Why “To Whom It May Concern” May Be Killing Your Cover Letter

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. That’s why beginning your outreach

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3 Ways To Prove You Are A Critical Thinker

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. Like any buzzword, the actual definition of “critical thinking,” often gets lost in the

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NE Ohio’s Booming Tech Talent Hunt

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. “Most people that are very successful and ‘A’ players are probably

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6 Valuable Resources For Minority Entrepreneurs

JumpStart is committed to inclusion across all of its programs. We recognize the single best hope for the nation’s ongoing competitiveness is to create inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems, and we understand there are the unique challenges and opportunities facing minority entrepreneurs. From educational opportunities to networking and career development, here are six valuable organizations dedicated to helping diverse

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How To Flip The Script On Your Next Job Interview

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. Great candidates know that rattling off a few timely questions during their interview is often what sets them apart as someone who came prepared and is truly interested in

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You Graduated College! So Now What?

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

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Passing The Career Plateau: How To Get A Move On

Losing momentum is a common issue many experience when facing an obstacle or challenge. It can happen when battling for weight loss, struggling to find a job or even trying to collaborate on a team project—you can simply lose steam. A career plateau is difficult and will often leave us questioning our ability to succeed

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10 Ways To Make Coworking Work

The entrepreneurial world is abuzz with the sound of coworking. Coworking spaces exist to provide entrepreneurs and freelancers with shared resources and opportunities for collaboration. At a minimum, most spaces provide shared desks, Wi-Fi, conference rooms, free coffee—you get the idea. The number of coworking spaces around the world has doubled in the last two

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Northeast Ohio: The Next Developer Hub?

DecisionDesk is one of the fastest-growing IT startups in Northeast Ohio. The Lakewood-based company has developed a proprietary, easy-to-use SaaS that helps colleges, universities and other higher education institutions streamline how they organize, process and manage applications. According to CEO/Co-Founder John Knific, business is booming—and expansion is imminent. “The company is poised for scale,” he

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5 Tips To Get And Keep A Mentor

Mentors are a vital asset to entrepreneurs. By hitching your wagon to someone who’s “been there and done that,” their hindsight becomes your foresight. You get to avoid the school boy errors of being a first time entrepreneur and forego the lost time and money attached to those mistakes. So how can you find such

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