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How to Get Your First Post-College Job

The 6 Things Every College Senior Should Know   Earlier this year, I had 5 college senior clients seeking their first post-grad job. While each of them ultimately got good jobs, their timetables varied. In January there will be a new crop of college seniors anxious about their prospects, wanting to know how best to proceed. Here are some lessons from the class just in front of them. Most hiring of new grads doesn’t kick into full gear until April.…

Why Your College Grad Can’t Find a Job in 2018

  It’s Summer 2018 and the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in years. Arguably it’s a candidate’s market. And yet, many new and recent college grads are still unemployed. How can that be? Finding a job is hard. It’s so hard that most people fail to do the heavy lifting of deciding what they might want to do. Discovering what you might want to do requires a number of assertive steps, including: listing your skills and interests and doing some research on career tracks that could be appropriate; researching the role and types of organizations where you can do it; talking with people who do it for a living; and going after that particular role and set of organizations without knowing whether there’s an opening.…

Tell Me About Yourself: Talk Your Skills Up in an Interview

Most interviews are in a behavioral format, meaning the interviewer not only wants you to share that you have a particular skill, they want to hear about how you used that skill in past jobs. Practicing your skill story ahead of time will allow you to share it strategically, building it seamlessly into The Story of YOU. First, a quick review of the four steps to telling your story: Start with a theme – a common thread that knits your experience together.…

Tell Me About Yourself: Examples of Narratives That Work

Telling the Story of YOU should be a great experience. It should make you feel like you’ve just had a 5-mile run or a great cup of coffee, or both. Instead, if it feels tortured, nervous-making or rambling, just imagine how the listener feels. This is your story – you get to tell it exactly how you want to, but to get results, it’s ideal to follow a few ground rules.…

The Story of YOU Part 2: Tutorial on Narratives that Work

  Last time we discussed the basic principles behind engaging listeners with your story. Today we are going to get downright specific – I’m going to share specific instructions for creating narratives that work well to open doors for all types of job seekers. First, some general principles for developing your narrative. Consider the audience for your narrative. Is it a general introduction at a roundtable discussion or conference? Is it a means of introduction to an organization, but not a specific role?…

The Story of YOU: The Most Fascinating Story Ever Told

  When you talk about yourself, do people listen? Do their eyes glaze over in boredom? Something in between? Knowing what to say, how to say it and, even more importantly, what NOT to say about yourself, is an art, and an important one. Telling your story in a compelling way is one of the most important things you can get right – not only in the job search process and on the job but also in, well, life.…

5 Things College Seniors Can Do Now to Secure That Post-Grad Job

  Today my clients include five college seniors I’m helping to secure a post-graduate job. While they have been doing all the right things since January, it is taking time to get responses. For all you college seniors out there, here’s the advice I’m sharing with my clients in real time: Know that mid-March marks the time when companies you’ve been contacting start to respond to your internship and entry-level job applications.  …

What Can Informational Interviews Do For Me?

  Over the years there’s been loads written about the value of “informational interviews,” the meetings you, the job-seeker, procure to find out more about an organization you’re interested in, while sort of pretending you’re not actually interested in a job there. These “interviews,” constitute a tricky dance between candidates and prospective employers, prompting many candidates to just throw in the towel and avoid them altogether. But that’s a mistake.…

Low Response Rate from Online Job Applications? Try This

A reader emailed me recently with a question about the low response rate to his online applications – a universal problem! For some people, online applications are the bane of their existence, yet others have success. Here is how I look at the virtual application market based on your level, and type of, experience: If you are just starting your career, it’s fine to apply online, as long as you take the steps I detail below.…

The Messy Middle of Your Job Search

In my practice working with executives at all levels and millennials starting their careers I’ve noticed that everyone, regardless of experience, finds the middle of their search stressful and difficult. Over time I’ve learned to warn clients about this. Once the exhilarating beginning of the career development or change process is over and we’ve identified an end goal, and the branding and marketing and outreach plan is ready to go, it’s time to wait to hear back from the market.…