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Summer Internship Not Working Out? Here’s What to Do

Summer Internship not Working Out? It’s mid-summer and you’re in the midst of a coveted internship, following an intense and competitive interviewing period. When you were hired, you and your parents were thrilled. But it’s not working out. This summer, many seemingly promising internships will instead end up being boring, repetitive and unfulfilling. And they may not even be paid – even with all the attention on what constitutes a legal internship and how unpaid internships favor the privileged.…

Engineer Your Career: Make Big Career Decisions Using this Simple Process

The Engineering Design Process From Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg Try applying “the engineering design process” detailed in Charles Duhigg’s excellent book and you will learn to make better, less binary and more creative decisions. This “methodical approach to problem solving” removes the emotion so we can view our problems more objectively. It’s an excellent tool for defining career problems and coming up with potentially novel solutions.…

Want a Mentor? Don’t Make these Rookie Mistakes

Want a Mentor? Don't Make These Rookie Mistakes I was listening to one of Tim Ferriss’s excellent podcasts the other day, and he made the comment that the best way to guarantee someone won’t mentor you is to ask them directly to be your mentor. That sounds counterintuitive. But here’s why it makes a lot of sense. Mentoring someone in a formal way requires a lot of time. Scheduling meetings, making introductions to others who can help, answering questions in person and by email – these activities can all add up to a big time suck.…

Graduating from College and No Job In Sight

Graduating from College and No Job in Sight Dear Ms. Cheston, I am graduating from college this May with a B.S. in Public Health from Syracuse University, but I’m no longer sure I want to go into this field. While I’ve taken some business courses as well, I don’t know what to look for in a job, and when I apply to jobs online, I never receive a call back.  As I move closer to graduation, I am nervous that I don’t have a job lined up for after graduation.…

Anxiety and Your Job Search: Getting the Treatment You Need

Anxiety and your Job Search A client of mine, an engineer with a PhD from a top school, had an easy time getting interviews. But during every meeting he became nervous and hesitant, stuttering and sweating as he was asked to respond to the most basic interview questions. Another client, highly intelligent, articulate and charming with many interests and good work experience for her age, didn’t feel worthy of the jobs she interviewed for. Each time she met with a hiring manager she spent most of the time nervously apologizing for the 20% of the job’s requirements she lacked instead of focusing on the directly related experience she did have.…

There’s No Such Thing as a Dream Job

There's No Such Thing as a Dream Job Do you, or have you ever had, a “dream job”? Do you have any friends, former classmates or colleagues who describe their job as a dream? Do you believe them? Don’t get me wrong – I love when I see someone fulfilled in their work, successfully using their strengths in an environment where they feel appreciated and fulfilled, and getting paid appropriately to do it. But that’s no dream: behind that deep sense of satisfaction is someone who has ventured down the path of self-discovery, sometimes at real personal cost, and has matched his strengths and most important values with a need he is uniquely suited to fill.…

5 Ways to Develop Yourself as a Leader Early in Your Career

5 Ways to Develop Yourself as a Leader Early Leadership is one of those terms that is so ubiquitous it’s hard to define.

Why Recruiters Aren’t Returning Your Calls

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 4.44.41 PM There is a long-standing misconception among job seekers about recruiters – how they can help, how to engage them and, most often, why they’re not returning your calls. When I was head of marketing for the Association of Executive Search Consultants, we spent a lot of time explaining the difference between retained search consultants and contingency recruiters. To provide candidates with the opportunity to be “found” by search firms, the organization created a senior-level candidate site called BlueSteps.com, where candidates could pay a fee to list their credentials and search firms would consult the site to help fill their searches.…

Colleges Make It Pay for Students to Take Unpaid Internships

Colleges Pay Unpaid Interns Did you know that your school may offer grants for those students taking unpaid internships this summer?

How College Students Can Make the Most of Winter Break

Lake Forest College Daily, Jan 13 Use your winter break from college wisely--it's a great time to plan your career.