Archives: September 2008

Giving Your Career a Boost....With Plastic Surgery

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 30

We've all seen the stories about how to improve your chances of landing the dream job--articles like this one from Yahoo! that recommends going back to school, finding a coach...

Ethics More Important to Students Today

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on September 28

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) compared the attitude of college students today to that of students from 1982 and found that ethical behavior from an employer is...

Job Hunter’s Toolbox: JibberJobber

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on September 25

Most of us are not aggressive networkers by nature. It’s easy to forget to chase down that friend-of-a-friend for an informational interview, or to send a thank you note to that hiring manager who showed signs of interest. Here's an online tool that can help you stop cutting corners in your job search.

Gen Y: "Civics"

Posted by: Tara Kalwarski on September 24

A fun stat about Gen Y in industry research firm IBISWorld's most recent newsletter:...

Workplace Strife in Today's Tough Economy

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on September 23

Additional workplace strife created by today's tough economy may work to some businesses' advantage. Dale Carnegie Training, which provides workforce assessment, training and solutions, says that the current turmoil is...

MBA '09 Job Prospects: Withering?

Posted by: Tara Kalwarski on September 22

According to this article in today's Washington Post, many soon-to-be MBA grads are worried about that first post-degree job: Wall Street's meltdown this week stirred such angst among University of...

Gen Y: The Young and the Restless

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 19

How restless is Gen Y? Very. New research by Experience, a web-based recruiting company, found that 85% of recent college graduates were interested in relocating in the U.S., and 70%...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Investment Banking Firms

Posted by: Tara Kalwarski on September 18

A “tri-weekly” highlight of comments from current and former employees about those companies that BusinessWeek has ranked among the “best places to launch a career.” Given the events of the...

Meltdown on Wall Street: The Impact on Recruiting

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 16

With big Wall Street firms falling like dominoes, and business schools bracing for the fallout, BusinessWeek wants to gauge sentiment among job-hunters. So where is your worry meter pointing? Is...

Top Ten College Dropouts

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 16

Do you need a college degree to succeed? The "College On The Record" web site answers that question with a resounding "No!" Here's its list--in David Letterman fashion, starting with...

How to Write an Effective Cover Letter

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 15

Lynne Sarikas, director of the MBA career center at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration, knows a thing or two about cover letters. Here she shares a few tips about...

Top 5 Industries for Entry-Level Jobs

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 15

The monster-size job board, MonsterTRAK.com, today released is top five industries for entry-level employment. The list is based on postings for entry-level jobs on MonsterTRAK.com and shows a major shift...

Salaries for New College Grads: Up?

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 12

The National Association of Colleges and Employers is reporting that average starting salary for new college graduates in 2008 are up an astounding 7.6%--about twice the rate of inflation--to $49,224....

Best of the Web: From Exploitive Internships to Hugging at Work

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on September 11

Boston Globe columnist and Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success author Penelope Trunk offers up refreshingly candid, often Gen Y-focused, career advice that really hits the mark with exploring the issues many folks face in their twenties.

Nice MySpace Page. Want a Job?

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on September 11

Now that your profile page is clean and says only good things about you, did you ever hope that it would actually give you an edge in the hiring process? It sure can, according to a survey put out by Careerbuilder.com on Sep. 10.

Excuses, excuses

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 11

Everybody's done it. Some of us even do it quite well. It's the over-the-top excuse for skipping a day at work. Janet Zich compiled a bunch for a story in...

Generational Differences at Work

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on September 10

Ernst & Young recently conducted a survey of over 5,500 individuals--Gen Yers, Gen Xers, and Boomers were all represented--to get their thoughts on generational issues and tensions in the workplace....

Finding a Job When Times are Tough

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 08

Lynne Sarikas, director of the MBA career center at Northeastern University's College of Business Administration, offers a little unsolicited advice to new (or fairly recent) college grads about advancing one's...

Facebook Your Job Hunt

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on September 08

Looking for a job? It can't hurt to post an a status update to Facebook, to let everyone know what kind of position you're after. Your online network probably reaches many friends of friends, or casual acquaintances who wouldn't have otherwise heard about you shopping your resume.

Happy 401(k) Day!

Posted by: Tara Kalwarski on September 04

Turns out, today is 401(k) Day, "an annual celebration spotlighting the importance of employer-sponsored profit sharing and 401(k) plans" sponsored by the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America. Also a great...

J.P. Morgan: One Analyst's Perspective

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 04

When we were putting together the 2008 Best Places to Launch a Career ranking, we had the opportunity to meet a lot of young people who are in the process...

Ernst & Young: New Roles, New Responsibilities

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 04

When we were putting together the 2008 Best Places to Launch a Career ranking, we had the opportunity to meet a lot of young people who are in the process...

General Electric: Training the Next Generation of Leaders

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 04

When we were putting together the 2008 Best Places to Launch a Career ranking, we had the opportunity to meet a lot of young people who are in the process...

Marriott: A Warm Welcome for Hospitality Majors

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 04

When we were putting together the 2008 Best Places to Launch a Career ranking, we had the opportunity to meet a lot of young people who are in the process...

Teach for America: Challenges and Rewards

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 04

When we were putting together the 2008 Best Places to Launch a Career ranking, we had the opportunity to meet a lot of young people who are in the process...

Job Hunter's Toolbox: Emurse

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on September 04

By now, many different versions of your resume are probably scattered all across the web – on job boards like Monster and Yahoo! Hotjobs, on professional networks like LinkedIn, and in the obsessively-tweaked Microsoft Word document on your hard drive. It can be tough to decide where to send each new potential employer for the most up-to-date account of your work history and accomplishments. Your resume fleet needs a home.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by: Tara Kalwarski on September 03

A “tri-weekly” highlight of comments from current and former employees (from websites including vault.com, jobbite.com, and glassdoor.com) about those companies that BusinessWeek has ranked among the “best places to launch...

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