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New Grads: Yes, You Can Get a Job!

It's a tough time for prospective college grads trying to find their first job. Read this for ideas on how to get some perspective.

Networking Oblivion

Are you a good networker, even a great one? Do you invest plenty of time in LinkedIn, steadily building your contacts and sharing posts and other information with the group? Are you a faithful tweeter? Do you tend to see the possibilities in people, wanting to meet them instead of worrying about wasting your time? If this describes you, we are likeminded souls. But the problem with this general approach to networking, as I’ve found, is that things don’t seem to go anywhere in particular.…

How To Not Be a Boring Speaker

I have a number of presentations and workshops coming up this fall, and I’ve been thinking about how to structure my talks for maximum value and interest. In my research, I found a Tim Sanders blog post with a phrase that particularly bears repeating: “Do your research about the audience, where they need to be moved to, and how that intersects with your expertise or experiences.” It seems so obvious that the audience holds the keys and yet, most of us forget that.…

What Do You Do and How’d You Get Your Start?

Learn about different fields by asking those you meet about what they do and how they got their start.

For the College-Bound: Relevancy Will Be the Greatest Challenge

Kings College Chapel, Wikipedia Dan Schawbel, the Gen Y personal branding guru, wrote a post last week that resonated with me on a number of levels. Point #5 of the post, entitled “Relevancy Will Become Our Greatest Challenge”, is as apt as the overblown claims that surround it. Who skims 800 blog posts a day, I ask. But being relevant when there is so much information bombarding us and so much competition surrounding us does seem to be the greatest challenge in separating ourselves from the crowd.…

What Works in Any Job Market

I just read a depressing statistic about the job market for new grads. According to a new study by Rutgers University, U.S. college graduates from 2011 have almost half of the graduates from 2010 to compete with in the job market. That is bad news for the career paths of both groups: for 2011 grads they will have more competition for starter jobs. For 2010 grads it means they will have to explain what they’ve been doing for the past year.…

Putting Your Eggs in One Internship Basket

Here’s something I see a lot of Gen Y internship and job seekers doing that is very unproductive: applying to only one thing at a time. Those of us who come from older and more cynical generations know that a good rule of thumb is to never assume that one opportunity will come through—you need to cover a lot of ground, all at the same time. But often we fail to offer that advice to our children.…

Don’t Freelance Too Early in Your Career

I read a post citing research claiming that only 27% of Millenials prefer to work full-time than to freelance. Now granted, this survey was conducted by Elance, a freelancers’ website, but even so, that figure disturbed me. According to the author, the desire to freelance is fueled by the lack of job security in the market, and the difficulty young adults have had in finding jobs during the recession.…

Waiting for Payday on the College Front

As we’ve discussed in this blog before, the price value relationship of college is being called into question, now more than ever. For many Americans, whether they get financial aid determines whether or not they can attend the college of their choice. This is not a new situation, it is just a lot more common. How do students deal with their need to get the right financial aid package? Followingis a first-hand accountof the experience of Flo Wen, a senior at the Dalton School in New York City.…

Internship or Job: Is One Better than the Other?

Like me you may have a child in late high school or college, or perhaps you’re a young adult reading this yourself. In either case, you may find yourself debating whether it’s better to find an internship or a job. Most of you will already have set plans for the summer, but this consideration is also relevant during the year. As you move closer to college graduation and a “real job”, it’s important to consider the impact of each.…