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Why You Should Use LinkedIn - Like Your Career Depends On It

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 @ 08:40 AM

I am excited to publish a guest post today from Joshua Waldman, author of Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies.  He is also the founder of Career Enlightenment; a site with a treasure trove of great information that can help you leverage social media to fortify your job search.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, Alan McMillan, LinkedIn, Personal Brand, Personal Networking, Professional Network, Multiple job offers, Branding

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