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Posted December 18, 2006 by

College Grads Blogging for Jobs

C.M. Russell posts today about a soon to be college grad (Brian) who has started a blog in in an effort to get a job. His blog is called: MSF Student Trying to Break into I-Banking.
C.M. asked about his motivation for starting the blog. His answer:
“I was inspired to start a blog out of frustration. The finance department at DU has poor career placement outside of Denver. I figured that one of the best ways to get attention easily and cheaply was a blog. In addition to bringing attention to my job search, it is helping a few of my fellow students.”
I agree with C.M., who says,
“A blog is a great way to stand out in today’s job market. Done right, it gives potential employers insight into your personality and your knowledge of the industry you are seeking work in.”
Brian is a student at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
Check out his profile HERE.
Dennis Smith
Sr. Manager, Recruiting
T-Mobile USA (BLOG)

Posted December 12, 2006 by

Choosing a Vocation: Finding Your Calling

I rarely wax philosophical, so this post must be a inadvertent clearing of the head as we draw near to December 31st.
I talk often with students, grads, and adults about the $64 question:

“What do you want to do with your life?”

I’ve heard everything from,
“I want to be the VP of Engineering!”, to “I don’t really know what I want to do….I only know what I don’t want to do.”


Posted December 05, 2006 by

Online Job Search vs. Social Networking: one is a beating, the other is chocolate cake

A few days ago, TechCrunch guest contrib-guy Steve Poland posted about how online job hunting still sucks – 10 years later.
Yep, the big, bad wolf still has the same issues:

tons of resumes guaranteed to make any 20/20 recruiter go cross-eyed

tons of multi-level marketing scams and spam for candidates to wade through.


Posted December 04, 2006 by

Need a Job? Keep Working Your Network

Ariel reminded me of what I already suspected (and she got it straight from the expert’s (Crispin) mouth):

Employee Referrals are 54 Times as Likely to Result in a Job than All the Job Boards Combined

So, job-seeker, how much energy are you pouring in to your network?
Great posts on networking Here, Here, Here, and Here.

Posted November 16, 2006 by

Ten Ways to Tell if Someone is Lying to You

(Is it the word “Liar” or a man’s face?)
Important interview scheduled? Usually, the recruiter is sitting across from the candidate trying to determine whether or not the truth is being told.
Turn the tables.
If a Recruiter is credible (and smart), then you’ll hear nothing but the truth, the whole truth, so help me God.
But I would guess that there’s a few folks out there who aren’t convinced.
If that’s the case, here’s 10 ways to tell if someone is lying to you (courtesy of Elisabeth Eaves,


Posted November 11, 2006 by

Internships Can Shine In Tight Job Market

Start Early … Hone Your Search … Keep Perspective
Great advice from Carolyn Bigda (Chicago Tribune) regarding internships.
Keep reading to see what she has to say about Internships in today’s tight job market.


Posted November 05, 2006 by

7 Tips for Negotiating Multiple Job Offers

Having multiple job offers is a great problem to have, but it can still be stressful.
A participant in my online chat learned just how complicated it can be when the opportunities pour in. “I applied for a job a couple of years ago, got it and then turned it down for another job I also was offered. Now I’m looking to move on, and the hiring manager — I still keep in touch with her — for the job I turned down has contacted me about a position opening in their office,” the chatter wrote.
The problem? “I’m also in the running for another job at a completely different company that is more interesting to me. I’m running out of reasons and ways to put off the hiring manager I know so I can hold out for this other job I may or may not get. I feel so guilty!”
He or she shouldn’t feel guilty, but it’s wise to proceed with caution.
“There is definitely a right way to do it and a wrong way,” said Brad Karsh, president of JobBound and author of “Confessions of a Recruiting Director.”
Here are a few tips for negotiating multiple offers without losing your mind or your reputation:


Posted November 04, 2006 by

What Today’s Teens Want in an Employer

“Tell me what’cha want, what’cha really, really want…..”
source: BusinessWeek CoverStory
New research suggests that today’s savvy young people (actually, those who will hit the job market in 2010) are more interested in looking deep inside a company to see what makes them tick before they decide to jump on board.
These civic-minded youngsters could provide a challenge for those recruiters attemtping to impact the workforce of tomorrow.