Interview Tips

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10 Best Job Interview Tips for Job Seekers

https://www.livecareer.com/career/advice/interview/job-interview-tips

 

5 Tips for Handling Difficult Interview Questions

http://access.vault.com/blog/interviewing/tips-for-coping-with-difficult-interview-questions/

 

4 Phone Interview Tips from a Recruiter

http://access.vault.com/blog/interviewing/4-phone-interview-tips-from-a-recruiter/

 

5 Skills You Must Convey During a Job Interview

http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/187983/job_interview/5_skills_you_must_convey_during_a_job_interview.html

 

What Not to Say in a Job Interview

https://www.thebalance.com/top-things-not-to-say-in-a-job-interview-2061106

 

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LinkedIn 101: Using LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job Before You Graduate

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Guest Post By Isaiah Dominguez, Careers Team at LinkedIn

 

LinkedIn is helping soon-to-be grads from around the country tap into their professional community—whether they realize they have one already or not.

 

Trying to land your dream career out of the gate is a tall order. But here’s the good news: There are roughly 11 million job openings per month in America at any given time. Sure, you don’t want all those jobs, but you want some of them—and some of them want you!

 

LinkedIn connects qualified candidates with companies and organizations that crave top talent. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to snagging a seat at the professional table before graduation.

 

Why LinkedIn?

 

  • 80% of LinkedIn members consider professional networking to be important to new job opportunities and career success, according to LinkedIn research.
  • 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection
  • More than 20 million professionals including recruiters, hiring managers and decision makers use LinkedIn every week

 

With 530+ million professionals in the LinkedIn community, there is no other place where you can access such a wide range of knowledge, skills and resources to help you reach your goals.

 

Let LinkedIn do the work for you

 

Searching for job openings can seem like a daunting task. More than a quarter of professionals say they have no time to search for new opportunities.

But worry not, with search alerts you can get notifications and updates to a saved job search via email or shared with you on LinkedIn. Use advanced search filters to narrow down opportunities by industry, location, experience level and more. Once your filtered search is set, simply create the alert.

Let recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities by simply flipping a switch on your LinkedIn profile. It’s called Open Candidates, and yes, it’s that easy. Open Candidates is accessible from the “Preferences” tab on the LinkedIn Jobs home page.

By flipping the switch, you privately signal to recruiters that you’re interested in new opportunities. Don’t forget to update your career interests. This helps you appear in the search results that recruiters are regularly scouring. Additionally, this helps inform the daily job recommendations LinkedIn sends you and surfaces on the jobs homepage.

 

Discover your earning potential

 

LinkedIn tapped into its network of more than 530 million members to give you deep salary insights into the compensation landscape. You can also dig deeper into compensation insights about specific companies you’re interested in so when the time comes to talk money, you’re ready.

 

LinkedIn Salary includes base wage, bonus, and equity data for specific job titles, and the different factors that impact pay such as years of experience, industry, company size, location, and education level

 

Connect with alumni

 

One of the easiest ways for students and alumni to make connections is through the LinkedIn Alumni tool. It’s an easy way to explore your alumni association for people who graduated from your same school, where they work now and in what cities. Simply search for your school and select “see alumni” to get started. You can access career paths for more than 23,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

 

Entrepreneur? Create your own job — become a freelancer

 

  • Nearly 20% of freelancers confirmed they’ll make six figures or more this year, according to LinkedIn
  • More than half of freelancers confirmed that they will never return to more traditional, full-time employment
  • 80% of freelancers do not actually have any concern about their freelance work being replaced by technology, artificial intelligence, or automation in the next 10-20 years.

LinkedIn ProFinder started as an idea that has grown into a vibrant freelance marketplace being used by more than 70,000 freelance professionals across the nation. LinkedIn has seen client demand surge with weekly requests for proposals growing more than fivefold in one year.

 

Seek career advice from others

  • More than 80% of professionals on LinkedIn have stated they either want to have a mentor or be one to others
  • More than half don’t know where to begin and more than one-third have a hard time finding the right person

LinkedIn launched Career Advice, a new feature that helps connect members across the LinkedIn network with one another for lightweight mentorship opportunities. Whether you need advice on your career path, switching to a new industry or best practices for a project you’re working on, Career Advice can help you find and connect with the right person who can help.

 

Learn the skills needed for your next gig

  • One-third of job-seekers have expressed concern that they don’t have the necessary skills to be competitive in the job market
  • Many people who are looking for work from home jobs use LinkedIn learning to gain the skills needed to be an ideal candidate for remote work.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can now access a gigantic database of online courses on topics from coding and graphic design to public speaking. And here’s the best part: each course is typically sliced up into very manageable 5-10 minute learning chunks. Learning a new skill over the course of a week quickly becomes very achievable.

 

What now? — Get started

 

Create or update your LinkedIn profile today. This provides other LinkedIn members with a better understanding of the unique skills, interests, and experience that make you — you.

