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Monday, March 10, 2014

The 5 Traits Of A Company's 'Top Talent'

An article from Business Insider discusses 5 characteristics of successful employees. The five include: adaptable, collaborative, problem solving, humility, and leadership.

As a student or professional it is good to know about these traits, as you can work on developing and enhancing them.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

10 Blogs Every College Student Should Read

This article is from College Magazine's website. It offers some great information for college students from freshman year through graduation. Check out the 10 blogs that offer an abundance of advice from job and career information to staying fit and much more at

Monday, February 17, 2014

7 'Soft' Skills You Need for Career Success

This article from Business Insider discusses a group of skills that students and alumni can work on to help them succeed in just about any job. The article focuses on 7 skills.

Want the secret to career success? Hint: It’s not just the mastery of a specific software program, excellent writing or organizational skills, or anything else that might show up on the list of must-haves on a typical job description. Rather, how well you succeed in your job, and in your career, often comes down to the marriage of those hard skills and so-called soft skills. 

Regardless of your industry, position or whether you’re content at your current job or looking for another, honing the soft skills will positively influence the way you interact with others, get along with your manager, approach conflict — and, ultimately, influence whether your career thrives or withers. 
Despite their importance, companies often struggle to articulate these skills, frequently don't screen job candidates for them and regularly neglect to coach employees on them until their absence has already caused serious problems. What are they? Here are seven soft skills that are essential for career success.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

5 Things You Should Be Doing If You’re Unemployed Read

I came across this article on a website called CareerRealism. The article focuses on things people can do to make themselves marketable for getting a job, including people who are unemployed. Here is the article.

Applying to jobs you’re not qualified for (which 50% of job seekers reportedly do!) is counter-productive to your job search. Competition is too fierce. Even qualified applicants aren’t getting callbacks. So, stop applying to so many jobs and allocate time each week to becoming more hirable. Here’s how…

1. Volunteer
Volunteering can increase your chances of being hired if you’re strategic about it. Unemployed teacher? Help out with after school programs or volunteer to be a coach’s assistant. Web designer? Find a local non-profit in desperate need of a re-design and offer your services pro bono. By volunteering somewhere relevant, you’ll keep your skills fresh while enhancing your resume.
2. Keep Your Skills Current
If you lack a skill commonly required for jobs you’re seeking, spend time each day building that skill. Take advantage of numerous free resources online, including tutorials, e-books, and how-to videos. If you’d rather have more of a class setup, then look for free or affordable adult education classes in your area. Alternatively, if you already possess the necessary skills but haven’t been practicing, the do so. Skill atrophy is a huge concern for hiring managers, so practice and get yourself ready for pre-employment skills tests.

3. Network
There are two parts to networking: reconnecting with your old contacts and forming new ones. Depending on where you are in your career, reconnecting might mean contacting professors, college advisers, and internship supervisors, or it might mean getting in touch with old colleagues, bosses, and business acquaintances.
Find them, e-mail them, call them. Ask them to coffee. Ask how they are (networking is social, after all) and let them know the specifics of your job search (industry, location, etc.). See if they know of anything or anyone.
Most importantly, follow up!
At a temporary dead-end with your current contacts? Make new ones. Go to networking events sponsored by your university, industry, city, and so on. And look beyond traditional networking events. Consider going to lectures, neighborhood council meetings, even community bar crawls (go easy on the sauce). Each of these provides an opportunity to meet people with similar interests, and you can have fun in the process.
Again, follow up!
4. Freelance
Some job seekers are opposed to anything that’s not a full-time job. If this sounds like you, it’s time to change your mindset. Freelancing is a great way to boost your skills, resume, portfolio, professional network, income, and confidence. Search for freelance openings here.
5. Build An Online Presence
Get found online. Start a blog, spruce up your social network profiles, create an online portfolio to showcase your work. Find companies you’re interested in working for, subscribe to their blogs, and follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Find decision-makers at those companies and follow them as well. Learn what they’re talking about, do a little research, and then engage with them online. Impress them with your interest and insights.
Worst case scenario — you’ll learn what’s important to them and use this information to customize your application when a job opens up.
Better case scenario — you’ll establish a rapport with someone who will recommend you for a position and/or tell you about unpublished openings.
Best case scenario — you’ll impress someone so much over time that they’ll create a job for you or bring you in for an exploratory interview.
What are you doing to become more hireable?


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful

I read this article on Business Insider today. It has some great items for students and alumni to consider working on to be successful as a student and professional.

You have to do the hard things. 
  • You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
  • You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
  • You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  • You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
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