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50 Career Tips for College Students

October 2, 2012

March 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm by Tom Denham

College teaches you how to think.  However, unless you are engaged with your campus Career Center, college teaches you virtually nothing on the subject of career development.  Think about how many courses you took in your major, and then think about how many semester-long courses you took on career development?  A rare few colleges offer, at most, one or two courses on the topic.  You spend time more time at work than in any other aspect of your life, but college teaches you barely anything on how to start, build and manage your career.  Without the Career Center, you will be left on your own to figure out what you are suppose to do with your life.  The transition is difficult because there is no syllabus for success.  Here are my 50 tips to prepare you for the realities of working.

  1. Go to the Career Center on campus at least once a semester and then every month when you are a senior.
  2. Believe in yourself, believe in something and have someone believe in you.
  3. Success comes from inside of you.
  4. In addition to your college degree, employers will want to see multiple internship experiences.  Your competition has them.
  5. Start building your resume early in your college career.  Don’t wait until you get back from spring break of your Senior year.
  6. Be nice to your faculty.  You’ll need them someday to serve as a reference for graduate school or a job.
  7. Get clarity and focus on the three types of jobs you will pursue: 1) Ideal Jobs, 2) Back-Up/Realistic Jobs, and 3) Survival Jobs.
  8. Come up with your own personal and professional definition of success and don’t let anyone else define it for you.
  9. Your first job is a period of adjustment.  It’s like being a freshman all over again.  Be patient and learn the ropes.
  10. Think of your first job as a stepping-stone that can help you get closer to your Ideal Job.
  11. Show up early and stay late.
  12. If you are self-aware, self-confident and self-disciplined you will go very far in life.
  13. Take advantage of everything that college has to offer.  Suck the life-force out of it.  If you do, you’ll have no regrets.
  14. Most jobs today are not for life.  The time to start preparing for your next job search is the day you take your new job.
  15. Eliminate poor grammar and slang from your speech.
  16. Resist the temptation to use work time to conduct personal business like email, phone calls and combing the Internet.
  17. An employer cares about how productive you are.  They don’t really care whether or not you’re professionally fulfilled.
  18. Starting at the bottom is not beneath you; it’s expected.
  19. An employer wants to know, “Can you do the job?  Are you willing to do the job?  Can we stand you when you do the job?”
  20. Don’t get sloppy with your behavior.  It can run you into trouble later on.
  21. Share your life, but don’t over-share.
  22. Stay focused and don’t get distracted by Facebook or other social media sites.  Cut your addiction to the Internet.
  23. Know when you need to work independently and know when you need to be a team player.
  24. You can never say “please” and “thank you” enough – it goes a long way.
  25. If you perpetually smile and look people in the eyes you are likely to get the same in return.
  26. Employers hire for attitude and train for knowledge.  Enthusiasm is the road to success.
  27. Clean up any “Digital Dirt” that’s on the Internet.  Your online reputation IS your reputation.  Create it, build it and protect it.
  28. Keep your commitments.  Habitually cancelling is a C.L.M., Career Limiting Move.
  29. Keep in mind that success is the first attempt after failure.  We all have made mistakes.  Don’t sweat it; just learn from them.
  30. Devote a great deal of time to practicing your interview skills.  Have a Mock Interview at your campus Career Center.
  31. You won’t reach your career goals if you let someone else drive your career.  Go from passenger to driver.
  32. If you take your career seriously, others will take you seriously.  If you care about others, others will care about you.
  33. Ask for help, but don’t suck up too much of anyone’s time.
  34. How you dress is a reflection of your self-image.  Dress for not where you are, but for where you want to be.  Be neat.
  35. Have a clear vision for your life.  Set personal and professional goals every year and develop an action plan to achieve them.
  36. It is highly likely you will go on to graduate school.  Carefully pick the right degree and program.  It’s expensive if you don’t.
  37. Network your brains out and carefully build your LinkedIn Contacts.  You will be changing jobs, and you’ll need their help.
  38. Givers Get!  It starts with you.
  39. Most communication is non-verbal.  Pay attention to what you say.  Pay closer attention to what you say when you’re not talking.
  40. Have regular meetings with your boss to discuss your progress.  This can save a lot of misunderstandings and headaches later.
  41. A person’s most basic human emotional need is to be heard.  Listening is a critically important skill in the workplace.  Talk less.
  42. Stay in your first job out of college for one year, preferably two to three.  Anything less is job hopping, and it doesn’t look good.
  43. The world is very small and increasingly interconnected.  Play nice.  Don’t burn any bridges.
  44. Don’t chase after money.  It tends to be a poor long-term motivator.  Do what you love and the money will follow.
  45. Pursue meaningful work that makes a difference.  The meaning of life is to make a difference.  Do work that you value.
  46. Build an emergency fund just in case something goes wrong at work.  Find a financial planner and start investing immediately!
  47. Set up a budget and stick to it.  Don’t get into credit card debt.  Always live below your means.
  48. Don’t wait for opportunities.  Go out and hunt for them.
  49. Where you go in life is up to you.
  50. Go be somebody.

