Welcome to our June Newsletter!

I love to read. If you are not taking classes, summer is a great time to read what you want. Finally, freedom to choose! There are certain career-related books that I always find myself coming back to and recommending to others. At a recent conference, I heard the keynote speaker Po Bronson, author of What Should I Do With My Life? Among the many things Bronson discussed, he talked about the myth that people should have a single career epiphany that makes crystal clear exactly what they are meant to do with their lives. All doubt erased, the lucky recipient of this vision never has second thoughts about their career path. The reality, though, for most is a path that is winding and full of switch-backs rather than a neat and clean linear progression. They try something out, receive feedback on their work, fail or succeed at parts of it, and maybe, through the successes, find something that feels like a “good fit,” is meaningful, and maybe has a positive impact on their community. The book itself is a wonderful collection of stories from people who have grappled with the question and answered it in a variety of ways. If you find yourself wondering the same thing (just what should I do with my life), I highly recommend What Should I Do With My Life? and yes, it is available in our library!

Other favorites include Herminia Ibarra’s Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. This one is a must for those who feel like they are “stuck in their own heads” and trying to think their way through a career change. Do you tend to get nervous for interviews? Try The Interview Rehearsal Book:  Seven Steps to Job-Winning Interviews Using Acting Skills You Never Knew You Had by Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro.  An excellent resource for anyone preparing for an interview, especially those who suffer from pre-interview nerves.  These actor authors use their theater background to help the reader overcome performance anxiety and give their best performance.  It contains simple exercises for effective verbal and physical communication. These are just some ideas, take a look at our book list below for more ideas and happy reading!

Summer Career Books: https://www.metrostate.edu/applications/drep/files/Summer_Career_Books.pdf

from Bill Baldus, Career Counselor

Bill Baldus

Career Counselor

William.Baldus@metrostate.edu

651-793-1527 (o) | 651-793-1310 (f) | www.metrostate.edu

700 East 7th Street | Saint Paul, MN | 55106

Connect with me on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/baldus

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What Every Employer Wants!

Preparing for a job interview can be time-consuming and nerve-wracking. Instead of spending all that energy preparing answers for every imaginable interview question, use a larger lens. Ask yourself: “If I were the hiring manager, what are the qualities I’d need to see in a person before I’d be willing to say, ‘You’re hired’?”

Work these qualities into your self-description and prepare examples that demonstrate you have them.

1. Creativity. Demonstrate your creativity rather than just asserting you have it. Do you have stories about how you strategized and implemented positive change in the workplace? Have you changed how your company’s products or services are produced, packaged or marketed? Have you come up with ways to shorten production time or reduce administrative procedures?

2. Subject-matter expertise. Keep up-to-date. Read professional journals, get an article published, lead workshops or give talks at professional conferences. It’s easy to demonstrate your expertise by publishing a blog, YouTube videos or examples of code you’ve written. You can also post your curated creative content online.

3. Pride in work. No one likes people who continually promote themselves, but when you speak about the tasks you’ve performed and accomplishments you’ve achieved, you show you aren’t the kind of worker who just logs hours and waits for a paycheck at the end of the week.

4. Adaptability to changing technology. No matter what your age, every employer wants to know that you’re current with work-related technologies. And they expect you to be able to show how you will stay on top of technology on an ongoing basis.

5. Willingness to go above and beyond. Telling about how you did whatever it took to get a project done on time and under budget gives you cred.

As you share stories that demonstrate your personal qualities, you’ll see how appreciative and responsive your interviewers will become. Convey your passion, expertise, adaptability and can-do, will-do attitude, and you’ll be on your way to hearing your next boss say, “You’re hired!”

9 Tips for College Seniors Looking for that First Job (DEED)

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Sure, it’s tough to get a job today, especially as a new college graduate. You invested a lot of money and incurred a bunch of debt to become more employable.

