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Get In The Game!

25 Feb

There are two types of back-up quarterbacks in football. The first type is scared and apathetic. He is a back-up for a reason; always shying away from the action. During a game, he can be seen sitting on the bench occasionally glancing at a clipboard or talking with his friends who share his lackluster approach. The second type of back-up is just the opposite. He is the coach’s shadow; just waiting for his opportunity to prove himself. He stays late after practice working on his skills and studying the playbook. He might not have the social life his friends have due to the fact that he is always in the gym, at practice, or watching film. This type of back-up quarterback is rare and won’t be a back-up for long. He will jump at his first opportunity and excel. This is the type of quarterback every coach longs for.Tebow
Just like a back-up quarterback, most students don’t understand how close they are to getting into the “game” of life. They love the college atmosphere and wish that time would stop so they could live in adolescence forever. However, sadly this is not the way life works. This mindset causes most students to get so caught up in what is going on around campus that they forget the reason why they came to college in the first place. To prepare themselves to succeed in the outside world! Just like the first type of back-up quarterback, they are unprepared to enter the game.

So how do you prepare yourself? Just like a good quarterback will study film on opposing teams to learn how they play the game, it is pivotal that you as a college student prepare yourself for the job market. One way to prepare yourself is through making yourself known. Above, I spoke about how a good back-up quarterback is the coach’s shadow. How close are you to your dream employer? With modern technology, your dream employer is just a few clicks away! Why not send them an email, add them on Facebook, join their LinkedIn network, or actually give them a call!? Obviously, this must be done with wisdom and discernment. A question such as “How would you advise I prepare now so I can work for you when I graduate?” will likely make a great impression on the employer and could lead to practical advice that could help in landing a job down the road.

Working in the Career Center, I see hundreds of former students walk into our office and say, “Hey… Umm… Can you help me get a job?” I always cringe when I hear this. I think about the back-up quarterback who wants to play but won’t put in the effort necessary. If only this student would have been their dream employer’s shadow; focusing on what the employer looks for and jumping on a good opportunity, they would be in the game by now.

So take initiative, locate your dream employer and become their shadow. What are you waiting for? Get in the game!

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Tweet W/ A Purpose!

5 Feb

 50 Hottest Twitter Hashtags for Job Seekers (via blog.resumebear.com)

Twitter is like a window into the soul of America. It shows us faster and more accurately what is on our collective minds than any other medium currently in use. So it was only a matter of time, in a bad economy and a worse job market, that Twitter would be flooded with both job seekers and job offerers.  The way they find each other is through certain key hashtags, the best of which we have laid out for you to help you in your quest for employment. Some of these will give you broad search results and take a while to sift through, but let’s face it — you have lots of free time.

Hashtags to Use on Twitter To Find an Employer

These are the tags to plug into Twitter’s search engine to connect you with companies with openings.

  1. #hiring: Here it is, your No. 1 word to find a hiring company is … hiring.
  2. #tweetmyjobs: It’s a pretty clunky phrase, but #tweetmyjobs has been tagged nearly a million times, so include it in your search.
  3. #HR: The folks handling the headhunting for the company will be from human resources, so go straight to the source.
  4. #jobopening: Now we’re talking. This tag is almost exclusively used by people offering people work. Easy.
  5. #jobposting: “Jobposting” is another efficient tag to search, only it’s used a bit less than #jobopening.
  6. #employment: Often listed along with #jobs at the end of a tweet, #employment is a major keyword used by businesses in the market for talent.
  7. #opportunity: There will be some quotes and other tweets that don’t help you, but there will be plenty of hookups to employment opportunities.
  8. #recruiting: Search this hashtag to find not only employers that are hiring, but inside info on the recruiting techniques they’ll be using.
  9. #rtjobs: Many Twitter users are there helping you out by retweeting job openings they come across.
  10. #jobangels: The JobAngels are a volunteer group working to help unemployed people find jobs, and they have a strong presence on Twitter.
  11. #jobsearch: Sometimes this will be the only hashtag a hiring company will use, so be sure to make it one of your search terms.
  12. #joblisting: Attention! I’m a hiring employer and this is my way of telling you that I’ve got a job right here just waiting to be filled.

Hashtags to Use on Twitter to Attract an Employer

Strut your stuff and get yourself out there with these hashtags to help employers find you.

