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Cool Careers without College

May 9, 2017 by

Cool Careers

As graduation season begins, the celebrations and end-of-school parties are so fun, and great distractions from this steadily looming reality: you are not sure if a four-year college program will be right for you.

What other opportunities are out there? Can I have a good career without a university degree?  Check out this series of books “Cool Careers without College.”

Each book covers a different passion you may have that could lead to a satisfying career.  Topics include fashion, photography, sports, video gaming, and more.  Each field of interest is tied to a list of possible job titles, a discussion of necessary skills and training, and the job outlook for that industry.

These books are a great starting point for new job hunters to home in on the possible choices in each area of interest, but they could also be used by experienced workers looking to change career fields to align more closely with their interests.

If you are searching for not just a job, but a job to love, try these resources.  Ask for these and other job exploration resources at your nearest library.

“So Tell Me about Yourself”

May 3, 2017 by


How many times have you walked into an interview where this is the opening statement by a potential boss? We all imagine that this might come up as the lead-in to gathering information about us as the candidate for a position, but all too often we aren’t prepared to answer it in a way that makes us look good to our prospective employer. In her April 28, 2017 piece in US News and World Report, Chrissy Scivicque writes about how being prepared for this seemingly innocuous statement can either make or break the interview.
She discusses how to respond, as well as some of the mistakes that are made while trying to give a well thought out answer. Candidates should remember that they need to make a good first impression without either talking too long, giving too much personal information or getting off track and rambling on.  Being well prepared for this question is key to a successful interview. A few suggestions which she makes are:
• Create a well-crafted answer. Remember, this is about you as a professional. Your response gives the interviewer an idea of who you are and sets up the rest of the interview.
• Build Rapport. You may be nervous but you still need to be friendly and show enthusiasm. Show the interviewer you are excited to be there!
• Frame your Professional History Cohesively. Think about your entire body of work and highlight those areas you are passionate about and which will make you stand out to a prospective employer. You have a resume, so there is no need to go into too much detail – just a cohesive outline about your career. Fill in any gaps that may have occurred along the way.
If you take the time to think of how to respond to this question, you can feel good about the possibilities.
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