Trends in Executive Leadership

The Executive Leader of any organization carries a substantial amount of responsibility for the success of a business. Needless to say the investment in training and educating these leaders needs to be an ongoing priority. The landscape of business is constantly changing, therefore, it is important that the education of our leaders changes and adapts with it. In their article found in the Harvard Business Review, Mihnea Moldoveanu and Das Narayandas talk about how, “The need for leadership development has never been more urgent.”

As demand grows for executive education that is customizable, trackable, and measurably effective, new competitors are emerging. Business schools, consultancies, corporate universities, and digital platforms are all vying to provide skills development programs, and each player has certain advantages and constraints.


Moldoveanu, Mihnea and Narayandas, Das (2019, March). Educating the Next Generation of Leaders [Web log post]. Retrieved March 26, 2019, fromhttps://hbr.org/2019/03/educating-the-next-generation-of-leaders

Moldoveanu and Narayandas explain what the training and education opportunities for executive leaders have been as well as the trends we are seeing in this area now. They refer to as the “Personal Learning Cloud” or PLC as an up and coming method of executive leadership training. Essentially what they are referring to here are the online training courses and forums and any sort of social platforms where learning/education can be found at the click of a mouse. These are being sourced not only by traditional institutions but “upstarts” as they say. This clearly opens up the way for leaders to gain access to learning opportunities quicker and more conveniently and most likely at a lower cost point.

Companies are seeing a disconnect between the training their executive leaders are receiving and the actual practical application of that training on the job.


Chief learning officers find that traditional programs no longer adequately prepare executives for the challenges they face today and those they will face tomorrow. Companies are seeking the communicative, interpretive, affective, and perceptual skills needed to lead coherent, proactive collaboration. But most executive education programs—designed as extensions of or substitutes for MBA programs—focus on discipline-based skill sets, such as strategy development and financial analysis, and seriously underplay important relational, communication, and affective skills.
No wonder CLOs say they’re having trouble justifying their annual training budgets.
Executive education programs also fall short of their own stated objective. “Lifelong learning” has been a buzzword in corporate and university circles for decades, but it is still far from a reality. Traditional executive education is simply too episodic, exclusive, and expensive to achieve that goal. Not surprisingly, top business schools, including Rotman and HBS, have seen demand increase significantly for customized, cohort-based programs that address companies’ idiosyncratic talent-development needs. Corporate universities and the personal learning cloud—the growing mix of online courses, social and interactive platforms, and learning tools from both traditional institutions and upstarts—are filling the gap.


Moldoveanu, Mihnea and Narayandas, Das (2019, March). Educating the Next Generation of Leaders [Web log post]. Retrieved March 26, 2019, fromhttps://hbr.org/2019/03/educating-the-next-generation-of-leaders

It appears that more practical, ongoing (online) training is starting to come into favor versus the more traditional forms of education when companies are budgeting for their Executive Leadership training. The benefit of going this route is having a more flexible schedule as well a more tailor-made training program curated specifically for a particular business’s needs. This is will provide companies with a higher Return On Investment for the training of their Executive Leadership because it is less likely the leaders will be spending time and resources on material that will not translate directly into their roles within that company.

Additional Resources:
https://www.aesc.org/insights/thought-leadership

What is a Product Manager?

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Product Manager

Have you ever wondered what a Product Manager does? In this post, we will take a look at some details about what a Project Managers job portfolio might look like as well as the particular skill set that one might posess as a Product Manager.

The basic explanation of what a Product Manager does is this: they are the lead person when it comes to all aspects of a product. This individual is responsible for anything from the development/ improvements of said product(s) to the marketing and business strategies for the product(s) and everything in between. Think about the process involved in taking a concept from the drawing board to “launch day” and even beyond. All the minute details involved in a successful product management campaign all rest on the shoulders of a compentent Product Manager. Again this is a very basic definition of the work a Product Manager does but it gives you an idea of what one can expect from this professional.


