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Making a New Job Less Stressful

27 Jul

Starting a new job can be a stress-filled time. So, what can you do to reduce your anxiety and optimize your relationship with your boss?

According to Careerealism:

“Building a relationship with your new manager isn’t complicated. It must be intentional, genuine, and built on a foundation of respect. As a new employee, ideally you should be spending some time with your manager every day for the first couple of weeks, even if only for a brief check-in. These meetings are ideal opportunities to jump-start the dialogue. Here are five simple conversations you need to have with your boss when you start a new role.”

 

 

Lessons for Potential Entrepreneurs

3 Jul

Looking to be an entrepreneur? Do you have what it takes? Read this article for many tips and things to think about.
 

 

A Self-Branding Slideshow

1 Jul

Because of its importance to readers of this blog, we’ve devoted a lot of attention to career planning and opportunities – with a special emphasis on self-branding. This could be the most important concept for us as we plan out and move through our careers. What is our personal brand and how does this make us stand out from the crowd?

Here is a slideshow synopsis on self-branding.
 

 

What Do Hiring Managers Want from Job Applicants?

24 Jun

According to Tracey Parsons, the CEO of CredHive (a networking firm), there are many things that job applicants can do to facilitate the hiring process for potential employers.

Here are six tips from Parsons:

  1. Follow instructions — “It is refreshing when a candidate does exactly what we ask when applying for a position. At my company, we require you to join our database. We only use our own tool to identify talent for our open positions. We don’t take resumes. We don’t believe them. But, that’s our requirement. So, when people do what we’ve asked, we are happy.”
  2. Use focused communications — “When a candidate tells me exactly what they are going to bring to the table to solve my business challenges, I pick up the phone and call them. And who doesn’t love it when the hiring manager calls them directly to talk about their experience. When you are writing to a hiring manager, try to keep the following in mind, ‘What’s in it for the hiring manager?’”
  3. Be on brand with the company — “I love it when people send me contact requests or inquiries that sound like someone here wrote it. This tells me three things: First, you took the time to read our site and understand our personality. Second, you understand our brand enough that the learning curve when you start isn’t steep. See, I can already see you working here when you write in our voice. And finally, it tells me that you also see alignment.”
  4. Show examples of past work — “Nothing beats examples! Examples are awesome and help you stand out. If you have a portfolio, Slideshare, CredHive, links to documents, spreadsheets, reports, project plans, ideas, and presentations from Dropbox, send them.  It helps me see what you’ve done so that I can better imagine you working on our team.”
  5. Ask good questions — “You should be curious about our company, its trajectory, my management style, and the team. When you ask good questions, I can tell you are curious and that you are thoughtful. These are my top two desired skills.”
  6. Follow up smartly — “Nothing seals the deal like a smartly crafted follow-up message. The net, always send a thank you note. The real deal-sealer is when a little time has passed; the candidate sends me a news article or blog post that is thought provoking based on our conversation.”

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The Value of the Occupational Outlook Handbook

14 Jun

Evans on Marketing:

A great FREE career resource!

Originally posted on Zarb Means Business:

TheOccupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides a lot of job- and career-related information absolutely FREE. This site — which is regularly updated — is valuable for you no matter what stage of your career.

Here are just some of the types of information you can find at the site:

  • Median pay by occupation [You can even find a list of jobs whose median pay is $75,000 or more.]
  • Occupations by level of education
  • Positions that entail on-the-job training
  • The number of current jobs and job openings by occupation
  • The growth rate of jobs by occupation — projected to 2022

You can also find information by looking up specific industries and types ofoccupations. For example, in theBusiness and Financial Occupationscategory alone, there are 20 different occupations included.

Click on the OOH logo to get started!! :-)


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How the Wrong Words Can Hurt Our Self-Positioning Efforts

17 May

As we have discussed in numerous posts (click here, for example), the way we describe ourselves to others has a big impact on our success.

So, we should be very careful to not improperly use words, grammar, etc. that would adversely affect the way people think of us.

With this in mind, consider the “30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad,” as reported by Jeff Haden for Inc.. “Just like that one misspelled word that gets a resumé tossed into the ‘nope’ pile, using one wrong word can negatively impact your entire message.”

This is Haden’s list of 15 pairs of misused words. How many do YOU use improperly?

  1. Adverse and averse
  2. Affect and effect
  3. Criteria and criterion
  4. Discreet and discrete
  5. Elicit and illicit
  6. Farther and further
  7. Imply and infer
  8. Insure and ensure
  9. It’s and its
  10. Number and amount
  11. Precede and proceed
  12. Principal and principle
  13. They’re and their
  14. Who’s and whose
  15. You’re and your

To learn how to use these words correctly, click Joe Haden’s photo to read his full article.

 

 

Best U.S. Schools for Business Majors by Earnings: Zarb Is in the Top Twenty

15 Apr

Evans on Marketing:

Zarb Means Business!

 

Originally posted on Zarb Means Business:

Great news for Hofstra University graduates overall and for Zarb School grads in particular!

According to the2013-2014 PayScale College Salary Report, Hofstra graduates ranked 69th out of 1,017 colleges and universities. 

For Zarb School graduates, the news in this report was especially good. Zarb School graduates ranked in a tie for 19th for mid-career pay; and Zarb was listed among the “Best Schools for Business Majors.”

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Hats Off to HAMA

13 Apr

Evans on Marketing:

 
The strength of marketing at the Zarb School! :-)
 

Originally posted on Zarb Means Business:

Each year, the American Marketing Association   (AMA) holds a collegiate conference in New Orleans for several hundred student chapters. This year, HAMA (Hofstra’s student AMA chapter) did extremely well at the conference.

According to faculty advisor, Dr. Rick Wilson: “I’m pleased to announce that at this weekend’s American Marketing Association’s 36th Annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, HAMA was awarded a spot in the coveted ‘Top 25′ list of best performing AMA chapters in North America. There are a total of 351 chapters.”

“In all, the chapter took home the following awards:

  1. Top 25 Chapter status
  2. Outstanding Professional Development
  3. Outstanding Chapter Planning
  4. Outstanding Chapter Communications
  5. Honorable Mention for Marketing Week activities
  6. Honorable Mention for the Case Competition”

Here’s a photo of our winning team. Congratulations.

HAMA in New Orleans

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Careers in Marketing: Sharpen Your Digital Skills

1 Mar

In planning for the next phase of your career, think digital. There are — and will be — a lot of opportunities out there. :-)

 

 

Better Positioning Yourself for a Promotion

26 Feb

We’ve written a lot about the importance of self-branding as part of the career development process.

Here are some more tips. These are from Alexia Vernon (a career expert), writing for Careerealism.com, and relate to positioning oneself when seeking a promotion. Vernon offers six hints:

  1. Under promise, over deliver
  2. Be an intrapreneur
  3. Work on your internal company networking
  4. Balance short- and long-run thinking
  5. Do not be negative in any way
  6. Be your own advocate

Click the image to read Vernon’s discussion about these tips.

 

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