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November 25, 2006

Career Tips For New Graduates

Filed under: Find Employment — tjmj2006 @ 3:00 pm

As I give mock interviews to students and alumni, the question that seems to stump most of them is:

Other than your degree at (College or University) what else are you doing to secure your position in the industry?

While your degree is important, employers want to see that you have progressively moved into your career. Book knowledge is important as it sets the foundation, however, your participation in extra cirricular activities may launch you ahead of the competition.

Here are two activities you should consider:

Internships

An internship provides the student with an understanding of career demands and qualifications.  Internships allow students to connect what they have learned in class with how it will be applied in a work setting.

Job boards like Monster, Hotjobs and Careerbuilder provide a list of internship opportunities. You can also visit http://www.build-a-career.coman update list of internship opportunties and resources.

Professional Organizations

Employers seeking individuals who field knowledge is not dependent on book knowledge. Joining professional organizations send a message to your potential employer that you are committed to developing your experience.

Many graduates over look the potential of networking while joining professional organizations. These organizations typically announce employment opportunities that are available only to members via newletters, email and job lists.

Here are two resources to help you research professional organizations in your field of study:

Associations on the Net — This site, from The Internet Public Library, lists organizations that have a Web presence, enabling you to explore groups you might want to join.

Gateway to Associations Online — Maintained by the American Society of Association Executives, this site provides a comprehensive directory to Web sites of business and professional associations.

Theresa Johnson has worked as Career Services Advisor for a private institution for over 5 years; assisting more than 250 individuals in finding full-time employment. Visit http://www.build-a-career.com for more information on career resources tips.

October 25, 2006

Craigslist Is Best Site For Finding Jobs

Filed under: Find Employment — tjmj2006 @ 1:48 am

I found out about Craigslist by a former Career Services Advisor at a private college in Chicago.

After reviewing the site I realized that there were some great employment opportunities available for my alumni.

At the time, my husband was searching for another opportunity in information technology. He has since gone on to start his own IT company in Chicago called Kingdom Technolgoy Resources, Inc. – http://www.kingdomtechnologyresources.com

I posted his resume on Craigslist and submitted his resume to 5 positions. Within hours he received 3 calls. We were shocked.

I passed this information on to my best friend Angela, who at the time was also looking for employment. She sent her resume to 4 employers and within 1 week landed a great job earning more than what she was earning at her previous employer.

The great thing about Craigslist is they post positions hourly. All industries are represented. 

I’ll show you exactly how my husband and best friend achieved so much success on Craiglist. Go to our resource page now to learn more about Craigslist and other career boards – http://www.build-a-career.com

October 15, 2006

Secret Job Source Produces Interviews and Job Offers

Filed under: Find Employment — tjmj2006 @ 12:49 pm

I have suggested many resources during my career as a Career Service Advisor to both students and alumni. Monster, Hotjobs, CareerBuilder are a few of the many resources I have suggested.

About 3 years ago one of my co-workers suggested that I use another resource to assist candidates in finding employment.

This secret source is a community board where individuals are able to post anything, for free in most cases.

I was a bit skeptical but I decided to try it out.

My husband was unemployed at the time so we used this source to find him employment in the Information Technology. We sent his resume to several position and literally within minutes he began to receive email and calls for positions. It was absolutely amazing.

My best friend was layed off from her job and I suggested that she use this secret source to find employment. She sent her resume to several positions and landed 4 interviews and two offers in one week….talk about amazing. She accepted one of the offers.

Many of my students/alumni have even found opportunities using this source.

The key to success using this source is persistence. Employers post positions hourly.

You can find this recommended secret source on our website under Career Resources – http://www.build-a-career.com

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