Archive for July, 2009

Don’t go it alone

Sunday, July 12th, 2009
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If you’re trying to find a job or would like to leave yours but are afraid that you won’t find another one in this economy, what about connecting with a few talented individuals and coming up with project that you can promote/sell as a team?

Assembling a team for a particular project is how movies are made. You have a director and producers who get together, look for actors, hire designers, assistants and all types of professionals with the goal of producing one movie. Once the movie is finished, the group is dismantled, so to speak.

What stops you from doing the same, connecting with individuals with different interests and abilities? Pull your collective resources including money, contacts, specialties and create your own job instead of lining up for an interview along with hundreds of others who are trying to get the same position?

I believe this is going to be very much the way of the future and the sooner you start figuring out how to make it work the better. I’ve been doing this in my practice for a while and the key is in finding the right people. Not just the right talent for your project but people who you trust will do their part to make the project successful. It may take several tries before you identify the colleagues you work with best, but it’s worth the effort. I currently have four of those teams.

Contrary to what you might think, this is a great time to explore this idea because there are lots of extremely capable and talented people out there looking for their next opportunity. Why not leverage all that energy for your next career move?

Students looking to make money?

Sunday, July 5th, 2009
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Latinos in College, the nationwide public awareness campaign to help increase the number of Hispanic/Latino students who graduate from college, is implementing a strategy that offers students across the country the opportunity to make money.

Here’s an idea of what it entails:

  • Contacting local high schools and universities to tell them about our initiative
  • Offering our student and parent workshops and the Latinos in College: your Guide to Success book
  • Conducting student and/or parent workshops

    You are:

  • Interested in helping Latinos and Latinas graduate from college
  • A college student or recent grad
  • Self motivated, perseverant
  • A great communicator
  • Good talking to groups
  • Comfortable calling people you don’t know
  • If you are interested in finding out more, contact us at: mariela@latinosincollege.com. Please share this posting with your friends and colleagues on your social networks.

    Interships available

    Sunday, July 5th, 2009

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    Are you a high school senior or college student looking for an internship? Get involved with the Latinos in College initiative!

    I have recently helped launch this nationwide public awareness campaign to help increase the number of Latinos/Hispanics who graduate from college. Yes, it’s not just about getting into a university but graduating with a four year degree. And although right now there are opportunities out there for people with great technical skills and lots of experience, keep in mind that the unemployment rate for people without a college degree is three times higher than for people with a college degree.

    So, here’s a great opportunity: Latinos in College is looking for interns to help us with Internet marketing. What does it mean? That you’ll be using Internet tools to make other students aware of our initiative and website. You’ll be using Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and all the other Social Networking sites to drive traffic to our site.

    We are looking for a team of committed students. Here’s how you’ll benefit:

  • You’ll be in touch with experts in various industries who can open doors for you now and in the future
  • You’ll gain experience in a critical field that will give you an edge when you look for a job
  • You’ll have a wonderful internship experience to add to your resume
  • You’ll be in touch with other students with a Latino background who can support you in your own path to college

    We are looking for people who:

  • Are high school seniors, college students and recent college grads
  • Are very well versed in Social Networking tools and on how the Internet works
  • Are motivated, self directed and enthusiastic about education
  • Are interested in developing their leadership skills
  • Are interested in helping other Hispanic students

    Although this is an unpaid internship, you may be able to get college credits for it. Check with your school.

    If you are interested in becoming a part of this exciting initiative, contact us today at: mariela@latinosincollege.com

  • Refine your work ethics

    Friday, July 3rd, 2009
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    Nowadays, a lot of young people are having a hard time figuring out how to enter the job market or how to keep the job they have. There’s tons of competition from other people their age and from older employees who have lost their jobs and have more experience. Even internships are hard to get by.

    If you find yourself in this situation, take a good look at your work ethics because you may have to change a thing or two if you want to stay in the game.

  • Be punctual and observe deadlines. Having an excuse for every time you are late is not going to win you extra points.
  • Be thorough in the work you do and focus on the details. It shows that you care.
  • Be creative: think of new ways in which you can help your boss, your company, or a colleague. Anything that helps reduce costs or increase income is a step in the right direction.
  • Be self motivated. Employees who look for opportunities to grow or expand their responsibilities show leadership.
  • Turn off your cell phone and any other electronic devices that you carry around with you while you are at work or in a job interview. Nothing says “I don’t care about this business” as you talking to your friends (or texting them) every ten minutes.
  • Avoid spending time on your Facebook page or any other social network while you are at work. Try to use the computer for business only.
  • Take care of your appearance. With more and more options to choose from, employers can get their pick and they tend to choose people who take good care of themselves and look clean. So, you may have to cover up excessive body art, piercings, or tame down your hairdo.