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A former NFL player turned career expert shares advice every recent college grad needs to know once they land that first job
This isn't your dad's job market. Things have changed. From career paths to emerging industries, to the Gig economy and automation, it's all different today, says Nick Murphy, a former NFL player and now CEO of Mid-America Careers, a job site that connects the Midwest's best and brightest talent with the region's top employers. Murphy, who was a punter with the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, provided these tips for the recent college grad on how to succeed in their career once they land a job:
1. Have a plan
Your career is just getting started, and while you may feel like you executed your plan of earning a degree and landing a job, you must have a career plan as well. Chances are your first job out of school isn’t going to be your last. Amen.
Because of that, it’s critical to understand what you’re looking to learn and experience in your first role. If your first job is a stepping stone to another job – say Business Development Manager to Enterprise Sales Executive - understand what you’ll need to be great at in your future role to be successful. How can your current role / team / company provide you with opportunities to learn and experience other aspects of the business that may not be directly in your job description?
"As the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail," says Murphy. "Always think about what’s next and use the resources at your disposal to help prepare you for it."
2. Be self-aware
No one knows what they don’t know. But let me assure you that know a lot less than you think you do. The key is to quickly learn where your gaps are and look for opportunities to fill them in by observing, contributing to or learning from other employees across departments.
For example, you may know how to sell advertising, but do you understand the indirect factors that influence your pricing? The competitive landscape? The perception and needs of the prospects you sell to? How they measure your product or service’s value? Do you understand the internal components of supply chain, logistics and margin necessary to provide great products at a competitive price? If not, start learning ASAP.
3. Don't listen to your mom or dad
With rare exception, the career advice you get from mom or dad is going to be downright harmful. But don’t worry, they still love you and mean well. It’s just that the working world has changed a lot since your parents were in your shoes. “Start at the bottom and work your way up,” doesn’t work anymore. Career advancement happens on purpose through planning, awareness, opportunism and hard work. What worked for your Mom and Dad when they graduated college likely won’t work for you in 2017.
4. Find a mentor
Your greatest assets inside your new company are your coworkers, but likely not your direct supervisor. Find a mentor on Day One and make sure that that person understands that you are eager to learn. Absorb everything and be a sponge. Pay attention to how they speak, how they dress and their reputation inside the organization.
What you learn may not be exactly how you choose to do your job, but being mentored by a well-respected tenured employee can help you avoid common pitfalls related to performance, internal politics, and more.
If you are a recent college grad and landed a new job – congrats, you are on the right track. But if you don’t have a career plan in place, you will progress without any direction – and others will pass you up.
If you aren’t happy with your current role and want to start exploring new jobs and opportunities, contact Matt Krumrie to help update your resume, and start taking the next steps to a new job and new opportunity.
Asia's leading Artificial Intelligence and big data start-up JobTech challenges Google to a head-to-head race to see who can match job seekers with their dream jobs more accurately. Google VP Vint Cerf responded they will consider the challenge.
JobTech, Asia's leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Analytics Company, issued a challenge to Google through a letter sent to Vint Cerf, Google's VP and Chief Internet Evangelist.
The letter, emailed to Cerf on Monday, stated: "We hope to have the opportunity to benchmark JobTech with Google for Jobs. We would like to propose a competition between JobTech and Google for Jobs on the accuracy of job matching."
Cerf responded to the challenge, saying he will raise it internally for consideration.
JobTech, a Singapore start-up launched in late 2016, applies deep machine learning and distributional semantics technologies to help people find work and to help employers identify the right employees. The team has created a skills graph made up of more than 50 million datapoints from across Asia. The graph gives invaluable insights into regional skills, competencies and job opportunities.
"Vint Cerf's response has invigorated our team," said JobTech co-founder Wee Tiong Ang. "We are thrilled and humbled that he took time to read our letter and respond."
Ang said: "When Google announced Google For Jobs, we were excited as it validates the pioneering work we'd done in Asia with JobTech. We've built an AI engine that can process local nuances in this diverse region with Asian language capabilities in Vietnamese, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, and English. Asia is our wheelhouse. We may not be Google, but JobTech has spent 10 years developing this deep technology that crunches jobs data faster and more accurately than ever before; and we are ready to put our money where our mouth is."
"We want a friendly challenge with Google and look forward to pitting our team against theirs."
