Job-hunting tips for new college grads
by Hallie Crawford - Apr, 2011
I wanted to respond to a few of the points from this article on MarketWatch.com, “Job-hunting tips for new college grads”. The author touches on some questions I often get asked by my clients who are job searching, so the issues addressed I find very relevant. Here’s my take on some of the questions she addresses: Should you follow a boyfriend/girlfriend to a new city if you don’t have a job? I don’t think this is a g...
SETTING BOUNDARIES: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACT
by Wendy Adams - Apr, 2011
How successful do you want to be? If you prescribe as many do, to the Psychological Contract, you expect to at the very least feel as if you are supported in your success on the job. Whenever an employee and employer enter into a relationship, there are assumptions that they share the same or similar beliefs around the arrangement. Basic needs for success on the job must be met through the provision of resources. These re...
Tips for times of transition: Part 2 – Career marketing strategies for job seekers
by Dawn Bugni - Apr, 2011
Career marketing strategies for job seekers 6. Set up a LinkedIn account. Fill out the profile completely including a professional picture of you. A friend or family member can take the picture, but be sure you look like you’re ready for business. LinkedIn is not Facebook. Approach each venue appropriately. When you invite someone, customize the invitation. And if invited, take a moment to send back a quick note to your conne...
by Nan S. Russell - Mar, 2011
It was a dimly lit restaurant. Still she was dressed in pink, and while I admit it's hard to tell the gender babies, clothing color is a reliable clue. So, it surprised me when the waitress began playing with my granddaughter, asking "How old is he?" Twenty minutes later, that same waitress served our dinners into my daughter-in-law's lap, spilling the contents of her tray as she approached the table. We made light of the o...
Quit Your Job; Before Your Job Quits You
by Marcia Robinson - Mar, 2011
You know it's time to quit your job, or at least work on a "quit-your-job" plan when your industry is becoming obsolete or changing right before your eyes. Prior to working in higher education, I worked for almost 20 years in the aviation, airline and travel industry. I began my career as an Air Traffic Controller, spent 5 years in airline operations and several years in leisure and corporate travel management. As the...
Cleaning Up Your Digital Footprint
by Caitlin McNally - Mar, 2011
The demographics of social media users are ever changing and expanding. Social media once seemed like it was the sole domain of college students and young professionals, but it has now sparked the interest of seasoned professionals and baby boomers. While it is now easier to connect with potential employers and networking contacts, it is also easier for them to find out more information about you, good and bad. According to...
Should Your Resume Have a QR Code?
by Lindsey Pollak - Mar, 2011
I posed this question on Twitter recently and received mixed responses from job seekers, recruiters and others. Some people said they’re already seeing QR codes on resumes (one person mentioned seeing them on professional conference badges as well), other people think the trend is too aggressive and won’t catch on and still other people replied, “Um, what’s a QR code?” Before we go on, let’s answer that last question first....
Why You Don't Have to Be an
by Marcia Robinson - Mar, 2011
After a dozen years of working with new college graduates to launch careers, I know that college graduates don't have to be "A" students to get a job after graduation. One graduating senior told me years ago that since he knew employers hired "A" students for jobs first, his strategy was to hang back until after the "A" students got their jobs after graduation. Surprisingly, many graduating seniors think this way. College...
Networking: Business cards are NOT optional
by Hallie Crawford - Mar, 2011
A few years ago, I was giving a presentation at a Re:Focus on Careers event (this is a great networking group by the way). A man who was job searching came up to me and we started talking. He was asking me questions, and when I asked for his contact information, he had to scribble his name on a ripped up piece of paper. I wasn’t even in a position to hire him and I was not impressed. Imagine doing that same thing with a prospe...
Tips for times of transition: Part 1 – Career marketing strategies for job seekers
by Dawn Bugni - Mar, 2011
Recently, Twitter friend Bridget Haymond, of Truth for Life Coaching, approached me to collaborate on putting together handouts for participants of a job search seminar being held at her church — Grace Covenant Church, in Charlotte, NC. I happily obliged. With Bridget’s permission, I’ll also share the information we created together with my blog readers. Here’s the first in a series of four posts addressing: Tips for times of...
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