Lauren Brookmeyer

  • Salary Negotiation: Answering the Money Question for Beginners

    Salary Negotiation: Answering the Money Question for Beginners

    The more money we can make, the better... right? But let's be realistic. You're fresh out of college. Don't expect to get paid the "big bucks" during your first or second job. In fact, if your financial situation affords it, go for the job that's going to provide you with the experience you need moving forward... Continue Reading

  • Social Media -- Your Ticket to Career Success

    Social Media -- Your Ticket to Career Success

    As a recent college graduate, it's difficult to argue that you have more experience and knowledge than someone in their 40s or 50s. However, you may just have a case if you are talking about social media. Whether it's a small business, a non-profit or a Fortune 500 company, every organization is at a... Continue Reading

  • Five Key Words that Can Help Land the Job

    Five Key Words that Can Help Land the Job

    An interview is a competition. How do you win? You have to sell yourself as effectively as possible. An important component of that sales pitch is the implementation of a few key words that will grab the attention of your interviewer. Through my personal experience of being interviewed, interviewing others... Continue Reading

  • How to Impress Your Boss the First Week on the New Job

    How to Impress Your Boss the First Week on the New Job

    It's human nature to be nervous during your first week at a new job. Everyone wants to impress the boss to prove that the right choice was made during the hiring process. Here are some things I've learned from my first job when it comes to impressing the boss. Continue Reading

  • You're Young, but It's NOT Over Your Head

    You're Young, but It's NOT Over Your Head

    A friend of mine on the job hunt recently shared with me a great career opportunity that she is being considered for. However, she quickly followed up her passionate delivery of this golden position with, "But, I think it's over my head." Don't sell yourself short, Millennials! If you get offered a great job... Continue Reading

  • Don't Fall Victim to Office Hearsay

    Don't Fall Victim to Office Hearsay

    Youth plus "newbie" equals the person likely to fall victim to office hearsay. Once you land a job, resist the urge to believe what other co-workers tell you about your boss, that one lady that sits in the corner or even how to handle certain situations with clients. Some of the veterans in the office will look... Continue Reading

  • Job or Not, Get a Business Card

    Job or Not, Get a Business Card

    You don't need a job to have a personal business card. In fact, having a business card is a key tool to have in your toolbox when you're on the job hunt. As you venture from networking group to networking group, or in case of an unexpected meeting with a potential contact, it's important to have a card with... Continue Reading

  • Is the blouse too low cut, ladies? How do you know?

    Is the blouse too low cut, ladies? How do you know?

    Listen up ladies! As younger women entering the workforce, one can contend that we already have to work extra hard to be viewed as intelligent professionals who can play the game just as well as anyone else. So why are you making life even MORE difficult than it has to be? If you're debating if the blouse is... Continue Reading

  • What's Your E-Mail Address? CutieXO Doesn't Cut It Anymore

    What's Your E-Mail Address? CutieXO Doesn't Cut It Anymore

    Most Millennials have used one during their school career. I'm referring to that e-mail address that we think is adorable or expressive of our interests. However, xoCutie21xo and SportsFan10 simply will not cut it in the business world. It's hard to believe, but I've actually seen similar e-mail addresses on... Continue Reading

  • You're Out of School, Now the REAL Homework Begins

    You're Out of School, Now the REAL Homework Begins

    A basketball player shouldn't enter the game without taking some layups first. A singer shouldn't take center stage without rehearsing the song prior to the start of the performance. So what makes you think a good interviewee should go on an interview without appropriately preparing? "Practice makes... Continue Reading

  • Trouble Landing a Job Interview? Don't Ask for a Job, Ask For Information

    Trouble Landing a Job Interview? Don't Ask for a Job, Ask For Information

    As a young adult without much real world experience, trying to get a job interview may seem impossible in this dismal economy. However, trying to land an "informational interview" is a completely different story AND it may just be your ticket to getting that position you are seeking. Continue Reading

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    How to "Tweet" Your Way to the Top

    A friend of mine recently landed a new job with a sports news outlet. The employer who hired him followed my friend's sports tweets on Twitter for several months and was very impressed by the sports knowledge he conveyed via his tweets. My friend was called in for an interview and hired a few days later. Continue Reading

  • How Quick is Your Draw, Partner?

    How Quick is Your Draw, Partner?

    Do you have one of those friends who always responds REALLY quickly to your e-mails? Like if he or she lived in the Wild Wild West they would have the quickest draw and win the shootout every time? Well, luckily most of us don't have to worry about how fast we can pull a gun out of a holster, but how efficiently... Continue Reading

  • Follow-up OR Forget About It

    Follow-up OR Forget About It

    If you're merely posting your résumé online for open positions on job sites like CareerBuilder or Indeed.com, you're not effectively job hunting. As a recent college graduate, you should be reaching out to every possible contact you can think of. Then, after you speak with your various contacts and... Continue Reading

  • Find your happiness, then find your job

    Find your happiness, then find your job

    It took me less than four months of working for a major TV/Radio network in Manhattan to realize that I was headed on the wrong career path, but boy did I wish I had figured it out before taking the job. My regret? I never took the time to really sit down and weigh all of the positives and negatives of the... Continue Reading

  • You had to say Thank You? What a nightmare!

    You had to say Thank You? What a nightmare!

    Have you ever watched the final scene of "My Cousin Vinny" starring Joe Peci and Marisa Tomei? Peci (playing Vinny, an inexperienced attorney) conveys his disappointment that other people had to help him win his murder trial. In response, Tomei's character sarcastically says to Vinny: "You know, this could be a... Continue Reading

  • Don't wait to be told, take the initiative

    Don't wait to be told, take the initiative

    Whether it's day one, or day 101, always show initiative at work. Allow me to relate a personal story: While in college, I worked as a desk associate for one of the major TV/radio networks in New York City. I assisted the producers with phone calls to reporters and possible interview leads, gathered facts for... Continue Reading

  • The Resume - how good do YOU look on paper?

    The Resume - how good do YOU look on paper?

    A dean of the Hofstra University School of Communication recently told me, "Your cover letter and résumé are the first things an employer sees -- and if they're not right, they're the first things an employer throws away." So, how good do YOU look on paper? Continue Reading

  • Your greatest weakness better be a

    Your greatest weakness better be a "strength in disguise"

    The interview is your one opportunity to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job. Don't get tripped up on questions designed to separate the good applicants from the BEST applicants. For example, here's a question I had on an interview "What would you say is your greatest weakness?... Continue Reading

  • Get Over it Millennials, You're Not Entitled to Anything

    Get Over it Millennials, You're Not Entitled to Anything

    If you're a recent college graduate, there's a good chance you're a member of the Millennial Generation (also known as Generation Y), which comprises individuals born between 1977 and 1998. I'm one of them. There are numerous qualities and phrases that are frequently used to characterize us Echo Boomers,... Continue Reading