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Make the Holiday Break Count: College to Career Checklist

Whether you’re a college freshman or a junior, the holiday break is an important time to start planning for your summer internship. Banks and consulting firms do their internship hiring in January and February, but even if you’re interested in non-profit, government, start-ups or something non-traditional, now’s the time to get started. Here’s how: Update your resume. But don’t do it in a vacuum. Buy a good resume book like Knock ‘Em Dead Resumes and be sure to have a few trusted friends and family members provide input.…

Five Things to Do in College to Set You Up for a Great Career

There is an argument raging in this country right now about whether it is the duty of colleges and universities to make young people job-ready. Traditionalists argue that colleges should teach students how to think and help them develop a strong knowledge base, and that career preparation is the purview of career centers and employers. Many others, including President Obama, feel that colleges should take more responsibility for their graduates’ ability to get jobs.…

Best Posts of the Week for Job-Seekers: October 28th

  Each week I’ll feature three posts offering particularly good counsel for those early in their careers. Send along your favorites for consideration. For the week of October 28th: This easy to read and follow infographic has some of the best information I’ve seen on how to maximize your visibility—and success—on LinkedIn: 17 Must-Haves for Your LinkedIn Profile Great reminder from HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes on how social media can help you find a job: 3 Ways Social Media Can Help You Land a Job (And Keep It) Did you know?…

Stop Applying to Jobs Online and Other Career Advice

I love to get good questions from readers and share my answers in a post. Here’s one that addresses a few important issues: Hi Allison, I just read one of your articles on Forbes about how to job search on LinkedIn. I’m a twenty-something currently looking for an entry level job in NYC in the TV business. I’ve had three interviews in 4 weeks but no offers. Responding to job ads feels like sending my cover letter/resume into a black hole (and it’s depressing).…

Best Posts of the Week for Job-Seekers: October 14th

  Each week I’ll feature three posts offering particularly good counsel for those early in their careers. Send along your favorites for consideration. For the week of October 14th: Alex Dogliotti shares why you should be careful when using social media to court a particular employer: Don’t Fall into the Trap of a Social Media Based Job Hunt Deborah Jacobs offers a tough wake-up call to those starting their first jobs: To Thrive at Work 20 Year Olds Must Adjust their Attitude Kerry Jones shares great ideas on how to become an expert through your blog–a topic I love to address in my blog posts and workshops: How a Blog Can Turn You into an Industry Authority              …

Best Posts of the Week for Job-Seekers: 9.30.13

Each week I’ll feature three posts offering particularly good counsel for those early in their careers. Send along your favorites for consideration. For the week of September 30th: Some of the best tips I’ve read for recent grads, (but really for anyone) from Don Fornes,  founder of Software Advice: Nine Job-Seeking Tips for College Graduates Business communication coach Nancy Ancowitz talks about how listening well and being comfortable with being quiet can help you in your career: Listen Your Way Up the Ladder Dan Schawbel, personal branding expert and author of the new book Promote Yourself, talks about how every job involves selling and provides good tips on branding and self-promotion: Success Is Determined by Your Ability to Sell Yourself            …

Why Email Isn’t “Just for Old People”

Millenials are not good about responding to email and that is bad news for their careers. While email doesn’t have the immediacy associated with texting, IM, or Google Chat, there are some important rules associated with email that should not be ignored. Who cares about rules when it comes to email, a Millenial might ask. Putting aside the issue of human courtesy, and knowing that Millenials always want to know how they will benefit, there is one important reason: Employers.…

How to Major in English and Still Get a Job

A recent opinion piece in the New York Times last weekend mourned the passing of the English major as an assured path to a job or graduate school. English was never a degree offering a specific career track. Twenty years ago and beyond, English majors from top liberal arts colleges were sought after in every profession. Today, as the debate about the value of the college degree rages on, schools are being expected to provide more vocational coursework and guidance to ensure the employability of their graduates.…

How to Handle Resume Gaps

  I love getting questions from readers—and here’s a very practical one that I’m not sure I’ve addressed on this blog before. “I would like to know if you have any blogs with advice on how to get back into work or a job after long periods (ex. years) of unemployment and how to explain these breaks to your employer.” This is a great question and one that plagues many job-seekers.…

Create Your Own Internship

With summer coming, here's how to be the Chief Operating Officer of your internship destiny.