Crazy Career: How to Apply Your Humanities Degree

16 12 2014

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You’ve heard it before, the dreaded question that everyone seems to ask after you explain what you decided to study. “So what do you want to do with that?” The question makes you squirm, but at some point you’ll need to address it, if only to figure out how to start repaying your student loans. The future can seem far away now, but when you have a solid plan, the rest will come easy.

We’ve put together a list of five ways to parlay your humanities degree into a real career that pays real money. Take a look and find a place where you might be able to belong.

Think Deeply

This part should be no problem for you. You’re good at thinking deeply, after all you did major in humanities. Step one is to consider what living well means for you. Try to identify your top three priorities. For example, you might crave getting married, or owning a home.  Others might prefer a life of adventure and travel. Humanities might be important to you now, but understand what you want from the future and what kind of job will keep you happy for the longest. Whatever it is, before you do anything else consider your priorities and what you want out of a career.

Establish Benchmarks

Once you understand what your most important goals are, develop a concrete vision of success. Maybe you want to get into a trial advocacy degree program before you’re 30, or be making enough to finance a home by your mid-forties. Write down a list of what quantified success looks like. Decide how much schooling you want done and by when. It’s important to create a timeline to know if you’re on track. Talk to a counselor at school if you can so they can help you make a manageable time table to follow, and you won’t be stretching yourself.

Map It Out

With definite goals in mind, start thinking about how to achieve them. This can seem like the most challenging part, but the key is to be creative. Identify transferable skills that will be valuable for a potential employer and explain them in your cover letter. A philosophy major might cite their ability for critical and analytical thought. Students of psychology could explain their natural understanding of others. If you’re having trouble identifying your skill set, ask professors, friends, and former supervisors to list your top five best traits. A trend will soon emerge that you can capitalize on in applications. Market yourself. Make it clear to an employer why they should hire you.

Open Possibilities

Guess what? You don’t have to do what everybody else is doing. Be creative and innovative in defining your own path to a rewarding career. Get your feet wet with internships or volunteer experiences in fields that seem interesting. Don’t be afraid to take a job for a year or two that you’re unsure about. Every experience will help you learn what you enjoy and don’t enjoy doing. Soon you’ll be putting your abstract knowledge to work in a concrete way.

Humanities are a great thing to study and can lead you to many different career paths. Make sure you have goals in mind and a schedule in which to complete them. When you have a good direction to go in, you’ll be less likely to be sidetracked and drawn away from a career path in humanities. Just make sure you know what to expect and how your degree can help you get where you want to go.

***For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Brooke Chaplan!!***

brooke chaplanAbout: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan





Ho-Ho-How to Set Yourself Apart This Holiday Season

9 12 2014

Psst!  Can I tell you a secret?

Ready?  

Employers don’t stop hiring during the winter holiday months.  Use this time to research companies and apply for their fantastic jobs!

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Here are a few tips to help make your internship/full-time job search more successful over the holiday break:

Networking – Holiday parties are a great way to meet people and really connect on a personal level (focus more on personal conversation vs. your elevator pitch.)  Don’t “elf” it up: Click here to read a great article on holiday networking.

Get social – Take this time to update your social media profiles and ask your connections for references.  The more people you’re connected with, the more you’ll be able to get some great career advice and job search assistance.  Is your LinkedIn profile 100% complete??

Schedule it – Keep up with a full-time job search during this time of the year can be chaotic.  Set a specific time of day where you’ll work on your job search as well as set job search goals you want to achieve.  Every day has the SAME amount of seconds, minutes and hours – it’s what you do with them that COUNTS!

Be proactive. APPLY – As winter approaches, the opportunity to apply for internships is coming to an end.  The majority of companies recruit for Summer 2015 internships during Fall 2014.  Don’t wait too long to get your foot in the door!  If you’re looking for full-time employment, don’t wait until you’re a month away from graduation.  Research and apply.  Wouldn’t it be great to walk across the stage to get your diploma knowing that you have a great job waiting for you??

Above all, be sure to enjoy the holidays with friends and family.  They want to support you.  Stop looking at your smartphone and engage in real conversation.  You’ll be glad you did.

