Archive for October 2011

Gen Y: Entrepreneurs While Still In College

October 27, 2011

I’ll admit it, starting my own business is something that is definitely appealing to me. Being my own boss, building an empire, and creating my own hours? Sounds pretty amazing if you ask me! After reading an article on U.S. News, I believe that many college students would agree with what I have to say.
Courtney Rubin, a writer for U.S. News, posted an article recently about college students starting their own businesses. This was intriguing for me, because I am not only interested in creating my own company, but also I know many people in Generation Y are fascinated in the same thing.
The article itself shares many stories of different successful entrepreneurs that are still in college. Not only are they sharing their accomplishments, but they are letting others know the consequences of trying to make it on their own. There were some major highlights to take from this article, and here’s what they are:

1. You do not need a website to make it big. For instance, starting a tutoring company could possibly lead you in the right direction, and you don’t even have to have a website… just some fliers.

2. Grades may start to slip due to increase in business. Many of the entrepreneurs in the article stated that their business became more of a priority than school, so therefore they saw that they started to slack in classes.

3. Real life experience is more intriguing than sitting in a classroom. These college students said that they were learning more from starting their own business, than from attending courses at their university.

4. Don’t wait to make a move, start today. While you’re in college you have very little responsibilities, so there is no better time than the present to start making moves. Have an idea for a company? You may regret not taking action on it in the future, so go for it!
To read more about these college students and their success stories, go to: Start Your Own Business In College. Who knows, maybe that will spark your imagination and help you create your dream company. This article absolutely gave me some inspiration!

Do you know anyone that started their own business while in college? What advice would you give to Generation Y trying to become young entrepreneurs?


Age-Proofing Your Job Application

October 19, 2011

It’s not about your age; it’s about how you present yourself.

Many job seekers believe they’re not considered for open positions because they are too young or too old. The real reason their resumes wind up at the bottom of the pile has more to do with how they present themselves and their industry savvy, say recruiters and hiring managers.

Provide the Right Kind of Contact Information

Choose Dates Carefully

Be Clear, Simple and Achievement Oriented

Keep It Current: Avoid being too formal with your language.

Don’t Try to Overcompensate: While it’s not a bad idea to make your application materials as ageless as possible, it can backfire if you take it too far.

Read the entire article:
Age Proofing Your Job Application

Are Career Fairs Worth The Effort? Vault’s Career Blog

October 10, 2011

Find out more.  Don’t go to a career fair just because it says you might land your next job there.  Find out what companies will be present and then research those companies to find out more about them and the jobs they are looking to fill.  If these companies are not offering the types of jobs you are looking for, and you’re not desperate to take any job at the moment, don’t waste your time. 

Research the career fair.  If a particular company puts on a career fair each year, find out if it is successful.  A lot of people leave comments about whether they found a job or not.  If the success rate seems impressive to you, it might be worth examining further.  If all you read about are complaints, you might be more productive sending resumes and cover letters online. 

What can the fair offer you?  If you are still uncertain, but see that the fair will at least help you sharpen your interviewing skills, it might be worth going.  You can benefit greatly from the practice and any possible feedback you might need. 

How broad is the career fair?  Large career fairs are hard to navigate, not to mention, they can be loud and crowded.  You won’t really get a shot at selling yourself to Verizon when there are 200 people standing in front of you, holding you back from applying elsewhere, only for you to realize that they don’t have enough time to speak with you in-depth due to the volume of job applicants.  That’s why niche career fairs are a better choice. 

Are interviews available? Search for career fairs that offer candidates opportunities to interview with the employers at the fair. Booking an interview ahead of time for a position and employer in which you have interest will make the career fair worthwhile before you even walk through the door.

What are the networking opportunities? Some career fairs offer resume review, cocktail hours, lunch panels and meet-and-greets with professionals in the field. These types of activities may not result in an immediate job offer, but building your network can increase your odds of finding the right opportunity. Look for career fairs that go beyond resume-drops and instead foster relationship-building.

–Jon Minners,

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10 Job Search Tips that Take Less than One Minute

October 3, 2011

We recently received the following question from one of our members and wanted to share it with our readers.

We reached out to a community of career experts and asked for their advice. Here are the top 10 responses:

  1. Google yourself. Job seekers should take a few seconds to type their names into various search engines to ensure that the skeletons have stayed in their closets.
  2. Post a detailed “elevator pitch” on your LinkedIn profile.
  3. Phone a friend. We all have life-lines, but often we are hesitant to use them! Pick up the phone and call a friend who may have a connection that can help get your foot in the door.
  4. Write down a quote that inspires you, and put it up somewhere you look regularly. Inspiration will keep you focused and positive, which means you’ll be ready for that big interview when it comes.
  5. When you get an interview write a “Woowhoo!” on your job search success calendar to remind you that your efforts are paying off
  6. Identify what is most important to you – geographic location, industry or company. This will drive all your future decision on job opportunities.
  7. Hold yourself accountable. Tell someone (a friend, a coach, a family member) each week what you plan to do to move your job search forward that week. Saying it aloud to someone else and having them follow-up with you often results in increased productivity
  8. Scan the business section. A quick read of your local paper or news website’s business section can tell you a lot about what’s going on in your industry. You should know which companies have major projects in the works, which executives are moving up (or out) and how you could help a company with their next big move.
  9. Stay positive. No matter what your circumstances, be positive. No one cares about your sob story. It’s about the employer.
  10. Use spell check! Applying for a job is not the same as texting your friends. Use real words and actual sentences. If you don’t, it looks like you are too lazy to spell out words. Definitely not the impression you want to make.

Top 5 Proactive and Unique Job Interview Strategies

October 3, 2011

It can be overwhelming to think about how much work it actually entails to find a job in today’s web 2.0 world. If you are very serious about it, you have likely educated yourself in all the various facets of a job search and become well-equipped to go out and tackle the task. But, so have many others. Once a company narrows down the candidate pool to a group of people they want to meet, and you are one of them, it’s time to start thinking about your next steps. Only one person can be chosen in the end. When all things are equal, what makes you stand out?

Finding strategic and creative ways to land job interviews is half the battle. Once you are chosen for an interview, it’s not always going to be enough to arrive early, smile at the right times, answer the questions properly, ask the right questions, and then conduct all the proper follow-up tasks. Chances are you are going up against other candidates who will also be doing those same things. Now is the time to go that extra mile.

The best proactive strategies are somewhat subtle in nature and just flow with the rest of the process. The following are the top five strategies 80% of candidates do not utilize:    

1. Confirm your interview.

2. Develop a rapport with the people who interview you.

3. Ask if you can have a tour of the office/building/plant, etc.

4. Make it clear you are interested in the job and the company and not “what’s in it for me?”

5. Send personalized thank you letters to every person who was in the interview.