by Suzanne Bates - Jul, 2010
The other day at a Starbucks on Cape Cod my colleague Dave seemed distracted. “I’m sorry, I just can’t take my eyes of this group of kids.” Four boys who I’d guess were between the ages of 14 and 16 sat facing each other - their high end laptops open to separate gaming or Internet sites. 45 minutes later when Dave and I got up to leave they were still locked in this activity. As far as I could observe they hadn’t spoken a...
Unpaid Internships: Foot in the Door or Stepping on a Landmine?
by Barbara Safani - Jul, 2010
I was recently interviewed by CBS news about unpaid internships. There was a time when the only people who sought out unpaid internships were students who wanted to gain valuable work experience and were willing to forgo a salary to get it. But in today’s economy, more and more adults with long career histories are considering taking an unpaid internship as a way to get a foot in the door, transition into a new industry, learn...
Seven Reasons Why College Grads Can't Find A Job
by Bob Roth - Jul, 2010
Approximately 3.5 million students graduate from college each year. However, most people don't realize that more than a million of those students fail to find a good job, a job that pays well and has career potential. In fact, in tough times, the number of unemployed or underemployed college graduates can easily approach two million. Importantly, there are clear and specific reasons why so many college seniors and recent...
How to Learn Everything You Need to Know About Interviewing in One Day
by Barbara Safani - Jun, 2010
My daughter landed a plum internship this summer as an assistant to a musical director and casting director for the national tour of a very well known Broadway musical. On her first day she observed a typical theater audition, cattle-call style and in less than eight hours learned what it takes most people decades to learn about interviews. Here were her take-aways. 1. Having strong skills in multiple areas makes you a bett...
How to Network Smarter: Add Value First, Get Job Leads Second
by Kevin Donlin - Jun, 2010
Hey, college graduates -- pay attention. What follows is an interview I did with Megan Gebhart, a junior at Michigan State University. She is doing several smart things to position herself for rapid employment upon graduation in 2011. There are at least three job-search lessons in the conversation below. Can you find them? Kevin: Megan, you posted a discussion on LinkedIn about how you used your alumni connections to...
College Grads Can Frustrate Employers
by Bob Roth - Jun, 2010
Employers will always be on the lookout for college seniors and recent grads they think will contribute to the success of their organizations. As you might expect, organizations need people who can get things done, make things better, advance within their organizations and help the organization grow and become more profitable. However, many organizations are frequently frustrated and disappointed with the students they hire....
College Graduate? Tap into your Alumni Career Services for Free Job-Search Tools!
by Sharon Cohen - May, 2010
(Career Transition Action Plan Part III) Are you a college student who needs a job? Are you a recent graduate who needs a job? Are you an alumnus from way back, who needs a job or is in career transition? Would you like to re-energize your job search and tap into low cost or free resources? If so, read on... This article is the 3rd in a series for career changers, people in career transition and job seekers....
Taking Advantage of your Summer
by Claudine Vainrub - May, 2010
Internships and other ways to make a use of your summer vacation: Gone are the days when summer vacation time was solely used for going to the beach, being lazy and relaxing around the house. With the competition evident in the college admissions race, it pays off to think about doing something more useful with your time of leisure. Preparing for the college admissions race requires a lot of time and effort. However, it...
Job Hunting Strategies for MBAs
by Robin Ryan - May, 2010
MBA graduates often take home some of the best salaries in America. Starting grads can earn more than $100,000 right out of school. But what if you've been slaving over papers, reading dozens of books and finally you're about to earn that degree...and you have no new job in sight? Based on the career counseling calls I'm getting, that is the case for some of the MBAs seeking to advance their careers. Either their current e...
Does Your College Major Lead To A Great Job?
by Bob Roth - Apr, 2010
Many students enter college every year and select a major that may not lead directly to a job that is in demand and pays a decent starting salary. Since students usually want to leave home after graduation, live on their own, have some fun, buy a new car and begin to pay back their college loans, that should be a concern to both students and parents alike. Spending all of that time in college and paying all of that money onl...
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