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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.

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Discovering Efficient Strategies to Learn New Skills

October 9, 2018

As a student, it is important to be able to learn new skills. The ability to retain information is an important part of your education. You don’t need to be a genius to be at the top of your class. These strategies will help you retain and master new skills.

Learn by Doing

You will have better results when you actually try out the things you’ve learned. If you focus solely on retaining the information, you will likely forget that information after you’ve finished exams. Instead, if you put the information you are learning into practice and use other aspects of your knowledge to relate the information to, you are more likely to permanently retain that information and be able to use it in your future career.

Move From One Place to Another

A common mistake that most college students make while studying is staying in the same place all day. Your brain will make connections between what you study and the things that surround you. Therefore, if you spend hours on end in your room studying, your creativity will suffer. So, try studying in various places like the park, a coffee shop, the library, or places around campus. 

Test Yourself

An important part of studying is ensuring that you are retaining the information. While studying, quiz yourself at the end of each chapter to make sure you are understanding the material. Most textbooks will include a section at the end of the chapter to test your knowledge. You can also test yourself with flashcards alone or with a friend.

Take Notes

A good strategy to help retain information is to take notes. Summarizing the information into your own words and typing it or writing it down with help with memory recall when you need it. Another plus side to notetaking is you will have easy access to this information in you need it in the future.

Start Small

It’s normal to be ambitious and want to take on everything at one time. However, this can cause you to lose your concentration and become overwhelmed. In order to stay on track, it is better to focus on one or two strategies at a time, and split these into smaller, more achievable goals. Once you’ve met the first goals, you can move on to the next and progress down your list to success!

Self-improvement will help you to develop new skills that you will utilize long after you graduate. Of course, learning strategies will vary from one person to another. You can try the different methods above and see which ones will help you to master new skills and obtain better results in college and your future career.

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Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks and empowers using the magic of a word. She does her voodoo regularly on the Pick Writers blog and occasionally contributes to other educational platforms. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors.

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Why Was My Resume Rejected? 4 Mistakes You Can Correct

October 2, 2018

Writing a resume is not exactly rocket science, but creating an effective one for the first time can be a real struggle. We’re lucky to find almost everything on the internet nowadays so we can have some guidance while writing it.

Sometimes, even if you make sure everything was on point, you might still have your resume rejected. Here are 4 common reasons why your resume has failed to bring you your desired job.

Improper Proofreading

Believe it or not, this is one of the most common reasons people get their resume rejected. It’s easy to misplace a comma, add an extra letter on an essential word, or to fail to align all the bullet points, and your resume will be left unread by the recruiter.

Be sure to proofread as most recruiters use ATS software to tailor the resume first, so they can check out the best of the best. Fortunately, there are a few ways to “beat” most of today’s ATS software that your recruiters might leverage.

Too Long

Usually, a good resume has one page; no more, no less. It can be hard to fit all your relevant information, skills, and experience in just one page, but sending a 3 to 4-page long resume is too much for potential employers.

Hannah Johannes, HR manager of the company that’s considered to be the best essay writing service in the UK, suggests that “The purpose of a resume is to show your competencies but also your ability to synthesize and prioritize only the most essential information about your professional life. If you succeed to do it wisely, you’ll get the chance to get into details during the interview.”

Bad Formatting

When you write your resume, you should keep everything as simple as possible. There’s no point in choosing a “diverse” or unusual font as you don’t want to make it hard to read and digest. Stay away from fonts like Comic Sans and use Arial or Calibri instead. Try to keep the font point between 10 and 12.5 as well.

Along with font choice, you’ll want to make sure that your formatting stays intact. When it is moved to another platform (say from Word to PDF), its formatting might be altered. If you fail to take care of this aspect, this could be the reason why your resume was rejected. Just save it as a PDF – it will spare you all the trouble.

Lies, Lies, Lies

Do you ever lie on your resume? You might think that nobody will take their time to check all the information you wrote in your resume, but someone is fact-checking. Employers don’t want to risk hiring an incompetent candidate. Most resume lies are about scores on important exams, about their education, or about how long they’ve been working for a company. Always remain honest and eliminate any of those white lies that have accumulated.

If you want to stand a chance against the competition, next time you write your resume make sure you avoid all these common mistakes. Your resume is your only shot to get the interview, that’s why it’s crucial to be flawless when it reaches the recruiter’s hands. Just pay attention to details, give your best, and if you’re still not confident about your work, ask for some professional advice. 

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