bring story sparks to (career) conversations

I had a really great informational interview yesterday, and reflecting on it this morning, one of the reasons it went so well is that this person really had their pocket full of stories! As we move now into summer, you might find yourself doing more networking, and so I thought I would share some idea …

Great advice for graduating students: ASK!

Loved this recent article in the Atlantic about “the Genius of Want to Grab a Coffee?” In a few weeks, millions of college students will enter the real world with dreams of finding work that’s meaningful and challenging—and preferably lucrative enough to live roommate-free in a major city. As they embark on their job searches, …

Pocket Examples

Among the things you should have ready for the job search are: “Pocket examples;” these are little stories that exemplify how you work, how you think, and what you are passionate about. Here I will share some of my thoughts about how to find, polish and deliver them in a job searching context. I call them …

Intertextuality and Informational Interviewing: The what, how, and why

Q: What does Becker’s (1994) observation that “social groups seem to be bound primarily by a shared repertoire of prior texts” have to do with the job search (165)? A: A new way to approach Informational Interviewing. We know that when we sit down for an informational interview, it is important to ask our interviewee …