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Eating Healthy For Students

Posted By David Asari, Thursday, May 18, 2017

For students, eating at college is an entire new ball game, with late night pizza delivery and food  from buggies.  Even though some of these quick and simple options taste great, they are probably  not healthy for a student's body.      The food choices students make can affect whether or not they are able to remain awake during class  and whether or not they will come down with mononucleosis when it hits campus.  The problem  is not only about eating junk food, it's more about not getting the proper proteins, carbs, vitamins, and minerals that people need.    

When it comes to defending against illnesses, vitamins and minerals are very important.  Just  because they are important, isn't a reason forstudents to run out and stock up on vitamins and  supplements.  It's best for students to get their nutrition from food.    

You can find vitamin C in citric fruits, Vitamin A in milk and diary products, and vitamin E in  nuts, whole wheat products, and even green leafy vegetables.  This is the ideal way to get  nutrition, as your body relies on these vitamins for many reasons.     When you eat on campus, skip on the soda's and go right to the juice machines.  Explore the  different entrees available and go to the saladbar where there are fresh vegetables.  You can  also try putting some broccoli and cauliflowerin the microwave for steamed vegetables.  There  are always healthy cereals and plenty of fresh fruit available in dining halls as well.     Always remember that eating healthy isn't just about avoiding greasy foods.  Eating healthy  involves getting a balanced diet and getting theright nutrients and vitamins to keep your body  in peak performance - or at least awake during your classes.

Tags:  college  ealthy food  tudents 

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3 Job Search Tips That Increase Your Success

Posted By David Asari, Thursday, May 18, 2017

1) Approach finding a job as if it were a full-time job, because it is. If you had a job, you would report to work at the same time each day (like 8 am), take an hour (or less) for lunch, and quit at the same time each day (like 5 pm). You would work five days every week. And you would work hard to accomplish as much as you could because your career depended upon it.When you are searching for a job, you should follow the same type of schedule because your future depends upon it. Treating your job search like a part-time hobby guarantees that it will take longer. So, begin tomorrow by reporting to work and spending the day on tasks that lead to a job.

2) Approach finding a job as if it were a project. That means you should set goals for yourself, make plans, and monitor your progress. You should apply all of the tools and skills that you used in your last job to the project of finding your next job. As you must expect, this is an important project. The sooner you complete it, the sooner you gain a promotion into a job.

3) Be your own boss. Set expectations for what you need to accomplish, provide direction, and monitor your work. Meet with yourself once each week to evaluate your performance. I recommend doing this by writing two reports. The first is a candid evaluation of what you accomplished during the previous week. The second is a description of your plans for the coming week. Your plans should include your goals, actions, and priorities. The first time that you write these reports, write an evaluation of what you have done so far. Describe the results that this effort has produced. And compare these results with what you wanted to have. Next, map out a realistic plan for the next week based on achievable goals. For example, you could set goals for the number of people you will call, the number of networking meetings you will attend, and the research you will conduct.

In the coming weeks, compare the results that you obtained during the previous week with the goals that you set. For example, if you planned to attend twelve networking meetings and you attended only two, you should a) explain why this happened and b) plan actions that will correct such a difference. You should also analyze why you missed your goal because this provides insights on what you need to do differently. For example, Your goal (e.g., of attending twelve networking meetings) may have been set too high. Or maybe there are things you can do that will make it easier to achieve your job search goals, such as car pooling with a friend who is also looking for a job.

Finding a job is a full time job. Work through it with a plan and the support of a good boss (yourself).

I wish you the best of success.

Tags:  career  career management  job search 

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A Closer Look At Two Interview Questions

Posted By David Asari, Thursday, May 18, 2017

A job interview is stressful. The person who hasn’t made a lot of changes isn’t practiced at what is involved (nor should they want to be), and the person who has made a lot of changes doesn’t have any idea as to what’s involved either, or they wouldn’t be making so many changes!
Preparing for the interview de-stresses the situation considerably. Yet, 78% of all candidates - regardless of the level for which they are interviewing - wing it! And frequently cause themselves to be weeded out in the process. Like so much of the interview, seemingly innocent questions can trip you up. You think you are answering them in a way that puts you in the best light, but you'd be surprised at how many people completely miss the boat. Merely to hope an interview has a positive result is not enough. That's basically forfeiting your ability to drive up the percentage of a positive outcome. For instance, in response to the question, "Why do you want to work here?" some people will say things such as:

"I've worked in this industry for 15 years and been very successful. I feel I can make a difference in your organization. I have a proven track record of leadership. I've read in the paper that your company is having some problems, and with my experience as a Director of XXXXX, I can help straighten those out." That answer may sound good and appear to suffice, but on a scale of 1 - 10, it ranks about a 4! Why? The answer shows no research, no thought, no consideration. It sounds stock and could suffice for any number of companies. Overall, unimpressive.

