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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 April 17, 2015 by

Preparing For a Career: A Pre Graduation Checklist

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Marking checklist. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Thousands of college seniors are due to graduate in a few short weeks but many of them have not yet thought about their career search. This is understandable given that there are so many things to think about in the last weeks of college, including studying for final exams and preparing transcripts to apply for graduation. Although some students will already be conducting job interviews or even have signed a contract with a company, most will start their job search after graduation. In the past, many graduates could expect to have an entry level, full time position in their field by the end of the summer after graduation, however, the current economy is still recovering and many recent grads will have a longer search. It’s important to be prepared for the job search process early to decrease the amount of time spent unemployed or working outside of the field. (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 October 15, 2014 by

New grads – Make your job hunt more effective

Happy graduating woman in cap and gown celebrating on campus

Happy graduating woman in cap and gown celebrating on campus. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

When you’re fresh out of school you generally have a lot on your plate and a lot of plans for the future. A long, protracted job search probably isn’t a part of your plans and can be extremely frustrating.

As a new graduate it’s important you take some extra steps to stand out among candidates especially if you have no experience.

With some creativity, research and perseverance you can put yourself in a position to find gainful employment. This article will cover 3 things you can do in your job hunt to make the search and interview a little easier. (more…)

Posted May 16, 2014 by

How to Get an Entry Level Job in 5 Steps

In your search for an entry level job, try these five steps in the following post that can help you get hired.

You can also imagine that landing a job with a company such as LinkedIn means there is a ton of competition. Yet Lillian Chen fought her way to the top… and won the job. So how did this job seeker do it? What was the secret to success?

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Posted December 19, 2013 by

So You Chose the Wrong Major: What Now?

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A frustrated student surrounded by books. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

“What if I just spent four years working for an expensive degree that I’ll never use? I’m not even sure my major will help me land a job or—if it does—that I’ll enjoy the job.”

This is one of the most common questions amongst new and recent graduates. And while we would love to dismiss these thoughts as meaningless, giddy new-grad jitters, we can’t. This scenario is not only possible, it’s actually quite common. The major you’ve chosen and the degree you’ve earned are going to be with you for the rest of your life.

Here’s how to face the possibility that you made the “wrong” choice, and then move forward with confidence, calm, and a clear sense of direction. (more…)

Posted November 21, 2013 by

Communicating with Your Boss on an Entry Level Job. 4 Things Not to Do

If you are communicating with your boss on an entry level job, there are four things you should not do.  Learn what they are in the following post.

Not all bosses are created equal. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll have an awesome boss throughout your professional career. Someone who leads by example and is active in your career development. Someone who ultimately wants to see you get promoted to a managerial position. They’ll take you under their wing and show

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