Thursday, March 29, 2012

10 Reasons Some College Graduates Can't Find Jobs

We are fast approaching graduation season.

Although the economy is bouncing back a bit, it will still be challenging to find a job.  New graduates from vocational or career training programs need to remember that job search success requires constant effort.  Use this list as a checklist to ensure you are doing everything you can with every job opportunity that comes your way.  This list of the 10 reasons some vocational and career training graduates can't find jobs can keep yourself on track.  In most cases, you can do something about a job search if things are not working out.
  • Using bad resumes and cover letters.  Find sample resumes at TheHBCUCareerCenter 
  • Not using their college resources.  Check out the alumni network and VISIT the career center.
  • Overlooking internships after graduation. Internships are still possible after college.
  • Engaging in negative social networking. Clean up your online persona.
  • Resumes show a lack of leadership experience from college.  Not all experience has to be paid.
  • Not understanding what employers want. Do your research.
  • Poor networking skills.  Networking doesn't just mean asking for help.  It means helping as well.
  • No job interview preparation.  Find a way to do a mock interview.
  • Little or no follow-up.  Every lead is important.
  • Too much career ambiguity.  If employers think you don't know what you want, they might not hire you.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Resumes for STEM Majors Should Include These Items

There is huge demand for students, college or vocational, to focus on education in one of the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  The career prospects for students in these majors are very good.  So says the US Department of Labor.  
As STEM students seek internships or jobs after graduation they should be thinking about how to include information on these four things in a STEM resume.   
PROJECTS - Include relevant information from non-trivial projects.  Don't forget to add information about what role you may have played on a team or what lab equipment you used.
RESEARCH - Lots of STEM majors collaborate on research with professors on and off their college campus.  Add information on research methods etc.
INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS - Successful STEM majors do their share of internships and co-ops.  STEM students should know that employers want students who have completed internships.
SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS - Many STEM majors spend summers during summer fellowships.  This is a great way to show employers and graduate schools that you have had productive summers.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

How to Get a Great Summer Job

Was doing some research today to compile my list of favorite summer job resources for high school and college students. I found a great blog post at Bobcat Career Advice.  Please read the entire blog post, but I wanted to share their sample list of suggested summer job sites:

A sample list of suggested summer job sites:
·         Theme and Amusement Parks
·         National and State Parks
·         City Park and Recreation Departments
·         Camps (Types of camps: single sex, co-ed, day camps or overnight, athletic camps, camps for physically or mentally disabled, church or religious sect camps, and wilderness camps)
·         Hotels, Resorts and Spas
·         Dude Ranches and Country Clubs
·         Local Recreation Centers
·         Companies with service related positions such as Retailers and Call Centers
·         Federal Government summer job program
·         Market Research Firms such as The Gallup Organization
·         Employment and Temporary Agencies
·         Non-Profit Agencies
·         Museums, Libraries and Theatres
·         Health Fields (hospitals, clinics, labs, doctor’s offices, etc.)
·         Restaurants and other Food Industry employers
·         Service Providers (Supermarkets, Courier/Delivery Services, and Daycare Agencies)
·         Construction Companies

Thursday, March 8, 2012

4 Engineering Careers with Two Year Degrees

Many people do not know that it is possible to have a successful job in engineering jobs with a two-year degree.  These 4 technician jobs in the engineering field have relatively higher wages and good potential growth for the future. (Source Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Electrical Engineering Technicians
Electronic Engineering Technicians
Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians
Environmental Engineering Technicians

Details of salary and training.