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Whether you’re looking to find a job or advance in your current position, NOVA’s extensive resource library of career guidance and employment advice can help! Browse helpful articles, webinars, and templates on resume writing, cover letter writing, job searching, interviewing, salary negotiation, and social media. (Links respectively provided by

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5 Lucrative Logistics Career Paths to Consider

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What to Know Before Relocating for a Job

3 Entry-Level Resume Writing Strategies that Work

Learn how to write an effective entry-level resume with examples for specific situations including a new graduate resume with no work experience.

Why Having a Portfolio Matters

Would you benefit from having a professional portfolio? Read on to learn which candidates should have a portfolio and why they’re so important.

Resume Writing 101: Additional Experience Section

Wondering how to list old jobs on a resume or whether you should include irrelevant jobs? Find out how to incorporate an additional experience section on a resume.

Resume Writing 101: Supplemental Sections

The supplemental sections of your resume – education, training, memberships, licenses – can help you stand out as a candidate and deserve a place on your resume. Here are some of the common supplemental sections, tips on what to include in them, and examples of how to present them in your resume.

5 Tips for Responding Graciously to a Job Rejection Email [Sample]

Responding graciously to a job rejection can turn disappointment into opportunity. Learn how to respond to a job rejection by email with these five tips.

New Grad Optometry Cover Letter Template [Free Download]

Need help writing a good optometry cover letter? Download this free new graduate optometrist cover letter template created by the experts at iHireOptometry.

How to Write a Cover Letter after a Gap in Employment

Learn from the experts at iHire how to write a cover letter after a gap in employment and how to explain gaps in employment in the best way possible.

How to Follow Up on a Job Application by Phone

Do you know how to follow up on a job application by phone without being awkward or annoying? Check out our job application follow up call script.

5 Lucrative Logistics Career Paths to Consider

Jobs in logistics, such as operations and supply chain management, can be highly stable and rewarding. Check out these 5 logistics careers.

What to Know Before Relocating for a Job

Relocating for work may seem intimidating, especially when you haven’t done it before. Consider these five factors before your big move.

How to File for Unemployment Benefits

Learn how to file for unemployment online, the basics of unemployment benefits, where to find resources in your state, and more in our guide.

A Guide to Job Loss Grief and Moving Forward From It

Experiencing job loss and unemployment stress? Read our guide to the job loss grief cycle with tips for taking the next steps toward a new job.

Guide to Professional Optometry Associations

Learn more about optometry organizations like the AOA, AAO, NOA, AOSA, or ASCO and find the best national optometry association for your career goals.

How Your Job Reference Page Should Look and Other Helpful Tips

How should a job references page look? Learn how to create a list of job references or download a job references template designed by the experts at iHire.

Relocating? Here’s How to Network in a New City

Moving to a new city for a job? Unsure how to network in a new city? Follow these relocation tips to build a professional network.

How to Network at an Optometry Conference

Knowing how to network at an optometry conference can help advance your career. Read our optometry conference networking tips before your next event.

Dress for Success: Tips for Job Interview Attire

First impressions are critical when you’re searching for a new job, and your job interview attire can have a great impact on how potential employers perceive you. Your resume landed you an interview, but that’s only the first step. Now it’s time to prove to the hiring manager that you’re the right person for the job – and the wrong outfit can stand in your way.

What to Do After an Interview

Knowing what to do after an interview can boost your chances of landing the job. Use these 9 post-interview tips to stand out as a top candidate.

Quiz: Are You Ready to Ace Your Next Interview?

Do you have the know-how to ace your next interview? Take this quiz to find out!

Interview Cheat Sheet: 101 Common Interview Questions

To walk into your next interview with confidence, review some of the most common interview questions in our interview cheat sheet.

Top 5 Cities for Optometrist Pay

What are the best cities for optometrist pay? Which locations offer the highest optometrist salary? Read this list to find out.

How Much Do Opticians Make?

How much does an optician make a year? What are the best states for optician pay? Read our optician salary guide to find out.

How to Respond to a Low Salary Offer

Don’t let a lowball job offer spoil a great opportunity. Read these salary negotiation tips and know how to respond to a low salary offer.

How Much Do Optometrists Make?

How much do optometrists make? Find out what the average eye doctor salary is and which states offer the most in optometrist pay.

3 Entry-Level Resume Writing Strategies that Work

Learn how to write an effective entry-level resume with examples for specific situations including a new graduate resume with no work experience.

How Long Does It Take to Become a Veterinarian?

If you’ve dreamed of working with animals but aren’t sure how to become a veterinarian, read our guide to educational requirements, salaries, and more.

5 IT Jobs to Help You Get Started in the Technology Industry

Want to learn more about technology jobs? Wondering how to become a developer? Check out our guide to top IT jobs and computer science careers.

Embracing “Other Duties as Assigned” in Your Entry-Level Job

Learn why the four little words, “other duties as assigned,” can mean big opportunities for entry-level job seekers to learn, grow, and show initiative.

Culinary Career Path: What’s it like to be a Restaurant Manager?

Wondering if a career as a restaurant manager is right for you? Here’s what you need to know about this culinary career path.

Revamping Your Morning Commute

The morning commute – it’s time-consuming, unenjoyable, and an inevitability for most of the workforce. Learn how to turn your commute into a positive experience with these three tips.

Pharmacist Job Outlook: Is Supply Meeting Demand?

Looking for pharmacist jobs? Learn more about the pharmacist job outlook through industry data and insights.

How to Become an Innovative and Stand-Out Store Manager

Ready to take your retail management career to the next level? Follow this advice for store managers who want to stand out in the retail jobs market.

5 Ways You Should Be Using Social Media to Get a Job

Using social media to get a job is a must nowadays. Check out these 5 social media tips for job seekers and take your career to the next level!

How to Optimize Your Social Media Profiles to Get Hired

If done right, using social media to find a job can help get you in front of the competition and increase the chances that you’ll get an interview.

Tweet Your Way to Success: How to Use Twitter to Find a Job

Learn how to use Twitter in your job search and take the next step in your career with these social media tips and tricks.

How to Use Social Media to Find Your Next Job

Learn how to use the most popular social media sites to give your job search a boost.

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