eCollegeFinder’s Best Career Advice Blogs of 2015 Award

eCollegeFinder’s Best Career Advice Blogs of 2015 Award

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Best Career Advice Blog of 2015 Award! Whether you’re a college student looking to learn how to get that first job after college or just someone looking to get a better job, you know the importance of advice from a knowledgeable source. It can be anything; where to look for opportunities, how to dress for the occasion, or what questions to ask during an interview. These are all things that are hard to fully understand without the correct advice and direction. It’s an exciting prospect but it’s also intimidating, that’s why eCollegeFinder is looking for the best minds in the career development space, to help people with their career search!

With this award, eCollegeFinder seeks to provide a comprehensive list, nominated by readers and staff, to give our readers and staff the best career advice and personal development blogs on the web. These blogs cover that cover tips, advice, news, and facts so that they will be well educated and up to date with the latest and greatest. Readers will gain insight on the best ways to land a great job and maximize their happiness with their career choice. These are the Best Career Advice Blogs of 2015!

We asked each of our winners to answer a few questions, below are their responses:

  • How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
  • What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
  • What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?

Best Career Advice Blogs of 2015 Award Winners



 

@work: a blog about getting and keeping a job

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Advice for humans at any phase of their career.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
All jobseekers need to think about their career as a series of gigs instead of a straight line trajectory. Each gig, no matter how short or long, should teach you something new, build your confidence, and prepare you for the next phase of your career.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
It’s okay if your first job isn’t your dream job; it would be a miracle if it were. In fact, maybe one job isn’t enough to launch a career. Read my post on why you may need three jobs instead.

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After College

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
AfterCollege has a lofty vision: to help every college student and recent graduate discover their career path. At blog.aftercollege.com, we provide pivotal advice for those struggling to find jobs. Entertainment, full-proof information, and expert advice support you through every stage of your job hunt.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Communication skills, hands-down, have the most impact on your job search. One of the most overlooked "soft skills" among job seekers is acting well-read in person, through email, when reporting to managers, and while working in small groups. Ask smart questions, be confident, demonstrate your intuition, and prove you understand office culture because you're an excellent communicator.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Intelligent curiosity is key. If your experience is limited, the questions you ask your interviewer will stand out just as much as the questions they ask you. Prove your drive, motivation, and interest with questions that give the employer insight into you as a candidate. You will demonstrate your ability to communicate, think critically, and engage--all crucial assets for a new hire.

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Blogging4Jobs

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Blogging4Jobs is a resource and community for HR and recruiting practitioners. We strive to provide insights for the human resources, human capital, workplace and recruiting industries.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
The ability to change is essential. You must be able to adapt to situations, challenges and assess opportunities quickly. This skill is critical for success in work and in life. The ability to change and then articulate it as it relates to business and results is important for all leaders in business today.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
You are the only person who can bring you joy and make your career fulfilled. Don't expect your job to bring you fulfillment each day. Find hobbies and things outside work that provide you with life experiences, skills and lessons that can enhance your career. Don't ever be scared to try and experience new things.

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Brazen Careerist

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
The Brazen Careerist blog provides advice and insight for job seekers, entry level through mid-career employees, and recruiters. Regular features include city networking lists, online networking event case studies, careers of the future, and workplace-related news items.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Networking. Skills are important, but being able to talk about those skills (whether in-person or online) is the key to landing a job you love.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Don't underestimate the skills and experience you already have on your resume. Sharing your passion for your studies, side projects, and extracurriculars will show potential employers that you're committed and enthusiastic.

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Campus to Career

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Campus to Career is dedicated to job seekers of all kinds, with a particular focus on college students and preparation for their career after graduation.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Project management skills are crucial in today’s workplace. You're going to have to manage multiple priorities, contacts and deadlines. There are many ways college students can hone their project management skills. Enactus is a great example of an organization that allows one to take classroom learning and apply to the real world.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Do your homework. Research employers - their culture, CSR and career advancement opportunities (Glassdoor is an excellent resource.) Be prepared to answer behavioral-based interview questions (What would YOU do if….) and give real life examples. Lastly, come with your own interview questions and ask THEM (what do they love most about their job, what are key expectations 30/60/90 days into the job, etc.)