The product manager is the person responsible for defining the why, when, and what of the product that the engineering team builds. This means they lead cross-functional teams from a product’s conception all the way through to its launch.


https://www.aha.io/roadmapping/guide/product-management/what-is-the-role-of-a-product-manager

In an article found in Transparent Career, you can see a list they created for the most popular companies to work for as a Product Manager. Among the list is Apple, Microsoft and Google to name a few. It is not a surprise to read the names on the article and see why any Product Manager would love to work for these industry leaders.

Product Management is an exciting profession it is both analytical and creative. So with that being said a Product Manager should possess both strong creative and analytic problem-solving. Here are a few skills and abilities that come to mind when describing a successful Product Manager:

  • Design skills/knowledge
  • Strong communication skills
  • Adaptability
  • Analytic thinker
  • Problem solving skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Market trend research/knowledge
  • Target audience research/knowledge

In an article found in the hubspot.com blog they go more in depth with what a Product Manager does as well as the different roles that might be carried out depending on the industry and products being managed. See article here.

If you are the kind of person that enjoys doing market research, loves creating design or marketing campaigns, thrives on creative problem solving and you have a visionary leadership mentality then being a Product Manager may be your career.

For information on salary range and popular companies to work for as a Product Manager refer to our previous post-Popular Careers and Employers in San Francisco, CA.


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Working with a Professional Resume Writer

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Professional Resume Writing

At Power Writers USA it is our job to help you stand out from the crowd. You may have wondered what you can expect from working with a Professional Resume Writer. Or perhaps you have questioned the benefit of hiring a professional writer to help with your resume. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and outline what you can expect when working with Power Writers USA.

First of all, it is important to look at your resume as an investment in your future. This document is going to be your initial point of contact with potential employers and we want to position you for instant impact when your resume lands in front of the employer or job recruiters.

Today’s job search methods are a bit different than what they used to be. With the ever-increasing drive for companies to streamline their hiring process, new software has been created to funnel prospective job applicants through a series of algorithms. This process is known as ATS which is short for Applicant Tracking System. In an article in SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com they define what ATS is and why it is so useful through the hiring process:


An applicant tracking system (ATS) is software that manages the recruiting and hiring process, including job postings and job applications. It organizes and makes searchable information about job seekers. As its name implies, an ATS tracks candidates through the hiring process. It helps scheduling, issues notification alerts and sends automated emails to candidates. But these systems are far more than organizers.

An ATS is also used to cull candidates. It conducts a preliminary analysis of the applicants to find the best fits for a job. The goal is to speed HR’s review of job applications and resumes. It may look for keywords or use AI-type algorithms that run a deeper analysis of the job applicant.


applicant tracking system (ATS) [Web log post]. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://searchhrsoftware.techtarget.com/definition/applicant-tracking-system-ATS

Power Writers USA ensures that all resumes are written for ATS optimization. So you can rest assured that your resume makes it through all the rankings and algorithms and lands in front of the right people. To learn more about what ATS is and how it works read this helpful article found in, SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com.

Another component of modern job searching is your LinkedIn Profile. Having a presence on LinkedIn keeps you dialed into the job market. Think of your LinkedIn profile as your personal advertising page. It provides you with an online space to highlight your education, career goals, and achievements. Power Writers USA understands the importance of a LinkedIn profile which is why one of the services we provide is LinkedIn Profile Optimization. It is important to note that your resume and LinkedIn Profile are meant to compliment each other. So keeping your LinkedIn profile updated with the information from your resume will help give prospective employers the most accurate and current information on your career history and goals. Your profile not only keeps you current but it also helps you streamline your job search because LinkedIn helps filter jobs based on keywords found in your profile.

In her article on Forbes.com Robin Ryan talks mentions one of the many beneficial elements of a LinkedIn Profile. She speaks to having recommendations on your profile:
“Recommendations are pure gold as they live forever on the profile”. You can read the full article here. So you can see how your LinkedIn Profile becomes a virtual extension of your hard copy resume. They are not carbon copies of one another rather they are used to complement one another.

Here is an example from linkedjetpack.com on what a good recommendation should look like and how beneficial it is for “selling yourself” to prospective employers:


“I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Peter. I had the pleasure of working with Peter for three years at the Big Corp, collaborating on several project teams. Peter’s ability to handle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic increase in the productivity level of our company. No matter how tense a meeting, Peter made sure everyone left with a smile. As a team member or a leader, Peter earns my highest recommendation.”

