Oct 16

Directory of Schools has, once again, lived up to its domain name by providing an extensive and comprehensive listing of American colleges and universities. This convenient access to both traditional and online schools is a time-saver for those who lead busy lives, yet wish to pursue higher education. The one-stop DOS website also provides a new “personal assistant” service as part of its ever-expanding educational menu.

Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) October 16, 2007 — In a continuing effort to live up to its domain name, Directory of Schools - the number one source for online schools information — has released a commercial-free listing of every accredited college and university in the United States. For those who are busy and would love to find all of their education resources in one place, DOS is the source for comprehensive information about accredited traditional and online schools.

With all of the publicity surrounding illegal diploma mills, or ‘life experience degrees’, millions of degree-seeking students find comfort in knowing that there is a safe place on the World Wide Web to find reputable, accurate and thorough information. The DOS site also contains articles about how to avoid being victimized by diploma mills and how to choose a school that is a good fit.

Using the new Colleges and Universities in the United States directory is a snap. Just click on one of the states and peruse the alphabetical listings of schools in that state. Each listing contains the school name, address, and phone numbers. A number of schools also have e-mail contact addresses or highlighted links to information forms that, when filled out, will generate the mailing of a packet of the requested school information.

The new listing of colleges, which is easily located on the DOS website, also contains direct access links to local community and state college admissions departments. A potential student can quickly locate admissions personnel who are knowledgeable and committed to helping those who are considering higher education.

For almost 10 years, Directory of Schools has maintained a similar comprehensive listing of U.S High Schools on its website. Designed as a resource for those who are relocating or who are seeking additional information about their local schools, this listing has aided students and parents in their information searches.

Of course, financial aid is a crucial part of any college search; and most of the colleges and universities included in the new listing are equipped with designated financial aid departments and counselors that provide information to students regarding scholarships and grants, student loans, FAFSA, and more. They offer resources regarding completing federal and private financial aid applications, looking into alternative education financing, finding disability resources, and locating grant monies that target specific groups of applicants.

In addition, Directory of Schools has also instituted a new “Personal Assistant” service for those who have additional questions that are not answered in the extensive school content on the DOS website. The Contact Us link provides this excellent service.

Information seekers will find that Directory of Schools is not only their first stop for education information, but their last stop as well.

About DirectoryofSchools.com
Since 1999, DirectoryofSchools.com has connected over 21,000,000 potential students to accredited online schools and e-learning information. More than 9,328 online degrees and professional certificate programs in over 1,364 schools represent the DirectoryofSchools.com commitment to excellence in online education through partnerships with universities, colleges and trade schools. DirectoryofSchools.com strives to insure that partner schools are reputable by utilizing an in-house verification process which reviews accreditation or vocational industry standards relevant to each school. In addition, a comprehensive national Directory of High Schools in the United States is available on the DirectoryofSchools.com website, along with numerous other resources. Career-minded individuals need make only one cyber-stop for all of their distance learning needs.

Oct 09

College career centers offer some of the best opportunities to help students learn how to improve their job search and land a post-graduation job. In particular, career-center sponsored job fairs allow students to touch base with dozens of employers at a time. Yet many students skip these events or waste their time because they don’t know how to conduct themselves around recruiters. In his new book, Shawn Graham provides pointers to help college students perfect their job fair experience and enter the job market on the right foot.

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) October 9, 2007 — Between studying for exams, tailgating at football games, and juggling extracurricular activities, it can feel almost impossible for college students to squeeze time into their schedules for a visit to their college’s career center. A new survey, however, indicates career centers offer some of the most rewarding opportunities for students destined for the job market.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2007 Graduating Student Survey, successful student applicants (those who had already secured a full-time job) relied far more heavily on job-search services offered through the career center–on-campus interviews, speaking with company representatives, and viewing employer presentations–than did unsuccessful applicants. Successful applicants were also more likely to have applied for jobs at a career fair.

Shawn Graham, author of the newly released book Courting Your Career, says one of the most effective ways to land a good job after graduation, is for college students to make time to visit their campus career center and its events–particularly career fairs.

“Career fairs are like clubbing for job seekers,” says Graham. “They offer a great way to make contact with a large number of employers in a short period of time. They also allow you to practice your job search and conversational skills.”

Too often, however, job seekers squander their career fair experience, leaving them with few legitimate job leads, and only a handful of free pens and brochures to show for their attendance. According to Graham, this scenario typically applies to passive and unprepared job seekers who lack the knowledge they need to make the most of the hour or two they have to speak with recruiters. In his new book, he offers the following tips to help job seekers maximize their career fair experience:

1. Determine target organizations. Job seekers should identify and research companies they’ll want to speak with at the fair. This will help them determine how many resumes to bring and brainstorm questions to ask the company representative.

2. Don’t monopolize a recruiter’s time. Typically, job seekers will have about two to three minutes to spend talking with recruiters. To make the most of their time, job seekers should develop a brief introduction of themselves that highlights their interest in the organization as well as their skills and experience.

3. Avoid taking a lot of free stuff. Grabbing a handful of freebies teeters on appearing unprofessional and greedy. Job seekers also do not want to be seen carting a bag of goodies from table to table as though they were trick-or-treaters.

4. Collect business cards. If a recruiter doesn’t give you his or her business card, check with the career center to see whether the recruiter’s contact information is already on file.

5. Follow up with contacts after the fair. Whether it’s a phone call, e-mail or cover letter to the recruiter after the career fair, it’s important to reference the meeting at the fair. Notes taken during the career fair can also remind job seekers of key points to address in their follow-up as well.

Courting Your Career is available at all major bookstores and from the publisher (www.jist.com or 1.800.648.JIST). To speak with the author, contact Natalie Ostrom.

