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Carrie Robinson
Naples, Florida
College-Bound, College and 20-Somethings Career Coach, Providing Young Individuals With a Competitive Edge!
Interests: belly dancer, career success radio show co-host, fitness instructor, portrait model, betty boop fan, sea glass collector, vintage belly dance costume addict, helping others find true passion in their lives!
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This great article posted in Kiplinger discusses some great ideas for part-time jobs for college students. The author states: "Throughout college, I found myself torn between growing up and saving the whole “adult thing” for after graduation. One factor in this mental balancing act was working part-time. I needed the money, but I didn’t want a job to take up all of my free time. Ultimately, with a bit of time management and the right attitude, a part-time job actually enhanced my college experience. I felt more in control of my finances -- and I didn’t have the guilt of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
LinkedIn continues to accelarate in its popularity as THE online networking and social media application for business and professional use. I recently came across an EXCELLENT article -- targeting college students -- that equally applies to ALL USERS of LinkedIn -- Me too! You too! The articles offers 48 essential LinkedIn tips -- including some you probably haven't considered before. Check them out by clicking the link below, and special thanks to Jasmine Hall at "Online Colleges.net" for providing this list. 48 Essential LinkedIn Tips Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
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Thanks to guest blogger, Michael Robinson...great thoughts from a cycling athlete. A sports resume in general is a great thing to have if you are a serious athlete. A “race resume” to a cyclist, is just as important as a resume for your career. Even if you’re just starting out racing and are not too serious about it right now, you should still consider putting a resume together. If you keep up with your resume, its quick, easy, and can save a lot of hassle in the future. If you’ve ever submitted for an upgrade with USA Cycling and didn’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Look around, the most powerful social media site in the world for business networking is LinkedIn. Ask anyone and they will tell you it is LinkedIn whether or not they are actually on LinkedIn. Just to give you an idea of the power, I will share with you some basic facts: LinkedIn was founded in 2003. In month one LinkedIn had 4,500 users. Today, there are over 100 million users on LinkedIn worldwide and over half of those users are in the United States. Here are the number of connections I have on LinkedIn worldwide today: I have 11,787 first... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Social Media Expert, Miriam Salpeter says it all in her article in Money.usnews.com For those of you who know me, you know I love to stand and yell from my pedestal (I am 4'10"), "Get on LinkedIn now and by the time you graduate, your network can be incredible". According to Miriam, LinkedIn is the best designated professional network and the first social network job seekers should consider using to find opportunities. Yet job seekers without much workforce experience may wonder whether LinkedIn is useful for them. If you don’t already know a lot of people who are using LinkedIn,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Many college students choose to work when they're in school. Here is the list of the pros and cons that I thought through to ultimately decide to work. PROS: 1. Earn Money One of the main benefits of working while in college is to help pay all the costs involved in earning a degree. Even with my own savings, financial aid such as grants and loans, and some of my parents' money, I was still short. I had to get a job to make ends meet; otherwise I could not earn my degree. 2. Gain Experience Working in the real... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
I found this interesting article in AARP (it is for everyone!). After months or years of job hunting, are you convinced that the state that you live in may be holding you back from better career options? Relocating may help increase your chances of finding a job, but evaluate your situation before you take that leap. You may be unaware of some of the hidden perks that your state has to offer. Personal finance website MoneyRates.com chose the following factors to analyze when compiling its top 10 list of best states for earning a living: Average wage Unemployment rate State... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Laurence Shatkin posted this blog on the Career Success Community. He drove home a great point...thank you notes are one of the keys to success. The post-interview thank-you note (in scope, it should be more of a note than a letter) serves at least three purposes. First, it shows courtesy, thus adding to whatever rapport you accomplished in the interview. This is important, because a major question in the interviewer’s mind, entirely apart from your technical skills, is whether you’ll be a nice person to work with. You can reinforce this impression by handwriting the message on attractive note stationery,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
The latest QS MBA Jobs & Salary Trends report is out. If you were to summarize the report’s content as a whole with a thumbs up or thumbs down, it would be thumbs up. I’ve listed some of the key findings below. You can read the full report here. MBA Demand · In the States, MBA hiring was up 9 percent last year. · The hottest MBA market is Asia, followed by Russia, then Latin America, and the U.S. What Industries are Hiring? · “MBA consulting jobs are forecast to be back at record levels by 2011, with a 19%... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Home from Spring break and all you want to do is sleep in, relax, go to the beach, hang out with friends and family. These are all well deserved relaxing things to do. However, it is a great time to think about interactions with friends, acquaintances and family as a way to do some in-person networking. While you are doing the the things fun and relaxing...things you love to do, take it one step further and let others know what you are doing at school, i.e., talk about your major, classes you are taking, your career aspirations, and your sports... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Blog Source: Author Laurence Shatkin, contributing author for the Career Success Community. Laurence is an expert in career information systems, and now in books about careers for JIST Publishing, he has focused his career on providing accurate, easy-to-use career information. Careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are an interest of mine. I have blogged about them several times, have presented about them at conferences, and have written a book about them (Quick STEM Careers Guide). Next month, JIST will publish my STEM Careers Inventory. The United States needs a steady supply of STEM-prepared college grads to fill the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Excellent inspirational and motivational "Just Do It!" speech by Art Williams, founder of A.L Williams and Associates. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Among Class of 2011 graduates, accounting majors are receiving the most job offers, according to results of NACE’s Winter 2011 Salary Survey. Private (first) and public (third) accounting positions account for two of the top three spots on the list of top jobs for 2010-11 bachelor’s degree graduates. Rounding out the top five spots are jobs in consulting (second), financial/treasury analysis (fourth), and sales (fifth). Top Jobs for 2010-11 Bachelor's Degree Graduates* Job Function Average Salary Offer Accounting (private) $50,708 Consulting $59,933 Accounting (public) $45,395 Financial/treasury analysis $52,689 Sales $42,162 Investment banking (sales and trading) $65,291 Management trainee (entry-level mgmt.)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Compare these two statements: “Proactive leader of manufacturing teams.” “Achieved a 20% increase in productivity by reorganizing manufacturing teams.” The first statement uses the buzz word“proactive” but is unsupported by facts. The second statement would light up the eyes of any manufacturing executive or recruiter. Every time buzz words take over from substantial fact, your resume becomes weaker, until it could apply to any job applicant anywhere. But your goal is to stand out, to become the one candidate everyone wants to meet. To achieve, that, you have to throw out the buzz words and become specific. Compare these two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
