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Bouncing Back from Job Rejection

23 Mar

From a professional perspective, one of the toughest events with which we have to cope is job rejection. When (if) this happens to us, we need to get past our feelings of rejection, anger, and inadequacy — and take a proactive approach to “get back in the game.”

Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, a career consultant, writing for Careerealism offers eight tips to follow when dealing with job rejection:

1. Set Realistic Goals

“Long-term goals give you something to look forward to. Short-term goals ensure you are moving in the right direction and moving to your long term goals. Daily goals will get you out of bed in the morning.”

2. Do Your Best

“Take the time to try to match your resume or application details to what the employer is looking for. That way, you will be one of the few selected for an interview (and hired!). The extra effort and time has value, and they can help you will feel like you are really doing something meaningful.”

3. Change the Things You Do Each Day

“Search for jobs one day, follow up another, identify companies to cold call once a week, network one day, visit companies in person periodically. Don’t forget to eat, sleep, get dressed, exercise, and go outside every day. Make your own schedule and stick to it!”

4. Make Sure You Have the Necessary Skills

“Read blogs, articles, and/or books about career planning and job searching. Explore your field or potential occupations to determine if you need more skills to be competitive. Read articles related to your desired job or about job searching and interviewing every day.”

5. Have a Support Group

“You can’t do it alone. Ask for help outside of the family if need be. Reach out friends, ex-coworkers, and church or community members. You need someone to listen to your ideas and give you feedback.”

6. Network

“You probably know how to network, but maybe you are too dispirited or you don’t see the value in it. Nonetheless, it is a necessity and can result in your next job if you make the time and effort to contact and maintain connection with others. Join a civic group or one at your local career placement office, or volunteer. It is most important to start and continue to get out there and meet people – maintain your connections!”

7. Get Creative

“If you feel that you MUST have a specific position or salary before considering a job, you may be missing out on some great prospects! Purchase a real newspaper (or look at every job board posting within a 20 mile area or less) and look at every job. If you do this intermittently, you will have a better indication of what jobs are offered and you may discover a new direction that is perfect for you!”

8. Be Realistic

“You may want to think about moving to where there are jobs. Think about places in that you would like to live or parts of the country where people you know currently live. Search for jobs in those areas periodically to see if it makes sense to start a job search in another area in addition to your current one.”

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At Work, Be a GREAT Colleague

12 Mar

All of us need to understand our roles and functions in the companies for which we work. We should want both our bosses and peers to view us in a favorable light and perceive us as great colleagues.

As Officevibe notes:

“Let’s face it, we all have been around (or have been) someone in a workplace who just doesn’t want to be there. You can see right off the bat what type of traits disengaged employees have just by talking to them in the office for a bit. Now, by definition disengaged employees are people who don’t care for their company and have no intention of helping it grow; so they can be quite harmful if they’re within your office.”

Don’t let yourself fall into the negative roles highlighted in this infographic.
13 Personality Traits Of A Disengaged EmployeeThis infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe, the employee engagement platform that helps managers see the ROI of company culture while making employees happier and more motivated at work.

2015 Student Opportunities from Marketing Edge

9 Mar

Opportunities from Marketing EDGE


My name is Rachel Fontana and I am the Assistant Program Manager at Marketing EDGE. Marketing EDGE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, developing, growing, and employing college students in the field of marketing.

I am thrilled to announce that Marketing EDGE and Google are currently recruiting high achieving marketing students for our Interactive Marketing Immersion Xperience (I-MIX) program.

I-MIX immerses a select group of college students nationwide in seminars and workshops focused on interactive marketing. Our presenters, mostly Google staff members, will share information about what they do and provide advice on how to prepare for a successful career in the field. Furthermore, participants will have an opportunity to attend a career and resume workshop led by a premier career coach, to network with experienced marketing executives, and to compete in an interactive marketing campaign challenge.

Our 2015 I-MIX program will take place on Google’s Mountain View campus from May 30th through June 3rd.

