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Things you must do to get your first job right after college

Things you must do to get your first job right after college

College life is tough. It constitutes of hours of studies and endless examinations which are supposed to determine your future. If you are not a Zuckerberg or a Steve Jobs, you must stay till the end of your college life and then look for a job which can pay you back in the best way possible. For the nervous but enthusiastic college graduate of today, there are many doors of opportunity waiting to be opened.

Just remember, many successful CEOs and leaders of today once started out from zero.

You can also start from somewhere and craft the way forward. Here are some things you should do to get a job right after graduating:

Focus on your future:

Forget about the dream job or the fear of being left jobless. Think about your future as soon as you get into your final year of college. If your first job is not what you wished for, it doesn’t mean you are going to stay stuck like this forever. Embrace every new experience with open arms. Think about your degree/passion and pursue a line of work which sparks that passion in you every day.

Visualize your goal if you want to see yourself achieving it soon. Warren buffet collected savings by delivering newspapers. Oprah Winfrey used to work at a corner store. If you are passionate enough, you will craft a perfect future.

Consult with career services:

College graduates can benefit from career services and gain some valuable tips from these advisors. They are the people who understand your position in the field and try to help you out in the best way possible. “College career centers are a wealth of information for students,” says Diana Gruverman, director of Employer Services at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development. “The job’s not going to come to you,” she says. “You have to be proactive.”

Customize your resume:

Customize your resume to match every job application. Sending a default resume to every opportunity is one of the worst mistakes you can make.

Beginners often feel like they don’t have a good enough resume to show to a company, but there is so much you can do to a beginner’s resume.

Many large organizations use resume scanning software which scans the right keywords for a job. If your resume is missing out on the keyword, the application will be tossed out without even a glance.

Whatever the position is, insert it in the cover letter/body text. It will increase the visibility of your resume. It is not the most solid way of applying, but you need to make sure that you are covering all your bases.

Network, network, network:

Every new person you meet is a networking resource for your career. Whether it is a teacher, an old friend, alumni friends or a mutual friend. A good conversation can lead to new opportunities. Networking can increase your chances of securing a job. The more people you know, more your chances of getting an insight into various fields. If you are a student, talk to professionals and academics and market yourself subtly during the conversation. Here is how you can network like a pro.

The most important thing is to meet new people and have a small conversation with people of substance. Every seasoned professional was once in your position, so the conversation will be in safe hands. You don’t have to start selling yourself the moment you meet someone. Develop a friendly relationship so you are on that person’s radar.

Apply for everything:

You will hear from more people if you apply for everything. Even if your fancy degree is eligible for a higher compensation, apply to every program which is related to your field. Who knows, maybe you can turn a seemingly poor opportunity into something wholesome for your career.

If you are a college student, start applying to places from the final semester. At least 20-30 applications a week is also normal. It will help you refine the results in your head and give you a practicing ground until you find an opportunity which suits your requirements.

Keep an open mind when looking at new opportunities. You need to understand that you are a newbie in the corporate world and you need experience. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ job. Everything is an experience for a professional. Don’t think that one company, one job or one salary cap describes you. Collect valuable experience and expose your mind to new possibilities.

Keep up with the trends:

Even if you don’t have a job yet, you must seek information about the current news associated with your field. This is what is going to help you make smarter decisions. You can follow industry news by reading trade publications from top companies in your field, join social media groups and by following the social media profiles of companies related to your industry.

Social media monitoring is very important because it informs you about latest trends and best practices when applying to a company. It is also the best place to learn about other’s people mistakes so you can refrain from making those mistakes again.

Last word:

Whether you wish to be a CEO or a leader in your field, you have to start from somewhere. Be highly motivated that the best opportunity is going to come to you if you seek it actively. Network with the right people and keep searching for your big break to shine.

If you have any tips that can help college graduate seal the ideal job, discuss with us in the comments section.

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ABOUT Erica Silva

Erica Silva is a blogger who loves to discover and explore the world around her. She writes on everything from marketing to technology, science and brain health. She enjoys sharing her discoveries and experiences with readers and believes her blogs can make the world a better place.

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HireOwl Now Supports Google Jobs Search for Greater Reach to Global Student Talent

HireOwl Now Supports Google Jobs Search for Greater Reach to Global Student Talent

HireOwl, a fast-growing student employment network, is thrilled to announce a new release of its software supporting the Google Jobs Search!

Whenever a job is posted on HireOwl, it will automatically appear in the Google Search results. This gives our employer clients a greater reach, more student applicants, and reduces their time to hire. At the same time, students around the world will more easily find the job postings from the HireOwl network.

The Growing Trend of Video Interviews

The Growing Trend of Video Interviews

Finding the right candidate can be challenging and time-consuming. “Companies are implementing video interviews more and more, and people are actually getting hired faster now, because it’s less time and less aggravation on both ends,” says Paul J. Bailo, a digital executive and author of “The Essential Digital Interview Handbook.”

