The Blog

Updated: Relocating to Cedar Rapids? Fear Not.

relocating to Cedar Rapids - Picture of Skyline, Bridge and River

With its low cost of living, good schools, and recreation options, it’s no wonder more people are moving to Cedar Rapids. Yet, if your spouse or partner is the one with the job move, you may be understandably apprehensive.  Sure, the homes are affordable, and it seems like the schools are pretty good - but it’s in the middle of the Midwest! And you’re wondering what you’re getting yourself into. Relax - this community has a ton to offer beyond what’s on all those top 10 sites. One resource for spouses is the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

Continue Reading

Updated: 7 Reasons to Continue Your Education

continuing education class with older and younger adults

So you're considering continuing your education? Whether it's because you're ready to move jobs, looking for a higher position or just seeking to challenge yourself, there are many benefits to continuing your education. Below are seven reasons you should consider continuing your education. 1. Make More Money Although there is an upfront investment, one great benefit of continuing your education is that you'll gain more money. A person with their Master's degree makes, on average, $200 more a week than their colleagues with only bachelor degrees. This adds up to almost an extra $10,000 a year. 2.

Continue Reading

Updated: Resume Best Practices That Will Help You Land the Job

updating your resume could lead to the handshake at hiring

When searching for a new job, updating your resume can seem like a big task. Between summarizing your previous experience down to a few sentences and trying to squeeze everything onto one page, there’s a lot to consider. However, it's best to make sure the basics are covered: Make sure it's up to date with current contact info (and if your old email looks funky, get a new one) No typos, please.  Use spell-check, grammar check and your Mom to proof-read it. Update your resume for your career stage.

Continue Reading

Updated: 4 Things To Do Before You Apply for a Job

According to Gallup, roughly half (51%) of employees are actively looking for a new job or watching for job openings—and there are plenty of jobs to be had in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Whether you’re employed and testing the waters or unemployed and looking more actively, here are a few steps you can take before you apply for a job.  Get ready to dive in to your next job search with both feet. Evaluate Your Career Goals Are you looking to move up into management, or an executive position?

Continue Reading