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Posted June 20, 2016 by

How to get a dream job even without experience

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It’s intensely frustrating. You spend years getting further education, you work your butt off, you rack up extra debt, and afterwards no doors will open because ‘you lack experience’ or because university ‘didn’t teach you the skills you need.’ But how can you get experience if nobody will give you a job?

Well fear not; there are actually ways to get that dream job after all, and that’s without first working 10 years at some entry-level position trying to make your mark. It just means working hard right now and showing everybody that you’ve got the mojo to pull it off.
So are you ready to get noticed? Here’s what you’ve got to do.

Do the time

Despite what many young people think, the world doesn’t owe them anything. That means your dream job is not going to get thrown into your lap. If you want it, you’ve got to look for it, hunt for it, and when you found it, battle to get it. So make sure you don’t sit back and wait for something to happen.

Instead, pursue every channel to get the job you want, be it social media, friends of the family, career counseling at university or the classifieds in the local newspaper (some people actually still use those). And apply to everything that sounds close to what you want. Even if you don’t end up wanting it, the experience from going to the interview can be just what you need to wow your future employers when you do land the right interview.

Develop your soft skills

One of the biggest problems employers have with fresh graduates is that they don’t have the soft skills necessary to actually get anywhere in the workplace. By soft skills I mean teamwork, communication, writing and problem-solving skills. An even bigger problem? Graduates think they’re actually very good at those things and therefore don’t take the time to become better at them. Don’t be like everybody else; accept that you’ve still got a lot to learn, then go out of your way to learn soft skills!

Be confident but not arrogant

There is another good reason besides soft skills that many people don’t like hiring recent graduates – and that’s because recent graduates often have a much higher estimation of what they’re capable of than what they’re actually capable of. They come swaggering into the workplace believing that they’ll show these business people a thing or two about how it’s done.

The thing is, often they don’t know how it’s done. They’ve got too little work experience and often too much idealism. They’ve got a lot to learn but think too highly of themselves to realize this is so.

Don’t be that person. Be respectful, accept that you’re still at the beginning of your life and that experience is valuable, but make it clear to your future employer that you’re smart enough to know what you know and driven enough to learn what you don’t. That will impress them.

Prepare for the interview

There are some tricky questions interviewers can’t ask you, and if you haven’t prepared then they may stump you. So take time to prepare. Not only that, but make sure you know the names of the people you’re going to interview with, as well as whatever basic facts you can find online. People will be impressed if you are well-informed. It shows that you care, that you’re a good researcher, that you’re proactive and that you’re willing to invest effort to get what you want.

Show off your expertise

If you want the dream job, you’ve got to show that your skill set is much greater than your limited CV gives you credit for. So you’ve got to show off your expertise. This can be done in multiple ways–by getting an endorsement from somebody who matters in the industry or one of your professors, for instance, but probably the best way is to actually start working in the field. So either start freelancing while you’re still in college, or otherwise start blogging and build up a reputation as somebody who knows what they’re talking about.

Be passionate

Read books and articles in your field, understand theory as best you can, know who the players are, and when you get around to writing your cover letter, show them how much you care. Now don’t be a gushing ninny. You’ve got to be professional, but you still have to demonstrate to them that even though you don’t have as much experience as everybody else in the field, you’ve got more than enough passion to make up for it.

Be a protagonist

You’ve got to take responsibility for your actions or your lack thereof. It won’t be easy to jump the cue. It will, in fact, take a lot of hard work, so you’ve got to prepare for that. That said, it is possible so long as you take the time to be do what you’ve got to do and show that you’re a cut above the rest.

And if it goes wrong, own it, learn what you can from it and get back up again. Then push on. That’s the only way it’s going to work. You’ve got to be the hero of your own story, because otherwise you’re the victim. And who hires the victim?

Jonathan Emmen, guest writer

Jonathan Emmen, guest writer

Jonathan Emmen is a student and an inspired blogger from Copenhagen. His passion is writing, and he finds inspiration in traveling, books, and movies. You can follow him on @JonnyEmmen or you can also follow him on Kinja.