By adding video to the interview process, organizations and recruiters can quickly pre-screen multiple candidates at once, and observe verbal cues and body language to choose the right candidates.

Video interviews give employers the chance to test a candidate’s on-screen presence, but that’s not the only reason for this growing trend. Organizations state that conducting initial interviews with video saves them time, money and scheduling headaches and allows them to see more candidates than they would be able to manage otherwise. Recruiters can replay or review anything that catches their eye and compare candidates to narrow down the field before inviting a selection for a face-to-face interview or to an assessment centre.

While traditional interview processes probably aren’t going away any time soon, the time- and cost-saving benefits of interviewing someone via video, and its ability to transcend geographical barriers, will eventually lead to a significant reduction in face-to-face interviews. Video interviewing increases speed of hire, allowing recruiters to focus more time and energy on the best candidates.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2030 the hyper-connected, tech savvy generation of millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. This new wave of people are tech literate, and accustomed to being connected anywhere, at any time. Thanks to the rise of mobile, cloud and social, millennials are used to flexibility, openness and instantly connecting with people regardless of their location. By adding video and collaboration features such as chat to the early stages of the interview process, employers can help millennial feel connected, and create the experience similar to social platforms.

At HireOwl, we believe that video is an essential part of today’s workplace. Based on the latest WebRTC protocol, HireOwl video is supported by most browsers and doesn’t require installing any additional software. With HireOwl, you can watch students’ video resumes, chat with them, share files or engage in a live video meeting.

Watch a mashup of cinema’s most disastrous job interview scenes—do you think these companies could have benefited by doing video interviews? https://youtu.be/QBytUesZHl8

HireOwl WordPress Widget is Now Available!

HireOwl WordPress Widget is Now Available!

The HireOwl WordPress Widget is now available!

If you are hiring students on HireOwl and hosting your company website via WordPress, the HireOwl WordPress widget will automatically display open positions and let students apply from your website. This simplifies the job posting process, while increasing the applicants for your open jobs.

You can also join the HireOwl student referral program and earn $ when students apply to a job from your WordPress website.

Your account will automatically get credited when students click, signup and apply for any job. See the HireOwl Referral program for terms and conditions.

Go ahead, install the HireOwl WordPress Widget on your site now!

HireOwl Announces Career Coaching Services!

HireOwl Announces Career Coaching Services!

HireOwl Team is excited to announce its partnership with some of the best career coaches in the US to offer career coaching to its students.

When attending college, students frequently choose to pursue different avenues, some party, some play sports, and others try their hardest to study and do well on their exams. But what sets each of them apart from one another after they receive their diplomas, is the amount of experience they’ve had in the professional working environment. Have you ever found yourself lost on the path of knowledge, unable to figure out where to go next? If you’ve ever wished to have a chance to learn and be exposed to the way professionals think and function in your career field then we have the tool for you.

HireOwl is proud to present career coaching on our platform which connects students with mentors in their fields. This program allows you the student, to connect with mentors in the career path you’re studying for. The biggest advantage a student can have is experience, it helps in applying for a job after graduation or meeting a prerequisite for graduate school. Students of all levels are encouraged to participate in this program you can apply whether you are a senior or freshman, but currently enrolled student are preferred.

If you are still unsure on wether or not you should consider applying for this golden opportunity consider these reasons. The benefits of getting a career coach is that they can show you the failures that they faced when they were in your position.

Forbes states that “Through the use of career coaching individuals find a balance between personal and professional life, leading them to increase the amount of revenue by roughly 4% annually.” (Forbes.com, 2015).

On average students who use career coaching feel “25% more concentrated on business related tasks” and tend to find success in any new business undertaking. By finding out what errors they’ve made it cuts out a lot of time testing methods to attain success. Another benefit to having a career coach is that they can help you in networking. By getting additional exposure to members high up in your field you have a higher chance getting a kickstart on your career. In order to be the first to sign up for our new career coaching follow this link.

Where to Find Best SAT/ACT Tutors

Where to Find Best SAT/ACT Tutors

Universities across America have a stockpile of currently enrolled students who, in their free time enjoy tutoring their friends and peers. Most of these tutors work as either language class tutors such as Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, and French, or they enjoy tutoring students in math, English, and standard testing exams. HireOwl connects with these students and gives them the opportunity to not only help freshmen through seniors in college get perfect grades on their exams, but offer them the opportunity to get positions as workers that can help you reach your personal goals. Whether it be tutoring for the SAT’s or ACT’s, or a teaching English to children across the world, we have the most qualified students at your fingertips.

You may be asking yourself why these students are right for you, the answer is simple. The students partnered with our service have excelled in their fields of studies. For example, SAT or ACT tutors understand the material on the exam and are even recommended by CollegeBoard. The official statement from the CollegeBoard is, “Using a tutor may increase individual scores by 50 points. This translates to an increase of 150 points on your composite score” (CollegeBoard.com, 2016). This could assist in your customer satisfaction and customer retention. Additionally many of our language tutors are foreign exchange students that came to America in order to further their studies and are excited to teach you languages they have known their whole lives.

