5 Tips for Getting a Job After College Fast

now-whatAuthor: Meghan Ivarsson
Source: WorkAwesome

Getting a job after graduation is not very hard, but finding the one you really want will take some extra effort.

Of course you want a well-written resume, but there are several way ways you can ensure your success in landing a better job when you graduate.

Here are five tips, why you should try them and where you should start when you do.

1. Get involved with social media

LinkedIn is the place you should start if you want to enter the professional working world. The social media platform is nothing special, but it is well-known. It allows other members to see your profile, view your resume and check out credentials without having to “Friend” you.

Why? It is not actually about the magical effects of LinkedIn — it is about the people who use it. Corporate HR staff have to research into you as fully as possible via means other than your resume if they want to put you forward to be hired. LinkedIn is the biggest cheat that human resources can use since the invention of Google.

Starting point: Make sure every resume and email you send has a reference to your LinkedIn profile. Spend some time filling out your profile and make as many meaningful connections on there as possible.

2. Start blogging

Do not start a blog about your favorite Kardashian; start it about your chosen discipline. Show the world just how much you know. Post at least twice per month, but it needs to be a good one. You cannot afford to draft any old bunk. Your work needs to be high quality so that your potential employer can click on any one of them and see how great you are.

Why? It allows you to show the world that your qualifications actually mean something. It can be used to demonstrate your expertise and show that the information on your resume is correct. It may even pop up during the HR staff’s Google search, which will work heavily in your favor. HR staff love an Internet trail.

Starting point: You have files and files of school/college/university essays that are just sitting there. Edit them to make them perfect and publish them. If they’re long, break them into 500 word posts and publish them as a series.

3. Become an intern

An internship can be a good baby step into a future career. Some students want to have three or more internships prior to graduating.

Why? It does offer you a valuable bit of experience, but part of the reason is that it is an American tradition. Almost all career people have their intern stories. Unless you are entering a discipline such as the medical field, an internship is not needed, but it is still beneficial.

Starting point: Consult your guidance counselor and discuss your options. Check in with a favorite teacher who might have some ideas as well. Otherwise discuss it with an independent guidance company. They will put you on the right track for your chosen career, for the internships in your area and for your state.

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Think Your Art Degree is Useless? Think Again!

Gallery2aAuthor: Penelope Trunk
Source: PenelopeTrunk.com

Where’s the return on investment for that a bachelor’s in art history or an MFA? How do artists support themselves. What can I do if I’m a visual thinker?

You can answer those questions with, “Get a day job.” But there’s a lot more you could do besides that. Here are some career paths that are open to visual thinkers, whether or not you have a degree.

Museum concierge. Parents want their kids to be able to go through a museum and appreciate it, but the parents can barely get through an art museum themselves, let alone make it interesting to a pre-teen. High-end tutoring companies contract out this sort of rich-kid playdate to art-history types. And entrepreneurial art types can create customized paths through museums that will keep adults interested. I went on a Museum Hack tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the tour it blew me away with how quirky and interesting it was. (Notice: Melissa trailed behind taking pictures.) But you don’t have to run this business out of New York. You can do it anywhere there’s an art museum. And, the best news? You don’t need the museum’s permission to do it.

Hospital training. Erika Hayasaki wrote in the Pacific Standard, that there has been lot of talk in medical circles about the decline of doctors’ observational powers. This decline emerges because more and more diagnostic work is done by machines, so physicians are becoming worse at paying close attention to patients with their own eyes and ears. So some hospitals have begun to offer doctors modified art appreciation classes in an attempt to revive their atrophying skills of pattern recognition and awareness.

Video advertising. Online advertising is growing at a much faster rate than offline advertising due to the explosion of video. Creating online ads is half science, half artistry, on the Internet you can measure your progress and success. So if you’re great at making ads that run before videos, you can earn a lot of money (and where else can you remember hearing that about any form or art?)

Art manufacturing. I bought a bunch of items from a woman who does cashmere upcycling. She makes everything out of machine-washed cashmere. Everything we bought from her is soft and doesn’t shrink. I asked why she doesn’t sell to Anthropologie and she explained that she’d have to create patterns and create styles that can be mass produced, but she prefers doing it one by one. (And no web site.) Ceramicists I have talked to say the same thing. So clearly there’s a market for artists who are willing to play the game of mass production. Some examples of artists who do it well: Molly Hatch and Nathalie Lete. But you can bet they have someone behind the scenes who understands both logistics and art.

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Life After College: Graduate Employment in 2015

young-employeeAuthor: Casey Fleischmann
Source: The Undercover Recruiter

Many college students would have just graduated this summer. This means a fresh pool of talent has just been released into the working world and recruiters need to be aware of the skills and value that graduates posses.

However, as much as companies have the ability to attract this new talent, they struggle to find ways to keep graduates interested. This then encourages job hopping, as graduates become easily bored and disinterested.

So what are graduates doing after college and how can companies keep them engaged? College Living have a look at some interesting statistics.

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5 Biggest Mistakes of Recent Grads

college-gradAuthor: Robert Dickie
Source: Brazen Careerist

For many generations, the pathway to the American dream started on a college campus. A four-year sabbatical from the real world (that many stretched into five or six years) would end with a diploma and a guarantee for higher earning power and success.

Then the Great Recession of 2008 hit.

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Are Skills and Experience More Valuable Than A Degree?

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Author: Casey Fleischmann
Source: The Undercover Recruiter

Today, employers are looking for a variety of talents, skills and personality traits in future candidates.

This means that people who haven’t attended university, have just as much of a chance of getting employed due to the potential skills and experience that they have gained in the time that others have spent studying for a degree.

So, what is more valued – a degree or experience and skill? Are both equally desirable or does one stand out more than the other?

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Fantastic List of 100 Awesome Scholarships!

graduationApplying for college can be a harrowing experience, but it gets worse. Realizing how much college costs these days can cause panic attacks, and student loans are not always the best solution. Before you know it, your excitement about getting into college can be totally trumped by anxiety about costs.

Average college tuition and fees for the 2014 academic year ranged from $9,139 for public colleges to $31,231 for private schools, The College Board reported. Once you add books, rent, outside activities, and perhaps the occasional non ramen meal, the costs get even more exorbitant. The average debt for students graduating in 2014 is $33,000. That’s no chump change.

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