Monthly Archives: February 2014

Beef Up Résumé While in College

Students who leave college with a résumé that shows experience and accomplishments stand a much better chance of impressing a potential employer. Below are tips for students to help strengthen their résumés while they are still in school.

1.  Volunteer. Volunteering just a few hours a month shows a potential employer that the student has been engaged and involved.

2.  Work part time. Even a job busing tables gives the student an understanding of the work environment.

3.  Participate in class projects. Any major project—collaborative or individual—can be highlighted on a résumé to illustrate the student’s ability to produce a major piece of work.

4.  Obtain an internship. Internships provide experience within a student’s chosen field. They can signal hirers that the candidate may not need as much training as someone without such experience.

5.  Take leadership positions in clubs and organizations. Positions in groups can give a student valuable experience such as dealing with people, managing budgets, or fundraising.

Discussion: Why might an employer be impressed by a candidate’s record of volunteering? Why is having experience in any kind of job important on a new graduate’s résumé? Why do employers value collaborative skills?

Source: Gredley, K. (2013, August). Beefing up your résumé before the career search begins: Key advice for college students. Quintcareers. Retrieved from http://www.quintcareers.com

It’s Nothing “Profersonal”…

When ABC reporter Shea Allen posted unprofessional comments on her personal blog, she crossed a line…and was fired. The phenomenon of mixing professional and personal online identities—dubbed profersonal by Jason Seiden of Ajax Workforce Marketing—is logging a lot of attention because of its prevalence.

A recent report by the National Business Ethics Survey® of Social Networkers indicates that some employees are starting to get the point. The report found:

  • 79% of employees with at least one social network account consider how their employers would react to a post
  • 64% claim they consider how their employers would react to personal information posted on personal sites

But not all employees are adopting circumspect attitudes with regards to their posting habits. The survey also reported that one fourth of respondents believe it’s appropriate to write about their jobs if they do not name the employer.

Discussion: Should an employee post thoughts or perspectives about their employer on a social networking site? Do employers have the right to expect online professionalism in personal posts? What kinds of personal posts might an employer find unprofessional?

Source: Hyman, J. (2013, August 5). Fired news reporter Shea Allen illustrates the meaning of ‘profersonal’ for today’s workers. Workforce. Retrieved from http://www.workforce.com

The Next Job Search Frontier—Video

We all know that a paper résumé is old school. Social media sites have long replaced want ads as the way to look for a position. But are videos becoming part of the job hunter’s arsenal?

Experts say video can be an important component that helps bring a job seeker to the job market place. However, they advise against a video being the moving equivalent of a selfie. Instead, a video should cover a topic that illustrates the job seeker’s interests.

Brandy Nagel, a “marketing catalyst” and social media coach, suggests curation, an increasingly used method by which an individual culls existing material and provides links to that material—whether it is an article, a video, or some other text or image—to his or her network. Doing so can communicate information that will not be apparent from a résumé if the video is done professionally. It also shows that the job seeker is conversant in technology.

Discussion: What sort of videos would be inappropriate to post on a job-related social media site? How might posts of industry-related videos improve your chances of being noticed on social media? How should you dress if you “host” a video and post it to LinkedIn?

Source: Hanlon, L. (2013, November 10). Job video: Stand out by doing your best. Los Angeles Times, p. B4.