How to Ask Past Supervisors if you can put them down as a Reference (the right way!)

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By: Kaljah Adams In 2022, it is very common for recruiters to ask potential candidates for a list of references as they progress through the interview stages.  What is a list of references? It is a list that contains the contact information of current/former supervisors and colleagues that have worked with you in a professional setting and have seen you in action!  Recruiters often ask for a list of references as a way to: Get an outside perspective of your character and work ethic from someone who has worked with youVerify your work history Confirm that you will be a good fit for the organization How do you to choose references? When choosing references, I recommend reflecting…

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5 Tips for Finding and Keeping Remote Work Amid COVID-19

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Image via Pexels - By Katie Conroy, Contributor to The Career Advising Hub's Blog Due to the pandemic, 3.8 million Americans have permanently lost their jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Another 2.4 million Americans remain out of work for the long-term, and an additional 581,000 job seekers are discouraged due to the lack of suitable work opportunities available to them. If you’re one of the millions of workers who’s jobless amid COVID-19, it may be time to explore remote employment opportunities — as the future of telecommuting has never been more promising. As a remote worker in the age of the coronavirus, you’ll reduce your risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19…

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5 Tips on How to Stand Out During a Video Interview

By Kaljah Adams, Founder and Resume Writing Expert at The Career Advising in collaboration with VCV Inc.  During these uncertain times, one thing that we know for sure is that more recruiters are relying on video platforms, such as Zoom, Skype, and VCV, to conduct virtual interviews with potential candidates. For some, video interviews can be impossible to nail if you don't know how to stand out while in front of a computer screen.  Here are 5 tips to help you slay your upcoming video interview:  1) Find a clean, distraction-free area in your space to conduct the interview. During the interview, you want all eyes on you, and not the picture on the wall of…

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From Job Search to Job Offer: A 3-Step Strategy That Helped Me Land A Job In 1 Month!

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On June 30th, 2020, I decided that it was time to find a new job! With 3 years of experience as a College Advisor and a master’s degree from NYU, I was ready to enter the job market and find a new position that would help me grow as a college access professional! I officially started my job application process on July 1st.  On July 29th, I signed my official job offer as a Student Engagement and College Counselor at the Center of Supportive Schools (CSS) in NYC.  That’s right! I was able to find a job within a month by following my step-by-step job search strategy! Here’s a brief overview of what my job search strategy…

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FOLLOW MY JOURNEY: Navigating The Job Search – Part 1

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PLEASE NOTE: For security purposes, I do not mention the company’s name or position title that I am applying for.   PART 1. Applying for a New Job  For those who do not know, when I am not working with clients at The Career Advising Hub, I am a College Advisor at a public high school in NYC , as part of the College Advising Corps program. The program has a 3-year commitment where College Advisors are placed in a high school to help build and maintain a college-going culture. This is my last year in the program, which means I have to find a new job for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Since job security is…

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Aunt Becky, I Am NOT Surprised!

I have to be honest: when the college admissions scandal came to light last Tuesday, I was NOT surprised. Just in case you missed it, the FBI arrested many parents for paying college coaches to bribe SAT proctors to change their child’s answers to get a high score. They also bribed college athletic coaches to get their child on sports teams even though there’s evidence that they’ve never played that sport. The most notable people arrested in this scheme include actresses Felicity Huffman (from Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (aka Aunt Becky from Full House), both of whom willingly participated in this scheme, shelling out $15,000 and $500,000 respectively to get their kids into the school of their…

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Salary Negotiation: Women’s Edition

During my senior year of college, I struggled with the idea that I could negotiate my salary with employers. The concept of asking for more money scared me because I thought if I asked I would be viewed as greedy and possibly get my offer revoked! I also didn’t know how much money I should ask for and when would be a good time to negotiate. As a result, I avoided the conversation altogether. When it comes to negotiating salary, many women struggle in this area. According to the Harvard Kennedy School, “laboratory and survey evidence has suggested that men are significantly more likely to engage in salary negotiations than women.” One possible reason for this is…

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What Is An Elevator Pitch?

“Tell me about yourself?” This is the dreadful question that gets many of us tongue-tied as we try to figure out what to say. When I interviewed potential student career coaches at Dickinson College Career Center, I noticed that many people struggled with answering the “Tell me about yourself” question.  They would ramble on and on about their family, college experience, major, dog, boyfriend/girlfriend… you name it! Although that information is great, you want to strategically answer this question in a way that impresses the job recruiter without giving them T.M.I about your personal life. The best way to answer this question is to hit them with your *ELEVATOR PITCH!* An elevator pitch is a 30-60…

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How To Get The Most Out of Your LinkedIn In 5 Steps

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You either really love LinkedIn or you question whether it is even worth your time. Well, I am here to tell you, if you are a professional or want to grow your network, then it is worth your time! According to LinkedIn’s About section, “LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 562 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.” That means there are 562 million professionals ready to connect with you. That’s a lot! Use the network on LinkedIn to help you move forward in your career path or change professions. Not sure how to do this? Here are some key steps to help you get the most out of your…

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Rules To Resume Writing

Very often, job recruiters will see your resume before they see you. As a result, you want to make sure your resume is as polished and put together as you are! Here are some tips on what to do and what to avoid as you write your resume: WHAT TO DO: Use the job description when editing your resume: This is very, very, very important. Before recruiters review your resume, it goes through a filtering system that looks for keywords. A lot of those keywords are in the job description. Use the verbs and word choices in the job description to increase your chance of beating the filtering system! Once you beat the filtering system, your application…

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