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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 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.

Student Profile That Lands a Job

Student Profile That Lands a Job

What is the first thing a business notices about your online presence before giving you a chance for an interview? Your profile. A poor profile shows a business that you’re not capable of providing an organized list of resources and that you may be incapable to complete even the easiest of tasks. Here at HireOwl we will give you the best guide to teach you how to craft yourself a concise and professional profile worthy of any job position.

Quick Q&A

Question: Why should I have a complete profile?

Answer: There are limitless benefits to having a full profile, but the main reason is that the employer will get a quick and easy way to evaluate your work, and profiles that are 100% complete get priority over those that aren’t which immediately puts you ahead of the competition. Here is a quick and easy 2 step guide to having a profile that all employers love to see.

Step 1: Fill Out These Essential Categories

  • Make sure you have a high quality photo. The first thing someone sees before they even have a chance to talk to you is how you look. By having a high quality picture you put yourself ahead of those with grainy images.
  • List your best skills and don’t leave any out! If you’ve done graphic design and it’s your passion make sure to list it as one of your skills. But if you’ve also mastered the Microsoft Office Suite through your college years as many students have, you can also list that as a skill. The more skills you have the more versatile you can be when applying for jobs.
  • List your references, blogs, and social media. Remember a business will make sure that you’re doing the best job at representing them so social media presence and references are extremely important. If it’s your first time listing references do not worry! If you have family friends or coaches that have known you for a long time they can be listed in that category.

Step 2: Create a Video Profile

  • Use your webcam and create a video. In an ever evolving business world millennials need to seize the tools that will put them ahead of the curve. Due to our recent partnership with IntegriVideo we can now integrate video with your student profile. Here are some of the statistics and success stories of having a video on your profile.

“In a survey of more than 500 hiring managers at companies with more than 20 employees, OfficeTeam found that 63 percent said their company often uses videoconferencing for job interviews.”

John Scohen, CNBC.com

  • If you mess up don’t worry. HireOwl allows you to record and re-record your attempts as many times as you’d like before you get the perfect one. In addition you can choose your thumbnail to be the most appealing part of the video. Due to the fact that HireOwl prefers students with 100% completed profiles and recommends them higher to employers it’s very crucial to complete a video profile!

Now that you’ve read this Q&A and two-step guide to success in kickstarting your career what are you waiting for? Log into your HireOwl profile today and get started!

Why video chatting with employers is more likely to land you a job

Why video chatting with employers is more likely to land you a job

When faced with the interview process you may find yourself playing long games of phone tag, messages that go unanswered, and delayed responses. A good way to avoid all of these problems is to utilize video chat. Due to the fact all laptops come equipped with webcams it is unlikely that you will find an employer who isn’t able to video chat.

Some of the benefits of video chatting include having the ability to convey professionalism to your employer. With the right attire and environment you can give off the impression that you are interested in the landing whatever position that you are applying for, which will always impress the employer.

Additionally as an employee you have the ability to see whether or not the working environment is suitable for you. On average having a face to face conversation with your employer’s increases your chances of getting hired by 27%*. This puts you substantially ahead of the ever increasing competition and makes you look better than your peers to the employer.

Video interviews also give the employer the ability to show visuals while having a conversation in order to make sure that specific details are fulfilled. Because most video platforms require an installations of certain programs we at HireOwl decided to cut out the middleman and bring video chatting straight to the student and employer.

Create a professional video for your profile to show employers your interests and skills and increase your chance of kickstarting a career doing something you love.

 

*Forbes.com, 2017.

Announcement: HireOwl Video Meetings

Announcement: HireOwl Video Meetings

Announcement

Team HireOwl is thrilled to announce general availability of instant video meetings, powered by innovative video technology from IntegriVideo. 

Overview

HireOwl video is built into the existing chat component, and makes it easy for students and employers to connect via live video—anytime, anywhere. Based on the latest WebRTC protocol, HireOwl video is supported by most browsers and doesn’t require installing any additional software.

How it works

HireOwl video naturally ties into existing workflows—students and employers can meet for interviews or new assignments. It’s also great for regular check-ins. Just start a video meeting to see a person face-to-face, and discuss progress on a project. All video sessions are automatically recorded and available for playback. 

Why video

Did you know that up to 65% of communications in meetings are non-verbal? With video, you can better understand the meaning by observing verbal cues and body language. And video is a powerful tool to build strong, ongoing work relationships with remote teams—we feel more engaged and connected when we see each other’s facial expressions.

What’s next

At HireOwl, we believe that video is an essential part of today’s workplace. Log into your HireOwl account and use video for your next meeting. 

About HireOwl

HireOwl.com is a fast-growing student employment network, helping thousands of students around the world find jobs and internships. HireOwl offers employers an easy way to connect to a large network of students to quickly fill their positions. HireOwl integrates real-time video and collaboration technologies as a complete solution for hiring and virtual workspace.

About IntegriVideo

IntegriVideo.com offers industry-leading video solutions in the form of web components, such as WebRTC-based video, chat, recording, file sharing and much more. IntegriVideo offers an advanced analytics platform for real-time analytics and monitoring, which allows subscribers to scale and optimize their offering.