Author: Jessica Bonsall

Recession Proof YOURSELF

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In times such as these, it is temping to look to jobs that are deemed to be “recession proof.” This idea is catered to by the media and reinforced by the fear of unemployment. It is understandable but dangerous. While there are jobs that are not reliant on the spending ability of others, and therefore less susceptible to economic downturn, it is important not to shape your career aspirations around the “hot fields” of the time. That strategy tends to have the same success rate as fad dieting.

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Resume or Curriculum Vitae?

Do you know which one you need for applying to a job or to graduate school in your field? Do you know the difference? Are you reading this and thinking “what the heck is a curriculum vitae?”

It is understandable if you are. I have spent the past three years working at the Career Center and have seen a CV once… in a book. This is because for the majority of your college career you will not need a CV. Traditionally CVs are required for positions in higher education and research. As such, they have earned the name “academic resume.” Today, while that stereotype still holds true, they are also being use when applying for graduate school in certain fields – particularly for PhD programs.

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Hiring Trends for Upcoming College Graduates

As you prepare to make your transition from Lawrence to the world beyond, it is important to look at current employment trends and the condition of the job market. The following information was compiled by a research team at Michigan State University in order to reveal what exactly current employers are looking for:

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The Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to help others while feeling good about yourself, but it can also be a great way of building skills that will advance you in the workforce. Many college students know that volunteering will look good on their graduate or medical school applications, but they less often think about the skills they are actually gaining.

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Work Ethic According to Bill Coplin

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College is a time of learning and development. Going to a liberal arts college such as Lawrence, academics are stressed, while real world application can sometimes take a back seat. I am happy to be attending a liberal arts institution, but I sometimes wonder if I am getting all the skills I will need for the real world. Working at the Career Center, I have found that employers want people with a good work ethic. I have also noticed that a good work ethic is not always a natural by-product of a college education. According to Bill Coplin, a professor from Syracuse University, there are some key ingredients to a good work ethic:

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