• Career Column,  This Week's Paper

    Skills Students Should Know for Success During the Job Search and in the Workplace

    When I meet with students and ask them about their technical skills, I don’t always get the response I am hoping for.  Students must have outstanding technical skills if they want to be successful in their career search and be competitive in the job market, and this piece of advice rings true for all majors in college. If you were to ask me what the top five essential skills are, I would break it down to the following: Excel – Proficiency in excel, particularly knowledge of v-lookups, pivot tables, and financial modeling, is incredibly important in the workplace.  VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) is the name of the programming language…

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    Career Corner with Coach Diane: What to do this Fall?

    Welcome Back! Although the semester has just begun, it’s never too early to visit the Career Center in Frese Hall. There are many counselors available to speak with you about your career aspirations and goals for the future. Here are 5 things you should do to prepare for your visit: Make an appointment and come prepared with all your questions. Write these questions down on a piece of paper or in a notebook. It doesn’t hurt to get started on your resume now, even if you will be making many changes down the road. Begin the process of writing a resume before you visit the Career Center so you have…

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    Career Corner: Acing the Interview with Coach Diane

    Editor’s note: The Knight News introduces a new column with pro- fessional development advice for students. For each issue “Coach Diane” provides students with strategies and detailed tips that give students an opportunity to prepare for internships, entry level positions and beyond. Reaching the interview stage is an excellent milestone, if you are at this point. Congratulations! Acing the interview brings you one step closer to receiving that job offer you’ve been waiting for. Use the techniques below to outperform other candidates. BEFORE Build off of the initial research that you conducted in order to tailor your resume to the specific position, and learn more about the employer in preparation…

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    Career Corner: Transitioning from college to career

    Editor’s note: The Knight News introduces a new column with professional development advice for students. For each issue “Coach Diane” provides students with strategies and detailed tips that give students an opportunity to prepare for internships, entry level positions and beyond. As a student approaches graduation, the question “what comes next” may be on their mind. You’ve completed your classes, given back to the community, and have a list of extracurriculars to put on your resume, but are you ready for a career? Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college students for a successful transition to the workplace. Follow this guideline as an…

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    Career Corner” Resume tips with Coach Diane

    The RESUME – The sole purpose of your resume is to get you past the first screening and into the interview process. General guidelines exist so employers can quickly and easily find key information on your resume; “According to a study released by The Ladders, an online job-matching service recruiter spends an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume. The standard thought was that recruiters spent at least several minutes on each CV.”  So we want certain parts of your resume to stand out. Contact Information: Your contact information should be at the top of your resume, centered, in strong font. Don’t make it crazy! This information should include:…