14 People to Follow in 2014

31 12 2013

2014Happy New Year!  2013 had its ups and downs, but all in all, it was a good year.  Want to make 2014 an awesome year?  Twitter and LinkedIn are amazing resources for personal and professional development.  As a job seeker or someone who simply wants to improve themselves, the right influencers provide excellent advice, insight, best practices, inspiration and motivation to help you achieve your goals. So, to help you get started, here is Campus to Career’s 14 People to Follow in 2014 (in alpha order):

CareerBliss (@CareerBliss) CareerBliss made the 2013 list, but I still love this blog.  It makes me happy. Even their logo makes me happy. CareerBliss provides relevant, always fun to read posts that will help you advance in your career. Check them out on Pinterest as well!

Doug Conant (@dougconant) Doug is one of the most inspirational business professionals I’ve ever met. He’s the former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, leading with head, heart and hands. Read his book, TouchPoints.  I guarantee that you’ll find some excellent tips on how to be a better leader. Doug recently joined LinkedIn as an Influencer as well. Check out his posts here.

Hannah Morgan (@careersherpa) She’s the guide for lifetime career navigation.  I love how Hannah shares so much of her own content, while complementing it with great articles and nuggets from other experts.  It’s the humble gesture that counts!

Jeff Haden (@jeff_haden)  This guy is awesome.  As a LinkedIn Influencer, he’s providing some amazing advice in ways that we can relate to everyday life.  His posts are fun and very meaningful.  Check him out here.

Jennie Mustafa-Julock (@CoachJennie)  She has a great blog and I love her bio.  She doesn’t subscribe to the gentle encouragement coaching thing.  I’ve found her advice to be the kick in the pants we all need sometimes!

Jenny Blake (@jenny_blake) She’s an author, but keep reading…I’m not selling anything.  Jenny truly wants you to grow as a professional.  She’s pretty dang good at it, too.  Check out her website, jennyblake.me.  The site is fantastic and has a TON of resources available to you.  I also love her bio.  J

John Muscarello (@jmmuscarello) Check out his blog, Start Networking Today, for some excellent tips to get you going in the right direction.  John is a regularly participant of the weekly Twitter chat, #InternPro (where we started the conversation.)   He truly keeps social media social!

Keppie Careers (@Keppie_Careers) Miriam Salpeter’s blog, Keppie Careers, is one of the first that I followed as I entered into the digital space as a career blogger.  It made the 2013 list and remains to be a must follow!

Meghan Biro (@MeghanMBiro) She’s Founder & CEO of @TalentCulture, Host of #TChat (Wednesdays  7-8pm ET) and a regular contributor to Forbes.  Meghan is always sharing great information and like many on this list, she keeps social media social.  Follow her and tweet hello!

Me (@kbaumann) (I know…seems selfish) but I’d be honored if you followed me and liked Campus to Career on Facebook.  Research has proven that it’s silly to expect results if you don’t make the request.  So, I’m asking!  Let’s make 2014 awesome together.

Rich Grant (@RichCareer) Rich is co-host of #CareerServChat, the popular Twitter forum for Career Services professionals.  He has some great articles on his blog and pays it forward, sharing useful content from other experts.

Ritika Trikha (@RitikaTrikha) Ritika writes for @CareerBliss.  She’s the author behind many creative articles such as What Makes a LinkedIn Bio Great?  plus many more fantastic reads.

Steve Levy (@levyrecruits) He keeps it real, holding nothing back.  He’s a regular contributor to chats like #InternPro and #jobhuntchat.  Follow him for some of the best, frank career advice you’ve ever received.

YouTern (@YouTern)  Check out the blog, The Savvy Intern, for TONS of great articles to help you succeed.  YouTern and Campus to Career partnered to bring you the best of both worlds in 2013. 2014 will be, as Barney Stinson put it, LEGEN-(wait for it)-DARY!  I’d like to thank Mark Babbitt and Dave Ellis for all their hard work.  Keep it up, guys!

There it is, folks.  Campus to Career’s 14 People to Follow in 2014.  When you follow them, take a look at who they follow and interact with.  This list wasn’t a top 100 for a reason.  You know who you want to follow and each person has unique needs and preferences.  Each person on this list is full of knowledge, shares that knowledge with the world and has a mission of helping others succeed.  That’s what we’re all about here at Campus to Career.

That being said….if you could add TWO people to the list, who would it be??  Please leave your recommendations (along with their Twitter username) in the comments below!  As always, thanks for reading.  Best wishes in 2014!

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All I Want This Holiday Season Is…

24 12 2013

The holiday season is in full swing.  Mistletoe is in its place, the eggnog is prepared, and cookies of all shapes and sizes are ready for holiday guests.  Yes, I said “holiday.”  I say this because I know my readers celebrate more than one holiday, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to generalize everything I talk about.  My family and I celebrate Christmas.  We have our own traditions that include hanging stockings by the chimney, watching holiday classics like A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, and of course, lots of holiday goodies like peppermint cocoa, honey baked ham, and all the fixings.