 

  • Make sure you have a profile photo – it will help get you recognized and connect to potential opportunities. Members with a profile photo receive up to 21x more profile views and 9x more connection requests.

 

  • Members with current positions are discovered up to 16x more in recruiter searches

 

  • Members with more than 5 skills are 27x more likely to be discovered in searches by recruiters

 

  • Including the city where you are based makes you stand out up to 23x in searches

Bonus: Check out Resume Assistant, a new integration from Microsoft and LinkedIn for compelling resume help directly within Microsoft Word.

Resume Tips and Tricks

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Composing a Resume:

http://www.vault.com/videos/composing-a-resume

 

6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/job-hunting/6-tips-for-writing-an-effective-resume

 

4 Details That Could Be Sabotaging your Resume

http://www.vault.com/blog/resumes-cover-letters/4-details-that-could-be-sabotaging-your-resume/

 

Resume Mistakes to Avoid

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/avoid-the-top-10-resume-mistakes

 

How to Make Your Resume Get to the Point

http://www.vault.com/blog/resumes-cover-letters/make-your-resume-get-to-the-point/

 

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Summer Internship and Job Search Strategies

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How to Find a Summer Internship:

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-find-a-summer-internship-4017892 

 

What to Look for in a First (Full-Time) Job:

https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-to-look-for-in-a-first-job

 

How to Decide if a (Full-Time) Job is a Good Fit:

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-decide-if-a-job-is-a-good-fit-2061406

 

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Burgeoning Industry Means Jobs

Written by Andrew Morin

Even before its latest political move to become a city, Framingham has always been a hotspot for industries and jobs.  Now, making headlines in the area, Framingham is only going to continue to grow.  It has never been a better time to be an FSU student or recent grad, seeing that companies are setting up new headquarters and expanding all over the area.  While this applies to everyone, all you comm. arts and computer science majors will rejoice because the theme seems to be tech-companies…

For instance, the gaming company Disruptor Beam is doubling its size in Framingham, which means they will be hiring.  Never heard of them?  They brought you mobile games for shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones.”  Or take the the human resources software firm Globoforce, as another example.  They work with many large clients, like Hershey and Jet Blue, to create innovative software for businesses to better recognize their employees.  The movement of their headquarters to Framingham, from Southborough, doubles their size as well as creates 17 new positions in the area.  A third example is the mobile-tech company Applause, situated in Framingham’s business park alongside speaker-giant Bose.  Applause tests softwares as well as provides user feedback and market research.  Boston Business Journal ranks Applause as the second largest mobile technology company in Massachusetts, based on the total number of Mass. employees.

And that’s just in Framingham.  The mobile-tech industry looks like its popping up all over.  Within the area, you might also want to consider ViziApps Inc. an online app builder and designer based in Wellesley, or Mobiquity Inc. a company dedicated to creating businesses’s online persona in Waltham.  Boston Business Journal reports that 3 of the top 10 largest mobile technology companies in Massachusetts are in Burlington, those companies being Everbridge a company that makes mass emergency response software for many businesses, Alpha Software Corp. who focuses on making reliable apps for businesses, and Qstream a company that works with many large clients making software for salespeople to be more effective at their job.

If mobile technology doesn’t make you warm and fuzzy, how about the fun and interesting world of robotics?  3 of the top 10 robotics companies in Massachusetts are right around the corner in Waltham: QinetiQ North America a company that has many facets and also works with the military, Boston Engineering who emphasizes in product development for an array of industries, and Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc. an industry leader in robotic-assisted vascular interventions.  There is also Barrett Technology LLC in Newton, a company that specializes in making robotic manipulators, such as robotic arms and hands for industrial or commercial purposes.  Or even more in our backyard, ReWalk Robotics Inc. in Marlborough which makes a robotic exoskeleton for those who have had a spinal chord injury.

In addition to these ones I’ve listed, there are many more mobile-tech and robotics companies flourishing in Boston.

While the tech-industry is not everyone’s thing, if it is yours, you should be happy to see that the industry seems to be growing in the state.  And more importantly, it’s growing right here in Framingham.  This means more job opportunities for FSU students and grads.

★Tech aside, a flashy media-related opportunity could be on the horizon in Needham.  NBCUniversal is planning on building a regional headquarters there.  According to Boston Buisness Journal, “The facility could span a minimum of 165,000 square feet—though the company is already considering taking on an additional 50,000 square feet beyond that—and house 375 employees.”  That means lots of jobs for media-industry students and grads.★

Jobs are becoming abundant in the area, so stay on the lookout!

 

Further Insights into the Reverse Career Fair

Written by Andrew Morin

After attending the CSER Office’s Reverse Career Fair and following my own advice from my previous post Reverse Career Fair Preparation, there are a few tips I realize I can expand upon, as well as share additional things I learned along the way.  This post is to serve as deeper insight into the fair.

