Most of '101 Tips' actually worth taking
Susan Morem has put out the book "101 Tips for Graduates: A Code of Conduct for Success and Happiness in Your Professional Life." Let's see if they hold true.
Tip No. 7 is timing is everything. I'm going to have to agree with that one. Be on time. Nothing leaves a bad impression like being late. (That's not just for the interview, but in general.)
Tip No. 12 talks all about marketing yourself. I couldn't agree more. It's all about selling yourself (in a good way). First you have to sell yourself on a piece of paper -- the resume -- which can be difficult, and then you have to sell yourself during the interview.
Morem gives some good tips on how to market yourself in her book, including researching the job or industry you'd like to get into and then creating a plan for that specific employer.
OK, tip No. 14 talks about not becoming a procrastinator. Frankly, I'm a huge procrastinator, so I shouldn't comment on this one.
Tip No. 16 is not to fall asleep on the job. Um, a no brainer if you ask me. Another one I could add under this category is have the common sense not to sit back and rest with your feet up on your desk at work. I've known someone to do that. Not very professional. Save that for putting your feet up at home.
Ah, turn off your cell phones, another good tip. This is the day and age when everybody and their brother have a cell phone. Turn them off during meetings, interviews and all those other times when it's just plain rude (and I would think embarrassing) to have it ringing.
Tip No. 21 talks about watching your tone on the phone. I'm going to go a step farther and say watch the tone on e-mail. Unless you now a person very well, it's hard to know the tone of an e-mail. You could write something as a joke and it could be misconstrued as offensive to others.
Morem writes an entire section on self-discipline. While the points in that section are good, I don't know that they will help get a job. I find it to be more of a self-help section than tips to getting a job after graduation.
For example, No. 63 is bring out the best in others.
Another one is No. 65, get in shape, stay in shape. Great advice, but probably not as big of an issue when landing a job.
Oh, and a personal favorite of mine is No. 68. A section of it says to make time for yourself by hanging a Do Not Disturb sign on the door. Again, great advice to set time out for yourself, but I'm betting if I hung a Do Not Disturb sign on my cubicle wall, it would get ignored. Oh well.
No. 81 talks about investing in your future. Now, it's understandable that right out of college, you're not going to have a lot of excess cash (and if you do, share the wealth, my friend) but when you get established in a position, take advantage of the 401(k) plan at the company. Unless you want to work full-time until you're 70, you'll be happy you did.
Tip No. 89 talks about not taking rejection personally. While Morem talks about rejection in every aspect (professional, personal, etc.) my only comment is professionally. Rejection happens to everyone when searching for a job. Obviously a company can't hire every person who applies. So, it goes back to tip No. 12, market yourself.
It turns out I agree with pretty much every one of Morem's tips. Check them out yourself. And if you can't afford the book because you're one of those poor college students, come get my copy.
(Pippi Mayfield is editor of the Wave.)