April 30, 2016

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...]

Can You Identify a Campus Rock Star?

We rock. You rock. They rock. I am a rock star. He is a student rock star. She is a professor rock star. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. I spent years around real rock stars and I can tell you they are few and far between. What sets a rock star apart from everyone else is not talent. There are a lot of talented people in every industry, from the music industry to campuses everywhere to the real world. The true rock stars in any industry; the ones truly at the top of their game however, … [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...]

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...]

Homework: Lessons Learned from a Student

A class, a meeting with a mentor or a job interview? Are you prepared? If you are like me, this past year's Spring Break was great but it came and went along with a few dollars out of my wallet. The highlight? A trip to the offices of Roblox, a favorite online game for my teenage son. He had actually made the pilgrimage to the Roblox offices a year ago and was looking forward to talking again to fellow gamers at this fast-growing Silicon Valley start-up. We were ushered into a sparsely … [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...]

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...]

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 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...]