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06/05/10
Career Discussions.
Filed under: Recent Posts, Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, Recruiters
Posted by: site admin @ 7:17 am

Several students invited me back to speak with
them
yesterday.  They presented me with a range
of
issues, related in some respects but unique in
others
so that individual discussions helped them.
(My motivation is nicely captured by a Dan Pink
animation
.)

Dealing with uncertainty
Half of the people needed help in articulating what
they
like and want to do.  Some brought specific job
descriptions
for which their cover letter and resume
could be geared.

Others needed to be coached on looking at the left
hand
column (of the blog) for where to look for
positions and
web pages.  Since there is such a
imbalance of seekers
and positions, recruiters for
certain industries will be
helpful.

Having a plan, even just some personal organization
can be helpful.  1 

Confidence building activities
Several people wanted to report on what they are
doing
to meet their goals.  One recent graduate
seemed to
benefit from personal compliments and
the opportunity
to present different format talks in
preparation for an
  interview presentation. 
  Sit down (posture and breathing, eye contact, voice
inflection),
  stand up (posture, animation and movement, eye
contact
while speaking)
  Pointing out small habits that are good (laughter,
smile)
and that could be detracting meta-language
(ah-huh, really).


When nothing seems to work, it feels so nice when
someone is willing to listen and apply a positive spin
to an event.  “I liked the way you did not give up when
I was not in the room I thought we would meet in….”
“What are you particularly good at,  what do you
really
like to do?”  …That is interesting…

Networking, sharing and helping each other
A couple of people asked if they could bring
colleagues,
friends and girlfriends with them to speak
with me.  This
is entirely appropriate.  There is so
much to be gained
by seeing others ideas and even
offering different
impressions on the same or similar
material.


One individual had a more global learning plan and
spoke about a group of colleagues he has pulled
together,
like Ben Franklin’s junto.

Use professional societies
One person was not aware of the benefits of
ACS
membership, like free registration and the
career
fair.  2 


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