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Survey Reveals College Grads Aren’t Alone; Most Adults Want to Help Their Job Searches

graduation capIf you’re a recent college grad, according to a new survey by “Every Day Connect,” resources provided by Fairfield Inn & Suites to mentor the next generation of business travelers, more than 77 percent of employed adults said they’re willing to help college graduates find work.

To that point, 49 percent of the 1,000 polled employed adults mentioned they have a mentor in their profession.

They do appreciate a decent thank-you in the form of a phone call (91 percent of respondents indicated this was an appropriate method to express gratitude.) Snail mail or e-mails were also considered appropriate. Read more

Building a Case for Leaving a Cushy, Comfortable Job

relocate jobHave you ever felt the itch to leave your current job, one that you are relatively comfortable with, in order to pursue greener pastures?

You’re not alone. One reader addresses this with The New York Post to dive into the issue. He or she writes, “After five years I feel like I’ve hit a wall and that it’s time for a new challenge. Is it crazy to take a risk moving to a different company when things are going so well here?”

You know what we think is crazy, along with the columnist Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry? Staying in a job where you feel stunted especially when there are other options. Read more

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day!

dogYes, this annual event really exists. And hey, it’s today!

In fact, it was spawned by Pet Sitters International in 1999 to show how dogs can be great companions and to encourage their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.

Well, what if you’re not pooch friendly and your colleagues have brought in their pets or what if you have allergies? There are a few ways to make the most out of today and other days if your office is pet friendly all year-long. Read more

Baseball Faux Talk Show Asks Broadcaster Key to Conducting Good Interviews

Want to rock out your career to the next level? Or maybe you’re just starting on the interview scene. Well, according to this video there are a few essential tips to keep in mind to conducting stellar interviews.

On a summer Friday, we figured it’s time to keep things light in the spirit of these comedic videos, “Foul Territory,” launched by the YES Network and hosted by the Yankees’ first baseman, Mark Teixeira.

On the mock talk show, Tex quizzes Yankees announcer on YES and former New York Times reporter Jack Curry about being a good interviewer. Curry’s response: “Do as much research as possible. You never want to ask a yes/no question.”

Take a look at the clip:

From a Creative Writing Major to Two Journalism Internships

Andrew RussoI graduated from college more than a month ago, and in that time, I’ve watched more than half of my friends go on to land full-time positions in their field. I, however, am working two internships – one at Mediabistro and the other at Guideposts magazine – that have an expiration date at the end of August.

When you tell people after four years of hard work, dedication and thousands of your parents’ money that all you have to show for it is an internship — or worse yet, unemployment — they might give you that universal sympathetic look before saying, “Don’t worry, something will come along.”

In my case, though, I couldn’t be happier to have landed two internships in the field of journalism because I didn’t even major in it. About halfway through school, nearly finished with my BA in creative writing, I decided I really didn’t like it. I loved writing, but I had no time or dedication to think of plotlines or characters or read another thing by Nathaniel Hawthorne. So, I moved on to nonfiction. In news writing, the details, characters and motives are all there; all you need to do is put the facts into a cohesive whole. Another thing I love about the news is that you know what you write will be important to someone. Whether you’re covering the small-town high school prom or world conflicts, someone is interested in it, and that makes it important.

Since I changed my mind late in the game, I found myself close to graduating with only enough time to take the courses needed for a journalism minor and a few free electives to fill up with some multimedia classes. So I’m at Mediabistro and Guideposts to learn and grow. Read more

Four Ways for Freelancers to Successfully Land Big Clients

SixFigureFreelancerBy big clients we mean clients with deep pockets. Budgets to spend and contract to sign. That’s why this post from Freelancers Union is so appropriate.

Of course, the first way to land big clients is to let them know you exist and to pitch them. The art, my friend, entails in the pitch itself.

1. Research. The clients you’re pursuing require more research, plain and simple. You know what though? They’re worth it. Per the piece, you should spend at least one hour reading through anything and everything about this company. Social media feeds are helpful so you can get a grasp on how the company views itself.

The piece points out: “If it’s a large corporation with multiple locations, try to find out if certain locations specialize in different services. Then find the department that aligns with what you do. Then do some private searching on LinkedIn to find out who works in that department. Recall your past gig experience: who was the person who hired and managed you? Look for someone with that job title.”

2. Explain what you do. Think bigger than what you currently do, too. You’re not just a project manager, says the piece. Instead, you’re the go-to person who makes the company’s problems disappear. Check that — the person’s problems to whom you’re pitching. Speak to the person your pitching and solve his or her problems.

3. Understand that they have a boss. The person you’re pitching indeed has a boss who’s likely putting pressure on them to make a hiring decision and to make it a good one. Plus, deadlines are looming. Give them all the information you can to make it easy for them to sign you on for the project.

4. Understand that they don’t want to train you. They need you to come in and roll up your sleeves to get right down to work. They assume you have the required skills and experience and need little to no training.

The piece advises, “Tell them you always spend the first few days listening and watching. Say something about how good you are at seeing the big picture, filling in where needed, and instead of trying to talk a lot about what you do, repeat back to them what they need.”

Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Boss? New Study Says You’re Not

bossesIf you’re wondering whether or not you’re spending enough time with your boss, there may be reasons why you’re questioning it in the first place.

That’s because it’s a valid question and a new study underscores the importance of face time with your supervisor.

According to a new study conducted by Leadership IQ with more than 32,000 executives, managers and employees in the U.S. and Canada, people feel more engaged for each additional hour spent with their leader. Read more

How to Make the Most of a Gap Year

suitcaseIf you think taking a gap year is just for high school kids before they jaunt off to college, think again.

According to the Brazen Careerist, experienced professionals have blazed a trail well into their careers and they’ve done it on small budgets to boot.

For starters, you should look into your employer’s sabbatical policy. If you’ve already been at your employer for a few years, you may qualify for a sabbatical. Another option entails taking an unpaid leave of absence in exchange for a guaranteed job when you return home.
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10 Bizarre Office Behaviors to Avoid (Don’t Be That Guy or Gal!)

man asleep at deskNeed a little chuckle to get you through hump day? A new CareerBuilder survey discovered that employees are getting a little too comfortable in their offices.

Okay, check that — they’re getting extremely comfortable at their home away from home and therefore, many workers have decided nothing is off limits. And we do mean nothing.

Per the survey, one supervisor caught a teammate caring for her pet bird that she snuck into the office! Wait, it gets better. Another supervisor caught an employee blowing bubbles in frigid temperatures to see if the bubbles were going to freeze and break. Read more

Five Ways to Intentionally Goof Off

sneakerDid you read that right? Yes, you did!

By goofing off we mean ways to actually boost productivity. Instead of staring blankly at your computer screen with a looming deadline, it’s actually more productive to take a stroll around the block, brush your teeth or talk to a colleague and then return to the task at hand.

According to a piece on Forbes, goofing off (when done in moderation) is actually good for you. Here are some of their pointers… Read more

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