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Career Pivot

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Career Pivot is all about managing your career in holistic steps. Staying in the same job for 20 years is no longer an option. The Career Pivot blog addresses problems and provides solutions to those who want to make a change or a pivot in their career.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Persistance is critical skill or trait for all job seekers. In this new career marketplace, there will be ups and downs. Skills that are valuable today may be commonplace tomorrow. You need to be persistent in managing your career.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
The simplest but most important factor for success in an interview is confidence. If you walk into the room feeling good about yourself, it will show. The key period is the 45 minutes leading up to the interview and preparing yourself mentally. Check out the following post – 3 Steps to Walking into the Interview with Confidence.

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CareerShift

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Since we truly believe that an informed job seeker is a successful job seeker, we’ve made it our mission to share all the advice, trends, and job market data that can help job seekers succeed. From job search tips to interview prep, the CareerShift blog covers every aspect of a job seeker’s experience, so they get the help they need when they need it. Additionally, the blog helps keep career counselors and hiring managers up to speed on the latest job market trends, so the people who influence job seekers can play a positive role in shaping our readers’ careers.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
The speed at which technology has been (and continues to be) integrated into the job search process makes adaptability an essential skill for any job seeker today. Job seekers need to be able to customize resumes for each position they’re interested in, change tactics and job search tools when they’re not working, and be prepared for anything when it comes to the interview process.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Be prepared. Because of social media and the increasing importance organizations are putting on a strong web presence, hiring managers and recruiters are expecting you to come to an interview with solutions, not just answers. More than ever, you’ll be expected to have deeper insight into the organization’s brand and explain how you can make an impact, right away. Take the time to follow the organizations you’re interested in on social media, and learn as much as you can in order to stand out in an interview.

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Career Trend

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
CareerTrend blog provides advice, tips and strategies for all careerists looking to tweak - or transform - their careers and life. While our game-changing strategies are quality-centered and pragmatic, a common thread throughout all posts is their inspirational, energetic and positive tone.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Answer: They should hone an ability to Netweave. Here's a link to a particular post on this subject. To paraphrase this post: Networking, reframed, is actually about weaving a net of friendships within and beyond the workplace that naturally attracts collaboration and mutual support of goals. By being proactive and giving in your approach to career networking, you can help elevate your career - and those of your valued connections - for years to come.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
I would suggest they become extremely intimate with their areas of unique value and be able to show evidence of those traits 'in action' through brief, 30-second to 2-minute 'stories.'. For example, if during the job interview, they are asked to tell a story about a time when they were given a task to lead a team of uncooperative, independent individuals, then they should be able to provide an example of a time in a prior job or class project where they applied influence skills, personal charisma and such to coalesce these individuals into a group focused on a common goal that was bigger than their own, individual goals. Be able to quantify the results, too.

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Career Woman, Inc.

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
The Career Woman, Inc. blog offers smart, strategic and sometimes sassy career advice. It’s where women (and men ?) can go to find information on how to get a job, climb the career ladder, or reinvent their career.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
The ability to evaluate yourself objectively against job postings. This skill is extremely important, yet so few job seekers do it well. Evaluating your background against job postings not only helps you find jobs that are a good fit and create a standout resume, it also allows you to identify the key skills you need to be successful in your career field.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
If you decide during the interview that you want the job, then be sure to say that to the hiring manager – and ask about the next steps in the hiring process. You could say something like: “Our discussion has made me even more excited about this job opportunity and I would love to be the person you hire. What are the next steps in your hiring process, and, is there anything else you need from me before you make the decision?”

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CareerAlley

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
CareerAlley focuses on providing career advice and job search advice with relevant links and supporting information.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Your appearance (professional, well groomed appropriate attire). Your story - ensure you have your “30 Second Elevator Speech” - a give a brief overview of your experience, know your interviewer and company (do your research). Know you are the best choice for the position and ensure the interviewer is convinced that you are the best choice for the position

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
5 Job Search Tips for College Grads and Entry Level Job Seekers. Take a look at 5 Job Search Tips for College Grads and Entry Level Job Seekers here.

