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  • drdianehamilton 10:46 pm on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    6 Steps to Using Linkedin to Get That Job 

    I often write and speak to groups about how to use social networking to find a job and market one’s skills.  In my book:  How to Reinvent Your Career, I often write and speak about using social networking to find employment. In the marketing courses I teach, we discuss how to get that job you after graduation.  A very big part of obtaining that goal is to have a plan.  How can the recent college graduate, or anyone else, for that matter, utilize social media to find a job? 

    I personally think LinkedIn is one of the best ways to get noticed.  Check out their latest series of videos at students to give them step by step guidance to learn how to set up their profile, build their network and find that job they love.

    1. Why should you join Linkedin 
    2. How to build your professional brand 
    3. Find your career passion 
    4. Build your network  
    5. Turn Relationships into Opportunities
    6. Nail the Interview

    To find out more about finding a job and marketing yourself, check out: How to Reinvent Your Career: Make Money Doing What You Love.  

    To find out more about online education and creating goals, check out:  The Online Student’s User Manual: Everything You Need to Know to be a Successful Online College Student.

  • drdianehamilton 12:48 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Living Fully After 40 Radio Host Anna Banks Interviews Dr. Diane Hamilton 


    For those of you that are either in golden handcuffs, got laid off, are in an industry you don’t like, or are just ready for a change.  “How to Reinvent Your Career: Make Money Doing What You Love” by Dr. Diane Hamilton, helps you deal with the stresses, find the job best suited to your personality and interests, explains the education requirements and how to pay for them, teaches you how to network, gives you tips on how to face your fears, learn life balance, and improve your health to allow you to reinvent your career and your life.

    To hear the interview click here.

    To download the interview from Itunes click here.

  • drdianehamilton 11:59 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: careers, , , , , , Emotional Intelligence in Action, , , Improving Emotional Intelligence, , , Job Tips, , , Online Tests, ,   

    You May Be Looking For A Job But Your Emotional Intelligence May Be What Needs Work 

    The job market is over-crowded with applicants all applying for the few coveted jobs.  What makes one person stand out in the crowd over another?  One thing may be their emotional intelligence.  Emotional intelligence (EI) has become a buzz word in the last 10-15 years, thanks mostly to Daniel Goleman who has popularized EI through several mainstream books.  Goleman’s definition of EI is not the only definition of EI.  In fact, there are several authors who have defined EI in slightly different ways. I think one of the basic and most easily understood definitions is:  Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand one’s own emotions as well as those of others.

    Why do employers care about this?  By having the ability to understand other people’s emotions, you can have more empathy, social intelligence and interpersonal skills.  In my dissertation, I examined the relationship between emotional intelligence and sales performance.  I did indeed find that a correlation existed between the two. Those with higher EI levels did produce more sales.  Employers know about the importance of having EI now and are looking for it in their potential employees. 

    What if your emotional intelligence quotient or EQ is low?  The good news is that Goleman and others have shown that EI can be improved.  I would recommend reading Daniel Goleman’s book, Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition, Why it Can Matter More Than IQ. Another important book is by Authors such as Hughes, Patterson, and Terrell, who offer training activities that help develop specific areas of emotional intelligence. Although their book, Emotional Intelligence in Action, is aimed at leaders, it would be helpful to those looking for exercises to develop their emotional intelligence.

    • Tatiana Ochoa 12:24 am on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Dr. Hamilton,

      You brought a very good and important point about emotional intelligence that can be improve. I think it is very important to know that our EI can improve and make a significant difference in our jobs and with others. I also found when researching about EI that EI has no relationship with our IQ according to Daniel Goldman.

      • Tatiana Ochoa 12:27 am on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Dr. Hamilton,

        Let me make a correction on my comments I posted. I meant that I find it very important for all of us to know that we can improve our Emotional Intelligence and this is one of the reasons I have the passion of working on my dissertation on EI because it is an area which has to spread to all leaders and organizations.

  • drdianehamilton 6:15 pm on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bryant & Stratton College Online, Build Your Professional Brand, , careers, , How to Build A Resilient Career,   

    Free Webinars Offering Career Advice 

    For anyone looking for career advice, Bryant & Stratton College Online is stepping up to help.  The college is dedicated to helping people succeed and right now they are offering FREE webinars designed to help people get the knowledge and skills they need to become better prepared for their current or future job.

    “Build Your Professional Brand”
    Date: August 24, 2010
    Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
    To Register Visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/135369880
    Your professional brand is simply all the ways you showcase your professional strengths, attributes, interests and experience to the world.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to start building the professional brand that will make you stand out as a strong contributor to any company – even if you are a student, unemployed, or don’t yet have work experience in your chosen field.  This webinar will teach participants how to build a professional brand and how to showcase their value to potential employers.
    “How to Build a Resilient Career”
    Date: September 16, 2010
    Time: Noon to 1 p.m. EDT
    To Register Visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/651626593
    To build a resilient career, one that will sustain you over the decades of your working life, you need to make smart choices, take responsibility for outcomes and be able to figure out your best options when things don’t turn out as planned.  The good news:  there are solid strategies for dealing with career opportunities (and disasters).  Knowing these strategies will help provide the confidence needed to be a truly independent professional, regardless of what’s going on in the job market.

