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5 Things To Stop Thinking About After Graduation

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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Moving Back Home Is Not So Bad

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Before I moved in with my mom, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. There’s a certain stigma that comes with “moving back home” after graduation. I didn’t want to be one of those former students whose parents require them to pay rent, enforce a curfew, or try to control their life. But it hasn’t been that bad!

Here are five reasons why moving back home is not such a bad thing:

1. Helping Out Is A Good Thing

I get to be productive and do something instead of watching never-ending suggested movies by Netflix. It helps to not feel like a moocher if I’m living here by contributing to work around the house.

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2. Cooking Practice

I admit, when I was living with roommates, not only did I not want to cook a meal, but I didn’t always have a clean kitchen to cook in even if I wanted to. Now that I’m back home, I get to practice my skills and try new recipes when I feel inspired. Plus, I have more inspiration to cook since there are people depending on me for a meal. It’s a good feeling.

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3. Having A Normal Bedtime

With roommates, I was the queen of going to bed after midnight. Now (when Netflix doesn’t catch me at a weak moment and keep me up), I get to bed around 9:30pm or 10pm and I’m out like a light. It’s a good feeling not going to bed to the sound of video games in the living room.

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4. Saving Money

Most parents would probably make their kid pay something in order to stay under their roof. Luckily, mine are allowing me to stay, work part time to earn some cash, and take it easy while I figure out my next move.

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5. Learning Who My Parents Are

 

I realize how naive this sounds, but before college (and during), I didn’t really think of my parents as anything other than just parents. They were Mom and Dad, there to help me through the bad times and to tell me how to do things. Now I’m getting to know my mom as more than just a mom. I’m seeing what she’s like after having all her kids leave the nest. It’s refreshing and a nice perspective.

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Battling Post-Grad Depression

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I graduated from college at the end of last summer, and while I’m excited to be done, there can be a lot of worries that come with being done with classes forever.

Along with combating a little post-grad depression, it is a lot of work hunting for a job that satisfies my personal career goals. While I knew I was taking a gamble majoring in journalism (a rocky field in our current economic state), I didn’t prepare myself for the job of finding a job! No matter what state of mind you’re in, I have a few tips that will help you stay positive post-grad:

1. Keep Busy

My mom helped remind me that staying busy and doing other things around the house or with friends would make me feel productive while I look for a full-time job in my desired field. So even when I feel like I’m doing nothing but using up my computer battery job-hunting, I know I’ve been helpful elsewhere.

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2. Talk About It

Instead of keeping all my feelings and frustrations to myself, it’s been a nice outlet talking to friends and family about my life and the struggles I’m facing. They usually have great ideas, and even if they can’t suggest something helpful, they know what I’m going through and I have a weight off my chest.

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3. This Is Only Temporary

Nothing lasts forever, including the depression you feel after graduation. Remind yourself every day of this and things won’t seem so hopeless.

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4. You Are Not Alone

You’re not the only one having problems. A lot of students are finding themselves with post-grad issues. Find a website, find fellow grads, and talk to fellow friends. Hook up and discuss what you’re dealing with, then your problems won’t seem so big when you realize you are not alone.

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5. Look For Inspiration

Sometimes it can be helpful finding another person who has your dream job and reading about what struggles they faced getting to that position. Follow in their footsteps, get some ideas, and try contacting them for advice. Maybe you could try job shadowing them if possible so you can get a little hands on experience and get a foot in the door!

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Sketchy Internships

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It is hard to believe that the fall semester is winding down and before you know it will time to start applying for spring and summer internships. Having an internship helps shape your experience and can seriously impact what you do in your career. Internships are a chance for students to break into their interested field to gain work experience and to see if it is the right fit. Unfortunately, sometimes students can get tricked into the wrong internship. Here are three things to look out for when applying:

1. The “Ballin’” Internship

If you have come across an internship that is highlighting how much money you could make, you might want to reconsider it. More than likely, the internship is commission based and probably doesn’t have a base salary, meaning you could actually make nothing. These internships usually come from companies that are not totally established and are looking to entice anyone to join while not really considering how to help interns gain valuable work experience.

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2. The “Pay To Work” Internship

There are several internship programs that guarantee work placement with an added fee; few of them are actually legit. Does it even sound plausible to pay for employment? Sometimes these internships can be real granted if you are using work equipment or the company needs to pay off any charges that you might acquire as an extra employee. Just be cautious of this and do not pay anything until you know this is secure.

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3. The “You’re Not Really Employed, But You’re Working” Internship

So, you finally land the internship – congrats! But, they don’t acknowledge you are an employee or give you the terms of employment. You have an estimate of how long you’ll be working for them, but don’t have a contract. If you don’t have a contract, you’re not legally employed. Without legal employment, you will not have proven record that you worked there and then no recommendation for a future employer. Along with a contract you should also receive documentation about pay, company policies, and rules. In order to have rights as an intern, you must have documentation of employment. Make sure you ask for it if it isn’t given to you.

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Internships are a great way to get a step into what you want to pursue, just make sure you only follow through with positions that are not questionable. Take this time to learn what you can and get the most experience possible to add it to your resume so that you have the best chance of landing that job!

Happy searching!

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