A Quest for Betterment (the Prerequisite for Success)

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 03:20 PM

The work at LearnEarnRetire is for the 18-24 year old, usually in college, but always in a quest for betterment.

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Topics: Alan McMillan, Financial Independence, Denial of Mastery, Permanent Beta

Expanding Your Network for Great Career Advantage with LinkedIn (Getting to 2nd & 3rd degree connections)

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

This is about leveraging your LinkedIn network but let me give you some real life context.  This will bring together your-brand, your-network and LinkedIn in order to give you career advantage.

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Topics: Job Search, Alan McMillan, LinkedIn, Personal Brand, Personal Networking, Career Advantage, Linked-In, Network, 1st degree connections

Nailing The Job Fair – Making This Essential Event Your Own

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

‘Tis the season, here comes the fall job fair.  Next week I am at both Howard University and MIT with a workshop that is designed for students to ‘own’ their job fair experience.  How do they prepare in order to be performing in the top 10% of all students who attend job fairs this fall everywhere in America?  That’s the essence of the sessions.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, Job Fair, Professional Network, Multiple job offers, College Experience, Network, College, internships

Why You Go to College – Is This You?

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

UCLA’s CIRP (Cooperative Institutional Research Program) just released a survey on why students go to college.  About 300,000 freshmen students from approximately 300 four year colleges completed the survey prior to the start of classes.  This body of work spans over 40 years of data and expertise in the subject matter itself.

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Topics: Job Search, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, Financial Independence, College, Passion

Branding, Networking and Syllabus Day

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

OK, first day of class and it is time to review the syllabus.  A quick lesson:

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Topics: Alan McMillan, College Experience, Network, College

Referencing 101

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Wed, Jul 02, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

At some juncture in the interview process you will need to provide references.  By this time things are getting serious.  Generally you are not asked to submit references until the employer is near the hiring decision and you have made it through most of the gauntlet.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, Professional Network, Career Advantage

Five Top Achievements – Essentials to Brag About

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Sat, Mar 15, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

This is from a recent Campus-to-Career.com blog (7 Crucial Tips for Interviewing) http://campus-to-career.com/2014/03/11/7-crucial-interview-tips/ regarding interview preparation: 

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Topics: Job Search, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, Job Fair, Job Search Radar Tool, Branding, Financial Independence, College Experience

WARNING: Boeing Eliminates 64k Pensions – A Lesson For You? YES

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:47 AM

Reported Friday on my Yahoo News Feed, the aero space giant, Boeing, is ending their defined benefits program (pension) and moving to a defined contributions program (think a 401k or similar).  Two generations ago, pensions were common for American workers. 

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Topics: Alan McMillan, Retirement, Retirement Funds, Saving for Retirement, Retire Young, Retirement Age, Boeing, Pensions

5 Best/Worst Majors – You Really Need to Read/Share This

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Sat, Mar 08, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

What are the 5 best/worst majors?  These articles come around often, I am sending this one your way with some advice.  You can Google and see lots of these-type best/worst lists.  The link to this article is at the end of this post.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, LinkedIn, best college majors, worst college majors

The Most Important Factor of Interview Preparation

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

There are many areas you can work on and develop regarding interview preparation.  This blog will focus on the most important one, research.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, LinkedIn, Personal Networking, Financial Independence, Career Advantage