Friday, October 5th, 2012 at
Pinterest, aaaahhhh, Pinterest. Where have you been all our lives? If you haven’t yet heard of this virtual pin board, you must have been living under a rock for the last year because it has just about taken the world by storm. Not only has it been a way for us creative folks to find ideas for new DIY projects, but it has also been a place to become (p)inspired about life, love, work, travel, and just about anything else under the sun.
In fact, on Thursday nights before writing my weekly posts, I often spend a good hour or so pinning my favorite things to one of my 47 boards. (Yes, I said 47.) Pinterest is a world of endless possibilities, and for me there’s no better place – other than real life or reality TV, of course – from which to draw inspiration.
Though some might underestimate Pinterest as just another way to waste time on the internet, I disagree. Pinterest is powerful. Each and every pin has the potential to stimulate self-exploration, bring possibilities for career and life to light, and to motivate and inspire self and others. If I had my way, everyone would have a Pinterest account. Here’s why:
Using Pinterest to Explore Your Interests
Pinterest puts you behind the wheel of your self- and career-exploration in a very fun and engaging way. By creating pin boards and pinning from virtually any website, you can express yourself and collect your interests in one place. Whether it is photography, education, technology, food, or design that tickles your fancy, Pinterest allows you to develop and explore your interests (and your fire) more fully. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at
If active networking is not part of your current job search strategy, it really, really, should be. Today’s economy has left countless job seekers eager for employment opportunities, and employers often experience an overwhelming response to position postings. With so many strong candidates waiting in line, many employers find it easier to fill job openings directly instead of advertising on job boards or with placement agencies. The result? CNN has estimated that 80% of jobs are never advertised and instead filled through networking and employee referrals!
I hope that statistic made you wonder how many job opportunities you’ve inadvertently missed out on. Never ever underestimate the power of your connections during your job search. Networking opportunities exist all around you – not just at professional conferences or business meetings. You never know who might be sitting next to you on the train, or who might share an elevator with you during your lunch break. Show a sincere interest in those around you, as that might just be the seed needed to start growing a mutually beneficial networking relationship.
It might not come naturally to everyone to strike up conversations with near strangers. Just like riding a bike, practice will make perfect. You might choose to start building your networking skills with everyday people who are not intimidating, and then work your way up to professional networking events with higher level executives. You might find this recent Forbes article helpful for finding non-awkward ways to network with others in everyday situations. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, April 9th, 2012 at
Today’s competitive market forces many job seekers to pursue positions outside of the field that they are most qualified for. If you find yourself in this situation, the good news is that you likely possess transferable skills that are marketable across industries. For instance, Research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently revealed that above all else, “employers are looking for team players and candidates who have strong verbal communication skills.” Other transferable skills and characteristics most sought after by employers include:
- Team focus
- Strong verbal communication
- Decision-making and problem solving
- Obtaining and processing information
- Planning, organizing, and prioritizing work
- Analyze quantitative data
- Possessing technical knowledge
- Being computer proficient
- Creating and/or editing written reports
- Selling or influencing others
If you are hoping to break into a new industry, or even just want your application to stand out from the crowd, it is therefore essential that you carefully incorporate these and other transferable skills into your resume and cover letter. Transferable skills can be categorized into five broad areas: 1) Communication skills, 2) Research and Planning, 3) Interpersonal skills, 4) Organization, Management and Leadership, and 5) Work Survival Skills. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at
As a Career Counselor, I often have clients who are discouraged and exhausted by the job search process. They complain about the countless hours spent scouring the thousands of jobs listed on general job search websites, while typically finding few postings that are relevant to their specific career goals. With so many hours of job searching and such sincere effort, how is it possible to not have such few viable job leads? It is rather simple, actually: Quantity does not equal quality. Casting a wide net might actually be counterproductive because you are opening yourself up to thousands of irrelevant and untrustworthy job postings.
If you are experiencing similar frustrations, it might be fruitful for you to redirect your time and attention to industry specific job boards and association websites. These sites will help you to maximize your time and use your online resources more efficiently during the job search process. First, niche job boards are especially helpful because they help to narrowly focus your job search efforts to positions related to your field of study, saving you time and energy. Below are a few websites that offer lists of job search websites by major / industry. As vast as the internet is, I cannot claim that these lists are exhaustive, but I do hope that you find them useful as you move forward in your job search.
Job search websites by field of study:
Additional sources offering extensive lists of job search websites by major: Read the rest of this entry