Tag Archives: Career Planning

Job Search Tip: Consider a Career Change

CareerChangeMan2On Wednesday, we reported only 44% of our readers are working in the field of their college major and 56% are not.

At some point in your career, you might find yourself desiring a change of pace, whether you took your first job in a certain area for financial reasons or it was the career path you wanted to pursue at the time. It’s similar to why you change your major while you’re in college, albeit slightly more intimidating: You have tested the waters a bit and found that you don’t really seem to enjoy what you’re doing. There’s nothing wrong with making the move to something that you feel suits you a bit more.

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NACE 2011 Graduates Salary Report

SalaryAccording to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer Salary Survey, the average starting salary of the college class of 2011 rose 4.8%. The overall average salary is $51,018, up from $48,661 last year at this time.

This is the third consecutive issue of Salary Survey, which is released every quarter, to show an increase. Continue reading

Job Search Tip: 4th of July BBQ Q&A

FlagIt’s the holiday weekend!

Chances are you will be celebrating at a barbecue, pool party or picnic. It’s a great time to see old friends and meet new people … and learn about their jobs and explore your educational options. Continue reading

Poll Results: Finding A Job

Last week, we asked The Explorer readers: “How did you get your job?” Nearly  half – 43% – responded that they got their job through a referral. The second most popular response was “a job website” at 29%.

If you want to take the best of both worlds, here’s a suggestion: Do your job search online and then see who in your network of family and friends knows someone in that company. Your resume is much more likely to get noticed, when you start with a personal introduction and recommendation.

Note: Those who are currently employed, be careful who you ask and how much you send the message out to the universe that you are looking for a job. You do not want to find yourself suddenly unemployed.

On Friday, networking expert Anne Hilbert suggested conversation starters to use when asking for a referral. Read her post.

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