The 10-Minute Job Search-Why This Career?

By Lisa Correu, Principle/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Photo Courtesy of Leo Reynolds

Welcome back to our series, “The Ten-Minute-Job-Search”.  We’ve designed it to spare you from the self-harm and guilt that comes when time gets away from you and your job hunt.  So just when you’re about to shut your hand in that drawer to atone just read on!


Are You Afraid of Employment?

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Are you derailing your career before it’s even begun? On the outside do you look like a gung-ho job seeker, sending out resumes, networking with a vengeance and plotting world domination while on the inside (and in reality) you’re hesitating, procrastinating and really only plotting your next Facebook post? It happens a lot more than you think and one reason can be sheer size of scope.


Internship + Performance = Job

We're proud to feature another entry in our series, "How I Stopped Worrying and Got the Job", guest posts from past workshop attendees, new acquaintances and other clever job seekers who used their noggins and landed their first job.

Annie Thompson is a 2009 graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a Concentration in PR and Business. She is now Account & Field Coordinator with Department Zero

Internships.  Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. And let’s face it, need to turn them into a job.   Well, in this day and age it’s more like you really can’t live without them.  And the potential of a full-time position being offered has more to do with your performance and less with just timing than you may expect.


Does Your Resume Bore Even You?

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

How’s your resume? Have you read it, really read, it in the past month? If not, open it up and dust it off. A resume is a living document and should be reevaluated regularly. And if you're not getting the responses you expect from it this is definitely the time to examine the content.

Read it carefully and think about what you’ve learned in your job search since you created it, asking yourself these questions:


Know Your Industry And Impress Your Boss

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Are you up to speed on your industry? Do you know what the bigwigs are up to? If you want to catch the eye of your employer or interviewer and blow them away bring up current trends, recent market shifts or industry predictions and watch them melt into stunned little puddles of joy. When you can speak about matters pertinent to an entry-level position that's fabulous. When you can speak with knowledge about matters that go beyond your pay grade then that’s just fabulouser.  Way fabulouser. Yes, I made that word up.


Would You Ask Employer to Plan Your Career?

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

I think there’s a saying somewhere that trying to be all things to all people results in being no things to no people. I probably (undoubtedly) have that all wrong but you get the point.  When I was recruiting for an ad agency I would frequently get resumes with covers that read, “I’m open to whatever you think I’d be qualified for.” Or something to that effect.  I could only guess that their strategy was to be flexible and willing to help with whatever need that I might have.

This is wrong on about fifty-nine levels.


Mastering the Bad Interview

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

We’ve all read some great advice on how to ace an interview and get hired (if you're a hiring manager here are a couple of tips for you, too) but we sometimes make the mistake of thinking we’re interviewing in a perfect world. Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible you’ll meet with someone who doesn’t actually know how to conduct an interview. 


3,991,050 Reasons to Join LinkedIn

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate AfterSchool Career Workshops

I recently read yet another article about the dismal prospects for new and recent graduates that spotlighted eight or so young people desperate to find work. Only one of them had a full time job in her chosen field and the rest were either in survival jobs or in other industries entirely. On a whim (because I’m nothing if not whimsical) I went to LinkedIn to look up their profiles. As a major champion of LinkedIn and its magical properties I’m on the site about a million times a day.LinkedIn

And guess what? Only four of them had profiles.  Of those four, one had 30 connections, one with 39 and the other two had one each. The remaining were nowhere to be found.  Nowhere.  As a former advertising recruiter I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be findable on LinkedIn. A fully fleshed out profile can give me a ton of insight into who you are, your skills, a link to your blog, your resume, and a ton more. I can read your recommendations, see what groups you belong to and I can keep your profile in a folder that I can access anywhere.


Need a Job? Join the Club. No Really, Join a Club

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

I'm asked a lot by our attendees or other students, “So how do I meet people to network with? I don’t know anyone in marketing (PR, accounting, business, basket weaving, etc.)” I tell them to hang out at the bus station and when they turn to head downtown I almost always stop them. It’s one of those million dollar questions with a completely doable answer. For a highly social group like college students and recent graduates reaching out to people who can help you doesn’t have to be a chore.


Knowing Job Titles Makes You Look More Smarter

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

So what do you want to do with your life? You’ve just graduated from college or maybe you’re about to enter your final year. Hopefully (definitely) you’re working on a job search and reaching out to build your network. In a perfect world you know tons of people who can help you, you’re perfecting your communication skills and your resume reads like Tolstoy. Well maybe not Tolstoy because that would mean it’s really long and no one ever finishes it. But you get what I’m saying. The entry-level job world is out there waiting and so you gather your courage and apply for…? What? Do you know the job titles and duties of the positions you’re qualified for? No? Do you know the diff between a communications coordinator and a communications manager? A documents administrator and a documents liaison? I made those last two up but they probably exist somewhere. It’s tough to network and speak about yourself if you’re unfamiliar with what you’re qualified for or know the job titles that exist in your chosen profession. Just throwing a resume out there with a cover letter saying, “whatever you think I’m qualified for” is asking for an eye roll and the electronic version of oblivion. You are in charge of what you’re qualified for.