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Posted January 04, 2016 by

4 habits to drop before your job search

During January 2016, College Recruiter will publish content designed to assist college students seeking either entry-level jobs upon graduation or summer internships. For more information about January’s focus, check out “Connecting the dots: Creating a 2016 career action plan.

Guest articles published in January will cover various topics to assist students who are either about to graduate and search for their first full-time jobs or who are searching for summer internships.

Robyn Scott, guest writer

Robyn Scott, guest writer

1) Not being able to work as a team

In college, students are often competing with their peers for honors or accolades. Most college students absolutely dread group projects, feeling that it’s unfair that they will all be graded together. This is a habit new graduates should drop immediately upon commencement.

In the job market, employees will be expected to work as a team pretty much every day. Although there will be some independent work, for the most part, departments will be judged on what they can accomplish together. Companies are thinking about their bottom lines and want to make sure deadlines are met and profits are made. Remember, there is no grading in the workplace; however, there will be the opportunity to move up in the company or be asked to leave it altogether.

2) Not taking time to climb the ladder

In college, freshmen become sophomores and sophomores become juniors in one year. Climbing the ladder in college is automatic, and students go from being totally inexperienced to being the oldest and most experienced in about four years.

In the workplace, climbing the ladder will take longer. Automatic raises are no longer standard, and employees may not be able to move up the ranks due to internal circumstances within a company. Someone doing an absolutely fabulous job may not be promoted because there simply isn’t an open position, and these days a job well done generally just means maintaining employment.

Employees who want to move up within the company will have to practice patience, perseverance, and creative thinking. The reality is some companies just don’t like to promote within; thus, employees may consider moving on to a different company once they have two to five years of experience.

3) Deadlines will always stay the same

For the most part, college students can hold their professors to predetermined timelines. The syllabus provides a list of deadlines that are basically set in stone for the entire semester. If the professor has stated that a 15 page essay is due the 8th week of class, they can’t just come in one day and say it’s due tomorrow. Finals are always given during finals week.

Things will not be the same once students become employees. A company may say that a team project proposal is due two weeks from now, but the boss can come in on Monday and say that something needs to be presented tomorrow at 9 a.m. sharp. In the working world, there are tons of different factors affecting timelines and deadlines such as budgets, client needs, and other departments within a company. New employees will have to adjust to being extremely flexible with deadlines.

4) Casual etiquette

One of the great things about college is that students can show up in jeans and a wrinkled t-shirt with a giant cup of coffee in hand; as long as they participate and know what they’re talking about, they often won’t be judged any differently.

This is not so in an office environment. Although coffee will be flowing generously, employees need to follow standard workplace etiquette and show up looking professional and prepared. In addition to looking the part, new employees need to make sure they are prompt, interact professionally and politely with their coworkers and supervisors, respond to emails and phone calls within a 24 hour period (at the latest), and get along with different personality types.

In college, students can choose who they spend their time with; however, in the workplace, they simply have to get along with everybody on their team.

Robyn Scott is a private tutor with TutorNerds LLC. She has a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and a MA from the University of Southampton, UK.

Posted July 08, 2015 by

Want a Promotion? 5 Tips to Help You Earn One

Do you believe it is time for you to get promoted at work?  If you have been with a company for a while and have proven your worth, then chances are you are probably right.  You may have even asked your boss for a promotion before, but for some reason it was not the right time.  That does not mean you should give up.  If your goal is to move up within your business, there are ways to do it.  Here are some tips to help you earn a promotion. (more…)

Posted June 22, 2015 by

3 High-Paying Options for Healthcare Careers

Surgery assistant perfusionist working with artificial cardiac valve at operation in cardiology clinic

Surgery assistant perfusionist working with artificial cardiac valve at operation in cardiology clinic. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Technology and the way medicine is practiced has changed over the decades, which in turn has created many new career opportunities. Medical degrees and certificates are no longer limited to M.D., D.O. and others that take 10 years of college and residency to complete. Now, there are a variety of options for anyone who wants to help other people and make good money in the process. The following are just three examples of possible healthcare career opportunities: (more…)

Posted May 01, 2015 by

How to get selected in your dream job

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Tripti Rai

You are either over with your studies (for now), or are going to be (very soon). In either case, we know what must be going in your head, with your friends or fellow students flaunting their job offers or the fact that they have so many interviews lined up. It can be a pretty daunting time, with you not knowing the next or the very first step you should take to bag a good, decent pay job preferably in the industry where you see yourself in the next 5 yrs.

Job search process doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems right now. All you need to do right now is keep your cool and work towards brushing your skills. Main steps for bagging your dream job are: (more…)

Posted March 13, 2015 by

6 Reasons to Consider a Career in Special Education

Special education word cloud on green background

Special education word cloud on green background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Diagnoses of students with special needs are on the rise. Teachers are needed who are prepared to help students with autism, anxiety disorder, and other related conditions that the regular teacher may not be able to handle. A degree in special education is a meaningful choice for a life-long career for the following six reasons. (more…)

Posted August 19, 2014 by

Applying for Entry Level Jobs and Want to Leave a Lasting Impression? Write a Letter

While most of us like communicating quickly in one form or another, sometimes taking our time to create a message can be more effective.  So, if you’re applying for entry level jobs and want to leave a lasting impression, consider writing a letter as suggested in the following post.

Effective communication is essential. Period. Whether it’s talking with coworkers in the break room, calling an out-of-state relative or even receiving a touching email from a forgotten friend, the need to convey emotion and information is fundamental to the way we interact. (Click here to tweet this quote.) Yet in our ever-connected world, brusque emails, limited

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Posted May 07, 2014 by

Searching for Entry Level Jobs, College Grads? Don’t Show Desperation to Find Employment

It might be easier said than done but when searching for entry level jobs, college grads should not act desperate an for an opportunity.  Learn more in the following post.

You’ve tried everything, and it seems no one recognizes your potential; that you’d be a great employee… at any company, for any work! All you need is for someone to see you for what you are. Right? Trouble is, they may already have seen the “real” you. If you’ve done any of the following, they may already have classified you,

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Posted April 29, 2014 by

About to Graduate and Begin Searching for Entry Level Jobs? Career Advice from Commencement Speeches

Before college graduates begin their searches for entry level jobs, they should consider some career advice from commencement speeches in the following post.

It’s almost May, and the class of 2014 soon will be donning their caps and gowns. Commencement speeches are a final rite of passage for graduating seniors anxiously awaiting the next step in their lives. The wisdom imparted in the speeches isn’t applicable to students, but instead to graduates, as young professionals. And sometimes the advice is so good, we

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Posted February 10, 2014 by

Got Technology? A Helpful Skill to Compete for an Entry Level Job

Even though you may not be the most tech savvy person, being skilled in technology could make the difference in your search for an entry level job.  Learn more in the following post.

My biggest fear: I won’t keep up with current trends and I’ll end up an ancient dinosaur. You know, the ones who never adapted. We all know what happens to them. They get left behind – considered irrelevant and too onerous to be useful. As much as new tech might frighten us, and as much as we might not

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Posted January 15, 2014 by

Pursue Physiotherapy Courses for a Promising Career in 2014

Swati Srivastava

Swati Srivastava

Physiotherapy is a career-oriented discipline that offers various lucrative job opportunities. If you think you possess traits and interest in the respective field, the following post has a lot to tell you about a career in physiotherapy. Read on…

Physiotherapy is a booming career option in India, which requires dynamic professionals with important traits like patience, dedication and interpersonal skills. If you wish to pursue a career in the respective field, it is important to start early preparation. (more…)