Job Shadowing Can Save Time, Money, and Remorse

Man standing and facing very large shadows.Recently, I had the privilege of serving on a panel to judge presentations given by high school seniors regarding their career and educational plans. Over the course of several days, I listened as graduating students, accompanied by their PowerPoint presentations, detailed how they planned to pursue their careers, continue their educations, and achieve various personal goals in their lives.  The high school had made online resources available to students to assist them in learning about which careers would be consistent with their personal interests and desires, and the students then investigated what it would take to enter those careers, looking at the educational requirements, finding out which colleges offered applicable programs, etc.

As you might expect, the goals were as varied as the personalities and interests of the students who envisioned them.  Some planned to enter the military to gain experience, travel, and receive college assistance benefits. Others saw themselves pursuing lengthy and academically challenging paths ultimately leading to becoming physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers. Some sought to become self-employed entrepreneurs, mechanics, accountants, or involved in various creative arts. Continue reading

Is Your Social Media and Online Presence Trashing Your Chances of Getting Hired?

Close-up of electronic device screen showing several social media icons.How’s your job search or career change going?  Let’s see, got your required training or degree?  Check.  Have the required amount of work-related experience?  Check.  Have the necessary skills?  Check.  Got any required credentials (licenses, certifications, etc.)?  Check.  Got a good list of professional references?  Check.  Feel that you did well on the recent job interviews?  Check.

So, why aren’t employers beating down your door with job offers?

Maybe potential employers have, or at least think they have, insight about you personally.  They think they know the kind of person you are, your attitudes about people and things, and they don’t like what they see.  They know you were on your best behavior during the interview, but recognize that the “real you” will come out once you are hired and on the job.  Despite what they saw during the interview, now they are scared and unsure.  How can they possibly make such assumptions about you? Continue reading