Avoid or seriously trim these words in your cover letter (or resume).
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Saturday, March 8, 2014
Remember last century, when there were lots of scams about how you could make $10K per month working from home by stuffing envelopes? There are probably internet equivalents out there.
This isn't one of them.
Instead, MakeUseOf (a great resource, by the way, for all the stuff you wanted to know how to to, and some you didn't know you wanted to know) has collected this series of online hubs for freelancers, and tips about how to establish yourself.
You aren't going to make a bunch of money at it. Even if you hustle and show 24/7 motivation, you're not likely to make more than a modest income if you try to do this fulltime. But you might be able to:
- Pay off a few bills, or at least earn serious pizza money if you don't yet have a Real Job
- Supplement your income for goals like vacations, holiday gifting
- Develop some working skills, possibly even viable references for fulltime applications
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I'm cold. And I'm tired of being cold. If you're graduating this spring, that may be good news for you as you look for your first Real Job.
Retail markets hire depending on need--and the need hasn't been there for the past few years. Just as the cycle started an uptick--Wham! Mother Nature dumped on us.
That means retail sectors--selling clothes, lawnmowers, tchotchkes (Yiddish: fripperies and decoratives) are going to be hiring.
No, I am not suggesting that all your new degree entitles you to do is stand in the aisles of department stores ambushing people with allergies and spritzing them with perfume. But it is a start, and would put you on the inside track to Bigger and Better as you start paying your own bills.
PS: Please don't ever approach me with perfume samples! I hold my nose and run through the stinky parts of department stores.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Here's a useful site if you know where you want to go, geographically: http://www.justgoodnews.biz/
From their "about" page, JustGOODNews.BIZ has information about:
- Expanding, innovative businesses
- Start-up ventures and entrepreneurs with great ideas
- Who’s hiring, so employers and job seekers can connect
- Business investments in your state
- Communities ready for growth and how they make it happen
- Top economic reports, plus city, state and national rankings
And you can subscribe or follow them in a number of different formats (Twitter, RSS, newsletter).
In other words, if you are looking for a job in--hey, why not!?--Buffalo, you can find this recent article, pointing out that IBM is going to be hiring 500 people within the next few years: http://www.justgoodnews.biz/2014/02/28/new-york-good-news/come-to-buffalo-for-work-and-pleasure/
It's part of the "Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub" (hmm... BITICH, not sure I like that acronym! You can see why I might recommend that they hire an English major or two, to spot this kind of egg-on-face stuff before it goes public.)
Friday, February 28, 2014
Well, one recruiter woke up on the wrong side of the bed when she wrote this post. But it’s fun to read. And it’s got some good insight.
In college, you’ve got FERPA. That’s the policy that prohibits your professors from saying anything about your performance in the classroom, good or bad, unless and until you explicitly authorize us to say something. Not even your mom can pry it out of us. At least you have a chance to know about the policy; you have to sign off, opt in or out.
In the World of Work, there’s a similar gag-order. Many employers will not give references about your performance on the job—not even if they are hung in the air by their thumbs and the soles of their feet are tickled.
Why? Because employers are afraid of getting sued by former employees who believe that a reference was slanderous. Yup: the employer definitely should have said “he did an excellent job” rather than “a great job.”
- Be aware that a former employer may have such a policy, and may not be willing to say anything about your work.
- Prepare alternate sources for recommendations: church, recent educational experience, volunteer work.
- The article suggests that you ask whether an employer has such a policy or not before you agree to take a job. If not, don't work there.
- If someone calls you to give a reference on another person who worked with you, know whether your company has such a policy in place. Yes, if you’re still early in your career, you may feel flattered you’ve been called to assess someone else. But you may be dealing with a sneaky person trying to avoid the run-around higher up the food chain.
Thanks to Joyce Tesar for suggesting this article!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Job Fair Boot Camp, Tuesday, March 11, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Gallagher Center
Job Fair Boot Camp is a new event where students have an opportunity to find out first hand from recruiters and recent alumni how to make it. This mini-conference will include breakout sessions on making a great first impression, using technology in the job search, what recruiters look for on a resume, networking skills, and plenty of free food.
And -- mark your calendar now for ways to put this boot camp to good use:
Career Expo, Wednesday, March 19, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Castellani Art Museum
More than 30 employers are already registered for our annual general job fair with more being added. Companies including McKesson Pharmaceuticals, Mohawk Global Logistics, Prudential, Time Warner, and US Customs and Border Protection are hiring for full-time, part-time. Summer, and internship opportunities. Check the registered employers at https://www.myinterfase.com/niagara/CareerFair/Detail/SXBUSzRseDFrS2lFemROQ0ZNUmlzaVlTUlJzQW5mdkVwcmcyTmpPbmlRUT01
Brought to you by
Robert Swanson | Director
Office of Career Services | Niagara University
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