April 21, 2014

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

Dayna Steele - 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...]

Social media job hunting… for college students, too

Dayna Steele preparing for an appearance on 'Good Day Houston'

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...]

Party Like a Rock Star?

Dayna Steele - 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...]

Assuring Failure is Not an Option!

Dayna Steele - 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...]

I Like You But I Don’t Like Like You

Dayna Steele - 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

Dayna Steele "My First Rock Station"

“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...]

Now that school is back in session, are you?

College Speaker Dayna Steele and Stepson Cristopher Justiz

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...]

The Importance of Naming Your Cow

Dayna Steele - The Importance of Naming Your Cow

In the September 2010 issue of Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine, there is a great tidbit of information about cows. I know because I read it about six times that month. Seems that cows with names produce 68 more gallons of milk every 10 months than cows without names. Farmers who referred to their cows by name saw a spike in production. That made me think of Martha, who is not a cow by the way. I walk into the same post office in the same small town at the same time and say hello to the … [Read more...]

Are you one of the Unemployable Generation?

Dayna Steele "My First Rock Station"

"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...]

Homework: Lessons Learned from a Student

Dayna Steele - Homework: Lessons 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...]