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Success Story! UPDATE: Christine Uses Informational Interviews for the Job Search

Christine, a senior at the UO, began her career research/networking a year ago. She has an interest in pursuing a career in the fashion industry and wants to work in New York City – two aspirations that are challenging due to her living on the west coast, not having studied fashion (she is an art history major), and not having any connections to NYC. But, she didn’t let any of those factors deter her. Here is how she went about the search:

 

Trial, error, and roadblocks

Don't Believe These 8 Job Search Myths

If you are tired of the job search rat race, then stop doing what you are doing. While you are at it, dismiss all the assumptions you’ve made about how jobs get filled. People hire people, not résumés. Let’s debunk your beliefs and myths associated with job searching..

One Hour Does Not Always Equal One Hour

We intuitively know this: During some hours we are extremely productive and creative, while during others all we can manage to do is alphabetically sort our project folders.  Still, conventional time management wisdom tends to treat each hour the same, as if the same time input always equaled the same amount of valuable outpout.  Let's level-up by leveraging scientific insights into our brain's productivity patterns.

Two Kinds of Happiness (One is Bad for You)

The field of positive psychology took a step forward with a new finding about happiness and our genes. In the past, genes were considered to be stable and fixed in how they affect the body, but now that the human genome has been mapped, this view has radically changed. The chemical activity of genes, known as genetic expression, is altered by many factors. It's highly likely that genes are so fluid, in fact, that genetic expression changes according to a person's thoughts, feelings, and moods.

A Simple Way to Stand Out: Say Thank You!

As a recruiter, I have received exactly one hand-written thank you card from a candidate (actual card pictured-it's hanging on the pin board behind my desk). I occasionally receive thank you notes by e-mail. Most of the time, there is no written thank you, something that has always puzzled me. The thank you isn't really for the recruiter--although it's always nice to hear--it's for the candidate. The thank you note is an opportunity to stand out, demonstrate follow-up skills, and add to conversations started in the interview.

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