2012’s Top 20 Posts on Your Career

21 12 2012

Top202012 has been a fantastic year for Campus to Career.  I’ve learned a lot through successes and failures this year.  Opening up this blog to select guests throughout the community has added a lot of value, both to me as a blogger and hopefully, to you as a reader.  I thought I’d share with you Campus to Career’s top 20 posts of the year.  Each is unique, bringing you a wide variety of tools to use in the job search or in your current career.  Listed in order of reader popularity, they are:

1. Co-Op vs. Internship: What’s the Difference?   – Have you ever wondered what makes a co-op different from an internship?  Check out this article to learn what sets them apart and which is the best fit for you.

2. Smile & the World Smiles with You    – Smile.  Just smile.  It’s good for your health and your career.

3. Quality vs. Quantity: 3 Points to Consider – Lessons learned from childhood that still resonate to this day!

4. 10 Simple Ways to Succeed in Your New Career – Starting a new job soon?  Here are 10 easy ways for you to launch your career on the right foot.

5. Lessons on Failure from Wile E. Coyote  – He’s still chasing the Roadrunner, but there’s a lesson in there. Click the title to read how Saturday morning cartoons do more than entertain.

6. Recovering From a Screw-Up at Work – Oops. You screwed up. So what? Don’t let it be the death of your career. Learn how to recover like a boss.

7. Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in…College? You’re probably thinking, “wait, I thought that was kindergarten?” Yes, but there are some great things you’re going to learn in college that will propel you into your dream job.

8. 5 Things Every Young Professional Should Know Before Hitting 30 – 5 things. That’s it. Zach Buckley provides some great insight into what exactly we need to do before we hit the big 3-0.

9. [INFOGRAPHIC] How an Applicant Tracking System Reads Your Resume – Where does your resume end up once submitted online? The recruiter’s desk? A black hole? Learn how the system analyzes the content on your resume.

10. Leverage Life by Maximizing Efficiency – Maximize efficiency, get more done. Simple enough.

11. Internship Advice from Vanilla Ice – Stop, collaborate and listen.  Seriously, though…there’s a career lesson in there.

12. 5 Reasons Why Athletes Make Great Employees – Why leave your participation in team sports or the fact that you’re an athlete off your resume? Read this article to learn how you can use your athletic involvement to position yourself for success.

13. 5 Things to Leave Off Your Resume – Drop ’em like they’re hot.

14. Top 4 Career Choice Tips for New Grads – Graduated or will soon? There are 4 choices you’re going to have to make. Check out this great post from Annie Favreau from Inside Jobs.

15. Goal Setting: Possible Dreams – If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

16. Landing Your Dream Job: Part 2 – The Phone Interview – Dogs barking in the distance? Annoying roommate practicing with their garage band? You might want to re-think where you take the phone interview. Click the link for a few more tips.

17. Career Services – Gaining Value for FREE (Part 2) – Not using Career Services on campus as a student?  You’re probably missing out! Take advantage of the free services…you’ll be glad you did!

18. Teamwork According to The Smurfs – What can little blue men (and a woman, sorry Smurfette) teach us about teamwork? More than you think.

19. 3 Strategies for Staying Positive during Your Job Search – You’ve applied everywhere. No one has called you. No emails in the inbox. You’re starting to freak out. Read this article to learn 3 ways to keep positive.

20. Branding Lessons from MTV – Remember when MTV actually showed music videos?  Seriously…they did.  Snooki wasn’t even a bad daydream in some director’s head at that point. Learn what MTV has to teach us about branding.

What is YOUR favorite post on Campus to Career?  Let me know.  I really value your opinion and insight.  That’s how this blog has evolved and how its able to bring you fresh content every week.  Blogs, Facebook and Twitter aren’t broadcast platforms to me.  They’re about building relationships and engaging in conversation.  So, let me know what you think.  Let’s make 2013 even better!

Thanks for reading!


