Monthly Archives: June 2012

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator Launches Building Block For The Blackboard Learn Platform

LearningExpress, LLC today announced the launch of its award-winning Job & Career Accelerator online tool for the Blackboard Learn(TM) platform. Blackboard Learn clients can now leverage Job & Career Accelerator’s robust online job search and resume tools within their Blackboard Learn environment.

“Career development is a critical part of the educational experience,” said Ted Hopper, Vice President of Business Development at Blackboard. “The Blackboard Partnerships(TM) program provides our clients with access to partner products and solutions that service student and institutional priorities both inside and outside of the classroom.”

The Job & Career Accelerator Building Block provides Blackboard Learn users with access to Job & Career Accelerator functionality through a single-sign-on within the Blackboard Learn platform. The Job & Career Accelerator tool allows colleges to customize their Job & Career Accelerator sites and gives students easy access to search for job and internship opportunities. This tool is a great resource for colleges, including college resource centers dealing with increased enrollments, a difficult job market, and strained financial resources. Institutions will also have access to detailed site usage reports.

“We are excited to be a Blackboard Signature Partner(TM),” said Barry Lippman, CEO of LearningExpress, LLC. “The Job & Career Accelerator Building Block provides colleges with a unified user experience and access to powerful and effective resources to help students succeed beyond the classroom.”

Job & Career Accelerator includes everything needed to select the right career and search for jobs, all within a secure individual sign-in and in one easy-to-use online application. Students have access to resume writing and letter creating tools; expert tutorials on mastering interviewing techniques; research into more than 1,000 occupations mapped to student interest assessments; and a model resume bank with expert usage tips. Expert guidance is given for personalized career situations and users have access to an integrated database of over 5 million current job and internship opportunities.

Job & Career Accelerator(TM) is a three-time 2011 CODiE Award winner for Best Postsecondary Instructional Solution, Best Postsecondary Education Solution, and Best Instruction Solution.

Visit LearningExpress,LLC at BbWorld® 2012, July 10-12, New Orleans, Booth 205.

LearningExpress, LLC is an educational technology company founded with the mission to help adult and student learners improve basic skills for academic and career success. Since 1995, LearningExpress has paired innovative technology with a strong foundation in research-based testing and tutorial course development, and has emerged as an industry leader in high quality academic and career test preparation and skills improvement content. The company currently serves over 6,000 public libraries, 5,000 schools, and 1,200 colleges across the United States and Canada, and helps more than 1.5 million adults and students each year. Visit LearningExpress, LLC <


Job Search On Vacation?

Vacation: Time to kick back, relax, soak up the sun — and go on a few job interviews? That’s right. If the last day of your vacation finds you dreading Monday back at work, consider using your next vacation to find a new job.

Why Blow Your Vacation Job Hunting?

You’re caught in a tough situation. You want out of your current job, but you also want to enjoy your vacation. Here are some reasons your vacation may be the best time to search:

  • When you’re on vacation, you are more readily available to meet with prospective employers any day of the week, at any time. You don’t have to squeeze an important interview into your lunch hour.
  • You won’t raise eyebrows when you show up to work in a suit versus your usual jeans or khakis — if your office dress code is casual.
  • You won’t have to feign illness, sick kids, deaths in the family or other reasons for taking a day off to interview.
  • A week or two can give you enough time to really dedicate yourself to a thorough job search. Rather than cramming this important process into the rest of your busy life, you can totally focus on this one priority.

The Disadvantages

Sorry, there really is no downside to using your vacation to find a new job — except in your perception. You won’t have this hard-earned time off again for a while. If you don’t feel you’ve gained anything as a result, you may regret using your time this way.

How to Vacation Like You Mean It

According to Stephen Viscusi, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “On the Job” and author of On the Job: How to Make It in the Real World of Work, to return from vacation with a job offer, you’ll need to:

  • Treat each day like a workday. Get up at your usual time, and be productive at your job search all day. Don’t get into a vacation mind-set; you’re on the job.
  • Send out resumes to prospective employers four to six weeks prior to your vacation. You want to have actual interviews during your time off — not be doing the legwork — so make sure you’ve taken care of this early.
  • Let interviewers know you are using your vacation specifically to find another position, and give them the dates you are available to meet. This demonstrates two things to a prospective employer: Your serious approach to your career and the respect you show your current employer by not conducting your job search on company time.
  • Pound the pavement. Maximize this time off by meeting with as many employers, recruiters and networking contacts as you possibly can.

Resigning Without Ethical Baggage

If your hard work while on vacation leads to a job offer, congratulations! How do you tell the boss you’re quitting? “Giving your resignation after returning from a vacation isn’t any different from resigning at any other time,” Viscusi says. Just be professional and follow the same protocol as you would with any resignation.

Remember: You earned your vacation time. It is part of the reward for having worked hard all year. Whether you want to give two weeks’ notice is a personal decision. Now that your future lies with your new job, your decisions must be based on when your responsibilities begin there.

The best possible souvenir you can bring back from vacation is a new job. Instead of going for a change of scenery for a week or two, go for a change of employers. Source/Credit: Susan Bryant for

Stupid, But Common Resume Mistakes.

Source/Credit: Julie Rohem for As a professional marketer who has built several organizations, I can tell you that one of the most important and simultaneously monotonous elements can be the interview process. And it usually starts with the resume. In this digital age, you would think that we would have some type of cool behavioral code or iconography that would have replaced the one- to two-page listing of jobs and schools. Yet the fact remains that the resume or CV (curriculum vitae) is still considered a vital tool

I have written about this topic before, and since that time, I have embarked on a new position that has — yet again — brought many resumes to my door. So, it seemed a fitting time to provide some thoughts on the perfect resume — which often involves examining what not to do.

I have many ideas of my own, but I also have an impressive network of hiring professionals on both Facebook and LinkedIn. So, in the spirit of embracing the age of crowdsourcing, I asked these professionals for their thoughts and included them in this article. I have ordered and categorized these faux pas and their corresponding tips by their plain obviousness, all the way down to the more subjective, controversial, and thought-provoking.  Read the rest here.

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