Tag Archives: Job

Business Card Giveaway!

29 Mar

There’s many ways to stay connected in our digital age- LinkedIn, Facebook, phone applications like Bump. However, when it comes to networking, nothing replaces a good ol’ business card. I feel like this is something every young person starting out in their career should have. Whether you’re interviewing, at an event or dating, having your contact info easily accessible is very useful.

The kind folks at Uprinting are giving away two sets of their awesome Die Cut business cards to two lucky readers. For a chance to win, leave a comment below with how you plan to use them. Two winners will be chosen at random Friday, April 1st. Details Below:

1.  2 readers will be getting a set (250pcs each) of Die Cut business cards (Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded Single-Corner, Half-Circle Side, Circle); 14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated on a 6 Business Days Turnaround; Front Only or Front and Back printing

2. Restriction: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.

Don’t forget to  Like UPrinting on Facebook and share the love with your friends! (http://www.facebook.com/uprinting)

[This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given. For more information about business cards, please visit http://www.uprinting.com/business-cards.html.]

Good luck!

MTV’s hired- A great show for recent grads (or anyone!)

27 Jul

Ok, so I think we can all agree that MTV isn’t known for having the most educational shows. (Jersey shore anyone?) While the history channel is the peas (depending on your nerd level), MTV is definitely the dessert, the guilty pleasure.

That’s why I was surprised to find “hired”, a show where they follow recent college graduates on interviews. They have a variety of fields- salons, makeup company, pr studios, ect. I found it really interesting to watch the people on their interviews, and listen to the interviewers critiques on their resumes and answers. It’s funny bc from an outside perspective it’s completely obvious who is right for it and who isn’t.

I wasn’t able to embed the video to this post, so follow this link to watch the episodes available online. It’s a great chance to see what hiring managers are looking for and talking about, behind the scenes.

PS- I love the question the tv company asked, “What tv character do you most identify with?” I’d love to ask this as a question for any interview!

What I’ve Learned Lately about Job Searching…

18 Mar

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First thing I’ve learned? It sucks.  I always dreamt of what I’d do on days off and how wonderful it would be- I’d go to a coffee shop, for a walk around the city, shopping, and maybe to a museum. Little did I know that when I actually had all the time off in the world I’d want nothing more than to be at my desk with a million coffee cups around me and papers piled to the ceiling. Every time someone says they’re jealous of all my free time I cringe a little inside, but then I realize I was once that person that held a day off in the same light as a chocolate milk fountain. Overall, job searching is a full time job that requires complete devotion and sacrifices. And just like with a job, you make some mistakes and learn valuable lessons along the way.

Here’s some valuable lessons I’ve learned recently about the job search that are worth sharing:

Make Monetary sacrifices: It can be very tempting to buy the Vegas ticket with your best friends, or go out for drinks and appetizers on a Saturday, but remind yourself that these are luxuries that  come with a paycheck.  It may upset you at first to miss out on some of these things, but remind yourself that your situation is temporary, and that saving the money for rent, utilities and groceries is much more important.

Be honest with your friends and family: Acting a little more frazzled than usual? Missing some gatherings you used to attend? If you let people know your situation, your good friends and family will understand and want to help you during this time. Not telling them and keeping your stress to yourself will cause strain in your relationships. And letting them know you are on the job search may turn up some exciting job opportunities!

Be patient: When I first started applying to jobs, my roommates looked at my like I was crazy when I asked them why I hadn’t heard back from anyone in a couple days- and rightfully so! With the overwhelming amount of people applying, it might take the employers longer than usual to get back to you. Stay patient and keep applying to other jobs that you are interested in.

Keep a record of the places you apply: You have to be ready at anytime for the employers to call you and ask you some questions about yourself. If you have a list of the places you apply, along with the version of the resume/cover letter you sent as well, you will be more than prepared when this happens. I recommend keeping a spreadsheet and appropriately labeling your documents to refer to later.

Keep your old routine: Applying to jobs is a 9-5 job. But along with a 9-5 job (if you are lucky) comes a lunch break and end point when you go home and relax with your friends and family. Make sure to take a break, walk around a bit, eat lunch and do the same routine you had when you were employed (exercise, read, write, and play). I have a rule with myself now that I don’t bring my computer into my room at night. If I do- I fall into the trap of job searching until the wee hours of the morning. Set a limit for yourself on the working, and keep doing the things you enjoy.

