Informational Interviews – Part Seven, The Conclusion - A Summary

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 @ 09:49 AM

First, if you want to feel the power of this strategy, what would happen if you did 40-50 informational interviews with bright stars in the industry or profession you are about to enter? How would your understanding of that direction be enhanced? How much better would you be when you are doing an actual interview in that field? How would your confidence grow relative to your long-term happiness in that decision? In short, would you be better off or EXTREMELY BETTER OFF? You want to nail your dreams? Get busy.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, LinkedIn, Network

Informational Interview Email Templates

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

The following are some templates that will assist you in gaining informational interviews. We have sorted them by how you got the contact information. At the end we have inserted a follow-up email if you have not heard back from the contact in 4 business days. Finally, we have one last email to send off 5 business days later if you still have not had a response.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, Personal Brand, Personal Networking

Informational Interviews – Part Five  – LinkedIn University Pages

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Remember to expand your job/internship search, you need to reach out beyond the ‘physical’ job search. This includes companies that recruit from your campus. After all, there are multitudes of companies and organizations, that have fabulous jobs that need someone like you, but don’t happen to set up a booth at your career fair. It is up to you to seek them out.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, LinkedIn, Network

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

Financially Literate? Compare Yourself to These Stats!

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Professionals from colleges all over America dedicated to building financial literacy amongst students on their campuses gathered at Ohio State University this week.  The National Summit on Financial Wellness, organized by Ohio State University and Indiana University, was a huge success if not ground breaking.

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Topics: Job Preparation, College Experience, College, Retirement Funds, Saving for Retirement, Retire Young, Retirement Age, Debt Free, Social Assurity

Career Passion is Essential; Listen to Steve Jobs - And How To Discover Yours

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Sat, Jul 12, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

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.”

Steve Jobs on why passion is essential for your success

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Topics: College, Job Preparation, College Experience, What Do You Want?, Dream Jobs, best college majors, Passion

How Do I Elevate My Personal Brand?

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

Think of the concept of branding like this:  A hiring manager has two different candidates under consideration.  All elements being equal:

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Topics: Personal Brand, Job Preparation, Professional Network, Network, 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

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