Before getting into the meaty points, the most important tip must be given: arrive EARLY.  There is a quick, intense atmosphere at the Reverse Career Fair, so you’ll want to get there early to avoid as much confusion as possible, and acclimate yourself.

And once you’re in the fair…

Poster Boards

  • You notice them when you first walk in.  Make them clear, but a little flash doesn’t hurt.  With many poster boards towering employers, make yours speak differently.  Better yet, present a picture slideshow on a laptop alongside an informational (not too dense!) poster board.  Some employers are shy, but most don’t want to waste time.  A poster board is the most efficient way to pull people in.

Standing at your Table

  • Amongst the poster boards, you’ll want to be visible.  That, and you’re much more approachable, standing at your table with a smile.  There’s an essence of confidence in this standing position, as well as attentiveness.  Plus, all the employers are walking around and standing, so show them you are their equal.  Sitting down may make you appear lazy, and can trick your mind into wandering when you want to be focused.

Eager Beavers

  • Being eager will get you far.  If you are there, want to be there.  Stay alert and vigilant, making eye contact, smiling, and politely saying, “Hello.”  If you seem distant, employers will notice and also be distant.  This point cannot be emphasized enough.  The more eager you are to work for these people, the more likely you will get a chance with one of their companies.  Get comfortable talking to people about yourself: your strengths, goals, things you’ve made, things you’ve done, etc.  And don’t forget enthusiasm, for yourself and for the employers.

Swag

  • Realistically, everyone loves to walkaway with swag.  From the employers perspective: it’s gratifying and makes you that much more memorable.  It can get to a point of being showy, but walking that fine line is what will make you standout from everyone else.  Whether its stickers you designed, business cards, candy with your logo on it, or just regular candy, having something to walkaway with leaves an impression that stays with employers beyond the face-time you already had.

Pro Tip: Employers most likely already know who you are, so keep your head up if employers seem to walk by you.  Before the fair, you will need to send a short bio to the CSER Office, and this will be seen by the employers.  You will want to make your bio attractive to the employers you would like to work for the most, so that way when they see the list and are deciding who they are going to see, you are one of those people.


Keeping all these things in mind will almost guarantee a successful Reverse Career Fair.

Reverse Career Fair Preparation

Written by Andrew Morin

This post is going to go over how you should prepare for the Career Services and Employer Relations Office’s bi-annual Reverse Career Fair.  What’s a reverse career fair?  Why, what a phenomenal question, old sport.  A reverse career fair is, as you may have guessed at this point, the opposite of a traditional career fair.  At this funky, futuristic, space-age, hip reverse career fair, YOU will sit behind the table and employers will come to YOU.  (The caps-lock on the you should not intimidate you, but instead express how much better it is; the pressure is on them).


Some things to get in order before the fair:

  • Your Experience

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      • Get your best work together, academic and personal, to showcase to employers and build a relevant network for yourself.  This is one of your best opportunities to shine.
    • Resume
      • Have your resume polished to impress employers.
    • Get comfortable talking about yourself and your skills
      • Practice makes everything easier.  Get thinking about your transferable skills.  Taking part in this fair shows that you are a leader, by nature of the fair.  Show off these leadership skills and qualities, as well as your professional skills.
  • Stop by the CSER Office

    • Room 412 in the McCarthy Center.  A Career Counselor would love to look at what you are going to present to employers at the Reverse Career Fair.  They will give guidance and insight to further refine your presentation and presenting ability, as well as endlessly help with your resume.
  • Register

    • Click Here to Register
    • Registration is required but easy.  Register by yourself, or as a team or club at the link above.  There’s two different time slots: 12:00pm to 1:30pm, and 1:30pm to 3:00pm; pick whichever fits with your schedule best.

Once you have those essentials squared away, here’s some additional tips:

  • Dress the Part

    • Dress professionally so employers see you as a professional at first glance. Don’t overlook the power of appearance!  Even business casual versus sloppy casual makes a huge difference and may just give you an advantage over others.
  • Get Creative

    • Make a unique poster or an eye-catching slide show.  (Pro tip: the CSER office might give you a poster board if you ask nicely.)  Draw employers to your table. This is a way to standout from everyone else and show what you’ve got.showmewhatyougot                                          (http://i.imgur.com/dmNiHMQ.png)
  • Don’t Forget to Smile

    • REALLY DON’T!  This is all about networking, so smile, smile, smile; you never know who will be around.  Always stay positive.  It helps increase your confidence (even if you don’t feel it).

Save the date: Friday, April 7, 2017 in the McCarthy Center Forum

Employers range from ad agencies and marketing firms to management, I.T. and sales. There is something to accommodate everyone, so sign up and make some connections. Well, what if none of the employers are relevant to me?  Sign up anyway for the practice, plus the chance to meet someone who knows someone.

If you keep all this in mind, you should leave the bi-annual Reverse Career Fair with some great experience and maybe even some new contacts and opportunities.