JobTech hopes to prove that its technology is more efficient and accurate in job matching than Google. JobTech has proposed that in the challenge, each team will be racing to find the perfect job for a job seeker in Singapore, or in the region.
Co-founder Ang said: "The best outcome obviously, is a win against Google, but we are also excited for the chance to compete alongside great engineers who've built the most powerful search engine in the world. We can certainly learn from each other."
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Job reports often project future in-demand jobs, but those demands may go unanswered if these careers do not align with the interests of young people – the individuals who will fill the jobs of tomorrow. Exploring, a co-ed career-development program created by the Boy Scouts of America, today released the findings of its Career Interest Survey that sheds light on what today's young people actually want to be when they grow up. The survey highlights the need for programs that help bridge young people's career interests with in-demand careers through hands-on experiences.
The survey, which was fielded in 2016 to more than 150,000 students from 8th to 12th grade, gauged interest in more than 200 career options and resulted in a top 10 list that ranged from in-demand medical positions like nurses and physicians to more aspirational positions like professional athletes, singers, and actors. The survey also revealed that childhood ambitions evolve with maturity. Middle school respondents were twice as likely as their twelfth grade counterparts to select careers in athletics and the arts, while interest in health and business careers increased as respondents entered high school. In fact, the most popular careers were in STEM-related fields with 45 percent of respondents expressing the most interest in careers such as physician, mechanical engineer, computer programmer or marine biologist, with the health care field drawing the most interest.
"As a society, we must take the question of 'what do you want to be when you grow up' and flip it on its head. It's a difficult question for many young people to answer and one they shouldn't have to answer on their own. We must show youth the vast opportunities that exist and explain how their current interests can lead to a rewarding career in the future," said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. "Exploring creates a foundation tomorrow's leaders by allowing youth to explore their interests, discover new talents and begin to chart a path for the future."
The Exploring program offers young people, ages 10 through 20, the opportunity to spend time in the workplace and learn directly from professionals. These youth gain valuable real-world experiences to help them determine how their interests could translate into career options. Although the Career Interest Survey primarily helps match students with the workplace experiences that best match his or her interests, survey results also point to important emerging trends about America's future workforce.
Health Care is Hot
Four of the 10 most popular career options cited by survey respondents were in the health care field, an area that is expected to grow in the coming years as the U.S. population grows older. Other science and engineering fields drew interest from 18 percent of respondents, with mechanical engineer rounding out the top 10 fields garnering the most student interest. The top 10 most popular careers include:
1. Registered nurse
2. Professional athlete
5. Athletic trainer/sports medicine
8. Veterinarian/Veterinary technician
10. Mechanical engineer
Skilled Trades May Continue to Face Labor Shortages
Only 3 percent of survey respondents expressed interest in one of the skilled trades, and nearly half of those – 46 percent – are interested in automotive work, a field that may experience decreasing demand as vehicle technology advances.
Gender Gaps Persist in Numerous Fields
Female respondents expressed less interest in engineering, business and trades than men, while male students expressed less interest in healthcare, social services, and arts and humanities.
"In addition to informing career choices, the workplace experiences provided through Exploring can help debunk some of the stereotypes and social patterns that persist today," Surbaugh said. "If we can help students see that people from all walks of life can succeed in a wide range of fields, we can open their eyes to career opportunities that they may not have previously considered."
More than 2.8 million young people have participated in the Exploring program since its founding in 1998. To learn more about how to get involved in Exploring, visit www.exploring.org.
About the Exploring Program
The Exploring program is available to youth through Learning for Life, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that provides character, leadership, and career education programs through sponsoring agencies or groups. The Exploring Program is currently offered in nearly 5,000 units nationwide, serving over 110,000 young men and women. To learn more about Exploring and experience all that this program has to offer youth, business leaders and the community, visit www.exploring.org.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be "Prepared. For Life.®" The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.
Survey Methodology: A total of 151,628 respondents were surveyed in 2016. Ten thousand of them completed the survey online and the balance completed the survey using a paper Scantron form. In total, the students could pick from 209 careers grouped into 12 categories.
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Career site Nurse.org released a new report featuring "real-world" salary rankings by state for registered nurses.
The list considers base pay along with cost of living -- a more meaningful salary comparison for nurses looking to advance their careers by relocating.
