Career Portfolios–Should You Have One?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 30, 2012 in , | No Comments

 

By having one, you’re providing employers with an in-depth look into your background–helping prove facts stated on your resume.

An online career portfolio can be a “show and tell” by spotlighting what you’ve done, linking to blogs, charts, videos, testimonials, articles, or work samples.

This is also a good place to mention any awards received, brag about your GPA, internship experiences, and volunteer work. Think of a career portfolio as a way to separate yourself from the masses and wow an employer. Constantly update information as you build your career. Show workshops taken, promotions, successes, added responsibilities, etc.

Best Links to Career and Job Search Sites

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 23, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

More great sites to assist you in your job search…

  • Career Quiz – A free career quiz to help you determine your ideal career path.
  • The Riley Guide-One of the first career sites online, considered one of the best.
  • Quintessential Careers-Lots of resources, helpful links on career planning, job hunt topics.
  • Job Web-Aimed at recent grads, run by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
  • Job Hunt-Career resources with employers listed by state.
  • Career One Stop-Department of Labor information, considered one of the best online.

Skills Needed for Success

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 21, 2012 in , , | 1 Comment

Listed below are basic skills and transferable skills required for most jobs.

Most college grads will have the basics, and a few of the transferable skills, if they’ve sought out opportunities. See how many of the basic skills you possess–hopefully you have all of them! But if you don’t, now is the time to acquire what you lack to make yourself marketable in your job search. The transferables are what you’ll take from one job to the next and are often associated with higher pay and responsibility.

Internet Job Search Effectiveness

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 16, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Use the internet to your advantage!

  1. First, always be cautious. Anyone can pose as an employer or company to collect personal information. Never believe sites which promise you’ll find a job with them immediately and charge high fees. Never put your Social Security number online unless it’s a government site. Even so, those government sites have been hacked.
  2. The larger search engines offer links to recommended career sites, such as MSN.
  3. Using employer’s sites is very helpful. Again, you’ll want to verify it’s actually their site before proceeding. You can access job openings and staff to answer questions, along with background information about the company useful in an interview.

No Job Ad? No Problem!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 14, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Employers are less likely to advertise a position for fear of being inundated with resumes.

Given that, how do you find a job? If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, or following me on Twitter, you know I advocate networking as the best way to land an interview. But how should you develop a network of contacts? Here are easy steps…

  1. Start with a list of people you know (relatives, friends, mentors, classmates, neighbors, coworkers, etc.), that list could be as many as 100 or more people.

Make the Most of Internships

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 9, 2012 in , , | 1 Comment

Interning gives you the opportunity to show your value!

Never think any internship is a dead end. Instead, think of it as an important beginning to your career. Taking that into consideration, what you do during an internship makes all the difference.

A study found 91% of employers want grads who have had one or more internships, but 50% of those employers haven’t yet taken on any new interns for the summer months. What does this mean? Those wanting internships will have stiff competition. In order to impress an employer, once you do land an internship, I’ve compiled helpful tips below.

Why Send a Thank You?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 7, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

After an interview, it’s imperative to send a thank you note, here’s why…

  • First of all, it creates a good first impression by showing you have manners.
  • It demonstrates to the employer you have great follow-up skills, often necessary in many jobs.
  • If they’ve lost your resume, this gives you another chance to interact with them.
  • You have the opportunity to remind them you want the job, are qualified for it, and are their best candidate.

Managing a Job Search with Technology

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 2, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

It’s important to organize your job search. Now it’s easier with the following options:

  1. JibberJobber-this site gives you online tools to keep track of your contacts while managing your job search. Free, but they do have an upgrade with more features you must purchase.
  2. Plaxo-a site which enables you to organize your professional contact information and it’s also a social networking site.
  3. Smartphone Apps-contact management apps are built into several smartphone types. Buy and download more sophisticated ones if necessary.
  4. Computer-PC contact management programs, such as ACT! allow you to create electronic “cards” for each contact, you can then integrate them into your weekly schedule.