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It has been a long time since my last post. A lot of things surrounding this ideology have caught my attention and I thought it would be a great topic to write about. And for those of you who I haven’t met I hope this helps. Thanks in advance for reading.

SUCCESSFULLY THINKING…

So here I am, a 22 year old, college graduate with a degree and the real world is knocking at my door step. After looking back at the last year, I would’ve never thought I would be in the positions I am currently in right now, still searching for a job in a field that I spent 4 YEARS OF MY LIFE STUDYING FOR. I’ve talked to a lot of my friends and they are pretty much in the same boat that I am which made me think about how or why this happened. Since I’ve been little I was always lectured about staying out of trouble, getting good grades in school graduating from college and a landing that really nice job (the one with the big windows overlooking the city). It seemed like such a full proof plan to becoming a successful adult.

The key to being “successful” (in my ever so humble opinion) isn’t about WHAT you’ve done but more so about whom you’ve effected. The money, the cars, the clothes and other material things are good to have but they don’t quiet measure up to being able to positively affect an audience. People are the focus in my measurement because, unlike money, they never lose their value over time. But in order to make a successful difference YOU MUST LIVE, SPEAK, AND THINK SUCCESSFUL!!!!! This means that you must practice what you preach. I think people generally have the capacity to do well but their environment and other thing distract them from their purpose. I’ve actually come up with a list of might help you STAY FOCUSED.

 

  1. Find Your Passion – You must enjoy what you are doing to be successful at it. Once you find something you like DO IT to the best of your ability and don’t let anyone stop you.
  2. Success Is Never A One Man/Woman Show – You can’t succeed alone. Every story of success is a story of people working together, each contributing their own unique talents, skill sets and abilities. Do what you do best and place yourself around others that have similar ideas and successful actions. “Birds of the same feather flock together.”
  3. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff – Things will go wrong, it’s apart of life. You can’t fail if you don’t quit. Find yet another way to make it work. Drive is one of the essential components of success.
  4. Think Successful and Actions Will Follow – If you don’t like where you are today, don’t expect tomorrow to be any different without change. Change your attitude, priorities, and activities and you will be surprised how it will affect your situation. Whatever you think about most of the time is what you create in your life. SO THINK SUCCESSFUL
  5. Get On Track – its one thing to know what you want you want to do but it’s a completely different thing to take steps toward it. If you know what you want to do find out how to get there because without a path you’ll get lost.
  6. You Give In Order To Receive – If you want help, be helpful. If you want honest relationships, be truthful. If you want success, help others get what they want. If you want love, be loving. “The Golden Rule” never fails.
  7. It’s Your Life So Live It – Life “really” is like a movie. You write the script. You’re the star, director and critic. And like a movie, it ends. What’s important in life is not just the journey, but the “quality” of the journey. That’s why it’s important to make “every” day the best it can be, because “now” is all you have.

“”Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key of success if you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Herman Cain

Thank you guys for reading this. I really do hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to email me at phillipppbsedwards@gmail.com     I’m always open to suggestions 

POSITIVE THINKING LEADS PROGRESSIVE MOMENT

Whenever we talk to someone about social media and the job market there are some good stories and some not so good. I feel that we need to be able to see both sides of the spectrum, and realize that every tool has positive and negative features. Here, we are looking at the pros and cons of social media.

 

PROS

It’s where society is headed  -According to Forrester Research, 80% of young adults use social networks. Social media is the way of the future in communications, marketing, advertising and human resources. So the effectiveness of this meduim is useful.
Popular medium- With over 500,000 new members on social networks each day, social media give one person the abiliy to reach out to almost any organization that they want because almost all of the major organizations use it    – Lends easily to mass communication- Over a million company’s use social media as part of thier marketing stategy, which means that getting in touch with them for job opportunities is that much easier.
– Global- There are no geographical boundries on social media. You can seek opportunity a local organization or across seas you are just a couple “clicks” away
Accessible from anywhere – in todays world all you need a internet connection the digital world. Once you have that connection the sky is the limit when it comes to social media.
– Open to anyone- Any one can use it so navigation is simple and easy to use.
– Build relationships- Building relationships with social media is one most important reason’s why job seekers should use this medium. With social media sites like twitter, monster.com, and LinkIn the possiblities of networking are endless.

