Getting a Job

This page will give general information to getting your search underway, but to make your serarch more impactful, scroll down and select where you are in life, from:

  • Being a high school students heading into the workforce
  • Beging a college freshman (or first year in vocational to trade school
  • Being a college sophmore
  • Being a college junior
  • Being a college senior
  • Or being an early employee (within the first years of full time employment)

The reason for the search advice being segmented is that you have different amounts of time to put your search strategy together.  If you are college freshmen you have four years and 2-3 internships in front of you prior to nailing the full time job.  If you are a college senior you have a much shorter runway. (More)

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Your #1 Objective

Millions of you are on campus for the fall.  Some of you are newly minted freshman and many others are making your return from summer break.  Interests, area of study, and academic environments vary. BUT, you all share the same #1 objective. Read More...

Mounting 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 Read More...

Activity Breeds Results

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) Read More...

Be Purpetually Ready for a Search

Who could have imagined the highflying Twitter, experiencing massive growth and industry leadership, would now be facing a major layoff. The message? We all need to be prepared for our next, and often unexpected, job search in the new economy. Read More...

Staying Organized - Job Search Radar

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. Read More...

Referencing 101

At some juncture in the interview process you will need to provide references.  By this time things are getting serious.  Generally you are not asked to submit references until the employer is near the hiring decision and you have made it through most of the gauntlet. Read More...

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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...

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...

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...

What is an Emergency Fund?

Every major financial guru that I know recommends having an emergency fund, and for good reason. This MUST be part of your financial plans as you move forward. Modest, regular funding into an...

The Single Most Important Interview Secret

I recently read a great book for young people who are transitioning from college to career. The Bigs, by Ben Carpenter, offers some of the clearest thinking and ‘how-to’ advice I have come across for...

How to Handle a Job Rejection

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...

3 Secrets for Recuiters to Find You on LinkedIn

When you search for employment or internships, effective searching is a combination of:

  • Physical People you come in contact with that either you know, are introduced to you, or at events like career fairs
  • Virtual Leveraging others that you do not yet know to proactively grow the ‘reach’ of your search

LinkedIn is an incredible tool for both sides of the equation and is often not utilized to its full potential.

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4 Steps to a Great Job Start - The Halo Effect

Some new employees show up and make a terrific first impression and often, that has powerful downstream implications. They create a kind of ‘Halo Effect’ that leads to a positive assumption that they will be great:

  • What a great hire!
  • Put her on the ___ (high visibility project with the best senior people)=
  • She’s going places…
  • Initially, they get the benefit of the doubt as they emerge
  • And often they get better assignments

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How to Evaluate Competing Job Offers - It's About More Than Money

The term "job search" is a little misleading. Ideally, every job search should result in multiple job offers. Choosing which job you accept is important because a new job, or a new role within a large organization, is a stepping-stone to the next step in your career. But making that choice can be a real challenge. 

If you achieve the goal of receiving multiple offers, you must choose strategically rather than emotionally. If you are trying to decide between multiple offers, don't just look at salary. To make the big decision easier, I suggest a useful tool I call "The Filter of Five." Read More...

Choosing Your Best Career Path

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. Read More...

9 Steps for Closing In on This Summer's Internship

You are in college, you want an internship for this summer, and you do not have anything firmly lined up. So what should you do?

  1. Keep Prospecting: Until you have an offer in writing, you must keep prospecting. Verbal conversations that say ‘we are going to offer you a role,’ OR ‘we are working on it,’ don’t count and are NOT binding. You only have one, ‘this summer.’ Keep hunting until you have a solid offer.

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First Jobs Can Be Precedent Setting

Your first job is very important as you depart from campus. If you have done a great search, you not only have a job, but it is the first step in a career that you are very excited about. It should be an area or industry that will grow over the course of your working years, so as you become great, opportunity abounds. That first job also can be precedent setting as well. Let’s face it, when you leave campus you don’t really know a lot (sorry if I am hurting your feelings, but please hear me out). Read More...

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. Read More...

Repeat Internships and Job Offers

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: Read More...

Being Money Smart

I often quote the blockbuster bestseller (a bit dated in its research, but still completely on target) The Millionaire Next Door. The basic lesson is under-consumption for sake of long-term investment and your financial freedom. In this work, authors Thomas Stanley and William Danko researched self-made millionaires in America in order to find best practices that can serve as a guide to us all. Read More...

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...

The Single Most Important Interview Secret

I recently read a great book for young people who are transitioning from college to career. The Bigs, by Ben Carpenter, offers some of the clearest thinking and ‘how-to’ advice I have come across for 18-24 year-olds. In addition to his book, his website is full of valuable information accented by 13 short The Bigs Videos that are must-sees for every emerging college student (and their parents as well).

Let me give you an example (and I am paraphrasing), of when Ben was asked about job interviews: Read More...

How to Reject a Job Offer Without Burning a Bridge

The objective of every job search is to receive multiple job offers. These offers provide you flexibility,
choices and the option to select the best strategic opportunity for yourself. Jobs or roles within a company are two to four year career stepping-stones on track to your career destination.

But if you receive multiple offers, how do you reject a job offer without burning bridges? Read More...