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Gazette offering marketing grant to local businesses

The Gazette Business Marketing Grant

The Gazette, an employee-owned local media company, has launched a community grant program to help Eastern Iowa businesses continue marketing during the coronavirus pandemic. The program allocates up to $100,000 in matching advertising dollars to assist local businesses during the impact of the coronavirus mediation restrictions. Funding for General Business Promotion and Employment Marketing Employment […]

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Job Search 101: How Volunteering Can Help You Land Your Next Job

How volunteering can help you land your next job

Other than the warm feeling of charity, volunteering can yield many benefits that can give you a leg up when trying to land your next job.  According to a LinkedIn survey, one in five hiring managers said they have hired someone because of their charitable work.  Volunteer opportunities can open doors to new connections and […]

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How to Fill Out Online Job Applications

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Filling out online job applications can be a long process and seem never-ending when you are going through your job search.  If you need some online apply tips, we’re here to help. Each application may ask similar questions, yet it is important to tailor your answers to the job you are applying for. Remember these online apply tips to make your online job application process go as smoothly as possible.

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Phone Interview Tips and Tricks

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Even before the coronavirus, companies used phone interviews to start the recruiting process. These tips are specifically for phone screens. See this resource for Zoom interviews (video calls). Phone screens or initial interviews are your first chance to make an impression on a potential employer.  So it’s important to treat them just as seriously as […]

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Our Spring Career Fair is Virtual in response to COVID-19

Multiple employers are expected at our Spring Career Fair and you don’t want to miss it. Due to the limit on in-person events, we have taken this career fair virtual! Corridor Career Fair Thursday, April 9 at 3:00PM Online Career Fair Virtual Event Need Help with your Prep? Check out the following articles: 5 Career […]

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What Should I Wear to a Job Fair?

What should I wear to a job fair or interview?

Wondering what to wear to an upcoming job fair or job interview? Our advice? Keep it simple. 10 Tips on Styling for a Job Fair Here are 10 tips on how to style yourself for a job interview or job fair. Start with the basics: clean and neat socks and undergarments. These really make a difference […]

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Attracting Talent to Iowa

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Corridor Careers was pleased to be asked to be a guest on Ethical Perspectives- a weekly look at the news sponsored by the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County. This week we discussed trends in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City Job Market and how employers can attract talent. Host Quinn Pettifer welcomed guests Tim Carty, Director […]

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In The Works Podcast: Trends in CR Workforce

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In The Works is a radio segment series in partnership with local AM600 WMT Newsradio.  Doug Wagner, our host, & Liz Kennedy, Corridor Careers, talk with area experts on the topic of workforce trends and information for both job seekers and employers. Trends, Skills, and Career-Readiness, Oh My! Liz and Doug chat about trends in […]

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5 Career Fair Questions You Should Ask

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Visiting a Career Fair isn’t the same as an interview, but it does give you one on one time with employers and recruiters.  It pays to be ready to answer the typical interview questions and gives you a chance to practice your skills. 5 Questions you should ask: Don’t forget you need to ask Employers […]

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Ask Alexa: Voice Search with Corridor Careers

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By now, you may have seen the viral video of an adorable 2-year-old pleading with Alexa to “play baby sherk.” She was persistent in her ask, but Alexa could not understand what she wanted until Mom stepped in and said the magic words for her. A human knew exactly how to handle the voice request, […]

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New “Help Me Choose” Button

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We want to offer lots of package options to area employers, however, we know that HR professionals and business owners don’t have time to sift through the various options. Our latest feature is designed to help employers select a great package based on their individual needs. “Help Me Choose” will deliver three great options based […]

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How to Get the Most Out of a Job Fair

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Plenty of people think job fairs are a thing of the past in the digital age. Don’t believe them. Job fairs can be a treasure chest of opportunity if you know how to work them. We decided to break it down into 4-areas:  Research, Planning, The Day-Of, and Follow-up. Research Employers One of the best […]

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Let’s Talk about Money

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In a recent survey with Iowa job seekers, we heard a common theme: “We wish employers would post salary information in job listings.” “It’s frustrating to not be able to see how much a position pays before applying for a job.” Why don’t all employers post their salaries? Sometimes sharing a salary puts employers in […]

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Lessons in Moving and Relocation

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After bouncing around a few different cities in the Midwest over the last couple years, I made the challenging, yet right decision to move back to my hometown of Cedar Rapids in January of 2018.  Most recently I had been in Chicago, and while Chicago offered much in the way of dining, nightlife, and entertainment […]

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Hiring is hard. We make it easy.

