18Nov/110

The 10-Minute Job Search-Network!

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

Welcome back to The Ten-Minute Job Search where we take the stress out of a day when you just didn't get time to focus on your job search.

In this installment we’ll focus on actually leaving your house and attending a networking event. C’mon keep reading, it’ll be okay, I promise. Grab a friend and make this a team outing.

20Oct/110

The Ten-Minute Job Search

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

Looking for a job doesn’t always have to be an all-day, um, job. There are things you can do in just a few minutes that will take the edge off the anxiety when you might not have time for a deeper commitment. Here are five things to choose from that you can do in ten minutes to keep your momentum going.

Photo Courtesy of Jon Jordan

17Oct/110

Starting Your Online Network-Get Out Your Pen Pt. 2

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

This is the second of an ongoing series. You can find Part One here!

So your fledgling network is off the ground and humming. You’re adding people as you go and learning how LinkedIn works.  One of the really useful parts of LinkedIn is that it will continually guide you on building your profile. Listen to it and do what it says, paying close attention to the headline and summary sections.

6Sep/110

Starting Your Online Network-Get Out Your Pen Pt. 1

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

I was at a marketing communications breakfast presentation and talking with a friend who also happens to be a total rock star. He said something that really stuck with me, “If you need to start networking it’s probably too late.”

This applies to college seniors and recent graduates as much as it does to anyone already in the workforce. Second semester of your senior year is NOT the time to think about starting your network. You’re going to need to make contact, establish relationships and start a dialogue if you want any kind of network to pay off. And yes, you don’t know that many people in the profession you’ve chosen for yourself but unless you’re graduating from a Tibetan monastery you do know people.

So start early, add often and use it. Don’t let the thing die just because you got Netflix.

And just how might we start this network you speak of?

15Jun/112

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.

27Apr/110

Using Action Verbs To Dress Up Your Resume

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

Once there was a little sentence that no one noticed. It was bland and boring and sort of sad. It lay on a resume just hoping to be noticed. People read it and then went on with their lives, never remembering what it said or even who wrote it. It was a lonely little sentence and when it finally admitted it needed help (for admitting you need help is the first step) it went looking for an active verb or two to turn its life around.  It discovered an active verb list in the land of Internet and began to add them to itself.  It ventured out and invited more active verbs to join it.

15Apr/112

Do Your Online Homework!

We are proud to debut a new blog 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.

Jacklyn Cremer attended one of our first AfterSchool Career Workshops sessions and graduated from KU with a Bachelors in Marketing and now has a full-time job in account services at ER Marketing. More about her job search can be found at JacklynCremer.com.  This is how she used the Internet to search more than job boards.

“You don’t stand a tinker’s chance of producing successful advertising unless you start by doing your homework.  I have always found this extremely tedious, but there is no substitute for it.  First study the product you are going to advertise.  The more you know about it, the more likely you are to come up with a big idea for selling it.” – David Ogilvy, Ogilvy on Advertising.

As a marketer searching for a job, I was the product.

The hunt is about finding a job that really fits with what you want to do and will help you to reach your career goals.  If you do your homework, then you will find a company, a job description, and a location that fits your interests and skills.  When you know everything there is to know about the company and the position, it’s easy to let the company know that you are the right choice for the job!

25Feb/110

You Are What You Say You Are

By Kathryn Lorenzen, Principal/Career Development Coach

When you get further along in your career, your track record is everything and can carry you far. But when you’re just graduating, to get a promising first job, you need to be able to convey clearly what you can do for your potential employer.

We geezers have called it the “elevator speech,” which has always been cheesy, even when it meant something (that you need to be able to get your message across to someone you meet in an elevator before you get to their floor). Lisa and I call it your Personal Marketing Statement, which is also not ideal but closer to accurate.

So let’s explore a little more about how you can land on the “must be interviewed” list with just what you say to introduce yourself, either in person, on the phone, or in email.

14Jan/110

Creative Ways to Follow Up Without Stalking

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career WorkshopsCreepy Creeperton

So you’ve used your network to meet some great people at your target companies and had some good conversations. Now, how do you stay in touch without just dropping an email now and then with the same old information? You could send flowers or food but that’s just silly and expensive. You could wait by their car but that might become illegal after a while. Better yet, here are a couple of ways you can keep your name in their heads, impress them and learn something yourself.

15Dec/102

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.