JIST, America’s Career Publisher, is a division of EMC/Paradigm Publishing and is the leading publisher of job search, career, occupational information, life skills and character education books, workbooks, assessments, videos and software.

Oct 01

If you want the best graduate schools and top employers in the country to notice you, your college scholastic record isn’t enough. Today, businesses and graduate schools want to see some hard evidence that applicants have acquired experience that tested  their skills and education in a real world environment.

Internship is a wise choice to fill in this gap, but a big question many college students have is, “Where do I find one?”

Well, if you’re looking for an internship,  try looking online first.  Here are a couple of websites to jump-start your search:

http://www.monstertrak.monster.com/msnintern/?WT.srch=1&s_kwcid=internet%20internship|878128819, which will give you information about internship opportunities targeted to your college, and http://takingitglobal.org/resources/prof/, which offers a database of professional internship and volunteer opportunities from which you can choose.

http://www.jobweb.com/employ/fairs/default.asp allows you to search thousands of employers using keywords.

With all the Internet resources available today, online is definitely the place to start your internship search!

Sep 27

Just because it’s only September, don’t put off applying for spring intern positions until after the Christmas holidays. For one thing, that’s what everyone else is doing. For another, the sooner you begin the application process, the more relaxed you will feel about the applications you are sending out, and that translates to appearing more confident than if you are hurried and tense.

By beginning on your applications now, you should have them ready to go by the first of October without a problem. And mailing them out then will give you a real “leg up” on your competition.

Not only will starting now mean that your applications get there first, it will also mean they will be considered first.

So get started now and increase your chances for getting that internship position you want!

Sep 25

Working your way through school, or at least contributing some of the funds needed for your support while you study, can sure enough be a tough row to hoe. For one thing, no matter how many hours you need to have in a day,there are always only 24 hours of them.  When you have to attend classes full time and work part time, that doesn’t leave much time for doing anything else other than eating and sleeping.

Following  a schedule that leaves little time for any but the basics is tiring and difficult. So try to make your load a little lighter in every way that you can.

For example, try to schedule work hours at least an hour after your last class—any closer and you’re likely to start feeling more like a rat on a treadmill than a student after a while.  If you can, schedule all your classes on two or three days of the week and arrange to work only on the remaining days.  That way, you’ll cut travel time and save on gas, plus which you’ll be able to give your full attention to whichever mode you’re in at the moment.

Finally, schedule at least one day a week when you don’t have to attend classes or work in order to recharge your batteries.

Sep 17

Starting at a new college is like starting a whole new life. New classes and courses of instruction and new classmates, friends and extra-curricular activities await you.  Here are a couple of tips to help you get settled in easily.

First, wait to do most of your clothes shopping until you get to your new school. Different areas have different dress “codes” and while even military schools allow some leeway these days, odds are that the students who will be your peers at your new college will dress a bit differently than your current peers do. Waiting to buy the bulk of your wardrobe until you have a good handle on what others are wearing will make feeling a part of the group much easier.

If at all possible, get a list of the books that will be required for the courses you know you’ll be taking and buy second hand versions online before you go.  This is always significantly less expensive than simply buying your required texts at the campus bookstore, and you can save hundreds of dollars this way.

Finally, take with you only those things you know you’ll need.  Resist the temptation to pack things that you think might come in handy. Lighten your load and take only those things you know will serve you well in your college career!

Aug 28

Going back to school is such a hectic undertaking, isn’t it?  There’s all the excitement about the new school year, all the classes and learning you’ve been looking forward to, the underlying nervousness that accompanies any new undertaking and the confusion about what to take and what to leave at home.

Generally speaking, take only those items you know you will need: Your clothes, computer, cell phone, personal stereo, whatever reference books you know you’re going to need, and, of course,  your car.

Things to leave at home include all those stuffed animals/college pennants/rock star posters decorating your bedroom, as well as any items of furniture of which you’re especially fond.

Though the last may not make sense, you need to remember that your college dorm room or the off-campus room in a house you share with other students, isn’t home. It’s much better to look forward to seeing your favorites on vacation than it is to take them with you!

Aug 15

Ready to go back to school?  Got your books, enough new clothes to get you through the school year and everything else you need? Unless you’ve got a brand new resume to go with your new wardrobe, the answer to that last question has to be “no.”

You need to revamp your resume to make yourself as appealing as possible to potential employers who have the kinds of part time jobs you want. So go back over what you’ve done since the last time you did a resume update, and  take careful notes.  Be sure you make note of any extra-curricular and volunteer activities you engaged or participated in.  Experience is experience however you acquire it, so don’t short yourself by only adding paid work to your current resume.

And while you’re at it, go back over your old resume using a sharp and critical eye. Imagine that you are the potential employer you want to impress. How does your resume impress you? As if it belongs to someone you’d want to hire?

If not, make the changes you know you need to make and print out some new copies!

Jul 18

Ah, summer! What a great time to kick back, relax and enjoy life…perhaps spending long days at the beach or hiking in the mountains. That may have been true when you were still in grade school, junior high or even high school. But after that, summer signals a time to hit the pavement in search of employment!

There are several ways you can make your job search easier, less time-consuming and more rewarding. Continue reading »

Jun 22

The time has finally arrived for you to leave home and go away to college. What an exciting time!

Packing for CollegeIf you are like most, your bedroom is currently a disaster area with clothes, books, compact disks and miscellaneous items strewn everywhere. You want to take it all and you cannot decide what to take and what to leave behind, and at the moment, this seems like a bigger decision that deciding which college to attend. How many times have you packed, unpacked and then repacked that favorite sweatshirt?

Take a break, relax and let me share Continue reading »