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Posted May 02, 2016 by

6 things to do before starting a new job

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It’s the time of year when many college seniors begin thinking about what they will do after graduation. Most students focus on the interview process but may not have thought about what to do when they are offered full-time jobs. It can be both exciting and scary but starting a first professional job is now part of the imminent future. Although many students have worked part-time and participated in internships, starting a full-time job is a different venture. Student life is unique in many ways, so it’s important for soon-to-be graduates to make a few changes before they begin new entry-level jobs.

1) Look the part

College doesn’t have a dress code, but most jobs do. To be taken seriously, it’s a good idea for students to know what most of their colleagues will be wearing. Some offices will require a suit and tie, but most are now business casual. One of the most common mistakes new employees make is showing up to the office in attire that’s too informal.

2) Practice the importance of being prompt

Probably the most undervalued asset new employees can possess is promptness in communication. In addition to being to work on time or early, new employees should learn how important it is to stay in communication with the team. It’s fairly common for college students to forget about emailing professors or their peers because they’re mostly relying on social media to be in touch. However, new employees who don’t respond to a colleague’s or supervisor’s email or phone call will be viewed as unreliable. If something is going to take 24 hours to complete, be sure to send a quick note that communicates this information.

3) Get into a daily routine

College classes can be held at 7:30 in the morning or 10:30 at night, and most students will have significant breaks to work on self-study throughout the day. Most office jobs, however, are from eight to five (although flexible work schedules are becoming more common). It’s important to get into a routine of getting up early and dealing with the morning commute and also having enough down time later in the day to be prepared to do it all again tomorrow.

4) Gather paperwork

Once students graduate and start new jobs, they’ll be very busy adjusting to their new responsibilities. Gather any academic paperwork needed prior to the first day on the job. This can include official transcripts, letters of recommendation, references, networking contacts, or anything else that might be needed in a particular field. Many employers will ask for this paperwork, so it’s better to have it on hand and readily available.

5) Chat with your mentor

It’s a great idea to sit down with a mentor before starting a new job. A mentor will have specific and valuable insight into a particular field and perhaps even a specific company or manager. Take any advice available in order to be successful the first few months of a new career. Mentors can also help ease anxiety and build confidence that can make those first few weeks run smoothly.

6) Get organized

Graduating from college is a huge transition and can leave students feeling their lives are in disarray. Each person’s situation will be different, but it’s important to begin a new job feeling organized. Whether this means settling into a new home, moving across the country, or just getting paperwork in order, an organized lifestyle will help a person be more professional and help them focus on making a great impression in the workplace.

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Robyn Scott, guest writer

Robyn Scott, guest writer

Robyn Scott, a guest writer for College Recruiter, 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 December 12, 2014 by

College Students, Adjusting to Dorm Life? 13 Ideas that Can Help

Student depression is no laughing matter, it’s estimated that nearly half the student population of universities in the UK have some form of depression. Frightening facts that have to be taken seriously.

Being away from home for the first time is a daunting and scary thought for many students, trying to make new friends, taking on the work load of studying and adapting to a whole new way of life can be very stressful.

We’ve compiled a list of hacks that may just help resolve some of the issues faced when living in a new environment, which may be cramped and lacking the creature comforts of home. Finding places to store copious amounts of books, let alone personal belongings, can easily turn into a nightmare. Creating a friendly environment in which to live is paramount if you want to make uni life easier and less stressful. (more…)

Posted November 07, 2014 by

London Calling International Students

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Beautiful colors of Big Ben from Westminster Bridge at Sunset – London. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Choosing the right college is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Rather than letting this daunt you, feel the excitement and put your all into research and planning. If you’re looking for a big change, along with challenges, experiencing a new culture and an internationally recognised education, studying abroad should definitely be one of your options.

But where to?

London was ranked second best city to study in (after Paris!) by QS Best Student Cities in 2012 and, according to The Guardian, it attracts one in nine students who are studying abroad. With fine establishments such as the London School of Business and Finance building its educational-scape, it’s easy to understand the attraction. (more…)

Posted July 03, 2014 by

Why UK Universities should invest in Technology

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Income generated from “International students” contributes significantly to the UK’s universities. International university student market contributes to the UK economy in numerous direct and indirect ways. In 2013, they supported over £80bn ($110bn) of UK economic output, which is roughly one third of the total contribution of the aviation sector to UK GDP, and generated over £25bn ($40bn) of Gross Value Added (GVA).

Over the past few years, educational institutions have gone through harsh times, the challenging financial environment and increased international competition require innovative approaches to ensure that the UK remains a recognized leader in world-class teaching, training and researches. (more…)

Posted June 05, 2014 by

The Benefits of Employees Using Social Media on their Entry Level Jobs

While some employers might prefer their employees not using social media on their entry level jobs, there are some benefits to them doing so.  Learn more in the following post.

Use of social networks at workplace – right or wrong or can be assigned to the gray area? Social networks are sometimes seen as platforms where employees lose time in their working hours, to the point that some companies have blocked access to these platforms for being considered a waste of time. In fact, there are studies that

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Posted May 30, 2014 by

UK Entry Level Jobs in HR for Women are 3 Times More than Men, but They Struggle to Advance

While women in the UK strive for more opportunities to advance in the workforce, they are working in entry level jobs in HR three times more than men, according to the following post.

In Hong Kong entry level positions were more gender balanced, with more men achieving senior positions. The study asked a representative sample of nine hundred and eighty three members of the Hong Kong Institute of…

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Posted May 23, 2014 by

Would You Like to Work from Home?

While most employees probably don’t get the chance to work from home, that does not mean they wouldn’t like the opportunity to do so.  Who wouldn’t appreciate the flexibility and convenience of telecommuting?  Well, not everyone is intrigued by it.  In the following infographic, learn more about working from home, including who likes and does not like this idea. (more…)

Posted July 11, 2013 by

Women in Plumbing and Construction

plumbing-electrical-careerThe world of construction trades is full of urban myths that really need debunking. Plumbers don’t, in the main earn more than £100k, although they can earn a respectable living, the electrician’s world is swamped by cheap labour from Eastern Europe, there is a shortfall of skilled plumbers estimated to be about 30,000 for plumbers alone. Finally, women cannot become electricians or plumbers is simply not true. With these urban myths fully debunked it is worth considering the issue of women in construction trades such as plumbing and electrical work in more details. (more…)

Posted May 20, 2013 by

5 Golden Rules for Graduate Jobseekers

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Young woman in graduation cap and gown. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Think it’s a case of walking out of degree studies and strolling into a dream job right away? Dream on – it’s nothing of the sort!

The good news however is that those who get it right stand to land some of the most desirable jobs in the UK, it’s just a case of learning a few golden rules for graduate jobseekers.

Here’s a brief look at the basics to get you started: (more…)

Posted December 28, 2011 by

Finding a Job in a Competitive Market

Unemployment is unbelievably high in the UK as fewer job positions are emerging. According to Fresh Business Thinking, UK employers are reluctant to hire new employees which, combined with public sector cuts, could spell an increase in unemployment figures. This is bad news for those who are currently job seeking as competitiveness for positions could increase further.

If you’re currently unemployed and looking for a new position, getting hired could prove more difficult than ever. It’s not just about impressing the interviewer, the number of applicants for each position makes it harder than ever for you to be top of the pile. In order to seek employment you must source job vacancies which aren’t as competitive as others and be one step ahead of the job market. (more…)