Get Into the Zone & Change the World

18 12 2012


Last week, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to work with The Soderquist Center during a week-long series of meetings focused on leadership.  There were a lot of takeaways from each session ranging from how each person’s personality is different, requiring us to work with each other differently to team building exercises focusing on trust.

One of the most memorable quotes from the meetings was that of an executive who said, “I strive to keep all my relationships in the positive to neutral zone, never letting any of them cross the line into the negative space.” 

This resonated with me.  Too often we find ourselves spending time thinking about what we’re doing or how we’re doing it would be disapproved by someone in our negative space.  This affects productivity, among other things.  Why?  Rather than focusing on the positive outcomes, we’re too worried about damage control.  We’re thinking of how that person will shoot down our ideas.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Jim Collins has taught us to exercise productive paranoia in his book Great by Choice, but there’s a fine line between that and toxicity.  By keeping your relationships positive or neutral, I think you’ll find that there is more time to focus on innovation and creativity, continuing to improve those relationships, thus increasing their value.  So before you open you mouth with a snappy response, fire off the email with ALL CAPS, or take a jab at someone else’s expense, think about how you can move their relationship with you to the neutral or positive zone.

Keeping all relationships in the positive or neutral zone is one of my personal goals going forward.

There are a lot of bad things happening all around us throughout the world.  I don’t have to provide examples.  All you have to do is read the headlines.  I’d like to encourage you to think about all the positive things we’re accomplishing in the world, possible things that were once thought impossible.

I mentioned earlier that keeping all relationships in the positive or neutral zone is one of my goals.  It’s not a 2013 goal.  It’s a forever goal.  Want to change the world with me?  Let’s do it together!

For a little inspiration, check this out:

26 Moments That Restored Our Faith in Humanity This Year.  I challenge you to read it without tearing up.  I failed that challenge…

I’d also encourage you to check out Enactus.  Enactus, which was formerly known as SIFE, is an organization that is enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. We’re a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.  In 2012, Enactus students in 39 countries put in more than 7.2 million volunteer hours to empower people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living.  I’m proud to be part of this organization as their VP of Career Services, helping these fantastic young leaders prepare for their careers after college and assisting our valued partners with a tailored recruitment strategy to help them achieve maximum ROI.  Check out www.enactus.org for more information.  Here is a quick link to some of the projects they’re doing to truly change the world.

Don’t wait until tomorrow.  Let’s change the world now. 

As always, thanks for reading.

Prayers for Newtown

14 12 2012


Please send positive thoughts and prayers to the community members and family of those affected by the horrible tragedy today in Newtown, CT.

Out of respect, Campus to Career will not post any updates via Twitter, Facebook or here on the blog until Monday morning. Thank you.

The Web’s Best Career Advice – Weekly Roundup v.3

13 12 2012

This week, I bring you four excellent articles that will help you in your career, regardless of where you are today.  Are you working on your digital portfolio?  Yes? No? You might look into it!  Check out this week’s feature article on Campus to Career here.  It’s all about creating a dynamic digital portfolio to help you land the job!


Some people strive for work/life balance while others have accepted that the concept is more like work/life integration.  For more, check out my friend Meghan Biro’s article on Forbes: 5 Steps to Work Life Sanity in Today’s Social World.  Take some of the advice.  It will be good for you!

Do you know what the NUMBER ONE mistake most people make in their career? Read more from LinkedIn.

Read the YouTern blog?  I always find a few gems a week on their site and this week was no different.  Check out their article, 25 Things We Must Know Before 25, here.  Older than 25?  Don’t worry, there’s still time!  🙂

Lastly, here’s a great article from CareerRocketeer about leadership – great advice for anyone: Top 11 Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills.

What was THE BEST career advice article you read this week? Share it with everyone!  I’d love to know.  As always, thanks for reading.

