Articles by Maribeth Gunner

Avatar
Maribeth Gunner Pulliam, former director of career services at Excelsior College, has more than twenty-five years experience in higher education, over fifteen years in career development, and extensive work in academic and career advisement. She is an active member in the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, National Career Development Association, the New York State Career Development Association, and the Capital Region Career Consortium.
How to craft the perfect elevator pitch

7 Tips to Create a Successful Elevator Speech An effective elevator speech is a personal branding statement that highlights your professional background, knowledge, and skills. Typically no more than 30–60 seconds (the estimated time it takes to ride an elevator to desired floors), it quickly and clearly identifies who you are, why you are unique, …

resume illustration

Make simple improvements to showcase your unique value Although some basics remain the same, resume trends change and you need to change with them to remain competitive. Dusting off your resume and adding the most recent employment experiences will not suffice. To open doors in the workforce today, resumes should reflect a fresh, modern look …

professional documenting a career development plan

Some people will spend extensive energy preparing for a trip, meticulously arranging every detail of their excursion, but they will not invest the same time and effort planning for their future careers. How about you? Do you make time to review your professional goals and ambitions? Are you satisfied with your current job, or do …

women and african american man in suits shaking hands

By Michele Paludi and Maribeth Gunner Pulliam Where do you see yourself professionally in five years? Do you picture yourself applying your leadership skills to direct an organization’s vision? Are you someone who enjoys applying data analytics to solve organizational problems? Do you want a career in consulting to improve organizations’ performance and business systems? …

Good gravy! Why are we connecting Thanksgiving and Career Development? Well, they are both special occasions celebrated in November. In fact, all of November is National Career Development Month. Another important similarity regarding these celebrations is the perfect opportunity each offers to reflect on all you may be thankful for: supportive people in your life, …