The benefits of a liberal arts degree

463246905reTOne misconception about liberal arts degrees is that they don’t translate into jobs after college. On one hand, it’s true that a liberal arts degree means you won’t know the exact profession you’ll look for or accept after graduation. On the other hand, having a more broad skill set is a huge advantage in many cases. In today’s job market especially, a liberal arts background can translate into many opportunities that one may have overlooked otherwise.

Without a specialized occupational degree like accounting or engineering, graduates are able to look into top hiring industries rather than wait for a position in the industry that pertains to their degree. Job seekers who are willing to be open-minded and have patience while navigating the job market without a set plan will likely be rewarded with a variety of opportunities and the ability to craft a long-term career in any number of fields.

The annual Emory Career Center survey of liberal arts majors found that “85 percent [of the graduating class] had definite plans in place before graduation.” The same study reports that employers appreciate liberal arts backgrounds for a variety of reasons; “They can think critically…They have a well-rounded background…They’re analytical, well-spoken,” says Justin Leemis of Triage Consulting group.

Employability of a liberal arts grad

A liberal arts degree may not guarantee every liberal arts job seeker employment right out of college, but it will continue to bolster your career trajectory in the long-run, often making you a more desirable candidate for promotions or other opportunities, thanks to certain traits that are cultivated within a liberal arts education, including strong communication skills, reading comprehension, cultural understanding, and analytical abilities. These traits are undeniably valuable for any career path. The ability to process and synthesize complex information – one of the key skill sets of most liberal arts majors – is something that can be difficult to come by in today’s market.
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Using social media for job searching

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To coincide with Adecco’s global social media recruitment and job seeker surveys, we are publishing a two-part blog series. In part one, we discuss some best practices of using social media as part of a job search. In part two, we present some basics of utilizing social media for recruiting needs.

If you are interested in helping Adecco better understand the impact that social media platforms have on job seeking, recruiting and hiring, please take our recruiter and job seeker surveys today!

Social Media is now an integral part of our daily lives. Not only does it allow you to sort out your social life, it can also be an incredibly useful tool when you are job hunting.

Recruiters and hiring managers are increasingly browsing social websites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ to learn more about candidates or to recruit talent. Because of this, more and more job seekers are using social media as a means to find a job.

Some social networking websites may yield better results than others, especially if the website’s audience and demographics are in-line with your interests and field of work.

Keep in mind that the social media landscape is not limited only to the four big players — there are niche social media websites that may get you great results and connections.
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Empowering millennials: The age of the intern

Girl at deskBorn 1980-2000, millennials (also known as Generation Y) are by far the most technologically savvy, mobile and free-spirited generation thus far. With a college diploma in one hand and an iPhone in the other, they’re ready to dive headfirst into the workforce. However, eagerness and education aren’t enough to compete these days, and this generation faces an uncomfortable unemployment rate of 12-14.5 percent.

While graduating from college is supposed to be a huge weight off of your shoulders, many grads are faced with even more stress and financial troubles than they were in college. Not to mention the fact that most days are spent applying for jobs and hearing nothing back.

In our recent Way to Work survey, we learned that seven in ten (69 percent) Americans aged 18-24 believe it’s harder to find a job now compared to previous generations, but in reality it’s not taking them very long to land one.
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When preparing for a job search is like a video game

GraduationSome people think life is like a video game: You move through the levels while collecting your points, weapons, and whatever you’ll need for the next level. Then you repeat the process as you move through the game. Others feel like the school years are just prep time for the first level of that game, which starts when you enter the workforce after graduation.

College students preparing for their job search after graduation start feeling like the game is getting pretty intense. The months before graduation are so full of finals and wrapping up loose ends that the next level, entry into the workforce, gets put off.

But just like those games where you wander past objects and find out later that you should have picked them up, there are things you need to collect before you get out of school.

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How to stand out when applying for marketing jobs

Changes in HR are inevitable and McClure shares strategies to prepare for these changes.In a job market where many resumes boast the title “marketing guru,” it’s not enough to be well-versed in social media, analytics, and basic marketing strategy anymore. Candidates must stand out and display a proactive – rather than reactive – marketing mentality that spots trends coming before they happen. Exceptional candidates in today’s market have to showcase their creativity, strategic thinking, and familiarity with what’s been done before – as well as potential to uncover what hasn’t been done yet. The first step in proving oneself as a true marketing leader is, of course, the application process.

Applying for marketing jobs should be looked at as a unique opportunity: there are few roles outside of marketing that are better suited for a creative resume – and marketing candidates should take this to heart. Creating a skill-based, forward-thinking project out of your resume may be your best bet at standing out from other applicants. Keep in mind that rule-followers will be the most unexceptional candidates in the application process.

Any employer looking to hire a marketing rockstar wants to see that you can think outside the box. Here are a few steps to follow to make sure your application and profile does just this:
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Today is Adecco Way to Work Street Day! Visit your local branch!

ADO_403x403_w2w_2We here at Adecco are very excited that today, April 30th, is Adecco Way to Work ™ Street Day! In 50 countries around the world, and in over 352 Adecco branches nationwide, we will be hosting open houses from 10AM to 3PM, offering training on writing better cover letters, improving interview skills and optimizing your LinkedIn profile. Most importantly, this event is free and open to the general public!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for hands-on career help! Click here to find the branch nearest you. We encourage you to visit!

Additionally, we will be holding our official “Careerathon” at Palomar College in San Diego, California. Career professionals will be on hand to offer free, one-on-one job hunting and career advice to the students and general public of the city of San Diego. We’re very excited that Joyce Russell, Executive Vice President & President of Adecco Staffing, and members of the Adecco leadership team will be on hand to personally meet with participants. Oh, and we’ve also heard rumors of there being free waffles served! But you’ll have to come to Palomar College to find out.

We’ll be covering the event throughout the day on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Vine using the hashtag #WaytoWork. Make sure to follow and share our updates!

Announcing the Adecco Experience

In order the help you kick-start your career, we’re also announcing our Adecco Experience Program. At Adecco, we  believe that the right to work is universal and that young people must be better equipped with the right hard and soft skills that today’s businesses and hiring managers are demanding. And an internship is a great way to gain those skills.

So beginning today, April 30th  — as part of Way to Work – we are launching a contest called “Adecco Experience” across all 50 countries. This contest — geared toward high school/college students and graduates — will reward four applicants from each country with truly dynamic internship opportunities. The winners of this contest will be given top-notch internships, working for a month with Adecco’s clients and partners. Each winner will have a job in their respective country and no traveling will be required. On top of that, Adecco will provide the winners with competitive internship pay. It will be enriching and valuable for future career development, and a great way to experience the first taste of the exciting world of work.

But that’s not all! One lucky winner will be selected for the CEO for one month internship, and will work in direct contact and under direct supervision of Adecco Group CEO Patrick De Maeseneire.

But this isn’t just a simple “check this box to enter” contest…

On the Way to Work “Adecco Experience” website we will be asking applicants to complete an online profile and prepare a short video of themselves. The deadline to apply is May 31st. All applications will be thoroughly reviewed, and the U.S. winners will be revealed to the public on June 20th.

So make sure to head over to the Way to Work “Adecco Experience” website to get the full details, contest rules and to begin your application!


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