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LearnEarnRetire partners with corporate clients in the following ways:

  • Recruiting
  • Diversity Recruting
  • Onboarding & Assimilation
  • Intern Development
  • Early Employee Development

Our array of custom corporate programs offers elements to obtain differential advantage, increase employee retention and assists in their development.

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The Most Important Factor of Interview Preparation

There are many areas you can work on and develop regarding interview preparation.  This blog will focus on the most important one, research.

Why is research so very important?  When you research well prior to the interview, you will learn many things:

  • What the company does
  • Why you find it exciting
  • Good questions to ask
  • How to position what you have with what they need

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

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. I strongly recommend his Dummies book as well as his new book: The Social Media Job Search Workbook. Every time I talk to Joshua or read his blog, I learn a lot. Read More...

Analyzing Career Choices - Welcome to Thr Filter of Five™

If successful job searches result in multiple offers (and they should), you might want some assistance in sorting-through, comparing and prioritizing various choices. The challenge is that multiple offers are never apples to apples.  They are always apples to oranges, which makes the comparison difficult if not confusing. Here is a simple model that should help.  It’s the Filter of Five™ Read More...

Economic Shocks - Get Ready - Example Intel

Intel, a darling of Silicon Valley high-tech and the business world in general, announced Tuesday that they were laying off 12,000 people (about 11% of their workforce).  If there are any sure bets for stable employment, surely one would have thought Intel was one of them. As you navigate over the span of your career, economic shocks will come your way. Read More...

More Job Offers for the Class of 2016 vs. 2015

While the time is winding down for the Class of 2016, those of you entering the working world should be excited about this. Employers expect to hire 5.2% more from the Class of 2016 than they hired from the Class of 2015. For those of you still looking for a job, the numbers are working in your favor. Although these numbers project an increase in new hires for the class, current hiring projections are down from the 11% originally projected in the NACE Job Outlook 2016 surveyRead More...

50 Degrees Most Likely to Land You a Job in 2016

I came across a terrific article backed up by sound analysis pointing to employment. The original article I found in USA TODAY. Remember, your campus years are your launching pad. It is a time for discovery and shaping your path. Research, before and during those years, can lead you to a better outcome, whatever you choose that outcome to become. This article was compiled by OnlineDegrees.comRead More...

From an Intern Session: 

  • Insightful, dynamic, and motivating. I attended Mr. McMillan’s seminar at EMC and I found myself having many “Aha” moments. As an intern and a rising-college graduate I found his talk grounded with experience and sagacious thought. How could one forget the joy and passion Mr. McMillan brought… who thought financial budgeting could be humorous?! With that being said, I immensely recommend Mr. McMillan to your company or school. Alan McMillan is POWERFUL!
  • I found (Alan's) presentation to be very helpful and insightful. I think schools often neglect to teach students these things, so I am so glad that you gave us the opportunity to learn from Mr. McMillan. He presented the information in a way that was engaging and easy to understand. He gave great advice and was very convincing. In fact, I have already ordered “The Start-Up of You” on Amazon! I feel as though I have gotten a better idea of what the “real world” will be like. I have to admit, my father was shocked when I came home last night and started talking about 401(k)’s. Thank you so much for all of your efforts throughout this entire internship process, you are truly appreciated.

 

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Discover Your Career Passion With A Little Help From Steve Jobs

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...

How to Leverage Campus Resources for Your Job Search

Once you land in your first role, you can rest assured that your new employer wants a highly engaged employee.  What’s that?  Employees who operate consistently above and beyond the norm.  Better described they:  Put the Company or Organizational above themselves Put the Mission...

Top 5 Achievements to Brag About

Have Five Top Achievements Ready To Discuss: Be sure to have some brief notes available that outline a handful of the best projects you have done previously. Be ready to talk about why and how they were a success, meaning you should have numbers, percentages, etc… at your disposal during this...

Job Outlook for the Class of 2016

NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (think college career centers partnered with employers) just released preliminary numbers that show:

  • 35.8% of employers will hire more students this Fall than they did last Fall
  • Only 8.6% will hire fewer
  • And 37% will hire the same

NACE will conduct another survey that will reflect hiring in the Spring of 2016.  I will keep you posted as to those results as well. Read More...

A Quest for Betterment (A Prerequisite for Success)

The work at LearnEarnRetire is for the 18-24 year old, usually in college, but always in a quest for betterment.

