Showing posts with label Job Interviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Job Interviews. Show all posts

Sunday, July 7, 2013

11 Resume & Interview Tips for New Graduates

Even for adults who have been in the workforce for a while the prospect of searching, applying, and interviewing for jobs can be challenging. For recent college and high school graduates the process can be intimidating and overwhelming. Everyone wants to standout to prospective employers for the right reasons. Congratulations Graduate! Eleven Reasons Why I Will Never Hire You is a Slideshare presentation from Mark O'Toole. In the presentation he outlines not only why some candidates aren't hired, but also what they can do to get noticed. The presentation is embedded below.



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As someone who did a bit of hiring of new employees for entry-level positions when I worked at FedEx, there are two items in the presentation above that I would emphasize to students. First, sometimes you didn't do or say anything wrong in the interview, we just had a better applicant. That's a hard lesson for young people to learn. My advice is to reflect on the interview and if you really think you did your best then just chalk-up the experience as practice for your next interview. Second, dress for success.

Friday, July 15, 2011

CNN Student News Offers Students Job Hunting Advice

This week's special summer edition of CNN Student News features interviews with a employee recruiter and professionals at CNN offering their best advice to students on the job hunt. The video is embedded below.

While the advice in the video is sound I would also add that students should be actively managing their digital footprints so when a potential employer does a Google search on that student nothing inappropriate is found. I would also encourage students to use a service like Visual CV to develop an online resume that links to examples of their work.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Look Here for a New Job in Education

Be it your first job out of college or a job change, eventually most people will have to look through job postings. You can try searching the general job posting websites like Monster, but those sites are often cluttered with jobs in the "education" category that aren't really the kind of teaching job for which you're looking. K12 JobSpot might be a better place to look for your next job in education. K12 JobSpot lists job postings from thirty-three states. On K12 JobSpot you can search for jobs by job title, by location, or by a combination of both.

K12 JobSpot is not the only website dedicated to education job postings. If you're state/ province/ county has a website dedicated to education job postings please leave a comment and I'll add it to the list.

In Maine you can find education job postings on Serving Schools.
In Montana you can find education job postings through METNET.

If you're considering moving and taking an education job in a new state in the US you should check out Certification Map for state-by-state certification requirements.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Tough Summer Job Market

We all know that the job market is tight. Fortunately, most of us in public education have relatively stable jobs (it's not like we're running out of kids). But what about our students and our graduating students who might be looking for summer work to earn some money for college, what does their job market look like? Today's episode of CNN Student News features a great segment about why this summer's job market will be the toughest it has been in decades. What the video doesn't do is explain what students can do to give themselves the best chance of getting a job. For summer job ideas and interview tips read below the video.


Sacha Chua writes a great blog that often contains tips for Generation Y job seekers. Sacha has produced a great slideshow about how social media can influence your work and workplace. Sacha also posted today, a list of great tips for networking at conferences. The tips she listed could easily be applied to a job fair setting.

Mashable produced a list of 40+ Places to Sell Your Designs Online. In March I wrote a blog post about the list and suggested that it could be a good place for art students to find part-time work.

Lindsey Pollak who writes for ABC News on Campus published a list of 10 Easy Ways to Find a Job During Winter Break. The ideas in that article could be applied to a student's summer job search.

Finally, if a student does get a job interview, they may want to review the advice offered in a January episode of CNN Student News, get a haircut.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job

Today's episode of CNN Student News (embedded below) features a segment about high school and college students that are getting haircuts in the hopes of improving their chances of landing a job. This episode reminded me of a couple of other resources for students to consider before applying for a job or applying to college.

Sacha Chua writes a great blog that often contains tips for Generation Y job seekers. Sacha has produced a great slideshow about how social media can influence your work and workplace. Sacha also posted today, a list of great tips for networking at conferences. The tips she listed could easily be applied to a job fair setting.

Lindsey Pollak is the author of Getting from College to Career. Pollack writes a blog that offers job search and interview tips for college students. She also writes for ABC News on Campus where your students can find articles like 10 Easy Ways to Fid a Job During Winter Break.



Aplications for Education
In today's tough job market any little detail could be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job. If you're a high school teacher or guidance counselor advising students in job or college interview preparation, the resources mentioned above are worth sharing with your stuents.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Web 2.0 in the Workplace

If you have ever struggled to explain to students, parents, colleagues, or bosses how web 2.0 can become an important part of professional development, take a look at this short slide show from Sacha Chua. Sacha Chua blogs about all types of web 2.0 related topics including how new technology influences and fits into the workplace. (Thanks to Skip Z for the tip via Twitter).



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The lesson that high school students should take away from this slide show is that everyone is watching what you do in web 2.0. As students prepare for job interviews or college admissions interviews, reminding them to consider carefully what they've posted on Facebook, Myspace, or elsewhere and decide if they should leave that information for all of the world to see.