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bigstock-Line-Of-Police-Cars-3888532If you’ve ever considered a career in law enforcement, the Winter Park Police Department in Winter Park, Florida, has numerous opportunities for interns and volunteers.

As an intern with the department, you’ll be scheduled time with each division of the agency to see how they work on a day-to-day basis. You’d get to shadow offers, detectives, and other staff, ride with patrol, participate in investigations when possible, and even learn the appropriate use of weapons.

Most important, you’d get an exciting, firsthand look into the inner workings of a real, functioning police department. In fact, their current intern, Jason Cole, is a hearing-impaired student pursuing a Criminal Justice degree in South Orlando at Everest University whose dream is to enter law enforcement.

If an internship isn’t right for you, consider volunteering with the department. It’s a fantastic way to find a rewarding experience and to serve your community.

Volunteer and intern positions are available for those who complete a simple application process. Applications are obtained by contacting Officer Randall Morrissey at either 407-599-3562 or by emailing him at rmorrissey@cityofwinterpark.org.

Link: Criminal Justice degree in South Orlando  

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.everest.edu/disclosures


bigstock-stress-disorder-from-acute-wor-41515405A recent survey paid for by Everest College found that a surprising 83 percent of workers say they’re stressed out at work. That’s a 10 percent jump from 2012, and John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College, puts a lot of the blame on the economy.

“The economy has improved, but choices employers made three and four years ago are starting to impact employees,” he says.

That means heavier workloads, low pay and greater fear of being laid off, for starters. But even people in high-paying jobs are stressed, but for different reasons.

One popular source of stress, they say, is constantly being available. Smartphones and tablets now mean that more people are never “off the clock,” and instead, they are working all the time. But for those with household income of over $100,000, the biggest group blamed unreasonable workload for their stress.

But some employers are finding ways to help reduce workplace stress. For example, Ocean Bank in Miami has started wellness classes, lunch and learn workshops on time management, and exercise classes to help their staff.

Another important step is for workers to find ways to reduce stress such as taking short walks on lunch break and eating healthier. Even little things can make a big difference.



#2Remember when you dreamed of being a movie star or professional dancer? Today’s teens have dreams that are rooted in the real world — in health care and IT.

Everest Institute recently surveyed 300 high school students age 14-18, asking which field was most likely to lead to their dream job. The top two choices were health care and information technology, with education coming in third.

“The survey indicates that young people are quite savvy and realistic about the paths to successful employment,” said Ken Sigmon, regional vice president of operations at Everest Institute.

A large majority of those surveyed also agreed that getting good grades and a degree are important for finding that dream job.

Everest offers a variety of career training and degree programs for young people interested in entering the health care and IT industries.

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Sometimes the desire for a steady paycheck is so strong that we’ll talk our way into jobs where we won’t be happy. And that’s not good for anybody. Here are some simple ways to make sure the job is right for you.

  1. 1.    Be honest about who you are. Let them know what kind of person you really are, and what kinds of challenges you’re looking for. If this isn’t the right job, they might know of another one that is.
  2. 2.    Ask about the company. Find out what it’s like to work there, what their plans are for the company, and what kinds of people succeed there.
  3. 3.    Be open. While it may be tempting to hide undesirable things, like a long lapse in employment, it can work against you. But if you can be open and honest about even the negative things, and tell them what you’ve learned along the way, they’ll be more likely to trust you over somebody who tries to say they’re perfect.

Remember, even though you may really want a job, you should also want the right one. When you enjoy your work, you’ll be more successful.

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Finding a job today takes much more than just looking through the want ads. But the good news is that you also have more tools to help you. Here are a few tips to help you find your next job.

  1. Make the time. Don’t make looking for a job your lowest priority. Instead, set aside time every day to work on your résuméresume, check listings, send emails or call potential employers.
  2. Complete an online profile. Sites like LinkedIn are popular with employers and can help you look like the real deal.
  3. Reach out to people. Tell everyone you know that you’re looking and what you’re looking for.
  4. Stay up on your industry. Read articles, attend events and get involved. Show prospective employers that you’re serious about your field.
  5. Search everywhere. Don’t limit your search to just one place. Check online job boards, company websites and even the newspaper.
  6. Be persistent (but not a pest). Follow up with potential employers and let them know you’re interested. But don’t be a pest about it. That can ruin your chances.

Stick with it and stay focused. The right job is out there waiting for you.


#15 What you do Online

When considering a job candidate, employers do everything they can to try to get a sense of who that person is. One way that’s becoming more popular is social media, and that’s where it pays to be careful.

It’s so easy to let our guard down on sites like Facebook and Twitter. After all, it’s just our friends, right? Not always. In fact, many employers will research job applicants on social media even before the job interview. And depending on what they find, it may hurt your chances of ever getting a job there.

So what can you do about it? If you’re looking for a job, do yourself a favor and take a look at your social media history. Consider deleting posts that might seem inappropriate or make you look less reliable than you are. Check your privacy settings to ensure your posts are only shared with those in your closest network. And if you can add a few posts that show your intelligence, that’s even better – just in case all that you think is private is not.

What you do online may not land you a job, but it can certainly keep you from getting it. So be careful out there.

#11 Career Fairs

A career fair (also call job fair) is an event where you can talk to recruiters and hiring managers from many different companies at once. Some may be looking to hire right away, and some may not. But it’s a great opportunity to meet professionals and get your name in front of people in your field as part of your job search . Here’s a short list of tips to help you make a good impression.

  1. 1.    Dress nicely. Every employer you talk to is like a mini interview. So dress like you’re going to an interview. It’ll help you look more professional.
  2. 2.    Bring multiple copies of your résumé. You’ll be talking to a lot of people, so make sure you have a stack of copies of your résumé resume ready to hand out.
  3. 3.    Prepare your “elevator pitch.” Your “elevator pitch” is how you sum up your value as an employee in one minute or less. Write it ahead of time and practice it until it flows naturally.
  4. 4.    Arrive early. Plan time to park and get checked in, so you’re ready the minute the event starts.
  5. 5.    Be assertive and enthusiastic. Look them in the eye when you shake hands, and remember to show a positive attitude. This is no place for complainers.
  6. 6.    Keep cool. Don’t let the crowds get to you. Smile, be polite and focus on the benefits of being there.
  7. 7.    Network. Don’t just keep to yourself. Talk with people. Introduce yourself. Visit all the employers’ tables. You might discover something new.

There are some companies that have job fairs scheduled throughout the year. National Career Fairs, for example, runs fairs at over 300 locations. Other organizations, such as LI Works, have an event once or twice a year. Still others, including Women for Hire, focus on a particular audience.

Remember, you might not land a job that day. The goal is to meet people and get your name out there. And it’s great practice for interviews. Good luck!

Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.


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