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.…
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.…
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.…
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.
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.…
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.…
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.…