Jane Horowitz

Founder and Principal
More Than A Resumé

Expert: Jane Horowitz

In her more than 30 years of hiring and management experience, Jane interviewed too many college graduates unprepared to make their transition from college student to an adult in the world of work.

She also talked with hundreds of concerned parents who did not know how to help their children successfully navigate a job search. Still, these were confident, well-educated and talented college students who made a four-year investment and commitment to learning, and parents who were emotionally and financially invested in their child’s future: Both wanted to see their investment pay out.

Jane founded More Than A Resumé to exclusively coach and champion college students, helping them land their first professional jobs and launch their careers.

Before starting More Than A Resumé, Jane led marketing, strategy and operations for major companies and nonprofits, where she recruited, managed, and mentored professionals and administrative staff. She was chief operating officer (after serving as chief marketing officer) for the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, a start-up that Jane quickly helped become a major force in advancing the use of IT in healthcare. While at EinsonFreeman (now OgilvyAction), she led the agency’s strategic planning and spent two years at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (now part of PWC).

Jane began her career in consumer marketing and sales, becoming the first woman to work for Gillette Co.’s flagship safety razor business, where she rose to assistant regional manager, responsible for 11 states. She also led promotion, packaging and point-of-sales activities for all of Quaker Oats’ pet food brands.

Jane received Reggie, Echo and CLIO awards, as well as the Martin Sorrell Integration Award and Promo Magazine’s Agency of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding work.

Jane earned her coaching certification from the Coach Training Alliance and the International Coach Federation and is an MBTI® (Myers-Briggs) certified practitioner. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and social psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

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How to Help My Young Adult Find Their Purpose

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BODY <p>You’ve laid the groundwork. As young as elementary school you’ve likely asked your child, what do you want to be when you grow up? You may have had conversations about what your family values are, or your kid picked up these principles over the years. Now you have a young adult, who may be on a path to finding their purpose in life, or they may feel completely lost and unsure of what to do. Finding purpose can be a lifelong endeavor—something you may still be working through yourself! In <em>The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling in Life</em>, William Damon, director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, defines purpose as “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at the same time meaningful to the self and consequential for the world beyond the self.” Based on the center’s research, Heather Malin, director of research, says the key time for purpose is the 18 – 23 age range. Here’s how you can play a supportive role in helping your kid find their purpose at this time.</p>
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6 Skills Needed for All Jobs Regardless of Field

