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Be Happier at Work in 2015

January 29, 2015 in IT Career Program Alumni / by Erin Long-Crowell

Already Like Your Job?

That’s great! Gallup.com reports that only 13% of employees feel engaged by their jobs, meaning “they feel a sense of passion for their work, a deep connection to their employer and they spend their days driving innovation and moving their company forward.” Sometimes, though, engagement and happiness can decline if you do the same thing for too long. One of the best strategies for making sure that doesn’t happen is to take charge of your own professional development. Here are a few suggestions for continuously improving your skills:

  1. Learn something new about your work. Read blog articles, books, and magazines to stay up-to-date in your field. Attend a conference, meet-up or seminar. Take a class through your company, online, or through Centriq.
  2. Teach a class or professional development session. Pass on your expertise and share your passion for the subject.
  3. Mentor others. Connect with a “newbie.” Offer to mentor them and soak up some of their enthusiasm.

Don’t Like Your Job?

Unfortunately,happier this is not uncommon. Gallup found that 63% of workers are “’not engaged’, meaning they are unhappy but not drastically so. In short, they’re checked out. They sleepwalk through their days, putting little energy into their work.”

Sound familiar?Read More

Visual Resumes

December 12, 2014 in IT Career Program Alumni / by Erin Long-Crowell

The good news? You’ve graduated from Centriq and have a great set of technical skills that is highly desired by many employers! The not-so-good news? It can sometimes be difficult to make your qualifications stand out from a sea of nearly identical technical resumes.

Today it’s more important than ever to make it easy for potential employers to understand why YOU are the best candidate for the job. One way to do this is to supplement your traditional resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile with a video resume. Earlier this year, we implemented video resumes into our Business Communication class. We’ve already had several students who have reported getting an interview or being considered for a job based solely on that video resume!Read More

Centriq is Thankful

November 26, 2014 in IT Career Program Alumni / by Erin Long-Crowell

For many, November is a time to focus on thankfulness. After all, it’s the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving. On a daily basis, we are often so busy that it can be difficult to take the time to think about all in which we are grateful. However, we wanted to take a moment and share with you the top 5 things for which Centriq is thankful:

Our Students. Our students are our focus, and one of our company’s core values is “No Student Left Behind.” So far this year Read More