In my experience as a recruiter, I've found that while mid level management tends to UNDERanswer the question, upper level management will often OVERanswer the question. One group doesn't provide enough information because of a limited lack of experience. The other group has been around, worked their way up the ladder in more than one company, and in their attempt to sound thoughtful, intelligent, and wise, end up saying very little at all.

Let's look closer.

Here's where you get to show off your research. Tell the interviewer what you've learned about the company, and why it's appealing to you. SPECIFICS are the key here. Relate those specific examples from your experience to what you've learned about the company, their focus, and their market. Look to your personality and what motivates you and how that relates to any details you learned from the ad, your recruiter, your friend who referred you, or from where you learned of this opportunity. For instance, perhaps their ad stated that they were looking to establish a marketing department from ground up. If you thrive on growth, challenges, making things happen - there's your answer - along with examples of how you have grown, established, or done market research in a parallel situation. And you might ask, "What if it's not a high profile company? What if it's on the small side and local?" Right. Not every company is the size of General Electric or even a regional public powerhouse that you can look up in Dun & Bradstreet. But most librarians are more than willing to help you find any information that might be present in any of their research books. Local newspapers may have done stories on the company, and the library would have those too. And these days, most companies have a website. Share what you can do and why you feel you can make a contribution and benefit the company. This question is about how YOU can benefit the company, not how the company can benefit YOU.

Some interviews are lost right at this point. This is not an invitation to go on ad nauseum about everything that has happened to you since you were five years old or since your first job out of college. Nor is it the time to shrug your shoulders and give an unplanned, one-sentence answer.
Some people, especially those who haven't prepared and have a tendency to talk when they get nervous, find themselves rambling. Put together a nice little 2 - 3 minute verbal bio about your career, your qualifications, and why you are interested. Know what you're going to say in advance.

In recruiting we used to say, "'A' candidates for 'A' companies, 'B' candidates for 'B' companies and 'C' candidates for 'C' companies," and a 'B' candidate is not only some one who's talents and track record is only so-so, it's also an 'A' candidate whose poor interviewing skills MAKE him a 'B.' Knowing who you are, what you want, what you have to offer and what you've accomplished - and having it all on the tip of your tongue - can make or break you for a job offer - not just for your perfect job, but sometimes for even finding ANY job. Being able to sell yourself, your skills, how you can benefit a potential company and then being able to close the deal necessitates taking the time to research and learn the company. It means knowing yourself well enough that you can apply aspects of your capabilities to the individual facts and details of that INDIVIDUAL company - and that you can do it smoothly without groping for words or just winging it.

And last, but not least, the words of Peter Handal of Dale Carnegie Training, echo the importance of interview preparation, including what strikes most people as silly - role playing. But as he said, "you only have one chance to make a really good impression," and if you don't take it seriously enough to study and thoroughly prepare, someone else will, and that's the person who will get the job! Do your homework before EVERY interview! There's no chance to make a second good impression!

Tags:  candidate  career  employer  hire  interview  job  recruiting  resume 

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3 Things to do before graduation

Posted By David Asari, Thursday, May 18, 2017

1. Rent your cap & gown, pick up your honor cords

It can be super easy to procrastinate renting your cap & gown. Don't forget to have your friend help do your measurements and turn them in ASAP. This is not something that you want to be scrambling to get done! The other important thing to remember is to order your honor cords. You can order your cords either through your chapter or the store.

2. Make summer plans

If you plan, plan a vacation before you start your first day of work. This is your last chance to go on a trip where you don't have to wait all year to accrue just a few days of vacation. If you don't have a job lined up after graduation, lay out a plan on how you're going to be spending your time in a way that sets you up for job search success. There are two reasons for this. The first is that people are going to be constantly asking you what your plans are after graduation. You might feel a little bummed having to respond that you don't have a job yet or you don't know. If you have something lined up, whether it be a volunteering experience, trip or an internship, this will give you the confidence in telling people that even though you don't have a job yet, you're still going to be working hard. The second reason is that potential employers like to know how you're keeping yourself busy while unemployed. They don't want to know that you're sitting on the couch watching tv while simultaneously sending out a few resumes here and there. If they know that you spend 3 times a week volunteering, they're going to know that you're a hard worker and enjoy making progress and helping others.

