Aug 18


College students and new graduates often feel they have nothing to include on a resume when conducting job search and for using with job applications. College students’ work experience is often seemingly unrelated to their job targets, and aside from that, the only information left to include is education. However, while this may seem like the case, it simply isn’t so!

Transferable Skills

One method of approaching a college student or new graduate resume is to focus on transferable skills. These skills are applicable to different situations. The ability to communicate well, for example, is a skill that is useful in any industry or position. Other transferable skills may include the ability to work well with numbers, sales skills, or an ability to solve problems by looking at the big picture. These are only a few examples.

How do you list transferable skills? There are a number of ways to include transferable skills in your resume, job application, and cover letter. The following are some tips for various sections of the resume.

The Summary or Profile

Objective statements are out. Profiles are in. Open with a brief introductory paragraph describing your most “sellable” points. Briefly list transferable skills here, or present them in a keyword summary list. This is exactly as it sounds: a list of keywords. Use those that show your transferable skills.

Education

Depending on your college major, you likely had to write papers, complete projects, or both. What were the outcomes of these? Did you conduct comprehensive research on a subject? Design an engineering plan? Were these published or put into use in the “real world”? Use as much of your educational experience to your advantage. You can also include a summary of coursework, which often demonstrates transferable skills that are used in the educational setting and in the world of business.

Employment History

Many college students have a work history unrelated to their targeted field. If this is true for you, take heart. You can include many transferable skills on your college or new graduate resume. At the most basic, you likely gained professional skills such as dependability, working with others, collaborating on projects, communicating with clients or customers, and much more. Your work history may not be as unrelated as it first seems.

Additional Information

Any volunteer work or memberships may lead to transferable skills. Just as your employment history helps you learn transferable skills, so too does volunteer work. It also demonstrates a commitment to helping others. If you’ve fulfilled any roles in a professional organization, this too can show transferable (and sometimes directly related) skills.

When you take the time to thoroughly review your experience, education, and other related activities, you will discover a number of transferable skills. Use these to your advantage! Your resume, college application, job application, or cover letter will be much stronger for it.

Aug 12


If you’ve just graduated from college or high school and want to accumulate job experience, hit your computer and find an internship online. An internship is a pre-professional, usually unpaid, job that provides students, recent graduates, and people hoping to change careers with experience in a particular career field. For students, internships can also offer college credit. If you’re thinking of transitioning into a new career field, find an internship as a way to try out a new job without making a permanent commitment.

If you’re in college, you visit your college’s Career Services office, or ask if they have a program helping students find an internship. If your college arranges to find an internship for students, they may have a web page where you can check out internships online. These internships are geared specifically toward students from your college, so you may find a perfect fit on just one visit to the site.

There are also websites designed to act as search engines just to help you find an internship. One of those, MonsterTrak.com, is not only an exhaustive job listing database, it also offers an internship database – all you need to do is enter “internship” in the search field. If you’re a current student or a college graduate, call your school’s career counseling office to find out if your college is partnered with MonsterTrak – if they are, they can provide you with a password. Also try sites that let you find an internship – Internweb.com, one of many such sites, has a search feature that lets you to specify location, industry, job function, and even the time of year you’d like to do your internship.

If you’re a recent college graduate looking for work experience or even an older adult hoping to change careers, seriously consider an internship to get the work experience you need – or just to find out if you really want to work in that field at all. A surprising number of industries, from computer tech and banking to the restaurant business and law, offer internships for work experience and even college credit. They offer a chance for those new to a particular field to gain experience while working under mentors who know the business inside and out. Find an internship the same way you would hunt for a job – just specify that you’re looking for an internship online, rather than a permanent position.

Aug 04

Remember that commercial you heard on the radio the other day? The one with the catchy jingle that you can’t get out of your head? That’s good marketing! Take notes from that on how to create a resume that will make an impression on employers. Much like commercials or ads…resumes need to grab the attention of the reader! When writers are planning commercials for print, television, or radio, they focus on finding a ‘hook’ that will get inside your head . You should do he same thing When writing your resume.

In fact you have to write a resume that captures the attention of the hiring manager within the first couple of seconds otherwise your resume will be tossed. Resume writing allows you a creative freedom that many people don’t bother using when they create resumes for their job search. You can’t be completely off-the-wall with your resume, you can still e craft a resume that is as catchy as that new commercial and maintain your professional image.

Gather together your information and make sure that you have a copy of the job listing. The copy of the job listing will help you with this. You can read over it for keywords, or to see where the employer places the emphasis in the listing, so that you know what aspects of your skills and training they are interested in hearing about. The resume doesn’t have to give your life story, it simply has to intrigue the hiring manager enough that you get called in for an interview. Now this doesn’t mean to leave them hanging. On the contrary, you need to be sure that you provide all of the requested information, as well as a full list of your employment history and educational background.

