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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

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

A High-Activity Process-Based Job Search

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

A High-Activity Process-Based Job Search 

The job search itself boils down to this:  You take Your Brand (who you are) and couple that with the amplification potential of Your Network (who you know and who they know) and insert them into a High-Activity Processed-Based job search. 


The more action steps you take, the better organized you are, and the better you will do.  Progressive action steps keep momentum in your court.  They are logical steps to advance the conversation closer to your objective (next interview, internship offer, job offer).  They keep the dialog going.  This is why you should always plan on what you want to happen when you next connect with the hiring manager or recruiter.  

You make sure you are always getting closer to what you want.  Also you don’t want to fall off the hiring managers top of mind and you want to always be advancing the dialog and it betters your chances for getting the role.

If you search is effective, you should be having this positive dialog thread with at least three recruiters.

Remember if you are a college senior then you have invested 16 years in your formal education.  Your objective must always be multiple offers.  A great search-process will better your chance at just that.  He or she who engages in high activity will have the best chance of getting these offers.  Formal jobs or internships, same story.

One other point prior to drilling down on this and I will put it in capitals to gain its appropriate emphasis.  THE PATH TO A GREAT JOB IS MOST OFTEN PAVED VIA INTERSHIPS.  Internships are where you learn, network, and get a feel for what you like and do not like.  You should try to get them every summer (Freshman to Sophomore are the hardest but it can be done and you should try).  If you do three over you college career, or even two, and you nail them (remember they are 60 day job interviews) you should always have the objective of getting an offer from that organization upon graduation (again, if you like the company and your fit).

First lets dig into High-Activity: 

There are many activities you can engage in to positively affect a job or internship search in order.  The key is by way of example:

  • Meeting more hiring recruiters or managers:
    • At job fairs (make sure you look campus wide, there are more than the one central one)
    • Check with guest speakers in your classes
    • At networking events disguised as alumni activates as in, pre sporting events, or volunteering to help with a departments board meeting and the like
  • Work your network (email, phone, in-person)
    • Friends who have graduated and who are in the work force
    • Your professors
    • Your peers who are also on a search
    • Your peers that have landed a job (they often know of other positions that they turned down that could be perfect for you)
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Topics: Job Search, Alan McMillan, LinkedIn, Job Search Radar Tool, Personal Brand, Personal Networking, Branding

Working a Job Fair – Post Job Fair Follow-Up

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

If you have not reviewed the prep material to this third phase of Working a Job Fair here are the links:

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, Job Fair, Job Search Radar Tool, Multiple job offers, College

Ultra Organized Job Search - Job Search Radar©

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Wed, Feb 05, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Mounting a job search especially with the distractions of your other duties, either on campus or at work, is so busy that it is easy to let things fall between the cracks. This tool will help your for either Job Search or Intern Search.

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Topics: Job Search, Alan McMillan, Dream Jobs, Job Fair, Recruiters, Job Search Radar Tool