  1. #hireme: Don’t beat around the bush. #Hireme is short, sweet, and to the point.
  2. #MBA: Have an MBA? Shout it out in a hashtag to direct employers to your top-shelf business acumen.
  3. #linkedin: If you’re unemployed, you’re no doubt already networking away on LinkedIn, so let them know you have a viewable profile.
  4. #profile: While you’re at it, go ahead and tag “profile” too, and couple it with #facebook, #linkedin, #monster, or any other place your details are posted on the internet.
  5. #unemployed: It’s what you are, so own it and let employers know you are totally available for engagement.
  6. #resume: If you’re tweeting about your resume posted online, be sure to hashtag it.
  7. #CV: Curriculum vitae is basically a more fleshed-out résumé, but #resume is nearly twice as popular. Use both to be safe.
  8. #needajob: Thousands of the unemployed have tacked this phrase onto the end of their tweets in the hopes an employer will stumble across it in a search.

Hashtags to Use on Twitter to Educate Yourself

These tags may not directly land you a job, but they will enlighten you on the latest trends in finding, keeping, and enjoying a job.

  1. #jobtips: By far the best search phrase in this category, it will load you up with more good job advice than you could ever read.
  2. #career: At half a million tags, searching #career will score you some job listings and tons of helpful guidance for your professional life.
  3. #interview: Hiring companies don’t use this word as much, but “interview” and “interviews” are still helpful because they turn up a wealth of advice from fellow tweeters on making your best possible first impression.
  4. #benefits: Knowing what to expect in the way of benefits is a good weapon to have heading into an interview.
  5. #personalbranding: Do a search for this hashtag to find ideas and tips on selling yourself in the job market.
  6. #compensation: If you know the going rate for whatever you do, you are much less likely to be taken advantage of.
  7. #training: Searching for “training” is a good way to find great, free job training resources.
  8. #jobhunt: A search for this tag brings up mainly advice on job searching, but there will be a healthy smattering of job postings, too.
  9. #unemployment: This tag has been used more than 100,000 times by users tweeting about unemployment news, ways to combat unemployment, and jobs to pull you out of unemployment.
  10. #employers: They may not be tweeting about themselves, but plenty of employees and commentators are tweeting news and reviews of employers and their practices.
  11. #jobless: Curious about what’s going on with others in your predicament? Search for this commonly-used tag and find out.
  12. #laidoff: It’s the same idea as #jobless, except it has more of a sad connotation. If you want to commiserate with some other people about searching for that elusive job, this is the tag to search.

Hashtags to Use to Find a Certain Type of Job

If you don’t want just any old job, try searching these hashtags for that special placement you have in mind.

  1. #freelance: This is a hugely popular tag used by job hunters who want to leave the option of part-time, freelance work open.
  2. #homebusiness: If you’re eyeing a job being self-employed, try searching this term for entrepreneurship ideas and tips.
  3. #greenjobs: Here’s one for the truly unselfish people who put the environment before employment.
  4. #dreamjob: If you aren’t sure what you want to do with your life, search this tag and get some ideas of what other people would do if they had their druthers.
  5. #hotjobs: Hot jobs call for a hot hashtag.
  6. #consulting: Another in the potentially temporary job category, #consulting is a nice tag to widen your net and earn some income.
  7. #consultant: It might seem silly to use two tags that say virtually the same thing, but those three letters might make the difference in connecting you with your new employer.

Hottest Tags by Field on Twitter

If you work in one of these industries, you are in a trending field, which could be good (lots of job listings) or bad (lots of competition).

  1. #SEO: “SEO” is another one that has been tagged millions of times by job seekers and tweeters discussing search engine optimization.
  2. #webdesign: Clocking in at nearly a million uses all-time, #webdesign is another hot topic on Twitter.
  3. #accounting: If you’re an accountant, you are in luck, as job listings in your field pop up regularly on Twitter.
  4. #telecom: Telecommunications is another field with a strong showing on Twitter; it’s been used in hashtags more than 81,000 times.
  5. #legal: We live in a litigious society, and the need for paralegals and other non-lawyers is increasing. It’s a great career to consider because paralegal certification can be obtained relatively quickly.
  6. #lawyer: The number of lawyers in America has surged in the last 10 years, which explains why this tag is such a popular one in the Twitterverse.
  7. #industry: Pair this with another tag like #music or #hotel and you’ll find listings and info on your area of expertise.
  8. #salesjobs: You don’t have to pound the pavement looking for a sales job; just do a search for this popular tag on Twitter.

Hashtags to Search on Twitter When You Have a Couple Hours

You’ll need to free up your morning to adequately search through these tags.

  1. #jobs: You’ve probably been wondering when this word would come up. The tag’s been used all of 14 million times all-time, for everything from political discussion to job listings. Your best bet is to search it with another tag from this list.
  2. #job: Although it has registered only half the uses as #jobs (7 million), the singular version calls up more listings and won’t take you as long to sort through.
  3. #design: Because it’s a generic word, #design has been hashtagged a healthy 2 million times, so if you work in design be sure to supplement tweets with at least one other tag.

Thank you @resumebear for this great article!



