Give Yourself Credit for Educational Accomplishments and Woo Potential Employers

By Marcia Powers, Career Coach at American Public UniversityEarning a college degree is a major accomplishment. After many semesters of hard work and dedication, you are finally able to reference your conferral when applying for new job opportunities....more

Why May you Need to Leave the Job You Love

Sometimes you may feel that you need to leave the job you love to move on. Do you worry that you have been staying on one place for long? Do you feel that your job drives you mad with hours? Are you tired of communication with the same people, although you like the job itself?If such ideas appear in your mind and you are even thinking to start a job search, then it’s really time to change your job and try something new. It’s time to listen to your inner voice, to trust it and to search for something new....more

Manage Your Own First Impression

By Donald Ray West, PhD, PE, MBA Faculty Member, School of Business at American Public University...more

Pounding the Pavement... Again

 Losing a job is a life changing event, whether by a lay-off, firing, a business deal gone south, illness, personal issues, or for any other reason. It is like coping with a death of sorts. It is death of your daily routine, of your steady paycheck, your benefits, your sense of self, and your sense of security. It is important that you hold on to who you are and most important that you keep your sense of humor. You have probably heard sayings that substantiate that you are not your job. Why that is true, your job plays a major role in your life. You spend most of your time there; you build relationships, and are part of a team. It is essential to balance work/life. In all honesty, we do tend to, at least partly, define ourselves by what we do for a living. So, how do you cope with the loss? Speaking from personal experience, there is no clear path paved for those of us struggling to find another “real” job. These steps have helped me....more

A Job Search Is Like Fishing

By Jackie Hott, faculty member at American Public UniversityA job search is like fishing; you cast out your line with the goal of landing the perfect catch. The comparison recently occurred to me as I watched my son fish. He was prepared with his pole, bait, and tackle box. He sat a while casting out his line over and over showing patience, persistence, and attention to detail.Fishing takes time, casting out many lines until you finally hook that fish. Just like preparing to go fishing by gathering the right equipment, you also need to prepare for your job search....more

Things I Do to Avoid Looking For a Job

alienbody If it makes you feel any better, one of my dear friends just left a job of 7 years ...more

5 (Okay 2) Totally Legitimate Reasons to Not Go Back to Work

Ever since my youngest started full time school I have felt an overwhelming pressure to immediately go back to work and "do something with my life". The only thing as strong as this pressure is my equally powerful dread of heading back to an office job.  Sure, it would be nice to have the extra money, see other adults during the day and make a contribution to society, but there are many compelling reasons for me to stretch out this stay-at-home gig as long as humanly possible....more

Breaking up ....with your job... is hard to do.

In a series of events that I can only assume I will one day in the (hopefully) not so distant future look back on as fate I lost both of my jobs within a series of a month. I received many assurances that it was not personal – schedule conflicts/ contracts/ moving in a different direction/ recreating positions..... I was wished well, offered stellar references, and thankfully allowed to continue working for a while....more

Your Brand Is the Key to Your Next Job

When starting a job search, personal branding should be at the top or your priority list.  A strong personal brand helps you to stand out in a crowded job market and distinguishes you from other applicants....more