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.…
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.…
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.…
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?…
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.…
Welcome to your job search, 2018!
Did you know that being more aware of your natural habits and tendencies can bring you more happiness and productivity in your career?
In service to you, I thought I’d start the year off with some of the best productivity ideas I’ve read recently – simple ways of thinking about how each of us goes about our day that can have a big impact on the pleasure and satisfaction we derive from our activities, both at work and at play.…
Seniors, I’m hearing from a lot of you that you’re having a tough time finding the right job and graduation is looming.
As you know, LinkedIn
is the first place recruiters and hiring managers look when they want to know more about you. I look at profiles all the time, and there are a number of mistakes, or simple lost opportunities, that I see among people of all ages. Here are some concrete things you can do now to get your profile in great shape for employers.…
So you’re a college student
and while you really want a summer internship
, you either haven’t gotten around to working on it or have made some inroads but given up. The good news is there are still plenty of internships available if you’re willing to apply yourself to the task.
You should know that the most competitive, structured and paid internships
are mostly gone by now. And because of the regulations around paying interns, some big companies have abandoned their internship programs, so there may be fewer paid internships available.…