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But Should It Go on Your Resume?

 You’ve heard it before: Ask 10 people to look at your resume and you’ll get 10 different opinions. So what’s a self-respecting job seeker in the throes of unemployment angst supposed to do? Here’s my advice for what to include in your resume to help you stand out: Summarize, Summarize, Summarize One of the things that drives me crazy about resumes–and I look at a lot of them–is when people don’t put a summary on the top of their resume.…

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            …

Yes, Your Grammar Matters to Your Career

I loved the recent blog post by a tech CEO who says he won’t hire people who have bad grammar. As they say, you only have one chance to make a first impression, and those impressions are what count when you’re hunting for a job. When people don’t know you, they will make judgments about you based on what they see. That’s why it’s so important to dress appropriately for an interview, use good hygiene, have a firm handshake and speak well.…

Don’t Squander Your Summer Job!

So it’s summertime and you’re heading back to camp–the same camp you’ve always attended, right? But you’re a counselor so you’re getting paid, you can hang out with your old friends…seems like a real coup, right? Not so fast. If you’ve been a counselor before and are now graduating from high school or are already in college, it may be time to get some different experience. I see too many students in late high school and college continue to work at camps when they could be discovering careers and becoming more employable for the long term.…

Getting That Great Summer Internship

This is the year to get a great internship, but you need to start right away. There is good news: According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), intern hiring is up 8.5% this year . There is tons of information out there about internships, but what are the key steps a student or new grad needs to know? To help, I’ve distilled them into 5 simple actions. 1.…

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.…

Should You Change Your Major to Agree with Your Myers-Briggs Type?

Penelope Trunk’s blog post today on what college students should do now offers some great wisdom. But the one tip that really caught my eye was her suggestion to take a Myers-Briggs test to understand what you’re good at. She also suggests that if your score doesn’t agree with your chosen major, you should change it. I applaud taking assessment tests as early as high school—they can provide some direction about a career path when little exists.…

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.…

Connecting with Those You Know

As my readers know I am a longtime LinkedIn fan, and have been since its inception. It’s an incredible career development, as well as networking, tool. If you look at my profile you will see I have 500+ connections – and I’m proud to say that, virtually to a person, I know every one of them. Of course I know some much better than others, but I’ve met virtually all of them by phone at least.…

More on the College Debt Question

I’ve been writing on this topic for a week now, and it has really struck a chord. Most readers seem to agree that a college education is what you make of it, and if you need to pay out of pocket to attend an elite college, it may be a better idea to attend a state school, or get your degree in increments. The excellent blog post by Joanne Jacobs (thank you to Tracy Brisson for pointing it out), makes the point that those with degrees from elite colleges come away with a brand that speaks for itself.…