Invasion of Privacy

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 28, 2011 in , , , | No Comments

As a student and job seeker, you must know what is easily available to everyone.

You may be surprised to know that your age, address, former names, former employers, county records, arrest record, marriages, divorces, phone numbers, aliases, online activity–and much more–are free to anyone. Not only that, some of the information is incorrect, and yours could be lumped together with a person that has the same name.

It Can Hurt

Basically, all of that information online is an invasion of your personal privacy, which can hurt your chances of being hired, accepted into a college, or into internships or volunteer opportunities.

Should You Freelance?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 24, 2011 in , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

Contract, freelance or independent work has been on the rise for years.

The economic downturn nudged it further along. Companies prefer a “non-permanent” workforce they may utilize when needed.

According to Money Magazine, “Today about 30% of the U.S. job market–roughly 42 million workers–is made up of independent contractors, part-time or temporary staffers, and the self-employed.” This number is projected to grow to nearly half the workforce within the next decade. The trend expands beyond the usual freelance professions of writers and consultants.

Job Search Discouragement

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 21, 2011 in , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

It’s completely natural to feel discouraged, anxious and even depressed during unemployment.

Don’t allow those feelings to prevent you from moving forward, continue aiming towards your career goals.

Here are some suggestions to help you cope better:

1.) Ask what you might gain from this transition. Instead of thinking negatively, look for the positives. Unencumbered time lends plenty of opportunity to focus on what matters most to you, opening up new avenues of possibility.

2.) Keep your hope up and set goals to achieve, so you can see results, accomplishing something. Set goals weekly, and monthly, look at those goals daily to ensure you are on track.

Five Fatal Flaws When Interviewing

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 17, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Interviews are opportunities to “sell yourself” to make an employer want you.

Don’t limit your chances by committing these mistakes…

No Enthusiasm

If you don’t show interest in the job you’ve applied for, or the company, you will be weeded out immediately. As Dan Miller, (Life Coach and author), states: “Enthusiasm, boldness and confidence will often do more for you in an interview than another college degree.”

Possess enthusiasm, walk into the interview with a smile, firm handshake, and completely prepared. Your demeanor speaks to the interviewer that you are confident, knowledgeable, happy to be there and want the job.

Only 15 Minutes

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 17, 2011 in , , , | No Comments

It takes only 15 minutes for total strangers to decide your future.

Shocking as it might seem, the process involved in deciding whether you get into a certain college–or not–takes only minutes by a committee.

Not only that, the process is highly subjective. Things you wouldn’t think should matter often do. Besides GPA, the difficulty of classes taken, a well written essay and your extracurricular activities, a candidates gender, state of origin and race, play a large part in the process. And believe it or not, GPA isn’t always at the top of the list as most candidates think. Well-rounded students are usually more desirable than those totally focused on academics.

Network Properly

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 16, 2011 in , , , | No Comments

Networking is the single most important aspect of your job search.

Do you know how to properly network with connections?

Here are great tips from Rachael Zupek’s article, 10 Ways to Network Properly, excerpted from Katharine Hansen’s book, “A Foot in the Door”, originally featured on

1.) Know your purpose for networking. It sounds obvious, but job seekers waste their contacts time when they don’t really know what they want to do, where they want to work, or how the contact might be helpful to them. Think about what companies you want to target through networking and how you can identify connections that will lead you to those employers.

Blind Ads Blinding Job Seekers

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 14, 2011 in , , , , , , , | No Comments

Do you know what could cost you valuable time and money in your job search?

If you have been submitting your resume to online ads and responding to newspaper classifieds, you must read the following from an expert:

“The odds are against you…many of the newspaper ads are blind ads, meaning you can’t really tell what the job is or who the company is. Recruiters run these blind ads just to stir up prospects without having real positions available. Many companies run blind ads just to keep their reservoir of candidates. And some companies run blind ads to see if their own employees are looking for new opportunities. If you are spending more than 10% of your time using this method, you are wasting your time and energy that should be spent on more productive areas.” This quote was from 48 Days to the Work You Love, by Dan Miller (2007).

One Stop Internship Shop

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 10, 2011 in , , | No Comments

This is the third, and last in a series of posts regarding internships.

Finding an internship was once tedious, but not anymore!

In 2010, Mark Babbit (CEO) and Deb Babbit (Co-founder) of launched their useful tool for students and grads. Their site pairs interns with start-ups, nonprofits and entrepreneurship opportunities in a few easy steps. Best of all–it’s free! Employers also pay nothing to advertise intern positions, making for many ads being posted for positions nationwide.

Tough Job Market for Some Grads

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 9, 2011 in , , , , , , | 4 Comments

This is the second of an extensive three part post regarding internships for students and grads. The third post will be on Thursday.

Recent grad, or soon to be one?

If you’re not in the top 10-20% of your class, you’ll face one of the most difficult job markets in decades.

But, don’t let that discourage you, read on…

The affects of a downtrend in the economy are far-reaching, and some grads face an especially difficult uphill climb, even if they find employment. Disappointing starting positions–and even more disappointing salaries–which can stunt a career in the long haul, are the new norm for those not in the top 10-20%. Below you’ll find helpful tips to ensure employment.

Internships for Students and Grads

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 7, 2011 in , , , , , | No Comments

This is the first of an extensive three part post regarding internships. The second post will appear on Wednesday, the third on Thursday.

Internship experience is an excellent way to begin your career.

Whether getting your foot in the door at your dream job, or using as a stepping stone to discovery, internships are the way to go.

What is an internship? Basically, a short-term work experience that emphasizes hands-on learning.

Internships provide context for what you have learned as a student, putting that knowledge to good use. As an intern, you apply your academic work to a professional setting. By doing this, you are free to explore certain career opportunities.