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Branford Hall Celebrating 50 Years of Higher Education!

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Events planned for the flagship campus throughout 2015    Today, people recognize Branford Hall as a leader in promoting education and vocational goals, offering a host of different programs at every one of its 12 campuses, spread out across four states. But it all started with one campus, in Branford, Connecticut, back in 1965. The Branford vision became a reality when amendments to Title IV of the Higher Education Act allowed students enrolling at small, independent institutions the right to federal aid (in the form of student grants and loans). This allowed jobseekers from every tax bracket the opportunity to enter the workforce with a professional diploma and comprehensive training, thereby gaining a necessary foothold toward working up the ladder. More comprehensive over time During the first five years, Branford was…
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Looking for Professional Medical Assistant Training Programs in Northern NJ?

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Questions to ask to find the right school for you If you live in northern New Jersey and you’re interested in exploring a career in the exciting field of medical assisting, you may be trying to figure out the best way to choose a professional medical assistant training program. We’ve got some insight on things you should consider to ensure you find the right school environment to set yourself up for success. But first, congratulations on deciding to explore this fast-growing career field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of professional medical assistants is expected to grow by 29% percent from 2012 to 2022, which the agency reports is a “much faster than average” increase compared to other career fields. Making a decision on which school to…
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Come One, Come All to Branford Springfield’s First Career Fair

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Local recruiters from across the board to be on hand      Mark your calendar. Branford’s Springfield, Massachusetts campus will hold its first-ever onsite Career Fair this coming Wednesday, February 11th, from 2 to 5 pm. The event will be held in Branford’s Career Institute Building, located at 112 Industry Avenue in Springfield, MA. This is an opportunity for jobseekers of every background to visit the campus and meet with recruiters from over 15 different companies. Branford students and graduates are welcome, and will no doubt be in attendance, but this event is also free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend, and interact with personnel directors, while meeting Branford staff and faculty. “We’re very excited about this event,” Campus Director Kelby Chappelle explained. “This is going…
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5 Lessons Any Jobseeker Can Learn from Watching ‘The Voice’

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NBC’s hit show offers valuable career advice  Millions of people watch The Voice every week to see who will succeed and who will fail. Yet the reality is that behind the glitz, the show offers some fantastic career advice. With that in mind, here are five of the most inspirational takeaways any aspiring professional can benefit from: 1. First Impressions Occur Before a Face-to-Face Encounter  On The Voice, the initial challenge is to win with talent (as opposed to looks). In the business world, first impressions are very often the result of how someone presents him- or herself on social media, personal websites, applications, exams, resumes, and even over the phone. To project an image of success one must pay attention to the details. Try to view yourself from the…
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Branford’s Jersey City Campus: Helping Students Reach Extend Beyond Their Grasp

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Campus pursues new goals throughout 2015   The statue of baseball great Jackie Robinson near Branford Hall’s Jersey City campus is an inspiring reminder to students to always strive to reach well beyond their grasp. A recent Open House at the campus revealed some ways that Branford is helping their students to just that. The campus is under new leadership, thanks to the arrival of Alfred Parcells, a 22-year veteran of New Jersey’s education system who brings a background in the U.S. Military to the table, as well. Parcells arrived in early December, and went to work immediately, working with his team to create a welcoming environment where the students were the focus. The Jersey City campus features an exciting new look and various upgrades to both the graphic design and…
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3 Reasons Why Now May Be a Good Time to Pursue New Job Opportunities

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Government statistics reveal optimistic news You hear facts and figures every day on the news: the job market is up, the unemployment rate is down. But what exactly does it mean for you? Well, the good news is … there is a lot of good news. And in that spirit, we’ve provided the following breakdown of three reasons why 2015 might be the ideal time to re-evaluate your job prospects: 1. The Unemployment Rate Is the Lowest It Has Been Since 1999 The most recent U.S. Jobs Report revealed the unemployment rate as having dropped to 5.6%. To put that in perspective, that’s the lowest it’s been since 1999. What this means is that more companies are now hiring for long-standing vacancies, while other companies are growing their businesses and…
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3 Do’s – & Don’ts – to Keep in Mind When Seeking Jobs Online

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The Internet is a great resource, so long as you know what to avoid   A lot of employers have taken their business online these days, replacing the old-fashioned “Help Wanted” signs with craigslist ads or social media posts. Internet job sites can represent a win-win, as they allow both parties to learn more about each other while zeroing in on an ideal match. Despite that, there are a handful of pitfalls, which is why it helps to follow these three guidelines whenever searching jobs online: 1. Be Cautious Whenever Posting Resumes The way the online marketplace operates, it’s helpful to post your resume on job sites, thereby allowing employers to come to you. Doing so provides them with a snapshot of your experience, and it allows them to determine…
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What Job Hunters Can Learn from Wonder Woman (Yes, Seriously)

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Harvard Researchers Claim “Power Poses” Can Help During Job Interviews Whether you’re a new student at Branford or a recent graduate of the professional medical assistant program, massage therapy program, or other professional program, know this: Everyone gets nervous during job interviews no matter how well-prepared they are. So how can you ensure that your training and professionalism shine through and don’t get overshadowed by nerves? Try using the power of body language when applying for jobs. Research from Harvard University shows that people who stood in a “power pose” prior to job interviews not only felt more confident, they were also rated higher by hiring managers than other candidates. Take a cue from super heroes So what is a power pose? The Harvard researchers refer to it as the…
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6 Apps that Can Make Students’ Lives Easier

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Getting Organized and Reducing Distractions Can be Keys to Success in Career Training Programs Whether you buy in to New Year’s resolutions or not, a new year inspires many of us to improve some area of our lives. This year, why not rely on technology to lend a hand? Even if you’re not in a computer-based program of study, such as computer networking or graphic design and animation, there are a variety of easy-to-use phone apps that can help all students get organized to optimize school and study time. Here’s a list of six apps to help you get started. (NOTE: There are many great apps that may accomplish these same tasks. We do not endorse any of the following, but are presenting them as a starting point for your…
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Lessons from the Sony Hack

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The recent hack of Sony’s internal communications may seem like something that doesn’t affect the average Joe all that much. Let’s face it: It’s unlikely that a group of hackers will have any interest in digging around in most of our personal communications. But there is an important takeaway for everyone who lives their lives online these days (which means nearly everyone). That is, nothing is really private once you write it online, send it as an email, or text it to a friend or colleague. For students and graduates of Branford Hall’s career training programs, the Sony incident is a powerful reminder that conducting yourself in a professional manner is just as important as staying current with your skill sets in massage therapy, medical billing and coding, computer networking,…
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