25 Twitter Hashtags That Will Help You Get A Job

August 2, 2012


While some lucky college students find work right away, for most others, the idea of hitting the job market after graduation is a little intimidating if not downright scary. With competition tough and opportunities limited, finding a job can be difficult. Yet, students and recent grads shouldn’t lose hope: finding a great job is possible even in this market, especially when you get a little help from those who know what it takes to get hired.

While career counselors at your school can be a great source of information, grads can also seek out guidance on their own through a wide range of career-focused Twitter chats. Here, we’ve listed some of the best get-togethers on Twitter for learning about everything from resume writing to working with recruiters to scoring a killer internship and just about everything in between.

  1. #jobhuntchat

    If you’re looking for help in your job hunt, this chat offers some of the best advice out there on filling out applications, interviewing, and the entire job hunt process. Join in every Monday at 10 p.m. EST.

  2. #HFChat

    Hire Friday Chat, or HFChat, connects HR professionals, employers, recruiters, coaches, and resume writers with job hunters. Use some of these resources to your own advantage by listening in every Friday at noon EST.

  3. #careerchat

    This chat is geared toward college students or recent grads, making it the perfect choice for those who feel they need a little guidance in making the transition between campus and career. The chat is held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST.

  4. #CareerSavvy

    Join the team in this chat, held Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. EST, to learn more about how to find work or advance an existing career.

  5. #CareerSuccess

    Held on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST, this chat draws off of the weekly podcasts of Career Success Radio, touching on everything from social media etiquette to selling yourself in an interview.

  1. #hirefriday

    If graduation is on the horizon, it’s probably not too soon to start looking for work. Get some help in this all-day chat held every Friday.

  2. #LinkedInChat

    Are you making the most of LinkedIn to get career advice and opportunities? Learn more about the service and what it can offer you in this weekly chat held on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST.

  3. #InternPro

    Internship resource YouTern hosts this weekly chat (Mondays at 9 p.m. EST) to offer college students a chance to learn more about finding internships, networking, mentoring, and other parts of the career preparation process.

  4. #U30Pro

    Head to this chat to join other young professionals (it’s geared toward those under 30, but all ages are welcome) as they discuss a wide range of career issues. Just log on to Twitter Thursday nights at 7 EST to add your two cents.

  5. #tchat

    Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EST you can head online to learn more about HR, recruiting, career coaching, marketing, social media, and more from those who work in the industry. It’s intended for professionals in the field but can be enlightening for job hunters as well.

  1. #speakchat

    Improving your public speaking skills can be useful no matter what field you’re going into, and you can get help and advice on doing just that every Monday at 9 p.m. EST.

  2. #InternChat

    Need a few internships to fill out your resume and get experience? Learn more about what it takes to get hired and make the most of any internship on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. EST.

  3. #jobseekersm

    If you’re reading this list you’re obviously interested in learning how to use social media to find work and advance your career, but this chat focuses in very specifically on that topic. Chat it up with experts in the field every Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST.

  4. #CBJobChat

    Held the first Monday of each month at 8 p.m. EST, this chat is managed by Career Builder and focuses on some of the biggest career-related topics important to job hunters and those looking to advance or start a career.

  5. #GenYJobs

    Are you part of Gen Y? Are you interested in finding a job? Then this chat’s for you! Head to Twitter on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST every other week for chats with other Gen Y-ers about finding work, getting ahead, and much more.

  1. #gmuchat

    Held twice a week, this chat covers topics like career, college, and social media. It’s catered toward those with disabilities who might have a harder time finding work, but anyone can benefit from this great George Mason College chat.

  2. #LeadNow

    Develop your leadership skills, get career advice, and find resources for professional development when you join in on this Millennial-focused chat. Pay attention, though: it seems conservative candidate Newt Gingrich might have co-opted this hashtag.

