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7 Ways to Increase Your Value to Potential Employers

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So, you worked hard in college, earned a degree and now you’re ready to step out into the workforce. Guess what? More than a million Americans graduate with a college degree each year.  How do you impress a prospective recruiter? What steps can you take to stand out?

Use the following tips to differentiate yourself from the large pool of job seekers.

 

#1: Gain the appropriate experience

Have you completed an internship in your specialization? If not, find one that builds your skills and expertise. Most recruiters prefer experienced candidates. If you can come to an interview with experience that other candidates do not have, you will separate yourself from the pack. 

 

 

 

 

#2: Be a problem solver

The world is full of problems, but very few problem solvers. It doesn’t matter which career path you decide to pursue, problem solvers are in short supply. It’s impossible to know every answer, but if you’re someone who knows how to find the right answer or solution, employers will be lining up to hire you.  Be a problem solver.

 

 

 

#3: Volunteer

Companies are seeking hard working employees that care about people. Invest time in others. Help to make the world a better place. Most employers started their company in order to solve a problem. Taking action to make the world a better place can resonate with a prospective employer. It also shows positive moral values and selflessness.  Both are necessary to be successful in business and life.

 

 

 #4: Write an impressive Resume

Your resume is one of the biggest tools you have to market your job skills. It should look clean, organized and highlight your strengths as a potential candidate. Recruiters look through dozens of resumes a day. In order to stand out, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of your personality. You want to be the person your recruiter remembers when they evaluate resumes for interviews.

 

 

 #5: Be active online

The internet contains the largest collection of ideas and information in the world. Even if you graduated top of your class, technology and trends change at breakneck speeds and your skills (and future employer) will suffer if you are not consistently learning. Join social media groups and professional forums to stay updated on best practices and industry trends in your profession.  

 

 

  #6: Write a persuasive cover letter

Write a cover letter that best describes your education, skills, and abilities. Let the employer know why you are the best fit for the job. Indicate some significant problems you solved in the past and how you can solve similar problems if you are hired. Don’t be afraid to add personality to your cover letter.  Recruiters have seen hundreds (if not thousands) of cover letters, but they’ve never met anyone like you. Use your cover letter to show employers who you are.

 

#7: Impress at the job interview

Job interviews are a lot like first dates.  You want to look your best, feel your best, and get to know your prospective employer. Remain confident, but humble. Explain how your current skills pertain to the job you are applying for. Recruiters are trained to interview people and weed out the elite, from everyone else.  Research every company you interview with and set yourself apart from other job seekers.

 

Are you a job seeker or an employer interested in staffing solutions? Do you have tips/tricks to help separate someone from the pack? Comment below!

 

Being a lifelong learner: Good for your career; good for your health

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We know that at any age, the brain can make changes for better or for worse. In the brain, blood flow is regulated to the neurons in the structures that are most active, strengthening and reinforcing these particular connections. To strengthen brain health and achieve career advances, one needs to be a lifelong learner. For learning to be successful, individuals need to understand how they are motivated and they need to be willing to step away from their comfort zones and learn something new.

Here are 5 great reasons to be a lifelong learner:

  1. You’ll boost brain reserve.Learning helps increase brain reserve, also known as “cognitive reserve.” This reserve is thought to be an extra helping of “brain power” and protects the brain against age-related disease and stress. You can either add to it or deplete it throughout your life. Learning enhances this reserve and helps to strengthen brain function.
  2. Learning enhances neuroplasticity.Neurons can grow new connections and reorganize according to our experiences and learning, in other words, our brains have plasticity. Imaging studies have revealed functional connectivity changes as well as structural changes in the brain due to enhanced neuroplasticity.
  3. You’ll have an all-star resume and many interview talking points. Nothing is more pleasing to a hiring manager when they look at a resume and see continued education and continued personal development. Even if you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career, you should never stop learning. The milestones you’ve accomplished can serve as talking points during an interview, allowing you to display your diverse knowledge and deliver intriguing accomplishment stories.
  4. You’ll grow your network by meeting new people.This alone will keep you healthy, as studies show that people who are socially connected and engaged with others actually live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Networking gives you a space to meet other people and learn about the value they offer, helps you present your personal brand, and can help make career transitions easy and painless. Engage people by telling them what inspired you to take a class or learn a new technical skill and meet people with similar skill sets and discuss industry developments.
  5. It’s super simple.Being a lifelong learner doesn’t mean earning degrees left and right, it means learning practical concepts, technologies, and ideas that will keep you fresh. This can be anything from learning a new computer language to advance your IT career or attending a photography class to enrich your creative side. A lot of companies provide internal training classes related to personal development and you should take advantage of this whenever possible-no matter where you are in your career. Enhancing your brain’s neuroplasticity and demonstrating your ability to be a self-starter can be achieved in everyday learning.

When we learn we strengthen confidence, emotional intelligence, and resilience – all qualities of top performers and successful people. Lifelong learners are motivated and effective people who often serve as great leaders and mentors. Whether it’s a master’s degree, a dance class, a best-selling book on expert sales strategies, a free online social media tutorial or a new exercise technique, there’s nothing better for your career and your health than a consistent dose of learning.