Happy holidays from Campus to Career!





First Time Interview: What Every College Grad Needs to Prepare

2 12 2014

First of all, let’s just say congratulations. You did it; you graduated school, whether with an MBA, an online program, or a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts. That’s a massive achievement, requiring years of time, thousands of dollars, and more stress than you’ve ever felt before, so congratulations. Of course, now that it’s time to join the workforce, there are more hurdles to overcome, with the first job interview in particular. Let’s look at what you need to know your first time up at the plate.

photo-1416339134316-0e91dc9ded92 Presentation: Act Like You Already Belong
There is an old piece of advice about dressing for the position you want, not just the position you’re interviewing for. You should go further than that in your first interview. It isn’t just about the clothing. Confidence has been linked to success time and time again, so you should go to the interview with some degree of confidence. Relax, and remember your hard-won knowledge of the subjects you’ve studied. You’ve got the degree, so present yourself as someone who knows what they’re talking about. If you’re thrown a curve, acknowledge you might not understand that particular instance or question, and demonstrate how you’d go about finding the answer.

Research: Do the Diligence on the Company
You’re going to be working with these people, presumably for quite some time. Why would you not find out all you can? Look at what recent projects the company has been involved with. Dig into their background on any site you can find; LinkedIn profiles, Yelp, and Google reviews, Glassdoor and even the Better Business Bureau can be a great help. Find out notable things the company has been involved with, and be prepared to discuss them in the context of the interview. It is rare that an interviewer will be turned off by interest in the organization, so take the time to not only understand, but to show you understand.

Pre-Game: Get Some Rest Before You Go
The value of a good night’s sleep is sorely underestimated. Take the time to relax yourself before the interview. Interviewers can sense nervousness and exhaustion in their subjects, and they will not do you any favors. Once you have the prep done, get some sleep, then leave yourself a leisurely amount of time to prepare yourself before the interview. The slow approach will help you go in confident and assured, rather than fretful and harried.

In short, you should seek to arrange matters to put the interview on your terms. Knowing about the company, knowing about your subject, and knowing that you’ve had a good rest can put the matter firmly in your hands. Be confident, be aware, and above all present yourself as if you belong there.

Photo credit: Jeff Sheldon via Unsplash.com

***For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Brooke Chaplan!!***

brooke chaplanAbout: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan





Why Your Resume is Like a Burger [INFOGRAPHIC]

18 11 2014

If you’ve never thought about your resume the way you think about a great burger, it’s time to start now. This insightful infographic from Career FAQs makes an interesting connection between the two, all the while helping to create a tasty and juicy resume that will be simply irresistible to every recruiter who gets to read it.

What’s important are both the essential components and little details that add the extra dash of flavour all recruiters are looking for. A fresh and delicious burger bun will serve as a strong foundation for a burger. just like a defined layout for a resume, framing the essentials to a great CV.

The mouth-watering meat patty, which represents substance in your resume, is the very essence of the burger and therefore should only be of the highest quality.

What about the extras? While lettuce provides some much-needed balance between confidence and humility, tomato keeps the resume (and burger) fresh and interesting. The sauce works like the cherry on top and stands for that something extra, which simply makes a resume worth reading – its exciting flavour takes it to the next level.

Burgers and resumes should be kept simple and devoid of any artificial flavourings or sweeteners, which at first taste good, but soon give everyone a stomachache. Both resumes and burgers should also include ingredients of the best quality, selected especially for the occasion and matching the taste of the person who is likely to consume the dish.

Finally, the infographic makes it clear that for some jobs, a simple resume won’t cut the mustard – just like a great burger, it sometimes needs to be served with a portion of fries on the side.

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***For this delicious INFOGRAPHIC, Campus to Career thanks Career FAQ!!***

 





Apps You Should Be Using in the Job Hunt

11 11 2014

imagesAfter four long years of college, filled with papers, exams, and all-nighters, you’re finally in the real world. The first order of business? Getting a job.

