Resume Wars: Dark Side or Light?

12 01 2016

By now, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the new Star Wars movie. If you haven’t, don’t worry – this post doesn’t contain spoilers. I came across this unique article on the subject and wanted to share it with you. Have you ever thought about what Lord Vader’s resume would look like? Well, search no more! Check out this fun post from our friends over at EnhanceCV. Enjoy!


In a galaxy far, far away, resumes were drastically changing over time.

From a simple, blank piece of paper filled with your experiences, to a beautifully designed, fancy hologram, describing you not only as an employee but as an individual, as well.

In the light of the upcoming Star Wars movies, our team decided to create Anakin Skywalker’s resume before turning to the dark side, and after becoming Darth Vader. See how our format works, and how it shows more than just your work experience, disregarding whether you’re a Jedi or a Sith!


Before turning to the dark side, Anakin Skywalker was an exemplary Jedi. He studied at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, and after graduation, crafted his own light from three crystals on the planet Ilum. After becoming a full-fledged Jedi, his career seemed bright – having won numerous battles, stopping the invasion of Naboo, and becoming the Counsellor’s personal representative. Everything changed, however, once he started having visions his wife’s failed childbirth, leading him to rebel against the Jedi and eventually turning into Darth Vader.

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Vader was the opposite of everything Anakin Skywalker represented. He’d committed countless atrocities, from murdering most of the Jedi, to blowing up an entire planet.

At the end of the series, however, Darth Vader did end up finding redemption: saving his son’s life, and bringing down the emperor – thus finally fulfilling his destiny.


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****We thank Nick Greene for this post from a galaxy far, far away!!****

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12 Top Career & Leadership Experts to Follow in 2016

7 01 2016

c2c 2016Happy New Year!  For me, 2015 got off to a rocky start, but all in all, it was a good year.  Want to make 2016 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. This started out as a top ten list, but I couldn’t leave it at just ten resources.

So, I present to you:

Campus to Career’s 12 Top Career & Leadership Experts to Follow in 2016 (in alpha order):

Brittany Hodak (@BrittanyHodak) Brittany and I go way back…all the way to our humble beginnings in SmallTown, Oklahoma. Okay, that isn’t actually the name of the town (it’s Roland) but you get my point. Brittany is one of the most driven, passionate and gutsy people I know and her career success is a true reflection of her tenacity. She’s the Co-Founder of ZinePak,  blogs for Forbes, has been named to Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 list, and she even swims with sharks.

Doug Conant (@dougconant) You might recognize the name. Doug has been one of my unofficial mentors throughout my career. He’s is one of the most inspirational business professionals I’ve ever met. Oh, and he’s also 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 writes for LinkedIn as an Influencer regularly. Check out his posts here. He wrote a fantastic post recently on his site regarding 2016 Leadership Resolutions. Highly recommended.

Ed Han (@ed_han) Ed shares great content to help you succeed in your career. Personally, I enjoy his LinkedIn #tipoftheday. Ed contributes to, considers himself a job seeker ally and provides good value to your Twitter stream.

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!

Jacob Share (@jacobshare) Jacob is a job search expert, professional blogger, creative thinker, and community builder with a sense of humor. He likes to help people. I like that. One of the ways he does that is by compiling incredible one-stop lists like the Top Job Search Articles of 2015 and 1500 Hot Twitter Job Search Feeds. Check ’em out.

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.

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!

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.

Sarah Landrum (@SarahLandrum) If the name sounds familiar, it may be because Sarah is a featured writer here at Campus to Career. Her articles are fantastic and bring a unique perspective to our readers. Adding her to our small team was one of the best things we did in 2015! Check out Sarah’s 6 Tips on Getting More From LinkedIn. She’s also the Founder of Punched Clocks. You can learn more about Sarah in this fun interview.

Steve Browne (@sbrownehr) Steve is a self-professed HR radical putting the human touch back into Human Resources. This guy GETS IT. Not only is he super-social (go ahead, tweet him), he’s one of the most inclusive, thoughtful people I’ve ever interacted with in my career. He also blogs at Everyday People, managing to find the extraordinary in everyone.

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 have partnered to bring you the best of both worlds. Look for more good stuff in 2016. BONUS: Follow Mark Babbitt and Dave Ellis.

Me (@kbaumann) (I know…seems selfish…we’ll call it “enlightened self-interest). 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 2016 awesome together.

There it is, folks.  Campus to Career’s 12 Top Career & Leadership Experts to Follow in 2016.  Well, technically…13. 🙂 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 2016!

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How To Get The Skills You’ll Need After Graduation

5 01 2016


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College is supposed to prepare you for the real world, so you can find a job and contribute to society. But that’s a big responsibility to expect universities to do on their own. While a 2015 report by Hart Research Associates found that 64 percent of employers feel colleges could improve graduates chances of career success, by helping them learn both field-specific and broad skills, it’s important for students to also find ways to develop these skills.

Communication skills, being able to manage and complete a long-term project, and experience working with a team, are some of the big skill sets graduates seem to be missing. It might seem impossible, but you can gain these experiences while balancing a full course load.

Many people would say that internships are the only way to go. But there are other options. Here are three skills you’ll need after graduation and how you can master them before entering the job market:

Communication skills

Written and verbal communication skills are important in both the classroom and the office. You’d think that what you learn about writing reports or giving presentations in college would, therefore, translate to your career — but it doesn’t.

The way scholars communicate is very different from how professionals do. Taking classes that focus solely on written and verbal communication gives you the chance to study and learn the differences. These types of courses have you read and listen to examples of communications and analyze what makes them effective in various settings.

Learning about all the different ways to express yourself will give you a diverse toolbox to pull from once you have a job. It’ll help you communicate appropriately with clients and coworkers, and allow you to produce quality project reports and presentations.

Experience working on long-term projects

A 2015 survey from Gallup found that graduates that had taken part in a project that lasted for more than a semester were 1.8 times more engaged in the workplace, something employers value highly.

Unfortunately, unless you complete an honors thesis, most projects you do in college only take a week to a month. Then you turn it in, get a grade, and move on. In the workplace, projects are multifaceted and ongoing, constantly undergoing changes at every stage. They require different organizational and management skills.

If your classes don’t offer you the chance to work on a long-term project, try joining a club. Whether it’s fundraising events, performances, or other types of enterprises, clubs balance multiple long-term projects at one time, just like companies do.

Research the different types of clubs your university has and what they do. Then get involved. Whether you jump in on an event that’s already being organized or you start planning a fundraiser from the beginning, juggling all the tasks involved will give you the experience employers are looking for.

Ability to work with a team

If you need to gain professional experience working with a team, try starting a business with a group of friends. Work together to find ways to get your business going, manage the finances, and solve problems along the way. This will teach you how to brainstorm with others and resolve disputes that may arise.

Keep the idea small, so it doesn’t interfere with your coursework. And remember that this is a project, not your life’s work. Come up with a start and end date for the business, so that possible employers realize your business was about gaining experience, not an endeavor that failed.

What other skills will you need after graduation and how can you get them?

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Val Matta!!****

Val Matta

About the author: Val Matta is the vice president of business development at CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution for companies, outplacement firms, job seekers and university career centers. Connect with Val and CareerShift on LinkedIn.