How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part VI

To finish off our blog series on How to Land a Job After Graduation, we thought we’d provide an update on the status of our intern, Ashley, who graduated just last month.

As background, we started out this blog series under the premise of helping college graduates in the job search process and telling them what it takes to stand out from the competition in the job market today. The series followed our intern and her journey of finding a job after graduation.

Now, about a month after graduation we can conclude the series with a positive note… Ashley accepted a position!

We would like to congratulate Ashley, because we realize how tough it is to find a job right out of college. What also helped boost Ashley’s success were her many internship experiences throughout her college years. We hope that college students will see the heavy importance and the value an internship (or two) can bring to post-graduation careers.

We are glad to have helped Ashley succeed in her job search, and we wish her the best!

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part I

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part II

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part III

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part IV

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part V

How to Land a Job After Graduation- Part II

I’m Ashley Dingeman, a senior Communication major at SUNY Geneseo. I am currently working as the marketing intern for Whiting Consulting, and with only 47 days until commencement, I am one of many considered to be “an active job seeker.”

With broad major like Communications, I have a plethora of potential professions I would be qualified for. My issue then? Narrowing down what it specifically is that I want to do. On top of that, my growing anxiety is getting the best of me regarding my personal interview techniques, my preparedness for the job world, and the pressure of finding a job in this economy.

You always hear people say that what you learn in college is going to prepare you for the rest of your life. Well, I would have to disagree. Although I have grown as a person and my knowledge has significantly matured, I can’t say that I have been prepped by college for the next stage in my life. I, unlike most students, was fortunate enough to take a class specifically geared toward preparing students for the job hunt. In turn, I was forced to perfect my resume, learn to write a cover letter, create a portfolio, and perform a number of mock interviews.

One thing this class was missing was helping me to pinpoint what I want to do with my life after graduation.  I’m the type of person who has tried many jobs, always loves doing something new, and isn’t afraid of commitment. One of my many passions is food, whether it’s cooking, eating, watching others cook, reading, or writing about it.  Simplified: I would categorize myself as a foodie.

I think to love something so much and to be so intrigued by it qualifies it as a passion. For some, eating is eating and food is food, but to me, it’s so much more. In my perfect world, I would love to do all of the above, cook, eat, watch, read, and most importantly, write. But my world isn’t perfect, and I have to be understanding that my dream job isn’t going to come to me as an entry level position.

In order to stand out from the rest, I’ve been consciously using social media to brand myself and to be heard. Over the next few weeks prior to graduation, my social media profiles will be evaluated and picked apart by the Whiting Consulting professionals, and they will be restructuring them from a college student’s profiles to what employers want to see. This process may not be glamorous, but it’s something that all current graduates should be doing.

Please join me and come along for the ride, learn from my mistakes, and gain these competitive advantages over your peers. You’ll never be more thankful than when you hear those two powerful words from your future employer’s mouth saying, “You’re hired!”

Post written by Ashley Dingeman, Marketing Intern at Whiting Consulting.

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part I

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part III

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part IV

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part V

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part VI

How to Land a Job After Graduation- Part I

With college graduation fast approaching, I thought I would create a series blog for the Class of 2011 and any other recent college graduate job seeker in their quest to land a job after graduation. For the series, we’re taking our intern’s real-life experiences, personal brand, and social media profiles and transforming them to deliver top results for what is found online by job seekers and what hiring managers are looking for in a top candidate. Join us in our journey of helping college grads transform into top notch candidates and how to properly approach the current job market.

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part II

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part III

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part IV

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part V

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part VI

‘Managing Forward’ Series Part III: Advice for Interns

The final video of Chip’s interview focuses on what managers look for in today’s young professionals.

It is important for every intern going into a new role to learn and discover what they need to bring to the table to benefit the employer and themself. From Chip’s six years of managing college students, there are some main points he touches upon in the video:

1.      Top-notch qualities needed for post-graduation employment.

2.      Attributes sought out in an intern.

3.      Purpose of an interview.

What are some other attributes that an intern needs to be successful?


GenYired: Top Weekly Posts

GenYired

  1. Following Up After the First Interview

    ComPRehension offers a few strategies for interviewees to rise to the top of the ranks in situations where the process is lengthy or has many candidates competing for the same opening. Similar to the Latin phrase on the U.S. seal: “E pluribus unum” – meaning:  “Out of many, one.”

  2. 50 Buzzwords You Shouldn’t Use on Your Resume

    This list is a must have. Keep in mind that your resume is scanned before it is read.  Use this list to help you eliminate the buzzwords that can eliminate you early in the process.

