Month: May 2012

New Grads: Survive and Thrive in 2012 Job Market

The job marketing is looking better for college graduates this year than in 2011. According to a recent report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers responding to the 2012 Job Outlook Spring Update say they expect to hire 10.2 percent more new college graduates from the college Class of 2012 than they did from the Class of 2011. Read More

How Job Search has Changed and Ways to Keep Up

One of the most baffling things about job search is that we are not trained for it. If you’re new to the job market, you don’t really know the process. If you’ve job searched before, things have probably changed a lot since the last time you were looking for a job.  Here are some of the key changes that job seekers need to be aware of in order to lead a successful search. Read More

Job Search: Why Referrals Work

Job seekers know that networking is an important part of a job search. But just how important is it? The Salary Reporter and Jobvite, published this month, clearly demonstrates that networking is vital to your job search – and highlights some interesting networking possibilities you might not be fully taking advantage of. Read More

Book Review: The Start-Up of You (Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha)

Today our guest blogger is Matt Youngquist. Matt is the President of Career Horizons, serving Northwest individuals and organizations dealing with the unique challenges of job hunting and employment transition.  Matt is a recognized expert in the field of career coaching, job hunting, and professional employment counseling.  You can follow him on Twitter @mattyoungquist.

This book, in a word, rocks.  In fact, I might even say it’s the most interesting and important business book I’ve read in the last 10 years — which would be an appropriate characterization, given that its primary agenda seems to be to help people catch up to speed with how the whole notion of career success has evolved over the past decade. Read More

Googling Yourself: How Google Can Change Your Job Search

Google may play a more important role in your pre-employment screening than you realize. Your background check might come back clean, but that’s not the only kind of “background check” employers are doing these days.  It’s increasingly common for hiring managers to Google prospective hires. It’s important for job seekers to not only be aware of what employers will find, but to make sure the results of a Google search will positively represent you. Read More

Danger of Unstructured Job Search

Job search is a complex process and – unfortunately in today’s market, most likely – a longer-than-you-thought process, too.  A typical job search process has many phases.  Roughly speaking, they include assessing, planning, preparing, marketing, interviewing, and negotiating.

Job search process is complex because these phases are more iterative than linear.  You will be pursing multiple job leads simultaneously.  Read More

Networking for Introverts

If the idea of walking into a room full of people and talking to any of them makes you want to crawl back into bed for a week, this blog is for you. The advice is coming from someone like you (me). Many people (extroverts) say that to be successful in business or with your career, you have to suck in your entire personality and just “become an extrovert” for the ten, fifteen, or fifty minutes it takes to do some successful networking. They are, of course, incorrect. Introverts just need to prepare in their own way. Read More