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From The Muse: 53 Ways To Get A Job By Graduation

The job search plan you create should cover these bases:

Under Pressure

1. Create and refine your job search plan

2. Strategize your networking

3. Keep adding the most-needed skills in your field

4. Expand your job search criteria

5. Polish your professional online presence


I’m not going to recount all 53 things you should do if you are a college student looking for your first post-graduation job but you can read them all in the following post.


Spring is Job Fair Season 7 To-Do’s

Job fairs can be very helpful to someone on the hunt for a position, either full time or as an intern.   Even if you aren’t quite ready to take the leap, prep as though you are and check out the companies who might be interested in you.


1.Take the opportunity seriously.  Bring a positive attitude along with your resume.  Don ‘t bring a friend.

2. Start by finding out which companies will have reps at the fair.  Investigate their websites, read their blogs. research their products or services, reputation, place within the industry.  Discover their mission, budget, price on the stock market and organizational structure.  Its a lot of information to uncover.

3. Prepare your resume and have someone else proof for errors and content.

4. Dress for success.  Choose shoes that are comfortable, polished, scuff-free, and match the formality of your outfit.  No athletic shoes, please!

5.Practice your introduction and your elevator pitch.  Have a firm handshake not a death grip.

6. Be strategic.  Choose a few booths you want to visit.  Start with a couple from your B list for practice before you head to your main targets.  Be on the look out for companies that no one is checking out: they could be a hidden gem that no one has heard of yet.

7. Gather information by picking up business cards and company literature.  Leave the gadgets on the table.  The more you learn the more you’ll earn.

Job fairs are networking opportunities as well as meet-and-greets.  Often the people behind the table are the very ones who make hiring decisions.  Making a good impression can set up an opportunity for an interview for a different role later.

Most of the companies who recruit at job fairs also have internships.  Getting on the radar early could help you land a paid student position.

Be sure to send thank you notes to everyone you’ve talked to: its polite and will jog their memory of your conversation.   Best of luck!

Put your best foot forward by prepping for the job fair.  I have an hour-do you?stepahnie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679.

5 Things You Should Know Before You Job Search

Two great sources of information for soon-to-be college-graduates seeking jobs are Inside Higher Education and NACE, The National Association of Colleges and Employers.  From their posts and articles I’ve culled 5 tips.

1. A high percentage of employers find that college grads are deficient in oral and written communication.  The fix: get help with your resume from either your college career office or a consultant who writes resumes.  Do the same with prep for interviews.  Be confident that you display top-notch communication.

2. Proofread several times and have someone else read your docs over, too.  Documents without typos or other errors shows your attention to detail.  No one wants to hire a slob.

3. Internships are important to potential employers.  Even unpaid, you develop job-specific skills and gain accomplishments to put into your resume.   You;ll have projects to discuss in an interview.  Past performance predicts future success.

4. Volunteering is also important.  Not only does volunteering give you experience but demonstrates what is important to you.  Sometimes community service can make a strong connection to your future workplace.

5. If you decide to hire a recruiter or job placement expert, be aware that they work for the company with the open positions.  The company pays so loyalty goes to the check writer.  Job searching on your own can be as fruitful as hiring a recruiter.  The gem in this tip is to stay in touch with your recruiter or with the companies where you want to work.  Don’t depend on someone else to take the lead.  Polite inquiries, brief messages or requests for information show persistence, a good quality to have.

Here are 5 ways you can help yourself acquire a job. If you would like help with resume writing, interview readiness or networking, lets get together.  I want you to put your best foot forward!  stephanie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679



5 Tips For Keeping Your References Fresh

Job candidates no longer mention references on their resumes but still need to have a list of people for potential employers to call.  Before setting up an interview, employers frequently search for you online and may contact your boss or co-workers even before you meet face to face.  Here are some things you can do to be prepared.

  1. Ask before listing someone as a reference.  Don’t assume that everyone has a good story to tell and is willing to tell it.  Don’t blindside your references by not asking if they are willing to recommend you.
  2. Build a solid list of references.  You may want to use different people for different circumstances.  Consider supervisors from other departments where you have trained or worked on projects.  Do you have a good relationship with your supervisor’s boss? Have your co-workers been promoted to supervisory positions?  Do people from previous employment know you better than your current colleagues?
  3. Stay up to date with your references.  Let them know that you are searching and with their permission would like to use them as a reference.  Stay in touch with their careers, promotions and interests.  Keep the info-loop open!
  4. Do your best to stay on good terms with everyone.  You can’t be sure who your potential employer knows.  Network and help others.
  5. Cultivate your on-line presence and brand.  Participate in groups on LinkedIn, comment in chats and group postings.  Follow companies that may have job openings.  Be sure you  are able to be found by potential employers on social media.  Make sure that what is found is consistent and illustrates what you want searchers to know about you.

