In the last post, Why Networking Is Simple But Not Easy, I responded to a college student who felt discouraged about building a professional network. In additions to the suggestions I gave in that post (mind over matter and getting out of your comfort zone) one of the students from Career Boot camp shows it can be done:Read More
Q. After attending your Career Boot camp I now realize that just posting my resume on social media isn't getting me anywhere. You told us to go out and meet people but where do I start, and what if they all ignore me? I'm so fearful I will never even get a job interview, let alone a job!
A. Social media can be the equivalent of mailing out 100 resumes to strangers. Your resume goes in the "circular" file, aka the trash can. The best way to increase your odds of finding the right person to hire you is to build relationships online and, better yet, in person. Professional and trade associations or societies in your field, alumni associations, churches, interest groups and clubs, or any social setting is a chance to meet people. You will have to get out of your comfort zone to start networking. This is not easy but once you do, I think you will be surprised at how well it works, and how fun it can be.Read More
One of the topics we covered in Career Boot Camp was how to develop a personal brand. A brand name means a consistent product, an emotional bond, and an engagement that stands for something. We talked about what top brand names like Apple, Target, Google, Barbie, FedEx, Facebook, and even The New York Yankees evoke in customers. Students in the Boot Camp then wrote out what their brand promise is to potential employers.Read More
My readers send me some incredible material. I've excerpted a paragraph below from an email I received, but I hope you will stop what you are doing and read the entire piece. It's by Mike Rowe, a media personality, actor, and comedian best known as the host of the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs.
Stop looking for the “right” career, and start looking for a job. Any job. Forget about what you like. Focus on what’s available. Get yourself hired. Show up early. Stay late. Volunteer for theRead More
Q. I was recently hired as an RN! I read your blog and find it helpful. I have some ideas about what I should keep in mind and I want to translate them into goals but I would like to hear from a seasoned person. Any suggestions?
A. Congratulations! Your first job out of college is an accomplishment: you have achieved your goal and are launched on a career you dreamed about for so long! I like that you are already setting goals and here are some suggestions:
1. Arrive 15 minutes early: You will have time grab a coffee, take a deep breath, and adjustRead More