 

Written By Nicole Pica

Being a lifelong learner: Good for your career; good for your health

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We know that at any age, the brain can make changes for better or for worse. In the brain, blood flow is regulated to the neurons in the structures that are most active, strengthening and reinforcing these particular connections. To strengthen brain health and achieve career advances, one needs to be a lifelong learner. For learning to be successful, individuals need to understand how they are motivated and they need to be willing to step away from their comfort zones and learn something new.

Here are 5 great reasons to be a lifelong learner:

  1. You’ll boost brain reserve.Learning helps increase brain reserve, also known as “cognitive reserve.” This reserve is thought to be an extra helping of “brain power” and protects the brain against age-related disease and stress. You can either add to it or deplete it throughout your life. Learning enhances this reserve and helps to strengthen brain function.
  2. Learning enhances neuroplasticity.Neurons can grow new connections and reorganize according to our experiences and learning, in other words, our brains have plasticity. Imaging studies have revealed functional connectivity changes as well as structural changes in the brain due to enhanced neuroplasticity.
  3. You’ll have an all-star resume and many interview talking points. Nothing is more pleasing to a hiring manager when they look at a resume and see continued education and continued personal development. Even if you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career, you should never stop learning. The milestones you’ve accomplished can serve as talking points during an interview, allowing you to display your diverse knowledge and deliver intriguing accomplishment stories.
  4. You’ll grow your network by meeting new people.This alone will keep you healthy, as studies show that people who are socially connected and engaged with others actually live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Networking gives you a space to meet other people and learn about the value they offer, helps you present your personal brand, and can help make career transitions easy and painless. Engage people by telling them what inspired you to take a class or learn a new technical skill and meet people with similar skill sets and discuss industry developments.
  5. It’s super simple.Being a lifelong learner doesn’t mean earning degrees left and right, it means learning practical concepts, technologies, and ideas that will keep you fresh. This can be anything from learning a new computer language to advance your IT career or attending a photography class to enrich your creative side. A lot of companies provide internal training classes related to personal development and you should take advantage of this whenever possible-no matter where you are in your career. Enhancing your brain’s neuroplasticity and demonstrating your ability to be a self-starter can be achieved in everyday learning.

When we learn we strengthen confidence, emotional intelligence, and resilience – all qualities of top performers and successful people. Lifelong learners are motivated and effective people who often serve as great leaders and mentors. Whether it’s a master’s degree, a dance class, a best-selling book on expert sales strategies, a free online social media tutorial or a new exercise technique, there’s nothing better for your career and your health than a consistent dose of learning.

 

Written By Nicole Pica

Being a lifelong learner: Good for your career; good for your health

  by    0   0

We know that at any age, the brain can make changes for better or for worse. In the brain, blood flow is regulated to the neurons in the structures that are most active, strengthening and reinforcing these particular connections. To strengthen brain health and achieve career advances, one needs to be a lifelong learner. For learning to be successful, individuals need to understand how they are motivated and they need to be willing to step away from their comfort zones and learn something new.

Here are 5 great reasons to be a lifelong learner:

  1. You’ll boost brain reserve.Learning helps increase brain reserve, also known as “cognitive reserve.” This reserve is thought to be an extra helping of “brain power” and protects the brain against age-related disease and stress. You can either add to it or deplete it throughout your life. Learning enhances this reserve and helps to strengthen brain function.
  2. Learning enhances neuroplasticity.Neurons can grow new connections and reorganize according to our experiences and learning, in other words, our brains have plasticity. Imaging studies have revealed functional connectivity changes as well as structural changes in the brain due to enhanced neuroplasticity.
  3. You’ll have an all-star resume and many interview talking points. Nothing is more pleasing to a hiring manager when they look at a resume and see continued education and continued personal development. Even if you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career, you should never stop learning. The milestones you’ve accomplished can serve as talking points during an interview, allowing you to display your diverse knowledge and deliver intriguing accomplishment stories.
  4. You’ll grow your network by meeting new people.This alone will keep you healthy, as studies show that people who are socially connected and engaged with others actually live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Networking gives you a space to meet other people and learn about the value they offer, helps you present your personal brand, and can help make career transitions easy and painless. Engage people by telling them what inspired you to take a class or learn a new technical skill and meet people with similar skill sets and discuss industry developments.
  5. It’s super simple.Being a lifelong learner doesn’t mean earning degrees left and right, it means learning practical concepts, technologies, and ideas that will keep you fresh. This can be anything from learning a new computer language to advance your IT career or attending a photography class to enrich your creative side. A lot of companies provide internal training classes related to personal development and you should take advantage of this whenever possible-no matter where you are in your career. Enhancing your brain’s neuroplasticity and demonstrating your ability to be a self-starter can be achieved in everyday learning.

When we learn we strengthen confidence, emotional intelligence, and resilience – all qualities of top performers and successful people. Lifelong learners are motivated and effective people who often serve as great leaders and mentors. Whether it’s a master’s degree, a dance class, a best-selling book on expert sales strategies, a free online social media tutorial or a new exercise technique, there’s nothing better for your career and your health than a consistent dose of learning.

