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3 Strategies for a Happier Job Hunt

You’re graduating from college soon, and you need a job. Not just any job, but one that will jumpstart your brilliant career. Where to start? Successful college graduates know the importance of these three strategies: Strategy: Use Campus Resources Every college campus has a career services office to help students (and even alumni) get a jumpstart on their careers. Counselors can help you choose a career (or even a major, if you are still shopping around) with self-assessment tools to help you examine your values, personality, interests and abilities. You’ll…

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Connect to Internships

Internships are a great way to try out jobs and develop your skills. Indiana INTERNnet can connect you with thousands of Indiana organizations across the state, making it easy to search and apply for internships all on one site. Amy Schrader, human resources and marketing coordinator for Backhaul Direct/Grapevine TMS, an Indiana-based logistics company, graduated from IUPUI in 2018, and landed an internship with her employer the same year through Indiana INTERNnet. “I do not think that I would have been able to get the exact job I wanted so…

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Indiana: 11 Reasons Why

Things are happening in Indiana that may have a big impact on your future. Here’s why you should pay attention: 1. Indiana companies are serious about hiring young talent. It’s estimated that Indiana is poised to create 1 million jobs in the next decade, and that’s where the non-profit Ascend Indiana comes in. Twenty-four (and counting) employer partners like One America, Cook Group, Eil Lilly and Co., Franciscan Health and Deloitte are tapping into the Ascend Network and its cloud-based platform that combines algorithms with human interaction to match early-in-career…

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The Surprising Truth About What Employers Really Want

As senior director for talent acquisition for the global healthcare company Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis, Terra Doyle meets countless college job seekers each year, and also compares notes with her industry colleagues. What do recruiters like to see in applicants? The usual rules apply, of course. Be professional in your presentation—even your email can speak volumes—and put your best foot forward, Doyle said. Tech skills may be in demand, and if you’re in finance, you better have a handle on accounting. But surprisingly, there are other key qualities employers want…

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Career in Rotation

Aishariya Bandyopadhyay racked up a lot of varied work experience during college, but that didn’t end when she entered her first full-time, post-graduation job at Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis. A native of Munster, Bandyopadhyay was studying marketing at Indiana University when she had her first internship experience for a wedding planner in Chicago. The next summer, she left the glamour behind for an internship for ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company. Her final college internship at consumer packaged goods company, Kimberly Clark, was closer to Bandyopadhyay’s career goals of consumer…

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Jump Starting Your Career

So, you have just graduated from college and have or will be entering the workforce and you are already looking for ways you can advance. Vicki Brackett, author of The Leadership Toolbox: 14 Strategies that Build a Chain Reaction of Success, says, “Become a pseudo-leader without the title.” Fast Company shares 6 Easy Ways to Fast-track Your Career. The climb may not be as quick as you would like, but these 6 steps are a great place to start.

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Land a Job Before You Graduate

Want to have a job lined up before you walk across the stage to collect your diploma? Indiana college and university career center professionals offer seven strategies most likely to succeed. Start early At Wabash College, students who visit Career Services in their freshman year are three times more likely to have a job offer or a place in a graduate program by commencement day,” says Cassie Hagan, assistant director of career services. Once you’re a senior, don’t wait until the spring to start applying for jobs. Some of the…

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Indiana Welcomes Its Next Generation

All across Indiana, young professionals are taking over—and in some cases, making over—their communities, often with the help of locals who are ready for the next generation. Some hot spots: Elkhart “What’s Next?” college recruiting tours are aimed at jump-starting local workforce. Over one weekend in March 2018, the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce bused in 50 college students from throughout the region with the goal of attracting them to the Elkhart/Goshen area as new workers after college, offering interviews with local employers during the day and socializing at night,…

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Career Quick Start

As a college student, your days—and probably nights—are packed with activity and opportunity. Even if your time is limited, you can squeeze in some college-to-career planning in just a few minutes. Some ideas to get you started: In about an hour, you can: Visit your college career center. Hopefully, this won’t be your first visit, and it should not be your last. Your career center is likely to offer everything you need: access to job and internship leads, help with resumes and cover letters, opportunities to practice interviews or polish…

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A Roadtrip That Inspires

Dengke Wang, 19, from Portage, Indiana, emigrated from China to northwestern Indiana at the age of seven. Now he’s featured in a new film, “State of Change: Innovation at the Crossroads” from documentary team Roadtrip Nation. The documentary sent three postsecondary students from Indiana on a life-changing road trip to see how Indiana-grown ingenuity is keeping their home state at the cutting edge of rapid technological change. They spent two weeks during the summer of 2017 exploring industries powering Indiana’s growth—including healthcare services, advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and technology—and connecting with…

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A How-To Guide for Projects That Are Probably on Your To-Do List Right Now

