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Revitalizing the NCDA Code of Ethics

By Keley Smith-Keller and Julia Panke Makela

The NCDA Ethics Committee is updating the organization’s Code of Ethics. Find out about both the proposed changes to the Code’s language, as well as how important social media guidelines will be integrated into the Code.

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Creating A Personal Power Statement

By Cara D. Cockman-Bliss

A power statement is a clear concise statement used to briefly describe an individual, while clarifying the traits connected to school, business, industry, and/or community. A well-constructed personal power statement can play an integral part in successful educational and employment opportunities and should be reviewed throughout an individual’s educational career.

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Employer Relations and Recruitment: An Essential Part of Postsecondary Career Services

Book Review by Mark Colvenbach

Reaching out, connecting to, and partnering with the employer community is a crucial part of the role of career service providers in higher education. Such programs and relationships will inform the future of our profession, but also the students we serve and the institutions within which we work. This NCDA monograph provides a detailed overview of what we all need to know about the current face of employer relations and recruiting.

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Encouraging Career Asset Building Among Low-Income Individuals

By Amy Johnson

Urging low-income adults to "get a job, any job" and creating programming based on this position is shortsighted and leads to poor job retention, welfare cycling, inadequate wages, and greater costs than investing in meaningful career exploration and choice. Service providers may be interested in an online comprehensive career development program for lower-income adults that focuses on career asset-building . [Eds. Note: This article originally appeared here in 2006. It is being repeated due to its high value.]

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Best Business Practices For Independent Career Professionals For 2015!

By Sue Aiken

Let’s look at what constitutes best practices from the perspective of independent practitioners. What are the pitfalls, the successes, useful tips and resources that we can share with one another? Does this include your own professional development?

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Organizations 2014: Reflections and the Road Ahead

By Bryan Lubic

Throughout 2014, book reviews and articles connected career development practices, processes, and ideas to the organizational side of career development. Here’s a review of the critical themes from these important contributions and a look at the road ahead.

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Guiding Individuals through Exploring Entrepreneurship as a Career Path

By Alicia Kramer Durham

Entrepreneurship can be an excellent option for individuals in transition. It can also be a challenging career path. This article presents steps and resources (including many government agencies) career counselors can use to help potential Entrepreneurs develop a sound business idea and an educated plan.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers


“Typical” Tuesday: A Career in Counseling

By Nicole M. Arcuri

This article discusses how each and every day as a counselor within a school system as well as in the mental health field is unpredictable and requires counselor flexibility. It is intended to provide master level students with an idea of what to expect when they enter the field.

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Special Columns


Job Skills and LinkedIn: Where's the Connection?

By Mike Parchinski

Industry-related LinkedIn groups can provide important information about the correct work skills required for a specific job. This article describes the author’s use of LinkedIn as part of a job search to indirectly interact with people currently working in a specific industry. The purpose is to show how a job seeker, particularly a college graduate, can follow a similar LinkedIn approach to obtain valuable information necessary for conducting a productive job search.

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The Brain Trust – A Valuable NCDA Resource

By E. Niel Carey

NCDA is honored to have available a rich resource of experience, leadership and wisdom. The work of the Brain Trust has contributed greatly to NCDA’s heritage and legacy.

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Provided by the NCDA Technology Committee, these technical tips are short lessons on some of the newest technology tools, trends, and apps, and how they can be used by career practitioners in a variety of contexts. Read newest tip here each month or View More now.

Sending Large Files for Free

Career development practitioners occasionally want to send large files via email, such as sharing conference presentation handouts with participants, editing documents with colleagues, and job search instructions to students.   Most email programs limit the size of the file that can be attached. Instead of emailing a large file, you can zip it (i.e., compress it) with a free program such as Zip Central. The person receiving a zip file needs to download Zip Central of a similar application to "unzip" and access the contents.

There are also free web-based tools, including File Dropper and Transfer Big Files . Register for an account and then upload your large files. Your recipients can download the files to their computers using the link provided.


Tip Provided by Dr. Janet Wall, careerfacilitator@janetwall.net

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