You can see how having a number of recommendations such as this on LinkedIn could potentially boost your appeal and put you ahead of your competition. Taking your raw data to formulate a streamlined and unique resume along with an optimized LinkedIn Profile is just two of the ways you will benefit from working with our Professional Resume Writers.

It is not uncommon for some to struggle with the ability to articulate who and what they are. Some of us find it very difficult to explain ourselves to others in a way that best highlights our achievements. All the elements are there for a strong resume but we need help compiling it into a cohesive format. Once all this data is collected and we have all our educational achievements and career accomplishments in front of us it can seem daunting to try and pull it all together while keeping in mind formatting and algorithms. This is where relying on a professional writer becomes invaluable.

It is not always easy to know exactly where we should be focusing our attention and efforts when it comes to our careers let alone job searching. Hiring a resume writer will help bring clarity to the various elements of your resume. Whether you are thinking about a career change or are looking to position yourself for advancement within your current job Power Writers USA has the knowledge and experience to craft an eye-catching resume for you.
Every resume written by Power Writers USA is custom made for each individual. As mentioned before the resume is also optimized for ATS.


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Books For Your Nightstand

This is a great article to read if you are considering writing your own resume.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

We here at Power Writers USA agree with Emily Delbridge’s statement:

“… building a career, unlike finding a job, is a lifetime pursuit”.


Delbridge, Emily (2018, December 24). The 9 best Career Books to buy in 2019 [Web log post]. Retrieved February 21, 2019, from https://www.thebalancecareers.com/best-career-books-4173929

We also know to navigate the constantly changing face of job economics and trends can be a daunting task. This is precisely why we dedicate ourselves to coming alongside our clients to assist them in building a fresh and dynamic resume. We believe a professional resume creates a strong foundation for any career path.

In her article, Emily Delbridge has curated a useful list of books for anyone interested in reading up on career advice.

For full article: Click here 

Doing your research on job market trends is definitely time well spent. It can be nice to have a list of books to help narrow your focus and perhaps provide some much-needed inspiration.


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Your resume helps put all the pieces together for a strong career portfolio.

Job Trends in 2019

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This is a great article to read if you are interested in learning forcasted job trends for 2019. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

Original article: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/5-job-trends-to-watch-in-2019/

The year 2018 put the spotlight on AI and workplace diversity, changing how the job market will run in 2019. Here are five shifts to keep an eye on.

With 2.27 million new roles added as of November, the year 2018 hosted a very strong job market, according to Glassdoor’s annual Job Market Trends report, released on Tuesday. Companies invested in artificial intelligence (AI) and workplace diversity in 2018, and these trends will continue to be develop in 2019, the report found.

SEE: Hiring Kit: Chief diversity officer (TechProResearch)

“After nine years of steady growth, 2018 saw one of the strongest job markets in a generation,” said Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain in a press release. “However, the world of work is forever changing. We’re witnessing a power shift as job seekers leverage their market position and employees make an impact with their voice. Plus, as technology matures, it’s changing how we work and the variety of jobs available.”

Here are the top five job market trends Glassdoor identified for 2019:

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1. Tech will change job search methods

Previous methods for hiring focused on job searches and applications using online job boards and email submissions. The year 2019, however, will build off of the AI developed in 2018, with machine learning-assisted job matching, according to the report. Rather than just aggregating job postings, sites will leverage machine learning technology and big data to generate job recommendations tailored to each candidate.

This way of hiring will prove beneficial for both candidates and employers, according to the report, by matching candidates with a job faster, and giving companies better quality applicants.

2. Focus on non-tech workers will increase

A trend that was already underway in 2018, tech companies will continue to hire more non-technical roles to develop their teams in 2019. Previously, tech companies and startups were focused on back-end development, hiring software engineers, data scientists, and developers to build organizations’ infrastructures. In 2019, the focus will be shifted to the front-end, with tech companies hiring account executives, project managers, operations managers, financial analysts, human resource representatives, and more. These jobs will help boost revenue and improve operations, the report found.

