Monthly Archives: October 2012

Your Presentation Frenemy: PowerPoint

We have all sat through mind-numbingly bad PowerPoint presentations more times than we’d like to remember. But when it comes time to prepare our own PowerPoint presentations, we don’t know what to change to make ours better. We all wind … Continue reading

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Digital Natives: Tread Lightly When Interacting with Digital Immigrants

The “this will definitely NOT be on the test” series is devoted to those things that fall into the cracks between what college prepares you for and what your employers need you to be prepared for. Gen Y: your big … Continue reading

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Can You Follow Instructions?

Yesterday’s post was Why Universities Don’t Prepare You to Follow Instructions.  Here is a perfect illustration: Careerealism.com’s post about 5 things every employer wants to hear in a job interview: #1 is I CAN FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. Take this quiz to … Continue reading

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Why Universities Don’t Prepare You to Follow Instructions

The “this will definitely NOT be on the test” series is devoted to those things that fall into the cracks between what college prepares you for and what your employers need you to be prepared for. In September, Jeff Selingo … Continue reading

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Did You Schedule a Meeting? Show Up!

This sounds like obvious advice.  But there is definitely some vague gray area.  For example, say you send this email: “I would like to come by sometime to talk to you about the attached report. Will you be in your office … Continue reading

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Graduating? Time to Clean Up Your Digital Dirt

Chances are if an employer is considering interviewing you, they are going to Google you before they decide whether or not to make the call. Before you send out your application materials, beat the employers to the punch: Google yourself … Continue reading

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Efficiency in email: ID the Correct Recipient

Email is a great way to communicate efficiently across time and space. But don’t let that convenience invite bad etiquette.  Make sure you’re sending the email to the correct person. Don’t just guess that you are contacting the right person. … Continue reading

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Can You Run a Meeting? Meetings as Presentations

Here’s a presentation mode almost nobody ever thinks about until they are in the middle of one: meetings. Many professionals dread meetings.  They feel like a drain on our precious time. There’s always someone who talks too much and makes … Continue reading

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5 Things You Can Fail that Won’t Ever Be on Any Test

One common theme on this blog is This Will Definitely NOT Be on the Test. …all the things colleges and universities don’t prepare you for. Because in the workplace there’s no test, but you can still fail. Service-learning courses are … Continue reading

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5 Things to Avoid in Professional emails

When heeding the irresistible siren call of the email–“Turn to me!” “Write me!” “Use me!” remember these five things to avoid in professional emails. If you find yourself typing any of these expressions into an email message, STOP and re-think … Continue reading

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