A Must Read for New Grads – Grads talk about Transition from College to Work World

July 1, 2014

What will the job be like? What should I be looking for in an interview? Will I like my job? Simply Hired talks to their own newly hired college graduates about their first year in the real world and this is what they have to say, including some advice to those still looking. Real World Advice from Real Grads

Tips For New Grads

June 24, 2014  Tagged ,

US News recently published a great article in the Money/Personal Finance Section. Teresa Mears shares 13 Real-World Tips for College Grads.  This money and life advice will help recent graduates transition from the classroom to the meeting room. http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/05/02/13-real-world-tips-for-college-grads?page=2

Help Your References Help You

April 8, 2014

You had a great resume. You got the interview. Now you furnish your references. Will you get the job? Employers DO contact references and YOUR reference can make the difference between you and another candidate getting the job offer. Help your references help you:
1. Talk with potential references before the job search. The better you know your reference and he/she knows your goals and achievements, the better reference they can be for you. You want references who will enthusiastically endorse you for the job.
2. Use recent references who know your work experience and your work ethic. Ensure they’ve known you for a minimum of one year, and preferably longer. Employers are most likely to call more recent references. Using one or two former/present employer references and one or two academic references works well for recent graduates. Refrain from using family members, even if you have worked for them. They are automatically discounted as being subjective.
3. Use references that can articulate your transferrable skills. You may not have done the job you’re applying for, but a good communicator who knows you can demonstrate your strengths in a meaningful way to a potential employer.
4. Furnish your references with a recent resume. They may not recall how long you worked for them or what your background or other experiences are or even your major or degree. Whether or not they are writing a letter of recommendation, an updated resume will be helpful for them and beneficial for you.
5. Finally, remember that employers WILL contact references. Reference information needs to be updated. Check in with your references every time you have an interview set up to let them know they may be contacted. Ensure their contact information, title, company, etc. is correctly submitted to the employer, and that they have access to phone/and or email (travel, particularly international travel could affect their availability). When a candidate is a top contender following an interview and your references are not available by phone or email for several days, employers can and will move on to the next candidate.

Holidays provide a great time to connect

December 17, 2013

Add three to five people to your connections over the holidays. Take advantage of the holiday family and social gatherings to learn what others are doing and tell them about your career interests. Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert, gives some great tips in her article Networking Tips for the Holidays.Networking Tips for Holidays

Resume Transformation

December 4, 2013

How can you transform your resume from a series of facts and bullet points to an eye-catching,appetite whetting document that gets you calls for an interview? Vivian Giang explains what a career expert at TheLadders suggests in this article: How to Write an Excellent Resume 2013 For more resume and career advice, go to http://careercenter.cofc.edu/ and select the Students or Alumni links on left.

Young and just starting in your career? Some insightful advice from your peers.

May 31, 2013

Career Advice for Young Professionals from Successful Go-Getters article by The Brazen Team found in Brazen Life
Career Advice for Young Professionals from Successful Go-Getters

Looking for a Job? Make sure you avoid these pitfalls.

May 7, 2013

Allison Linn of NBC News writes: “Hey, class of 2013, here’s how NOT to get a job” in NBC News.com

Does Your Resume Look Dated?

January 3, 2013

In Toni Bowers’ article, “Four things that make your resume look dated” published in Tech Republic on February 21, 2012, she reminds us that times have changed.

Four things that make your resume look dated

Have you reviewed your resumes lately?

Two-Minute Career Advice Videos

December 6, 2012

Looking for quick answers to your career search questions? We’re going to be publishing some quick video clips, courtesy of About.com JobSearch, a great career website for both experienced and new job searchers. While there are thousands of good articles worth taking the time to read (we have many relevant resources on our website: careercenter.cofc.edu under the Student section as well), some of us just like quick blips of information. So look for our quick videos and remember: Holidays are a great time to network.

Planning a Career Change?

July 30, 2012

By Helen Burnett-Nichols, BrighterLife.ca
From CareerVitality

While some people are fortunate enough to find their true calling on their first try, for others, finding the job that best matches their strengths, skills and interests may call for a career change – or several as they search for it.

Vancouver resident Fannie Smith made a successful change, with the help of careful planning. After working in the tourism industry for several years, she started questioning her career path, wondering if a more fulfilling profession was out there.

The journey towards her new career began while Smith was watching a wheelchair rugby game in 2010, when she decided her true interests lay in event management for disability sports. She then began to plan her career change. After a year-long transition involving a lot of time and energy, she is now thriving in her new role as high-performance coordinator with the Disabled Skiers Association of B.C.

If a new career area has piqued your interest and you are considering a move into a new job, sector or profession, those who have made the leap say there are a number of steps you can take to help you get there.