Monthly Archives: May 2010

Career Advice for New Grads in 140 Characters (more or less)

Has another year really gone by so quickly?  This post first appeared on May 14, 2010, but the advice still applies to 2011 grads.  If you contributed in 2010 and would like to update your advice, tweet at me using #Advice4Grads or leave your comment here.  Thanks again to everyone who contributed last year and best of luck to the Class of 2011!

The class of 2010 is graduating on Sunday. In their honor and in the spirit of true alumni networking, I asked many of the alums I interact with on Twitter to tweet me their best career advice for 2010 grads, in 140 characters or less.  

I got a great response and each is a little bit different.  Some of the alums couldn’t stop at just one,  and I included them all.   Us twitter folks are very good at writing concisely, and that is evident as you read through these snippets of advice.  Obviously, 140 characters of advice is not going to land you a job, but it can help you tweak what you are doing in your job search or how you behave in the workplace, to make that experience more successful.

Instead of providing the names, grad years and majors of these alums, I offer their twitter handles.  If you are interested in hearing more of what they have to say, follow them on Twitter; the vast majority have a link on their bio to a LinkedIn profile, website or blog.

You will also see a couple of longer bits here from a couple of alums who e-mailed me their advice, and a few more from some Non-SU alums, but nonetheless great people who I know from Twitter and wanted to help out.

Many thanks to all my Twitter friends who contributed to make this possible!  Many of the alums quoted here I have met on campus or at one of the SUccess in the City events, or spoken with on the phone.  Some I only know through Twitter.  All are wonderfully giving people who wanted to share what they have learned with you.  I would love to have your feedback in the comments section ~ let me know what your favorite bit of advice is and why.    (you’ll probably be able to guess what my favorite is 🙂

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Posted by on May 14, 2010 in Networking, Uncategorized


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College & Career Chat on Twitter: #CCchat

For the past couple of months, my colleague Dan Klamm and I have co-hosted the #CCchat on Twitter.  We answer questions from (mostly) college students and new grads about their job and internship searches, interviewing, resumes & cover letters and a variety of other career-related topics.  We’ve been doing the chat every other Tuesday at 8 pm and have had a pretty good variety of participants, including other college career professionals, recruiters and career expert friends.

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat before, i’ts actually a lot of fun.  You follow the hashtag (in this case #CCchat) either by searching twitter for that hashtag, or using a site like to make it simpler.  When you follow along, you will see all the tweets that come in from all the participants.  It may be intimidating at first to jump in, but all the chats I have seen are very welcoming, so introduce yourself and join the conversation.

This week, we decided to forego our chat since, at Syracuse University at least, it’s getting to be finals week and we weren’t sure what type of audience we might attract.

Our goal is to make #CCchat into a valuable social media destination and we would love to have you weigh in on how we can do that.  So here’s where we need your help:

1)  Do we continue #CCchat after graduation, or do we take the summer off and start again at the beginning of the fall semester?  We are willing to continue through the summer since we know that there are lots of new grads out there who can benefit from the chat.  On the other hand, if you don’t see yourself participating during the summer break, we can regroup and come back at the end of August or early September.

2)  Whenever we come back, would it be helpful to change to a later time?  We’re currently at 8pm EST, but are considering moving to 10pm, EST since many of our students have classes until 9 pm and we know that would be easier for anyone who wanted to follow on the west coast, where many of our new grads land.

3)  What are the topics or questions that would be most helpful to focus on?  What burning questions do you have that take longer than a tweet to answer and would generate a good conversation?  Since this is College & Career Chat, we can always address the issues that aren’t covered in other job chats, like career fairs and changing majors.  It’s up; to you.

I welcome your comments, questions and feedback.  We look forward to making #CCchat an hour that you look forward to where you can meet interesting new tweeps and find valuable information that will help you in your college & career endeavors.  Thanks for your help!

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Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Social Media