Midwest Voice: Advice for College Seniors On Cracking That First Job

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 @ 7:00 PM

  Michigan State University's Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing held an "Inspiration Day" last week for students facing a discouraging job market.   I'm  an "adopted" MSU Spartan and was invited to join 20 other executive alums to give students our best inspirational "shot in the arm."  

  Department head Rick Cole, the Inspiration Man behind "Inspiration Day,"  kept us busy, rotating teams of 3 executives through classrooms like "speed dating" sessions.  By the end of the day, we'd talked to nearly 500 students, most of them juniors and seniors.  I learned as much listening to the other executives in my team as, I hope, I passed along to the students.  Some of the tips were motivational, others pure fundamentals.   

  Each Tuesday morning, Michigan Talk Network radio host Michael Patrick Shiels invites me to talk with him about leadership, in the context of the news of the day, whether it's politics, sports, the auto industry or the economic times that have rocked us all.  This morning, the topic was "standing out in a crowd," whether you are a student or a seasoned pro facing a job transition.  Click here to listen.    

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