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What does your personal brand say about you? Do you have or even need one? And what exactly is it?

When you brand yourself you are aiming to portray who you authentically are and what you want to be known for. As you embark on your job search, it is helpful to have a well rounded understanding of yourself, the ideal employer, industry and job opportunities to show the company you choose to interview that you are the best candidate for the position. Always remember, the person who knows you best is you!

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From the Pros: LinkedIn Best Practices

LinkedIn is dominating the digital world for professionals and job seekers who use it as an online resume, a portfolio and a networking tool. Leverage some of these LinkedIn best practices and build a stellar online presence so employers can discover you and your talents.

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Fall Fashion: Dress For Success

Fall has officially arrived and just as the leaves turn our wardrobes must shift along with them. Whether you are in a state of mourning the annual passing of summer or praising coat season, we're here to remind you that it’s important to look your best in the workplace. Here are some different looks for professionals to help them dress for success this fall season.

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The Essential Career Survival Kit

No matter what point you are on your professional path, it's important to make sure your career survival kit is always ready when you need it. Whether you are job searching, looking to advance, changing careers, entering the workforce or staying the course, it's best to be prepared for the future.

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Going Back To College As A Single Mom

By Lindsay Amanda on Sep 3, 2014

Mothers who dedicate themselves to achieving their professional goals while they set positive examples for their kids are some of the most inspiring people. Working and raising a family on your own is challenging enough, but adding college to the mix pretty much bedazzles the cape of the supermom outfit. To help out the best way we know how, here are some tips for those going back to school as single parents.

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Topics: Career, Front Page

Career Choices For Early Childhood Teachers

By Autumn McClenaghan on Aug 20, 2014

Among the shopping sprees and excitement of advancing to the next levels in life, we take a moment to recognize the hard work that our teachers contribute to molding the minds of future generations. As the demand for early childhood educators grows Brandman’s Career Services office explores professional pathways these dedicated individuals may follow.

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Topics: Career

How To Get Your Employer To Pay For College

By Vicki Brannock on Aug 13, 2014

For most working adults it is not just the time it takes to go back to school it is the money too. The good news is that you may be able to get your employer to pay for college or at the very least some of your educational expenses.

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Topics: Career, Front Page, School of Extended Education

5 Easy Questions: Should I Go Back To School?

By Lindsay Amanda on Aug 5, 2014

The decision to pursue a higher education is one that will likely change your life, which of course means it involves evaluating many different factors. Will your investment of time and funds provide a considerable return? What is your motivation to do so and what are your goals? Here are five simple questions to help you answer that daunting question: “Should I go back to school?”

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Topics: Career, Front Page, Financial Aid

How A Caring Leader Can Create A Culture Of Support

By Scott Pickard on Jul 24, 2014

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT.
OPEN DOOR POLICY.
EMPOWERMENT.

We've all heard these "buzz words" and phrases for years - popular ideas that we hope are panaceas to make our work environment more pleasant and productive. Employee turnover, discontent and squandered talent are issues all organizations face

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Topics: Career, Schools, Front Page, School of Extended Education

How To Build Your Professional Network

By Autumn McClenaghan on Jul 16, 2014

One of the common questions I get from students about is, "How do I meet people to network with?" My answer is always the same, "Begin with people you already know!" Networking involves creating a supportive system that allows individuals and groups with common interests to share information and services. Here are a few channels you can use to build, create and strengthen professional contacts and relationships.

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Topics: Career, Schools

Social Media: A Valuable Networking Tool

By Jina Smith on Jul 15, 2014

The concept of social media may bring up a mixed bag of opinions but however you feel about it, it is an effective tool for professional development. Don't overlook this important digital support system. It can help you find jobs, meet potential mentors and grow your personal network. Here are some ways to utilize social media as a support system:

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Topics: Career, Student Life

5 Things The World's Most Successful People Have In Common

By Lindsay Amanda on Jun 26, 2014

There is no single definition of "success." Many different people have their own interpretation of the word that is often based on personal values, experiences, beliefs and other complex factors. Sometimes it's a mix of factual evidence and emotional sentiments that influence its meaning, while other times it can skew stronger in one direction than the other.

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Topics: Career, Front Page

Top Things You Need to Stop Doing Today

By Autumn McClenaghan on Jun 18, 2014

As time accelerates our lives to nearly light speed, it can be difficult to manage all of the things we should and should not do, especially with all of the devices at our disposal that keep us connected with our networks around the clock. Here we talk about the top things you need to stop doing now to create a better work-life balance. It involves balancing the scales with your time and technology use. There are some things you may be doing at work that you should stop right now.

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Topics: Career, Front Page

How to Disconnect From Work and Relax

By Jina Smith on Jun 17, 2014

With technology making it easier for us to access work from anywhere, it is harder and harder to separate professional time from personal time. Some people may take pride in working non-stop but boundaries must be set before it takes a toll on their physical and mental health. 

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Topics: Career, Front Page, Student Life

Top Picks For The Best Work Life Balance Cities In America

By Lindsay Amanda on Jun 12, 2014

Location. Location. Location. House hunting requires a significant amount of business sense and self-reflection since our places of residence often help shape our professional and personal life experiences. We consider everything: our career opportunities, costs of living, expenses and cultural support for making a home in an area where we can also live out our personal interests.

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Topics: Career, Front Page, Online, Walnut Creek