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Tips for Students Looking for Jobs

February 21, 2020

Looking for a job as a student can be a challenge since you’ll need to balance your job-hunting time with your focus on your schoolwork. Plus, if you’re about to graduate, you might not have the real-world work experience that many positions require. By adjusting your job hunting and application approach, you can increase your chances of quickly getting a job that you’ll enjoy. 

Be Flexible in Your Requirements

You might have an idea of your dream job in your head, but if you’re graduating or just need to bring in money, you might need to put that dream job on hold for a bit. If you don’t yet have any professional work experience, it can be hard to get a position when you’re competing against applicants with relevant experience and training. 

Instead, be flexible about the positions that you’re looking for, and look for jobs that don’t require you to have experience. These types of positions may include working in a coffee shop, in a retail store, for a landscaping company, or at a movie theater. Remember, you won’t have to stay in these positions forever, and they can serve as stepping stones, giving you the experience and skills that will help you to later get those more competitive jobs that require experience.

Use All of Your Resources

When finding a job as an early college graduate, it’s important to make the most of the job search resources available to you. In addition to using the job search boards, like Indeed, that everyone has access to, you have access to a very valuable resource: Your college’s career services department. This department may be able to help you find job opportunities that aren’t widely advertised to the general public, cutting out some of the competition. 

Most career services also offer many other valuable services. You may be able to have your resume and cover letter reviewed and edited, and the department might hold workshops to teach you valuable career skills, like how to prepare for your first professional job interview. Many career services offices also allow alumni to come back for future support, so even if you’ve already graduated, look into how this important resource might help you.  

Make Yourself Stand Out

When you apply for a job, you’ll probably be competing against many applicants, so you’ll need to find ways to make yourself stand out. For instance, there are many ways to get noticed on LinkedIn, such as by writing a summary that’s focused on what employers want to hear, and by incorporating keywords into your profile so that search engines (and recruiters) can find you. 

Don’t forget to incorporate these strategies into your cover letter and resume, too, since many employers now use technology to scan applications and identify those that include keywords indicating appropriate experience for the position. This strategy might make the difference in having a hiring manager look at your application, versus it ending up in the trash. 

Consider Starting a Business

If you’re graduating and looking for a way to financially support yourself, a job doesn’t have to be your only option. If you’re talented, ambitious, and driven to succeed, then you may be able to start your own business and work for yourself. 

Before you start a business, carefully think about what you enjoy doing and how you’re talented, then look for ways to monetize those talents. Be prepared to work hard and invest in your business, but remember that if you can build it into something successful, you won’t have to worry about applying for jobs. 

Even if your business fails, you’ll have learned valuable lessons and gained experience that can help you if you do decide to apply for jobs in the future.

There are so many opportunities when it comes to job searching. As long as you keep these tips in mind, you will be employed in no time! Happy Hunting!

BIO: Dan Matthews is a writer with a degree in English from Boise State University. He has extensive experience writing online at the intersection of business, finance, marketing, and culture.

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Choosing a Profession After College

November 21, 2019

Despite the fact that you envisioned graduating from college and immediately finding the perfect career to bring you financial and personal success, perhaps the search for the job of your dreams isn’t going as well as you’d hoped. Rather than get discouraged, try a few strategies to uncover what your major makes you suitable for, what will challenge you and what might truly make you happy.

Conduct Interviews

Although you may have expected to be the one answering questions on job interviews after college, conduct some research yourself before choosing a profession to pursue. Consider various ways to network to hear about different opportunities and meet the actual employees who perform those duties. Ask if you can shadow staff members on the job or at least take the time to inquire about their tasks on a typical day, what the company culture is like, who they report to, what the biggest challenges and rewards are and if there are many opportunities for advancement, for example. The answers to your questions may be the tipping point on whether you’d care to follow up or not.

Follow a Passion

If you have an interest that you love researching or a hobby that you love participating in, consider ways you might be able to turn it into a career. If you don’t feel that you’d be able to find a financially-viable position in a field that you’d love, talk to a counselor from your school to see if there are any related jobs you may have overlooked. If you like decorating your home, for instance, you might enjoy working as a set decorator, retail store manager or a design coordinator. An interest in criminal justice, for example, might lead to court reporting Seattle, forensic science or background screening.