 

Written By Nicole Pica

Being a lifelong learner: Good for your career; good for your health

  by    0   0

We know that at any age, the brain can make changes for better or for worse. In the brain, blood flow is regulated to the neurons in the structures that are most active, strengthening and reinforcing these particular connections. To strengthen brain health and achieve career advances, one needs to be a lifelong learner. For learning to be successful, individuals need to understand how they are motivated and they need to be willing to step away from their comfort zones and learn something new.

Here are 5 great reasons to be a lifelong learner:

  1. You’ll boost brain reserve.Learning helps increase brain reserve, also known as “cognitive reserve.” This reserve is thought to be an extra helping of “brain power” and protects the brain against age-related disease and stress. You can either add to it or deplete it throughout your life. Learning enhances this reserve and helps to strengthen brain function.
  2. Learning enhances neuroplasticity.Neurons can grow new connections and reorganize according to our experiences and learning, in other words, our brains have plasticity. Imaging studies have revealed functional connectivity changes as well as structural changes in the brain due to enhanced neuroplasticity.
  3. You’ll have an all-star resume and many interview talking points. Nothing is more pleasing to a hiring manager when they look at a resume and see continued education and continued personal development. Even if you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career, you should never stop learning. The milestones you’ve accomplished can serve as talking points during an interview, allowing you to display your diverse knowledge and deliver intriguing accomplishment stories.
  4. You’ll grow your network by meeting new people.This alone will keep you healthy, as studies show that people who are socially connected and engaged with others actually live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Networking gives you a space to meet other people and learn about the value they offer, helps you present your personal brand, and can help make career transitions easy and painless. Engage people by telling them what inspired you to take a class or learn a new technical skill and meet people with similar skill sets and discuss industry developments.
  5. It’s super simple.Being a lifelong learner doesn’t mean earning degrees left and right, it means learning practical concepts, technologies, and ideas that will keep you fresh. This can be anything from learning a new computer language to advance your IT career or attending a photography class to enrich your creative side. A lot of companies provide internal training classes related to personal development and you should take advantage of this whenever possible-no matter where you are in your career. Enhancing your brain’s neuroplasticity and demonstrating your ability to be a self-starter can be achieved in everyday learning.

When we learn we strengthen confidence, emotional intelligence, and resilience – all qualities of top performers and successful people. Lifelong learners are motivated and effective people who often serve as great leaders and mentors. Whether it’s a master’s degree, a dance class, a best-selling book on expert sales strategies, a free online social media tutorial or a new exercise technique, there’s nothing better for your career and your health than a consistent dose of learning.

 

Written By Nicole Pica

Being a lifelong learner: Good for your career; good for your health

  by    0   0

We know that at any age, the brain can make changes for better or for worse. In the brain, blood flow is regulated to the neurons in the structures that are most active, strengthening and reinforcing these particular connections. To strengthen brain health and achieve career advances, one needs to be a lifelong learner. For learning to be successful, individuals need to understand how they are motivated and they need to be willing to step away from their comfort zones and learn something new.

Here are 5 great reasons to be a lifelong learner:

  1. You’ll boost brain reserve.Learning helps increase brain reserve, also known as “cognitive reserve.” This reserve is thought to be an extra helping of “brain power” and protects the brain against age-related disease and stress. You can either add to it or deplete it throughout your life. Learning enhances this reserve and helps to strengthen brain function.
  2. Learning enhances neuroplasticity.Neurons can grow new connections and reorganize according to our experiences and learning, in other words, our brains have plasticity. Imaging studies have revealed functional connectivity changes as well as structural changes in the brain due to enhanced neuroplasticity.
  3. You’ll have an all-star resume and many interview talking points. Nothing is more pleasing to a hiring manager when they look at a resume and see continued education and continued personal development. Even if you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career, you should never stop learning. The milestones you’ve accomplished can serve as talking points during an interview, allowing you to display your diverse knowledge and deliver intriguing accomplishment stories.
  4. You’ll grow your network by meeting new people.This alone will keep you healthy, as studies show that people who are socially connected and engaged with others actually live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Networking gives you a space to meet other people and learn about the value they offer, helps you present your personal brand, and can help make career transitions easy and painless. Engage people by telling them what inspired you to take a class or learn a new technical skill and meet people with similar skill sets and discuss industry developments.
  5. It’s super simple.Being a lifelong learner doesn’t mean earning degrees left and right, it means learning practical concepts, technologies, and ideas that will keep you fresh. This can be anything from learning a new computer language to advance your IT career or attending a photography class to enrich your creative side. A lot of companies provide internal training classes related to personal development and you should take advantage of this whenever possible-no matter where you are in your career. Enhancing your brain’s neuroplasticity and demonstrating your ability to be a self-starter can be achieved in everyday learning.

When we learn we strengthen confidence, emotional intelligence, and resilience – all qualities of top performers and successful people. Lifelong learners are motivated and effective people who often serve as great leaders and mentors. Whether it’s a master’s degree, a dance class, a best-selling book on expert sales strategies, a free online social media tutorial or a new exercise technique, there’s nothing better for your career and your health than a consistent dose of learning.

 

Written By Nicole Pica