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“Not Getting Hired – The Fall Out and Recovery”


Good Morning,

I came across this great post about overcoming the disappointment and resentment you’re not hired for that dream job you thought was all yours. The author, Jenny Blake, “the proud author of Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want, a certified life coach and yoga teacher” has some great advice on how to jump back from a job rejection. And yes, there will be times where you are denied a job position whether it’s after your application or the third round interview!

Please take a glimpse at her advice for you!

Here is her website as well!


Do you know who you are or what matters to you?

Take a look at this 2 minute video from YouTube featuring the Scott Griffth the CEO of Zipcar, “the world’s largest car sharing and car club service” according to its website. He has some great advice about knowing what matters to you and how that should be a guiding device for when you look at post-graduate opportunities. The earlier you begin to understand who you are and what you care about, the easier your job search process will be!


Job Searching: How to make it count.


“The most important secret to making online job search sites work for you: Use them sparingly,” says Susan Adams, Forbes Staff writer. By sparingly, she means only ten percent of your searching should be spent on these sites. That’s your golden rule! According to experts from job search sites and career coaches, such sites cannot be counted on as the ultimate way to land a job. Focus on the networking and direct contacting of the people in charge of the job(s) you desire. The full article can be accessed with the click of your mouse, but…

Here are also some quick and helpful tips (from the job site experts and career coaches) on how to use the plethora of online job sites:

Start with aggregators
– and gather listings from all over the web.

Use filter options
– For instance, Indeed has a salary range you can select from and SimplyHired has adjectives you can select to describe the workplace that would suit you.

* Use SimplyHired’s “who do I know” tool
– It will let you display Facebook or LinkedIn contacts with connections to each job listing upon your search.

* Set Up Alerts
– This can be troublesome if you don’t clean our your e-mail on a daily basis! However, signing up for e-mail that notify you of job listings as soon as they are posted can be a beneficial way to getting a head start of the competition.

* Go to niche job sites tailored to your major
– Examples are (Technology) and (Non-Profit).

* Pay special attention to listings for key words and phrases in the job post
– These words and phrases can give you help for the content in your cover letter.

Remember to not confuse time allocation between job search sites and actual direct contacting or networking. “Spend 80% networking and directly contacting people in charge of the jobs,” says Adams.

The Essential Tips for Phone Interviews


One important tool employers are relying on more and more is the phone screen interview. It requires less time and money for the company and allows them to gauge if a candidate should be asked for an in-person interview.

Make sure to take these phone interviews seriously, too! This can be the key to getting your foot in the door at a company.


1) Treat this phone interview the same as an in-person job interview.

-Have your resume, paper to take notes, any company/job research you’ve done in front of you and questions you have about the position and company.

2) With cell phones, make sure to go to a quiet area with good reception and be sure your phone is fully charged.

– Students can reserve a room at the Career Center if they need a place for a phone or skype interview!

3) Dress the part for the interview.

-Experts say if you’re dressed in a professional manner, you’ll speak that way.

4) Stand up to talk.

-Your position affects the quality of your voice. If you are sitting down or relaxing, you don’t project the same readiness and intensity as when you stand up.

5) Eliminate any distractions around you.

-Turn off the computer speakers, find a babysitter or roommate for your children. Be sure that your roommate(s) know to leave you alone in order to make sure your sole focus is on the interviewer and what you are saying to that person.

6) Make sure you let the employer end the interview.

-Tell them thank you for their time and remember to once again express your interest in the opportunity.

7) Go the extra mile and write thank you notes to anyone who was involved in your interview process.

These tips were provided to you by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and


Do you have the personality traits employers hire the most?

Ever wonder if your personality will fit with what employers are hiring and favoring the most with candidates? I know I have.  And new research has shown that “88% of employers are looking for a ‘cultural fit’ over skills in their next hire as more and more companies focus on attrition rates,” said Meghan Casserly, Forbes Staff writer. Universum, a Stockholm-based employer branding firm, conducted the study “with 1,200 of the world’s leading employers (GE, P&G, Accenture etc.) to find the personalities big businesses are looking for,” said Casserly.


Top 3 traits looked for in new hires:

1-Professionalism (86%)  2-High-Energy (78%)  3-Confidence (61%)

– “These first-impression traits are the most critical for employers to prepare for as they all can be evaluated by a recruiter or hiring manager within the first 30 seconds of meeting a candidate.” – Kathy Harris, managing director of executive search firm Harris Allied

The other top traits pertain more to interview and resume preparation:

4-Self-Monitoring (58%)  5-Intellectual Curiosity (57%)

-With self-monitoring try to “choose anecdotes that show how you’ve saved, made or achieved in previous positions… and how self-motivation was critical to that success.” For intellectual curiosity, employers are looking at two specific things: “The ability to problem solve and the ongoing dedication to learning new technologies or solutions that will continue to advance in the changing workplace.” -Harris, managing director of executive search firm Harris Allied

Take a look at the full article with further details to get “a leg up on the competition.”

A friend’s recommendation can go a long way.

This probably isn’t the most polite way of asking for a job! Yet, asking is important in the job search process. Yes, use your friends! The tasks of finding a job, submitting a resume, and then waiting and following up, aren’t the most pleasant. It doesn’t happen with the snap of a finger. And hiring trends are continually changing. Big companies like Ernst & Young, an accounting firm, are increasingly using their own workers to find new hires. This does save time and money for the company, but it lengthens the odds of job seekers without connections, especially those who have been out of employment for quite a while.

This doesn’t mean that Ernst & Young doesn’t look at every resume, “but with a referral from a current employee, that will put you in the express lane,” says Larry Nash, director of experienced and executive recruiting at Ernst & Young.

Take a look at this article from the New York Times and see what industry experts are saying. Here’s one more piece of insight from Nash that should make you want to read the rest of this article:”Indeed, as referred candidates get fast-tracked, applicants from other sources like corporate Web sites, Internet job boards and job fairs sink to the bottom of the pile.”

Look Out for those Bachelor Degrees: Average Starting Salaries Rise by 3.4%!




NACE’s press release from January 10th indicated that average starting salaries for graduates with Bachelor Degrees rose by 3.4% over the last year. Additionally, this number has been rising over the past two years. Take a look at figure one along with the rest of the press release to see where how much your degree’s average salary has increased! Professor Guide: Getting those A’s for 2013




It was actually two days ago that I received an e-mail from, an academic company that focuses on book rental, homework help, and scholarships, about starting your 2013 academic year on the right note. Considering I am a second semester senior, lots of these tips were pretty much expected as I read through them. Yet, there are many sophomores and freshman especially, that could probably use a couple of these tips that were suggested. There are three that really stood out which I will mention.

1) Set up a fixed time to study

Think about it this way, we all have busy activities going on day-to-day. If you don’t allocate time for studying, expect your studies “to fall through the cracks.”

2) Study during YOUR prime time

Everyone studies during different times of the day. What your main concern should be: when do I perform my best “intellectual work?” Some people study better right after class, others in the morning or also at night. Find the time when you function best to utilize that brain power to it’s full effectiveness.

3) Take on the hardest tasks first

I personally did not try this until this past semester. Boy, I wish I had done it earlier. By doing this, “you face the dread right away rather than having it hang over your head towards the end.” When the harder tasks are taken on first, the rest will be much easier and lighter… hopefully.


To read the full list of ten tips from Chegg’s blog, click right here!