What’s Your 6-11?

21 09 2016

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Sure, we all have a 9-to-5, but what about a 6-11? You might be thinking, “what in the world is this guy talking about??” Let me explain. The concept of a 6-11 is based on the growing trend of twin-track career paths, commonly referred to as a “side hustle.”

Check out this fun interactive quiz from digital design and print powerhouse MOO engineered specifically to inspire people to discover their true passions AND help turn it into the job of their dreams.

Leveraging some seriously compelling data points from Wakefield Research and an interactive quiz, MOO has found there’s a major twin-track career phenomenon. In short, everyone (not just millennials) is on that side hustle tip.

Data from Wakefield Research for MOO

  • Nearly 3 in 4 people who work a 9 to 5 job (74%) admit they are unfulfilled by their current job

  • 44% of people are more interested in starting a side business now than they were 2 years ago

  • Almost 2 out of 3 millennials are anxious to follow their entrepreneurial instinct and start their own business

  • 90% feel that having a fulfilling job is one of the biggest factors in determining someone’s overall happiness

MOO is out to empower more people to take that first step, just like their “6-11 ambassadors,” founders of The Muse and Pintrill, who created their dream jobs while balancing a full time career, and are even offering the chance to win a full suite of branded materials to turn their dreams into a professional reality.

PS. I got Interpreter. Guess I need to brush up on my foreign language skills… 🙂





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.

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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





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.





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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4 Things You Can Do to Network With Impact & Results

8 04 2014

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It’s no secret that networking can get you closer to the job of your dreams. You’ve probably heard this countless times from recruiters, mentors, and career sites like Campus to Career. You’ve heard networking is important. You know it’s important. But when you go to a networking event, are you the person who stands around the edge of the room trying to “blend in”.

Networking is about being noticed. It’s about getting your name out there and becoming known to other industry professionals. You have to be bold, and you have to stand out from the crowd. In my experience, even if you’re a reluctant networker, there are 4 things you can do that will make you appear confident, and help you network with impact and results.

1) Arrive early

When you arrive early at a networking event, you give yourself a significant advantage – you can see who enters the room and you can be the first to speak with them. Arriving early means arriving at the designated start time, or within 15 minutes of that. If you arrive late to a networking event, groups have already been formed and the people whom you want to meet are already engaged in conversation. Breaking into a conversation is much more difficult that starting a fresh conversation with somebody who has just entered the room.

2) Create an outfit that gets you noticed

When you walk into the networking event room, it’s your outfit and your body language that others will notice first. Instead of wearing colours that make you blend into the crowd, opt for high-contrast colours and bold styles to help you get noticed. Ladies, add impact to a simple black dress with a contrasting red or white jacket. And don’t forget about your shoes. A pair of striking heels can instantly change your attitude and confidence. Gentlemen, you can enhance a simple white shirt with high-contrast cufflinks in navy or black. Or, choose a white shirt that already has contrasting buttons or colour detail in it.

3) Be bold with your body language

Body language has a major impact on the first impression we make. By simply adopting powerful body language poses at networking events, you can immediately change your impression from meek and insecure to poised and powerful, regardless of how you truly feel inside. Confident body language stems from good posture. Hold your rib cage up and keep your head held high. When you hold your head high you expose your neck, the most vulnerable part of your body, and project to the networking crowd confidence and poise.

4) Use a quality business card case

A quality business card case is probably one of the most underutilised networking tools in Western countries, but will absolutely make you stand out from the crowd. When the other person sees you remove your business card from a proper case, they’ll know that you’re somebody who cares about the smaller details. When they see you put their card in your business card case, it signals that you hold them in high regard. A few moments of respect for a potentially important business contact can have a long-term positive impact on your career.

I invite you to try these tips at your next networking event. By implementing just one of these tips, you’ll be noticed a little more. By implementing all four of these tips, you’ll absolutely have more impact and get more results from that networking event.

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Kara Ronin!****

About the author: Kara Ronin is an international business etiquette expert and the author of the eBook, The Ultimate Networking Roadmap: Rise above fear to network with confidence and class. Visit her blog Executive Impressions to claim your free 7 Step Networking Roadmap and get fabulous tips on networking and international business etiquette.





