from a professional in the field. Note that an informational interview is one in which you ask for information, not a job. You’re simply in it for research and learning purposes. 

These meetings can be an incredibly efficient and impactful way of exploring opportunities, as professionals in the field can provide great insight. But how do you go about asking for such a meeting?

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