Experiment

When you’re unsure about committing to a career or obtaining the additional education to qualify you for a new job, consider the different types of apprenticeships that will enable you to work in an industry to see how much you enjoy it. In addition to gauging your interest level, the training will give you the added benefits of earning a salary, providing work experience, pairing you with a mentor and developing your skills should you decide to go into that field.

Take a Gap Year

Despite the fact that a “gap year” typically refers to taking time off between high school and college, you can also use the break after graduation to clear your head. Pass the time wisely by traveling, trying out a variety of part-time jobs, volunteering for various organizations or spending time with friends and family who work in different industries to give you some possible job ideas for the future. The time off may help you feel refreshed and instill you with a new sense of purpose and direction.

Don’t be alarmed if you’ve graduated from college and still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up. Take the months after graduation to continue growing into the person you want to become and discover the career to bring you fulfillment and contentment.

BIO: Brett Clawson has a degree in Business Management and has started a couple of small businesses. When he’s not focusing his time on those, he spends time with his wife and two sons. His oldest son has entered the wonderful realm of college, and he now enjoys sharing tips that he and his son have found essential for college life.

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8 Tips for Writing an Engaging Cover Letter

November 14, 2019

The average recruiter spends about 7 seconds looking at a resume. With such a time constraint, you might be tempted to leave out the cover letter altogether when applying for jobs. But before you do that, know that your cover letter is what helps recruiters see you as an actual person. And not just another faceless name in a pile of generic applications. 

That being said, writing cover letters can be daunting for even the best of us. So, to get you started, here are a few tips to help you write an engaging cover letter that draws in recruiters and gets you the coveted first interview

1. Know Who You’re Writing To

Cover letters that read like conversational letters are more likely to appeal to recruiters and hiring managers on a personal level. So make sure to directly address the person on the job ad in your cover letter. 

If a name isn’t mentioned, search for the HR or relevant department personnel’s profiles on LinkedIn or Twitter, and address the letter to them.  HR Departments in some companies can even tell you about the right person if you call in. However, when in doubt, writing ‘Dear HR Manager’ is always a safe option. 

2. Be Original from The Start

Avoid starting with something as generic, obvious and space-wasting as: ‘I am writing this letter in response to your ABC advertisement for XYZ position’. Instead, summarize who you are (and no, that doesn’t include mentioning your name) and why you would be the best fit for the position in the first 2 lines. For instance, it can start something like this: “As a fashion enthusiast graduating with a high CGPA in the field, I was excited to see your advertisement for Junior Designer”.    

3. Use Keywords as Clues

Job advertisements are quite descriptive and can be used to your advantage when writing the follow-up to your stellar introduction. Use the keywords in the job description to write a personalized and relevant description of your skills and experience. This helps the HR manager see that you’re a good fit, and also makes the main body easier to write and organize. 

4. Be Precise, Simple, and Consistent

Avoid going past the one-page limit. While it may seem too short, this will help freshen and streamline your cover letter, and keep it from becoming a repetition of your resume. Also, while it’s good to insert a few field-related terms, avoid peppering the letter with technical jargon. This will only confuse the HR personnel who reads it, hence leaving a bad impression.   

5. Be Skill Savvy

As a fresh graduate, you may not have enough work experience to base an entire cover letter around it. Instead, select 2-4 of your skills that are most relevant to the position. Then explain each in 2-3 sentences with an example from school, your previous internship, or volunteer work. This will keep your cover letter fresh, and distinctly different from your resume.  

6. What Can YOU Do for The Company?

Companies. don’t want to know how much you admire them. What they do want to know is how your particular skills can contribute towards their organization. Devote a major part of your letter to explaining how you can improve their current processes, and what challenges you can help them overcome. This is where your research skills will come in handy. 

Use the organization’s online presence to your advantage by exploring the company’s website, along with looking up journals, articles, and websites relevant to the company. This will help you understand what the company, particularly your intended department, needs and any potential problems you might be able to solve. 

7. Be Confident

A cover letter’s main purpose is to convince recruiters that you are a good fit for the company and department. This means replacing words like ‘feel’ and ‘believe’ with more assertive terms to communicate your confidence in your skills and experience. 