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College Recruiter

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
The College Recruiter Blog is a resource where people will find quality, original, and unique content to absorb will seeking their next career opportunities. It features articles, blogs, videos, and other content covering employment related topics and more.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Patience is one essential skill for all job seekers to have. Today, recent college graduates might believe that because they have earned a degree, finding a job will be easy. However, your job search can take time, so don’t be discouraged. Just stay positive, and you will eventually land a new job.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
When preparing for an interview, recent graduates looking for their first job should remember to do their homework. Learn as much as you can about the company and the job you have applied for. You will feel more confident during the interview, and the interviewer will know that you have done your research. Check out this great blog post on the subject here.

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Come Recommended

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Come Recommended's career and HR blog provides job search and career management advice and app reviews for young professionals. Once a week, we also curate the latest news and trends from around the Internet.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
The most important skill for all job seekers is actually not a specific skill at all, but rather a set of skills: soft skills. Soft skills include communication skills, leadership, decision-making, etc. Many employers are willing to train employees in hard skills, but almost all expect candidates to come equipped with soft skills.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Come prepared with accomplishment stories. Think back to previous jobs, internships, classes, leadership positions. What did you accomplish, and how can those accomplishments be related back to this position?

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Cube Rules

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Cube Rules helps you land a job, create job success and build employment security.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
The critical skill is knowing how to do job interviews. That skill is one of the least used skills by a person but is the most critical to land a job.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
There are somewhat standard interview questions you’ll get in every interview. Practice your answers. Seriously, practice the answers out loud after thinking through (or writing an outline of) your answer. Doing this will present your best self to the hiring manager and give you confidence giving your answers.

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Dress for Success

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
The Dress for Success Blog is the online lifestyle destination for the unemployed woman.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
It’s essential for a job seeker to have confidence. Do your research on the companies that you’re applying to and determine just exactly how your skill set and experience would make you an asset to that organization, so that you can walk into that interview knowing that you’re the best person for the position.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Networking works! Tap into your pool of peers, professors and other professionals in your life such as family members to start making the connections you need to get the job that you want.

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Emily Bennington

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Emily Bennington's Minute Mindful blog pairs the best of mindfulness with the best of leadership, offering readers a great mix of insight and application. A bestselling career author, Emily has become a go-to source for thousands of professionals looking for a holistic approach to success.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Enthusiasm. Not the surface-level enthusiasm that everyone brings to an interview, but genuine, authentic enthusiasm for the job, the company, and the ability to make a difference regardless of the role.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Relationships are everything. We have a tendency to actively nurture the connections we think will get us to the goal faster, but it doesn't take long to learn that every connection matters. It's true that great leaders don't have to claw their way to the top - they're carried there.

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Gen Y Girl

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Gen Y Girl is a millennial career and lifestyle blog that encourages young professionals to succeed in both their careers and personal lives. Let's face it, the real world is hard, and we can use all the help we can get! It's okay that we're a little lost in our twenties, but it's my hope that through my blog, young professionals can come together and pass on advice that helps us all find our way!

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Perseverance. Yes, there are a lot of skills that job seekers need to have, but in my opinion, this is the most important one. When you're looking for a job, chances are, you're going to experience un-real amounts of rejection, so you need to have the perseverance to continue going after the jobs you want. You can have awesome communication skills, but if you crack under pressure and give up at the first glimpse of rejection and disappointment, you're not going to get very far.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
The best advice I can give is to do your homework and be yourself. When you're getting ready for an interview, you obviously want to read up on the company and job you're applying for, because if not, do you really even have a desire to work there? Reading over some of the most popular interview questions also helps so that you become comfortable answering questions about yourself, but when you're at the actual interview, you don't want to sound like you've rehearsed your answers. Be honest, and be yourself, because if the people who are interviewing you don't like you for you, they don't deserve to have you on your team.

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HallieCrawford.com Career Blog

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
We help readers make their dream career a reality. Our blog is a place where young adults can learn how to love their jobs whether it's finding their ideal career, rejuvenating their current career, improving their job search or their work performance. We encourage readers to dream big about their ideal career and offer practical advice to make those dreams a reality. Topics range from interview tips to resume advice to asking for a raise.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
In my blog article, "When Defining Your Dream Job, Start With You", I write about what many job seekers overlook - themselves! Job seekers need to take control of their search by fully understanding and trusting themselves and their strengths. They need to be confident during their search understanding they are looking for their right fit, not just the employer finding the right fit for their organization. And they need to feel grounded and solid enough in their strengths to communicate them effectively.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Recent graduates need to correctly understand a potential employer's needs. Then they need to be go into their interview and succinctly summarize why they are the ideal person to fill those needs. The graduate should have specific examples and stories highlighting the unique qualities they can bring to the organization from classes, projects or leadership positions they have had in the past.

