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How to Build Your Network During a Job Search

Posted by Alan McMillian on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Whether you are doing this job search from campus, or you are a few years out and you find yourself in a search, one of the side-benefits of doing it is expanding and fortifying your personal network.  You will come across a lot of new contacts, be in touch with others, many of whom you have not connected with in a while.  Use this to your advantage. 

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Topics: Job Search, Network

How to Read Your Interviewer and Questions They May Ask

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

When going in for the big interview, it is important to set the right tone with your interviewer. You can do this by learning how to “read” your interviewer. Reading in this case translates to understanding how to best know what your interviewer is asking you, and how to relate to them. Below are some tips on how to do just that!

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Topics: Job Search

If You Go With the Flow, The Flow is Where You’ll Go

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

On nearly every college campus I visit, Freshmen don’t frequent the Career Center. They figure getting a job is soooooo far off, so they don’t prioritize that activity.

As Seniors stare down the barrel of ‘needing a job’, nearly all wish they had started this process sooner, and for good reason. Of students who graduate with a bachelors, half get a job that required a degree. The other half begin their careers either unemployed or under-employed (taking a job that does not require a degree).

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Topics: Job Search, College, career

How to Nail Your Career Fair- Pre Fair Preparation (Part one out of three)

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

In order to nail the career fair you have to think of it in three parts:

Part 1: Pre Career Fair Preparation: 
This is where you are clear on what you want to get out of the fair, you have all of the necessary collaterals, you know how to best position yourself, and you have researched and prioritized the companies that you are the most interested in.

Part 2: Working the Career Fair (the day of): 
On the day of the fair, you have a plan, supported by the notes from your research so that you can walk up to one of the recruiters, and wow them.  What’s a wow?  It is when they want to know more about you and their interest turns to consideration of a role they have open. 

Part 3: Post Career Fair Follow-up
You follow-up in a manner that sets you apart from the hundreds of other students they met at the event and they become part of your network where you can easily reach out to them in the future.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Fair, job offer, Job Selection

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

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

Informational Interviews – Part Three – How To Get The Interview

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Informational interviews are vital tools in your arsenal of job search weapons. They can also help you through the process of discovering what you want to do in your career.

Remember, you are asking a favor from a professional in the field that you are interested in, to spare some time out of their incredibly busy schedule. How do I know they are swamped? Because you only want to talk to over-achievers, they are more in the know, have more relevant experience, and are more influential in both their company as well as their industry.

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Topics: Job Search, Multiple job offers, internships, Job Selection

Informational Interviews – Part Two in a Series – Activity Breeds Results

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Informational Interviews are an incredibly potent tools in:

  • Discovering or confirming what you want to do in your career,
  • Bettering your skills and network,
  • And lining up multiple job offers (your key objective as you ready to enter the workforce)
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Topics: Job Search, Network, Job Selection