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Post-Grad Blues And How To Deal With Them

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Congratulations class of 2014! The stress of writing research papers papers and cramming for exams is finally over for you! Now that it is all over, you may find that you are not feeling as happy and relieved as you had expected. That is normal! Now that you have graduated there are all sorts of new responsibilities and stresses awaiting you, but it’s important to not let the stress overwhelm you.

Here are some suggestions on how to deal with any post-graduation blues:

1. Job Search

This is probably the number one cause of stress for recent graduates. The job hunt can take a lot longer than you had expected and you may feel as if you’ll never find anything. Just be patient. Look for entry level positions online and in the meantime, enjoy the time off that you won’t have when you start working!

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2. New Lifestyle Adjustment

After over 17 years of sitting in a classroom, it could feel totally bizarre to just stop. It may take a while to adjust to this, but with time you’ll find yourself in a new daily routine that will start to feel normal. Some of you may even realize that you actually miss school and decide to go back to further your education. The important thing is to give yourself the time to figure it out.

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3. Student Loans

While we’re in college we may not always think about the student loans that are piling up over the years. Then we graduate and all of a sudden the amount hits you. Debt can be a huge burden and cause tons of stress. So sit down, plan out a budget, and a plan for paying off your loans. Writing out a plan and seeing it can make the debt seem less scary and overwhelming.

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This is the time to relax and take advantage of your new found freedom. Do not let the stress of graduating take over your life. Enjoy the fact that you graduated! If possible, travel. It can be a great way to discover something new about the world and about yourself. You accomplished something great, so bask in your accomplishment!

Have you experienced any of these feelings after graduating? If so, what do you do to deal with your post-grad blues?

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4 Methods For Finding A Job

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Congratulations to all you 2014 college graduates! And congrats to everyone else who has successfully completed another school year. If you haven’t already, the first thing you are going to want to do is relax and enjoy some time off before gearing up for another year. As understandable as this is, you might want to put relaxation to the side for just a minute and think about what you are planning to do for a summer job or how you are going to get money for the next semester.

1. Online

Try job searching online with websites such as www.monster.com, www.indeed.com, or www.simplyhired.com and search for jobs in your area or jobs that match your job interest. You could even just type your job interest into Google and all relevant positions should end up in the search result. Some places may require you to create an account to apply or to fill out an application online in addition to digitally submitting a resume and cover letter.

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2. Newspapers

Sometimes you can find job positions in your local newspaper. These may even be positions that might not end up online, so take a quick peak and see how you can apply. You might have to contact someone first to find out what they are looking for as a job application.

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3. In Person

If there is a place you go too often or somewhere that isn’t too far away? Stop in! Ask them in person if there are any open positions. It shows them you are making the extra effort and hopefully they will remember you when looking at your application as a step above the rest. If you come prepared with your resume, a cover letter (depending on the position you are applying for), references, and dressed appropriately – you will leave a lasting impression that tells them you are serious, prepared, and trustworthy.

Walk-In Job Search

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4. Recommendations

Jobs are highly competitive these days; especially for college students during the summer. It wouldn’t hurt to let everyone you know that you are job searching and what kind of a job you are searching for. Others may be aware of a particular job opening that they can recommend to you! At the least, they can keep a lookout to any potential job openings and let you know if they hear of anything.

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Although you will want to have fun and relax during your break, you will also want some spending money now and for your upcoming semester. It also doesn’t hurt to get some job experience on your resume. And for graduates, don’t give up – you may not land your dream job right away and that is okay. Finding any kind of job is a major accomplishment!

Do you have any jobs lined up yet? If so, what? If not, then how do you plan to find one?

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Things To Avoid Saying To A Recent Graduate

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After college, I noticed I was getting the same questions over and over from family members and their friends, “What will you do now?” or “Have you found a job yet?” One family member made a point of saying how when she was finished with high school, she already had kids and a husband set up.

Sometimes what comes off as reminiscing, can really be taken as criticism, so if you find yourself getting the same irritating questions, feel free to show that person this list of things not to say to someone who has just graduated! You can even learn from this list when talking to fellow graduates.

1. Do You Have A Job Yet?

Hold your horses! Graduating college doesn’t mean we’re going to graduate with a job! Instead of asking this person if they have a job yet, go with the more appropriate, “So what’s next for you?” It’s less likely to come across as a put-down if they don’t have a job or even a job offer yet.

Post-Grad College Job Search

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2. How Much Money Do You Owe Now?

I understand that most people are just curious when they ask how much debt someone graduated college with, but we just graduated. We don’t want or need a reminder that we’re going to be paying back thousands of dollars forever and ever.

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3. Why Did You Study That In College?

I don’t understand why some people choose to study art in college, but I’m not going to go up to them and ask them what they were thinking. There isn’t really a nice way to ask someone why they chose to study a particular subject or than maybe asking what job they are looking for.

College Art Major

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4. What’s Your Life Plan?

Not only is this a huge question, it’s also not something a lot of grads feel good answering. Sometimes we don’t have it all figured out. Plans change, job interests change, etc. Focus on goals within a year instead.

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5. Are You Still Living At Home?

