How Social Media Postings can Come Back to Haunt You

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November 30, 2016

We all know how it goes by now: you’re on an epic vacation; an amazing night out with friends; having a marvelous brunch with the ones you love AND you want to share it with your whole social media network. Afterall, it’s just a cocktail/bathing suit/”wasted” shot that you’re sharing to show how much fun you just had. Imagining all

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The Proper Way to Write a Cover Letter

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October 5, 2016

You’re applying for a job and you need to include a cover letter with your resume. Why? Can’t your future employer see everything they need to learn about you in your resume? These days, it’s important to include a cover letter (aside from being mandatory in many job applications) with your resume when you are applying for a job. The

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5 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Career

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August 25, 2016

As a young adult, your world is filled with opportunities, but that does not make it any easier for you to find your niche and land your perfect career. Indecisiveness, in the earlier stages of adulthood, is a common trait and you may not yet know exactly where you want your career path to lead. To help you find your

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New year, new year….new career?

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April 14, 2016

Ever wonder what the highest paying occupations are? What about the fastest growing jobs? How about just the basics of what certain occupations do? If so, then we have the perfect resource for you. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) was created to help find that information and the Department of Volunteer and Career likes to use this resource as an

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Improving Job Chances: Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Tips

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August 6, 2015

Okay, so you made the decision to look for a summer job, and you’ve narrowed down your list of the top 20 locations you want to apply to first. The only thing stopping you from an awesome discount and your paycheck is the whole application process. What you think would take you less than 20 minutes is now going on

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Body Language, Trust, and Being Taken Seriously

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April 8, 2015

“Sit up”         “Stop fidgeting”               “Don’t Slouch”                      “Look at me when I’m talking to you”                                                 “Speak up”                                                             “Don’t yell”                                                                     “Sit still” And so on. . . . . . . . .   Most of us, at some point growing up heard some form or another of these cues. Some

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Job Search Support Club

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October 15, 2014
Job Search Support Club

One of the highlights of the NCDA Conference our department recently attended was the opportunity to join in roundtable discussions to gain new ideas on adding creative activities, groups, and techniques into our career department. We recently started the Job Search Support Club based on a presentation of a job club that was created for unemployed professional women. The idea

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Resume Tips – Launch Preparation for the Future

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March 11, 2014

Since résumés are such an essential part of the job search process, the Career and Volunteer Department at the Optimum Performance Institute works with each participant to ensure that he or she leaves with an up-to-date résumé. Not only do we teach participants the basics of formatting, etiquette, and tailoring, we also search the Internet for the latest trends. Listed

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Skillful Job Search Part 4 – Confidence Through Volunteering

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October 15, 2013

This is the last of four posts discussing our approach to helping OPI Living and OPI Intensive participants with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) find and keep a job. Read Part 3 – DEAR Skills on the Job. If obtaining and maintaining part-time work is too overwhelming, the Department of Volunteer & Career Services suggests that participants experience the work environment

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Skillful Job Search Part 3 – DEAR Skills on the Job

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October 10, 2013

This is the third of four posts discussing our approach to helping OPI Living and OPI Intensive participants with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) find and keep a job. Read Part 2 – Integrating DBT Skills . In the Department of Volunteer & Career Services at the Optimum Performance Institute, we have found that participants who whole-heartedly commit to a job

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Skillful Job Search Part 2: Integrating DBT Skills

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October 3, 2013

This is the second of four posts discussing our approach to helping OPI Living and OPI Intensive participants with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) find and keep a job. Read Part 1 – Obtaining a Job with BPD . The first thing we do to help participants tackle the job search process is to create a resumé and thoroughly review the

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Skillful Job Search Part 1: Obtaining a Job with BPD

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September 26, 2013

A collaboration between OPI’s Department of Volunteer & Career Services and OPI Intensive Therapist Emily Rabuchin, MA, MFT has resulted in this 4-part blog series, “Skillful Job Search.” Each successive post will address a different aspect of our approach to help participants with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) find and keep a job: Part 1: Obtaining a Job with BPD Part

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