5 Signs It’s Time to Get an MBA

Maybe you’ve been considering pursuing an MBA degree for months, but aren’t sure if it’s the right time. Perhaps you feel you’re overqualified for your current job, but are hesitant to spend thousands of dollars and put your life on hold to get a business degree. Deciding whether to pursue an MBA is a difficult decision, but at a certain point, you must decide: Should I take the risk and go back to school, or continue to be unhappy in my current situation? To help you out with your decision, here are five signs it’s time to get serious about your next move.

1. You want to refocus your career.

If you’re not happy with your career, don’t be afraid to make a change. It’s never too late to change your career path, as long as you have the means to do so. An MBA degree provides you with the knowledge and skills to refocus your career into any business field of interest to you.

2. You’re ready to take on new challenges and opportunities.

Perhaps you feel like you’ve outgrown your job and you’re ready to advance your career. Many careers require a graduate degree for advancement. An MBA will make you stand out among a field of competitive candidates vying for the same position.

3. You want to make more money.

At most companies, salary raises are sparse. When you’ve reached a point where you don’t foresee much opportunity for salary growth, an MBA can make a huge difference. In fact, MBA graduates earn an average of $27,000 more per year.

4. You want to develop leadership skills.

Leadership skills are necessary to thrive in any business environment, but they aren’t inherent; they must be taught, and an MBA program does just that. After receiving your MBA degree, you’ll be confident in your leadership abilities and feel ready to take on a management role at your workplace.

5. You want a quality education but are hesitant to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and put your personal life on hold.

If you want to receive a high quality, accredited MBA degree for a great price and without any interruption to your work or personal life, an online degree is the way to go. The Georgia WebMBA® offers students the chance to earn an MBA from Georgia College for about $21,000 – thousands less than other MBA programs. Plus, all of your schoolwork is completed online so you’ll never have to make any sacrifices when it comes to your job or friends and family.
If you can identify with any of the five signs above, consider pursuing the Georgia WebMBA® from Georgia College. Ranked in the top-20 nationally in U.S. News and World Report’s “2014 Best Online Graduate Business Programs,” the Georgia WebMBA program offers you the opportunity to earn an AACSB-accredited online MBA degree at an affordable cost and without interruption to your work and personal life. Learn how to apply here and discover how Georgia College can help you make your next move.

Lessons from the World’s Most Successful People

The world’s most successful people didn’t get to where they are on luck alone. They worked hard, took risks, and stayed true to their values. Each one took a different road to get to where they are, but the following ten lessons can be applied to anyone seeking success in their career.

1. They create their own luck. You have the same number of hours in a day as Bill Gates, Marissa Mayer, and Mark Zuckerburg. Don’t wait around for something great to happen to you – make it happen on your own, like they did.
2. They’re not afraid to ask for help. Russell Simmons believes strongly in this principle: “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” 
3. They take risks. Sheryl Sandberg writes, “Women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that and I’ll learn by doing it.'” This principle applies to men, as well. Taking risks is crucial to achieving success.
4. They do what they love. Find something you’re passionate about, and that makes you want to wake up and go to work in the morning. If you dread going to the office each day, you’re not in the right business. Oprah says, “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”
5. They set huge goals for themselves. Richard Branson says that for people to climb to the top, they have to set seemingly unachievable goals for themselves and rise above them. When you set your goals incredibly high, you’ll work incredibly hard to get there.
6. They understand that it’s not all about money and they don’t lose sight of their morals. Warren Buffett warns, “If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank balance is, your life is a disaster.”
7. They stay true to themselves, no matter what anyone else thinks. Take a word of advice from Steve Jobs: “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
8. They don’t beat themselves up over mistakes. Richard Branson understands this: “Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming.”
9. They work incredibly hard. Businessman Mark Cuban cautions, “There are no shortcuts. You have to work hard, and try to put yourself in a position where if luck strikes, you can see the opportunity and take advantage of it…Everyone tells you how they are going to be “special,” but few do the work to get there. Do the work.”
10. They’re good at budgeting. Some successful people are notorious for living large and spending money lavishly, but most are actually very frugal. Warren Buffett is known for flying economy rather than business class, and he works in the same modest office he’s worked in for years. If you learn how to manage your money, you’re more likely to find success in life.
As demonstrated by these various businessmen and women, success comes to those who know what they want, make a commitment to achieve their goals, and always look for new opportunities to succeed. If you want to find success in your career, consider adding an MBA from Georgia College to your resume. We offer our program online, where you can receive professional accreditation under full-time graduate professors and save hundreds of dollars in the process. Check out our website today or give us a call at (478) 445-5115. We can’t wait to help you make your next move.
Sources: The Independent, U.S. News & World Report