There is a delicate balance between providing a professional looking resume and building a creative resume. Keep that professionalism in mind while you write, you can take the creativity to whatever extent possible, while still maintaining integrity in your resume writing. Many people feel like they are simply recording a documented history of their experience, you are really creating history in your resume. Your resume is the one place where you can list your job experiences the way that YOU want, to give you the best chance at landing the job.

Nothing I have written above means or insinuates that you should lie. In Fact…NEVER lie on a resume; it will come back to haunt you. Being creative in language and phrasing etc. is a far cry from telling lies. For example, instead of saying “Assistant Manager”, you could say something along the lines of “Assistant Manager of Human Resources and Employee Relations.”   This gives a much clearer idea of what you actually did at your job than the first example.

Jul 28

Finding your first job out of college is an exciting and sometimes intimidating process. On the one hand, your future depends on it! You may be faced with new expenses such as rent, food, and student loan payments, and feeling the pressure to find the “perfect” job. On the other hand, today’s workplace is much different from that of your parents’ generation. The average person changes careers multiple times during his or her work history. Does this mean you should take your first job out of college lightly? Not at all—it simply means that you can stop worrying, and focus your energies on finding the best possible job for you at this time.

Know What You’re Looking For

If you haven’t yet identified your job target, now is the time to do so! Take advantage of your school’s career services and job placement opportunities. These services exist for one reason: to help you in your career. Most career services offices offer a variety of assessment tools to help you determine your best career option. For some college students, this may mean a career outside of your major. For other students, this may mean identifying a specific career within the larger field of study.

Do Your Research

Finding your ideal job takes effort. It’s not enough to simply post your resume, job application, and cover letter on the Internet and wait for employers to come calling. If you want to find the best job, you need to engage all your resources. Research the types of companies you want to work for and find out as much about them as possible. Use your network of friends and associates and a variety of job-search tools, including the Internet, classifieds, state and government postings, job fairs, cold calling, and placement agencies and recruiters (although be wary of any agencies or recruiters that charge a fee).

Apr 11

Your day is now complete. You’ve been to the Job Fair; you visited all the booths and handed out dozens of résumés. Now what? Time to build a follow up plan. Here are some ideas:

  • Get organized. Take some time to review your conversations, look through literature that you picked up, and make notes for each company, recruiter and opportunity. If you are missing contact information for someone you met, do some internet research to find it.
  • Apply online. Many people feel that a recruiter may be brushing them off by asking the candidate to “go to the website” but they are not! Hiring companies are subject to many regulations regarding tracking job applicants, and to be considered a candidate, you need to be recorded in their system. Get that online application submitted!
  • Send a thank-you note. Personal preference varies on whether email or hand written is better. Email is quicker, but it’s pretty cool (and unusual) to get a hand written note. Thank the recruiter for their time and try to mention something specific to your conversation that will help them remember you. Emphasize your interest in the company and position. Based on your conversation at the Job Fair, ask about follow up, and if appropriate, ask for an interview!
  • Stay in touch. Again, use your judgment based on the information that you learned from the recruiter. Do they have an immediate need? Will the process take several weeks? Follow up by email at the appropriate interval to stay top of mind as a motivated, proactive candidate.
Mar 26

Looking for an accredited online master’s degree in Human Resources at a bargain price? Consider one of GetEducated’s Top 15 Ranked Best Buys in distance learning masters ~ all priced under $18,000.Ranked at the #1 spot this year is the Master of Science in Human Resources from Tarleton State University of Texas at $8,960 for Texas Residents. Non-Residents will pay considerably more at $18,540. The #2 ranked option, Troy University, of Alabama, charges the same low tuition ($11,340) regardless of state of residency.

The average cost of a distance business masters in the human resources major area, according to the survey, which included 38 regionally accredited universities, is $18,400.

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Among the most expensive buys for consumers seeking a business school degree through distance learning: The University of Phoenix ($27,450); Drexel University ($37,575); Devry University ($28,700); and Golden Gate University ($40,800).

In a separate study of nationally accredited distance degrees, GetEducated’s analysts found that online degrees accredited by the Distance Education & Training Council (DETC) cost consistently less than their regionally accredited counterparts. Average cost for a DETC accredited HR master’s degree: $9,320.

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Mar 18

It’s difficult enough going to school, going to work, and dealing with the issues of your everyday life, but add a little summer heat and it can be downright impossible to get motivated about your education. So, rather than taking classes in a hot and stuffy classroom, why not advance your career by taking spa management courses online in the air-conditioned comfort of your own home?The Institute of Spa Management (ISM) offers online classes year-round, making it easier than ever to achieve your goals quickly and easily. Whether you are new to the spa industry or a seasoned spa professional, ISM has a program for you.

At ISM you can choose the all-inclusive Spa Management course that covers all areas of spa management, including finance, public relations, client services, marketing, and more. At the end of the course you will be fully qualified to fill any spa management position available.

You can also take individual courses, such as conflict management, human resources, customer service, and others. It’s up to you how you want to spend your summer months, but spending it advancing your career goals with ISM in the comfort of your own home makes it easier than ever.

