| Classroom to Boardroom - The Value of Researching Companies Before Attending a Career Fair
by Angie Froistad and Tim Muma - Jan, 2015
When attending a career fair, you can put yourself in a position to succeed - and be more confident - if you do the proper research on the companies attending the event. Angie Froistad, assistant director of the College of Science and Engineering Career Center at the University of Minnesota, discusses the advantages a student gains from some detailed preparation. Angie tells Tim Muma that putting in some extra work ahead of ti...
| Moving Up the Ladder - The Power of Analogies
by John Pollack and Tim Muma - Jan, 2015
There are countless ways to improve your career, including your communication, influence and persuasion in a variety of situations. John Pollack, former presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton and author of "Shortcut," describes how the use of analogies gets your point across effectively. Whether you're interviewing for a job, leading a presentation, or speaking with a client, John tells Tim Muma that analogies connect the...
| Classroom to Boardroom - Mistakes When Choosing a Major
by Jonathon Ferguson and Tim Muma - Jan, 2015
When looking to set yourself up for success within your career, understanding which major in suits you best can have a big impact. Unfortunately, many students make mistakes when it comes to selecting the most appropriate path for their education. Jonathon Ferguson, the coordinator of the Career Exploration Center at the University of Wisconsin, talks about the common missteps individuals take when choosing a major. He also gi...
| Classroom to Boardroom - Creating a Networking Strategy to Help Land Your Dream Job
by Jenna Atkinson and Jenna Connour - Jan, 2015
Professional networking doesn’t have to take place at a job fair or other professional event; in fact, it can happen during everyday circumstances. For college students, in particular, effective networking can play a significant role in their future career success. In this episode of Classroom to Boardroom, Jenna Atkinson – professional speaker and President of Jenna Atkinson Consulting – joins LJNRadio to offer practical netw...
Interview Questions about Your Weaknesses – How to Answer Them ?
by Thea Kelley - Jan, 2015
Some of the trickiest job interview questions are the ones about your weaknesses. Questions like these can make you feel a little paranoid! "What is your biggest weakness in your work?" "What are three areas in which your supervisor wants/wanted you to improve?" "What's your growing edge – what do you wish you could do better?" "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" Why are they asking this? While it is always...
Recruiters - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Part 1: How to Discover Whether a Recruiter is Right for You
by Sandra M. Smith - Jan, 2015
If you’ve been a professional in your field for a while, you have more than likely come into contact with many different recruiters over the years. And, chances are, not all of those experiences have been pleasant. I have talked with many candidates who have expressed that they have had “bad” experiences with recruiters in the past. If this has happened to you, you may have resolved to cut off all ties with recruiters for fear...
2015 Job Interview Trends
by Lisa Rangel - Jan, 2015
If you’ve been following the Chameleon Resumes blog lately then you know we’ve been covering the latest trends in job hunting, LinkedIn and resumes for the new year. Of course, an overview of trends for an upcoming year wouldn’t be complete without mentioning interviews! We’ve curated a list of what to expect in the coming year – from new trends to old methods that are making a comeback. Situational Job Intervie...
Eight New Year’s Resolutions for Your Resume
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2014
If your resume is not getting the interviews you expected, now is the time to review it and follow through on these New Year resolutions: Resolution 1: Believe in yourself. You have hard and soft skills, experience, and accomplishments that will bring value to future employers. Let your resume focus on you, not on “creative” formats, half-truths, and wishful thinking. Resolution 2: Lose the deadweight. Read through the j...
The Christmas cookie platter and job search strategy
by Dawn Bugni - Dec, 2014
Fudge, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Scotcharoos, and Melt Aways. I decided to make Christmas treats this year. Those close to me know a voluntary venture into the kitchen is rare. The hubs plans meals and is chef extraordinaire at our house. I’ve not changed to a baking blog. I promise. This comes back around to job search. Knowing I wanted Christmas-type cookies I began the planning process. No matter how good the treats,...
The Art of Following Up
by Rowe Leathers - Dec, 2014
One of the most important components in a job search is the interview follow up; yet it is one of the most overlooked and uncertain parts of the process. While many job seekers recognize this to be a critical step, many fear it because they don’t know what to say or, worse, don’t want to be a nuisance. To conquer your fear of making that call, consider shifting the way you think about it. If you view your follow-up call as...
5 Tips for Leveraging Content to Get Noticed in a Job Search
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Dec, 2014
One of the most powerful ways to stand out with recruiters, influential contacts, and hiring executives is to make yourself useful. By that I mean sharing useful content that relates directly to your areas of expertise. You can share such content in LinkedIn status updates or in LI Groups discussion areas, of course, but you can also leverage these types of resources when building relationships one-on-one with specific indi...
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2014
Headlines are important in a resume because they guide hiring managers, recruiters, and electronic tracking systems (ATS) to important information (“Professional Work Experience,” “Education”) and because they help you organize your resume logically. There are four basic resume headlines, but some resumes may require more or less. The first resume headline is the one used for your name and contact information; this always...
Don’t Pick a Boss, Pick a Job
by Bernie Frazier - Dec, 2014
I recently read an article entitled, “Don’t Pick a Job. Pick a Boss.” While the article made some valid points, I want to offer a different perspective. After spending 25 years in Corporate America and having 17 direct supervisors, I can truly appreciate any person’s desire to have a great boss. As the article stated, great bosses facilitate learning, welcome ideas from employees, believe in their employees and more. J...
Interview Follow-up: Another Way to Stand Out
by Thea Kelley - Dec, 2014
Following up after your job interview is more than just a formality and a matter of common courtesy. Most interviewers say a follow-up letter - or the lack of one - can influence their opinion of a candidate. What your follow-up can achieve: Reinforce the employer's memory of you – your brand, your unique selling proposition. Demonstrate your continuing interest and excitement about the job and the company. Help reso...
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