Don’t apply to anything and everything: When you first get laid off or quit, it can be tempting to apply to every job you see on job boards. However, doing this will only lead you to a job that you aren’t completely happy with and waste your time better spent applying to a job that you love. Take time to think what you really want to do and read the job description carefully to make sure you are are qualified and really interested in it.

Maintaining a Healthy Level of Insanity in the Workplace

19 Feb

A friend sent this to me today from here I thought it was pretty ridiculous and funny and wanted to pass it along. Enjoy.

  1. Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.
  2. Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Wear them one day after your boss does. This is especially effective if your boss is of a different gender than you.
  3. Make up nicknames for all your coworkers and refer to them only by these names. “That’s a good point, Sparky.” “No, I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to disagree with you there, Cha-cha.”
  4. Send e-mail to the rest of the company telling them exactly what you’re doing. For example: “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.”
  5. Hi-Lite your shoes. Tell people you haven’t lost them as much since you did this.
  6. While sitting at your desk, soak your fingers in Palmolive liquid. Call everyone Madge.
  7. Hang mosquito netting around your cubicle. When you emerge to get coffee or a printout or whatever, slap yourself randomly the whole way.
  8. Put a chair facing a printer. Sit there all day and tell people you’re waiting for your document.
  9. Every time someone asks you to do something, anything, ask him or her if they want fries with that.
  10. Send e-mail back and forth to yourself engaging yourself in an intellectual debate. Forward the mail to a co-worker and ask her to settle the disagreement.
  11. Encourage your colleagues to join you in a little synchronized chair-dancing.
  12. Put your trash can on your desk. Label it “IN.”
  13. Feign an unnatural and hysterical fear of staplers.
  14. Send e-mail messages saying there’s free pizza or donuts or cake in the lunchroom. When people drift back to work complaining that they found none, lean back, pat your stomach and say, “Oh you’ve got to be faster than that.”
  15. Put decaf in the coffee maker for three weeks. Once everyone has withdrawn from caffeine addiction, switch to espresso.

New Series: Strategic Job Searching Online

5 Feb

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If you are like many of my friends, or the large percentage of people in the U.S. right now, then you are looking for a job. The most common resource today is to turn online to begin you job hunt, but with the thousands of online job resources today this can be quite overwhelming. I am sure many of you, like me have dealt with Craigslist  especially in the Bay Area but sometimes it is better expand your search to find targeted job sites for the role you are looking for.We are beginning a new series once a week where will highlight a sought after type of job and the best specific resources online to enable you to find and get that job. 

We are definitely open to suggestions, so feel free to chime in!

Starting off on the right foot

5 Feb

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As you may have noticed I have been slacking with my posts recently.

The reason for this is that I recently started a new job. As this is always an intimidating experience there are some important things to remember so that you aren’t in over you head on the first day.

1. Show up early. Probably the most important thing is showing up on time, my roommate Jon reminded me of the saying “If you are ten minutes early you are on time, if you are on time you are late, and if you are late you are dead!” Yes, a bit exteme but nothing shows like you are not serious about a job like showing up late, so be early and ready to work!

2. Do your homework. Yes you know you already got the job but when you go in on your first day and have a one on one with the CEO you will probably want to know a little history about the origin of the company and come with questions so you can get any immediate questions you may have answered and out of the way.

3. Come over dressed. At the job I just started they told me jeans are not an uncommon site, nevertheless I plan on being dressed up for a while. It never hurts to step up your professionalism and let your co-workers know that you take the job seriously.

4. Take initiative. The first few days of a new job are very much a transition time and your boss needs to continue their job while figuring out how to train you and make you become self -efficient. If you find yourself with some empty time it never hurts to shoot an email to you boss asking how you can help them, or begin working on a project you know needs to get done eventually. They will appreciate and recognize this initiative.

5. Don’t be shy. You are going to meet everyone at some point whether your boss introduces you to someone or not. While making your way through your new office your first day remember to say hi to everyone you encounter and make an effort of understanding their role in the company, for all you know you could be working with them on a daily basis.

6. Be Inquisitive. Do not be afraid of asking questions about anything and everything. Not only will this benefit you but it will also reiterate the fact that you are very interested in getting to know the company inside out.

