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Welcome to The Tumbleweed Years!

If you’re visiting, chances are, you’re like many other recent grads – confused and in need of some help navigating.  Learn how to figure out your skills and interests, read real accounts from people in the field, get advice (and great tips and tricks for writing cover letters and resumes), learn how to shape your own personal brand online using social media, and map out a career plan based on other people’s career paths. It’s all here.

But why am I writing? I have learned a LOT in my two three (!!!) years since college and want to help other grads and 20-somethings navigate these often trying years. Knowledge really is power and the best piece of advice I have to guide you is to learn to ask the right questions.  Find the best and smartest people out there and pick their brains.  Learn from their mistakes (and triumphs!) as you chart your way.  Their career paths can give you enormous insight into your own career interests, options, as well as alternative ways to get where you ultimately decide to go, or more productive ways to figure out what you DON’T want, which is often half the battle; I’m talking to you, Liberal Arts grads! And then jump in.  Sometimes, you just have to go with your gut.

Please feel free to drop me a line with questions/comments:

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  1. Shannon permalink
    July 10, 2010 8:00 am

    Do you have any tips for preparing resumes? I don’t know the best way to phrase things.

    • September 12, 2010 10:20 pm

      Hi Shannon, thanks for the question. It sounds like you already have started the resume writing process and are just starting to polish, so congrats! For many, just starting is half the battle! It is tough trying to describe the tasks and responsibilities of a job, especially from memory which is why I like to keep a running list I add to over time. Nothing too intense or lengthy, just a quick line when a new responsibility is added to my workload, a project is started, or a new skill is learned. This is very handy to have when review time comes around, but also functions to jog your memory when you sit down to write your resume. The phrasing of these tasks and duties is VERY important for two reasons. First, using the lingo and terminology of the industry you aspire to is like a green light for hiring managers and more often than not, the computer search filters screening resumes! Second, it can quickly reinforce that you qualify for a job if your resume uses words and phrases found in the listed job description. My trick to avoid struggling with lists of industry-specific lists of verbs and adjectives is to Google job titles and surf job board listings for your own current job and job title to familiarize yourself with the words and phrasing used in these ads. Often, you will find a professionally written description of many aspects of your job. Review and then craft your own, don’t plagiarize!! If you want to be really proactive, note any gaps in your skill set based on these descriptions and study or train to fill in those areas. Hope this helps!

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