Secrets of the Job Search for Recent Graduates

Written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting This time of year is always crazy busy with upcoming graduation and new beginnings for recent grads. Job search is on the top of their lists. I often get inquiries about resumes, cover letters & job search strategies in the spring. So, I thought a blog post addressing secrets for the job search would be timely. But first, I want to share a quick story. A couple of months ago, I worked with a client who was approaching college graduation. She was a treat to work with; she had a wonderful attitude, great

Revisiting 4 Tips to an Awesome Job Shadow or Informational Interview

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting A couple of years ago, I worked with a student who participated in a job shadow offered through a program at her school. She was interested in the medical field. However, during the job shadow, she realized it was not for her. The eye-opening experience helped guide her to another path. Summer is almost here, and now is a great time for recent grads and college students to consider a job shadow or internship! If opportunities for those are not available, an informational interview is another option. All of these are

Do You Have a Plan of Action to Reach Your Goals?

Written by guest blogger: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting Action Planning and Goal Setting are key tools for career success. Stephen Covey’s “Circle of Concern vs Circle of Influence” principle is a great way to start the process. In short, we need to focus on our circle of influence (the things in life and career we can control). Source: INSITEMIND   One way we can do this is by setting goals and creating an action plan. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. Source: Minute Movement   Check out the Point Blog for more Goal Setting ideas:

5 LinkedIn Tips for Job Seekers

Guest blog written by Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting Now more than ever, companies are utilizing LinkedIn to seek out job candidates. They aren’t looking at the ones who have “job seeker” in their profile. Organizations are seeking passive candidates that have desired skills, endorsements and connections to reputable individuals and organizations. Here are 5 tips for getting the best out of your LinkedIn profile: Tell your story. Your summary should include a brief history of your career emphasizing your key skills and accomplishments. I often recommend using the “summary of qualifications” from your current resume. Include all key skills

The Best Financial Planning Tips For Recent College Grads

Written by guest blogger: Jackie Waters. Jackie is passionate about sustainability and simplicity.  She runs, providing advice on being…Hyper Tidy! Graduating college is a huge milestone in anyone’s life, but it can also be a little scary. Where do you go from here? How do you start building savings while you’re looking for your dream job? Those questions can be overwhelming if you let them, so the first step is to sit down and write out a plan. Think about your goals and how you can shape them; are you just ready to plan for the immediate future, or do you

Bridging the Divide… Education for the Future

A country divided is what we are all hearing.  I’m tired of hearing it, are you? But as I examine the problem, realizing I am, like we all are, a part of it, I think Steve Boese in his HR Technology Blog described the problem best as he summarized the meaning of a chart illustrating the growing income divide in our country: Their jobs, if they are employed, are worse than the ones they used to have. They have less job security than ever before. They are increasingly unprepared to do many of the ‘new’ kinds of jobs that might

Entrepreneurs Give Back

Many entrepreneurs find a path to entrepreneurship in their efforts to accomplish two things: Find personal fulfillment and satisfaction Give back to others and the communities in which they serve And the reality of it is that, oftentimes, number one is fulfilled because number two is constantly being sought.   Giving back creates the end that satisfies many other means. We’ve featured several of these like-minded entrepreneurs over the years, and wanted to remind you of their great stories to check out as inspiration: Ginny Pylant- Artist- Just Give it A Whirl Ben Eubanks– HR Pro Susan Ozier- Fitness Coach Who

8 Steps to Go Out on Your Own as an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is a workforce development strategy we all need to focus on and consider more.  Either at the individual or community level, entrepreneurship is a viable way to create wealth, develop professional satisfaction and, at the end of the day, help more people. I find that more and more people are considering going out on their own for their next career strategy.  In fact, many people are referring now to the “Free Agent Nation” or the “1099 economy” with over one-fifth of the population working on a 1099 instead of W-2.   In addition, more and more companies and educational entities

You Gotta Gitcha Some Help to Lead and Run Well

Week 9 Week 8 Mileage: 43 miles Long Run Distance:  20 miles I distinctly remember a friend crying after I told her I was leaving the job and company we both worked for and moving back home.  I was in my mid-twenties, and an opportunity for my husband had landed us back in our hometown.   I’ll be honest, I was hesitant about moving back home then, thinking we probably needed to explore a little bit more of the world before returning to our roots. But my friend’s tears told me otherwise.  She wasn’t crying because she was sad to see

4 Tips for Landing the Internship That Will Set You Up for Your Dream Career

Written by guest blogger: James Mitchell of Intern Solutions In many cases, successful careers with great companies start with an internship. Internships are the best way to prove your value to the company through work ethic, determination, and demonstrations of your capability. Of course, getting an internship is not unlike securing a job. There is a process to follow that includes applying and interviewing, just like a permanent position. Even if you decide the company isn’t right for you, the lessons you will learn by simply applying and interning will give you the skills you need to land the job