  3. #MPACEChat

    Make time on the first Friday of the month for this chat (held at 1 p.m. EST) geared toward helping college students transition into the working world. You’ll get a chance to talk with recruiters and career center professionals about all of your career concerns.

  4. #GenYchat

    Join others from your generation in discussing a wide range of topics every Wednesday night at 9 EST, including career issues, all with a Gen Y take.

  5. #MillennialChat

    Want some career guidance from others in your age group? Participating in this weekly chat (Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. EST) can be one way to get advice and answers to your career questions.

  1. #leadershipchat

    Striving to be a better leader will serve you well throughout your career, and it’s a great idea to start getting a great foundation now. Get insights into leadership, management, communication, and more from this chat held Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST.

  2. #ResuChat

    If your resume isn’t looking as sharp as it could, join in this chat to get tips and tools that can make it much easier to find a job.

  3. #smmanners

    Social media is a fact of life for job hunters and young professionals today, so it’s essential that you know how to use it well and with the appropriate decorum, both of which you’ll learn by joining this chat on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST.

  4. #mwchat

    Monster is often a go-to site for those looking for both job listings and career advice, and through this Twitter chat, you’ll be able to connect with experts at the site in real time.

  5. #NextChat

    Direct your Twitter account to this hashtag on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. EST for commentary on HR, recruiting, social media, and more.

Job Seekers: Get Social Now! via Come Recommended by Kate D’Amico on 4/20/12

May 1, 2012

It’s no secret that social media is an important part of your job search (see here, here and here). But how important is it? This infographic from says that companies are expecting to recruit online for more than 80% of their job openings. That’s a lot of online recruiting!

Some other statistics to note:

What networks are recruiters using?

  • 98% use LinkedIn
  • 42% use Twitter
  • 33% use Facebook
  • 19% use Twitter in conjunction to LinkedIn

What roles are recruiters looking to fill?

  • 39% looking to fill executive or upper management roles
  • 77% looking to fill other management roles
  • 36% looking to fill non-managerial hourly employees
  • 82% looking to fill non-managerial salaried roles

How are recruiters using social media?

  • 58% are sourcing applicants
  • 49% are posting job opportunities

Why do recruiters use social media?

  • 84% to recruit candidates who might not otherwise apply
  • 67% to save money
  • 54% to target a specific job level
  • 60% to increase the company’s brand recognition
  • 52% to target a specific skill set

How can you find a job using social media?

  • Make a good impression — people look at your profile for an average of less than 6 seconds
  • Use keywords in your social media profiles
  • Try other sites like,, and
  • Follow recruiters on Twitter; @electra, @Fishdogs, and @smheadhunter are good ones (so is @HeatherHuhman, founder of Come Recommended!)

Disney looking to hire veterans

April 18, 2012

The Walt Disney Company is looking to hire 1,000 veterans over the next three years. Company President and CEO Bob Iger announced the company wide initiative called “Heroes Work Here” on Tuesday, March 13th.

There is much more to the new program than just hiring vets. Disney will hold career fairs, offer training and volunteer opportunities.

And don’t think you have to head to Orlando just to work at Disney. The company owns ESPN and ABC. Here is a full list of the companies in the Disney family.

Want to make your dreams come true? Check out the Disney Careers website.

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Disney looking to hire veterans

How to Launch a Successful Job Search in a New City

April 17, 2012

ImageEd. note:  This is a guest post from Jodi Glickman as part of our Career Series. Jodi is a regular blogger for the Harvard Business Review, contributor to and author of the book “Great on the Job.”  

Finding a job in today’s market is daunting enough, even with friends and family cheering you on. But moving cross-country and looking for a job at the same time — it’s enough to throw any sane person over the edge. Launching a job search in a new city is undoubtedly harder than finding a new gig in your hometown, but today you’ve got more resources to help make the transition smooth, seamless and successful.  Here are 8 things to keep in mind as you load up your VW, board that plane, or head for the other coast…

1. Know Why You’re Moving

Ask yourself the tough (or obvious) questions and be straight with yourself.  Are you making a lifestyle choice, (Boulder anyone?) moving to be close to friends and family, or making a career change? Any of these factors will likely impact your job prospects and earning power post-move.  Whatever the case, be honest with yourself about the reality of the situation and adjust your expectations accordingly.

