How to Find the Online Courses You Really Need

June 3rd, 2015

At various stages in your career or life you will need to acquire new knowledge or skills. Traditionally, you’d have checked out a local institution for available classes. That would have been a hit or miss affair, depending on program availability, the course schedule, and the cost.

Now, you’d turn to your browser to find online courses that meet your specific needs, run on your schedule and in many cases are free or very low cost. The only problem is, in the ocean of data how do you find your perfect online course?

Before you jump straight into Google

Diving straight into Google isn’t the answer. Generic searches produce pages of results and, our research shows that the results at the top of the list are unlikely to be what you’re after. Google searches favor course provider websites that tune themselves for searches. Smaller, but very relevant, suppliers get … Read More

How to Take Control

February 27th, 2015

We live in a world of technology. There are numerous ways to reach out to friends, family and co-workers, and most of us use more than one method. Many times I send a quick text before I’m in the office, and once in the office follow up with an email or in-person conversation. The point is that technology can help us communicate, quickly and efficiently. But too often, technology causes us to miss out, or begins to control our lives.

There are only a limited number of hours in any day, and you don’t want to spend them all responding to someone else’s issues. You are letting others dictate how you spend your time. There is a difference between being reactive and proactive.

We are constantly distracted by emails, text messages, phone calls, the internet, Facebook, etc. In fact, there has never been a time when mankind could be so distracted.

How many … Read More

Keeping a Low Profile on Social Media

March 28th, 2014

In this day and age, new social media sites are popping up left and right. It’s hard not to want to be a part of each new and exciting thing that comes out. However, the more we’re downloading these apps, the more information we’re disclosing about ourselves to the Internet. It’s important to be in-the-know and keep up with all these new creations coming out, however it’s just as important to keep a low profile. Know what you’re putting up, who can see it and how it could affect you in the long run.

With any social media site, you should always do your research. Know how the site works and what information you’re putting out there for the world to see. Understand the product and what its purpose is before getting too carried away with it. Not every site is for every person, we all use social media differently. Pick … Read More

Career Fairs: How to Stand Out the Right Way

February 13th, 2014

90 percent of the event is spent waiting in line, five percent is spent talking to other job seekers, four percent is spent deciding which line to wait in, and about one percent is spent shaking a hand and carrying out a 30 second conversation with someone who’s seen a hundred plus other people just like you.

Sound familiar? That’s because I’m talking about the career fair that you all have attended. Many of which you left without any more than a few pens and a flash drive if you were lucky.

So today, I’m here to tell you about how you can stand out, make a positive impression, and ultimately land the job from a recruiter’s perspective.

Research is Key

Research the career fair beforehand. By this I mean that you should look up what companies will be represented and make a game plan about which ones you want to see. Check out … Read More