Through the use of video tutoring paired with our new video resume system you can pick and choose which tutors are the best for the situation and job you are offering. Many of the tutors who display their resumes on HireOwl have been tutors for over 3 years, and through the analysis of their prior work history have been successful with positive reviews. These are the same students that will be advertised to you and will apply to your listing through our service.

When you begin your search for tutors make sure to check out the video profiles that are featured in their applications because you may find yourself with the right person almost instantly. To get started with your search with us feel free to post a job listing by following this link.

Who You Should Hire for Marketing Projects

Who You Should Hire for Marketing Projects

When thinking of hiring employees for marketing positions employers must consider which generations are most exposed to the ever evolving methods of marketing. Within the past 10 years, internet marketing has become an extremely viable way for any business to increase their income and in addition earn recurring customers. As an employer you may be asking yourself “What is internet marketing?” and in short internet marketing is the promotion of your product through different social avenues such as networks, forums, and niche sites. Networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest all have wide audiences and are niche specific, so it’s beneficial to some of research on which social network your business would thrive best in.

Upon searching for talent in marketing and posting job openings on career sites, employers must recognize that currently, enrolled students are their most viable tools in order to successfully develop a marketing strategy for their business. Since students have used social media since early adolescence, some even as early as eleven years old, they have garnered the skills to know the absolute ins and outs of every social media and networking platform. While they may have not yet used social networks as tools to promote your business, in particular, they have learned how to use hashtags, links, and keywords to gain exposure on the internet. With these tools in hand, it takes little adaptation to create a positive social media and marketing presence for your business. Students should be your prime source for marketing as they have been around the tools you need to seek new audiences the longest.

Whether you are looking for new customers or trying to stabilize your monthly income, consider hiring students for marketing positions at your business. To find out potential student candidates for your marketing positions feel free to try HireOwl, a fast growing student employment network.

HireOwl Wins Two HR Management Software Awards from FinancesOnline!

HireOwl Wins Two HR Management Software Awards from FinancesOnline!

HireOwl is now an officially ranked industry platform when it was reviewed by trusted B2B directory FinancesOnline.com and made the grade with a score of 8.0 out of 10 and a complete satisfaction rating of 100%. HireOwl was recognized by reviewers for streamlining the hiring of students for internships and freelance projects by businesses. Finding highly qualified university students to fill part-time jobs is often an exhaustive and frustrating process both for job seekers and prospective employers. The experts at FinancesOnline noted how we answered the needs of both sides through our platform.

User Experience 2017 Award

On the strength of HireOwl’s efficiency and effectiveness in connecting students needing short-term employment and companies wanting short-term employees, FinancesOnline bestowed on our product its 2017 Rising Star Award and 2017 Great User Experience Award for human resources software. We are deeply honored by these recognitions which are awarded to exceptional, newly-introduced software that have gained traction with customers for their features and usability. These are solid testaments to the capability and usefulness of our products in connecting businesses with potential interns and student-employees.

Using our platform is a straightforward process. Companies just post job posts together with qualifications and requirements and HireOwl automatically provides a filtered list of qualified candidates that fit the job description. Our platform goes through its database of candidate profiles and determines those that are the closest match in terms of skills, university, major, location and other parameters. An array of assessment tools allows employers to further assess the suitability of shortlisted candidates. These and many more functionality earned a prestigious spot in FinancesOnline’s list of HR management software alternatives of which we are truly proud of. We are inspired by the achievements of our product and vow to make it a game-changer in the hiring and HR industry.

Why students should participate in the HireOwl referral program

Why students should participate in the HireOwl referral program

Hello Student! We have a couple of questions for you:

  1. Are you a university student who has many connections with your peers on campus?
  2. Are you interested in setting up a network of people who will grow and progress with you?

At HireOwl you are given the opportunity to invite your peers to join you on your career seeking adventure. Through the “Refer a Friend” system every time you get somebody to sign up and apply for a job you make money. By recruiting enough of your friends you can make up to 2,000 dollars, and since you’re inviting your friends it encourages more employers to post jobs as they notice that there are more potential employees.

Having the ability to recruit your friends to the website gives you a great skill which is social marketing. By learning social marketing at an early stage in your career development you’ll become a more valuable asset to any corporation as this is something that can generate sales for any business.

With tools provided by HireOwl you’ll be able to see how successful you are in your recruiting process by tracking your stats in the “Referral” section on your profile. Most importantly this opportunity gives you a chance to see what your friends are skilled in.

With a powerful social network you’ll be able to enter any career field with your peers and be able to start an entry level business. If you’re looking for more information on how our referral program works in a step by step system feel free to follow this link.

Login to HireOwl and start earning referral $ now!