2. Get to Know Your new City

Start reading the local papers online and find some niche blogs that speak to you. Research the business drivers in your new city—is your destination a high tech zone, like Silicon Valley; a booming college-town like Austin, Texas or a burgeoning start-up community like Chicago? How robust is the local economy? Are you moving to Bismark, ND (3.8 % unemployment) or Detroit (10.8% unemployment)?  Take into account the strength of the local economy as you factor in how long your job search will actually take.

3. Tell the World you’re Moving!  

Update your LinkedIn profile with your headline — “moving to Minneapolis — looking for a new job in consumer products.”  Post your new status on Google+, Twitter, Facebook — and any other social networking sites you use. Send personal messages to your trusted LinkedIn connections and let people know you’re coming to town. A cross-country move is a great excuse to reach out to former colleagues or classmates and ask for assistance with introductions, informational interviews, or job leads.

4. Leverage Your Network 

It’s time to leverage your network and start building new relationships. Use LinkedIn Groups to find like-minded job seekers or networking groups in your new city. The Groups Directory page will give you suggestions of groups to join or allow you to search by keyword or category. And don’t underestimate the power of your alumni network. My Cornell alumni page on LinkedIn is a treasure trove of information — it gives me an incredible dashboard that tells me where fellow alumni live, who they work for and what they do. In a single snapshot, I can tell who is working in business development in the San Francisco Bay Area and presto — I’ve got my target list of people to reach out to to find a biz dev job in that city.

For the more adventurous who want to take networking offline, consider joining an in-person MeetUp group. The Portland Job Seekers Group, for example, hosts regular networking and recruiting events around town.

5. Ask for Help

Once you’ve tapped into your network, old and new, go ahead and take the plunge— ask for the help you need. People relish being the expert on their city and enjoy helping friends and acquaintances find their footing in a new locale. Ask your friends, friends of friends, friends’ parents— who they know who can help your cause. Be as specific as possible in your requests for help.  Do you want contacts in digital media and entertainment or are you looking for informational interviews with consumer products professionals in Cincinnati?

I recently spoke to a job seeker who’s moving to Chicago from New York City.  Micah relies extensively on both her alumni network and LinkedIn community—asking her growing network for help with everything from putting her in touch with local headhunters, making introductions to contacts at financial services firms, even recommending pre-schools for her toddler.

6. Make the Job Search Work for You

There’s absolutely too much information out there to sift through. Instead, make your job search work for you by using the advanced search function in LinkedIn Jobs and searching jobs by keyword, zip code, date posted and more, so that you are only seeing the most relevant and interesting jobs. You’ll also have the ability to see who you’re connected to at respective employers, giving you a great leg up to learn more about a specific company or position. You can also create saved searches and email alerts when new jobs are posted that meet your criteria.

For even more help creating a personalized job search tool, check out Lindsey Pollak’s recent post on curating your own personal job search feed, which gives you great tips on setting up personalized job search alerts from all of your favorite job search sites.

7. Expect to Fail (a little bit….)

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find a job immediately.  There are bound to be bumps and bruises along the way, so plan for hiccups.  Stay busy.  Job search in coffee shops so that you’re not home alone feeling blue.  Get a part-time job or volunteer to get to know people and become engaged in your new community.  Whatever you’re hoping to accomplish, assume it will take longer than expected.

8. Pay it Forward

Finally, reach out and thank all of those who helped you along the way.  Close the loop and let people know how things turned out. And of course, think about how you can return the favor and pay it forward.  Who can you help with a job search or write a LinkedIn recommendation for?  How can you give back to your new (or old) community?  Keep your good fortune in mind the next time someone asks you for a job lead or think about what you can do to help a friend who’s recently been laid off.

Let us know what your job search experience has been by sharing your experiences @linkedin

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HOW TO: Get Hired By Google

January 25, 2012

A recent study showed that Google is the top company young workers want to work for (see 10 Companies Young Professionals Want To Work For). Many have heard about the exciting corporate culture at Google, from scooters to travel to and from meetings to massage chairs, volleyball courts, and yoga classes. So how do you get hired by Google?

The process isn’t easy, according to an infographic by Jobvine, a free job network based in South Africa. Google reviews every resume it receives, but only hires .01%-.04% of the one million resumes it receives every year!

The process is long, with many interviews in different forms and some out-of-the-box questions (“How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?” and “Why are manhole covers round?” as a few examples). Google also focuses on hiring based on ability over experience, and looks for talent rather than specific skill sets.

The good news is that Google’s hiring has steadily increased over the last 10 years, from 2,300 in 2002 to 28,800 in 2011. Plus, the top 10 salaries at Google range from a $143,000 to a whopping $241,000 per year!

