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Career Services Available to World Campus Students

If you’re new to Penn State World Campus, you might not know about the many career resources available to you.  There are many ways that we can help you develop your career well before your last semester (so start early—even your first semester!).  As World Campus’s career counselor, I am dedicated to helping students develop professionally.…

The Best Job Interviews Start Well Before You Ever Meet an Employer

People frequently overlook the important step of interview preparation. You can go to an interview cold, but why create extra stress in what is already a stressful time? A more effective approach is to do some preparation such as taking time to know who you are, doing employer research, practicing interview skills, and selecting appropriate…

Top 5 Resume Mistakes

A colleague recently asked me what common mistakes I see when reviewing resumes. Here are the top five–plus three takeaway tips. 1. No particular audience or objective:  Whenever you write anything – even a resume – you have to consider the reader and the purpose of your writing. Think about what you are trying to…

Job Interview Communication Skills: An Easy Way to Practice

I know that doing a mock job interview is intimidating. Let’s face it, who really wants to watch themselves perform during an interview with all the “um,” “like,” and “you know” comments we all make? Yes, I understand the anxiety, but let me share two facts with you: When employers rate the importance of job…

What’s the 60-30-10 Rule of Face-to-Face Contact?

As explained in The Career Counselor Handbook (Figler & Bolles, 2007), not much happens in career development until you meet face-to-face with others. Whether you are in the middle of a job search or exploring your career direction, there’s a way to allocate your time to increase your effectiveness. Figler suggests that you should allocate…

Need Worldwide Career Help? Check Out Going Global

Penn State World Campus students have access to Going Global, a leading provider of career and employment resources for evaluating, selecting and transitioning into a successful career in a foreign country. Boasting more than one million individual users, Going Global is used around the world by university career centers, educational and institutional organizations, libraries, corporate…