Toward that end, I want to share some advice I got from a book that I think is one of the best books ever on networking and professional development, The Start-Up of YOU. It was written by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, where they relate Silicon Valley thinking to personal development (Reid should know, he worked during the early days at PayPal, invested at the infancy of both Facebook and Zynga then founded LinkedIn). Read More...

Expanding Your Network for Great Career Advantage with LinkedIn (Getting to 2nd and 3rd degree connections)

his is about leveraging your LinkedIn network but let me give you some real life context.  This will bring together your-brand, your-network and LinkedIn in order to give you career advantage.

According to Wikipedia:  Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands. While previous self-help management techniques were about self-improvement, the personal-branding concept suggests instead that success comes from self-packaging. Read More...

Starting Salaries for Master's Degree Graduates

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) has published its Winter 2016 Salary survey for those with Master’s Degrees. Below is real data of median income salaries from hiring companies who reported back to NACE.

As with all other salary information, the salary itself does not tell the whole story on earnings. If you are contemplating pursuing a master’s degree for your next step, know the following elements must be considered:

  1. What can you do with that master’s degree?
  2. How long and how difficult will it be to secure employment in the field?
  3. Then the compensation itself. 

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The Physical vs. Virtual Job Search - Expanding Your Employment Opportunities 

On campus you are surrounded by many events and opportunities to find employment through internships and/or full time jobs. These fall into the category of the ‘physical job search’ which include events and contacts that you can physically engage with to find an opportunity.

Your campus job search is the only one in your career where the employers come to you. Lose your job three years out of college and employers don’t rush to your garage and set up a job fair. At that juncture, it is on you to find opportunities. Read More...

3 Reasons Your 20's Are Your Defining Decade

Your twenty-something years are critical for your success for three reasons:

  • Biologically: Your brain will go through its final growth spurt and rewire itself for adulthood. You want to make the changes NOW that will reward you for the rest of your life.
  • Professionally: What you do in your 20’s will begin to shape your professional brand, track record, knowledge and experiences. The downstream benefits of being an over-achiever are massive. You have no time to waste.

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Good News About Social Secutiry, Will You Ever Get a Dime?

Young people universally know that they will pay into the Social Security upon employment, yet they have little optimism that there will be anything left for them when they hit their Golden Years.

No Wonder Why You Anticipate Bad News

You hear politicians from both sides of the isle, and the media talking routinely about how Social Security will one day ‘go broke.’ Most often they are trying to gain your favor and attention by intentionally scaring you. Ignore them and read. The news is not as bleak as it sounds. The politicians need to get off their backsides and have the courage to fix it. Read More...

It's Showtime, Welcome to The Big Leagues

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.

If you are reading this, you are already on your way to taking that extra step that’s going to boost your career. While just obtaining your first job may have been a lot of work, you’re not in the clear yet. What you do early on in your career will set the stage for many of your future career plans. Read More...

Huge Financial Advantage - The Take if the Twin Sisters

Getting to financial independence is elusive to most and it shouldn’t be.  Here is a story that breaks down the biggest component to get you to your financial freedom.  I tell this tale every time I speak to young people about their financial wellbeing and they tell me consistently this is one of the most powerful metaphors they have ever heard.  If you act on what I am about to share with you, it can literally change your life.

Now, couple this with the notion of NOT squandering your 20’s and you are quite literally going places! Read More...

I Just Got a Rejection - I'm Pissed - What is One to Do?

As baseball Hall of Famer Connie Mack said, ‘You can’t win them all.’  But that does not lessen the sting of NO. 

So what happens when you get a no? You were working with a recruiter, who ushered you into an opportunity. Perhaps they spoke so optimistically that you started to feel like this was nearly a done-deal. Then you get a rejection. Even if it wasn’t your #1 choice, you are still hurt, it stings, and you’re a bit pissed. Reject ME?

So What Is Your Next Move? Read More...

New Grads Are Seeking Professional Growth Opportunities

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! Here are the top 5 things that the class of 2015 rated as “important” in this new NACE survey:

Repeat Internships and Job Offers

Are students who repeat an internship with an employer more likely to convert to a full time offer?

This is a really important question that you need to get your arms around in that, if you were to get an internship between your sophomore and junior year and then be asked back for a repeat internship, you have to forego a potential internship with another company between your junior and senior year.

Here are the facts and then some advice:

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