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By Judah Esparza
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

From emails to video chats, online communication has rapidly become a norm in today’s business world. Online communication is used daily and has a straightforward etiquette that, unfortunately, many people do not follow. Here are a few pointers to keep your online communication clear and professional:

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By Leigh Critchley
Executive Director, Strategic Education Alliances

The other night I was watching the Golden Globes, one of the few TV shows I watch live and with commercials. I have seen a number of Grand Canyon University commercials over the years, but it was not until that night that it hit me.

I found my purpose at GCU!

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Cropped portrait of a young man standing with a tablet in the office

By Quin Jackson
Advertising and Public Relations Major, College of Fine Arts and Production

According to the Association for Psychological Science, it only takes as little as one-tenth of a second to form a first impression of someone. Therefore, it is vital for business people to present themselves in a professional manner. Here are some guidelines to make the most of what little time you have when introducing yourself, and words put to the unspoken law of what acting, dressing and speaking professionally looks like:

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By David Butler
Coordinator, Student Development and Outreach

“Hey David, I know you just graduated from high school. That’s really great, but I want to let you know something. In two years, you’re actually going to leave your family and travel 1,400 miles away from home to attend a university. You’re going to need to get a job, so you will work on campus at the university. Oh, and then you’re going to be offered a full-time position and actually formally move to Arizona.

“You’ll have a new job, life, faith and family. You’ll experience doubt, love, struggles, loneliness, victories, happiness, peace and much more. And, it will be worth it. So, just wanted to give you a head’s up. Okay, bye.”

If 18-year-old me read that, I would have probably thought: “Hmm. Must be another David.”

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Wondering how to make your resume stand out from the rest? When hiring managers are bombarded with resumes from potential candidates, the last thing you want is for yours to be lost in the pile. With this in mind, here are 5 helpful ways to make your resume stand out so you can land your dream job!

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By Cole Bucholc
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Strategic Educational Alliances

In today’s competitive market, increasing your marketability and making yourself well-rounded are as important as ever. Whether you are a student or you are currently employed, adding these skills can help you to separate yourself from the competition and land you your dream job.

Here are five tips to increase your marketability:

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

In today’s competitive world, it is important to be able to differentiate yourself and identify the qualities that make you unique. As a result, you will stand out from competitors and may find yourself with increased opportunities.

Personal branding is the practice of creating an image around your personal name or career. Essentially, it involves managing the way you want to be perceived by others. Through your personal brand, you communicate your character, skills and values (Lake, n.d.). As a result of successful personal branding, you can build a positive reputation and be recognized for your abilities in your network.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you aspire to use your creative gifts in your everyday life, there is a lot you can do to keep yourself motivated and innovative in your workspace. Sometimes, being creative and staying on task can accompany one another. Here are a few tips on how to make your life in a professional career more creative:

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Instructor in training class with students

By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Completing an internship can be very beneficial, especially during your time as a college student. As you discover who you are and the direction you want to go in life, a student internship can provide you with many opportunities and prepare you for a successful future.

Whether an internship is unpaid, paid or taken for college credit, the experience you gain is extremely valuable. Here are some reasons to look into an internship program:

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A woman interviewee shakes the hand of her future boss

By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Good news! You have just received a call from a potential employer asking to set up an interview. All of the hard work you put into applying for your dream job has paid off.

So, what happens now? In today’s competitive job market, it is important to be able to stand out. For this reason, the interview process is extremely important in determining the future of your career.

While this process may seem intimidating, do not fear! Here are some job interview tips to keep in mind.

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A man virtually searching for his dream job

By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Searching for your dream job may seem like an overwhelming process, especially for new college graduates. While you may have an ideal position in mind, it can be hard to decide the right place to begin.

To start the job search process on the right foot, it is important to have a strategy in mind. This way, you can make a good impression when you reach out to potential employers.

So, what does a successful job search strategy look like? Here are five tips to keep in mind when going about your search.

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A recent GCU grad smiles in front of GCU Arena

By Lauren Abraham
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Student, Bachelor of Arts in Communications

Are you considering earning a bachelor’s degree? In today’s competitive job market, possessing a college degree is extremely valuable. Having a bachelor’s degree can set you apart from competitors and prepare you to apply for the job of your dreams with confidence.

There are many benefits to earning a bachelor’s degree. The value of having a college degree continues to rise, and today, it is easier than ever to further your education. For example, options such as online degree programs allow you to earn your education from the convenience of your own home. In addition, evening degree programs are a great option for students who have jobs during the day, but want to take evening classes.

Here are five reasons to earn a bachelor’s degree:

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Landing a summer job is a fantastic way to earn to some independence and, of course, extra cash. But did you know that holding a summer job during your high school years can also make you more attractive to colleges?

College admissions teams are looking for students who use their free time wisely. Summer jobs teach students maturity and a sense of responsibility. It shows drive and a dedication toward self-improvement—great character points—on your application.

With summer officially in full swing, it’s time to get off the couch and hit the pavement. Here are GCU’s top 5 tips for landing a summer job.

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We get it. College is a big deal.

From the initial application process to learning to live on your own to studying for finals, those four years can feel like a whirlwind of things to do, places to go and people to see. At Grand Canyon University, we are big advocates of living in the moment and encourage our students to enjoy every second of their time here.

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