Chances are if we’re living at home, it’s not something we’re psyched about. In a dream world, each grad would end up with their own place instead of driving back to mom and dad at the end of the day.

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6. Are You In A Relationship Yet?

Am I the only one who seems to get this question on the regular from family members? Sometimes it feels like we’re reverting back to the 50s when women and men were supposed to graduate not just with a degree, but with a marriage proposal too.

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7. You Should Have….

Ever hear the phrase, ‘Unsolicited advice is often taken as criticism?’ If you’re offering advice to someone who hasn’t requested it, it has a high chance of backfiring and being taken offensively.

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8. Why Didn’t You….?

Again, this could be taken as criticism. We are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have. It is only natural for us to make mistakes – that is part of living life.

Annoyed Graduate

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Everyone is different, and so are their lives. What might be good for one person may not necessarily be good for another. Everything will fall into place over time.

 

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5 Things To Stop Thinking About After Graduation

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

As I neared graduation, I couldn’t help but think of all the awesome ways my life was about to change. I knew after graduation I would be working full time in an office doing what I had spent so many days studying, and I would be living alone in a great apartment. Unfortunately, my road has taken me down a different path. Should you find yourself in the same position, don’t fall into the pit of negativity. It is normal for life to not always take the expected path after graduation.

College Graduates

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Here are some common thoughts you might be thinking after graduating:

1. It’s The End Of The World

Graduating college without a job waiting for you is not exactly the best feeling when you’ve been hearing about Sally and John who do have jobs waiting for them. You see social media posts filling up your Facebook about how so-and-so is moving into their own place is also not a great feeling when you probably have to move back home. Although it can be discouraging and sad, it’s not the end of the world. Your time will come, don’t rush it.

2. I Should Have Studied Something Else

I have just recently fallen into this kind of thinking. It just so happens I picked one of the most difficult areas of study to find a job in: journalism. Unlike other fields (like medical), some of us will have our work cut out for us just in job searching alone – but just because it gets hard and the road gets bumpy, that doesn’t mean you picked the wrong major. Remind yourself why you chose to study what you did. It’s important to do what you love.

3. College Was A Waste Of Time And Money

Just a heads up, the six month grace period after graduation flies by! Loan payments are not fun, but remind yourself college was an investment. When I catch myself thinking college was a waste of time, I remind myself that just because it may not have paid off yet, doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good decision. Use this somewhat-negative thinking to kick yourself into high gear for finding a job!

4. This Is Embarrassing

“Have you found a job yet?” “What are you doing with all of your free time?” “Your friends found jobs, didn’t they?” These are the kinds of questions you might get after you’ve graduated and several months have gone by. You may want to crawl under a rock and you may want to heave a big sigh and leave the room. You may feel your cheeks heat up with embarrassment because the person asking you these questions is reminding you of your circumstances. Don’t feel the need to explain yourself to this person, but if you do, be honest. Tell them life isn’t so easy, but you’re doing your best. You don’t have to justify yourself to anyone except yourself, and if you are okay with the decisions you are making, everyone else should be too.

5. I Should Be In The Same Place As So-And-So

In life, comparing yourself to others is a dangerous act. Although, it is easy to do today with Facebook and other social media sites where you can see daily what others are up to. Why keep torturing yourself? Your journey is different from everyone else’s, so comparing yourself to someone else is a recipe for disaster. Not all of us had the training wheels taken off our bike at the same time; it’s only natural not all of us will have a job and be able to afford our own place at the same time either. The worst idea is to push yourself into something before you are ready.

Proud College Graduates

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What thoughts have you had post-grad? How are you handling them?

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Writing A Cover Letter

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We all know that a well-written resume could help get a hiring managers attention. However, cover letters are a crucial part of the hiring process too.

The best cover letters are specifically customized to the business and position you are applying to. Yes, this can be time-consuming, but it works to get your cover letter read and actually into the interview pile.

Here are some tips to make sure that your cover letter stands out:

1. Discuss Specific Details

Think of writing your cover letter as your personal sales pitch. You’re essentially selling yourself, your skills, and your knowledge to the company. Hiring managers are looking for details that show you’re familiar with the company and that you would make a good fit. Don’t think you have to go all out with these details. But by customizing your cover letter for each job description and making note of any industry-related news, new products, or recent announcements, it shows you’re paying attention.

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2. Show Your Success

Hiring managers want to know your past work experience that pertain to the job you’re applying for. Don’t just regurgitate your resume. Consider examples of times when your top skills had successful results and how that sets you apart for this particular job or internship.

Happy Female Job Success

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3. Make It Look Good

This last detail is so simple, yet it’s often ignored. When writing a cover letter, never forget to proofread your work. If you are customizing each cover letter to every job description, it’s easy to miss some details here and there. But if a hiring manager sees an error, your cover letter will go straight into the “no” pile. The same goes for cover letters that aren’t written professionally. While creativity is great, keep your writing professional.

Cover Letter Example

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When you finish writing your cover letter, send it off to a few friends or family members. Ask for their input to make sure it is the best it can be. If you send it electronically, make sure you save it as a PDF file instead of an editable document. That will give your cover letter the final touch!

 

What tips do you have on writing cover letters?

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