Alan J. McMillan

After a successful career as a Silicon Valley high-tech executive, Alan McMillan wanted to give something back to the generations coming behind him. Seeing many members of his own generation unprepared for retirement, and the difficulties facing the millennial generation in the employment market as they started their careers, McMillan realized that the two were intimately connected: without a life-long focus on their careers and retirement savings, millennials were no more likely to be prepared for retirement than his own generation. That insight led McMillan to start LearnEarnRetire.com, a company that reaches young adults with critical life and career skills. Typically highly practical in nature, McMillan's advice touches on a range of issues from preparing for the job search to achieving the dream of financial independence. 

 


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How to Extend Your Job Search Beyond the College Career Fair

by Alan J. McMillan  |  February 15, 2017

Students on campus are surrounded by many events and opportunities to find employment through internships and/or full time jobs. These fall into the category of the "physical" job search, which includes events and contacts that you can physically engage with to find an opportunity. Your campus job search is the only one in your career where the employers come to you-lose your job three years out of college and employers don't rush to your garage and set up a job fair. At that juncture, it... Read More >

What to Do If You Get a Job Rejection

by Alan J. McMillan  |  January 12, 2017

As baseball Hall of Famer Connie Mack said, 'You can't win them all.'  But that does not lessen the sting of NO.   So what happens when you get a no? You were working with a recruiter, who ushered you into an opportunity. Perhaps they spoke so optimistically that you started to feel like this was nearly a done-deal. Then you get a rejection. Even if it wasn't your #1 choice, you are still hurt, it stings, and you're a bit pissed. Reject ME? So What Is Your Next Move?  You must always... Read More >

How to Reject a Job Offer Without Burning Bridges

by Alan J. McMillan  |  November 14, 2016

The objective of every job search is to receive multiple job offers. These offers provide you flexibility, choices and the option to select the best strategic opportunity for yourself. Jobs or roles within a company are two- to four-year career stepping-stones on track to your career destination. But if you receive multiple offers? How do you reject a job offer without burning bridges? Like many things in life, visualize the outcome and work backwards. So what would the ideal outcome be?... Read More >

9 Steps to Nail the College Career Fair

by Alan J. McMillan  |  October 03, 2016

The big day has come. You have made it to the job fair, you are dressed professionally and focused. So, now what? It is important to understand that campus recruiters travel a lot, do multiple careers fairs, and are under great pressure to find great candidates. They are also about to be bombarded by hundreds of students, most of whom are not qualified. They are really looking for a small amount of impressive students who have great qualifications, good energy, and a passion for their... Read More >

Personal Branding: Who You Are vs Who You Want to Portray

by Alan J. McMillan  |  August 26, 2016

Every day, through actions, deeds and accomplishments you are building your personal brand. Whether that brand is negative or positive, good or bad, you are building a brand that employers will notice.  It is not so much what you say about yourself when you are in the room, rather it is what others say about you when you are out of the room.  Who you are and how you are perceived resonates loudly over time.  All brands, including yours, have two major attributes. They must be authentic... Read More >

Find Out What You Want After College

by Alan J. McMillan  |  August 03, 2016

The precursor to a life out of school is 16 years of education, all of which passes in a flash of homework, lectures, and ends with a few agitated years of planning. It's no wonder, then, that students leaving college are often confused as to what they want once they leave. Students often indicate common desires-to be happy, employed, successful-but many forget to set concrete plans to achieve these. Parents send off their children with the intention to have a "better life" with a college... Read More >

How to Make a Job Fair Work for You

by Alan J. McMillan  |  August 01, 2016

The beginnings of many careers originated from job fairs, which is just one of the reasons why they are so daunting. It can get confusing as to what to bring, how to dress, and how to prioritize who to talk to. Navigating a job fair can be difficult, which is why we've got the step-by-step guide to ensure a successful job fair experience for you. Follow our steps to land your next job: PREPARATION Your Intention/ Your Objective: The recruiter is in the process of being inundated by... Read More >

Does a Repeat Internship Make a Job Offer More Likely?

by Alan J. McMillan  |  June 17, 2016

Are students who repeat an internship with an employer more likely to convert to a full time offer? This is a really important question that you need to get your arms around in that, if you were to get an internship between your sophomore and junior year and then be asked back for a repeat internship, you have to forego a potential internship with another company between your junior and senior year. Before I give you some advice, here are the facts: New Read More >

5 Tips to Help You Excel in Your Summer Internship

by Alan J. McMillan  |  May 31, 2016

For your summer internship you have two objectives: Exceed the expectations of the assignment you were given Stand out as a high potential future employee Internships give you a platform to learn, discover if the field is exciting for you, offers\ a chance to build your network, have some fun, and make a little money. All good. But your primary purpose is enticing your employer to want to hire you in the future.  You do that by being great.  Let's dive into a few tips to incorporate... Read More >

The Best Decision You Can Make Early in Your Career

by Alan J. McMillan  |  May 09, 2016

As I've written before, achieving financial independence should be one of your major career goals-no matter what field you enter. Unfortunately, getting there is elusive to most, and it shouldn't be, provided you start early enough in your career, and remain focused. The story that follows breaks down the biggest component to get you to your financial freedom. I tell this tale every time I speak to young people about their financial wellbeing and they Read More >

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