Thanks to the Internet, you can find and apply for more jobs than ever.  But with the sheer volume of online job sites, open positions and applications, it can be hard to know where to start – and to keep track of your progress once you do. Luckily, there are tons of online resources that can help. With these web apps and websites, you can improve your resume, expand your professional network and find and apply to job listings faster and easier than ever before.

Resumes

Before you get a great job, you have to have a great resume. After all, it’s the first interaction you have with a potential employer, and you want to make a good impression. However, many students leave college without knowing how to create a professional, effective resume. These sites can help you figure out the resume basics, as well as create and manage eye-catching resumes that will help you get your foot in the door.

ResumeGenius

ResumeGenius helps you build professional resumes in minutes. Choose the template that best expresses your personality, and simply enter your information. The site will give you smart, dynamic suggestions as you go, whether it’s expanding the description of a position or adding exact numbers. ResumeGenius also offer pre-written descriptions you can add to your resume. Once you’ve completed your resume form, you can download it directly to Microsoft Office. Choose unlimited 14-day access for $1.95, or get a monthly plan for $7.95.

VisualCV
These days, a plain paper resume isn’t always enough to help you land your dream job. That’s where VisualCV comes in. VisualCV is designed to help job seekers optimize their resumes and CVs for print and web. You can target resumes toward specific positions, use analytics to track when and how your resume is seen, and take your resume to the next level with images, videos, presentations and more. VisualCV helps you create resumes that can be shared online or printed out, making them great for online applications as well as in-person interviews, job fairs and networking events. VisualCV also allows you to store, edit and manage multiple resumes at once.

1-Page
For some people and some positions, a traditional resume may not be the answer. Instead, try creating a job proposal with 1-Page. 1-Page allows you to create proposals with more personality and more pertinent information than resumes. 1-Page proposals focus less on work history and experience and more on what you can bring to the table, now and in the future. They can help you explain your goals and aspirations for potential jobs, what you’re looking for financially and professionally, and what actions you plan to take to achieve your goals. They also allow you to address existing issues in the company or industry you’re interested in.

Job Databases

Once you have a great resume, you want to send it out to the right people and be considered for the right positions. The best way to do that? Searching job databases. Though everyone knows about Monster, CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, they’re not the only job sites out there. Below are a few more that you might not have heard of – check them out to start expanding your job search, and get your resume out to more people.

Idealist
The interface and functionality of Idealist is similar to other searchable job databases. However, Idealist focuses exclusively on nonprofit job and internships and volunteer opportunities. Though many job seekers focus on the for-profit sector, working for a nonprofit can be a great and fulfilling experience. Idealist includes job openings from more than 100,000 organizations, making it the largest resource for people looking to work in nonprofits. The site is funded through donations and fees from organizations, but is free for job seekers to use.

USAJobs
Government jobs are well-known for great pay and wonderful benefits. But most people (especially those fresh out of college) don’t know how to find government jobs, since they’re not always listed on traditional job sites. However, all federal government positions are listed on USAJobs. Search for positions by keyword, location, salary, type of work and more. The site has thousands of open positions available, and you can apply for them all in the same place – even positions in different departments.

Industry-Specific Sites
Finally, if you know you want to work in a certain industry or field, you might want to consider sites that are specialized for certain sectors. For instance, if you have a degree in journalism or you’re looking a job in publishing or advertising, a site like MediaBistro has hundreds of relevant job listings. Interested in technology? Try Dice. There are specific job databases available for tons of industries, including retail, security, finance, hospitality and more.

Landing your first job out of college might not be easy. But if you use these online resources for building resumes and finding jobs, it can at least be easier. And you can never start the job hunt too early. Whether you’re about to graduate or you still have some time, start crafting your resume and hunting for jobs now, for better results in the future.

What online resources do you use to help with the job hunt?

 ****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Abby Perkins!****

About the author: Abby Perkins is Managing Editor at Talent Tribune, a SoftwareProviders.com blog focused on all things HR.





Your Green Light for a Midlife Career Change

6 11 2014

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According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago, an average American worker goes through seven career changes in his or her lifetime. While such switches are pretty common early on in an adult’s working life, midlife career switches are a little less prevalent.

