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Career Development

  • Career Development
    How to Find a Career That Fits Your Working StylePreview career style personality
    Being fulfilled and successful in your career isn't just about qualifications and skills. Find out how understanding your personality preferences can help you find the career for you.Read More…
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    How LinkedIn Can Help Your Career Stand OutPreview linkedin profile for career stand out
    The beauty of LinkedIn is that it provides a central location to post your profile, showcase your skills, display your accomplishments, gather recommendations, and network with other professionals. By implementing six key steps, you can use LinkedIn to your advantage and catapult your career much further—and much faster—than you think. Read More…
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    How to Get a Raise (or Promotion)—Even in Tough Economic TimesPreview how to get a raise
    Regardless of the economy, if you feel that you've been going above and beyond the call of duty, here are seven strategies to help you secure a raise and/or promotion.Read More…
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    Finding Your Second Job—as Soon as You Land Your First One3 second job
    The minute you start on the job, you need to set in motion a strategy for finding the next job. Because the odds are strong, you’ll have many jobs in your life and will experience several divergent careers. Here’s how to start planning for your next job from day one.Read More…
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    How to Ace Your Next Job InterviewPreview ace job interview
    You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and few first impressions are as important as the one you make with a potential employer. By understanding the seven major parts of the pre-interview and interview process, you can make a good first impression, stand out from the competition, and increase your chances of landing that great job.Read More…
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    How to Get Your First Job After Graduating2 first job
    Landing your ideal, first job—fresh out of school—requires a strategic approach. It should coordinate the tactics you’ll use to get this job into a plan of action, which includes critical components, such as: how to leverage your connections, reach out to contacts, and tap into the channels of greatest opportunity.Read More…
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    Creating a Long-Term Career Plan1 career plan
    The question is, how do you choose a career that catapults you into the top 10% of the most fulfilled workers? How can you find a career, develop it, let it flourish and percolate, to make you happy and sustained over the long haul? Read More…
  • Sales
    How to Get a Sales Job in a New IndustryPreview sales job in new industry
    Some sales professionals like to specialize in one industry, while others try to be versatile. The reality is that you need to be able to move from industry to industry if you want to survive.Read More…
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    Finding an Internship and Making the Most of ItPreview finding internship
    Everyone has to start somewhere, and internships often serve as a launching pad for many people on their way up. Getting that top internship is competitive. You need a strategic plan in place to find the right internship, land it successfully, then make the most of it, and position yourself for future employment. Read More…
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    The Secret to Crafting an Attention Grabbing ResumePreview crafting effective resume
    Your resume only has a few seconds to grab the attention of recruiters. To give yourself a chance of getting an interview, your resume must stand out from the crowd. How can you make that happen? Read More…
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    Uncover Your Ideal Job With Informational InterviewsInformational interviews
    If you limit yourself to discovering job opportunities on career websites and job boards, you're missing out on the majority of opportunities. These opportunities are tucked away in what's known as the hidden jobs market. In this article, I'll show you a simple technique for potentially accessing those hidden opportunities.Read More…
  • Freelance
    Kickstart Guide to Breaking into Freelance IllustrationPreview
    A career in Freelance Illustration is much more than drawing pretty pictures. As much as you’d like to spend the entire day sitting in front of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, you’ll also need to learn about selling yourself, keeping your portfolio fresh and, all the admin work we love to hate. It's this work we love to hate that will define your success as an illustrator. There are many different things you may wish to consider when thinking about entering into professional illustration, such as: The purpose of your illustration: Illustration itself covers many different areas. While drawing pretty pictures maybe one aspect, you need to be specific in your objectives. Are you wanting to illustrate for advertising campaigns? What about book covers? Maybe graphics to accompany news and magazine articles? Maybe graphics for a cocktail menu? How about diagrams for medical journals? And there are also illustrations for packaging? These are just the tip of the iceberg of the many avenues you could go down in finding a niche illustration market. The medium of your artwork: Sometimes the purpose of your illustration can depend on what medium your artwork will be rendered in. For instance, is the work going to be displayed on a CD cover? If so, maybe an illustration within Photoshop/raster based work will be fine. However if the work is going to be displayed on a billboard and you're going to need a high resolution graphic, perhaps looking at vector work in Illustrator is what you need. If you're unsure of the key differences of these mediums, check out this article on What is Vexel Art?, which goes into what raster and vector art is. Client vs Stock: There are several ways you could earn money as a freelance illustrator. The most obvious is via clients who commission you to create a tailored piece of artwork to their specifications. However there is another way you can earn money with illustration and that's selling your illustrations via stock websites. There is a huge benefit of creating illustration stock and that is that you don't have to deal direct with clients. So if selling yourself and hunting out clients isn't your thing, then maybe this route is something you may want to consider. To find out more about this check out these articles on How I Make $2,000 Every Year Without Doing Very Much and the follow up article 9 Tips for Creating and Maximizing a Steady Income Stream by Selling Stock. Agency Representation: Illustration agencies act as a third party. They market your work through the relevant channels and are great for getting those household name clients. Bigger companies tend to target agencies due to the variety of talent on their books, experience and convenience.The benefits of being represented is that they will can handle contracts with clients and can help negotiate larger fees. However, they don't do this for nothing and they will take a commission percentage from your fees. They may also ask you to cover costs for promoting your works to directories and marketing opportunities. For more, check out the article on Computer Arts: Finding an agent. Advice from Talented Freelance Illustrators I'm going to introduce you to five talented Freelance Illustrators. They'll tell you how they got into freelancing and what advice they can give you on getting started in a career in Freelance Illustration.Read More…