8. Have A CTA

Conclude your cover letter on a positive note by thanking the reader, and politely encouraging them to contact you for an interview. Exhibit your enthusiasm and keenness on getting to meet and discuss with them in person. If it’s a speculative application, consider adding a follow-up statement to let them know when you’ll call back to confirm receipt of your application. 

Writing cover letters gets easier with practice. Use the above tips, your personal experience, and judgment to write an engaging cover letter that is sure to catch the recruiters’ eyes. 

BIO: Amanda Jerelyn is a recruitment specialist and an authority on hiring management who is currently working as an Academic Advisor at King Essay. She is also a fashion enthusiast who spends her spare time designing leather products for her website premiumjackets.com.

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5 Common Mistakes You Can Make at Your First Post-Grad Job

July 30, 2019

Being hired for your first post-grad job is an exciting life event. It’s also one that comes with apprehension, confusion, and a fear of making mistakes. This is all normal. Everyone messes up at least once, and chances are, you will, too. Fortunately, most people are willing to forgive mistakes and help newbies get situated. However, you also can do your part by actively trying to sidestep common blunders. Here are five mistakes people often make at their first post-grad job and ways to avoid them.

1. Not asking for help

It can be intimidating to enter a new workplace, especially one composed of long-time veterans who go about their days like clockwork, automatically knowing what needs to be done. While it’s understandable you’ll want to fit in as quickly as possible, it’s a bad idea to pretend you already know everything. It’s far better to ask for help right away if you don’t understand something or need further clarification. No one expects you to learn by osmosis.

2. Not researching a job before accepting

Many newbies to the workforce are so excited about landing a job that they forget to do their due diligence before saying yes. For instance, if a job offer is in a new city, you’ll want to carefully research the company before you accept it. And if you need to relocate, be sure you are moving to a city you can afford. You don’t want to end up in a circumstance where you’re set up for failure from the get-go.

3. Arriving late in the morning

Late arrivals are generally under your own control, so as “mistakes” go, they’re not as forgivable as some other blunders. While in social settings, being fashionably late can be seen as cool, at work it’s definitely not. Make an effort to be on time every day with these tips:

  • Get in a habit of getting out of bed at the same time every day.
  • Go to bed earlier if you can’t get up in the morning.
  • Avoid hitting the snooze button.
  • Set several alarms if you do tend to snooze or turn alarms off.

Make whatever changes you need to do to be punctual. While occasional lateness is usually forgivable, it’s not acceptable for most workplaces on a regular basis.

4. Including too many people on emails

Email is still a primary method of communication for most workplaces. People often start a chain of emails that includes dozens of recipients, sometimes more. Before joining the conversation, consider these rules of thumb:

  • Read messages carefully and determine if a response from you is warranted, or if the email is purely informational.
  • If a response is warranted, be brief and discriminating about your reply.
  • NEVER hit “reply all” — unless your response provides value to everyone, offers more information, or asks a relevant question.

Hitting “reply all” is a common mistake, sometimes even for seasoned professionals. But try to avoid this one because it’s an annoying time-waster that can earn you some ill will. No one wants their inboxes filled up with “OK, got it” or “thanks for the information” types of responses.

5. Losing your work

It’s upsetting to discover your work has gone *poof!* after spending hours on a project or document. Don’t make the rookie mistake of losing your work. Instead, make the use of cloud computing software a routine part of your day. Navigating cloud technology is also a good skill set to add to your professional toolbox.

At the end of the workday, it’s a given that everyone makes mistakes. The best thing to do is own them and do whatever you can to rectify them. If you hide your mistakes or fail to own up to them — rather than fix them — people eventually catch on and lose respect for you. It’s wiser to accept that it’s OK to screw up sometimes rather than beat yourself up. Try to learn from your slip-ups and discover ways to avoid mishaps in the future. 

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Gen Z is in the Building: What New Employees are Looking for in the Workplace

July 22, 2019

Born between 1996 and 2010, Gen Z is just starting the process of graduating and entering the workforce. While we’re well aware of what millennials value in the workplace, a whole new understanding of what Gen Z individuals want, and how they work, is imperative. Early research has shown that this generation appreciates a social, flexible yet professional work culture. If your company doesn’t plan to adjust its culture to prepare for these young professionals, you run the risk of losing out on their creative ideas and fresh insights. 

What can your company do to attract new Gen Z employees?