Google is a great company to work for; this hiring process may be long, but the payoff is great.

Full Image can be read online:

How To Get Hired By Google


Jobseekers, be Interview-Ready: Company Research 101

November 22, 2011

Interview Calendar

A question was posted on LinkedIn recently asking hiring managers what their pet peeves were when it comes to interviewing job candidates. Over and over again, respondents indicated that their pet peeve is candidates who come to the interview and don’t know anything about the company.

Jobseekers, there is no excuse.  When you go into the interview, you should know the company’s products, its mission, its history, its industry, its competitors, its strategic goals, and any big projects/products/announcements that have made it in the news.

“But I Don’t Know How To Research a Company!” you say? Here’s how:

  1. Start with the company’s website. Look for an “About Us“,  “News & Press“, “Our Team” sections.  Look for an “Our Services” or“Our Clients” section.  Basically, read everything you possibly can on the company website.
  2. Look at what the company says about itself on LinkedIn. Don’t forget to check out new hire listings.
  3. Go back to the team list you found in step one. Now search each of these names in LinkedIn. How long have they been in the position? Where were they before that? Do they mention any projects they’ve been involved in? What groups do they belong to? Have they asked or answered any questions in LinkedIn Q&A? Have they contributed to any group discussions? Do they have a blog?
  4. Google the company name and click through to some of the links. This is a scavenger hunt, of sorts. You won’t know what’s good until you find it. Skip through to the third, fifth, seventh and tenth pages. Look for articles that mention the company in terms of industry trends and developments, new products, customer service experiences. If you have more time, read more articles.
  5. Go back to the google search page, and toggle on the NEWS tab. Search the company again. Look for press releases, industry analyses, financial analyst reports, controversies, praise, mentions by journalists. Often you’ll find more illuminating information from the financial and industry analysts  who talk about an annual report than you will from the report itself.
  6. Reset the time parameters, and look for news articles about the company from a year ago, two years ago, five years ago.
  7. Search the company name together with “merger” or “acquisition”. Has the company acquired other companies or been acquired? Is there any news about how smoothly (or not so smoothly) this went?
  8. Search the company name together with the title of your target position. You may be able to find out who the incumbent was before you, some of the projects they were involved in, any PR (negative or positive) that they attracted.
  9. Do it again, using the title of the person you will be reporting to. Is your soon-to-be-supervisor new in the position, or was there somebody in the position before him/her? How recent was the change? This search should be done both in Google and in LinkedIn.
  10. Search the company name together with the word “convention”, or “trade show”, or “conference”. Look for any presentations, keynote speeches, whitepapers. At a minimum, you will learn which industry associations and events the hiring company deems valuable.
  11. Search the company name together with keywords from the job description. Use one keyword at a time: Research. Marketing. Project Manager. ISP.  This is a great way to find clues to the goals and challenges that you will be facing that are specific to your target position.
  12. Search the company name together with the word “case study”. IT companies love to create case studies of their success stories. Check out what problems these vendors helped your target company to solve. Match this information against press releases announcing a different vendor for the same solution, which is often a clue that a mega-project went bust.
  13. Use to search for the company and any of its employees on twitter. Check out their twitter streams. What are they talking about? What are they excited about?
  14. Google “who are COMPANY’s main competitors“. Look for entries from sites such,,, and
  15. Use to research the company culture.

Organize Your Information

The amount of information you will uncover will vary depending on the company’s size and years in business. For smaller firms, you might not get much more than their stated business goal and the names of its founders and executives. That’s fine, that’s more than you knew before. Try other search engines like bingPipl is a great tool for doing a deep search on people’s names. For most mid to large-sized companies, the information will be so voluminous that it will be overwhelming.  Organize your findings by the questions you want answered:

  • What is the company’s product/service and target clientele?
  • Where does the company say it is heading in the next five years? What are its goals, values, mission?
  • Has there been any events recently that confirm or contradict those values, mission, goals?
  • Who are its main competitors? How does the company stack up against these competitors?
  • Has there been a lot of staffing changes recently? Is this because the company is growing, or is it an indication of potential trouble?
  • What are the company’s main challenges? Pain points? Risk exposures?
  • What are the company’s main competitive advantages?

If you want to position yourself as the solution to their problem, think like a marketer. Do your market research. Understand who the company is, what its challenges and pain points are, where they are going, and how you can contribute.  Then, be ready to demonstrate your insights in your interview.