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Choosing Your Best Career Path

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 @ 09:06 AM


This is a guest post courtesy of Ben Carpenter

Some of life’s greatest pleasures come from the ability of choice. Whether we are thinking about where to live, who to love, or what to buy, we all like the ability to choose. The same can be said about choosing your career path. While there is no magic formula or treasure map to follow that will ultimately lead you to your ideal job and career, there are a few things you can do to help make the decision easier.

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Topics: Passion, Job Selection, career

It's Showtime, Welcome to the Big Leagues

Posted by Ben Carpenter on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

This is a guest post courtesy of Ben Carpenter

Congratulations, you’ve finally made it to your first adult job, or what I like to refer to the ‘Bigs’. For those of you familiar with baseball, the term is taken from the Big Leagues, and your first job is just the start! While it can be easy to get caught up in all the changes associated with this phase of your life, it’s important that you take a moment to reflect on your future career.

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Topics: job offer, Job Selection, What to look for in a job

How to Nail Your Career Fair-Post Career Fair Follow-Up (part three)

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

One of the most important phases of working a job fair is the follow-up. It is crucial that you take this step seriously because like the first impression you made to the recruiter, this is what they will remember you by. 

Another great point is that most students are horrible at the follow-up, so by doing so in a professional manner you will move up the ladder of consideration.

One critical mistake students make is not following-up with the recruiter after the job fair. This is a big mistake in personal networking.

You want to tie-down with context via email within 12 hours of meeting them. With context? Yes, you tell them it was great meeting them but you go further and re-state some items they said.  Let them know that their insight made their company even more exciting in your eyes if that’s the case (they will love it.)

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Topics: Job Fair, Recruiters, Job Selection

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 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

New Grads Are Seeking Personal Growth Opportunities

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

As the class of 2015 entered the job market, they reported that the ‘opportunity for personal growth’ was high on their list of things they were looking for in the workplace.  It was rated higher than job security itself. But… you already knew that, because you are out in front in subscribing to this blog and sharpening your life/career skills every week! 

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Topics: Job Selection, What to look for in a job