"We realized that nurses could benefit more from salary data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics if it contained a cost-of-living dimension. The combined data would offer a more accurate view of how far their salaries might go," said Phillip Lee, Product Manager for Nurse.org.
"A nurse making $80,000 in New York technically earns more than a nurse making $70,000 in Texas," explains Lee, "but when you factor in New York's 40% increased cost-of-living, it's a completely different story."
To address this gap, data analysts at Nurse.org compared salaries to regional cost-of-living data. The result is a real-world look at earning power. Nurses can now use the data to compare their current salary to their true earning potential in another state.
The report contains some surprises. California, despite its relatively high cost of living, pays its nurses more than any state on a cost-of-living-adjusted basis. Nevada took the second-highest spot on the list, thanks in part to its lower living costs.
On a non-adjusted basis, California is still number one, but Hawaii takes the second spot. Factor in cost of living, and Hawaii drops well down the list to 13th.
Rounding out the top ten after California and Nevada on the list of top "real-world" nurse salaries is Alaska (No. 3), Oregon (No. 4), Massachusetts (No. 5), Washington State (No. 6), New Jersey (No. 7), Texas (No. 8), Arizona (No. 9), and Minnesota (No. 10).
In addition to adjusted salary data, the rankings report includes effective income tax rates, hourly and annual salary, and number of RNs employed in each state.
With this report, Nurse.org wishes to help the estimated 2.7 million working nurses in the U.S. work where they want to without sacrificing quality of life.
View the full report
Nurse.org is a Bellevue, Wash.-based website that helps nurses take the next step in their careers. Offering a robust job board, frequent articles, and hospital reviews, Nurse.org is in the business of empowering nursing professionals.
Writing a resume is hard. Writing a resume that gets through an applicant tracking system, or actually read by a human, can be even more challenging. But there are tricks, and steps job seekers can take, to ensure there resume actually is read by a human.
Consider these tips from Henry Goldbeck, President of Goldbeck Recruiting, a recruitment agency for mid-to senior-level professionals across North America and Worldwide.
Start by researching the company and/or individual who is recruiting for the position where you would like to apply. Using that information, follow these five strategies to get your resume read by a human.
1. Connect via email: If you find the actual email address of the recruiter, find a common interest. Mention something personal that you have in common with the individual to whom the resume is being sent. For example, “Wow, we both love horses. I have been show jumping since I was a kid, that is awesome. I am really pleased to be able to apply for this position. I hope my resume is suitable.”
How do you know if the person you are sending the resume to likes horses, or baseball, gardening, or world travel? By research, of course. Try to learn about a person once you get that contact info. Research their LinkedIn profile. Try to find them on Twitter, or Facebook, and learn what you can about them, to try and make a personal connection. If you know someone at the company who gave you this person's info, ask your contact for any information that connects the both of you.
2. Mention something related to the company and position you are applying for: “The new branch you are opening looks like it is going to be in a great location to service the toothpick industry in the north west of the state. I imagine ACME will be one of your big competitors for the business. I would be excited to be part of making this branch a big success.”
3. Find a common connection, colleague or reference who can send an email to the recruiter asking that they look at your resume: If applications are to a non-personal email address, find out who the recruiter is and their email address and send a separate cover letter to the personal email alerting them that you have forwarded your resume.
4. Make sure that your resume is clear and easy to read: You don't need a fancy resume, it's not about layout, it's about substance. But make it easy to read - short sentences, no long paragrpahs, bullets, and space. A resume should breathe. Avoid typeface that is too small, and too much dense prose as opposed to clear bullet points. Make it really easy to see and understand who you are, where you have worked (including in what capacity you have worked), and what you have achieved.
5. Video link: Put a link to a short intro video in your cover letter or email so they can see how bright and terrific you are.
This really happened: A sales rep wanted to be interviewed by the president/major shareholder of a national media conglomerate. After several unsuccessful attempts the applicant dressed a full-sized dummy in a business suit, put a folded resume addressed to the President in the front breast pocket and delivered it to the reception of the company. He was called that day for an interview. Did not get the job though. But remember, a resume doesn't get one a job, it gets an interview.
If your resume is struggling to get noticed, either by a human or through an applicant tracking system, contact Matt Krumrie for assistance with updating your resume.
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for CollegeRecruiter,