Implement Flexible Working Arrangements

Gen Z most craves the ability to work from anywhere and outside of traditional 9–5 hours. While they value hard work, friends, travel, and fitness are also very important to this group, so they often seek jobs that offer a healthy work-life balance. Gen Z feels that work shouldn’t get in the way of personal activities and don’t want to use their PTO for anything other than vacation, such as appointments.

To make it as easy as possible for your employees to find the work-life balance they want, consider adopting a remote or flexible work arrangement. This allows your workers to choose what hours they work and where they work them from. While this idea seems scary at first, remember that modified variations of this policy are possible. Also, modern technology allows your employees to get just as much work done from home as the office. As long as they have internet access, your workers can even communicate with customers by utilizing Voice over Internet Protocol phone systems. VoIP hosts phone signals through cloud servers, which means that your workers can connect with others through any device with internet access.

Provide Social Opportunities

Many young professionals rank having a social work environment as extremely important and specifically seek companies that provide it. These individuals, therefore, value office activities and social events that provide them with an opportunity to mingle with their coworkers. While this might seem like a way to invite distractions into your business, social environments actually encourage collaboration and communication, which can help your company work more efficiently.

Reports have shown that it’s important to Gen Z to bond with their coworkers. To help give them this social environment they so crave, provide an array of different events for coworkers to mingle. These events should include office-wide activities during work hours, mentoring programs, planning speaker series’ for young professionals, and hosting social and volunteer events. This way, employees with families or other obligations after-hours have many different opportunities to attend and be included.

Gen Z may already be in the building so to speak—especially when you’re looking to hire entry-level positions and/or interns—so the time to educate and prepare for them is now. Make the effort to learn what separates this incoming generation from their older counterparts and cater your company to be a place they want to be!

Check out more of our blogs about navigating the workforce and follow us on social media to stay up to date. GradGuard strives to make you feel protected throughout your college experience.

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5 Tips for Writing a Rockstar Resume

July 15, 2019

If you want to get hired, you need to learn how to write a winning resume. It’s one of the most important things you’ll ever write your whole life – a personal marketing document where you “sell” your knowledge, skills, and abilities to a potential employer or recruiter. 

Sadly, employers have seen their fair share of poorly-written resumes crossing their desks. To top it off, you only have 6 seconds to grab their attention and leave a strong impression. So what can you do to put yourself on top of the resume pile? Following are five key tips to ensure your CV doesn’t eliminate you from consideration.

Tip #1: Identify keywords in job postings.

If you’re just about to write a resume, the best way to get started is to carefully read job postings that interest you and are suitable to your profession. If you’re applying for different jobs, take some time to study each job description and identify key words and phrases that the recruiter is looking for in an applicant. And then, make sure to include them in your resume where relevant.

For example, if you’re applying for a job as a Nurse, the HR manager might list keywords like “assessment”, “management”, “care”, “clinical”, or “patients” in the job description. Pay close attention to what’s listed in the “Requirements” and “Qualifications” section. If you have the required skills, consider adding the keywords, right in the “Skills” and/or “Experience” section of your resume.

Tip #2: Format your resume wisely and appropriately.

No matter how well-polished your resume is, a potential employer may not read it thoroughly the first time through. Remember that a resume gets scanned for no more than 20 seconds. And if it contains over 2 pages of poorly organized, hard-to-read information, your chances of getting invited for a job interview will shrink even further. 

  • Use the a proper, logical format with wide margins; and clean and concise headings
  • Help guide the reader’s eye by using bold and italic typeface (Times New Roman is a popular font choice for CVs)
  • Use bullets and numbered lists to point out important details, like your achievements and skills

Tip #3: Use a template that suits you.

There’s a whole plethora of resume templates to choose from, making it difficult to choose just one. But in order to make a good first impression (and a long-lasting one, too), it’s best to pick a simple yet visually attractive template. These days, being conservative and minimalistic is better than going for vibrant colors and chaotic visuals.

The way you present information is also important. For this, you can go for a chronological, reverse-chronological, or a targeted type of resume template. Whatever the case, choose one that best highlights your strengths as a candidate. 

Don’t know how to get started? An online resume builder may just be your answer. You can find a lot of services that offer them for free or for a small fee, at Resumance.

Tip #4: Focus on your achievements.

