6 Tips to Being a Career Networking Star

How many times have you heard, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?”

I’ve seen that time and time again, especially when it comes to career networking.

One of the most important things you can do professionally is to network. Whether in-person or online, creating positive relationships in both arenas can pay off as you grow through your career.

But networking can be hard. And awkward. And overwhelming.

Luckily, there are some things you can do to make these events less uncomfortable and more successful. Here are 6 helpful tips to navigate any networking event like a star.

Topics: Career Development

8 Interview Tips for Active-Duty Service Members Transitioning to Civilian Life


In 2016, more than 180,000 active-duty personnel and officers separated from their respective branches of service. For some it was due to an expiration of term of service (ETS) and early release or retirement. For others, it could have been due to disability or other type of separation.

Whatever the reason, transitioning from active duty to civilian life can be a difficult experience. Add the pressure to find a new job, and the transition can become a burdensome challenge. This is especially true when it comes to the interview process.

Topics: Military and Veterans, Career Development

The Secret to Earning a Second Degree

Students have frequently contacted me about pursuing a second degree, whether it is a second associates or bachelor’s degree. Perhaps they want to gain new skills and broaden their knowledge in two different fields. Other times, students are looking to make a career change and have identified that a second bachelor’s degree can help them in that goal. It’s important to assess which situation best fits your academic and professional goals, and decide if a second degree, second area of study or graduate degree is a better choice for you.

Topics: Taking Courses, Student Success, Career Development, Alumni

Latest Gallup Poll Reveals 3 Things Employers Look for When Hiring Employees



Employers favor them. Candidates want to develop them. But what does this factor even mean? And how can candidates and employers share the same definition of qualifications?

For the past three years, Gallup, Inc. and the Lumina Foundation have released an annual survey,  What America Needs to Know About Higher Education Redesign, gauging the American public’s perception of higher education, including workforce readiness. This year, in addition to this poll, a second survey was conducted of business leaders in the U.S. to determine what factors they favor when making hiring decisions for their organizations. The results reveal the qualifications employers want in a candidate and the competencies you should develop to get hired. According to the Gallup-Lumina Foundation study:

Topics: Career Development

Do You Have the Skills Necessary To Advance Your Career?

Whether you’re looking to start, change or advance your career, career planning can get complicated.

And time consuming.

And confusing.

And a thousand other challenges.

However, if you create a plan, the more effective you will be in your job search. Let that plan help you research, discover and cultivate the skills you’ll need for your chosen career, and you can ensure success for the future you. Here are five online tools and career resources that can guide you every step of the way, from before you graduate to earning your degree, and beyond.

Topics: Career Development

How Do I Expand My Network to Advance My Career?

How many times do you say to yourself that you need to do more career networking? You have great skills and talents, and networking might help the right people discover you. In today’s marketplace, achieving your professional career goals relies more on networking than ever before, but for many it can be intimidating.

If you are ready to meet new people face-to-face, there are numerous networking events related to your industry, interests and career. To find one to attend, do a simple Google search. Many are often near you, including Thomas Edison State University student and alumni events held around the U.S. every year. 

Topics: Career Development

Top 5 Tips Every Graduate Should Use in a Job Interview

As a college graduate, you are ready to utilize your degree and start (or continue) on the career path of your dreams. Now, after conducting an extensive job search and sending your resume out to countless prospective employers, you have risen above the candidate competition and landed the interview. Congratulations!

However, your hard work and initiative doesn't end there. As an educator and dean, I have noticed several productive and unproductive strategies during interviews that leave more questions than answers. And in today’s tough job market, anything you can do to set yourself apart as the right person for the position should come across in your interview.

Topics: Career Development

The New Human Resource Management: An Industry in Transition

The role of human resource management in modern corporations is rapidly changing. Over the past decade, business leaders have either eliminated or outsourced human resource management functions that do not enable business-centered, human capital strategies. In response, a paradigm shift is occurring requiring human resource management professionals' to reskill; replacing reactive, low value transactional human resource functions with proactive, high-value business enhancing strategic contributions focused on business growth and sustainability.

Topics: Business and Management, Human Resources Management, Career Development

Advice for Engineering Job Seekers From an Industry Expert


My brother sent me a resume from a recent college graduate who is the son of one of his colleagues, along with the request, "Would you look at the resume and comment? Also, because you deal with engineers all over the country, do you have any thoughts about who is hiring, or where engineers are being sought? He’s open to a move.”

Topics: Science and Technology, Career Development

What the Data Revolution Means for Job Seekers


Speaking for most people, it is a relief that election ads are no longer on the airwaves. For many, election night is like watching a sporting event where we follow results, count red and blue states and, especially since 2000, electoral votes.

This year, “Big Data” got a piece of the national spotlight. You may have seen news reports focusing on Nate Silver that year, who runs the FiveThirtyEight blog. Prior to the election, Silver predicted that President Barak Obama would be re-elected. This attracted some criticisms from national commentators. The results of the election proved that Silver’s predictions – based on predictive mathematical models and careful data analysis – were accurate.

Topics: Data Analytics, Career Development