But they’re not unheard of and if you’re at that stage of life where your profession has begun to frustrate you and going to work has become a painful, anxiety-ridden experience, it’s time to consider a change. After all, there’s nothing worse than feeling you’re stuck in the wrong job.

Here are some reasons why a career change will not just steer your life in a new direction, but also give you a greater sense of purpose:

  1. Renewed passion: Midlife career switches are not decided on whims. They need careful thought and analysis. But once you’ve decided to take the plunge, it’s more likely than not that you’ll choose a career that you’re passionate about. Believe me, this is not the time of your life when you’ll risk, your income, job security and pretty much your whole life over something that doesn’t get your heart pumping and your pulse racing.
  1. Increased self-worth: Whether or not we like it, a lot of us let our work define us. We start viewing ourselves from the same lens as our boss and co-workers. If you feel undervalued at work, you might end up with a diminished sense of self-worth and that’s just not okay. Switching professions can boost your confidence as you’ll be doing something you know you’re good at.
  1. Shot of energy: For me, starting a new job is like taking a shot of adrenaline. You’re all pumped up, raring to go, and prove your mettle in your new environment. There’s all this energy that comes from nowhere and fills you with endless possibilities. It’s as exhilarating and scary as a roller coaster ride, but lasts a lot longer and leaves you more fulfilled at the end of the day.
  1. Career advancement: One of the reasons many people decide to switch careers midway through life is due to stunted professional growth. It’s not very pleasant to stare at a straight line so far as your career is concerned. If it’s not going up, it’s not worth sticking to. A new career with a promising growth trajectory is just what you need.
  1. Maximized potential: Sometimes everything could be right about your job – work’s fun, the money’s good, boss is great, so on and so forth – yet you’re not happy. It’s most likely because you feel you can do more. That’s the time when you need to stop and think if it’s time for a career change. A career change will push you out of your comfort zone, force you to acquire new skills, compel you to take more risks, and help you reach your maximum talent potential.

A few things to think about before you make the leap:

  • Put yourself through a thorough self-assessment test. Analyze your strengths, weaknesses, interests, aptitude. Make sure you don’t make the same bad choices again just because you didn’t spend enough time to understand your own values.
  • Once you’ve zeroed down on a career, do your homework. Make sure you talk to people to understand what the job entails, how much it pays, etc. so you’re prepared for it. You don’t want to be caught in a fantasy land when you start your new career.
  • In case your new career requires you to learn a new set of skills, get ready for the long haul. School, homework, assignments, projects, examinations – the whole deal.
  • Make sure you’re in a healthy position financially, especially if you have a family to support. Take your spouse, partner, or parents into confidence and ensure you have their support before you make a move.
  • And finally, enjoy yourself. You’re going through a life-changing experience. Not many have the courage to do what you did, so take pride in that fact and let your hair down once in a while!

The real world is a scary place and it matters little whether you’re a first time employee or a seasoned worker. Ask Tina Myers from YTI Career Institute, class of 2012. A military veteran who used to work in human services, Myers went to school to get a diploma in medical billing and coding. Even with all of her real life experience, she felt nervous about changing careers. The challenge is to overcome that fear because on the other side of fear, victory awaits!

****For this post, Campus to Career thanks Ray Holder!!****





What Recruiters Say and Job Seekers Hear [INFOGRAPHIC]

28 10 2014

Are job seekers and recruiters from different planets? With unemployed people outnumbering job openings three to one, you’d think recruiters could find the talent they need to fill positions. The problem is only 50 percent of job seekers actually have the qualifications needed for the job they apply to. It’s time to bridge the gap in communication between recruiter needs and job seeker strategies.

This infographic, compiled by MedReps.com, a job board which gives members access to the most sought after medical sales jobs and pharmaceutical sales jobs on the Web, provides solutions for common miscommunication between job seekers and employers. Some points to note include:

  • 38 percent of companies have open positions they cannot find talent to fill
  • 46 percent of resumes submitted contain some form of false information
  • On average, it takes 24.5 working days to fill a position
  • In the tech industry, it takes 38.9 days to fill a position

Check out the full infographic below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

What do you think? What are some other reasons miscommunication occurs between job seekers and recruiters?

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