5 Ways to Avoid the Application Black Hole


Everyone knows that the application process can be your worst nightmare. In fact, it’s commonly referred to as the ‘Black Hole’ of the job search due to the number of job seekers applying to the same jobs. There are so many different documents such as your resume, cover letter, references, etc. that you need just to fill out your application properly. With the standard application template, it becomes difficult to stand out amongst the crowd. Luckily for you, with a bit of effort and some job seeker “magic”, you can set yourself apart from the application and hack your way to that new job. Here are 5 Job Search Hacks to Avoid the Application “Black Hole” 1. Follow Recruiters on … [Read more...]

Hands-on Experience is Your Advantage


Let’s just pretend for a minute that you’re the captain of a dodge ball team and it’s your job to select the best players. The pressure is on and it’s your job to give your team the greatest chance to win. You find out that the players you can select come from two different backgrounds. Group 1: These “players” have studied everything there is to know about dodge ball. The only problem is that none of them have actually played the game. Group 2: These guys and girls learned to play dodge ball through experiencing it and playing it previously. They know their strengths and weaknesses and can tell you exactly what position they will excel in. Which group would you select your … [Read more...]

4 Soft Skills You Need as a Practical Nurse

Nurse Talking To Female Patient On Ward

Have you wondered what a career as a practical nurse is really like? There’s more to being a nurse than taking vital signs or giving medications. To be successful as a practical nurse, you need both concrete and soft skills. These soft skills will help you successfully navigate your everyday life as a practical nurse: Compassion for Others When a patients’ health is at stake, emotions can run high. Your ability to relate to patients, their families, and your colleagues will help others cope with high stress situations. If you can understand and sympathize with how patients feel, then you can better help them. This passion and dedication can help you in all other aspects of workload, … [Read more...]

Common Job Search Mistakes


Has your job search landed you an interview yet? If not, you need to take a closer look at your strategy. If you’ve been job searching for a while now with no luck, then you might be doing it all wrong. Avoid these common job search mistakes: You’re Not Prioritizing. Finding a job can be a full time job in itself. If you’re currently in school or working, you might feel that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Maximize the time you do have! Focus on positions and companies that match your career training and goals. For example, if you love computers and want to work in help desk support, only apply for positions that you’re fully qualified for and are genuinely interested … [Read more...]

Why a Career in Healthcare is Right for You


Do you imagine yourself in a career that has meaning? A career in healthcare could be right for you! Here’s why: You’ll have the satisfaction of helping others in need. People who seek medical care might be in need of treatment, suffering from pain, or feeling desperate. As a healthcare professional you’ll be part of the medical team who helps a patient experiencing health issues or simply seeking preventive care. You could provide them comfort and care through your work in a medical office, hospital, or other healthcare setting. In an office setting, you would provide valuable assistance to other health professionals and patients. For example, you could instill confidence in patients … [Read more...]

5 Keys to Career Planning for Success


Have you started thinking about your career and where you want to be? If you ask most people, their answer is usually, “My plan is to wing it and see what happens.” Well, I wish them luck, but it’s definitely not the suggested approach. Wouldn’t you rather have a course of action? Isn’t it better to chart out your options, find mentors, and build out where you want to be? Failing to plan is planning to fail. Here are 5 ways to start your career planning and set yourself up for success. 1. Make a List of Companies/Employers you’d want to Work For: Maybe you’re not ready to search for a job right now, but that shouldn’t stop you from building a list of 10-12 perfect employers … [Read more...]

7 Quick & Easy Changes That Will Make Your Résumé Stand Out


Is there anything more frustrating than sending out dozens of résumés only to receive a minimal (if any) response from employers? The answer is no. Absolutely nothing is more frustrating than that. One of the biggest (if not the biggest) challenges that the job seekers face is sticking out and being noticed in their job search. If you could just get in front of your potential employer, you know you’d be able to win them over with your charm. You just know it. The problem, however, is that you’re not reaching that stage of the process, so where can you improve? The answer is most likely your résumé, and fortunately for you, there are a number of quick changes you can easily make … [Read more...]

Grad Advances His Career Thanks to Porter and Chester Institute

Dean Washburn

Dean Washburn started with Accent Limousine in Milford in 1998. He washed cars part time and helped out wherever he could. He assisted the mechanic who worked on the limos and when he left, Dean stepped in. But Dean knew he needed more training if he wanted to be an effective automotive technician and advance his career. That’s when he enrolled at Porter and Chester Institute. “I’d checked out other schools,” said Dean, “but they weren’t for me. One had a two-year program and I could afford the program but I couldn’t afford to live if I chose it. It was too expensive.” Dean says he’d learned some basic mechanics working at Accent, but didn’t know enough. “We had to send a lot out, … [Read more...]

4 Summer Car Care Tips


The hot summer months can be rough on your car. Regular maintenance each season will help keep it in tip top shape. If you followed the tips to winterize your car, now it’s time to get it ready for summer. Follow these 4 summer car care tips: Replace your Windshield Wipers Winter weather can do a number on your wiper blades, so be sure to replace them with new ones.  Summer often brings sudden thunderstorms and torrential downpours. You’ll need windshield wipers that can do the job. Check the Fluids Check your car’s motor oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid regularly. Check your oil and get it changed regularly based on the manufacturer recommendations and type of oil … [Read more...]