By Dave Isbell

Happy Holidays! I hope you have found a few quiet moments among the chaos to enjoy some rest, a bundle of peace, a mountain of joy, and time with the people who you love the most! I hope it has been a time for each of you to renew your mind, heart, soul, and body before you tackle all of the challenges and opportunies that come with a new year.  

If you read my last post here, you already know that on December 9th, 2011, this little blog turned one year old! Next year, the plan is to start off by getting back to the basics of job search before we launch into a series aimed at people who have already mastered the basics. Most of those posts are written and are ready to go out each week. 

But, I need your help! Last year was an experiment in finding out what kinds of things the Spartan Nation would want to read about, and in particular, what would be the most helpful. That’s where you come in!

The drawing/contest I launched was not just a way for us to celebrate, for you to share your favorite posts with friends, and  for us to shower gifts upon a few lucky Spartans.  It is also a way for me to understand what it is that you have liked, what has been the most inspirational, helpful, and/or insightful to you, and therefore, what you want me/us to write more of!

 So, once again, here are the rules to enter the drawing and the contest. Please read and follow them carefully! Even if you don’t want the prizes, I hope you will enter. (If you win and don’t want the prize, you can always help out another Spartan by giving it away!) 


On Thursday 01/19/2012 we are going to draw the lucky person’s name out of a hat and send the cool MSU swag to him or her.  

If you want your name to be in the aforementioned hat (which will more likely be a box since we don’t wear hats around here very often), then here is what you need to do to make that happen:

  1. To enter, simply follow us on Twitter (if you are not already), then tweet your favorite SHS blog post of 2011 and include our name (@helpingspartans) in the tweet. This needs to be done between 12/16/2011 and 4pm on 01/19/2012.

     2.   If you are super excited about getting the gift, you can expand your chances:

Your name will be entered into the hat again every time you tweet one of our posts (only if you  include @Helping Spartans in the tweet), RT one of our tweets, include us in your #followfriday posts, or tell someone on Twitter about us (by using @HelpingSpartans) between 12/16/2011 and 4pm on 01/19/2012.


For you competitive types who just have to win, and really want that $20 gift card, all you need to do is follow the above steps to enter the drawing, then be the person who most frequently shares our posts, RT’s our Tweets, and tells others to follow @helpingspartans (it only counts if you use our entire twitter name: @HelpingSpartans in your 140 characters) from 12/16/2011 until 4pm on 01/19/2012.

The lucky recipient and winner will both be announced on Twitter by 5pm on Friday 01/20/2012. Failure to claim the prize by 5pm on Monday 01/23/2012 will result in forfeiting it to some other lucky Spartan!

*(Employees of the MSUAA are not eligible. No purchase or MSUAA membership necessary. You do not need to have attended MSU to enter or win.)

Thanks for reading/writing/sharing/inspiring/helping. It has been an honor to have you with us each week!

See you next year!


Dave Isbell is the Alumni Career Service Coordinator at Michigan State University. He has been a Career Coach since 1999. He is also pursuing a Master’s in Social Work/Family Studies at MSU.  When he is not working or studying, he is enjoying domestic bliss with his wife and kids, or playing rock music on his bass guitar. You can find him on Twitter (@helpingspartans) and sometimes he writes about compassion, collaboration, and career for this blog, which he owns and begs other Spartans to write for.


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