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Translate ‘Barista’ into Your Next Career

Perhaps you’ve been working at Starbucks for the last 5 years.  It’s been great, but you’re ready to take the next step in your career.  How do you move forward?  How do you convince potential employers you are the best candidate for the job?  Do you exclude your work as a barista when discussing your employment history? First, let’s talk about “Professionalism.”  We need to get one thing straight: you are a professional.  There is an idea here in America that the word ‘professionalism’ is reserved solely for businessmen and women–the…

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When a Firm Handshake isn’t Enough

Today’s job market is flooded with job applicants looking for new or better employment, and I mean flooded.  LinkedIn alone facilitates more than 44,000 job applications each day.  That’s 16 million job applications in one year!  And don’t forget about applications on other job search websites like monster.com, indeed.com, and careerbuilder.com.  Let’s face it, you’re up against some TOUGH competition.  There are thousands of individuals with the same education, same motivation, and same work-ethic as yourself, and they’re all vying for employment in the same job market.…

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