5 Awkward Situations When You’re New at Work

awkwardAuthor: Abby Wolfe
Source: The Daily Muse

On day one of my first “real” job, I had no idea what to do with myself. Around 3:30 PM, I turned to a co-worker and asked, “So, uh, what time do you usually leave each day?”

When offered the job three weeks earlier, the hiring manager told me my hours were “up to me and my supervisor.” Well, that conversation never happened, so I had no idea when I could go home.

Starting a new gig can be really overwhelming—whether it’s your first one or your 10th. There are loads of unspoken rules you haven’t learned yet, and you have to get to know a whole new group of people.

But, as time goes on, there are certain situations that’ll become second nature. (Or at least feel a little bit easier.)

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What Grads Can Do To Find The Right Job After College

COLLEGE-GRADUATEAuthor: Christie Garton
Source: Huffington Post

Congrats grads! Graduation is an exciting time for any young person, but there is an overwhelming sense of unease among today’s young people regarding life outside of their predictable school walls.

My non-profit teamed up with Toluna Quicksurveys.com to get a better sense of what students are facing at graduation, as part of our ongoing State of the Girl series. Our survey revealed that, no surprise, finding that first job is still the biggest challenge facing these soon-to-be graduates. What is surprising, however, is that over 80 percent of female college graduates say they are finding it difficult to land a job within their chosen field of study.

 

This is an alarming statistic. It means only about 17 percent of graduates are finding jobs related to what they actually studied in school. Couple that with the fact that graduates are raking up over $37,000 in student loan debt (from a new study by Scholarships.com), students who find themselves in a bad-fit job after graduation have a difficult getting on the right path.

But good news for graduates: you have the power to change this outcome. From my experience in working with students and graduates over the years, there are several strategies you can utilize during the job recruitment process to improve your chances of getting noticed (and hired!) for the job of your dreams after graduation.

 

Customize your pitch

 

First, be smart about where you apply. Instead of sending the same, generic letter to dozens of similar companies, graduates need to select five to ten companies that look like a good fit. Next, customize your cover letters and resumes based on the employer and the specific position you are seeking. Let’s get real. Hiring managers can see right through a “canned” application. Now here’s where an applicant really shines—do a little research and include in the cover letter a comment related to an exciting new project or update from the company. Check recent company press releases (available on their website) or Google the company to get some ideas. From experience, this can go a long way in helping an applicant stand out. If a graduate you know needs some help perfecting their cover letter, these writing tips from The Muse can help.

 

Stand out in the interview by expanding on ideas

 

Success! You sent the potential new employer a standout cover letter and resume that secured an interview. During the interview, your #1 task is to get them to see you as a part of the team. How do you do that? Introduce and expand on some new, creative ideas for projects during the course of the conversation. But this can only happen if you have a firm grasp of some of the company’s recent news and updates (see the tip above!). The preparation and research shows the employer that you already are interested in adding great value to the company and that you are someone who is proactive in your work. Applicants who bring ideas to the table and put themselves in the position’s shoes are more likely to get hired for the job.

 

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5 Key Factors For Succeeding In Your First Job

success-agreeing_380w_crop380wAuthor: Patrick Mathieson
Source: Quora

#1: Dealing with your Boss

  • Think of yourself as a “black box”. A black box is something that takes some inputs from someone else, deals with all of the complicated BS out of sight by themselves, and comes back with useful and straightforward outputs. An example of a “black box” is Uber… you press a button and a car shows up to take you somewhere. All of the complexity is hidden from the end-user. That’s how you should be when it comes to your work. Your boss will explain what they want from you, answer the questions you have, and then you should come back in a day or two with the concise (and correct) byproducts of your work. Spare your boss the complexity. That’s why they hired you in the first place.

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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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How To Turn A Recent Grad Into A Star Employee!

recentgradsAuthor: Brad Zomick Source: Brazen Careerist Sure, it’s great to hire someone with experience for that open entry-level job on your team. They’ll be able do the job without much guidance. But it’s going to cost you. Hiring a recent grad is a more affordable alternative. In today’s job market, you’ll have the pick of the litter, and you will be able to mold them into the employees of your dreams. Plus, once you’ve invested in your new hire, they’ll be more likely to stick around and be loyal to you. Training a recent grad does take some TLC and planning. Here are seven steps to transform your recent grad into a high-performing asset in no time at all. Continue reading

23 Job Hunting Mistakes Made By New Grads

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Written by 
Rebecca Lake, 
originally posted 
on CreditDonkey

Competition for entry-level positions is fierce for anyone graduating from college these days. Need a leg up on your competition? Avoid making these 23 common mistakes, and you decrease your chances of getting passed over for one of your classmates.

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