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  • by Marcia Robinson - June 5, 2013
    Kudos to you for doing the hard work to land your summer internship. Whether you have already begun to work or getting ready to start, take note of these 7 ways to shine in your internship role. If you do the right things to shine and be outstanding in your internship, there can be several potentially great outcomes. Of course, you could learn a lot about real work but you could also build a professional network, identify a me...
  • by Marcia Robinson - June 5, 2013
    The last thing new grads want to hear after they have walked the stage at commencement is a new assignment. Unfortunately though, without completing this assignment, most new graduates will struggle to find employment. I have seen it. I started giving this assignment to new graduates, as a response to one of the common questions new grads ask: How do I get a job if I have no experience? In today's competitive job market I...
  • by Marcia Robinson - April 1, 2013
    Twitter is a great resource for anyone who is looking for a job right now. Some job seekers are more adept at using Twitter and other social media tools than others. However, like all social media, Twitter has it's pros and cons. The big con of course is that college students should know that whatever they put out there in the Twitterverse may exist for a lot longer than the student might want it to. On the other hand, Twit...
  • by Marcia Robinson - January 2, 2013
    Your cover letter plays a really important role in a successful job search; but only if it gets read. What is the point of writing a cover letter if no one is going to read it? Doing the following things will increase the chances that recruiters read your cover letter when it is submitted as part of a job application. Keep your cover letter the right length. Except for a few industries including higher education and mayb...
  • by Marcia Robinson - November 14, 2012
    As a new immigrant to the United States in the mid 1980's I searched for a career training program that would augment my job skills. My goal was to transition quickly into the job market. As I evaluated programs I learned that choosing a career training program was not just about the academics. Choosing a program was also about key support services the school offered. After looking at both 4-year and 2-year programs, I chose a...
  • by Marcia Robinson - September 21, 2012
    Some colleges and universities offer and promote a secondary area of study to college students. This second area of study or concentration is referred to as a college minor. That is really just an abbreviated form of saying a "minor area of study." This is in contrast to a college major, which is the area of primary focus for the college student. Many people believe that undertaking a college minor, or two for that matter, is...
  • by Marcia Robinson - August 23, 2012
    College students who don't take full advantage of their college career centers are missing out big time on the career planning advantage. In addition to finalizing course schedules, buying books and outfitting college dorms, college students should make working with the campus career center a priority this year. I always encourage college students to go back to their campuses, especially in the fall, with a career checklist. W...
  • by Marcia Robinson - August 7, 2012
    In a few weeks, summer will end and thousands of new college freshmen will file onto college campuses and populate college residence halls. Most college students will enter college with tons of advice from parents, teachers and college counselors. With all the advice out there, it is hard for college students to separate the advice that will lead to long term success. If you are a new college freshman or know one, let me shar...
  • by Marcia Robinson - August 7, 2012
    Some job seekers believe they don't stand a chance to be hired for certain jobs because they don't believe they are "excitable" enough. As one job seeker shared with me. "I am not the bubbly-jumping-out-of-my-seat-type." Of course everyone knows that a successful job search strategy requires a positive attitude and so whether or not a job seeker believes they are excitable or not, we have to work together to develop specific s...
  • by Marcia Robinson - August 7, 2012
    I spend a lot of my time talking to new college grads about their job search strategies and career plans. What I find, after 13 years of working with new grads, is that many new grads have their job search stalled by job search myths and pre-conceived notions. Most new grads are having a hard enough time landing a job after graduation in today's tight job market, but if you add some simple misconceptions and job search myths t...