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Back to the grind

Well, we’re about 2 weeks post-graduation.

I wasn’t naive enough to think that the job offers would start flowing the second I was handed my “diploma” (or, the fancy cover that will hold my diploma once it comes in the mail…), but I definitely thought I’d have at least one or two leads by now.

So far, I’ve gotten one (non-paid) internship offer and plenty of “thanks, but no thanks.”

Rough.

One thing I’ve definitely learned through my short, but exhausting job search so far is that, like I said in my previous posts, it’s all about who you know. Even then, it’s pretty hard to nail something down.

What do you think fellow grads? Any success in your job searches? What did you do? How did you do it?

Strength in numbers, people. Strength in numbers.

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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in General

 

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The home stretch

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It’s finally here.

The last full week of classes and of my educational career…at least for now. I never thought I’d see the day, but sure enough, graduation is less than two weeks away.

There’s something strangely motivating about knowing that in just a few short days, I’ll be done for good. All that senioritis I’ve been talking about seems to be somewhere on the back burner and I’m not going to question it. I’m going to take this little burst of motivation and run with it. “To do” lists are currently littered all over my house.

This brings me to yet another piece of advice for youcollege seniors out there–write things down.

I don’t know why, but for me, just the act of writing down what I need to get done helps calm my nerves and get me focused. Maybe it’s the visual learner inside me, but I have a feeling this technique can be helpful no matter your learning style.

I’ve got lists written on paper, on my bedroom mirror, in a planner, and on sticky notes–the paper and digital version.

So, take this opportunity to focus and get on track. We’re almost done!

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in General, JRNL 305

 

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Overcoming Senioritis…yeah right.

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A huge problem I’ve run into this semester is the dreaded senioritis. You know, the “I’m graduating at the end of the semester anyway so why go to class or do any work?” mentality.

After breezing through high school, I came to college thinking it wouldn’t be that much harder. Well, I was wrong, and after semester after semester of getting a three-point something, I set a goal of getting at least one 4.0 in college. Last semester, I finally reached that goal–the semester before graduation. Needless to say, after that, it was all downhill.

I’ve been dreading graduation ever since freshman year. I’ve just loved college so much that I’m having issues accepting the fact that I have to leave. Well, since it’s April of my senior year, leaving is pretty much inevitable, and so is senioritis. As the semester progresses, it’s been steadily getting worse, but I’ve tried a few things to help curb the symptoms so I can at least get through the semester with a degree and my sanity.

Making lists of everything, and I mean everything, I need to get done before graduation has been helpful. Seeing it on paper somehow makes it more tangible and therefore makes me more willing to get it all done. It’s also extremely gratifying to be able to physically cross something off your list.

Finding a comfortable place where I’m able to focus on getting work done is also key. It’s important to recognize what time of day you do your best work, also. For example, I like to go to the library in the afternoon or early evening or, if it’s a nice day, I like to sit on my porch and get my reading done–all things that have slightly help control my ridiculous senioritis.

Seniors, there is an end in sight, so try not to let senioritis get the best of you. We’ve worked this hard for four (maybe more) years, why screw it up now, right?

Good luck!

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in General, JRNL 305

 

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It’s all about networking.

As I continue to stress about finding a job after making that fateful walk across the stage at the Convocation Center, there’s one thing that’s always lingering in the back of my mind: Did I meet someone new today?

Seriously.

I’ve talked to countless professors, employers, colleagues, alumni–you name it–and they all say the exact same thing. “It’s all about who you know, not what you know.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the degree I’ve worked four years four and put thousands of dollars into will come in handy some day, but networking has become one of the most important factors in finding and securing a job. You never know who’s going to know someone that will hold a key to your future.

Cheesy, but true.

So all you other class of ’12 graduates out there, and those of you graduation sometime in the near future, make sure you’re meeting as many people as you can. Brag about yourself (subtly, of course). Invest in business cards–something I still need to do. In an age where networking is as easy as signing up for an email account, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in General, JRNL 305

 

Putting yourself out there.

I recently read an article on Yahoo! Finance that’s had me going back and forth on my resume for weeks. While it had some good tips on resume building that I’d never thought of before, some of the things really had me questioning everything I knew about resumes (which isn’t a whole lot).

I mean, the first thing you learn about creating a resume is putting an objective at the top–the first thing future employers will be able to see. Well apparently I’m out of the loop and the people at Yahoo! think objectives are completely outdated.

Here’s my issue: What if your future employer is old-fashioned and is completely taken aback that this college grad would have the audacity to remove an objective from his or her resume? What if not everyone has caught on to this trend of no objectives and, while I may be ahead of the curve, there’s no point if no one else has caught up too, right?

Cue anxiety.

So, what do you all think? Objectives–yes or no? Work experience–include even the high school babysitting jobs and the long hours as a busboy?

Feel free to leave your comments and any helpful resume building tips! I’m sure I’m not the only one who could use the help…

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in General