• Best Practices for the Use of Targeted Cell Phone Campaigns for College Recruiting – Part IX of IX

    March 31, 2007 by

    This is the ninth entry in a nine part series on how corporate recruiters should use cell phone text messaging (SMS) as part of their college recruiting strategy. To read the entire series, either start with Part I or download our free recruiting white paper on the same topic.
    Conclusion
    Thanks to the increased popularity of text messaging, today’s promising high school and college students are more accessible than ever before; however, they are being bombarded by so many advertisers that to get them interested in what you have to offer, you must be creative and speak to their interests.

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  • Career Opening Day and Other Baseball Metaphors

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    The big talk this week is March Madness, but I’m more psyched for April baseball. Ahh, baseball…
    I’ve been counting the months, weeks, days, and minutes until Opening Day since last November. There’s just something about the game — those walk-off homers in the bottom of the ninth; the knot in my stomach when the closer comes in to (hopefully) save the game; David Wright’s supreme cuteness; the triumph of an underdog team celebrating on the field. I can hardly wait until my Metsies take the field on Sunday night. While I wait patiently (OK, more like obsess over Game 1 starters), I’m realizing that there’s a lot to learn from America’s pasttime — not to mention countless baseball metaphors to exploit (my apologies in advance). So without further ado, please rise for the singing of the national anthem — er, sorry — I mean, check out these baseball-inspired success strategies…

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  • Gen Y: Community Focused or Money Hungry?

    March 30, 2007 by

    Slurpee drinks from 7-11Today’s college students and recent graduates are generally referred to as Gen Y, Millenials, or Echo Boomers. Regardless of what we call them, who are they? Are they the community focused, environmentally conscious, work to live rather than live to work people of which surveys seem to repeatedly paint a picture? Or are they money hungry, free agent job hoppers that drive retention oriented employers nuts? Well, they’re both and to understand why, it is critical to understand the Rule of 7-11.

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  • Best Practices for the Use of Targeted Cell Phone Campaigns for College Recruiting – Part VIII of IX

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    This is the eighth entry in a nine part series on how corporate recruiters should use cell phone text messaging (SMS) as part of their college recruiting strategy. To read the entire series, either start with Part I or download our free recruiting white paper on the same topic.
    Execution and Reporting
    Before sending out any text messages, consider when to send. Remember, with text messaging, real time communications can take place. A good question to ask yourself is how long you want to wait for your candidates to respond. If you’re text messaging a specific candidate, then immediate response might be desired, but for a general campaign deployed to several candidates, immediate response can become problematic.

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  • 5 Ways to Break Into your Industry – No Matter What Industry it is

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    Have you always wanted to be a fashion designer or create video games? Are you struggling with the “how to” part of making your dream come true? The problem with dreaming is that it is just that — a dream. You actually have to do something about your dream in order to make it happen. Here are 5 ways that you can move to the next level of making your dream a reality by breaking into your industry of choice.

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  • Information Technology Degrees Cover Many Specialties

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    Information Technology degrees, or IT degrees are very popular for an excellent reason: the demand has never been stronger for individuals to keep today’s complex computer networks up and running. What many people don’t realize is that as the IT field has grown, it has also become more specialized. Many companies are now looking for employees who have a specialized information technology degree that reflects their expertise in a particular area.

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  • The ERE Streaker … it’s just a fad, right?

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    With all due respect to David Manaster, I couldn’t help but post this pic.

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  • Career Testing – Guidelines for Taking Career Tests

    March 29, 2007 by

    Career testing has become a very popular way of “discovering ourselves” and our abilities. However, many people tend to accept their test results as the absolute gospel truth about themselves and their occupations.
    This in a way can be a very dangerous assumption and especially for individuals who are desperately seeking some direction in life.
    My advice to this is that, even though it may be what you want to hear, you need to be somewhat cautious of your test results.

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  • How to Find your Goal in Life

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    Basically, your real goal in life would be to:
    A) do something that you love to do, or
    b) do something that you’re good at.
    And if you’re lucky, what you do would involve both of these. No problem, right?
    So why the endless, great, and mysterious search for the true calling in life?

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  • Why Aren’t I Getting Interviews?

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    Don’t Underestimate The Power Of A Resume
    You may have spent hours searching for your dream job and applied for a job in every promising company you came across. In spite of your sincere efforts to find a job, you may not have received an interview call yet. Have you ever stopped to wonder why none of them have ever bothered to call you?
    One possibility could be that you did not have the necessary expertise to qualify for the jobs that you applied for. This problem can be solved to some extent by upgrading your skills or enrolling in a course that could make you eligible for the job. On the other hand, it could also be possible that your resume never got noticed. No matter how qualified you are, your resume will not be considered if it is not structured properly. Generally, most companies receive hundreds of resumes on a daily basis. In order to simplify the recruitment process, employers and recruiters generally screen applications on the basis of resumes. All those resumes that are badly written are discarded first – making way for well-written, attention-grabbing resumes.
    Is your resume one of the latter? Think hard before answering. And then get your resume evaluated by a professional career coach.
    Avoiding Common Resume Mistakes
    Most people underestimate the power of a dynamic resume and often overlook their importance during their job search. Your resume speaks volumes about you and can make or break your chance to make that all-important first impression. Avoid writing long and boring resumes, as employers do not have that much time to go through them. Ideally, your resume should be limited to one page. Do not use fancy ink or fancy paper to advertise yourself. Make sure you have what the employer is asking for. If you don’t have the required skills, it doesn’t matter how fancy your resume is. Keep it simple and use normal, legible font.
    Resume Content
    The content of your resume should be relevant. If you are applying for a job in a law firm, that lemonade stand you ran in the 12th grade has no business on your resume. Think about it – it just makes sense. Outdated information should be strictly avoided when preparing your resume. Make sure that the content is arranged properly and in the right order so that your employers can easily find the details they are interested in. You must have the necessary documents that can support the qualifications and achievements mentioned in your resume. Do not write elaborate explanations to justify why you had to leave your previous job.
    Before submitting your resume, ensure that there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Do not forget to attach a crisp cover letter with your resume. A cover letter is as important as a resume and you can’t afford to overlook its significance.
    If you’re not getting interviews, you need to stop to think of the possible reasons why. Don’t just keep on doing the same thing that isn’t working. The tips above will help you to correct the problems and finally start landing you some interviews.

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