Professionalism

How to Deal with a Difficult Coworker

We all have that one coworker who drives you up the wall. Maybe they are constantly complaining or maybe they talk over you during meetings. Either way, dealing with a difficult coworker can make even the best job feel like a chore. Depending on the issue, there are an abundance of ways to handle the…

How To Master Employer Communication: The Pitch

For anybody in the workplace, time is the most valuable asset to maintain. We try to use as little of it as possible. This can complicate networking, since networking is all about making business connections that will last. So how do we make solid business connections, but only take up a minute of someone’s time?…

Put Your Best Foot Forward

If you are walking on Lowry Mall, you'll see some black and gold posters outside of the Student Success Center promoting career services. One message says "Put Your Best Foot Forward" and we sincerely want every Mizzou student to be aware of their strengths and become career ready! Whether you are a sophomore looking for…

5 Steps for Career Readiness

With the fall season coming around the corner, it is the perfect time to advance your career readiness.  Whether you are a complete beginner or you already have some experience, Mizzou has resources that can help you succeed in any field.  Clean up your Resume  Resumes are one of the most important parts of the…

Dos and Don’ts When Asking for References

References and recommendation letters can be the most intimidating part of a job application, perhaps because they feel least within your own control.  It may be daunting to ask someone else to talk about you, but here are some suggestions for how to set yourself up for success.  DO obtain permission from your reference before…

Soft skills 101: Definition + 50 Examples

Soft skills are becoming increasingly important in today’s job market. They refer to the personal attributes that enable you to interact effectively with others, such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and time management. Employers are looking for candidates who possess these skills in addition to their technical expertise. In this article, we will guide beginners on…

Looking for a Mentor? Start by Asking These 7 Questions

Imagine yourself standing at the base of a very tall, scary-looking mountain that you know you’ve got to climb. Wouldn’t it help to have somebody who’s done it before to guide you along the path, warning you about treacherous ledges and answering your questions about which boulders are safe to grab onto? If you’re a…

How To Master Employer Communication: The Follow-Up

So, you just gave your elevator pitch and had a great experience networking at your college career fair! Now what? Make your impressions last and build connections that you can carry into your post-grad career by sending a follow-up! Take a look at these tips on what to include in your follow-up, as well as…

What to Wear on Your First Day of Work, by Dress Code

Your first day of a new job or internship is an exciting time—but it can also be intimidating. You probably have a lot of questions, including “What should I wear?” Most offices follow one of three dress codes: casual, business casual, or business professional. Before you start, be sure to ask human resources (HR) about…

How to Develop a Strong Work Ethic

Will Hunting, they boy genius from the movie Good Will Hunting, said that when it came to organic chemistry, he could "always just play". He also said that Beethoven saw a piano at a young age and could "just play". Well good for them! What about the rest of us? Can we too achieve greatness?…