Stand Out in the Croud by “Double-Hitting”

Want a way to get your name to stand out amongst the hundreds of other job seekers?

The concept is referred to as “Double-hitting,” which was first referred to in a New York Times article titled “A Cover Letter is Not Expendable.” Liz Wolgemuth from U.S News’ The Inside Job also reports on this concept.

First send your resume and cover letter through email, then send in a hard copy a few days later. This presents your name from getting lost among all the other applicants. The New York Times article also mentioned attaching a hand-written note to the hard copy you send in saying “Second submission; I’m very interested.” You could even take the hard copy personally in to the company and tell them you also submitted your resume and cover letter online.

This tactic has been known to double your chances of getting an interview because the company can see the job seeker’s persistence and extreme interest in the job. Don’t be afraid to use your creativity and make that extra effort while your applying for jobs!

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Anything But Ordinary

 

It is clear that we are all nervous about losing our jobs in this economy, especially those of us who just recently entered the career world. We are all scared of making the slightest wrong move, knowing how easily replaceable we are with all the job seekers out there today. However, it is important to remember who we are during all of these tough times. Figure out your strengths and advantages in your career position, and milk them. By no means should you “play it safe” and compromise your creativity because you do not want to be shot down by the big guys.

When you lack creativity, you are only standard, therefore most likely decreasing your chance of sustainability rather than increasing it. No one wants average, so find your competitive edge and use it to your advantage. Don’t be afraid to ask for the opportunity to use these special creative skills you posses. This should put you in the perfect position to get your feet wet and test out your ideas, showing your business partners and bosses that you are one to keep around if they are making cuts. untitled-1

Don’t let the recession and the competitive workforce frighten you into being an ‘average Joe’ in your career! In this rapidly changing modern world, followers are the last thing we need, so be a leader and be innovative in all that you do!

Being Wait-Listed is Bittersweet

As a soon-t0-be college graduate who has been applying to grad school since January, the wait is finally coming to an end.  Letters of the school’s decision are coming in.  Personally, I applied to two schools.  I was wait-listed at one and accepted into another.  Of course, I received the wait-listed letter a week before my acceptance into my other choice.  

So for a week I was wrought with worry and doubt.  What if I was wait-listed at my other choice?  What if I wasn’t accepted at all to my other choice?  My summer would be filled with anticipation while I wait to hear about my wait-list status.  

For those of you in that situation, I found an enlightening article about that bittersweetness of being wait-listed.  Hopefully, it will provide some insightful info about being wait-listed in today’s world.  

Check out the complete article by clicking here.  

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Set Your Agenda!

Do you want to be successful in finding a new career or job? Who doesn’t? Well, the first step is setting an agenda. This is useful to both those just entering the work force, as well as those getting back into it, or even when coming from another job.

The primary goal of your agenda is to focus yourself. Set your goals and know your goals so that you can choose up to three jobs to really go after. Once you have decided on the few jobs you really want to pursue, you can put all your effort into making your resume, cover letters, etc., perfect for those positions! This way you are not sending out a ton of sub-par resumes, but around three truly solid ones. (It is always good to send out your resume, even if it is for a job that is not your primary target).

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It is important to not only set this agenda, but to really stick to it and continue to follow it throughout your entire job search. Do everything you possibly can to be consistent with your goals. Also, be ambitious and seek out all of your potential connections through networking. Do your research and jump at any occasion that will help guide you further in your search.

It is difficult to be so dedicated to pursuing your career, however I assure you it will pay off!

Job Seekers on the Web

LinkedIn seems to be the hottest place these days for the currently laid off as well as the job seekers. Don’t be afraid to change your status from “current” to “past”, employers are still looking to hire, and you could be just what they are looking for!

These are the results of the networking recession. With the small amount of jobs available right now, people are turning to who they know personally, to get the job taken care of. Millions in the work force are turning to social networking sites such as LinkedIn, which has 37 million members. According to David Hahn, LinkedIn’s director of product management, job searches on the site rose 51% in February over December.linkedin_logo

The more traditional job sites, such as CareerBuilder, Monster and Yahoo HotJobs are still gaining large amounts of traffic and the amount of users is quickly growing as well. Job seekers are really reaching out to the networks of Twitter and Facebook as well and blogging tremendously.

This may not be wonderful news to the older generations, however, this is wonderful for the web 2.0 savvy millennials, like yourselves!

Make sure to create a profile on all of these social networking sites. Be sure to keep them updated regularly so that you are presenting yourself well, and rest easy knowing that you are being pro-active in this recession that relies on networking!

Choosing the Right Law School

Whether you are currently applying for law school or have already applied and are receiving your admission letters, you need to make the important decision on which law school is right for you. The first step to choosing that law school is to know what you are looking for and what personal and professional needs the law school needs to meet for you.

The main factors you should consider about every law school includes:

1) Reputation: The information provided on the school’s website is going to be biased, so try looking at other sites that come up when you type the school’s name into Google.

2) Bar passage rates: The bar passages rates should be high (in the 80-90% range at least).

3) Cost: Law schools can range from only $15,000 a year to $50,000 a year. Know what your price range is before you even apply.

4) Size: Law school class sizes range from 100 to 300 students.

5) Curriculum and programs of study: You may not have an idea of what type of law you want to focus on, so research what each law schools offers. Also make sure you have the freedom to take a variety of different classes to find what your law interest is.

6) Schedule for classes: Most law schools offer part-time, full-time and day or evening classes. You need to decide which schedule fits you the best and apply to schools that offer that option.

7) Location: Are you a city person or enjoy living in a more suburban area? Decide what your preference is and research the addresses of the schools. Also research the housing options in the area as well as the cost of living.

8) Competitiveness level: Do you like extremely competitive environments? Sometimes fellow classmates are highly competitive over grades, etc., but this is not always the case.

9) Organizations and activities: Law school isn’t just about going to your classes. If you are one of those people who enjoys keeping busy and being involved in various organizations, look for schools that offer lots of options that interest you. A well-rounded law student attends a school that has several options for work and other social and professional organizations you can join.

10) Professor-student relationships: A reasonable professor-to-student ratio is crucial in law school. Having professors that have the time to provide you extra help is extremely valuable. You also want to make sure the professors and students have close, personable relationships.

11) Career planning facilities: Every law school should have a career planning office that helps you find your summer jobs and future career after you graduate. It’s important that they can provide you with all the assistance you need.

When researching law schools, the information needed to make your decisions can be found through various websites and books. US News and The Princeton Review are the most credible providers of such information. You can search their websites or purchase one of their law school ranking books from any local bookstore.

Preparing for Tough Interview Questions

As an undergrad, I have been told over and over again to prepare for tough interview questions by practicing my responses. For example, I have experienced the dreaded: Tell me about a time when you have failed? Tell me about a time when you  didn’t get along with a teammate? and my personal favorite, What are your weaknesses?

These are not easy questions to answer of the top of your head. Before an interview think about how you would answer these questions and verbally practice doing so. Insert behavioral, or “real world,” experiences  into your answers. Simply saying you work well in teams is not as effective as describing a time when you worked on a team and how your performance made you a good team member.

I came across the below video on YouTube from Brian Krueger, President of CollegeGrad.com. Titled “Preparing for the Toughest Interview Questions,” Brain does a good job of concisely and effectively addressing how to answer tough interview questions.