The Web’s Best Career Advice – Weekly Roundup v.1

27 11 2012

This week, I’m trying something new.  Don’t worry – this will supplement each week’s posts that are released on Tuesdays.  Since this is the first post of its kind, I’m highlighting it now.  This is simply something I thought you’d appreciate.  After all, the whole point of Campus to Career is to pay it forward.  Here is some of the best career advice I found on the web this week.  Look for another original post on Thursday.  Next week, we’ll resume our regularly scheduled program.  Enjoy!

What’s the weirdest interview question you’ve ever been asked?  It’s all about being prepared, but some of these are pretty far out there.  Check out the 10 Terrifyingly Tricky Interview Questions from AT&T to Zappos! Click here to read the full article.

We all want to get promoted, right?  What do we need to do to make that happen?  Check out Forbes’ Top 6 Communication Skills That Will Get You Promoted for a few tips.  Also, don’t forget to find a mentor.  It can make all the difference!

Want to know what the “Must-Have Job Skills for 2013” are?  Click here to read a great article from The Wall Street Journal.  Will 2013 be your breakout year?

Working on your elevator pitch?  Click here to see the seven key components to help make yours pitch-perfect.

Heidi Klum knows a thing or two about the job search. Want to find out what she and other supermodels have discovered?  Read this.

Looking for a little happiness?  Check out Inc. Magazine’s 9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier.

That’s it!  I read dozens of articles a week, scouring the web for great pieces of advice to pass on here at Campus to Career.  I hope you enjoy this.  Please let me know!  I’m always looking to improve the quality of content and your user experience.  Leave a comment below or email me directly at kirk.baumann@att.net.  Have a great week!





Fostering Innovation with Shaun White

24 01 2012

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My job requires me to travel – a lot.  You know the magazines that the airlines provide to their passengers?  I actually read them (even SkyMall.)  From time to time, there’s a good article with a real lesson that can be shared.  As I was reading through this month’s issue of American Way, I came across an article featuring Shaun White.  I probably don’t even have to explain who he is, right?  Shaun has become a household name with his line of clothing, Oakley sunglasses, video games, newly launched partnership with Burton snowboards…he even has his own gum (“whitemint”), thanks to a partnership with Stride.  Most of us know him either by name, reputation, or by his fiery red hair.  He’s competed (and won several medals) in the Olympics.  In most people’s opinion, Shaun White has arrived.

How does someone get to this point of success in their career?  It all starts with the competition.  I’ll dig a little deeper:

Competition fosters innovation.  If we all did the same thing every day, we’d live in a very boring world.  To break it down a further, competition to me means that a variety of ideas and people are fighting to find the most innovative idea and person.    Shaun didn’t stop when he won the gold medial in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver with a high score on the half pipe of 48.4 (highest you can get is 50).  He kept innovating new tricks, new ways to put a spin on snowboarding.  By the way, his business franchise speaks for itself.  He’s also breaking down the snowboarder stereotype, so think twice before you make assumptions about someone based on their job or hobby!  Consider “best” as a given…are you really being innovative in your approach to your career?  Could you do more?  We all need a little healthy competition!

There’s a deadline and everybody is watching.  Innovation doesn’t just happen overnight.  It also doesn’t happen without setting goals or without taking action regarding those goals.  In the American Way interview, Shaun mentioned that it’s all about adrenaline and focus with his tricks.  That, and the fear of failure.  “I can’t do certain tricks unless it’s in a contest because that pressure – you need it,” he says.  “You get into that zone and I’m like, ‘Ok, I have to land. It’s not an option.’ Tricks seem to happen easier when you’re at events.  You need that contest mode to see the crowd, the clock’s ticking – all these things make you push harder.”  Think about he uses deadlines and acts to achieve his goals.  Are you following a similar philosophy?  

Short and simple – that’s how this week’s post wraps up.  The next time you’re reading a book or magazine article, think how it applies to you, your success or life in general.  You might be surprised what you can learn!  For reference, check out http://www.americanwaymag.com for American Way‘s full article.

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