Top 10 Resume Writing Tips

So you’ve just earned your business degree, hopefully from Georgia College’s professionally ranked Web MBA program. Now what? Despite the number of awards and accolades you may have accrued over the years, you won’t be able to land your dream job until you’ve perfected your resume. Your resume is the first impression employers will have of you and if they’re not impressed, they may not even invite you to interview. Therefore, it’s essential to have a top of the line resume in order to be a competitive candidate for any job. Here are 10 tips for creating a resume that will blow away any prospective employer:

1. Use a professional font and layout
First and foremost, don’t use outlines or fonts that are difficult to read. Stick to classic, simple lettering and make the structure look crisp and clean. Employers won’t take the time to try to decipher a confusing layout or an unclear font.
2. State your objective
Do you want to obtain a job as a marketing director? A financial consultant, perhaps? Make that clear from the beginning by listing your career objective at the very top of your resume. Just make sure that your objective matches up with the job you are applying for.
3. Start every bullet point with an action word
Your resume shouldn’t be a list of job descriptions and explanations. That makes for boring reading, and will fail to capture the attention of the reader. Instead, your resume should be an exciting catalog of your accomplishments and achievements. Start each sentence with an action word to emphasize your role in each of your positions.
4. Highlight your strong points
Did you have a 3.9 GPA in college? Highlight that! If there’s something you’re extremely skilled at, or you accomplished something impressive at a former job, make sure to include it on your resume in a way that people will notice immediately upon reading it.
5. Tailor each resume to the job you’re applying for
One of the most common resume mistakes is using the same resume for every single job you apply to. If you’re applying to multiple companies, tailor each resume for that specific position. Each employer will be looking for a candidate with a specific skill set, and it is unlikely that all of the qualifications will be the same. Read job descriptions carefully and modify your resume so you appear a competitive candidate for each specific position.
6. Utilize keywords
Tying in with number 5 above, use keywords in your resume that are unique to the job you’re applying for. These days, many large companies scan resumes through a computer program that searches for keywords relating to the job description. Look at the job requirements for each position and be sure that your resume includes the most important keywords.
7. Be honest
It’s important to be creative, but don’t get carried away with embellishments. It is often obvious when people lie on their resumes, and the truth can be quickly uncovered due to the easy accessibility of records on the Internet. Lying shows that you have poor ethics, and employers won’t hesitate to toss out your resume if they find out you’ve been dishonest.
8. Keep it concise
Most employers take less than a minute to scan a resume and evaluate whether they want to consider a candidate or not. Don’t drag on for multiple pages. Keep your resume to one page, if possible. Concise and effective is always better than long and exhaustive.
9. Use the last lines for non work-related details
Do you compete in triathlons? Did you help found a volunteer program? Let the reader of your resume know! Use the last few lines of your resume to include something interesting about yourself, or something unique that you like to do in your free time—even if it doesn’t seem immediately related to the job you’re applying to. Employers like to see that you have passions and interests outside of work. It also makes you a more memorable candidate.
10. Triple-check for spelling and grammar errors
Before you send in that beautiful resume, make sure it’s totally error-free. Many employers won’t even consider candidates with spelling or grammar errors in their resumes. It would be such a shame to pour your heart into an incredible resume only to have it tossed away due to a simple spelling mistake.