We’ve got advice for some common issues you might be facing right now as you create (or update) your resume, negotiate that first job offer, and find a career you might even love. How do I get started on a resume? Take a deep breath and do some pre-writing. Using this advice adapted from the Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities & Pre-Professional Advising, start by: Brainstorming every position or experience you’ve had. Examples: organizations to which you’ve belonged, leadership positions, volunteer experiences, class projects, awards, languages you speak, computer…

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Career Toolbox

Online tools can help you find the perfect job match. Here are just a few: LearnMoreIndiana.org for advice, links and a personality quiz. indianacareerexplorer.com to explore your interests and skills and find a career to match. The Bureau of Labor Statistics website, bls.gov/ooh, for easy-to-read data about careers. mynextmove.org from O*Net Online and the U.S. Department of Labor offers lists of careers, along with their average salaries, to match your interests and education level. Explore potential careers that match your personal interests and style at The Princeton Review and College…

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Find Your Best Internship

Need a connection to a great internship? IndianaINTERN.net was created just for you. IndianaINTERN.net is a free internship-matching program that connects students and employers with internship opportunities in Indiana through an online database of more than 6,300 students, 7,200 employers and 700 available positions. You can even get personal assistance—including a hotline to answer questions and provide internship guidance and resource materials. New this year: After you create a profile on IndianaINTERN.net, you can name and save your internship searches in your workspace. Now, with your permission, IndianaINTERN.net will text…

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5 Tips for a Smooth College-to-Career Transition

On the road to life after college, you’re bound to encounter a few bumps. But as you merge onto your career path, you can make a smoother transition with these five strategies: Visit your College Career Center Make this your first stop. Take advantage of the many free services a Career Center offers: everything from help with writing a resume and cover letter to internship opportunities and job interviews. Many colleges offer informational interviewing programs. Don’t miss out on these ready-made opportunities to learn about available jobs. Play the skill-match…

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Job Outlook for 2018 Grads

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has good news for members of the Class of 2018. It reports in its “Job Outlook 2017 Spring Update” that more than 75 percent of employers surveyed “plan to be on campus recruiting for both full-time and intern/co-op positions,” and that only fewer than two percent are not hiring in the 2017-18 recruiting year. More than 25 percent say they plan to hire graduates with doctoral degrees, an increase of nearly ten percent over the previous survey.   Ask an Expert: What Will…

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Meet Sara McInerney

Ball State alum, community engagement specialist at the Finish Line Youth Foundation, Ball State Graduate of the Last Decade Award, 2016 Serve Indiana Award for Excellence, two-time TedX speaker Hometown: Griffith, IN Financing dreams: “I was a 21st Century Scholar. I come from a super small town, and [the scholarship] gave me the freedom to go to an in-state college and move away from home. I would have a much different life without this scholarship. I studied in Ireland for seven weeks between my junior and senior year as part…

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Roadtrip Indiana

Three talented Indiana college students will be featured on the PBS series Roadtrip Nation as part of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s “Career Ready” campaign. Shannon Newerth, Dengke Wang and Jaedyn Zavala were selected through an online application and interview process to travel across Indiana for two weeks in Aug. 2017 on Roadtrip Indiana. The documentary, which will air in 2018, will follow their journey across Indiana as they explore their career interests, interviewing employers throughout the state. Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers announced the Roadtrip Indiana initiative in…

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Think Before You Tweet or Post. Or Share

A 2017 Harris Poll survey for CareerBuilder found employers didn’t hire a candidate because they discovered the following on social media:   Posted provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information: 39% Posted information about them drinking or using drugs: 38% Posted discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion: 32% Bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee: 30% Lied about qualifications: 27% Had poor communication skills: 27% Was linked to criminal behavior: 26% Shared confidential information from previous employers: 23% Screen name was unprofessional: 22% Lied about an absence: 17% Posted…

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Why “Soft” is so Important

Today’s employers want to hire people with excellent “soft skills.” Joann Ingulli-Fattic, president of the human resources consulting firm Transcend3HR, defines soft skills as interpersonal relationship skills “that are used in every situation, school course or position in which you interact with people.” “Technical skills are baseline requirements for a position; what distinguishes a person is their ability to use soft, or transferable, skills in a variety of situations,” she says. She believes these three are key: Communication skills Are you easily understood when sharing information, ideas or suggestions? Interpersonal…

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Next Level Jobs Expanding in Carmel

Originally posted on www.iedc.in.gov, September 29, 2017 Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard joined executives from KAR Auction Services (NYSE: KAR), a global vehicle remarketing and technology solutions provider, today as the company announced plans to expand its operations in Hamilton County, developing a new, 13-acre corporate headquarters and campus that will provide space for an additional 400 jobs. “I’m excited to celebrate KAR Auction Services’ continued commitment to growing its global footprint in Indiana,” Governor Eric Holcomb said. “Businesses from across the world recognize our state’s…

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