Resume 101

1 May

Every college graduate no matter what major will need one universal thing to succeed, a resume. Many graduates however have horrible resumes. They’re stale, cluttered, and do little to reflect the skills of the individual described. This is an increasing problem because employers will only look at a resume for an average of six seconds. That means that you have six seconds to vouch for why you are the better candidate out of the dozens of others who have also applied. A cramped resume filled with stock words such as dependable, awesome, and reliable are over used and do not grab the attention of an employer who has already sifted through hundreds other just like yours. Now that your eyes are opened and an arrow of fear for unemployment has pierced your mind, let’s look at some tips and tricks to help you beat the masses.

Do not use Microsoft Word. Yes, I am currently using Word to write this but it’s a blog not a resume. Your resume is the key to obtaining a professional job. Kelly Donovan, a resume specialist, describes Word’s templates as “ugly and ubiquitous.”  Having a template puts creative restrictions on your document.  Think of your resume as a canvas and you are the painter. A painter has full creative control and does need margins or restrictions. That is how you create your masterpiece. Your resume should reflect these qualities as well.

Say no to paragraphs. Large blocks of text will never get read. Remember, six seconds. Break everything up into sections based on skills, education, and experience. Avoid packing the page with every desirable attribute you possess. A resume’s purpose is to make the employer want to contact you and learn more about the person behind the resume. You want the employer to pursue you. Look at it like a relationship. Leave just enough information to interest them. Never crowd them with all of your positive points and wonderful characteristics. They won’t read it all. I promise.

Implement visuals. That doesn’t mean that you should take good rhetoric out of your resume. Additional graphics would better help your resume stand out to an organization. There are many professional websites and programs that can help you out create one. Visualize.me.com and InfoResume.com are easy beginner tools when you are looking for great visuals. Still include word devices within your resume though. When typing up your resume try to stay clear of Times New Roman, Cambria and Arial font. Use Calibri or Garamond, they read well on screen. Avoid putting everything in bold. I know every little thing may seem important to you, but placing caps and bold points throughout diminishes those that are actually of importance. Insert bolded items only when it is necessary.

A resume is the first hurdle you have to jump to get to that initial interview. Don’t fear or panic. The Liberty University Career Center is available to help you with your resume and cover letter. We provide many resources that can guide you through this process. Go to www.liberty.edu/careers for links to resume assistance and for direct help from our well-equipped staff. Making one may seem like a daunting task, but our staff will help you organize your resume so that you can get the job, pursue your passion, and maybe even change the world.

Dear Instagram

21 Feb

Here is a great example of a designer who uses a website to search for jobs. In this case, she wanted to work for Instagram and made a specific site just for them!

Link: Dear Instagram

Your First Job: In College

14 Feb

Here at Liberty University, the mission is to strive for Christian excellence and the same is desired from our ambitious students. Every day, as students, we are faced with challenges and life situations that are intended for us to grow academically and spiritually. Whether you are a first semester freshman or a seasoned fifth year veteran one thing will always join us together, money or a lack thereof. Here’s the solution: get a job.  Now there are many questions that arise when you begin to find a job. Where will you find the time? Do you have reliable transportation? Can you afford to sacrifice social time with your friends at the Rot? Start with HR. The human resources department at Liberty University offers a great selection of work-study jobs.

Work study jobs are offered through the university and available on campus. They offer to work around your class schedule, to guarantee days off during semester breaks and holidays, and you get to work here on campus. This campus is constantly expanding so there are always new departments and buildings for students to work in. Working specifically in a department is a great way to network as well. The setbacks would include a set amount of low hours and usually making minimum wage.

Culinary jobs are abundant in college towns. Simple equation: a surplus of students in one location equals a surplus of restaurants in that same location. Being a waiter, waitress, hostess, or cook is a valuable job. Tips at most restaurants on a Friday or Saturday night are substantial. Working at a restaurant greatly improves your communication skills and reflects on a resume that you have excellent customer service. Be ready for some long nights and always remember that not every customer is a happy one.

College friendly jobs are all around you! Corporations such as Starbucks and Chick-fil-a cater to students. Starbucks has always been the hang out for the young and hip. Why not work there? There are so many perks! There’s free coffee for your tired brain and a constant stream of business to keep your paycheck heavy. Starbucks also offers health and dental benefits depending on how many hours you log. A high percentage of Chick-fil-a employees are between the ages of 16-21. They offer scholarships and educational benefits to hard working employees. These jobs attract large amounts of college students-among others-so expect constant, heavy traffic throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening to help the hours pass by quickly.

A job in college doesn’t have to be just a quick buck. If you play it right, your college job can be a stepping-stone into the workforce or some extra experience on your thin resume. Remember, you often start with a job you don’t want on the way to fulfilling the destiny you do want.