Links Of Interest 9.29.2011

Below are some great articles from this past week that you might be interested in. I’ll post more links from time to time as I stumble across them. I hope you find them as informative as I did. Ok, the last one I don’t find too informative, but you’d be surprised how many people make these simple mistakes!

7.14.2011 – FINS: How To Negotiate The Salary You Deserve

8.05.2011 – Work Goes Strong: 7 Grammar Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

8.31.2011 – FINS: Age-Proofing Your Resume

9.01.2011 – Phoenix Focus: Cover Letters That Demand Attention

9.21.2011 – Youtern: Give Recruiters a Reason To Read Your Cover Letter


College Students – Get Involved Before Graduation Part 2

Yesterday I talked about the importance of finding an internship or part-time job as you march towards graduation. Today, we look at other avenues that you can take while in school to further prepare yourself for your future career.

What Will You Get Out Of It?

So basically I’m telling you to spend a large portion of your free time getting involved in clubs and organizations on your campus, instead of doing what all your friends are doing; partying, drinking, and staying up till 4AM on a nightly basis. Now I’m not saying not to have fun and take part in those crazy nights from time to time, but staying focused and using your time responsibly is key to making sure you’re prepared and getting offered a job by graduation.

Not only will you have a great shot at having a job offer, you’ll grow dramatically through involvement. You’ll grow emotionally and mentally in ever facet possible. Your confidence will soar through the roof at what you believe yourself capable of. You’ll find yourself walking into interviews thinking, “Thanks for holding this position open for me.” So don’t wait, get involved…now.

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College Students – Get Involved Before Graduation Part 1

Internships Lead to Jobs

If you’re a college student, hopefully you’re already involved in student organizations or in the community in some way. If not, I’m going to have to insist that after reading this, you immediately start looking up clubs you might want to be a part of. Below are some reasons and tips to get you started. Keep in mind that not only does getting involved make your resume look better, it also helps you develop professionally.

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Tips To a Successful Interview – #1 (Tips 1-3)

IKEA Interview

This is the first installment of a series of posts that will relate to tips for successful interviewing. Some posts may expand upon a previous tip covered. And I’ll try my best not to be repetitive, but some tips are so important they often need to be reiterated over and over. Many of these you will have heard before, but I hope that you find them informative and helpful nonetheless. Read more of this post

First Job, First Paycheck

First Job, First Paycheck

About six months ago, I had the pleasure of attending a ceremony to initiate a new Honorary Brother (member) into Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity. His name is Jeff Lehman, and this week I am reviewing his third and latest book, First Job ~ First Paycheck: how to get the most out of both…without help from your parents. His previous two books, The Sales Manager’s Mentor & The Frugal Millionaires went on to receive positive reviews and win awards.

Lehman (who jokingly denies any relation to Lehman Brothers, the global financial services firm) continues to shine with FJFP,  putting out an amazing book that highlights details that most college students always wonder about, but never have the answers to.

Readers will undoubtedly feel the need to take out their highlighters and notepad and start taking notes as if they were preparing for a test. Because in many ways, we’re preparing for the biggest test of all, the job market.

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Not all readers will be leaders, but all leaders must be readers

About a year and a half ago, I was given the opportunity to sit in for a presentation from Pat Williams. For those unfamiliar…

Pat Williams is the senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. As one of America’s top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers, he has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits.  Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tyson Foods to name a few.  Pat is also the author of over 55 books.   (Source:

I considered this a tremendous opportunity. Growing up a huge Orlando Magic fan, I knew of Mr. Williams and his success within the sports world. If it weren’t for him, the city of Orlando probably wouldn’t even have the Orlando Magic! Obviously, I was eager to listen to his sage wisdom. I had no idea what kind of an impact Mr. Williams would have on my outlook on life.  Read more of this post

Welcome to Professional Hedging!

Welcome to Professional Hedging (ProHedge for short), a website/blog dedicated to professional development!

The last several years have been rough on the global economy and the United States in particular. With a full recovery and low unemployment numbers still years away, the competition is only getting stiffer. If you’re a college student on the verge of graduation, the aspects of the “real world” can be quite daunting. Or, if you’ve already graduated and are finding yourself going through the process of job interview after job interview with no end in sight, than perhaps the information contained on this blog can help you.

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