CONS:
Ads & Spam: Spam can be disgiused as job openings and you can unknowingly sign up for spam while applying for an application.
Complicated features: Some features on some sites make it harder to navigate
Global applications: Lead to a loss in exclusivity
Impersonal  Verbal communications skills aren’t exercised
Redundant  Multiple networks focused on the same topic

Of course, a lot of these “pros” and “cons” are subjective – what some see as a con may be a pro for others. And every social network will have its own unique pros and cons, depending on its audience, its application, whether it is private or public, and many other factors.

 

I attended this years Eagle Expo Career Fair and I most say as a public relations major I wasn’t really impressed with the selection of companies. There weren’t any PR firms in attendence and those who were looking for communications art students were only looking for upcoming seniors and juniors. This really irritated me until I started to realized how many businesses were there and I started to seek the businesses that interested me. One of the first places I went to was Coca-Cola. They had a really nice set up and it seemed like just about every person at the fair was interested. So after waiting for seemed like forever, I finally got a chance to talk to the rep about some opportunities. Unfortunately they weren’t looking for any PR work but I did get some information about there marketing summer internship that I’m currently still up for.  I also had a chance to talk to Walgreens about a possible store manager position that they would train and prep me for, so I was definitely excited about that.  One of the last companies I talked to was Wachovia. I’ve always a interest in working for Wachovia since I my freshman year so when I saw their rep there I got alittle exicited and nerves.  We actually talk for a good while about a few postions inside the company including  HR consultants, customer service and operations manager. He also gave me some insight into what Wells Fargo was looking for in applicants and they were some of the same exact things that my parents and professors were telling me along.  

So after looking a back on my last Eagle Expo & Carreer Fair experience, I realized that your opportunities to get to the next level are out there you just have to find them sometimes. I definitely went to the expo dissapointed because of the company selection but after just digging alittle the experience got progressively better. So here are a few tips that can help you get the most of any Career Fair

Tips to Get the Most Out of Career Fairs

  • Come prepared. Before the fair you can review the online directory of employers and their job opportunities. If you spend a little time getting some background on an organization, then you can ask very focused and specific questions. This impresses representatives because it shows a genuine interest in them.
  • Dress appropriately. First impressions are important. While campus attire is acceptable for fairs, you will probably be most comfortable if you at least dress in “business casual.”
  • Get comfortable. When you arrive, take a few minutes to review the map and directory for the fair. You may feel more comfortable if you quickly locate and walk by the employers in whom you’re most interested. This will confirm their location and alert you to any crowds or lines of other students waiting.
  • Pace Yourself. If your schedule allows, you may find it easiest to start with the employers in which you’re the least interested. This will allow you to hone your approach and to be most confident when you approach the employers you’re especially excited about. Be sure to balance this tip with the reality that you may have little time and that many other students may be interested in the same employers. Assume that you will need to wait to speak with some employers.
  • Ask the representative for his/her card, and then send a thank-you note. Having the business card of the representative you have just spoken with serves three purposes. First, you have a direct contact with the organization, including the proper spelling of the representative’s name, direct telephone line, etc. Second, a brief thank-you note acknowledges the help they gave you and the time they took to visit campus. Third, sending thank-you notes is a good professional habit.  

A business card is an essential part of any good marketing plan.  Of course, you can’t expect your business card to tell the whole story about your company. What you should expect it to do is present a professional image people will remember. A business card can make or break a client’s first impression of your company. In fact, this little card makes as much of an impression as your personal appearance-the suit you wear or the briefcase you carry.

Choose a card style that’s appropriate for your business, industry and personal style. If you’re a funeral director, for example, you don’t want to be caught handing out day-glow cards with cartoon figures on them. If you’re a mechanic whose specialty is converting old Beetles into dune buggies, a formal, black-on-white engraved card will probably be dropped into the nearest circular file. When crafting a design, start with the style that best supports the business image you wish to project. To help you get started, here are five different card styles for you to consider:

  • Basic cards. A basic card is usually printed in black ink on plain white or cream stock. This is a good style to choose when utility is all you need. It’s a no-nonsense approach that can appeal to clients and prospects who would not be impressed by fancy design features-the people who want “just the facts, ma’am.” The design is simple, and the information is clear and concise.
  • Picture cards. Having your face on your card-whether it’s a photograph, a drawing or a caricature-helps a contact remember you the next time he or she sees you. Images representing a product or service, or a benefit your business provides, can help you communicate your business better than dozens of words. A splash of color (rather than just black and white) is often helpful on a picture card, too.

For more tips about business cards visit:

http://www.businessknowhow.com/MARKETING/business-card-design.htm

http://chinese-school.netfirms.com/business-article-business-cards.html