3. Send thank you notes to your favorite professors

Make a list of all the professors who made an impact on your education throughout your college years. Maybe they inspired your choice in major or maybe they were there for you and believed in you during your hardest semester. Regardless of how they made an impact on you, write them a thank you note letting them know how they helped and how hey can stay in contact with you. This is especially important for any professors who wrote you a recommendation letter. Senior year may not be the last time that you ask for recommendation letters also. If you decide to apply to graduate school 3 years from now, you may be having to circle back to these professors to ask for a recommendation letter.


Tags:  cap  gown  graduation  honor 

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If Your Resume is the Cake, Your Cover Letter is the Icing

Posted By David Asari, Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cover letter writing is almost as important a skill for a job seeker to learn as resume writing.  The cover letter accompanies the resume at all times as the primary support document.  Whether you use traditional mail, email, faxing, or another type of electronic submission, this should always be sent with the resume.  There are, of course, other tools you’ll use when job seeking.  Your cover letter and resume come first of course, followed by follow-up letters, thank-you letters for after the interview, reference sheets, salary histories, and job acceptance letters.  If you have good cover letter writing skills, and good resume writing skills, the other written tools should be a snap to compose. Your goal in this is to get the attention of the hiring manager, just as it is with resume writing.  The method and format are a little different however.  Your resume will cover all, or most of your professional career, and will be from one to two pages.  Your cover letter will be a very brief page serving as an introduction to the resume.  Cover letter writing style must be direct, to the point, and able to grab the attention of the reader quickly, with a goal of making the reader want to read the attached resume.

Many people, when engaged in this type of writing, have a tendency to say too much.  Good cover letter writing is short and punchy, and will take two or three key points from the resume and emphasize them.  The old adage “tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them” holds true in both resume writing and cover letter writing. As an example, let’s assume that you are a materials handling manager for a defense contractor, seeking another position.  In your line of work the buzz words are MRP, lean manufacturing, ISO 9000, and cost savings.  Your writing efforts should reflect these buzz words to show your value to your current employer and any future employers.  Your resume will go into more detail about how you accomplished these goals.  The cover letter will simply point out to the hiring manager that you accomplished them.    An example of this would be two bulleted paragraphs in the body of the letter that say….

Experienced in  quality assurance and quality control, MRP, ISO 9000, QS 9000, and Lean Manufacturing.

Demonstrated results in saving significant money for employers through cost savings, inventory level reductions, and on-time supplier delivery.

The hiring manager, according to many surveys, devotes only about fifteen seconds to each resume and cover letter he or she reviews.  With that in mind your writing skills need to be top notch to get this person to look at your resume.  Your resume writing skills need to be just as good to get the reader to want to grant you an interview.  In turn, your interviewing skills need to be excellent to get the hiring manager to offer you the position.  This long, and hopefully positive chain of events begins with good cover letter writing skills and ends with job satisfaction and a nice paycheck. For seniors, graduation is a matter of weeks a way. This day that seemed to never come now seems to be approaching too soon. In between final projects, finals, and job applications, it seems like there is not enough time to remember what all needs to get done. Here are 3 things that you should make sure you do before graduation, so you don't forget.

Tags:  Cover letters  Employment  Resumes  tools  Writing 

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How To Land An Interview in 3 Steps

Posted By Monica Woodhams, Monday, May 8, 2017
Is there a job that you feel would be perfect for you, but you're unsure of how to get your foot in the door for an interview? You've submitted your resume to countless job openings, yet you haven't gotten a call back. Even the jobs that you feel overqualified for seem to be ignoring you. If you're tired of feeling as though your resume is being overlooked, follow these 3 tips


1. Use a unique search, like the JobSearch tool on Honor Society. It aggregates from major job sources and has opportunities in all fields and all over the US.


2. Follow the application instructions and include a cover letter. The easiest way to eliminate an applicant is to ignore an application that did not follow the company's set process.


3. Send a follow-up email to HR Manager or Hiring Manager. Make sure the hiring manager knows that you have a genuine interest in this job. About 2 days after you've submitted your application, send this email, and express your flexibility to discussing the opportunity further.


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