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Hill Navigator

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Hill Navigator provides career advice and office etiquette for congressional staff and those looking to land a job in politics and Washington, D.C. Readers can submit questions on how to succeed on Capitol Hill ? professionally and personally.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
A strong work ethic and willingness to do any task, at any level. Today’s interns become tomorrow’s staff assistants; many go on to become chief-of-staff, committee directors, even members of Congress!

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Take the time to learn about the field you’re interested in and gain relevant internship experience if you can. Workplaces want to hire people who demonstrate a good understanding of what the job entails. Follow up in-person conversations with a thank you note ? email AND handwritten. Never underestimate the power of snail mail.

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Interview Coach's Blog

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
The blog is aimed at job seekers who want to learn how to get hired, promoted and paid more. I write about how to identify what makes you stand out, how to use LinkedIn effectively to get noticed by recruiters, how to sell your skills effectively in a job interview and how to negotiate your best salary yet!

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
It is essential for job seekers to understand what problems they can solve for an employer. So many job seekers give very generic answers in job interviews, without backing up their answers with specific tangible evidence. You need to be able to demonstrate – not just tell – why you’re the best person for the job.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
It is important you do your research – go there having some information they don’t expect you to have. Check out for most recent news on the company on Google News, read their recent press releases or find out what the customers say about working with them. You also need to get very clear about what unique skills you can bring to the role. Think about your work experience, internships, and skills you’ve developed at university and how they can help you be successful in a job you’re applying for. You also want to show knowledge of the employer you’re interviewing with and passion and enthusiasm for the role. It is important that you list your achievements (ideally something that’s saved time or money) and make notes of what you’ve learned and how you’ve contributed in those different situations. Prepare some questions to ask at the end as well and try to get some interview practice if you can.

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Interview Strategies

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Get interview tips and strategies galore at this blog. The site offers lists of interview questions, broken down by job specialty (yes!), along with a multitude of tips for answering tough (and not-so-tough) interview questions. Learn whether bad credit will ACTUALLY affect your job search and get help for answering those weird interview questions, such as “If You Were a Car, What Kind Would You Be?” Be sure to get your copy of “To-The-Point” Interview Prep Guide by visiting http://interviewstrategies.com.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
The NACE Job Outlook 2014, published at the University of California Santa Barbara, provides a great list of skills that employers (survey responders) rated based on importance. Some of the top skills to make the list, include ability to work in a team environment, make decisions, and problem solve. Computer skills, writing, and ability to influence others were at the bottom of the list, as the least important skills for those survey responders who hire new college grads.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
College students often spend limited time researching viable career paths to match their interests, abilities, and values. Imagine preparing for a marathon: after months of training, you show up the day of the run, get 10 feet from the end and realize you are running in the wrong marathon. In the race to obtain a college degree, students often rush to be done without taking the time to determine what happens after they cross the finish line. For example, what job titles will be a good fit? Which employers? What job roles will best translate to your degree? Graduation is not the time to begin figuring out what job roles or career focus you might possibly want. Take time before graduation and long before your first job interview to use the resources available to you, such as college career centers, internships, job shadowing, libraries, professional organizations, and mentoring programs. If you don’t know what you are looking for, the “race” will seem endless.

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Job Seeker Blog - Spark Hire

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Our blog aims to provide job seekers with valuable tips that will help them successfully search, apply, and interview for jobs. The topics we cover range from questions to ask employers, what to wear, job search organization, properly preparing for video interviews, and more.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Skills can be taught, but all job seekers need passion for what they do and a great attitude.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Smile and be confident! Take comfort in knowing that you wouldn't have been invited to an interview if the employer or recruiter wasn't at all interested in you. Pause after being asked a question so you can take a couple of seconds to organize your thoughts before replying. Also, it's very important to do research on the company before going in for your interview. Check out their "About Us" page, social media profiles, and any reviews that have been written about their organization by other job seekers.