3. Job seekers and employers will face an economic recession

While the job economy was strong in 2018, the 2019 economy may be slowing down, according to the report. The odds of a full-blown recession in 2019 are low, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see one after another year.

4. The aging workforce will bring a talent shortage

There are currently more than 7 million job openings in the US, with not enough workers to occupy them, the report found. A big reason for this shortage is America’s aging workforce: The first wave of Baby Boomers reached retirement age in 2011, and millions more are expected to follow in the coming years. The result will be a smaller pool of experienced workers, and a complete overhaul of what American consumers will look like, according to the report.

5. Diversity will be supplemented with inclusion and belonging

While many companies highlighted and addressed gender and racial diversity in 2018, there is still a long way to go. While adding women and underrepresented groups to the payroll is a good start, in 2019 companies will place the focus more on making sure these people feel included.Inclusion and belonging is vital for a healthy corporate culture, the report found. Without these components, diversity programs will not succeed.

Whether it means making sure all employees are included in company events, are on the right track for a promotion, are represented for leadership, and more, organizations will be making inclusion a primary goal, according to the report.


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10 Essential Career Success Strategies

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Having a great cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn profile are only a small of helping to achieve career success.  This article covers 10 important topics you should strongly consider to give your career direction and meaning.

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Over the course of your lifetime you may spend 80,000 hours at work. Are you getting what you want from work? Are you excelling at your career? Here are 10 strategies to help you become more engaged and successful at work.

1. Ask yourself for directions

Career success, although different for everyone, occurs when your career direction aligns with who you are and what is important to you. To build a successful career, determine what success looks like for you. After you define success create your personal brand and then set and meet your career and life goals. When you master this success strategy, your efforts are channeled in the right direction to ensure your career brings personal and professional satisfaction.

2. Optimize your outlook

People quickly judge you on what you do and say, or even on how you look, walk, and talk. When you take care of yourself, manage stress, and demonstrate a positive attitude and confidence, others enjoy interacting with you and value your contribution. Mastering this career essential contributes to both your health and career success. When you have a positive attitude, believe in, and take care of yourself, your goals are easier to accomplish.

3. Put yourself in charge

It is tempting to blame others or the situation when things are not going the way you want. When you put yourself in charge of your career, you take ownership for your mistakes and accomplishments. You stand behind and are accountable for what you say and do. By taking ownership of your words and actions, you link your efforts to success and learn from mistakes. Others count on you and see you as determined, dependable, reliable, and dedicated, all qualities much needed and rewarded in the workforce.

4. Learn from everyone

Everyone can teach you something. To be successful, you need to pay attention to what others have to say. You benefit when you listen carefully, clarify expectations, and act on feedback from others. The benefits of learning from everyone include an increased ability to see multiple perspectives, exposure to helpful corrective feedback, and an opportunity to develop rapport. Many opportunities arise when you are open to, and eager to learn from, what others can offer.

5. Relate to anyone

Career success depends on expressing yourself clearly, directly, and diplomatically. When you express your perspectives and provide information and feedback effectively there is little room for miscommunication or misunderstanding. When you relate to anyone, you resolve conflicts and issues using a win-win approach so everyone benefits. You accomplish your goals by working cooperatively. Mastering this career success strategy provides you with a network of contacts willing to support the development of your personal brand.

6. Cultivate your curiosity

There is a wealth of facts and ideas available in our information and technology-focused society. When you cultivate your curiosity, you manage the large amounts of information available and become a lifelong learner. You are interested, up-to-date, knowledgeable, and aware. You understand your learning style, apply what you learn to work more effectively, and use learning strategies to retain important information. Others are confident in your ability to easily learn new skills and apply new information and will have you in mind when new opportunities or challenges arise.

7. Disentangle your thoughts

To be successful at work you need to hone and direct your thinking to best deal with the situation at hand. Disentangling your thoughts involves thinking about and then selecting the right approach, strategies, and tools when working on tasks, making decisions, or solving problems. As a result, you make well-thought-out decisions and solve problems effectively. Others see you as resourceful and strategic. You adapt and flex your thinking to use an appropriate combination of thinking modes including practical, creative, global, logical, and humanistic thinking.