Creating a Dynamic Digital Visual Portfolio to Land a Job

11 12 2012

By Nicole Henneman

Word on keyboardThe Internet experience continues to become more and more visual, making it easier to create a professional-quality portfolio of all of your digital artistic efforts. Loading times for Web pages keep getting faster, and efficient video streaming makes for a better viewing experience. Monitors, laptop screens and tablet faces feature better and better resolution, resulting in better visual quality.

Photos, graphics and videos are now a key component of the online experience, making Web surfing more rich and enjoyable. From social media to search engine results, the visual component of browsing the Internet makes it both visceral and personal. This visual appeal is spilling over into every area of the Web experience, and it looks like the world of online job resumes could be next.

Going Beyond the Traditional Resume

The resume is generally regarded as the most-important tool in a job applicant’s toolbox. Up until now, the resume has been fairly straightforward in both function and style. It is a reliable yet cookie-cutter staple to help job seekers present themselves to prospective employers in an accepted and predictable way. In recent years, the refinement of word processing and a wider variety of font styles has allowed job seekers to be somewhat more creative and expressive with their resumes.

Enter the visual portfolio, and the resume now seems poised to make a quantum leap. What was once exclusive to Web-design and computer-programming majors can now be executed by a job seeker with any background. Never before have job seekers had the opportunity to paint such a complete and creative picture of themselves. Visual portfolios allow the opportunity to make highly personal statements within one’s resume, and both users and employers are finding it a refreshing departure from the world of the plain-vanilla, traditional resume.


One of the emerging leaders in the field of the online visual portfolio is Pathbrite. This tool allows users to set themselves apart from their peers by showing potential recruiters what is unique about them. Users can include photos and videos of themselves, as well as favorite Web pages, articles and personal writing. They can even include pieces of code and design projects. The result is a rich, nuanced and multi-media presentation of a job applicant. Pathbrite also strives to keep its interface very user-friendly, so that, in their words, “it’s impossible to make a portfolio that looks bad.”


Another online portfolio option is About.me. Like Pathbrite, its focus is to enable users to create a personal profile page that points viewers to their content around the Web. However, About.me also helps users to understand how many people have viewed their profile and how they’re browsing it. The website allows users to effectively pull together all of their social media profiles into one cohesive online identity.


LinkedIn has been around for awhile and has been considered a straightforward virtual-networking tool. Basically, it’s a way to circulate your business card online. However, LinkedIn now offers users the ability to create an online visual portfolio, which has enhanced the networking process exponentially. LinkedIn now combines their name recognition and trusted brand with the capacity to create a dynamic, creative online portfolio.

An appealing feature of the online visual portfolio is that it is customizable and easy to change, which allows it to evolve in tandem with the user. People are able to show many different dimensions of themselves, taking expression via the resume to a whole new level. The net result will likely be better hiring matches in the workplace — a win-win for both parties.

About the author: Fairly new to the world of social media, Nicole was a web designer who became fascinated with the world of Twitter and sharing media. Her blog articles focus on how social media can leverage a site’s page rank.

The Web’s Best Career Advice – Weekly Roundup v.2

6 12 2012

roundupToughen up.  That’s the advice given in this week’s guest post by Deborah Brown-Volker.  Everything is challenging at the beginning.

Think the title of “leader” is only earned through a person’s tenure?  Think again.  Forbes writer Erika Anderson explains how you can be seen as a leader at any point in your career.  Click here to read the full article.

Last week, the world said farewell to legendary thought leader and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar.  Zig’s advice has guided me and millions of others to find their true happiness.  One of my favorite quotes of his is “When you set goals, something inside of you says, ‘Let’s go, let’s go,’ and ceilings start to move up.” Check out Kevin Kruse’s post, Zig Ziglar: 10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life.

Polishing up your resume? Need a little help to make it unbeatable?  Here are some great tips from a top recruiter.  Your resume should be part of your interview toolkit.  Find out what else should be included in your kit here.