You see, Christmastime has many meanings for many people.  Some celebrate it, some don’t.  I’m not promoting my traditions over yours.  When it all comes down to it, the holidays are a time we should be able to enjoy with friends and family and be thankful for what we have.  There’s a little touch of magic in the air during this time, and yes, dreams do come true.  Santa might have a hand in this…if you believe.  🙂

Where am I going with this post?  I’m glad you asked!  This post was designed for two reasons:

  1. To thank you for all the tweets, re-tweets, LinkedIn posts, Facebook likes, and blog comments that have built the community around Campus to Career.  My success is linked to yours – we’re in this together!
  2. To ask: What is on your list (and what you’re doing to make it happen) this holiday season as it pertains the job search or your current career? Please leave a comment below! 

So there it is.  First and foremost, thank you. Now, what’s on your holiday list this year and how do you plan to make it happen?  Please remember to keep comments related to the job search and your career.  Have a little fun and if there’s something you’d like to see on Campus to Career that will help those dreams become a reality, please let me know!  I’d love to help.

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family!

Dashing Through The Winter Job Search [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 12 2013

Winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean your job search has to stop. Too many job seekers take the winter off to make eggnog and cookies, missing out on great job opportunities. Continuing a job search during the winter months can help you beat your competition, snag a seasonal job, or even find the perfect contact to take your job hunt to the next level.

The infographic below — compiled by CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution — shows job hunters why winter just might be the perfect season to turbocharge your search. Some takeaways to note:

  • 39% of retail and 18% of IT companies are hiring this winter
  • 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking
  • 46% of successful job seekers applied directly to the employer
  • 54% of job seekers use social media to network

Check  out the full infographic below for more tips on how to heat up your job search while the weather cools.

What do you think? How will you jumpstart your winter job search? Share in the comments!

Dashing Through the Winter Job Search [INFOGRAPHIC]

Should You Consider Seasonal Work?

3 12 2013

Seasonal Work

If you’ve never considered seasonal work as a stop-gap measure between full-time opportunities, now might be the perfect time. Seasonal work allows you to focus on your job search while providing a much-needed source of income and experience. The retail industry is a safe bet for seasonal work this time of year as sellers typically boost their workforces significantly in preparation for the holidays.

There are also plenty of professional, well-paying options beyond the sales floor this time of year if you do a little digging. Behind the frontlines, a whole host of marketing professionals, social media specialists, recruiters, customer service personnel, IT support and others will need some extra help in order to keep operations running smoothly this holiday season. Try adding keywords like “seasonal” and “temporary” to your current search queries to see what comes up. You can also check out LinkedIn groups to uncover some of the “hidden” jobs out there.

Job seekers could see lasting benefits from pursuing seasonal work, even if those positions aren’t directly related to their desired industries. Many job skills are relevant across disciplines and it can be a great way to get your foot in the door. Treat your job as if it’s a permanent career and think of ways to make yourself indispensable. If you can exceed expectations in your seasonal job, you’re setting yourself up for serious consideration when a long-term, more stable position opens up.

The number one benefit of accepting seasonal employment? Networking. The pay may be lacking and the benefits non-existent, so make sure to use your time wisely.  Maintain a positive, flexible attitude and go out of your way to build good relationships with your supervisors and coworkers. Seek out any opportunity to get to know upper management and leadership, even if they work outside your department. If you’re not retained as a full-time employee, the connections you make while you’re there could open doors for you via future endorsements and referrals.

Seasonal Work and Your Professional Profile

As far as listing your seasonal or temp job on your resume and LinkedIn profile, proceed with caution. It’s generally a good idea to include a temp job only if it’s related to your industry. You may also want to include it if you make strong connections at the company that could pay off down the road.  Since you’re likely still searching for a permanent job openly, it’s best to keep your LinkedIn profile and headline optimized for the industry you are targeting. Make it clear you are still open to a long-term opportunity while actively refining your skills.

If you can’t find a good seasonal position in your area, you might consider putting your skills to good use through volunteer work. Start by checking with your child’s school or the local library for tutoring and other needs. Many libraries offer volunteer-led training courses to promote digital literacy in local communities, especially in rural areas where broadband access is lacking. You can check also check out a site like VolunteerMatch, which will help you find a charity with needs that match your skill set. A volunteer position, much like a seasonal one, can be leveraged to open doors to new opportunities in the future, and unlike some irrelevant seasonal jobs, volunteer work is always a great addition to your LinkedIn profile.

****For this post, Campus to Career thanks Chris Williams! ****

About the author: Chris Williams is a freelance marketing strategist and writer who loves covering issues related to non-traditional students and career transition.