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Your strategic search includes improving as you go. When you set up your search you invested time and energy into creating a project plan and draft documents. Don’t become complacent; searches are more successful as time passes because the learning curve continues throughout.

One of the best ways to become a better candidate over time is to implement the advice offered by others. Continue connecting with professionals throughout the search, introducing yourself to new people and investing into some relationships that will become professional friends and mentors for years to come.

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Learn Top Skills to Help You Future-Proof Your Career

Top skills and courses

September 1, 2022 (originally appeared on LinkedIn)

There’s a new buzzword that’s changing the way employers reward, promote, and hire. It’s skills. Instead of ‘who do you know?’ or ‘where did you go to school?’, the …

By Greg Victory (he/him/his)
Greg Victory (he/him/his) Assistant VP Student Affairs/Fannie Mitchell Executive Director, Career Center
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What is Management Consulting? An Introduction with the Members of Duke Advanced-Degree Consulting Club

Are you curious about how you can apply your research skills in a consulting career? Join us this workshop offered by the Duke Advanced-Degree Consulting Club (DACC) to learn about careers in management consulting. In addition to hearing an overview …

By Grace Athy
Grace Athy Assistant Director, Career Services
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Lessons on Leadership and Community from 25 Leaders of Color

by Darren Isom,, Cora Daniels, & Britt Savage

September 15, 2022

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The specific attributes that leaders of color bring can be the key to unlocking great leadership — for everyone. To better understand the relationship between leadership …

By Greg Victory (he/him/his)
Greg Victory (he/him/his) Assistant VP Student Affairs/Fannie Mitchell Executive Director, Career Center
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The Two-Hour Job Search

Does submitting online applications feel ineffective and unsatisfying? Consistently, data show that the majority of Duke engineering master’s students find their post-graduation jobs using alternate methods. In fact, connecting with other people often exceeds websites as the largest source of …

By Cameo Hartz (she/her or they/them)
Cameo Hartz (she/her or they/them) Assistant Director, Engineering Master's Career Services & Professional Development
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The why and how of curiosity.

I’ve heard this word countless times across my time in career development. A buzzword of sorts that is often shared without context or without the deeper discussion of why it matters. Much less how to be curious. If you’re curious …

By Catherine Allen (she/her)
Catherine Allen (she/her) Assistant Director, Career Services
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If your search is not getting the results you want, it’s time to troubleshoot. First, start with the basics and …

Once you’ve established a solid search, improve your ability to incorporate the employer perspective. This single factor is often the …

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