Discover Your Career Passion With A Little Help From Steve Jobs

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

Steve Jobs said it best (I will paraphrase a bit), “People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you are doing, and it’s totally true.  The reason is because it is so hard (that) if you don’t, any rational person would give up.  It’s really hard, and you have to do it over a sustained period of time.  So if you don’t love it, you’re not having fun doing it, you are going to give up.  That’s what happens to most people.    The ones who became successful did the things they loved so they could persevere when the going gets tough.”

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Topics: Career Advantage, career, Dream Jobs

How to Leverage Campus Resources for Your Job Search

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

Once you land in your first role, you can rest assured that your new employer wants a highly engaged employee.  What’s that?  Employees who operate consistently above and beyond the norm.  Better described they: 

  1. Put the Company or Organizational above themselves
  2. Put the Mission of the Organization above themselves
  3. Leverage, creatively, all available resources
  4. Think outside ‘the box’ 

Those who perform at this level contribute, learn and lead at a more rapid clip than others.  That is why this is the kind of employee companies want.

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Topics: career, Career Advantage

Top 5 Achievements to Brag About

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

Have Five Top Achievements Ready To Discuss: Be sure to have some brief notes available that outline a handful of the best projects you have done previously. Be ready to talk about why and how they were a success, meaning you should have numbers, percentages, etc… at your disposal during this discussion. 

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Topics: Career Advantage, Branding

Informational Interviews – Part Four In A Series – Pre-Requisites

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

In this series we learned:

But in order to really accentuate your execution, the following pre-requisites will help:

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Topics: Job Search, Job Search Radar Tool, Branding, Career Advantage, Network

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

The World Rewards Those Who Make the World Go Faster

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Mon, Jul 07, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

When you think about it, those who make things happen in life are both sought after and paid more richly.  Some people, by their very involvement, make ‘the world go faster.’

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Topics: Personal Brand, Professional Network, Dream Jobs, Career Advantage, summer jobs, internships

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, Professional Network, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, Career Advantage

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

Leveraging Campus Resources For Your Job Search

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

Once you land in your first role, you can rest assured that your new employer wants a highly engaged employee.  What’s that?  Employees who operate consistently above and beyond the norm.  Better described they: 

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Topics: Personal Networking, Job Search, Job Preparation, Professional Network, Alan McMillan, College Experience, Job Fair, Branding, Career Advantage, LinkedIn

Working a Job Fair - Preparation

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 12:50 PM

A job fair can often be critical in securing internships and job offers. Unfortunately, most students underprepare for the event.  The good news is that if you do prepare and execute you will stand out and be more successful.  This is a guide to help you do just that.

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Topics: Personal Networking, Job Search, Job Preparation, Alan McMillan, Job Fair, Branding, YouTube, Dream Jobs, Career Advantage, LinkedIn