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Michelle M. Carroll, MCDP,
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Jan Melnik, M.A., MRW, CPRW, CCM, Absolute Advantage

Stephen Van Vreede, MBA, ACRW, CPRW, CSSBB, ITtechExec.com

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Can’t get a job? Try Volunteering!

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Americorp, Americorp’s National Civilian Community Corps conducted a ground-breaking study that showed:
 Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers.
 Volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51 percent higher likelihood of finding employment.
 Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55 percent higher likelihood of finding employment
Additionally, according to 264 organizations who responded to a NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) 2014 survey, 64.7 percent of their interns were offered full-time positions. Seventy-nine percent of those offers were accepted by the interns.

Try out volunteering for a nonprofit to gain valuable work experience. If you are a high school or college student, service learning is often part of a graduation requirement. In addition to direct service to the society, you can learn transferable skills such as organizing, public relations, marketing tech support, and even accounting. These skills
and your volunteer experience are important assets to include in your resume and interviews. You may also find these experiences lead you to network with people who will see you as a candidate for a great job.

If you can’t find opportunities through your local college, the following websites offer a variety of service and internship experiences:

  • www.Americorps.com
    www.compact.org/about/state/contact-your-state-office
    www.CreateTheGood.com
    www.dcjobsource.com/index.html
    heartsandminds.org/member.htm
    www.idealist.org
    www.internshipprograms.com
    www.internships.com
    www.internweb.com/
    www.Volunteermatch.com

Here are two websites for organizations wishing to post a volunteer opportunity to multiple colleges:

http://www.csoconnect.com/

http://www.naceweb.org/about-us/nacelink.aspx

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Have a Seat: S and N (How to manage stress once you’re actually in the interview)

10-part series by Patrick Kerwin, MBTI® Master Practitioner, with some great tips on how students can manage stress.  In the last blog on interviewing and stress, we looked at the kind of interview questions and situations that can provoke stress for Es and Is when they’re in the interviewee’s seat. In this blog we’ll continue by examining the kind of stressful interview questions and situations for Sensing types (Ss) and Intuitive types (Ns). For Ss: Since people with a preference for Sensing usually like to focus on what’s real and tangible, hypothetical questions ... Read more

Courage, Starting Out, and Being Weird Move Careers Along

Finding that mind-blowing inspiration that will make you want to show the amount of courage it takes to stand out so far against the rest of the crowd will feel both scary and amazing. Read the first article to see... ... Read more

Type and Careers—Occupational Selection

The data on occupational trends for each of the 16 types in the MBTI® Manual will be updated in the next few years, but it is still quite useful. For example, as you would expect, those who prefer Extraversion gravitate toward work that “allows interaction with a succession of people or that has activities outside the office or away from the desk.” While those who prefer Introversion trend ... Read more

The CV/Résumé for the Manager

You’ve worked hard to make your way up the career ladder. However, although there may be less competition in terms of numbers up here in this rarefied atmosphere surrounding the boardroom, those you will find yourself up against will be heavy hitters. You must, therefore, make your     ... Read more

The Top 10 Reasons You Need a Career Journal

By the time you sit down to update your resume or finally hire a professional to write it for you, it’s already too late — too late to clarify your brand, achievements, and goals in the time available before you complete the project. The time to start all of these activities is long before you need them. In other words, now. A career journal can help you to jumpstart the process in a gentle way. Unlike a regular journal, a career journal doesn’t ... Read more

Turn 9/11 on its head!!

Today I attended a fascinating presentation on how to manage multi-generation workforces. This is a hot topic on the presentation circuit since business leaders are trying to figure out how to juggle four generations in the workforce. Each generation has its own perspective and style based on life experiences. ... Read more

The CV/Résumé for a Brand New Career

  If I ever decide to change career and my CV/résumé needs repurposing, this is how I’d go about it…Density is always an issue with a CV and this is no exception. You need to stick to the ... Read more

Why were you fired? “I’m not altogether sure”

It happens. Out of the blue an exec (or anyone else) gets whacked. Sometimes it’s a clear quantitative reason (e.g. sales goals weren’t met). But many times it’s not. And that... ... Read more

Career Advancement: The Uphill Climb

Career advancement is one of the major aspects of human development. It is the process through which an individual’s identity is formed in the society, ultimately affecting other aspects of human development. People judge the capability and talent of a person through ... Read more