8. Exceed expectations

Others need to know they can count on you to exceed their expectations and achieve exceptional results. To exceed expectations you prioritize, plan, organize your time and activities, and persist on tasks. You work to a high standard and continuously look for ways to improve your work. People see you as results oriented, productive, persistent, efficient, and effective. You show pride in your work and take initiative to do the best job you can. When others know you will do a good job, they feel confident offering you new and important tasks and projects to complete.

9. Thrive in uncertainty

Those who are successful in their careers accept that the world is rapidly changing. To thrive in uncertainty you need to take a heads-up approach to work. You observe patterns and trends and anticipate change so you can quickly adjust. When you thrive in uncertainty, you are seen as flexible and versatile. Others are confident in your ability to cope with unexpected changes. You make the most of opportunities by being adaptable and proactive. When you thrive in uncertainty, you create opportunities and position yourself for success.

10. Promote your progress

To create your success, you need to let others know your goals and aspirations so they can assist or guide your progress. As well as sharing goals, you can also promote your brand by highlighting your skills, interests, experience, and other valuable personal qualities. Self-promotion opens the door to opportunities by showing people who you are and what you can do.

Using these 10 Career Essentials will help you create career satisfaction and success on your own terms. Enjoy your journey.

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Career Advancement – How to Move Up at Work

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Having a shot at career advancement may come natural to a select few but for most of us it takes careful preparation and planning.  The more you know the better off you are.  This is a great article to help you move beyond your current position, if you are so inclined.  Of course we are here to help when you need!

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Career advancement, when we discuss it within the context of career development, refers to the upward trajectory of an individual’s  career. One can advance in a single occupation by moving up from an entry-level job to a management position, for instance. This growth may come after one gains experience, completes additional training, earns a degree, or receives certification.

Advancement may also come in the form of a career change from one occupation to a related one that has greater responsibilities.

Usually, the advanced position requires more experience and additional education. One example would be a physical therapy aide who goes to school to become a physical therapy assistant. Another is carpenter who becomes a construction project manager after getting experience and a degree.

Why You Need to Know About Advancement

When you are exploring an occupation, it is a good idea to learn what advancement opportunities are available to people who work in that field. If you are someone who needs new challenges and increasing responsibilities, you will become bored if your career lacks the opportunity to grow. Your boredom will likely lead you to become dissatisfied. Eventually, you will have to make a choice about how to proceed. You can resign yourself to spending your days unhappy with your work, or you can change your career. Making a transition to a new occupation isn’t easy—it takes time, energy, and money—and therefore many people are stuck in a dissatisfying career.

When reading a description of an occupation, look for information about advancement opportunities. You can also conduct informational interviews with people who work in the field about which you are thinking. Choose individuals who have a lot of experience. Ask them how their careers have progressed since they started working.

How did their entry-level jobs differ from what they are doing now? Inquire about what they expect to be doing in the future. Do they have hopes of climbing the corporate ladder or are they worried they are in a dead end job?

Also, ask the people you interview about their aspirations. Not everyone who has the opportunity to advance will take advantage of it. Remember, also, that the presence of the opportunity to move up, doesn’t necessarily mean you will have a boss who will give you the chance to grow. To progress in your job, you may have to find a new job that offers you mobility.

How to Advance at Work

If you are employed in an occupation that offers advancement opportunities and your employer is amenable to promoting from within, there are some things you can do to help things progress. You should:

  • Ask your boss to assign more challenging projects to you. This will let you demonstrate your willingness to take on more responsibility and give you a chance to prove that you can handle it.
  • Regularly check in-house job listings for higher level positions. Make sure you qualify for them before you apply.
  • Offer to help out others, including your boss, with difficult projects. Doing this will show that you are a team player.
  • Ask someone with more experience, for example, your mentor, for advice. She will be able to give you helpful pointers. Getting guidance about matters such as advancement is one of the best reasons to have a mentor, so if you don’t have one, try to establish that relationship as soon as possible.
  • Find out what additional training and certifications can help you advance in your career and then pursue them if you can. Learn about your employer’s tuition reimbursement policy. Your organization may foot the bill for your continuing education.

