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Professional Online Presence
Google yourself and maintain a cleancut online profile. Purge questionable photos and posts from all social media accounts. Use a simple, conservative email address.

Glassdoor Blog
Best general site on job searching "how to." Current into in several key categories, including: Companies Hiring, Career Advice, Interview Prep, Salary Negotiation."

Learn to Code
No matter what your major, no matter what job you have in mind, project-based programming skills will get you farther, faster. It can be fun; not that hard to learn.

Know Excel
Excel is a miraculous tools for organizing and presenting information. Possession and demonstration of strong spreadsheet skills is a great way to stand out.

Be Productive
Knowing one's way around Office and/or G Suite is assumed. Proving your productivity skills with
MS Office Certification is a wise extra step to consider.

Lynda.com
"Courses in business, tech, and creative skills taught by industry experts." A top self-study resources. Plenty to keep the curious and motivated learning for life.

Showcase Site
Don't tell ... show! Use
Wordpress, Wix, or other site generation tool to create your own self-promotion site to showcase original content and professional info.

Personal Cards
A basic networking tool, personal cards can simply provide basic contact info or act as "mini-brochures" that convey a much more detailed message.

Resume
Your site, personal card, and job-tailored one-page resume need to be as picture perfect as possible. Spare no trouble to make them just right. More tips
here.

Curriculum Vitae
Long-form list detailing all major/minor academic or work-related achievements: what, when, who, why, etc. Helpful in customizing resumes for particular jobs.

LinkedIn
A slick profile on networking site LinkedIn is expected of all professionals. Can also be used for career research, arranging informational interviews, much more.

Glassdoor
Excellent job/internship research site. Ratings and reviews reveal the inside scoop at various companies; industry data helps inform career and job app decisions.

Informational Interviews
Informational interviews are short meetings you conduct with professionals in fields of interest to assess fit, get basic info, ask questions, establish connections, etc.

Cities and Salaries
It's not how much you earn ... it's how much you can save. Sites compare cost of living indices and compute equivalent salaries in different cities.

Internships
Between end of junior year in high school and your first professional job, complete a meaningful internship (or other key work or personal experience) each summer.

Use Your Alumni Network
Others with diplomas from the same Alma Mater are often quite helpful and eager to assist fellow gradauates. Make a list, plan your work, work your plan. Reach out!

Job Search and Career Development Tracking
Record career-related info (contacts, ideas, meetings, opportunities, results) in a spreadsheet; follow-up with connections; practice interviewing, basic job skills; etc.

Meet Ups
Attending meet ups pertaining to your chosen field can be a great way to network with others in your field, practice interviewing skills, get valuable information.

Grad School
Is GS worth the extra time, effort, expense? On campus? Online? After graduation? Years later? Which school? How to apply? GRE? Many questions; find good answers.

Indespensibility
Do great work. Keep your word. Underpromise, overdeliver. Go the extra mile. Serve with alacrity. Company and team first. Volunteer. Communicate. Contribute.

Look Good, Feel Great, Do Well
Invest in a business wardrobe. Wear clothes you like, look good in, feel confident wearing to all work-related activites. Nice interview clothes are a must.


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