Recruiters and HR managers, particularly those in technical fields like computer science and engineering, look for candidates who can help their company solve a problem or accomplish a specific need. That said, a candidate can’t be the solution to their problem if they don’t state how they’ve solved similar issues from previous job experiences or situations.

  • Do away with generic descriptions of the position you had or applied for
  • Focus on the actions you took in a particular situation at work – NOT what your job was 
  • For each achievement you include, ask yourself: ‘How did this benefit me and the company?’
  • Write down one or two first-line job descriptions, and then list your achievements
  • Only list down achievements that are unique to – and done by – you, not what someone else did

Apart from achievements, highlighting key responsibilities is just as important, but don’t make a list of your daily workload. Focus only on those that will make you stand out as the ideal candidate.

Tip #5: Make your resume an interesting and compelling read.

The tone of your CV must not only be professional, but upbeat and enthusiastic, as well. Your strongest and most relevant points as a professional must come first, using positive action words like “managed”, “completed”, and “developed”, among others. Make use of superlatives like “best”, “top”, and “highest”, as well.

Using such high-impact words to showcase your achievements is a key component to making your resume highly compelling for the one who reads it. 

Applying for a job can be a long and arduous process. There are many steps to take – ones that require careful consideration on your part. Writing a rockstar resume is just the first stage of this process, but it’s a crucial one that will secure an interview if done right. Hopefully, the tips and tricks above can help put you ahead of the competition. Best of luck!

For more advice on finding a new job or navigating life after graduation visit GradGuard or follow on our social media @gradguard

Author: Abigail Jackson is an independent management and career consultant, specializing in professional services, with 10 years’ experience. During her free time, she works as a resume writer for a number of professional online platforms and provides expert advice on how to create a winning resume.

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6 Tips For Nailing a Skype Interview

May 21, 2019

Job interviews are nerve-wracking enough, but having to sit in front of your webcam can make them even scarier.

Job interviewers are increasingly relying on Skype interviews as an intermediary step between a phone interview and an in-person interview. If your college semesters are coming to an end and you’re prepping for a video interview, these tips will help you make the perfect impression.

1. Perform Some Background Research

Preparing for a Skype interview should be no different than preparing for any interview. You can easily stand out from other applicants by learning as much as you can about the organization you’re applying to. Research the position through the organization’s website or through tools like Career Search, Vault.com, or Glassdoor.

2. Curate Your Space

Pick a clean, well-lit space with simple furniture or decorations, and angle your camera parallel to the wall behind you. If you live with roommates or pets, make arrangements before your interview to keep them out of the background.

3. Dress to Impress

First impressions matter—and this might be the truest in an interview. Dress professionally from head to toe. By dressing up for your interview, you’ll also be mentally preparing yourself to present your most professional side. Caring about the details will stand out and help you feel more confident.

4. Prepare Your Equipment

At least an hour before your interview, take some time to set up your computer so you’re ready to go before the interviewer calls. Test your internet speed to make sure your video call won’t drop or have to buffer. And ask a friend or family member to help you test your sound and video before the day of your interview.

You can also place the Skype chat window directly below your computer’s webcam so that it’s easier to look into the camera while still seeing your interviewer’s face. This will help the conversation feel natural on both sides.

5. Use Confident Body Language

Body language can make or break a remote interview. Avoid looking stiff by sitting up straight while relaxing your shoulders. Leaning in slightly when your interviewer is speaking shows your interest and engagement. And finally, focus on keeping your arms relaxed at your sides.

6. Send a Follow-Up Email

Once your interview is over, it’s important to follow up. A good follow-up email is polite, direct, and brief enough to leave another positive impression. Confirm that you’re ready to take the job by gently requesting an offer, or simply state outright that you hope to be hired for the position. Finally, make sure to include any follow-up materials promised during the interview.

Skype interviews may not be your favorite activity, but they’re quickly becoming a fact of life, especially if your degree means you’re applying for jobs across the country. Make the best of the opportunity by leveraging these tips from GradGuard, and you’ll soon be a video conferencing expert.

BIO: Victoria Schmid enjoys writing about technology for the “everyday” person. She is a specialist in online business marketing and consumer technology. She has a background in broadcast journalism.