Posted October 17, 2015 by

Grueling FAFSA application process leaves money on the table, hurts students

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Directly above photograph of a grant application. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As the cost of college tuitions skyrocket, the world of academia is constantly growing more competitive, which is causing a large number of students to second guess their options for college. Today, a college education can be financially intimidating, especially when your main form of payment is through some sort of government aid, student loan, or the hope for a potential scholarship. With college costing an average student more than $30,000 per year, students are actively seeking any monetary help possible to ensure they are not haunted by a mountain of debt after graduation. (more…)

Posted July 29, 2015 by

What to Know Before you Start Paying Student Loans

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Student Loan installment payment check paying back money owed in obligation for borrowed funding for college or university education. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Paying for a college education can be expensive, and many students will use student loans to finance at least a portion of their education. Most graduates leave school owing tens of thousands of dollars or more, and these funds must be repaid at some point. If the time has come for you to start making your payments, it is important you understand what all of your options are for handling this debt. (more…)

Posted March 06, 2015 by

College Leave: How to Turn an Absence into an Asset

Ryan Hickey

Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Peterson’s & EssayEdge

You’ve just spent eight or 10 hours at your job, and now you’re planning on spending your evening studying or going to class. Coping with the pressure can be hard, but returning to college after spending time in the workforce doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Follow these tips to help you pave the way to furthering your education and getting the job you’ve always dreamed of. (more…)

Posted March 02, 2015 by

Find a Great Career as a Debt Counsellor in Debt Relief Companies

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Mid-adult couple meeting with financial planner. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Debt relief companies help people in financial distress, to get rid of the burdensome debts. They are credit advocates helping people in improving their financial status. They basically conduct financial consultations in an attempt to educate the consumer and suggest appropriate remedies. Their core services are aimed at offering an alternative to credit counseling, bankruptcy and debt consolidation. Their chief role is to represent the consumer and become his advocate, while restoring financial stability at the earliest possible. Debt relief companies are looking for smart, compassionate and energetic individuals as debt counsellors for helping all those Americans who are in financial crisis, with individual customer service, education, and of course, debt relief. (more…)

Posted February 05, 2015 by

College or Entrepreneurship: The Pros and Cons

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Taylor Johnson

The Millennial generation is turning out to have a high entrepreneurial drive. According to an oDesk study, 72% of Millennials want to quit their jobs and strike out on their own, and 61% of them plan to do so within two years.

Who can blame them? The New York Times reports that “for the first time in modern memory, a whole generation might not prove wealthier than the one that preceded it.”

It’s no wonder why Millennials feel compelled to strike out as entrepreneurs. They feel a keen social and class awareness (we are the 99%!), watch movies like The Social Network, and know that their jobs won’t lead them to great wealth. Millennials know that entrepreneurship may be their only route to making a comfortable amount of money. (more…)

Posted January 14, 2015 by

New Year’s Resolutions for a Happier Career

Ryan Hickey

Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Peterson’s & EssayEdge

The ball has dropped, the champagne dried up, and it’s time to follow through with the New Year’s resolution you made to your blurry reflection in the bathroom mirror.

If you’re like many people, that resolution has to do with moving forward in post-graduate education. However, you may be conflicted about just how (or even why) to do this. Graduate school is a tempting option when you feel in a rut career-wise, but splash some water on your face and consider: What are your reasons for looking at further academics? Is it in an attempt to prolong the golden years of your college life? And if you are already working on a track that you enjoy, will this mean putting your career on hold? Is it worth it? (more…)

Posted November 18, 2014 by

Keeping Debt Down: Money Saving Tips for Students

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Closeup portrait of young woman holding her piggy bank friend in hand, isolate on white background. Positive emotion facial expression feelings. Smart wise saving paid financial decisions. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Last week a report in the Express and Star indicated that more students than ever before are relying on Payday loans to supplement their finances. A spokeswoman said that payday lending is becoming ‘increasingly prevalent within the student community’ and this controversial method of borrowing money can see students racking up even more debt by the time they finish their studies. Managing your budget as a student can be difficult. For many it is the first time they will have experienced living independently and budgeting accordingly. This along with the social temptations that are often associated with a student lifestyle and expensive costs of course materials can see them frittering away their money before they realize how and where it has gone. Being a student often means accruing at least some debt, but keeping this to a minimum is seriously beneficial so here are some ways that you can save money while studying and still have a good time. (more…)

Posted November 05, 2014 by

Tips to Help You Pay for College

Chris Beck

Chris Beck

With today’s challenging economic conditions, the value of a college degree has never been greater. Job applicants must work harder than ever to stand out from the herd and be noticed. A college degree from a well-recognized university is one of the best ways to differentiate yourself, and gain upward mobility in the job market. (more…)

Posted September 11, 2014 by

4 Ways College Students Waste Money

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Garbage can full of money spilling over with piggy bank in it and money on the ground. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

School is in session—let the accumulation of unnecessary debt begin. Wait, what? You thought all college debt was necessary? Think again. From paying too much on big-ticket items like tuition, to overspending on school supplies, college students are unknowingly wasting money every day. Graduating with a bill higher than your first salary job doesn’t have to be the norm. Stop wasting money and start using these money-saving tips every college student should know. (more…)