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Posted October 07, 2013 by

College graduates: Tips and advice on how to land your first job

Matt Krumrie

Matt Krumrie

Even though it’s starting to cool down, fall is a time when many companies are heating up the hiring process, according to Twin Cities-based college recruiting firm GradStaff. Summer vacations are over and busy HR and management staffs are back focusing on hiring, training and adding new staff members.

During this prime hiring time, GradStaff is busy arming college grads with the right tools and knowledge to get them on their feet (read more about how GradStaff can help college graduates) and on to a career path and out of Mom and Dad’s house, where a record number of young adults are living. According to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, 36 percent of adults 18-31 are living in their parents’ home, the highest number in four decades. (more…)

Posted September 05, 2013 by

Working Hard on Your Entry Level Job and Want Career Advancement? How to Make the Time to Achieve this Goal

If you desire to take the next step in your career from your entry level job, it is important to make time to do so.  Learn how in the following post.

You start the workday with great intentions. You plan to work on big projects—the important but not urgent things you know you need to do to advance your career. You want to build the career capital that will help you at this job and your next few jobs. Then the first emails show up, and it’s go-go-go

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Posted June 10, 2013 by

Jobs for College Students – 5 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Your Internship

Internships can be beneficial jobs for college students, if they provide meaningful work experiences for them.  In the following post, learn five ways to take full advantage of these opportunities.

A good internship can provide you with valuable experience and give you a real advantage in a competitive job market. It can be a great addition to your resume, a cornerstone of your portfolio and a stepping stone to a more permanent position in your field. Here are five tips to help you find a great opportunity

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Posted May 09, 2013 by

10 Goals for Recent Graduate Jobs

After the excitement new graduates have once they get their first jobs, they should think about what goals they want to achieve.  The following post shares 10 goals to pursue for recent graduate jobs.

If you’re lucky enough to be starting a job—a real, career-building job—after you graduate, you probably aren’t thinking of when it will end. But the reality is that few people keep their first jobs for long. The average person stays in a job around 4.5 years these days according

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Posted May 06, 2013 by

Five College Skills You Can Use To Boost Your Career

The word "skills" on a chalkboard. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The word “skills” on a chalkboard. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You have a degree. Now what?

For many college grads, looking back at the time spent feverishly studying for term papers and putting together presentations can be nostalgic. It can also reveal some crucial life lessons learned throughout your time in college.

Although some lessons learned will not apply to all types of jobs, the career path you choose will benefit from the skills you acquired during your education. Here are the top five college skills you can use to build up your career and get you started in the real world on the right foot. (more…)

Posted February 16, 2012 by

Average Employee Wastes 12% of Day On Facebook, Twitter

DeskTime clock iconA direct correlation between tracking employee time and an increase in productivity has been observed after analyzing data about how people typically spend their time at work. This information was compiled by DeskTime through its analysis of over one million of work hours.

The study shows that the average employee will spend 12 percent of the working day using what DeskTime considered to be the unproductive applications of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.. This amounts to 65 hours a month, which have not been used productively. Only 59 percent of the day is spent using applications, which DeskTime deemed to be  productive.

The data demonstrated that after a month of using a time tracking system and sharing that data with the employees, the productivity of those employees increased by 15 percent. The statistics also showed that the typical employee used a high number of different desktop applications, web sites, and other applications. That indicates that they did a lot of link-jumping at work. Though this may be a good indicator for, for example public relations employees, it might not be the best result for, say, programmers.

In summary, the results of the analysis demonstrate that access to employee time tracking statistics are beneficial both for employees to self-manage an increase in their own productivity, as well as for managers to understand the working habits of their employees.

Posted September 19, 2006 by

Counting Ceiling Tiles

Depending on the job you get, you will either be always busy, always bored, or a mix of both.
Working as a data specialist at a university, 96 percent of my days are nail-biting, deadline-orientation. The best advice for chaotic “hit-myself-with-a-hammer” days? Breathe deeply and hopefully you get to listen to music on the job. For those boring “I-need-caffeine-like-now” days, my advice is to restrain your eyes from wandering to a clock. Stick a post-it over the bottom right hand corner of your computer screen if you have to, but don’t look.
I was stationed to babysit binders in a desolate white room for two hours without computer access. I missed my computer like a snowman misses winter.
After crossing every “t” and dotting every “i” in a report, I made the mistake of looking at the clock. Only 20 minutes (1,200 seconds) had passed.
Ways of keeping to keeping myself entertained ranged from singing the entire soundtrack of The Little Mermaid in my head, to counting the ceiling tiles, to contemplating my dinner options, to begging my IPod’s batteries to survive, to … well… you’re reading it.
In short, if you have absolutely no work to do… Find something (preferably work-related) and don’t look at the time.