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Young Entrepreneur Life: Tools & Resources to Get Started from College

March 18, 2019

In today’s day and age, it’s a lot easier to become an entrepreneur when you’re young. Due to the fast development of new technologies, young people have the whole world at their fingertips; not to mention, there are lots of reliable online platforms to use when searching for possible customers.

But how can you get an early start, especially if you’re still in college? Well, as it turns out, you don’t need to wait for a diploma – if you have some marketable skills, you can put them to work right now!

Put Together a Website

Regardless of the niche you select, you will need a space to display yourself.

Now, before you decide on the type of business to build, here are some earning opportunities that may come easily to a site owner:

  • Posting product reviews from various brands.
  • Blogging, which has the potential to attract support from brands.
  • A business presentation site, to funnel the audience towards your products/services.
  • A site that promotes products using an (or several) affiliation platform(s).
  • An eCommerce platform for your own products.

The good news is that you only need a bit of creative thinking to find the perfect niche for your skills.

Even more, due to platforms such as Wix and WordPress, it’s extremely easy to create your own site. Not to mention that services, such as domain and hosting, are quite affordable these days, so the initial investment will remain low.

Build an Online Personal Brand

If you’re not interested in building a business, maybe the idea of a personal brand is more appealing. It’s also a fantastic way to build your reputation for any future opportunities, so make sure to take it seriously.

To build your own brand, you will need to know a bit more about the world of marketing. For this, there are plenty of online resources, but we also recommend following an online marketing course where you can get in touch with specialists and learn from the best.

Start by creating profiles on professional networks such as LinkedIn, Quora, and others and looking for connections that may benefit you in the long-run. Next, find platforms that fit the type of work you want to do – for instance, if you are a writer, Medium.com can be great to promote your style and gain some traction.

With personal brands, it’s important to constantly improve your online presence by adding value to your profile.

Use Social Media to Your Advantage

If you have a solid following on a social media platform (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more) and enjoy creating content that’s shareable and interesting, why not use this to your advantage?

Nowadays, big brands search for influencers that can promote their products to a select audience such as yours. So, if you qualify as an influencer in your niche, it’s time to look for ways to monetize this power.

Keep in mind: Social media is a versatile environment, but if you understand how it works, it can also be a fantastic boost for a future business or career in advertising!W

These are only some of the paths you can follow to become financially independent, so make sure to do your research before deciding on yours. Furthermore, you always have the option to look for a standard job, should you decide entrepreneurship is not something you want to do in the long-term.

Even better, this could help you stand out from the crowd since it shows a potential employer that you have initiative and determination.

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7 Survival Tips For Your First Year Out Of College

January 2, 2019

People say a lot of good things about college and that it’s the best time for students to learn and experiment. Just like how scary and exciting the first day of college feels, graduation time can also be bittersweet.

Getting out of college pushes people to face the reality that they have major career decisions to make and numerous bills to pay on their own. It’s hard to survive when you’re so used to having someone to depend on for your needs; then all of a sudden, you’re expected to make money and support yourself.

Thankfully, there are tips on how you can survive your first year out of college.

Streamline Your Job Search

Finding a job is a daunting task. Your goal is not just to secure a job that pays well, but also start a career that puts your knowledge into practice. Having a clear idea of your career stream will make it easier to start your job search. Create a list of things you want in your workplace and start searching for companies that provide those. Before submitting your application to companies that are in your list, make sure that your resume is updated and your LinkedIn and social media accounts are filtered for posts that may jeopardize your job application. Having an excellent job application process could help you save time and maximize your chances of getting hired.

Depend On Internships

Internships are a great way to build your qualifications and also get paid. If you are just out of college, then it’s a great time to apply for internships and start focusing on enhancing your skills. This is also another way for you to find out if a career choice is right for you, giving you the most valuable work experience before you even start your job search.

Look For Side Hustles

Once you are out of college, you’re either expected to support yourself or you’re no longer given the entitlements you used to enjoy when you were a student.

There are many flexible side hustles let you earn money on the side to pay off your student debt, while you’re still looking for a stable job or trying to improve your skills. Take up gigs like ridesharing, pet sitting, food delivery, or even writing, whichever fits in your schedule. These side hustles pay well and do not require special skills.

Start Saving

There is no better time to start saving than now. Being frugal and cutting down on your expenses can help you live on the resources while you’re not earning a full-time income yet. No matter how much you earn with your side jobs, saving at least 50% of it is the best way to prepare for your future expenses.

