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Posted January 07, 2016 by

Finding your first full-time job after college

Ever felt torn about making plans? I have. Especially as a college student, I felt frozen when making decisions. Small decisions were simple. When selecting pizza toppings (my college boyfriend worked as a Domino’s delivery driver so we often pigged out on the stuff) or choosing whether to hang out in Memphis or St. Louis for the weekend, I could manage. But ask me to plot out the next five years of my life? No thanks.

Maybe you can relate. Let’s pretend it’s May 1, college graduation is the following weekend, and all your friends are making down payments on apartments. They’re gabbing about how they plan to spend their first “real” paychecks at their first “real” jobs, bragging about how they found their first full-time jobs, and your head is buried under a beanbag like an ostrich in the sand.

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It’s easy to temporarily pretend the world of adulting doesn’t exist.

But it does, of course.

If you’re a senior in college, it’s not really your future career we’re talking about—it’s the now. I know, I know—go ahead and grab the nearest pillow and cover your head for a moment to muffle the ear-piercing panicky scream. Then breathe.

Your future career isn’t really your future career, and you’re already technically an adult. Career planning is an ongoing process, and you’ve already begun working on it whether you realize it or not.

You began the career planning process your first year of college or even earlier in life. During your first few years of college, probably before completing 60 credit hours, you selected a major field of study. You might have met with an academic advisor or career counselor regarding your choice of major/minor and discussed the job outlook (including expected salary range) for your field of study (if not, it’s never too late to do this or to research this information on your own).

If you were super proactive, you might have visited the career services or career development office and sought career counseling advice and services related to resume writing, interview skills, and other valuable information. Or you might have blown this off entirely and thought you’d get to it later. That’s okay—you have one semester left on campus—make the most of it!

Like many students, you probably obtained some form of work experience while in college, either during the academic year or during summer/winter breaks. Whether you worked part-time or full-time, volunteered, or worked as an intern (paid or unpaid), you learned real transferable job skills to list on your resume and discuss in upcoming interviews. Did you know you were investing in your future career while standing over a vat of grease, waiting to pull French fries for 50 hungry customers at lunch? You were. You obtained customer service skills, time management skills, multitasking skills, and team working skills, to name a few. Those 15 hours per week each semester weren’t wasted.

The key at this point in your career journey is to refuse to remain satisfied with where you’re at. You’ve worked your tail off in college. Now’s the time to apply what you’ve learned, both in the classroom and outside the classroom, and begin searching for your first full-time job, one related to your college major, rather than remaining underemployed or unemployed after graduation.

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I can see you breathing a little more evenly now. See—you’ve already connected several crucial dots on the path to career success.

Follow our blog and let us help you maintain motivation this semester as you begin searching for your first full-time job.

 

Posted March 11, 2015 by

Five Ways Getting A Master’s Degree Can Help You Get To The Top Of The Corporate Ladder

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Sticking with a company may put your name on the list for new promotions, but it will not ensure that you make your way to upper management. Competition for high-level corporate jobs is steeper than ever, and this means that employees looking to get a leg up should consider these compelling reasons that a master’s degree may be exactly what they need. (more…)

Posted January 30, 2015 by

Classroom to Career: Six Steps You Must Take to Get a Rewarding Job

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With many students working hard towards getting their degree, some don’t anticipate how difficult it may be to find a job, even with an education. As college grads enter the workforce, they may accept another position until the right one comes along. Following these six steps can help you find a rewarding job after college: (more…)

Posted January 01, 2015 by

The Job Interview: A New Look For the New Year

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Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

It’s that time of year again—the opportunity to start fresh as you plan for the job interview that’s coming your way in 2015.

Being invited for an interview is a good sign. It means you’ve said something in your cover letter or resume that prompted the employer to call you. So rather than letting worry or fear drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and look at the experience in a new way for this new year. (more…)

Posted October 03, 2013 by

Job Placement Agencies – For inland and overseas opportunities

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Woman in front of her co-workers during a recruitment office meeting. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Many job placement & recruitment services offer not only inland job opportunities, but overseas opportunities as well. These recruitment agencies typically offer a variety of services designed to aid their clients in finding the right job or beginning a career in a new area. One major advantage in using such a service offered by an agency is that it already knows the area and the job market you are considering relocating to.

Services provided by these agencies cater to both domestic and international clients. These services often include a full consultation designed to help them get a better feel for their needs. They also offer a great insight as to the needs and job opportunities in various areas which can be a great asset. (more…)

Posted August 28, 2013 by

Pursuing a Graduate Degree in the US: Important Factors to Consider

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If you’re planning to pursue your master’s or doctorate degree in the United States, choosing the right school can be an overwhelming task. You may be looking at school rankings, tuition and location as you narrow down your list, and although those factors are important, you may need to dig a little deeper to find your ideal school.

Following are some tips that may help you find the right graduate program. (more…)

Posted June 05, 2013 by

Personal Concierge – To get you a Job of your Choice

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Picture of a concierge. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Many people today are really busy with so many things. They have to deal with work, home, and so on. All their duties must get done and this is where the trouble starts. With so much to do in a limited time, there are people who can’t manage to complete all their duties. But luckily, a solution is now available. (more…)