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As a resource to all current and prospective students, Allied Schools, Inc. has developed this blog to provide relevant information to students, job-seekers and professionals alike. Use this blog as your "career guide," turning to Allied Schools for industry updates, career trends, and job search advice. We thank you for visiting!

If you want to advance in your current company or get a new job all together, you can give yourself an advantage by knowing your industry. What are the latest trends? What is the current news in your field? By being informed, you will have the ability to knowledgeably speak about your industry and know what to expect from your career.

A survey conducted on behalf of The New York Times Job Market found that the majority of employers agree that keeping up-to-date in your field is important for conducting a successful job search. Give yourself the knowledge to build a long-term and rewarding career.

Industry trade magazines – These are perfect sources of information! You can learn a lot about your industry by subscribing to trade magazines. Stay on top of current news and trends, and gain access to different employment opportunities. Find out what topics are being covered and what is relevant in your industry today.

Networking – The ideal way to find out about an industry is to talk to people involved in that industry. Find out about specific jobs and what issues are currently affecting those jobs. For example, if you want to enter the real estate market, ask a real estate agent or broker how current interest rates are affecting sales. It is an invaluable way to get the information you need.

Informational interviews – You can find out the “ins and outs” of an industry by talking to industry experts. Set up an informational interview with someone actually working in an industry. It is the perfect opportunity to speak one-on-one with an individual and ask pointed questions about what it is like being employed in that industry.

Online resources – There are unlimited resources at your fingertips! Use the Internet to research a specific industry. Do you want to know about job growth? Do you want to determine salaries in specific geographic locations? You can find all of that and more through the use of your computer. You can also subscribe to online newsletters and e-mail updates. Find out what topics are relevant right now in your industry.

You can give yourself a professional edge by being well informed. By becoming an expert in your industry, you will exude confidence and show that you are dedicated and care about your chosen profession. This might give you the advantage you need to get that promotion or wonderful job offer.

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