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Hiring is hard.  With an unemployment rate of around 2.7% in Eastern Iowa1, you know you’ll be competing with other employers for candidate attention, let alone finalizing the job offer and attracting top talent.  And with so many points of entry for candidates to conduct their job search, posting your job online can feel like […]

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Resume Best Practices That Will Help You Land the Job

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When searching for a new job, updating your resume can seem like a big task. Between summarizing your previous experience down to a few sentences and trying to squeeze everything onto one page, there’s a lot to consider. However, it’s best to make sure the basics are covered: Make sure it’s up to date with […]

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Salary Negotiation Requires Research, Tact and Strategy

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If you’re like most graduates fresh out of college, you have an idea of how much money you need in your first job, but salary negotiation is a foreign concept. Little wonder it’s one of those things most college classes don’t teach. First Things, First – Always Negotiate If there’s one thing career advisors agree […]

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5 Things to Look for in Your First Job

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Whether you’re looking for your very first job or first job out of college, there are a lot of factors to consider before making up your mind. Most job applicants look at pay first. That’s understandable, especially when you’re just getting started. However, the joy of good pay quickly fades if you don’t like the […]

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How to Get Internships That Work

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Ask college students about past internships and you’ll get a wide range of answers. Some students found they were a stepping stone to their first jobs and others just felt like coffee jockeys for the paid help. A well-chosen internship can be a great opportunity to learn more about how the real world operates. Before […]

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How To Prepare For A Nursing Job Interview

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Prepping for a nursing job interview might seem straightforward but the field of nursing carries with it additional considerations beyond what is expected of other job candidates.  After all, people are putting the care of their loved ones in your hands. Hospital and clinic administrators have to interview and hire accordingly, especially given the large […]

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5 LinkedIn Tips for Recent College Grads

Professionals in nearly every industry are using LinkedIn – 93 percent of companies use it to recruit new hires. As a recent college grad, it’s important to have a strong profile that outlines your strengths and experiences. Below we outline some tips on how to get your LinkedIn profile camera ready. Customize Your Public Profile […]

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7 Reasons to Continue Your Education

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So you’re considering continuing your education? Now’s the time to set some goals for the coming year. Whether it’s because you’re ready to move jobs, looking for a higher position or just seeking to challenge yourself, there are many benefits to continuing your education. Below are seven reasons (and one bonus one) you should consider […]

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Why Can’t We Be Friends? : 6 Networking Strategies

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So you want to network.  Or at least you’ve heard that you should.  You’ve planned on wearing your best shoes, brushing your teeth twice and talking about yourself at several strangers for a few hours until someone hands you a job. Easy, right? Not quite. We’ve come up with 6 networking strategies for job seekers. […]

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What to Do After College: Tips on Finding Your First Job

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So you did it. You survived all of those tiring all-nighters, grueling end-of-term finals and (somewhat) balanced keg stands and you’re ready for next phase of your life. Graduating from college is a huge feat that calls for celebration. But when the party is over, , it’s time to find a job and knowing how […]

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What Kind of Job Site User Are You?

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Are you a serial job searcher who always keeps your options open? Or, do you only hit the job sites when you need a job, like, right now? Maybe you feel trapped in a job that’s sucking the life right out of you, and you cruise job sites as therapy after particularly bad days. At […]

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Iowa Corridor Jobs: Booming Industries in Eastern Iowa

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Anchored by the crossroads of Interstate 80 and 380, the Iowa Creative Corridor is steeped in a vibrant community that values economic development in all kinds of disciplines. The area’s professional and economic strengths attract a wide range of industries and bring a variety of employment opportunities to the region. Below is a selection of […]

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HR: Employee Onboarding Improves Retention

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When you hire a new employee, hopes are high all around and everything is shiny and new. Studies show that the longer you extend the pink cloud stage, the longer you can expect to retain that employee. A thoughtful plan for bringing new employees into the fold can greatly improve your odds of keeping the […]

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SEO for Resumes

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5 Tips for Getting Your Online Job Application Noticed Back in the day, job hunters and their advisors spent a ridiculous amount of time determining what kind of paper, envelopes and type style a job seeker should choose for their resumes. The idea being that some human, somewhere, was actually holding your resume in their […]

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Online Exit Interviews

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Unless it’s a “don’t let the door hit you on your way out” kind of situation, where the reasons are fairly obvious, most employers need to know why employees are leaving them. After all, according to the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California at Berkeley, the average cost to […]

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Promote Advanced Manufacturing Careers

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A lack of skilled workers, a record number retiring baby boomers, and the generally negative perception of manufacturing as a career by Iowa’s young people – these are all factors making it difficult to fill Iowa’s manufacturing positions. Iowa’s low unemployment rate of 4.6 percent is the lowest since the recession began. While this bodes […]

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