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It’s never too early to make a bad impression.

A cover letter or introductory email is often the first thing a potential employer sees when reviewing a job applicant. It’s the first opportunity to impress recruiters and hiring managers and, therefore, the first opportunity to disappoint them. Everything from copy mistakes to inappropriate jokes in a cover letter could derail an application.

Read the attached article for some terrible, yet funny mistakes to avoid!

(to read article, click on the highlighted title blocked in black)

The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
Dale Carnegie

Social Media Background checks are HERE!!! Prepare yourself before going in to that job interview. Don’t you want to be in control of the information available?


Get in the know!!!

The attached document (click the title text above!) is a copy of the newest form of pre-employment screening.  The social media background check is an extensive review of a candidates online presence and activity.  The point of the background check is to establish whether or not the candidate is involved in unethical or illegal activity, to pre-determine the candidate’s interest and motivation towards his chosen career and to decide how influencial the candidate is. 

Why does any of this matter?

As of July 2011, the FTC has authorized companies to provide reports on an individual’s online actions by reviewing up to seven years worth of publicly available records. These records include everything from what you might say and post on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to Craigslist ads and personal blog posts.

How would you do?

You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.
Steve Jobs
5 Tips For New College Grads Looking For Jobs

Pulled from @resumebear 

Because companies and organizations are making more “just-in-time” hiring decisions, the summer hiring season looks brighter for new college graduates who are still looking for a job.

Instead of hiring for what they think they will need in the future, employers are hiring more for what they need right now, says Ladd Flock, Director of Career Services at Wake Forest University. That means two things for job-seekers: they need to keep in close touch with their college career centers this summer to be aware of new openings and they need to respond immediately when a job is posted.

More hiring is likely to take place outside the traditional fall and spring recruiting cycles, he adds. And, new college graduates need to be ready for opportunities that will come up in the summer months. Some employers, who made a few hires earlier in the year are coming back to campuses looking for additional job candidates as they get funding for additional positions.

Hiring is up 5.3 percent nationally for the Class of 2010, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and hiring is not over for the year. A steady flow of job listings keeps coming into Wake Forest’s Office of Career Services. “We’re still getting phone calls and emails from companies that have job postings right now,” Flock says.

Flock provides five tips for new college graduates job-hunting in the summer months:

1. Apply quickly. If your university provides an online service with updated job postings, check them every day. Many employers are giving job candidates only a few days to submit an application.

2. Update contact information with your university’s career services office. Make sure the career services staff can reach you with a job lead that matches up with your skills and interests.

3. Polish your resume and update details that may have changed since graduation.

4. Find out what services your university’s career office offers to graduates. Just because you have graduated does not mean they cannot help you.

5. Connect immediately with your university’s alumni clubs in the cities where you might like to work. Alumni are a wonderful resource for new graduates and often open doors to help a new graduate get an interview or a job.

SOURCE Wake Forest University

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If you don’t brand yourself, someone else will.  Be shameless, avoid being generic and figure out your uniqueness.  Own it!