If you recently graduated, you may be feeling a little lost. Up until now, you’ve always had a plan. Go to school. Get your degree. But now, you are entering the world of limitless possibilities! You may be having all kinds of fears and self-doubt, thinking things like: I have little to no experience in the workforce. I still don’t even know what I want to do yet! What if I pick a job and hate it? I’ve never had a real interview before. My parents think I should do X, but I want to do Y. It’s so easy to get lost in your own thoughts and allow worry and fear to take over. But don’t worry. We’re here to help! Here are 5 pieces of advice for new graduates: Don’t let anyone else decide your path. Your future is YOURS. OWN IT! Work takes up about a fourth of our lives between [...]
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When was the last time you logged into LinkedIn? If you’re not utilizing LinkedIn as a career tool, you are missing out on opportunities and professional fun! LinkedIn is a great way to not only network with other professionals in your field; it's also a way for you to share your own personal brand with the world. Keeping an up to date LinkedIn profile will help show you are tech savvy, committed to growing, and interested in networking opportunities with others. It’s a great way to keep in touch with former colleagues, managers, and even corporate executives. As a bonus, it’s also a fun social media tool without any of the drama that finds its way on other social media platforms. In the business world, we often hear, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know,” and LinkedIn can help you build stronger connections with people you already know as well as meet [...]
Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut in your career? Do you feel bored or uninterested in your work? Have you hit a learning plateau? How much responsibility can you take for that, and how much of that is outside of your control? It’s easy to get complacent in any job, just doing the bare minimum to keep the boss off your back. But, you will never feel truly fulfilled and happy in your career if you become stagnant. It’s important to always strive to grow and learn new things in your career. If you feel like you’ve reached a point where you can no longer grow, it may be time to look for opportunities (even within your current role). Take the initiative to find new ways to challenge yourself when your current job isn’t challenging you. Ask your manager if (s)he has any special projects or assignments (s)he could use some [...]
A mentor might be the missing piece to your career success. Many successful people agree that mentors have proved invaluable in navigating through their careers. A mentor can be any person who is capable of advising, training, and guiding you. When you were in school, you had teachers and parents to mentor you. As an adult, who do you know who can offer wisdom, guidance, and expertise to you in your industry? Who can you ask important questions about how to solve difficult problems? Who can help you maneuver through this ever-changing business world? Finding a mentor can sometimes be the scary part. Mentors don’t usually fall into your lap; typically, you have to take the initiative to find one and ask them to meet with you. Think about who you’ve met in your industry or at your current job who has an impressive career history or who is currently in a role that you [...]
Do you send “Thank you,” emails after you interview? A thank you email is not only good manners—it’s your last chance to leave a positive impression. If you are one of many applicants fighting for a position, you’ve got to do whatever you can to stand out! The added touches like submitting a cover letter and sending a thank you email will help you become memorable and separate yourself from the other applicants. Not only does a thank you email help you stand out, but it’s also your opportunity to get your name in front of the hiring manager again and leave a positive impression. It’s a chance to reaffirm that you are a good fit for the position. You can include something like this, “After our discussion, I am more confident than ever that this position is a great fit.” It’s also a great idea to reference specific topics that came up in the [...]
“Why should we hire you?” is one of the most common interview questions people dread answering. But, it doesn’t have to be! Let’s think about it. What sets you apart from other candidates? Does your current professional profile reflect all of your key accomplishments, experiences, and skills to make you stand out in a crowd of applicants? In order to get the job you want, you’ve got to set yourself apart from the competition. You’ve really got to sell yourself. As with any good sales pitch, you need to show value added. Think back on the skills you have acquired in your previous roles that other candidates may not have had. Did you get a high GPA in college? Do you have a proven track record of success in your past roles? Have you taken any special certifications or courses that are valuable in the position you’re going after? This is your chance to get [...]
Are you mindful of all the opportunities that surround you every single day? Have ever you thought about how your demeanor, competence, and likeability during an everyday encounter can impact your next career move? The founder of Brightstar, a $10M/yr company got his start selling airline frequent flyer miles. While on a flight himself, he met the vice-president of the Bolivian soccer federation and was offered a job as a business manager. The co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs built his first small computer in a garage with a friend he made during an internship. Walt Disney, once fired for his lack of creativity, got his big break when he moved to Los Angeles with no money, and only the dream to expand his network. Have you ever thought about the fact that every day encounters are actually interviews in disguise? Daily interactions with the manager you report to, the peer sitting next to you, or [...]
Could it be that your communication style is the key job qualification that keeps getting overlooked as you submit applications and prepare for potential interviews? The job experts at Recruiter suggest that the way in which an employee communicates is the often the "most essential part" of the position at hand. You can make yourself look great on paper and develop a brand that highlights all of the right skills and aspects of your career history, but a hiring manager needs to know what you are actually like to be around. How do you relate to coworkers? How do you receive instruction and direction from your boss? The marketability that you have to offer hinges greatly on these patterns of communication. Your references and former employers can speak to the style that typically defines you. Although many people operate in a way that crosses over into different communication styles depending on the task at hand [...]
In a consistently competitive job market, it takes hard work to set yourself apart from the crowd. Perhaps you've struggled before in the overwhelm that comes with applying for job after job, only to find that you are one of hundreds of candidates being considered. The specific experience and education that you have under your belt does not always seal the deal in achieving the highly sought after position that you desire. Your resume must be polished to perfection and uniquely formatted in order to draw attention to your tremendous aptitude. Your cover letter, references dossier, and all other corresponding documents should be specifically targeted toward your job of choice with keywords that reflect your sense of purpose and your dedication to your field of service. Your social media presence and branding efforts must remain professional and intentional at all times, with dynamic imagery that defines an individual who is ready to work hard with [...]
Do you ever just get completely annoyed with everyone at your office? Regardless of how extroverted you may be and how greatly you desire social interaction, it might be that you just need some space from crowded ignorance. The individuals that surround us every day at our workplace can be our biggest buddies or our greatest source of frustration. For better or for worse, we often have no control over the team members with which we are paired. Perhaps you have been with the same company for several months or even years, and patterns of communication and interaction have started to take root. There may be times in which projects require full team participation, yet there are personalities that always seem to take over or cause tempers to flare. It’s always easiest to just avoid such opportunities of conflict and get the work done on your own. However, in the midst of your teamwork avoidance, [...]