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Get Monthly Newsletters from darcylear.com

Each month, I send out two newsletters: one for career coaching clients and one for faculty who want to support college students’ professional development.   The August newsletters look forward to the new academic year that will be starting over the … Continue reading

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Are You a Good Public Speaker? Become One Now!

Good public speakers are like entrepreneurs: they’re made, not born.  The best public speakers seem to be able to spontaneously stand up, speak eloquently, and charm any audience. Their secret? It’s not spontaneous; it’s planned and practiced—so much so that … Continue reading

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Graduation Is the Theme of June Newsletters from darcylear.com

Over the past month, a lot of proud parents have posed for pictures like this with their young graduates (the photo is my mom with her parents in 1951).   “Graduation” is the theme around which the June newsletters from … Continue reading

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Summer’s Here! Ready to Get Serious About the Job Search?

Summer is here.  Exams are over, final grades are in, graduates have thrown their mortar boards in the air and celebrated with family and friends.   Now it’s time to get serious about the job search.   From a quick … Continue reading

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Students at the Famously NOT Practical University of Chicago Get Schooled in Practical Applications for their Spanish

Within the humanities, there is a tension between the life of the mind and practical, professional training.   Traditionally, the humanities are dedicated to “development of the whole person” or “learning for learning’s sake,” which  provides a solid foundation for … Continue reading

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What Industry Do You Want to Use Your Language Skills In?

This a frequent topic of the campus workshops I lead on getting started on your job search with a language degree. Some students have a vague idea that a major or minor in a language will help them in their … Continue reading

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Are You Ready To Make a Good First Impression in Your Face-to-Face Communications?

Friday, May 31, 2013. It was the second-to-last day of class for students in French 309, “French for Commerce & Industry,” at Northwestern University. They had just started the unit of interviews in the previous class and their final exam would … Continue reading

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Can You Use Your Foreign Language Studies To Answer This Common Job Interview Question?

Last week I wrote a post about body language and how having studied foreign languages and cultures is an advantage in networking and interview situations. Now here’s how you could use the story of an experience with body language in … Continue reading

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What Does Your Body Language Say About You?

…and how can studying foreign languages help you? My body language bad habit is standing with my arms crossed, especially when I am in an uncomfortable or new situation (which networking events and job interviews almost always are).   The … Continue reading

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Need a Specific Example of Your Language Level for Your Job Search Materials? Describe Your Telephone Skills.

Do you know how to take a phone message in a foreign language? That could make you the stand apart candidate in a competitive job search. Telephone interactions are more challenging than face-to-face interactions in part because there are no … Continue reading

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