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Three Career Lessons We Learned from Doug and Courtney

On November 5, 2013 shocking news came from Hollywood: actor Doug Hutchison, 53, and his 19 year-old wife, Courtney Stodden, are legally separated after three years of marriage. The couple began their relationship over the inte...

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5 Career Lessons from 5 Years in Nonprofits

Well, I’m on my way out. As of today, I am no longer the Director of Marketing and Communications at Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. I accepted a position with a marketing and design firm, Cull Group, and am enterin...

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5 Fast Tips To Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile

I recently came across Neal Schaffer’s Checklist of 17 Professional LinkedIn Tips. While they’re all worthwhile, I’ve picked out five tips that provide the most bang for your buck in the least amount of time. Complete the...


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From Drake: A Lesson in Career Development

CGN is delighted to host Denise DeGennaro this week, a talented career advisor in higher education. Yes, that Drake…rapper Drake. In his hit song “Started from the Bottom,” he recalls “livin at [his] mom...

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A Job Winning Cover Letter

New Rules and Proven Strategies for the 21st Century Job Market. It is often said that a cover letter rarely gets read. I beg to differ. As the Director of Career Services for a career college for 8 years I collaborated with HR...

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5 Career Lessons We Can Learn from Women in Hollywood

Hollywood is gearing up for another intense awards season, which kicked off with the Hollywood Film Awards earlier this month. While the careers of the rich and famous have their highs and lows, ultimately, we Career Girls can ...


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Public Speaking Tips and Tactics 101

“I hate Public Speaking.” As a Public Speaking professor I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard this phrase over the past several years. I get it. A majority of my students are taking Public Speaking to fulfill ...

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Five Reasons to Ditch Your Private Office

CGN is delighted to host Julia Evans of Grind’s Collaborative Office Space this week. Enjoy a day working outside the system at Chicago’s newest collaborative workspace for the low price of 140 characters. Visit, ...

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How I Finally Organized My Desk

  As a visual learner, my desk is usually a mess during the day (yes, that’s my desk in the photo) – I need a visual reminder to do something or it is “out of sight, out of mind,” literally. It may look like I...


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29 Ways to Stay Creative [INFOGRAPHIC]

As a student in my first semester of graduate school, I have a hard time balancing internships with school, never mind my almost nonexistent social life. When the stress of assignments and deadlines becomes too much, I take a s...