Is Anything Wrong With Being Happy Where You Are?

Not everyone strives to advance in his career. Some people are happy staying right where they are, and nothing is wrong with you if you feel that way. It doesn’t make you lazy or unmotivated. It is possible to work as hard, or harder, in an entry level positions than in a higher one.

You may know that you aren’t management material and that’s okay.

You should be aware, however, that a lack of desire for career advancement, doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t become bored with your job. If that happens, you can consider making a lateral move within your organization. This involves moving from one position to another with different duties but a similar level of responsibility. Unfortunately, this may mean your salary probably won’t increase either.

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4 essential pieces of career advice for the Class of 2017

Knowing how to enter the workforce is critical, this article, along with a professionally written resume will prove invaluable.  Power Writers USA also offers LinkedIn profile updates which are an important part establishing and maintaining a professional profile.  One obvious item that was missed in this article though was the power of having a professional resume.  Many grads don’t know how to properly write a resume and often miss key words, content, and formatting which will make the job search difficult.  I our opinion a professionally written resume and cover letter is the only way to go!  Contact us to discuss our packages which include resume writing, cover letter writing, CV writing, and LinkedIn profile updates.  

 

If you have a job in hand, congratulations. Now, start thinking about your next job.

Absolutely focus on doing your very best for your new employer, but have a plan on where you are headed next and let that guide you as you acquire skills and experiences.

If you are still on the job hunt — don’t panic, plan it.

FIRST A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE: YOU ARE NOT TRYING TO FIND THE JOB YOU ARE GOING TO RETIRE FROM.

It hasn’t been invented yet. Instead, look for any opportunity to gain experience and skill. Break it down: What are you most passionate about and what are four aspects of that passion? Answer a few questions: what do you do, how do you do it, where do you do it, with whom do you do it? Now, what are some of the jobs that fit these four aspects? Use those findings as a guide for keywords in an advanced search on indeed.com or careerbuilder.com to seek opportunities, like jobs, internships, and volunteerships.

NEXT, START AND THEN COMPLETE A LINKEDIN PROFILE.

Aim for 100/100. 100 percent complete and 100 professional contacts (not your buddies and BFFs, but real live professionals). Start with your alumni. See LinkedIn.com/alumni, this fantastic little hidden gem will surface all the alumni from your school in a dynamic dashboard that includes geographic location, company/organization, and job title. Click on one or more of the labels to sort alumni and you’ll be networking in no time. Ask to connect with them, but don’t send the pre-written standard message (which screams “I want to connect with you but I’m too lazy to write anything original”). Craft a short message that is personalized, like: “I’m graduating from xx institution in a few weeks and identified you on LinkedIn as someone I would like to speak with. I’m very interested in learning more about your career path and to get your advice on starting out in this industry.” You’ll be amazed at how many folks love to get this kind of message and will respond.

Also on LinkedIn, find out if there is an alumni group for your institution. If yes, join it then message the whole group that you are just graduating and would like to ask a few questions about transitioning to your career field(s). Avoid sounding desperate (“Someone pleeeez help me!”). Keep it professional, concise and authentic. You are asking for advice, not a handout.

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK IN WITH CAREER SERVICES AT YOUR SCHOOL.

I bet they have tons of connections and late-season hiring opportunities that alumni and companies are sending in. We get them all the time at my institution. Some of the coolest openings come in at the last minute, including over the summer after your graduation.

FINALLY, WHEN YOU LAND THAT JOB, LET YOUR ALMA MATER KNOW.

We all want to hear that you are doing great and good in the world. And, when you can, give back. Support the annual fund every year, even if it is a few dollars, and then, when you have a chance, answer the call from the seniors that follow you in the coming years who are asking for advice. Tell them not to panic; it will be all right.

Michael Sciola is Colgate University’s associate vice president of institutional advancement and career initiatives.

Original Article: http://college.usatoday.com/2017/05/11/4-essential-pieces-of-career-advice-for-the-class-of-2017/