Articles & Advice

icon_interview1Five Things You Need To Do For Your Job Search Before Graduation
From Careerealism

With graduation fast approaching, it’s time to get your job search organized and underway.  Here are the five things you need to start now to make sure you are in prime position to hit the ground running:

1. Make a plan:  It goes without saying any job search is going to require a plan. You will need to know what you want out of your first work experience. You should also have a strong understanding of where you want to work, both from an employer standpoint and a geographical point of view. But it isn’t enough to know this. You need to document it somewhere. Evernote is a great tool for this type of activity because you can start adding information to this file over time. You need to ask yourself: Do you want a job or a career? They are different. Read More…


talking5 Ways To Increase Your Career Capital
From Forbes

In November 2013, Accenture conducted a career survey with 4,100 executives from large and medium-sized business, including equal thirds of Boomers, Generation X, and Millenials, and 50/50 men and women. This global research attempted to better understand 3 areas: career capital; the future role of women in leadership; and career satisfaction. Here are 5 key takeaways from the survey and my advice for how to incorporate these findings into your own career success:  Read more…


handshake2The Surprising Power Of Face-To-Face Meetings
From TheDailyMuse.com

At this point, you probably know that when your interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?” the answer is always “yes.”  But what comes after the “yes” is a little less clear.

I know it’s tempting to just print out one of those lists of questions-you-can-ask-your-interviewer, but for your own sake, don’t. I’m not saying using predictable questions will make or break your candidacy (or that you shouldn’t get answers to many of those questions at some point during the interview process), but why would you bore your interviewer by being the 13th person who asks him or her about day-to-day responsibilities when you could actively be working to leave a positive impression?

After all, just because your interviewer isn’t asking you questions, doesn’t mean he or she isn’t still evaluating you. In fact, some recruiters find that the questions candidates ask reveal more about their values than a direct question would.  Read More…

6 Tips For Avoiding The Resume Black Hole

talkingFrom Forbes.com (2/4/2013)

Many job seekers spend countless hours writing, polishing and blasting their resumes to dozens of companies. Then they wait, and wait, and never hear a thing. That’s because human resources people and hiring managers receive heaps of resumes for any given job opening, and they end up missing, skipping or tossing a lot of them.

However, it turns out there are things you can do to help ensure your resume is seen.  Read the full article from Forbes.com…

Hidden Secrets Of A Young Professional

computerFrom Early Careerist (2/7/2013) – By Chrisina Kach

Have you ever wondered if there is more behind successful individuals than the typical advice you see in most publications on developing your brand and career.  The answer is yes; successful individuals have figured out tangible actions to supplement those pieces of advice and supplement their work performance.

Today I am going to share a few of the less obvious pieces of advice I’ve accrued over the years as a young professional that have helped me gain traction in my career.  Read the full article from EarlyCareerist.com…

Job Applications Require Your Best Efforts

importantFrom FederalTimes.com (2/4/2013) 

The 17th-century French scientist and mathematician Blaise Pascal said, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” The principle that writing concise documents takes more time than writing long-winded ones applies to just about every type of document, including reports, fact sheets, websites, letters, presentations and applications.

Instead of leaving the preparation of documents to the last minute, take time to:  Read the full article from FederalTimes.com…

College Seniors: The Time To Find A Job Is Now!

imageFrom LinkedIn.com (2/4/2013)

It’s only early February, but if this is your (or your son’s or daughter’s) last year of college, it’s time to get the job search in full gear. Here are ways to increase your odds of success.

First, let’s be clear. Your goal isn’t to get a job this month, but rather to lay the groundwork so that you’ll have a great job when you graduate. Start conversations, not interviews: Before you get interviews or offers, you need to start interacting with people who are already in the workforce. Reach out and have intelligent conversations with them.   Read the full article from LinkedIn…

How To Cover Up Your Lack Of Work Experience

professionalimageFrom Early Careerist (1/23/2013)

Cover-ups happen all the time. For years, people have been trying to conceal the truth about alien encounters, square planets, and dinosaur amusement parks. But the greatest smokescreen of all time has nothing to do with grassy knolls or UFOs.

No, it’s that you can cover up your lack of work experience and actually get a job, make money, and get some of that pesky experience that’s been causing you so much grief. Read on to learn the best ways to overcome your inexperience and get that job you’ve been hoping for.   Read the full article from EarlyCareerist.com…

Three Things That Will Get Your Resume Thrown In The Trash

icon_interview1From TheDailyMuse.com (1/20/2013) 

You know all about getting your resume noticed. (Clean layout! Accomplishments, not duties!) But do you know what’s on the flipside? What you might be doing that could cause recruiters to overlook your resume—or worse, toss it in the trash? Gasp! The trash? I know what you’re thinking, but the truth is, recruiters have dozens, even hundreds, of resumes to comb through every day.

So, in an effort to cull them down to a reasonable amount, they’ll simply toss any that don’t meet what they’re looking for. To learn more, I sat down with a few recruiters and asked them about the resumes that make the cut and those that get tossed. Here are three of their deal-breakers.  Read the full article from TheDailyMuse.com…

Employers Increasingly Rely on Internal Referrals In Hiring

talkingFrom NYtimes.com (1/28/2013)

Riju Parakh wasn’t even looking for a new job.  But when a friend at Ernst & Young recommended her, Ms. Parakh’s résumé was quickly separated from the thousands the firm receives every week because she was referred by a current employee, and within three weeks she was hired. “You know how long this usually takes,” she said. “It was miraculous.”

While whom you know has always counted in hiring, Ms. Parakh’s experience underscores a fundamental shift in the job market. Big companies like Ernst & Young are increasingly using their own workers to find new hires, saving time and money but lengthening the odds for job seekers without connections, especially among the long-term unemployed.   Read the full article from NYtimes.com…