College is MORE Than Books, Beer and Sleep

Do a little of this and lots of the job search…

Sleeping until noon, weekends that begin on Fridays and the privilege of studying are among the perks of undergraduate life, yet a benefit that is often overlooked is the employers who descend on college campuses each academic year to recruit the best and brightest for their respective companies.  In fact many students ignore this access to opportunity all together.  My suggestion: DONT.  Chances are if you are enrolled at a college or University in the United States there are companies looking for you. Take advantage of their willingness to woo you.   In order to  be wooed you have to be present. Show up. This may  require that you sleep a little less, invest time into your job search and  wait until the Friday career fairs end before you begin your weekend, but the pay off in the form of  job offer or internship  is worth it  don’t you  think?

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Summer Vacation A Great Time to Prepare for the Fall

It’s summer vacation and many of you are either in an internship or working  in various areas (retail, bartending, serving).   Summer vacation is a great time to plan and prepare your self marketing strategies for the Fall.

Begin to think strategically about where you wish to be hired during the upcoming recruiting season and create a concrete plan to target those organizations.  Build relationships within  and outside of your  business unit and organization.  Research companies  and individuals of interests and develop contacts.   Seek advice or suggestions from indviduals who are currently in a role that  you find interesting.    Remember to update your resume.

It’s A Challenge to Critique a Resume of Nothing

How do you talk about nothing

One of  my greatest challenges is when I encounter a job searcher or student that doesn’t have much  on their resume. They’ve spent their time going to work or  getting through school and have paid little attention to developing other aspects of their lives.   Employers want people with skills, knowledge and abilities. Work experience and  school are not the only opportunities to enrich yourself in these areas.  Get involved in local charities or organizations.  Volunteer and become members of professional groups.   You can add value to your self and you’ll have something interesting information to include in your resume.  Spend some time looking at your resume.  What does it reflect? What can you add to make yourself more appealing?  Is it  a new skill, professional membership, language proficiency, training course, challenging project or something else?  If you find that you are lacking in  areas to add to your resume that means you need to get  work.   It is really difficult to edit or create a resume if you have limited information to add.  Get something to add to your resume.  This will  make you more valuable and ultimately lead to interesting discussions during the interview.

How Are You Showcasing Your Talents and Interests?

Have something to showcase.

Have something to showcase.

What steps are you taking today to achieve your ultimate career goal?

What projects are you pursuing that demonstrates your commitment to your stated area of interest?

What are you doing to prove that you are more than just talk?

For example if you have an interest in fashion how does your resume  and experience showcase your dedication to this area?  What have you done that  illustrates your passion and excitement for this field?  For example have you interned with any designers?  Do you write or contribute to fashion blogs?  How about a YouTube show where you discuss  fashion trends?  It isn’t enough to have lofty and exciting goals, you must also demonstrate your commitment to these goals based on your activities. Your activities serve to a potential employer as proof of your stated area of interest.  If you can’t  showcase your interest then it’s just talk.