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Announcements from April 2011

2011 College Grads Finding a Better Job Market

April 26, 2011

According to the USA Today, employers plan to hire 19.3% more recent college grads than last year.

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Top Paide Majors for the Class of 2011

April 26, 2011

Among the college Class of 2011, engineering dominates the list of top-paid majors, according to NACE's Spring 2011 Salary Survey.

Survey results indicate that engineering majors account for seven of the top 10 spots on the list. In fact, the only non-engineering major among the top-five highest-paid is computer science ($63,017), which is second on the list.

That four of the top five top-paid majors are engineering and all received average starting salary offers in excess of $60,000 strongly indicates the continued high demand for these graduates. Furthermore, the entire top-10 list underscores the interest employers have in hiring technical majors.

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Social Networking Tips for Grads

April 25, 2011

According to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey, more companies are recruiting on social networking websites than ever before. LinkedIn is the top site employers are using for recruiting (95%) but more than half of companies (58%) are using Facebook. 42% of companies are using Twitter.

This means that even if you're not actively using social networking sites for job seeking, and even if you're trying to keep it personal, there's a good chance that employers will find your profiles. That's why it's important to be aware that your social media presence can impact your job search - in a good way or in a bad way.

Here are social networking tips for grads, including how to use your social media presence as aid in getting a post-college job, as well as how to be sure you're online presence doesn't cost you a shot at employment.

Become a TIGER Job Seeker

April 20, 2011

There's been a lot of debate recently about the phenomenon of "tiger moms." While the call for tougher parenting may be controversial, however, it does raise an interesting idea. In this job market, in this economy, maybe what we need is tougher job seeking. Maybe the key to success is to refashion ourselves as tiger job seekers.

A tiger mom believes that she is teaching her kids critical life skills and values. While much of the media has focused on her instructional methods -- the punishments and deprivations -- it's the knowledge and habits she's conveying that are important to her. They are, she is convinced, the keys to a meaningful and rewarding life in the demanding new culture of the 21st Century.

Tiger job seekers don't teach others these skills and values, but instead, adopt them as their own. Their goal, however, is identical to that of tiger moms. They don't expect to use their expertise once or twice -- the conventional view of job search techniques. Instead, they believe these skills and values are the keys to a successful career in the ever-changing economy of the 21st Century.

What are the habits and values of a tiger mom? There are more than a few, but among the most important are:

  • A belief in the importance of hard work
  • An expectation of excellence in every pursuit
  • A commitment to personal responsibility
  • The conviction that learning is critically important and never stops

Let's look at each of these and see how they might apply to the tiger job seeker.

The Importance of Hard Work: A tiger mom believes success is only achieved with determined effort. A tiger job seeker invests the same commitment in their job search. For example, just as a tiger mom expects their child to forgo play until their homework is done, the tiger job seeker considers their job search a full-time job. They work relentlessly to make and leverage contacts, research employers and uncover employment opportunities, apply for openings and build their personal brand. They stay at it when they're tired as well as when they're fresh, when they're discouraged as well as when they're up, and on weekends and holidays as well as during the normal business day.

An Expectation of Excellence in Every Pursuit: A tiger mom holds her kids to a very high standard in everything they do. A tiger job seeker holds themselves to a similar benchmark in the way they practice their job search. For example, just as a tiger mom expects her child to practice a piano piece until it is perfect, the tiger job seeker practices the art of networking until they master it. Whether they're an introvert or an extrovert, they work continuously to perfect their ability to build professional relationships both with their peers, and prospective bosses. They learn the best practices for expanding and reinforcing their contacts and use them effectively at both meetings in the real world, and in discussion forums on the Web.

A Commitment to Personal Responsibility: A tiger mom encourages her kids to take responsibility for achieving their dreams. A tiger job seeker believes it's up to them to determine the outcome of their job search. For example, just as a tiger mom will get a tutor for their child but expect the child to do their homework, a tiger job seeker is proactive about acquiring the assistance of counselors and colleagues, but accepts that it's their job to put themselves back to work. Hard as it is to do in this economy, they hold themselves accountable for the outcome of their effort and will make whatever adjustments they must to optimize their chances of success. If that means moving outside their comfort zone or making a change in what they've always done to find a job, that's exactly what they'll do.

The Conviction That Learning is Critically Important and Never Stops: A tiger mom expects her kids to acquire the habit of learning and practice it continuously. A tiger job seeker sees it as their job to transform themselves into someone employers always want to hire. For example, just as a tiger mom urges her child to explore music or the arts to express their talent, a tiger job seeker constantly strives both to increase the depth of their knowledge in their profession, craft or trade, and to add ancillary skills that will enable them to use that core expertise in a wide range of situations and circumstances. They are the person whose resume details a track record of continuous development and an entry that indicates that, even while they are in transition, they are still acquiring new skills or refreshing old ones.

Regardless of what you think of a tiger mom's approach to parenting, the skills and values she inculcates in her kids will go a long way toward helping them overcome challenges and succeed in life. To overcome challenges and succeed in today's job market, those in transition would do well to adopt the same skills and values, and transform themselves into tiger job seekers.

Source: Peter Weddles (

Google Code Jam 2011

April 14, 2011

Do you enjoy solving tough problems and grappling with technical challenges? Then enter Google Code Jam 2011

Google Code Jam is a programming competition in which professional and student programmers are asked to solve increasingly complex algorithmic challenges in a limited amount of time. The contest is all-inclusive: Google Code Jam lets you compete in the programming language and development environment of your choice.

The competition consists of four online rounds, starting on May 6th and culminating in the world finals at Google's office in Tokyo, Japan.

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