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Get a Job Computer KeyThe Internet is a great resource for job seekers, with numerous job boards and other tools to make finding the right job easier. But it also means that new trends emerge as job hunters and employers both start using the Internet in different ways. Here are just a few of those trends according to the people at LinkedIn:

 

Trend: Using LinkedIn for your resume.

A growing number are skipping the traditional resume and referring employers to their LinkedIn profile. It’s convenient, can hold a lot of information, and many see it as trustworthy. But it’s still a good idea to have a copy of your resume that you can print out or email to someone.

Trend: Employers looking for specialized skills.

When jobs are scarce, employers look for people with the exact skills they need. So be sure to highlight your specialized skills to make sure they can find you.

Trend: Reaching out to more people.

The more connections you make, the better your chances are of finding the job you’re after. Reaching out to people in the industry or from your school on places such as LinkedIn and other sites can be a great way to make these connections. So consider sending a friendly note to say “hi” and get your name out there.

Talk to people and find out what they’re doing. By making good use of the tools available to you, you can give yourself a leg up!

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We’ve all felt the “afternoon blahs” — those times when your “get-up-and-go” got up and left. From getting enough sleep to reading a book, these 10 tips can help you find more energy throughout the day.

  1. Get enough sleep. First and foremost, make sure you can get a solid night’s sleep. If you’re tired, it makes the days drag on.
  2. Wake up with a workout. Even simple stretching can help, but getting your blood moving first thing in the morning can help energize you all day.
  3. Squeeze in a nap. Don’t sleep on the job, but if you can grab even a 10- or 20-minute siesta in your car or in an empty conference room, it can go a long way toward perking you up.
  4. Laugh. Try to make time in the day for a smile, whether it’s a funny video or a joke of the day. Laughter is a natural energizer.
  5. Take a walk. Use your break time to get out of the office for a few minutes. Walk around the parking lot or down the street. A little fresh air is a big help.
  6. Read a book at lunch. Escape into a good book or a short story while you eat. It’s a good way to refresh your mind.
  7. Drop the baggage. Resolve conflicts with a boss or coworker and try to let go of grudges. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes.
  8. Do a coworker a favor. Lend them a hand or just a kind word. Just this simple act can work wonders for your energy.
  9. Call a friend. Give a close friend a call during a break, even if it’s just to say “hi.” The interaction can help recharge your batteries.
  10. Like your job. Nothing saps your energy like doing something you hate. So figure out what you enjoy and find a way to make that your job.

#1_Resume-on-the-Table-35426906Many people think that a resumes only job is to tell people where you’ve worked before. But it’s so much more than that. A good resume gets you noticed and makes an employer want to meet you. To help yours stand out in the pile, try to follow these tips:

  1. Don’t just send a Word document. Sometimes Word files look different on different computers. To make sure yours looks right, try to save it as a PDF file. Look for the “Save as PDF” option when printing.
  2. Save references for later. Personal references can be helpful, but instead of putting them on your resume, save them for later in the interview process.
  3. Include important keywords. Sometimes resumes go into a big computer database where managers can search for candidates. So make sure yours contains the words they’ll be looking for.
  4. Give it a unique look. No need to go crazy, but think about adding color or changing your layout a bit. It helps your resume stand out against the others.
  5. List your skills. Be sure to list your important skills at the bottom. Are you good with computers? Typing? Special training? Include it!
  6. List accomplishments, too. Don’t just mention past job duties, but describe what you did. Did you create a new way of working? Win an award? Meet a goal?
  7. Tell a story. Highlight your strengths and experiences that make you ideal for the job or career you want. And let them shine throughout your resume.

Need help building a strong cover letter and resume? Contact Everest Career Services for assistance, advice and more.

Making mistakes is easy. Fixing them is hard. But that’s exactly what Becky Malivuk did, and what earned her the 2011 Dream Award and a $2,500 scholarship from Everest College.

The fast life had caught up to Becky, leading to health problems, job problems, and even a run-in with the law. That’s when she decided it was time to make a change for the better put herself on the positive path to success. And the best way to do that was with an education.

Knowing that returning to school would ultimately create a better life, Malivuk enrolled in Everest College’s Medical Insurance Billing and Coding program. She quickly excelled in her classes and even became a student ambassador, offering her fellow classmates the support and encouragement they needed to succeed.

As Malivuk pursued her studies, her personal life began to turn around, too. Thanks to her excellent school attendance record and promising grades, a judge repealed all of Malivuk’s legal matters.

“Becky is truly deserving of this award,” said Catherine Killian, president of Everest College in Merrionette Park. Ill. “We are very proud she found a way to succeed.”

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The Brookings Institute recently performed a study to find a link between education and unemployment. And they found one. According to their report, cities where more people have a higher education also have more job opportunities.* The reverse was also true; cities with less higher education turned out to have fewer job opportunities.

So what does that mean to you? Education can be the key to a better career and more opportunities. And at Everest, you can pursue a degree in popular fields such as accounting, business, computer information science, criminal justice and paralegal. These are career-focused programs designed to prepare you for jobs in the 21st century economy. Classes are small, instructors are industry professionals and learning is hands on, so you get experience practicing the skills you learn. After graduation, you can get job placement support from Everest’s Career Services professionals.

For more information on associate and bachelor’s degree programs, as well as one-year diploma programs, contact Everest today. Programs and schedules vary by campus.

*Source: Brookings Institute, “Education, Job Openings, and Unemployment in Metropolitan America”

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Going back to school can be intimidating, especially when you feel like you’re older than all the other students. But have you considered how being a little older might be a good thing? Here’s why:

Maturity. Because of life experience — with jobs, kids or even being part of the PTA — you know how to focus and ask better questions that can help you really get things done. Your maturity gives you the skills you need to be a better student.

Less school burnout. An 18 or 19 year old has likely been going to school nearly their entire life and college can feel like more of the same to these kids. But you’ve had a nice break to recharge and see college as a means to an end versus just another day in classes.

More confidence. You’ll find that teachers are less intimidating to you than an 18 year old. Tests are less stressful because you’ve had years to learn how to manage your time and know what’s worth stressing about.

Your life experience and the wisdom it brings with it set you up for great success, so don’t let your age (or anything) hold you back!

There are 29 million jobs in the U.S. that pay an average of $35,000 per year and higher, and don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Yet, we don’t have enough schools to train people to fill them. This is according to a report by a public policy group at Georgetown University.*

The report lists five ways high school graduates can get the technical skills employers want (without investing four to five years earning a bachelor’s degree):

  • Employer-based training
  • Postsecondary certificates
  • Registered apprenticeships
  • Industry-based certifications
  • Associate degrees

The good news is you can find exactly the type of career training the report recommends from Everest, which offers diploma and associate degree programs in health care, criminal justice, business, accounting, computer information science and paralegal fields. Students can usually complete diploma programs in less than a year, and associate degree programs in about two years.

For more information on programs, schedules and locations of Everest campuses in your area, contact Everest today. Programs and schedules vary by campus.

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* Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, and Civic Enterprises http://cew.georgetown.edu/ctefiveways/


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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