Mar 14

It could well happen to you. You are sitting next to someone on a plane, or a train, or on a bus and in the course of conversation, you discover that they are with a company you would really like to work for. You can exchange business cards and tell them you will send your resume when you reach your destination. Or, you can instantly transmit your resume to them via your PDA or hand them a flash memory stick to download all your credentials on the spot. “Whether it is traveling internationally or at a party or even standing in line for a movie, you can never tell when a career opportunity might present itself,” said Robert Graber, founder of online career site, WallStJobs.com, “and the impact of instantly transmitting a resume is hard to beat.”

Graber notes that with today’s competitive employment market, you should always be prepared to initiate a job search. “Having an up to date resume and some supporting documents such as articles you may have published or periodicals in which you were quoted, will make a profound impression.”

Graber suggests that you prepare a few “iResumes” that can be downloaded via a USB flash drive or transmitted via your PDA. “Ideally you should have both Word and PDF formats,” he said. “You might have more than one iResume at the ready . . . one that is more industry-focused in addition to a more skill-centered version to choose from depending on the circumstance.”

Graber advises using only a PDF format for sending articles, awards or trade papers you are featured in to preserve their visual format which will maximize their impact when opened.

“You may have to email yourself these files from another source to have them in the email history of your portable device,” Graber notes, “so be sure to highlight which iResume or article is which in the subject line so you can find it quickly. And take care that these emails don’t get archived off the device as new mail comes in.”

“These career moments can happen quickly,” Graber noted, “but don’t forget to follow up with your new contact. Be certain you get a business card or have that individual give you their information via their electronic device and check to see that it comes through accurately.”

About the company: WallStJobs.com, the premier recruiting source exclusively for financial service professionals, is a member of the Jobosaurus family of uniquely specialized recruiting sites.

Feb 27

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) February 26, 2008 — Two advertising executives and two undergraduate business students launched YouIntern.com - the first free online community of interns in the advertising and marketing industry, featuring advertising internship reviews, submitted by college students, and advertising internship openings, submitted by employers.

After noticing that students lacked a central resource for advertising internship information, and agencies lacked a central channel to connect with students, YouIntern.com’s founders decided to fill this gap with a website that encourages and supports rewarding internship experiences for both students and employers.

“The marketplace of information lacks any substantive content for interns,” said Dan Chaparian, one of YouIntern’s founders. “YouIntern.com was born to give interns the inside track on positions they are considering. We then invite employers to submit their internship opportunities so that every stakeholder feels involved in the process.”

Along with internship reviews and openings, YouIntern.com features “expert advice” from advertising professionals to help guide students toward their career goals. The founders also maintain a blog with stories from the field and from their experience in advertising. Everything builds on YouIntern’s philosophy of “freedom from coffee and copies” that liberates students from the monotony of many of today’s internships.

“YouIntern.com is the only place where students can read the scoop about an internship before deciding to apply. That’s why we link employers and students,” said Anand Chopra-McGowan, another founder. “Advertising is one of the hottest industries for students, and we’re inviting employers to post their open internships right next to these students.”

Internships are necessary for students who wish to build a competitive resume, and with services charging thousands of dollars for internship placement, competition and demand is higher than ever. Business Week recently reported that the National Association of Colleges and Employers noted that 62% of new hires have internship experience, and YouIntern.com’s goal is to ensure that every stakeholder in the internship process has fair and equal access to information.

YouIntern.com has plans to become the definitive platform for honest, open information and dialogue in the form of internship reviews, and open internship postings. Current reviews and postings include leading marketing and advertising agencies like Arnold, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Burson-Marseteller, Hill Holliday, MMB, BBH, GSD&M, Mullen, Modernista! and more. Cities covered include Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many more, with internships in summar, fall and spring semesters.

Feb 27

Courting your Career is a unique, easy-to-read book that draws parallels between the job search and dating rituals. By using real-life examples and anecdotes, you can relate to the perils of finding the right career position to dating situations to gain incredible insight.

With a touch of humor and a quite a bit of knowledge, author Shawn Graham imparts wisdom from his experience as an Associate Directors of the MBA Career Management Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. In Courting Your Career, Graham addresses everyday questions he fields everyday from job-seeking clients. His amusing anecdotes seek to help readers avoid similar mistakes to his clients by making familiar comparisons between searching for a job and finding the right partner in life. By using these provocative parallels, Graham offers valuable strategies for landing your dream job. By exposing the interpersonal nuances of the job search and how to develop these connections, Graham helps you achieve greater success in your job search. For example, Graham compares the close of an interview with the end of a date. While you don’t actually kiss the interviewer at the end, you should reaffirm your interest in the position (in the dating world “call me”) and inquire about the next steps in the interviewing process (in the dating world “when will I see you again”).

Courting Your Career is a lighthearted approach to a serious subject that can help shed light on subtle communications that can help you land the job of your dreams.