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Looksharp Blog

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
The Looksharp blog is an online resource where college students and recent graduates can find advice on how to navigate the job market, find internships, search for interviewing tips, get career fair guidance, and more. The content is provided by students and career professionals, so there is always a different perspective.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
I think an essential skill for all job seekers to have is persistence. Whether it be persistence with pursuing a particular company/industry, gaining hands-on experience, or gaining knowledge, it’s always important to strive for what you hope to achieve.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
I would tell them to be honest, relatable, and show an eagerness for learning. While it’s important to put your best foot forward in an interview, it’s okay to own up to a mistake made in the past or admit you don’t know something. If you don’t know how to do something — or even if you do — always show how willing you are to learn everything that you can. I think being relatable is the most important because it will give the interviewer a better sense of how well you fit into the company, which is beneficial for the both of you.

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Mary Elizabeth Bradford

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Tips for the 100k+ Jobseeker from an industry thought leader - including executive resumes, executive career transitions, executive linkedin profiles, executive branding and executive level job search strategies including how to tap into the hidden job market. Perfect for the MBA.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
In today’s market the most successful career will be propelled by those who are willing to go against the system of strictly answering jobs on job boards, and take matters into their own hands. The mental and emotional benefits of doing this include a shifting of confidence and enthusiasm brought about by transitioning from a passive receiver role to a place of empowerment, excitement, leadership and control. The earlier the job seekers learns how to do this – and that it is possible – at any career level. – the more of a positive impact this will have on their entire career including their compensation package. In other words, it is critical today that the job seeker define his value proposition, target his market and present himself in a way that clearly communicates value. This is an inner shifting of perception as much as it is an outward shifti – which is why it is such a powerful initiative that yields amazing results.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Demonstrate your consistency of achievements and success starting with the results you have achieved in any capacity (school, activities, part time or full time employment). People will take a chance on you if they see character traits they know they can mold.

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Ms. Career Girl

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Ms. Career Girl is a blog for ambitious women who are looking to start or jump the career ladder while maintaining a balanced life full of healthy relationships and more. Our 20+ columnists are "Real Career Girls" that are both driven and passionate women. They share their experiences and advice with our 36,000+ monthly readers.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Communication skills are important to living a healthy life with a successful career. You can't just express your experiences on paper but also need to be able to articule your applicable skills in an interview and on the job. Writing, speaking, and even your body language are all important aspects of this.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Breathe. The pressure is on, but the stress you keep bodied up inside your head will do nothing but bring you down. Inhale, organize your thoughts, and tackle one task at a time. Company Prospects? Check. Resume? Check. Expected Interview Q & A's? Write it down and practice. Organize your life- time, tasks, and all to keep you in the right frame of mind to find the right job for you.

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Online Career Tips

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
OnlineCareerTips.com is a go-to resource for career information seekers. Whether you’re embedded in your career, or you’re just starting out, OCT is an essential tool for the career-minded individual that is looking to set themselves apart from others in their industry. Our weekly articles are written by industry professionals, college professors, and career coaches at APUS.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Having good communication skills is key for anyone currently in the job pool. If you’re unable to verbalize your value to a potential employer then you’ll be missing out on a number of opportunities.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
After you graduate put some thought into your personal brand. It will help you to stand out with job seekers on multiple social platforms, and knowing your brand will help you stay consistent when answering tough interview questions. Your brand will also help you narrow down what companies are the best fit for your career trajectory.

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Six Figure Start

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
The SixFigureStart blog is career advice from former Fortune 500 recruiters. In our 40 years of combined recruiting experience, we have led campus recruiting for Merrill Lynch, Warner Lambert, Citigroup, and Time Inc, and have hired thousands of people for financial services, consulting, media, pharmaceuticals, technology, non-profit, and more. We share that inside knowledge into what employers really want and how companies make hiring decisions.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
In today’s market, every job seeker is a sales person. You are selling your unique value proposition to your employer “customer” – what you will do for them, how you will impact the bottom line, why you are the one and not the hundreds or thousands of other applicants. This means you need the skills to sell yourself – confidence to put yourself out there; resilience to bounce back when you hear no; branding to differentiate yourself; networking technique to identify the decision-makers, attract them, and build a genuine relationship; negotiation skills to progress these relationships to an actual offer (and a strong enough offer to be valuable and attractive to you too!).

