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Why "To Whom It May Concern" May Be Killing Your Cover Letter

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Posted By Jeremy Quinn

Whether you write it in the body of an email, attach it along with your resume or upload it to an automated online application, your cover letter still matters. A personalized, well-planned letter can give you an edge over other candidates. A shoddy, haphazard note can do just the opposite.

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PODCAST: Cyber Security: Can Your Company Afford A Breach?

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

High-profile cyber breaches at companies like Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan Chase have proven how easy it is for hackers to steal valuable information (including credit card numbers, passwords, social security numbers, client records, etc).

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3 Ways To Prove You Are A Critical Thinker

Thursday, November 06, 2014
Posted By Jeremy Quinn

According to the Wall Street Journal, employers are increasingly frustrated by a lack of “critical thinking” skills amongst young hires. According to the same article, young hires are increasingly confused about what exactly “critical thinking” even means in today’s job market.

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Podcast: Tech Savvy Women Presents: Working At A Startup

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

On October 23, JumpStart Inc. partnered with Tech Savvy Women for a sold-out event connecting job candidates with companies currently recruiting new talent.

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NE Ohio's Booming Tech Talent Hunt

Monday, October 27, 2014
Posted By Jeremy Quinn

An article in this week's Crain's Cleveland Business outlined a phenomenon hitting the Northeast Ohio tech scene: software companies hiring talented developers away from other companies, even if these employees aren't actively job hunting. The reason? More open positions—and not enough people to fill them.

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5 Essential Legal Issues To Review Before Securing Venture Capital

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Posted By Andrew Renacci

According to The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters, venture capitalists invested $13.0 billion in 1,114 deals in the second quarter of 2014, which is the most money invested in a quarter since the first quarter of 2001. The PwC/NVCA MoneyTree Report further notes that companies receiving a venture investment for the first time accounted for 32 percent of the 1,114 deals completed last quarter.

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Artists Are Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Posted By Kate Hanna

We don’t always associate artists with entrepreneurship, but they are as much entrepreneurs as product inventors, app developers or restaurant owners.

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Resume Advice From The Google HR Department

Friday, September 26, 2014
Posted By Jeremy Quinn

Google’s HR department sees a ton of job candidates, sometimes as many as 50,000 a week. They see a lot of great resumes and a lot of bad ones. What bothers HR head Laszlo Bock is that so many good candidates cheat themselves out of a potential job by committing a deadly sin on their resume. Bock recently took to LinkedIn to share a few of the most common resume mistakes he sees while fishing through the ocean of candidates looking to break into the GooglePlex.

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Youngstown Business Incubator Ranked Best In Class Globally

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Posted By Nick Worner

The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) has been named the number one University-linked incubator in the world by the University Business Incubator Index (UBI). This ranking represents a big win for our state in a competitive category populated by incubators from Stanford, Cornell and UC Berkeley to name a few.

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To Get More Entrepreneurs, We Must Create Better Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Posted By Ray Leach

As CEO of JumpStart Inc., a non-profit organization founded to address the lack of entrepreneurial growth in Northeast Ohio, I am sometimes called upon to address the 30-year trend of shrinking entrepreneurship in the U.S.


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How To Flip The Script On Your Next Job Interview

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Posted By Jeremy Quinn

Good candidates already know how to ace the common job interview questions, but they often miss the opportunity to do a little interviewing of their own. Here are five simple questions that will help you turn your next job interview into a fact-finding mission about your potential employer.

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Should You Really Launch A Startup Overnight?

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Posted By Nick Worner

Modern technology has made it easier than ever to start your company quickly. The folks at TechRepublic even claim it could be possible to launch a new venture in 24 hours.

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Do You Have The 3 Key Traits Of Great Startup Hires?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Posted By Jeremy Quinn

Working for a startup company is an exciting and rewarding experience. It can also be a daily challenge. It takes some key personality traits to work successfully in this culture and your prospective new employer is probably looking for someone who has them. So, do you have a startup personality?

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You Graduated College! So Now What?

Friday, August 01, 2014
Posted By Lindsey Clark

For those fresh out of college and leaving the academic world, there is a pivotal decision ahead: what to do for the rest of your life. Do you become part of the corporate workforce, clocking in at 9 and out at 5? Or do you take a risk and start your own business?


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5 Things To Consider When Applying For a Patent

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Posted By John J. Theumer

Regardless of industry or technology, there are several ways to protect an idea in an early commercialization stage. When choosing an option for protecting promising innovations, many companies frequently seek patent protection. Here are five things to consider when deciding if you should seek patent protection.

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