In today’s world, openings are frequently filled through a network without ever being posted.  When a grant writer is needed a search may be made on line or colleagues may be asked to recommend someone.  It is important to be ready to present a resume and references on short notice.

Lets talk about how to identify a good reference and how to be one!  Email stephanie@astephanie@accessguidance.com or call 610-212-6679.

Your Resume Headline

resume-1799953_640Resumes no longer open with an objective because, frankly, the hiring manager doesn’t care what you’re looking for.  She is trying to find someone who can solve a problem the company is having be it a sales person to cover existing and potential buyers or a financial planner with 10 years experience.

A stronger approach is a headline that highlights your strengths and value to this  employer.

A simple headline could look like this:

“Administrative Assistant looking for a busy medical practice to organize.  My forte is coordinating staff and physician schedules for efficient patient flow and satisfaction.”

If responding to a job opening, you should add specifics mentioned in the ad. “Five years experience in a 3-physician office handling 80 patients per day.”


“Will organize records and referrals to reduce stress and raise productivity.”

Using a headline lets the hiring manager know right from the get-go that you have the qualifications, personality and desire to do the job on offer.  Your headline whets the appetite to read more about you, which is just what you want the hiring manager to do.

Resumes are your personal marketing tool: make yours a document that will move your from prospect to serious candidate.  Stephanie can help you with that! 610-212-6679 or stephanie@accessguidance.com.





Five Go-To Tips for An Effective Job/Internship Search

Here are five essential ingredients of an effective search for an internship or job.

  1. Polish your social media accounts.  You must appear professional, enthusiastic,
    Can I Read Your Resume Here?
    Can I Read Your Resume Here?

    approachable.  The information you post must be consistent across all sites and your resume.

  2. Create a resume that will be readable on a computer, tablet or phone.  You will need a clear format with plenty of white space.  Be sure that your contact information is easy to find and use.  Your email address should be professional.
  3. Be concise, reference the industry you want to be in or that of the job you are targeting; show that you are knowledgeable about the industry, company and job.  If the job is in a restaurant, they don’t care that you type 120 words per minute.
  4. Stay engaged with your network.  If you are actively searching for a job, let people know.  If you aren’t searching, stay in touch with your connections by helping others. Most jobs are acquired through people you know, who know you or who are connected in some way to your network.
  5. Choose recommenders carefully.  They should have current information about you and be able to talk about your accomplishments.  Be sure you check with them before adding them to your list of recommenders.  You may have already been vetted before you are approached so keep recommenders and other contacts  in the loop.

As you can see, your network plays an important role in finding your first or your next job. If you need help creating or maintaining your network, lets get together!  stephanie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679.


Using Social Media To Your Advantage

Where is Waldo?
Where is Waldo?

Did you know that your social media accounts like Facebook can help you reach goals?  By curating the information and photos you post you can help or hinder your acquisition of a job or scholarship.



Listen to the podcast to learn more.

Profile management is a critical endeavor for anyone who is a student, who works or eventually wants to be employed.  Use social media as a marketing tool to stay top-of-mind, highlight accomplishments and new skills.

Access College and Career consultants will help you make the most of your online presence as one of our services to clients who are ready to move up or move on.  Call or text 610-212-6679 to see how we can help you.





Do This To Increase Your Hireabilty, Insure Your Promotion

Clients who come to me for help in finding a new job frequently have no clue as to what they do all day or have done over the last year. Unbelievable, right?

I’m copying for you part of an article by Meghan Rabbitt of LearnVest titled                           7 Ways You Can make Yourself More Hireable This Week.

Assess Your Worth at Work

Get a handle on exactly what and how much you do in your current job so you’re ready to

Keep A STAR List
Keep A STAR List

articulate examples of your leadership skills, project management, and other desirable attributes that future employers will appreciate.

Plus, says Jacinto, having these talking points at the ready can also help you in your current role—say, at your next performance review.

So make it a point today to write down everything you do at your job and break it down into different tiers of expertise, says Jones. For example, managing a $250,000 budget is in a different tier than hiring and managing freelancers.

