Each year I receive numerous questions from returning students on how to add an internship to an already full-page resume.  Students struggle with what to delete in order to fit the job description and accomplishments from their internship onto the page.  How do they decide what to delete in order to add more information?  Can they have a two-page resume? 

If you only have a certain amount of space to demonstrate your value to a potential employer, you need to identify what information MUST be on your resume and not focus so much on what to delete.  Too often, especially early in our careers, we work to add as much information as possible to our resumes to fill the page.  Then, once we start getting substance to our portfolios we struggle with that to delete.  Your goal is to have a resume that promotes the value you will offer potential employers.   Can one have a two-page resume as an undergrad or graduate student?  While some people will say some graduate students can certainly have a two-page resume, most still say keep it to one page.   Regardless of the length, the purpose of a resume remains to be a document that grabs the attention of the reader to promote knowledge, skills and abilities. 

After completing an internship, you should see that this experience is what needs to be on your resume as opposed to bullet points from previous jobs.  You will start to distinguish between your work history and professional experience.  Jobs that allow you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability and value towards your future career goals will take the place of jobs in which you answered the phone for a parent’s company or other part time jobs. 

Each time you add something to your resume, decide whether this experience is better suited to market your ability in the future or just state what you did in the past.  Your high school experiences helped you get into a great college or university; your college experiences help you land a great entry-level position.

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Albert Einstein defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If this is the case, then insanity is rampant amongst job seekers today.

Are you frustrated that no one is responding to the dozens of resumes you are submitting online? Do you find yourself discouraged at attending career fairs only to be told to apply online and then nothing happen? Not only is this unsuccessful practice a form of insanity, but the frustration will lead you to insanity as well.

Get off of this hamster wheel. The job search process is frustrating enough. There is too much in life you can’t control, so focus what you can control. If something is not working in regards to your job search strategy, then change it. Here are a few quick tips to increase an effective job search process.

  1. Talk with a career coach: Career Coaches have the experience. These experts know the job search process across industry and functional area of business. They know the pulse of business today and work to guide job seekers towards the goal of finding employment. Visit www.careerealism.com for a solid list of professional career coaches.
  2. NETWORK: I can just imagine all of the eye rolls are reading my recommendation to network. Simply put, networking is the key to finding employment. Remember that applying for positions online is only a piece of the process. It is not THE process. Too many job seekers spend their time only applying online. If this is your approach, you are missing the most important step which is to connect with real human beings. Humans hire; systems track candidates.
  3. 3. Build a solid and professional online presence. Your LinkedIn profile should be a comprehensive marketing story of your past successes and future abilities. You should have a strong presence on Twitter making sure you are following industry professionals and employers of interest. Use Hashtags to search for conferences in your field in which you cannot attend. Get involved and be seen. To learn the very best tips on social networking, please read Miriam Salpeter’s book “Social Networking for Career Success”.

I recently read that job seekers should stop focusing on pushing our resumes for a successful job search and instead draw people to you. The former is how you put yourself on that job search hamster wheel. You will keep running in place without getting anywhere near your goal. Get off the hamster wheel and stop the insanity in your job search and career management. Stop doing the same thing and expect different results.

It’s that time of year in the life of collegiate intern recruiting.  In our current economy and latest trends in the job search, students in both undergraduate and graduate programs around the world are either interviewing for internships, seeking prospects or receiving offers.  As with every year, however, offers are not all received on the same day nor are decisions are all due from intern candidates on the same day. 

The topic of concern on the minds of our intern seekers hopefully transitions from receiving offers to making a decision.  Intern seekers all of a sudden become concerned with making a hasty decision in the event something better comes along.  Hedging their bets becomes the name of the game.  However, handing over one’s integrity in the game of the job search can get a person eliminated from competition immediately.  No one wants that to happen.  Remember that you are the only person who can give away your integrity. 

Simply put:  make a decision and live with it.  The grass is always greener.  For every decision you make, you also make a sacrifice.  If you receive an offer and decline hoping something better will come along, you run the risk of not receiving another offer.  If you accept an offer, you run the risk of a better offer coming down the pike.  For every decision you make, you also make a sacrifice.

No wait, I think the better question is “Do you know what LinkedIn Groups are in the first place?”  If you do not know, then I highly recommend you log into LinkedIn and look for the latest tutorials because this amazing resource is ever-changing with phenomenal new features.  My favorite is the “Group”.  There are Groups for various school alumni, industries, companies, and functional areas.  Some groups are pretty general and some are very specific.  If you haven’t searched for or joined Groups, you must do so today.  I mean right now as a matter of fact. 

