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Are you really qualified for that job?

Qualified for jobBy Sonia Acosta, Special to CareerBuilder

 You did it. Four years of college went by in a haze of parties, new experiences and hopefully at least a few dozen textbooks. Now it’s time to go out into the world and get a job. Should be easy, right? You’ve done your part, and someone out there owes you a job. Wrong.

 Companies are looking for qualified workers that will bring something to the table and help their businesses move forward. Beyond a college degree, you will need to show prior experience, concrete skills, emotional intelligence, tenacity and a myriad of other qualities.

 Here are three tips to help you navigate the thin line between qualified and entitled and honestly evaluate your skills as a recent graduate or entry-level worker. Continue reading Are you really qualified for that job?

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What does it take to be considered overqualified?

Susan Ricker, CareerBuilder

 Job-searching can feel like being a contortionist, trying to fit and shape yourself to exactly what the job description asks for. Often times you need to tweak your experience and skills to match their phrasing. But what if you find yourself easily meeting the job’s requirements or even surpassing them? While you may feel confident you’re a sure pick for the role, hiring managers may deem you overqualified. Where’s the line between a perfect fit and overqualified? Learn how to understand if your qualifications will work for or against you, and why hiring managers care.

 The problem for both job seekers and employers

A person’s career tends to ascend with higher titles and more responsibility as time goes on. “An overqualified job seeker is someone who, because of salary, experience or education, is considering taking a step down in job or pay out of short-term convenience or personal necessity,” says Jeff Zinser, principal of Right Recruiting, LLC. Although this may sound like a plus for employers, who can benefit from the extra skills and experience, overqualified applicants can be viewed as a flight risk. “This situation is a problem for employers because there is a high probability that the person will leave the job as soon as a position at their historical level appears. In many situations, once the person becomes productive, they leave. Then the employer needs to refill the position. Job specifications and requirements are designed to fill professional positions with people who will be happy and challenged for the long term.” Continue reading What does it take to be considered overqualified?

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My degree has little to do with my job (but I’m glad I have it)

Degree little to do with jobBy Larry Buhl, Special to CareerBuilder

It happens — the job market changes continually, you overestimate the demand for medieval art experts, or your dream career at 21 becomes a nightmare at 35. But these possibilities don’t mean your degree must be a five- or six-figure white elephant. Thriving professionals weighed in on the relationship between their college studies and their current professions, and the consensus was that college prepared their current careers in unexpected ways.

“My degree helped me mature, understand the importance of research and planning and allowed me to get a job after an internship. I don’t think that the type of degree matters as much anymore as long as you at least have one.” Sara Croft, media specialist; Bachelor of Arts, art history

“Rabbinic training and the in-depth learning of the Talmud and Jewish wisdom for the last 30 years have made being a marketer so much easier.” — Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg, marketing strategist and consultant; BA, Jewish law

  Continue reading My degree has little to do with my job (but I’m glad I have it)

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How high-school decisions can affect your career

High school is a time of pep rallies, prom and teenage rebellion. It’s also a time when students start making decisions about getting into college or pursuing postsecondary education. Yet perhaps they should be thinking even further ahead to their careers.

 While many people consider college as preparation for the real world, the decisions made during high school can have the biggest impact on their career success. This issue is examined in the book entitled “College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoffs.”

 According to the book, “The problem for many students, and even parents, is that they fail to think of high-school education as an investment good … Despite the fact that they can receive a free high-school education that will cost taxpayers an average of about $40,000 over four years, nearly one in three students won’t graduate … The gap in labor market success between those who choose to finish high school and those who drop out is large and has risen sharply over time.”

 The book provides insight into the four key issues that need to be addressed in high school to help set students up for career success. These four areas are explored below. Continue reading How high-school decisions can affect your career

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Should you work between undergrad and grad school?

University seniors have some big decisions to make upon graduation. Where will they live? What career will they pursue? Should they attend graduate school? And if additional education is the next step, should they go right back to school or take time off and work instead?

Working between undergraduate and graduate school has its advantages. “A graduate student can benefit so much more from graduate school after working in the ‘real world’ for two years or so,” says Bettina Seidman, career coach with Seidbet Associates, a career management company. “Friends and colleagues of mine who teach management courses agree. They tell me that the level of understanding and class participation is much higher among students who are working or who have worked.”

Working before beginning a graduate program may not be right for every person or major. Here are six factors university graduates should consider when deciding whether to work between undergraduate and graduate school. Continue reading Should you work between undergrad and grad school?

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