  3. 3 Little Things You May Not Know Employers Are Looking For

    Come Recommended has uncovered these three areas that can be easily overlooked in preparation for and even during your interview. From personal experience on both sides of an interview, make sure you’re comfortable with all of them before you introduce yourself to a potential employer.

  4. 2011 Grads Most Sought After by Employers

    Find out which college majors are poised to hit it big in the real world by CollegeRecruiter.com.

Post written by Julie Skowronek, Marketing Coordinator at Whiting Consulting.

Guest Post: Advancing Your Career Outside of 9 to 5

9-5, 9 to 5, clock, work clock

Working to advance your career is a job in itself. Unfortunately, it’s just not a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. thing. Ninety percent of people go to their job, grab their coffee mug, do what is asked of them and then leave at 5 p.m. – most of the time it’s probably 4:58 p.m. That means there is a tremendous opportunity for young professionals to fast track their career by being in the 10 percent of people who do just a little more.  I don’t know about you, but I’m young, have way too much energy and have things I want to do in my life and career.  I want to be in that 10 percent!

So, what can we young pros do to make sure we are advancing our career outside of our typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.work day?  Here are some thoughts: Continue reading

What I Wish I Knew about the Real World Before I Started Working

What do I wish I knew about the Real World before I started working? As a Brazen Careerist member, I thought I would contribute to the JobSTART101 blog series, where they asked members this same question to answer in their own post. So here are my thoughts…

In my college business program, I learned a lot from my classes by applying myself in team projects that connected to real businesses or people. These projects focused on active student participation and engagement with different activities in the classroom. Professors who gave me team projects where I had to come up an entire marketing campaign was the closest I was going to get to real world similarities in a classroom environment.

Being in the real world for six months now (wow time flies!); I’ve realized the only thing that I didn’t really focus on was how connected everyone is with each other within specific industries. Networks are so vast and reach all corners of the world, confirming that it is a small world after all!

Continue reading

GenYired: Top Weekly Posts

What does it take to impress people during your interview? This week’s GenYired consists of posts that include how Millennials are preparing to ace their next job interview, and which of their qualities they need to highlight during the interview. Other posts include statistics of how Millennials view job searching and what they look for before taking on a new position, and just how Gen Y can change our future. Continue reading

GenYired: Top Weekly Posts for Gen Y

 This week’s GenYired consists of blog posts for Millennials who are curious of what statistics say about our generation in the workplace, and tips to help Gen Y with their career adventures. Enjoy!

  1. 8 Ways to Dissolve Your Career Fear

    When you want to aim for getting that dream job you always wanted– consider these few steps that can help enhance your search process. It’s best to jump into a job search with a plan of attack, rather than going with the flow. U.S. Money describes how to search for your dream job the right way.

  2. Gen X Driving Social Networking at Work — Not Gen Y, Citrix Online Study Finds

    Gen Y: Do you think that our generation shares more information via texting? This study by Forrester Consulting found the numbers between Gen X, Gen Y, and the Baby Boomers in technology in the workplace. Find out each generations’ thoughts about business meetings- who finds them least efficient?

  3. 36% of College Grads Wish They Had Picked a Different Major

    Are you happy with your college major?  A recent survey found that 1 in 4 people are unsatisfied with their degree and where they are now. More statistics were found whether if people could find a job related to their field.

  4. Gen Y- Rock with Lessons Learned

    These 23 lessons from Skills Coach, Kate Nasser, can help any Millennial grow into a future leader!

    Post written by Julie Skowronek, Marketing Coordinator at Whiting Consulting.

GenYired: Top Weekly Posts for Gen Y



  1. The Extreme Interview

    Pepsi launched this commercial, which gives a funny perspective of the interview process.

  2. 25 Qualities Job Interviewers Look For

    Do YOU have what it takes for the perfect interview? Carefully take a look at this list- there are some qualities that you might have accidently forgot about or haven’t thought of in a while. These 25 interview qualities are always sought for in a candidate during the interview. TIP: Print out and familiarize yourself with the list. You’re interviewer will be impressed!

  3. Who Leads the Way in Digital World?

    Which Generation has caught up with each different kind of technology? Forrester Research’s survey will give you all the details.

  4. Why Bashing Millennials is Wrong

    Multitasking, no sense of privacy online and acting entitled: Generation X and Baby Boomers sometimes only see the negative qualities that GenY brings with them to the office. These negative GenY qualities can be reversed around into qualities that help them and their companies achieve the maximum effect.

  5. Top Careers of the Future

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has compiled the 10 year forecast of jobs with the most growth in a variety of industries: Health, Sales, Financial, Education, Management, Engineering, Software, Medical, and much more! Their growth is documented in number of new jobs and percent change.

    Post written by Julie Skowronek, Marketing Coordinator at Whiting Consulting.

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