November 30, 2015

Now that school is back in session, are you?

Four weeks with your friends and family were fun but now it is time to get back to the work at hand – securing your future so that one day (in the very near future), you can live the life you want to live. Here are five things you can do right NOW to help secure your desired future: Request a meeting with each of your instructors NOW, even those for basic subjects that have nothing to do with what you want to do for a living. Ask about their success – where they went to school, what they … [Read more...]

Party Like a Rock Star?

Wow. You’ve done it. You’ve finally graduated from high school and you’re off to college. You’ll be on your own with a car, an apartment, a college ID, freedom, and the ability to plan your own schedule and make your own decisions. Party! Not so quick. It is never too early to start branding yourself, monitoring your reputation, creating your “personal brand” being the key phrase this week. Whatever you call it, you are in charge of it and now is the time to begin. Print this list and … [Read more...]

I think I know why you don’t have a job

One of my posts on this blog  - Are You one of the unemployable generation? - focused on getting a job and staying employed, especially for college graduates. Here is a recent comment on that post. "OK Dayna. You’re clearly out of touch with the times. Getting a foot in the door was a great tactic in days of yore when getting a job meant job security, pay raises, and a career to call your own. Nowadays you’re lucky if your job lasts more than two years. My generation is constantly looking for … [Read more...]

I Like You But I Don’t Like Like You

I had a meeting with a 23 year old woman the other day. She was smart, funny, and attractive. I’ll never hire her for anything. Why? In the course of a 45-minute meeting, she used the word ‘like’ 157 times. Incorrectly. You are like in college like now and if you ever like plan to find a like job or something, you had better like learn not to like use the word like like when you are in like a meeting or like talking to a professor or like interviewing for a job. To use the word … [Read more...]

LinkedIn for Success: When You Start to Look for that First Job

“It’s not what you know but who you know.” That’s what I used to joke with the other radio personalities about as we sat backstage at the latest sold out show from the comfort of a VIP area with free food and drinks as well as full access to the stars of the band. Little did I know at the time, how true that phrase really is! Most job offers don’t come from strangers or filling out applications blindly online. They come from recommendations and referrals from people you know or people you … [Read more...]

Social media job hunting… for college students, too

From a recent segment I did for Great Day Houston on using social media to find a job. To start: Looking for a job is a full-time job, treat it as such. Plan to spend time on your efforts and be consistent with those efforts. Know what you want going in, a general idea is ok but some idea – what industry, what position, what location, what salary. Do your homework, Google that industry, position, location, salary as well as the person doing the interview and the competition. Google … [Read more...]

Assuring Failure is Not an Option!

As many students are taking a summer and a break from brain work, it is a good time to look back over what you have accomplished since the school year began last August or September. How are your grades? How is your state of mind? How do you feel about the future? Taking all of that into account, think ahead, past the summer fun and picture yourself next August or September. Can you do better? What can you do to think more positively? What is your plan for the future? Plan. There is … [Read more...]

Are you one of the Unemployable Generation?

"It’s not the job I want. It’s not the hours I want to work. It’s not the salary I want. It’s not in the city where I want to work." Really? What happened to getting your foot in the door, proving yourself and working your way into the position/salary/company/city you want? CNN is reporting a story that you are becoming the ‘unemployable generation.’ In Texas, we would call “them fightin’ words.” I took a job at a major market radio station as a secretary just to get my foot in the … [Read more...]

8 Lessons for College Success From Lady GaGa

The drive to succeed in college can come from a variety of sources. It could have been taught by your parents, it could have been brought on by an event in your past or maybe it was something someone once said that inspired you. For many of us, we were actually born this way! It doesn’t matter what your definition of success is, the formula for achieving it is usually the same. Taking a look at the most successful pop star currently on the planet, here is what we can all learn from the … [Read more...]

First Impressions: What Your Email Says About You

What does your email address and signature say about you? In short, everything. Often, your email is the first impression anyone will have of you, from the actual email name and address to the signature in the body of the email. Your email carries a lot of weight when someone is deciding what his or her first impression is of you. Start with your email name. It is probably best to use your full name or first initial and last name. Using just your first name may be a little too informal for … [Read more...]