Work On Your Skills

You cannot start your job search without equipping yourself with the right skills. Today’s job industry is super competitive, and if you want to land a job just out of college, you need to work on your qualifications. Make use of online resources like Skillshare, Udemy or Lynda and learn the necessary skills for your chosen job.

You don’t need to designate the entire day to upskill. Setting aside a few hours every week could really make a difference in your job search.

Try Something New

While this is the time to prepare for the future, you can also try new things at this phase of your life. Find out what you are passionate about and start creating goals that you’d like to achieve. Sometimes, you might get an entirely different career than what you originally planned for. Nothing beats passion when it comes to career or business.

Connect with Others

Connecting with others and building relationships with people who have the same goals as yours is the best way to feel motivated to succeed. Get out there and network. Every day is a great day to learn from people who are successful at what they do and those like you who are still trying to find out what their life goals are.

Your first year out of college will be overwhelming, but if you’re able to map out a sound plan and if you’re determined enough, you can surely enjoy this new phase in your life. Put these tips to the test and refer to GradGuard for all your post-graduate needs!

Author bio: Sireesha is a career blogger and founder of Crowdworknews.com. She helps remote job seekers find legitimate online jobs, blogging tips, and side hustles through her blog. She has successfully grown her online business from scratch to a full-time gig in just two years. Sireesha has been featured on websites like Virtual Vocations, Payoneer, Side Hustle School, Moneyish, Skillcrush and MyCorporation.

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7 Mistakes College Grads Make When Job Hunting

December 18, 2018

Coming out of college and entering the world of work can be a daunting time for any student so it can become even more of a challenge if you’re not doing things properly, and you’re not aware of the potential mistakes that could be holding you back.

Today, we’re going to explore seven of the most common mistakes college grads make when entering the workforce, helping you to ensure you don’t make the same mistakes.

#1 – Not Following Up On Applications

It’s one thing to go around and hand in your résumé to certain places and cross your fingers to hope for the best, but if you’re not following up on your applications, you could be missing out on some serious opportunities.

Once you’ve handed in your résumé, give it a week or so and be sure to call back to see what’s happening. At least this way you’re not hanging around for an answer.

#2 – Being Only Online

Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes is only searching online for job postings. Of course, looking on job boards and job-seeking websites can be a great way to find a job, but to completely diversify your hunt, make sure you’re applying in your local area in physical businesses.

#3 – Not Being Presentable

While you might have spent a lot of time at college wearing the clothes you want, this can become a bad habit over the years, and it’s important that you make a good first impression with your new employees. Whether you’re handing in a résumé or attending an interview, make sure you’re looking professional.

#4 – Not Being Creative

“Yes, you can find a job searching in your network and via job-seeking websites but think about what’s available to you and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Use your resources to follow unconventional methods of getting a job”, – explains Sam Howard, a career advisor for Ox Essays and Eliteassignmenthelp.

#5 – Not Thinking About Yourself

Consider what you’ve graduated with and what you can do with your skills. Are you a graphic designer or writer? Perhaps you could start working for yourself on a freelance basis? This could be the ideal route for you if you’re looking for freedom, and it’s at least worth considering.

#6 – Don’t Be Afraid to Network

You never know what opportunities you’re going to find among the people you know in your life, which is why it’s so important to ask around and let people know you’re on the hunt for work. Don’t be afraid to network within your own social circles; some of these opportunities could be amazing!

#7 – Shooting Too High

“While we’re a fan of going for the best job you can, the world of work has a process, and you might be consistently unlucky if you’re applying for the best-paid jobs. Instead, it can be far better to get a job at the bottom and then take your time to work up to the top”, – shares Nikki Taylor, a recruitment manager for Big Assignments and State of Writing.

As you can see, there are plenty of things you’ll need to think about when it comes to job seeking as a college graduate. Be sure you’re thinking outside the box and being as open-minded as possible in order to find the right job for you. Remember, GradGuard is here to help with all of your post-grad tips and tricks! Be sure to browse our blog for more ideas on adulting and living your best college life.

Freddie Tubbs is a recruitment manager at Boomessays. He regularly takes part in education and tech conferences and contributes posts to Australian reviewer and Writemyaustralia blogs.