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Upcoming Interview? Follow These Preparation Tips for Success!

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As summer is slowly drawing to an end, it is a great time to rekindle your attention to your professional growth and to identify ways to build your career development acumen. Effective Interviewing is a perennial and vital professional development topic for good reason.  First, the vast majority of us will rely on this skill to help us reach our goals at some point in our lives, and; Second, because with a little (or a lot) of preparation and practice, you can make the move from clueless to stellar interview candidate!  Here is how…


Finding Success in Your First 90 Days on the Job

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I recently had the opportunity to facilitate a discussion on the ways to ensure success in the first weeks of a new job.   The panelists were members of F&M’s Leadership Council who provided a wealth of insightful advice and wisdom for graduates (and others) who may be in the midst of transitioning to a new professional role. 


Do you want to secure a job or internship over winter recess?

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Should you use winter recess to recharge your intellectual batteries and catch up on sleep after (hopefully not) too many overnighters studying for finals?  Certainly.  Should you capitalize on this time to secure summer internships and post-graduate employment while unfettered by academic and extracurricular commitments.  Absolutely!  Here are some ways you can use winter recess to secure that coveted opportunity.


References & Recommendations

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Professional references are different than the type of references you might supply when filling out a rental application for housing.  While a landlord would be interested in speaking to your family friends, an employer would prefer to speak to people who have known you in a professional capacity (past supervisors, coordinators from volunteer projects, professors, etc).  The same is true when determining whom you will ask to write letters of recommendation for you.   


The Articulation Problem

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In a recent presentation to Franklin & Marshall students, faculty, and professional staff, Phil Gardner, Ph.D., director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, showed the audience a hierarchy of the experiences that employers value and want young job applicants to have...


What Employers Are Saying

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This past week I had the opportunity to travel to New York City and meet with alumni and employers to develop partnerships beneficial to our students. Great information, suggestions and observations came out of my four days of meetings. This is what the employers are saying...


In Defense of Higher Education

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“The American public and senior administrators at U.S. colleges and universities overwhelmingly agree that higher education is in crisis, according to a new poll, but they fundamentally disagree over how to fix it and even what the main purpose of higher education is.” So begins a recent article in Time’s aptly named series “Reinventing Higher Education” – a collection of pieces that encapsulates a recent consensus of the mainstream press and American public...


Unanticipated Time to Reflect Thanks to Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy did a lot more than flood roads, close workplaces and cancel classes.  She forced many of us to stay indoors, derailing our normal life routines.  In my case, this meant my husband and me keeping our three children busy with craft projects, board games and, pending power loss, an array of Disney movies while keeping in our thoughts those whose lives were being devastated by the storm.


Forming a Personal Board of Directors

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The role of a board of directors in the smooth operation of an organization cannot be overstated.  Populated well and led effectively, a board will steer organizations through financial crises, leadership transitions and customer relations campaigns.  Ultimately, competent directors directly impact the success of the organizations they advise.