The value of Group activity on LinkedIn has become one of the most powerful networking tools in business today, and that value translates to job seekers.  LinkedIn Groups offer not just great forums for discussion and job boards but also CONTACTS! 

Belonging to and being active in Groups within LinkedIn can make a dramatic difference in finding individuals who can and, most likely, will offer great advice as you navigate through your job search.  What better way to build your network than to find targeted groups of people with interests that align with yours. 

The Group function in LinkedIn alone is one of the best arguments for you never beginning a cover letter with “To Whom It May Concern” again. 

In my profession, I have found a dramatic difference in expanding my network and relationships with colleagues I never knew existed through Groups such as the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Texas A&M Alumni, and Relationship Masters Academy to name a few. 

I highly advice you join targeted LinkedIn Groups that are right for your career goals, get involved in the discussion forums, add contacts from the group to your network and start building new business relationships.   I am confident you will see a dramatic difference in your connection to your profession and potential employers.

How often have you heard in networking workshops that successful job search networking is all about who you know?  While that statement is basically true, I argue that it is really who knows you that define successful networking.

I am so fortunate to be a part of Keith Ferrazzi’s Relationship Masters Academy (RMA) right now and am learning so much about not just building my network but cultivating and strengthening my relationships.  This program has really made me reflect on the art of networking.  For job seekers, it is not about asking people for a job or asking for contact names of hiring managers.  Networking is about learning and not about increasing the list of people you know by leaps and bounds.   

I remember when I first built my LinkedIn profile.  I went out searching every person in business I had ever met.  I wanted people in my LinkedIn network.  The same can be with business cards.  Attending an event only to gather as many business cards as possible is a great way to build contacts and names, but how many business relationships have you really cultivated with that group?  How many of those people would even remember you if you called or emailed today? 

If you have not built a reputation with your network, then no one is going to remember your name when the right opportunity comes along. 

I challenge you today to think about those you would say are in your job search network.  Would these people remember you?  Do these people know you are searching for full time employment or an internship? Do they know your strengths, goals, or current status in the job search process?  If the answer to any of these questions is no, then the first thing you need to do after reading this blog is take the necessary steps to changing the answer to yes.

I have friends and family who live for Black Friday.  They love getting up at 2:00 a.m. and fighting the crowds for those amazing sales.  I don’t know about you, but I am still in my Turkey coma at that time and want to sleep.   For me, this experience rates right above my dislike for rush hour traffic and grocery shopping after work.  CROWDS!  I want to shop when the stores are quiet, the selection is great, and the odds of me receiving great service are high. 

If you are anything like me when it comes to shopping, then ask yourself if you prefer the same experience in your job search? 

Job boards are great, but think of the volume of people sitting in the comfort of their homes surfing the Internet and applying for jobs?  It’s mind-boggling.  And be sure to not forget about the number of people applying for these jobs who aren’t even qualified. 

Serious job seekers are shopping for something very targeted and want great service—they want to be noticed.  How do you expect to be noticed in the crowded database of applicants if all you do is just apply for jobs online? 

The solution for a high selection and high service job search experience is to do it the old fashioned way:  personal interaction.  Talk to people, and I mean real people with your voice.  In our technology age of texting, this concept might seem a bit foreign, but it’s tried and true.  Pick up the telephone, share a cup of coffee with a subject matter expert, attend a reception, it doesn’t matter.  Just get in front of people. 

Online resources should primarily be used as a research tool when it comes to seeking employment. Speaking with people and building relationships render the best job selection and best service. 

Quality, Service, Selection = Time, Relationships, Networking = Succesful Job Search Experience.

At Texas A&M University, and we call our alumni Former Students.  Once an Aggie; always an Aggie.  The impact of our Former Student Association has with its fellow members in the job search is something I cannot begin to put into words.  Let’s face it, Aggies want to hire Aggies.  I’ll bet many of your alumni associations are similar. 

Whether you are about to graduate and looking to begin your career or have already graduated and back in the job market, have you must list your alumni association as a source for networking prospects?  

People who have graduated from your school are familiar with your education.  They have a good feel for the values you have learned while in college.  You might also find alumni from your school very interested in mentoring you through your job search.

Your school’s alumni association or, in my case, the Association of Former Students is an organization of great networking contacts, hiring managers and people who need to hire talent.  If your school does not have a directory of your former students, two online resources I would highly recommend you use include LinkedIn and CareerShift.  Both offer advanced search capabilities to find exactly the right people who fit specific profiles. 

The first step in networking is to start with people you know.  Your university’s alumni association is one of the strongest resources you have at your disposal.  Wayne Gretsky said it best, “You lose 100% of the shots you never take.”