  • drdianehamilton 4:54 pm on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: careers, , , , , , , Weedle, What is Weedle   

    What is Weedle and What Does It Have To Offer? 

    I am a big fan of sites like LinkedIn for networking, so I was curious about what Weedle.com could offer that is different.  Weedle is about utilizing word of mouth referrals to get noticed. Sites like Linkedin allow you to create your home page to showcase your work experience, skills, etc.   Although there are applications that you can add to Linkedin to present images and video, it is not as simple to do as with Facebook as other applications. 

    With Weedle, your contacts will be able to see how they are connected with you from past experiences such as where you worked and what school you attended.  This site is about promoting yourself through showing recommendations as well.

    The site has begun to take off with over 50 countries utilizing the site.  Google is picking up this information as it does with Linkedin.  What is different, is the search of your profile is supposed to be based upon your skill as it is optimized that way within Weedle.

    According to onlinebusiness.about.com:

    “Cost: Free

    What makes it different? Certainly there are lots of social tools to promote your skills, but Weedle is different in that it:

    1. works smoothly
    2. includes only professional contacts
    3. gets great Google search rankings

    Popularity: Alexa site ranking: 86,427 (worldwide traffic rank) with 11 sites linking in.

    Time to setup: Count on 30 minutes to setup your account properly.

    What you need to know:  The focus is on individual skills, not on companies. It is an amazing tool to find freelance work, or maybe your next job. You can find scores of success stories on their site.

    Bottom line: If you are a brand-of-one then you should be listed. Really, why wouldn’t you claim your page and get listed? Either you are currently looking to make connections or will be. It’s worth the 30 minutes to setup your page.”

  • drdianehamilton 9:52 pm on August 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: careers, , , , , , , Make Money Teaching Online, ,   

    Ask Dr. Diane: How to Become an Online Professor 

    Ask Dr. Diane:  How Do I Become an Online Professor?
    Today’s Question:  One of my goals is to teach for an online university. Is a Masters enough or do I need a PhD? What can I do to enhance my chances? Do I need teaching experience or does work experience with education qualify me?

    These are all very good questions.  A lot of these questions are answered in a book by Dr. Danielle Babb called Make Money Teaching Online.   http://www.amazon.com/Make-Money-Teaching-Online-Credibility/dp/0470100877/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1.  Dr. Dani gives some great advice.  She was on my doctoral committee and she really knows her business.  I highly recommend getting a copy of her book. 

    There are some schools that allow you to teach with a Masters.  Some schools do prefer a PhD – especially for teaching higher level courses.  I think the best site to find online teaching jobs is http://www.higheredjobs.com.  Your best bet to enhance your chances of getting accepted is to apply for actual jobs that are listed on sites like Higheredjobs as well as through other sites like http://www.monster.com.  I have seen the University of Phoenix on Monster but not on Higheredjobs – so it is important to look at several sites to find all of the jobs out there. It is good to have online teaching experience but not all schools require it.  They like to see that you have real world working experience which is helpful when you are participating and sharing in the classroom.    

    • Barbara Vokatis 8:02 am on July 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply


      Could you write a bit more about application/interviewing process for an online instructor position?
      Interviews are, as I can imagine on the phone. Also, what kind of interview questions one might expect? Could you suggest any materials that cover this specific topic?I will graduate with my PhD next year and I am very interested in teaching online.


      • drdianehamilton 9:12 am on July 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Barb,

        The application process is very much like it is with other positions. You find a job through a site like higheredjobs, send in a resume, and then receive notification if they are interested. Usually they approve you for a training course based on your resume. You must then take the training course and if you pass that, then you officially have the job. That does not guarantee that you will receive many classes (sometimes you won’t receive any). It is based on how busy the school is at the time. There aren’t any interview questions. Sometimes they will ask for you to send a one page paper about your philosophy of teaching. If you have taught online previously, you should be fine.

    • Hyacinth Kinley 7:51 am on July 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the information. I have a Masters and have applied to so many Colleges and Univ with no site of an opportunity because so many want experience. The brick wall is getting higher. Any suggestions?

      • drdianehamilton 7:57 am on July 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Hyacinth,

        Obtaining the initial online teaching job can be tricky. You might have to start at a less known school in order to get some experience. Sometimes it is easier to get in if you apply for introductory level courses. The problem is that the schools are all cutting back right now. There aren’t as many job openings as there were in the past. I would go to individual school sites and apply if you can. The best job listings that I have found are on higheredjobs.com, but schools like the University of Phoenix have job listings on Monster. Good luck.

  • drdianehamilton 12:05 am on July 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Ready for a New Job or Career That You Actually Like? 

  • drdianehamilton 6:57 pm on July 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: careers, , , finding a job, , job resources, job sites, , online jobs, , quintcareers   

    Top 50 Job Resources 

    QuintCareers.com claims:  Here are 10 of the 50 best job posting sites (job boards) for job-seekers. . . click here or go to:  http://www.quintcareers.com/top_50_sites.html  
    I think that this site has some great recommendations.  However, I didn’t see http://www.higheredjobs.com listed which I think is an excellent site for people to find online teaching jobs. I would definitely add them to this list.
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