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Posted August 30, 2007 by

What’s Really Hot In Science And Technology Today

Like many high school students, you probably have at least some idea of what you’re interested in becoming. You may even know that you have the potential to be a great scientist or engineer. One thing that will carry you through to a career, however, is true excitement about today’s research and tomorrow’s discoveries. So read on—your future career may be described here!

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Posted August 27, 2007 by

Start Your Cover Letter With a BIG Bang!

If you’re still reading, then I’ve caught your attention with the title. You can do the same with your job-search cover letters. Whether you call it a title or a headline, this little ‘weapon’ will hit the mark, pulling your reader right through your written communication from the first word to the last.
Here’s how to strike gold each time.

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Posted August 20, 2007 by

Facebook Application Update

We launched our second Facebook application late last week and we’ve already got about 225 installations. But that’s not all that interesting. Want interesting? Read on.
Facebook applications allow third parties such as CollegeRecruiter.com to add features to Facebook so that its million of users can customize what they see and use when they go to Facebook. Think of them like computer programs that you download to your computer. Each person works differently so we each have our computers set up differently. Facebook recognized that desire for customization and a couple of months ago they created the applications section.
Our first application was essentially a (yawn!) job search engine. Practical but not exactly exciting. The second has a similar front end but features two improvements, one minor and the other major:

  1. The first application requires you to enter the state in which you are looking for a job. The second application assumes that you’re searching for a job in your state of residence. Nice improvement, but minor.
  2. The first application required you to run a job search every time you wanted to check our database to see what is new. The second application automatically posts to your Facebook profile page a list of the 10 or so newest internships and entry level jobs based upon the keywords, job category, and state of residence that you enter. Nice improvement, and major.

Click on the thumbnail below to get a better look at how the job search engine portion of the second application looks after you install it:

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Posted August 20, 2007 by

Hit a Homer and Get Hired!

Last Saturday, once again I went to Wrigley Field with the baseball fanatic duo in my family. I tag along simply because I want to be where they are and on that day, it was somewhere around baseball. I don’t know a lot about the sport…just a little. As we paused for a bit at Murphy’s Bleachers to discuss guess what – baseball, it occurred to me how much interviewing is like the game of baseball. Here’s my take:

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Posted August 20, 2007 by

What’s YOUR Brand of Champagne?

Although I’ve been a Certified Personal Brand Strategist for a number of years, I’m still starry-eyed about branding. I love it. I never lose the joy and amazement I feel when a client experiences the power of personal branding with a fabulous job offer.
One of my favorite clients sent me a joyful e-mail today, and I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s just landed his dream job.
My client is a Canadian national successfully working in Singapore. He had what sales coach and fellow CareerHub blogger Pat Schuler calls a “champagne goal.” A goal most people would say was a pretty tough objective.

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Posted August 15, 2007 by

Be The Expert They Want to Hire

You already know that most employers will use Google to research your background before hiring you, right?
If hiring managers find nothing online about you, you won’t stand out from the crowd. That’s bad.
If they find photos on MySpace of you table dancing in a fur bikini or videos of you on YouTube doing keg stands … that’s worse.
But, what if, during their Google search, a hiring committee finds that you’ve written several industry-related articles and you’ve been published all over the Internet? You’ll look like an expert in their eyes — and be much more likely to get a job offer.
Sound farfetched?

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Posted August 14, 2007 by

Chapter 3: No Sucking-Up! Making a Basic Plan

In the Disney film “Alice in Wonderland” Alice asks the Cheshire cat which way she should go when confronted with a fork in the road.
Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.‚Äù
Alice: “I don’t much care where.”
Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Alice: “So long as I get SOMEWHERE.”
Cat: “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Obviously Alice wasn’t competing for a great promotion. You are! Making a simple plan and setting some goals will help you chart a course that leads to the position you want. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t even have to be completely right to begin with. What’s important for now is that you begin traveling the path that leads to where you want to go. There will be any number or course corrections along the way, but that is to be expected.
Answering each of the following questions in writing can serve as a beginning roadmap to your success. I encourage you to do this right now and again after reading this entire guide. As time goes by, adjustments will be warranted, but don’t let that stop you from beginning the process today.

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Posted August 09, 2007 by

Executive Negotiation Checklist

Whether you’re already an executive or just an aspiring big cheese, it’s never too early to begin studying the sophisticated art of negotiating executive compensation. Only executives are eligible for many types of perks and benefits – if you disagree, try asking for your own jet. And executives often have access to data sources that are harder for other employees to use, or less relevant. But you may be surprised to learn that some of the methods for negotiating executive pay can work just as well for you as they do for the senior VP whose salary continues to rise while everyone else worries about getting a pink slip.

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Posted August 08, 2007 by

Mentoring Odyssey with Beth N. Carvin

The quest for a mentor has taken on a whole new meaning for me when I happened across a reference to the Mentor-Me-Meg Social Experiment post in Jill Whalen’s ‘High Rankings Advisor newsletter.’ . Jill’s sister Beth N. Carvin, CEO of Nobscot Corporation, is actively engaged in a campaign to secure Meg Whitman, CEO of Ebay, as a business mentor.

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Posted August 08, 2007 by

Killer Secret Gets Your Cover Letter Noticed!

Have I got a secret for you! Not just any secret, but a ‘killer’ secret––the kind that turns heads and grabs attention instantly. The kind of secret that hiring managers can’t resist—even when they think they’ve seen it all.
And the secret is…

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