This truly unique marketing intensive presents students with a chance to…

  • Visit Google’s main campus
  • Participate in company specific workshops and get insights into major marketing campaigns and strategies directly from top Google executives
  • Develop a better understanding of new and evolving marketing platforms: mobile, social, and search
  • Receive resume critique that will help prepare them for the tough job market ahead
  • Work on a practical marketing business case
  • Interact and network with marketing students and marketing professionals from across the country

We would love to engage your undergraduate marketing students in this year’s program and would appreciate you sharing this information with them.

All students wishing to submit their online application before the quickly approaching April 3rd deadline may do so via the following link: www.marketingedge.org/marketing-programs/imix-summer-program/imix-application.

If you or your students have any questions regarding our 2015 I-MIX program, please see the I-MIX information page or contact me directly at RFontana@marketingEDGE.org.
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Self-Branding for Personal and Career Success

26 Feb

We hear a lot about self-branding these days. This interview will not only help you understand self-branding, it will help you use it as a tool for personal and professional success.

In this CoSozo “Psych Up” show, Dr. Joel Evans, author and Distinguished Professor in the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University returns to Psych Up to draw upon his extensive experience teaching and blogging on self-branding. He invites listeners to think through steps of self-reflection to identify qualities that translate into brands.

In the discussion with Host Dr. Suzanne Phillips, he considers the three aspects of self-branding and the difference between a person’s inherent self-brand and a person’s perceived self-brand. He shares stories that capture the importance of self-branding and offers do’s and dont’s for formulating a personal self-brand.

When applying self-branding to the professional arena, Dr. Evans offers invaluable tips for tailoring your self-brand to the job being offered and as a platform for your resume and interview preparation. Whether you are looking for a date or a job, you will find this to be a very valuable show.

Click below to listen to the interview.



What Job Skills Will Be Most Important in 2020?

16 Feb

As we plan our future career moves, it is essential to be aware of trends in the job marketplace. For example, what skills should we expect employers to desire in the year 2020?

Consider these observations from YouTern:

“Drivers of change are all around us. A globally connected world, the ability to scale a brand based on a social media post, cross cultural conversations, and a new reliance on digital communication all mean we need to evolve past our industrial age educations and mindsets about work. Welcome to the Social Age.

“As a result, the skills we will be expected to wield just a few years from now – as shown in this marvelous infographic from Top10OnlineColleges.org may look far different than they do now. How skilled are you at social intelligence? How’s your new media literacy? How good are you at virtual collaboration? These are the skills that will be most in demand, and very soon.”

Take a close look at the infographic, and then think ahead.
Important Work Skills for 2020
Source: Top10OnlineColleges.org


Can You Pass the “8-Second Resume Test?”

27 Jan

Many times, resumes are processed by computer software looking for key words — or busy executives inundated with job applicants. So, we have to make sure that OUR resume is the one that is read and liked!

As Don Goodman writes for Careerealism:

“Skimming – that’s what hiring managers are doing when they are going through resumes. There’s no time to read word-for-word when there are hundreds of resumes coming in for that one position, so they skim for key information. In fact, studies show that they spend about eight seconds scanning your resume. If you want a positive response on your resume in the 8-second resume glance, here’s what you have to do.”

Click the image to read several suggestions from Goodman.


Seven Videos on Marketing Careers

17 Dec

Here are a variety of videos for those considering a career in marketing. They cover a lot of bases for you to think about.

How to Start Your Marketing Career


A Realistic Job Preview: Jose, Multicultural Marketing Communications Director, Comcast


Product Marketing Opportunities at Amazon Web Services


A Career in Marketing…Ng Ee Chuan, Head of China Sales at Bloomberg


Market Director, Greg D. on Career Mobility – Exploring Careers at Chase


Product Management & Marketing Careers at Optum

What Do You Look for in an Employee? by Tracey Abbott, VP Strategic Planning at Footlocker

Several of these videos suggested by Ana Luiza Loures.


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