I have a friend who visits the local high schools quite often to to talk about our local running programs. He told me he could always tell the athletes in the classrooms because they were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. What he meant was these students were alert and focused. He also mentioned they were well groomed. I tend to agree with him on this observation. Students who are athletes tend to be very focused and take good care of themselves, mind and body. I just spent the weekend in Gainesville, Florida with a group of cyclists from my son's school, Mars... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Ted Heckman's blog on How Things Have Changed has some great insight. My son is a college sophomore and often I talk about the "old" days and how things have changed. Back in the "old" days, I became a Finance major in college because I knew I would make good money and jobs were abundant. It also helped that I worked for the FDIC who paid for my college tuition and expenses. When I graduated, I remained with the FDIC for a while but over the years I had numerous offers and opportunities enabling me to move from one financial... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
I found this great article and it really sums it up in a nutshell. Your resume will become the total "package" if you can make these changes. Try this: Pick up your resume and scan it for 15 seconds. Now put it down and write down what you can remember. Now ask yourself, “Would I call this person?” If your executive resume does not have a clear value proposition that compels someone to call you, then you need to make some changes. Here are 4 ways to do that and immediately improve your results. 1. Have a clear value proposition.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
I found this wonderful article and it made me think about how resilient I have become over the years. These four excellent points cover why I am more resilient. “The truth is, everything that has happened in my life… that I thought was a crushing event at the time, has turned out for the better.”--Warren Buffett (1930- ), American businessman and philanthropist resilience: noun: an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change (from Merriam-Webster) We all fail from time-to-time (our doing, someone else’s doing, somethingelse’s doing, a combination of each). It’s life. To be resilient… Focus... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Naples Philharmonic with several good friends. We were guests of Myra Daniels, Founder and CEO of the Naples Phil and Mitch Norgart, Director of the Naples Philharmonic League. What a memorable experience our evening was from sitting in the best seats in the house to the Behind the Curtains Event. The featured artist of the evening was Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist, TIM FAIN. He was selected as one of Symphony Magazine's Up-and_Coming Young Musicians, was a Strad magazine "Pick of UP and Coming Musicians," was heard as the "voice" of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
If you are doing an internship or starting your first job read this article! Do you know how to be irreplaceable? Is there such a thing? In truth, no one is indispensable. People come and people go. But that does not mean you cannot strive to be irreplaceable. To strive to be irreplaceable will make you almost indispensable. Almost is the key word. But almost will give you the competitive advantage in terms of salary increment and promotion opportunity. In order to get ahead at work you need to get more done. Eventually the employee that gets more done will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
I found this wonderful article on Beliefnet that is completely inspiring. For all the graduating high school and college seniors, please take a moment to read this. While you still may be seeking your first job upon graduation or seeking to get into the college of your choice, remember that life is a series of challenges but it is those challenges that make us who we are. You can choose how you face those challenges. Will you choose to face them head on and grow from them or will you choose to be defeated and not learn from your experience?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
I found this great blog this morning that has to make you sit up and think of all the wonderful, fun jobs there are out there. Is there something you have been thinking about that you thought might be crazy...maybe it is not! Nearly everyone in the world needs to work - it’s the only way most people can get their hands on money. Some people go to school until they have a pile of degrees stacked to the moon - metaphorically speaking - hoping that will land them their dream job. Some are blessed with physical gifts that make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
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Guest Blogger Maria Rainer shares her insight on eating well. As a recent college grad, I can speak from experience: unless you take charge of your meals ahead of time, you’ll end up with pizza and beer. And while that’s tasty and fine for one meal a week, you really shouldn’t be gorging yourself on those particular items every night… or morning, either. Not convinced? Check out these reasons for eating healthy while you’re in college, then find a few recipes to try from my list of quick, easy, healthy, and even cheap meals. Yes, I know about that whiny... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
I discovered this wonderful sight for Case Interview information ===> Case Interviews. It is comprehensive and up-to-date and provides excellent examples by case type. Top 10 Case Interview Tips: 1. Listen to the introduction – Do not think ahead to your answer(s). 2. Ask 1-2 clarifying questions, if necessary – Begin to formulate a hypothesis in your head, and test if they are reasonable. While asking these questions, you buy yourself a few moments to postulate. 3. Do not ask for every piece of data. Some interviewers will try to overload you up front with meaningless data. If you ask... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!
I just read this great article in Bloomberg Businessweek, WHY ETIQUETTE SCHOOLS ARE THRIVING, The Fact is Today's Young Professionals Need to Be Told How to Dress and Act by Teddy Wayne. I wanted to share this article because it is spot on. Funny thing is, we sent our son to Etiquette School at ripe old age of eight. It was a 4 or 5 week program held during the summer (one night a week). The program was a three year program after which you graduated at a special ceremony. The program was inexpensive and well worth anything they ask... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2010 at COLLEGE EDGE & BEYOND!