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
The best interview is when you share why your specific skills, expertise, experience, and personal qualities make you the best hire for this specific company. I repeat “specific” twice because the details are everything – give examples of how your skills and expertise are used; share accomplishments from your experience; identify specific instances where your personal qualities enabled you to build strong relationships or get things done in a crunch; finally be specific about your interest in this company, not just any company in a similar industry, but this very one. For recent graduates particularly, they need to remember that they are coming in with a significant body of work – an academic career, community service, internships, extra-curricular activities – and should take advantage of their successes and their network from everything they’ve done to date.

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The FlexJobs Blog

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
The FlexJobs Blog is a free resource for professionals seeking telecommuting and flexible jobs for better balance in work and life. We feature content for all job seekers, with special coverage for career changers, working parents, military spouses, millennials, caregivers and people with health issues, retirees, and remote workers. With over 2,800 articles and videos, and dozens of new pieces added each week, the FlexJobs Blog is the place to find unique advice and tips related to job searching, virtual work, flexible schedule jobs, freelancing, avoiding job scams, and how to find work flexibility.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
I think one of the most essential skills a job seeker can possess is research. Too often, job seekers apply to every job listing they find, when the best approach is to do some careful research about the job and company to make sure it's the right fit. Doing a little bit of extra research means you'll spend less time applying to jobs, but more time applying to the best jobs for yourself, and that increases your likelihood of you're getting an interview. Your knowledge and understanding of the company and its open position will show through in your customized resume and cover letter because you've done the research needed to set you apart.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Don't assume you have to find a traditional, in-office, 9-5 job. There are many more opportunities to find flexible work today than ever before. Whether you'd like to work from home, have a flexible schedule, or be your own boss as a freelancer, take some time to evaluate what you really want your work days to look like, and find the work flexibility that fits you best.

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The Voice of Job Seekers

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
The blog and podcast help people realize the voice employers want to hear, provide resources and advice for their job search, and inspires them to manage their career incessantly. I love to hear stories of job seekers finding their voice and differentiating themselves from the noise and clamor on how to find a job.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Listening is the least perfected skill. The job seekers who put together strings of opportunities listen and present what employers need. He or she can anticipate and sense industry trends through networking, reading and/or blogging, and position their skills as the balm to an employer’s problem.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Most career professionals emphasize (as they should) preparation and research as a major part of readiness. I will add listening as a major necessity because a job candidate needs to answer the way the interviewer desires. Many hiring managers hate the process and don't prepare for interviews so much of what they are looking for is intuitive and about "fit." How well you present yourself, answer questions, and respond to the overall discussion is a result of listening and delivering the way that impresses an employer.

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Top Margin Blog

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Career advice for job seekers up-and-down the ladder. From preparing yourself, to resume writing, use of LinkedIn and everything in between this blog will make your job search quicker and smarter.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Optimism and a mature, even temperament are crucial for the job search which is inherently frustrating and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. By keeping your 'cool' in the face of rejection, you'll be keeping it classy and showing you know how to be a professional.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
Preparation is key—both personally and professionally. Dress to look the part—clean clothes, no smoking odours, no heavy perfumes or after shave, clean hair and cover tattoos. Professionally: do your research. What does the company do? Have they been in the news—if yes, for what? Who is going to interview you? (Check them out on Facebook). Look at the job description—what do you have that they want. Be ready to articulate why you are the person they need.

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Women For Hire

How would you describe your blog to readers of our site?
Our blog offers the latest tips and tactics written by smart and savvy women for smart and savvy women jobseekers. Since 1999, our blog has helped tens of thousands of women — from recent college grads to stay at home moms returning to the workplace — with solid advice on how to launch or revive their careers.

What do you think is an essential skill for all job seekers to have?
Initiative. A college degree and past glories mean nothing unless you show the initiative to find the right job and go for it. Finding a job is a full-time job. Failing to embrace that concept fully makes the job search process longer and harder than it has to be.

What interview advice would you give to recent graduates looking for their first job?
You don't know everything, so be open to feedback and criticism. Stay calm: your first job won't be your last. Find opportunities where you can learn as much as possible from great people, not show how great you are. Pay attention to detail, practice answering predictably hard questions and avoid saying “like” or “um."

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