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BODY <p>You have likely heard about “soft skills” before. But what are they? Sometimes referred to as “21<sup>st</sup>-century skills,” “interpersonal skills,” or “applied skills,” they are the skills that are non-technical or specific to a certain job. They are the skills that help you think, communicate with people, and reflect on your experiences. Basically, your young adult needs them to thrive in the workforce. Career coach Jane Horowitz says the basis of her coaching practice is “hire for attitude, train for skills,” and she sees will and drive as being the greatest determinants of young adults getting hired.</p> <p>“We hear it time and time again, it’s the soft skills,” says Terri Tchorzynski, 2017 National School Counselor of the Year. “That’s what allows you to keep the job. Employers can hire our students and train them, but if they don't have the soft skills, it's really hard for them to stay employed."</p> <p>According to the Harvard University “<a href="http://www.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011-1.pdf">Pathways to Prosperity Project</a>” study in 2011, U.S. employers are increasingly seeing students graduate from college unequipped to survive in the 21st century workforce. Specifically, they are “deficient” in skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and communication. Bruce Tulgan, founder and CEO of <a href="http://rainmakerthinking.com/">Rainmaker Thinking</a> and expert and author on young people in the workplace, has been tracking the generational change in the workplace since 1993. According to Tulgan (and many other experts and employers), there is a <a href="http://rainmakerthinking.com/assets/uploads/2016/06/Gen-Shift-White-Paper-2016_June.2016.pdf">gap</a> in soft skills from previous generations to the generation entering the workforce today. <a href="https://www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/class-2015-skills-qualities-employers-want.aspx">Employers want</a> certain skills in their employees, regardless of the field. And not only do employers want these skills, but employment and wages have increased in most occupations that require higher social or analytical skills (<a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/13/jobs-requiring-preparation-social-skills-or-both-expected-to-grow-most/">like communication, management, or leaderships skills</a>), according to <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/06/key-findings-about-the-american-workforce-and-the-changing-job-market/">Pew Research</a>. Most workers understand this too; according to <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2016/10/06/the-state-of-american-jobs/st_2016-10-06_jobs-55/">Pew Research</a>, workers say softs skills are more important than technical skills in order to do their jobs.</p> <p>The value of these soft skills can be considered good news! No matter what students study in school or what path they take after high school, they can work to learn these skills to help them be successful in the workplace. These are the six skills your young adult will need no matter what their career path:</p>
BODYES <p>Seguramente has escuchado hablar sobre las “habilidades sociales” pero ¿qué son? A veces se las llama “habilidades para el siglo 21”, “habilidades interpersonales” o “habilidades aplicadas”. Se trata de aquellas habilidades que no son de índole técnica o que son específicas para un trabajo en particular. Son las habilidades que te ayudan a pensar, a comunicarte con la gente y a reflexionar sobre tus experiencias. Básicamente, tu hijo las necesita para desarrollarse en el mundo laboral. La orientadora Jane Horowitz explica que el lema que transmite a sus consultantes es “contratar según la actitud, capacitar para dar habilidades”, y considera que la voluntad y la motivación son los factores determinantes al momento de contratar jóvenes adultos.</p> <p>“Escuchamos constantemente que todo se reduce a las habilidades sociales”, dice Terri Tchorzynski, Consejera Escolar Nacional del Año 2017. “Eso es lo que te permite conservar el trabajo. Los empleadores pueden contratar y capacitar a nuestros hijos, pero si ellos no cuentan con habilidades sociales será muy difícil para ellos mantener su puesto de trabajo”.</p> <p>Según un estudio realizado en 2011 por la Universidad de Harvard, “<a href="http://www.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011-1.pdf">Pathways to Prosperity Project (Proyecto Caminos hacia la Prosperidad)</a>“, los empleadores estadounidenses ven con cada vez más frecuencia que los estudiantes se gradúan de la universidad pero no cuentan con las herramientas necesarias para sobrevivir en el mundo laboral del siglo 21. Más específicamente, carecen de habilidades tales como pensamiento crítico, solución de problemas, creatividad y comunicación. Bruce Tulgan, fundador y Director ejecutivo de <a href="http://rainmakerthinking.com/">Rainmaker Thinking</a>, y autor de publicaciones sobre los jóvenes en el lugar de trabajo ha estado llevando un registro de los cambios generacionales en el mundo laboral desde 1993. Según Tulgan (y muchos otros expertos y empleadores), existe una <a href="http://rainmakerthinking.com/assets/uploads/2016/06/Gen-Shift-White-Paper-2016_June.2016.pdf">brecha</a> de habilidades sociales entre las generaciones anteriores y la generación que ingresa al mundo laboral actual. <a href="https://www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/class-2015-skills-qualities-employers-want.aspx">Los empleadores buscan</a> que sus empleados cuenten con ciertas habilidades, independientemente del área de trabajo. Y según <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/06/key-findings-about-the-american-workforce-and-the-changing-job-market/">Pew Research</a>, no solo los empleadores buscan estas habilidades, sino que también ha aumentado la demanda y los salarios en la mayoría de los trabajos que requieren de habilidades sociales o analíticas más elevadas (<a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/13/jobs-requiring-preparation-social-skills-or-both-expected-to-grow-most/">como por ejemplo habilidades de comunicación, gestión o liderazgo</a>). La mayoría de los trabajadores también comprende esto, y según <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2016/10/06/the-state-of-american-jobs/st_2016-10-06_jobs-55/">Pew Research</a>, los trabajadores dicen que para hacer su trabajo las habilidades sociales son más importantes que las habilidades técnicas.</p> <p>Podemos decir entonces que es una buena noticia que se de tanta importancia a las habilidades sociales. No importa lo que los niños estudien en la escuela o qué decidan hacer al terminar la escuela secundaria, pueden aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades que les serán útiles en su futuro lugar de trabajo. Estas son las seis habilidades que un joven adulto necesitará, no importa la profesión que elija.</p>
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Interviewing 101

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BODYES <p>La mayoría de nosotros en algún momento hemos tenido una entrevista, y es muy posible que tengamos que entrevistar muchas veces a lo largo de nuestras vidas. A medida que tu hijo comienza a insertarse en el mundo laboral o se prepara para ir a la universidad, es fundamental que cuente con las herramientas necesarias para enfrentar una entrevista. Para quienes nunca antes han tenido una entrevista formal, esta situación puede ser muy estresante y es muy difícil saber qué esperar. Si bien no puedes estar presente durante la entrevista (en serio, no puedes), puedes ayudar a tu hijo a practicar y prepararse. Lee esta guía y luego compártela con tu hijo para saber qué esperar durante una entrevista. </p>
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