Although the odds may seem stacked against you without any real work experience, you do have assets employers are seeking: a fresh perspective, willingness to learn and loads of energy. Your strong technology skills are also a plus.

You must be relentless in your quest for a new job. This means actively pursuing jobs by finding inside connections, following up after you apply and even networking. You need to do all three things for every job you are interested in.

Your odds of landing a job solely because you applied online are slim. In order to tip the scales in your favor, you’ll need to diversify what you do to uncover opportunities.

1. Connect with your career center. It isn’t too late. Many college career centers have a job board and services you can access while you are on campus and remotely after you move.

2. Use more than one job board. There are thousands of job boards out there, which means companies have to be strategic about where they choose to post opportunities.

MinnesotaWorks.net is the largest job bank in Minnesota – the total number of job openings jumped 31 percent from 2013-14 — and it’s quick, easy and free. Be sure you use it. Indeed is a job board that’s consistently scored well with employers as a source of hire.
3. Don’t dismiss employment agencies. Employers often need someone to fill in for short-term projects. When this happens, companies turn to staffing agencies to help find what they are looking for. Temp jobs are great for acquiring work experience and getting your foot in the door with a company. Some agencies even offer temp-to-hire jobs, which provide you the opportunity to test drive the employer.

4. Volunteer. Since you have some extra time on your hands, invest it by volunteering with an organization. Any volunteer experience can serve as a helpful source of networking contacts. Ideally, you’ll want to volunteer in an organization related to your career aspirations. If you aren’t sure what direction you want to head in, any organization can use your help.

5. Get out of your house! It’s tempting to spend your time looking online for your next job. But people hire people, and one of the best ways to meet people is to attend events. Look for young professional meetups, attend meetings for groups that support causes that are important to you, or even join a local kickball team to interact with people.

6. Hit up your parents’ friends. It sounds pretty desperate, but you’ve got nothing to lose. Maybe one of them needs an intern for the summer or just someone to do the grunt work. Asking them yourself is better than having your parents ask. It says something about your character and maturity.

7. Clean up your online dirt. Using social media can help convey your personality and style. That’s not a bad thing as long as you’re representing your best side. Check your privacy settings on all your social media accounts, and make sure you aren’t publicly broadcasting every update to the world. Also realize that nothing is ever private on the Internet, despite your privacy settings. If you haven’t searched for the results of your name online, audit and monitor that as well.

8. Stay connected. Your college friends who are landing jobs may be able to help you secure one, too. Keep in touch with your classmates, and see where they’re getting jobs. Many companies offer incentives for employees to refer people for job openings.

9. Keep in mind that any job is better than no job at all. Don’t worry if you can’t find the ideal professional job right away. It may take longer than you want. In the meantime, get a job – any job. There are many benefits to working besides the obvious financial gains. Going to work every day creates a sense of stability and routine that makes you feel better. You’ll also be able to use some of your talent and maybe even develop some new skills along the way.

Find the DEED Article HERE.

6 Principles for Job Searching

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1. Be genuine. Sometimes job seekers get so focused on being the “right” candidate for a job that they lose their own identity in the process. Hiring managers often see through a false persona and credibility can take a hit if a person isn’t seen (or felt) as honest.

Perfect, scripted answers to interview questions can never take the place of being authentic.

2. Be considerate. Networking remains the most effective strategy for getting reemployed. But it’s a two-way street; networking is about building relationships. When job seekers focus too much on their sales pitch and don’t attend to the person with whom they are networking, it can come across as self-serving and shallow.

Be respectful of your contacts’ time, listen, say “thank you,” keep in touch and return the favor. Your willingness to pay it forward with networking associates will help you develop lasting relationships with them.

3. Differentiate by being proactive. Talk with people in the field, including customers of the business; show a customer-centric attitude.

4. Keep a positive attitude.

5. Use your imagination.

6. Communicate often. Letting people know how a lead panned out, offering regular updates and staying in touch are important to maintaining a relationship and staying on top.

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