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Group Work as Professional Development and Career Prep

At a recent faculty workshop, one participant commented that she was dissatisfied with her ability to hold students accountable for group work in class. She wondered if there might be a way to improve upon student reporting after group work that … Continue reading

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Get Ready to Answer This Job Interview Question: “Tell Me About Yourself”

“Tell me about yourself.” Are you ready to answer this commonly-asked job interview question? With broad questions like, “tell me about yourself” or “what do you do?” it’s important to have a short, descriptive pitch that will pique interest, start … Continue reading

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Need Career Prep for Humanities Students on Your Campus? Now Scheduling 2016 Workshops

In the winter & spring months, I will make several campus visits to conduct student and faculty workshops designed to prepare students for the college to career transition. For students, the focus is always the college to career transition–how to … Continue reading

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Make Professional Development and Career Prep Part of Your Language Courses–Every Day!

This year I have been posting daily professional development and career prep tips using the hashtags #CareerPrepLangs (English) and #CareerPrepSpan (Spanish). In an earlier post, I mentioned that I combine 4-5 of these tips into a single 5-10 minute lesson … Continue reading

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#CareerPrepLangs New in 2016 from darcylear.com

To start off 2016, I have set up two new hashtags: #CareerPrepLangs #CareerPrepSpan Each day, I will post one tweet in English and one in Spanish on professional development and career preparation.   These are elements that I integrate into my … Continue reading

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Honor These Rules of Good Public Speaking

The skills required for public speaking are the same ones you’ll need for networking and for interviews. The same rules apply no matter how small the task. Honor these rules and you’ll be ready to excel in public speaking in … Continue reading

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How Can Studying a Language Help You Get the Job You Want When You Graduate?

Today’s one-hour presentation at Dominican University, “How Can Studying a Language Help You Get the Job You Want When You Graduate?” will set the stage for the student workshop I’ll conduct there in the fall. Topics in today’s handout: Why … Continue reading

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Why Do Most Meetings and Presentations Stink? And How Can We Make Them Better?

The reasons that people hate meetings and presentations are often similar: they are boring, they don’t present new information, they run over time, people read out loud to you when you could read silently in a fraction of the time. … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Will I see you in 2015?

My campus visit schedule for 2015 currently includes workshops and one-on-one resume & interview prep sessions in the following locations: Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN February 10th Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI February 19th St. Olaf College and Carleton College, Northfield, MN … Continue reading

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Three Phrases to Avoid in email Correspondence and Why This Will Make You a Better Communicator

First, the phrases to avoid.  Please avoid using these three phrases when drafting emails: “Friendly reminder“ “Quick question“ “IMPORTANT”   Let’s take them one by one. “Friendly reminder” If you have to say “this is a friendly reminder,” that’s a sure … Continue reading

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