Remember transitioning into a new job and role takes time. By using these tips and demonstrating a strong work ethic you will be on the right path to a prosperous new career!

Internship and PR opportunity with MWW Group

2 Feb

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The MWW Group, an award winning public relations agency, is hosting an incredible opportunity for new students, graduates, or anyone who owns a business. With the recent inauguration of President Obama, there is no doubt that he will be expected to bring change within his first 100 days of Presidency. 

They are asking for written and verbal submissions, of 100 words or less, that answer the questions: “What change are you ready for in the first 100 days?” and “What can YOU do to bring about this change?” The winning entry, will receive 3 months of pro bono support worth $30,000 for your business, or a $5,000 internship at any of their ten offices to learn the necessary pr skills to implement the change described. 

I think this opportunity is pretty  awesome, because it not only gets people thinking about what they would like to see changed, but provides the tools for how to make that change happen! And in this economy, what better prize than an internship or free consulting with a top PR company? 

Click here to learn more about this opportunity and submit your entry before February 20th.

Millennials Impact on the Workplace

15 Jan

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I came across an interesting article about how millennials are changing the work environment by Tom Davenport the President’s Chair in Information Technology and Management at Babson College, where he also leads the Process Management and Working Knowledge Research Centers. His article can be found here about his opinion regarding millennials and the workplace.

After reading his 2 cents I became curious thinking about this subject. Reviewing the kinds of jobs that people my age have these days and the type of multi million dollar companies millennials are creating every days gives this argument a lot of validity.

Do the stringent dress codes and 9-5 work hours really matter? Most people I know do not have a dress code or 9-5 but with that being said they are usually working much more than 8 hours a day.  So what matters most in the workplace to the employer? I would think that productivity and performance would be at the top and if these can be accomplished if your employees are wearing converse and rolling in at 10am then do those things really matter?

Keeping the employees content and making sure they are enjoying their job and environment has a direct affect on productivity and therefore increase it tenfold.

Obviously if you choose to work for a young employer at a dot com versus a prestigious law firm there are definitely going to be differences in the way things are run, so ultimately this too influences the environment and the amount of impact that millennials can have on their workplace.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you think we have the power to completely revamp the way the working world runs business?

Great Resource For College Students and Recent Grads

8 Jan

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One of my favorite bloggers and career coaches, Lindsey Pollak, has joined ABC News On Campus to answer your career questions. Every month, she’ll be answering readers’ career related questions, on a variety of topics, from searching for a job in a new city to finding a job in these difficult times. It is an excellent resource not only for college students, but for recent graduates as well. I will definitely be checking in monthly for her advice. You can submit a question here, or read her first batch of answers.

Taking Full Advantage of a New Year

5 Jan

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman

The Mad Grad is back after a long and much needed holiday break! We hope everyone had a nice holiday with the people they love.

Entering January we are all experiencing a very interesting time in our Nation. A new democratic president is coming into office after eight long years of feeling hopeless and the economic downturn is still making a huge impact on society. These are only a few of the things going on in our world and country today. What our nation was in 2008 is changing a lot and since we are trying to adjust to a new environment we will only continue to change.

We need to ask ourselves at this time, What can we as young professionals do during this time? How was can continue to personally strive and be successful? How can we carry on growing when everything around us is falling apart?

Here are some things to consider:

Being young and fresh in your career does make you more dispensable than others who have more experience and tenure than you. Because of this it is crucial to work hard and don’t be afraid to share your input and ideas, even if they get shot down at least it shows that you are making an inventive effort and always thinking forward.

Start working on your personal endeavors. It is never too soon to take those ideas out of your back pocket and start to materialize them. New ideas flourish even more rapidly in a time like this when our economy is not strong. Some of the greatest inventions and new businesses have evolved in a time similar to what we are going through now.

I know this phrase is heavily over used but always have a Plan B. Keep every business card you get and try to make good first impressions on everyone you come across in your current position, you never know when you will need to reconnect with them or use them as a networking resource. Always keep your eye out for new opportunities and remember to continually look out for number one.

Make attainable goals for yourself in both your work and personal life. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishing goals and once you start to get the small ones completed you can reach for bigger ones. This motivation and determination brings a new kind of energy to your life that cannot be explained until experienced.

For now just continue to be true to yourself and get back into the swing of work to start the year out right!