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Effects of Networking on Career Success

Students and new professionals are always told to network, but what does that even mean? And, how do you do it? According to Wolf and Moser, networking is defined as meeting individuals, building relationships with these individuals, and maintaining relationships with these individuals in order to help both parties (you and the individuals) gain work-related […]


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Future PhD’s Success Guide

        Many underclassmen don’t realize all of the necessary steps involved in applying for a PhD program, and research training is just one of those steps. Many of us use our first couple of years just to get acclimated to undergraduate life and focus on “the now.” I recently read, Publish and Prosper, by Nathaniel […]


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Employer-Proofing Your Social Media Profiles

The number of online articles about personal social media accounts and the research your potential employers are likely doing continues to grow. It seems inevitable that a potential employer is going to attempt to gather information about what you are NOT telling them, so what kind of impression are you making with your online profiles […]


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Should I be friends with my boss?

I have had summer camp jobs and university student jobs and have started to wonder what is appropriate for relationships between employers and employees. My work history has been in relatively relaxed settings, where many of my co-workers (mostly high school and college students) seem to be friends with their supervisors. Is this how the […]


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Sup, Doc? Approaching Professionals At Conferences the Right Way

I attended my first national conferences last year for professional organizations in my field, The National Council on Family Relations and The Association of Family & Conciliation Courts. I had worked with a few professors, and our conference proposals were accepted. I was stoked because 1 – I got free trips to California and Arizona, […]


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Are Membership Dues Worth It?

I was recently an invited guest speaker in a career/professional development course for seniors. When talking about the importance of networking to students’ professional development, I had one student who raised concerns about membership dues in national organizations. She asked if it would be sufficient to get involved at state or student levels rather than a […]


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American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Annual Conference and Expo: See You There!

Start your planning NOW! AAFCS has a conference and expo each year in late June. In 2014 the conference will be held in St. Louis, MO. The annual conference provides a great opportunity for students and new professionals to meet others and hone their professional skills. Check out http://www.aafcs.org/meetings/14/index.html for information about the conference and […]


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The Power of a Handshake

What does your handshake say about you? Does it convey that you are confident and self-assured? Or, does it suggest that you are insecure, an emotional bully, or overconfident? Research shows that not only will you be judged by your handshake, you will be forming an impression about the other person when shaking hands. During […]


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