Next, articulate the successes you’ve had that helped the company. Did you produce more than expected given your budget? Do you have a track record of hiring and training interns who go on to get full-time jobs at the company?

And if you are just starting out in your career, Alfred Poor, author of 7 Success Secrets That Every College Student Needs to Know!, suggests writing down what he calls your STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) stories.

Ask yourself these key questions: What was your work situation? What was the task that you were assigned (or identified on your own) to solve? What action did you take? And what was the result, preferably something measurable?

“This is a great way to remind yourself of situations that prove you can apply your skills and knowledge to produce a positive contribution,” Poor says. “And if you don’t have many to reference at work just yet, it’s OK to pull from internships.”

Me again.   Whew! That’s powerful stuff. When you begin making notes you’ll find that you also look for opportunities to create value that you can add to your STAR list.  Use your STAR List when you

Ask for a raise
Have a performance review
See an lateral move within the company that will be advantageous
Want to work part of your hours from home
Revise your social media profile (LinkedIn)
Update your resume
Look for a job

Most important, you can’t sell yourself unless you know what you bring to the table. Even if your only job has been working at Dairy Queen in the summer or an internship, this is the model that will take you to the next level.

Positive Self Talk Can Land An Opportunity And Boost Confidence

Psychologists call it Self Talk, that way we characteristically react to an event or person or opportunity. A little buzz-feed goes off in our head telling us that we should have worn a skirt instead of jeans, she looks snobby or they’ll never take a chance on me.

Self talk perpetuates what we think about ourselves and helps soften the blow when our negative expectations are proven right. In the above examples, we feel self conscious about our outfit although we may be properly dressed; someone may ignore us, perhaps because we put on a forbidding facial expression; we can avoid disappointment by not going for something we want.

We can cultivate positive self talk with effort and practice. At the first sign of negative

Positive Self-Talk
Positive Self-Talk

thoughts, put your brain into reverse and create a thought that is the opposite of the negative one that had been forming.

Instead of ” I should have worn a skirt instead of jeans” think, “These jeans are clean, well cut and appropriate. I can carry it off by being confident and friendly. No apologies”

Rather than thinking, “She looks snobby”, think ” I wonder what is on her mind or troubling her? How can I make her feel comfortable?”

Below is a blog post from Rudy Racine on the value of positive self talk.


Maybe It’s Time to Make A Move
Posted on July 16, 2015 by Rudy R. Racine
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~Wayne Gretzky

Every time I see or hear this quote, it resonates with me. My mind has a tendency of creating a list of reasons why I shouldn’t even attempt to pursue a goal; it’s this quote that always encourages me to push forward.

There have been a number of times where instead of letting my mind talk me out of trying, I chose to press on. Looking back on all of those instances, I’m thankful for the little voice in my head that encouraged me to just give it a try. Although that voice isn’t always the loudest, it’s often the one making the most reasonable argument. (Did I just admit to hearing voices? Lol! You know what I meant!)

Too often, job seekers talk themselves out of even applying for positions because of job descriptions that seem almost too perfectly written. Just about anyone can relate to the feeling you get when looking at a job description and seeing one or two responsibilities listed that you technically aren’t familiar with or haven’t done before. Your confidence is immediately impacted and you tend to question whether you should apply. It’s definitely happened to me, and I can think of a number of career seekers that can relate. I’m positive that there are even some employees that would get intimidated by reading their current job description. The key to dealing with this dilemma is to focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t.

When faced with this predicament, my advice is to apply anyway! You may need to tweak your resume a bit to highlight what you know, and maybe embellish in some other areas, but you MUST apply.

Think about it… You’re hesitant to apply for a position because you think you’re gonna get rejected. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. If the company chooses not to interview you because of a lack of experience in a specific area, you now know what skills you need to develop for similar opportunities in the future. If they DO call you for an interview, you WIN!! Hurray!! That’s when the real fun begins: The Interview!

The moral of the story, and my # 1 rule when thinking of making your next career move is “Get out of your own way”.

I’m willing to bet there’s a company that would absolutely want to interview you, but they haven’t seen your resume or application because you’re scared to send it. Rejection is a part of life, there’s no avoiding it so just deal with it. Thankfully, new career opportunities pop up every day. You just have to look for them. So what are you waiting for? Get to work! 🙂

Here’s a link to a great place to start: www.indeed.com

Until next time…


Need a lift to your self-confidence?  Give me a call 610-212-6679 or start an email chat, stephanie@accessguidance.com. I promise you’ll be happy that you did!