You have your resume ready, the interview toolkit is complete.  Now what?  Glassdoor.com’s guest blogger, Heather Huhman has some great advice for you.  Here are 6 Things Hiring Managers Don’t Want in a Candidate.  Here’s another great article outlining what NOT to do: How to Scare Away the Interviewer.

Last, but not least, check out this great article from CareerBliss.com: Getting Defensive at Work is Holding You Back.  Excellent tips for any point in your career!

As always, Campus to Career will continue to bring you relevant content to help you find your dream job that aligns with your passion or help you improve yourself professionally at your current job (if you’ve already found your passion.)  Be sure to watch www.campus-to-career.com, subscribe via email (FREE) or follow me on Twitter (@kbaumann or @campustocareer) and Facebook.

Have you read a great article recently that you’d like to share here?  Leave a comment below or email me directly at kirk.baumann@att.net.  Have a great week!

Toughen Up! It’s YOUR Career

4 12 2012

Guest post by Deborah Brown-Volkman

Are you facing a challenge in your career that seems insurmountable? Are you unsure how to handle it? Do you wish that overcoming your challenge was easier?

No one really wants things to be tough. Yes, we may know deep down that tough makes us stronger, but when we are going through a situation ourselves, easy is the choice we would make if we could.

Every career challenge is tough in the beginning.

expertWhat is your current challenge? Have you known for a long time that you should be doing something else in your career, but you have been afraid to do anything about it? Or, has something happened that has changed the way you view yourself, and you are afraid of what the new you will look like, so you’ve stopped looking? Or, do you wish that things in your career would go back to the way they were, and this wish is keeping you from moving forward or making progress?

Many people I speak to are struggling in their career and my heart goes out to them. I know they want more and want things to be different. Is there a magic pill that will save them? No. Is there a way out? Yes. It’s called hard work. But hard work is called hard for a reason. It means career transformation is not going to be easy. The good news is hard work will provide real results.

The difficult part is getting started. And once you start, you get to your goal by putting one foot in front of the other.

So How Do You Begin? Follow These 4 Steps Below:

1.  Expect to Be Uncomfortable

If you expect to be uncomfortable then you won’t be surprised when you are. And, you won’t resist it. Most times, the biggest challenge in our career is not what has happened (or is happening) but our reaction to it. How are you handling yours?

What’s wrong with being uncomfortable? Discomfort means you are being challenged and are growing. Growth is a good thing in the end, even if it hurts a bit in the beginning.

2. Embrace Your Challenge

Challenges in your career are there for a reason. The pain your challenge produces tells you that something is not working. Maybe there has been a situation that you have been avoiding, but now you can no longer avoid it. That’s a good thing. What you avoid only gets bigger. Facing what needs to be faced will bring you relief and freedom. Running will not.

Challenges give you resilience and help you become a better person. Although challenges are not fun while you are having them, the other side of your challenge is a brand new confident you. Don’t be afraid of this person. It’s who you are supposed to become.

3. Be Open

Are you attached to what happens next? Then, your journey will be harder for you. Remember that there is your plan, and then the plan that’s supposed to take place. We all would like to control the outcome. It makes us feel like we have a say. Sometimes, it’s not up to you. Let go of the ending. Maybe the outcome will surprise you. Whatever happens, trust that you will be in a better place and that good things are around the corner waiting for you.

4. Remember That Things Get Easier Over Time

What knocks you off your feet in the beginning becomes more manageable as you go through the process. Day by day, what seems overwhelming becomes less demanding and hectic over time. Get ready to find a new groove and a new routine. At times, you may not completely know where you are going, but if you move forward, the future won’t seem so scary anymore.

Slow and steady wins the race. You goal is to keep going, knowing that good things will come your way because you did. Good luck!

About the author: Deborah Brown-Volkman is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and the President of Surpass Your Dreams, a global career and life coaching company that has been delivering a message of motivation, success, and personal fulfillment since 1998. Her company offers customized and results-oriented Career Coaching programs for those who want a new job, new career, or a new way to flourish in today’s hectic workplace.