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Jun 03, 2013, 15:45 ET from ProfNet

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Is Your Career Fit for Summer?
Chasity Trzop
Regional Director of Career Services
Brown Mackie College, Louisville, Ky.
"Summer isn't just the time to get your body in shape; it's a good time to get your career in shape as well. Just as we evaluate the condition of our bodies each year before donning our shorts and bathing suits, we should make a habit of assessing our careers. After all, you are the CEO of your career, the one who guides the way."
Trzop is available to speak about what it takes to set your career on track and maintain the momentum needed for long-term career success.
Expert Contact:
Media Contact: Anne Dean,

Gearing up College Grads for the Workforce
Amanda Rajotte
Director of Career Services
Brown Mackie College, Hopkinsville, Ky.
"While the job market doesn't appear to be as tight as it was a year ago, finding that ever-important first job out of college remains a tough challenge for new college graduates who are eager to begin their careers. Graduates need to take a hands-on approach to their job search, interacting with professionals as much as possible in their field. Word of mouth can be powerful. Even if the person you have stopped to chat with isn't in a position to help, you never know if they have a peer who is looking to fill a spot."
Rajotte is available to offer tips and advice on networking and job hunting for soon-to-be and recent college graduates
Expert Contact:
Media Contact: Anne Dean,

Tap the Hidden Job Market
Jason Rinsky
National Director of Career Services
Brown Mackie College
"The process of finding employment has quietly undergone an evolution. More and more job seekers are discovering that many positions do not post to the public. As exasperating as it can be for out-of-work job seekers, some reports show that only 15-20 percent of available jobs post to newspapers, online job boards or employment agencies. Knowing how to tap this hidden job market can be the key to job-hunting success."
Rinsky is available to speak about this hidden job market and the importance of word-of-mouth self-marketing and promotion, both online and in-person, to help job seekers find the back door to employment options.
Expert Contact:
Media Contact: Anne Dean,

Simple Tips for Starting Your Own Creative Business
Kathleen Holland
Director of Career Services
The Art Institute of Charleston
"Many graduates in creative fields like graphic design, interior design or Web design are opting to start their own businesses. This is because recent figures show only a slight reduction in the unemployment rate, and job growth is at its lowest in six months."
Holland shares some essentials identified as success factors in starting a business: 1) Self-assessment and research: Doing a SWOT analysis (a way to analyze strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) is a great way of assessing that. 2) Know your niche. A business plan is highly recommended to help identify both those industries with a need for your services and your competition. This exercise will also help identify whether there might be a smaller and important niche market where your business can focus and be profitable. 3) It's a good idea to invest in some legal and accounting advice to help you make the best decision about incorporation. There are significant advantages and disadvantages to each type of business structure. Holland is available to speak with the media and provide additional tips on starting your own business, as well as career trends.
Media Contact: Marcia Gomez,



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