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Twitter for Post-Grad

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Twitter has more than 200 million active users, so it’s safe to say some of that 200 million are employers looking to hire your highly qualified and educated self. For those of you who don’t have a Twitter account, get one. Like Facebook, it’s addicting, but unlike Facebook, it’s a bridge to employers, job opportunities, and beneficial connections. Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruiting Survey found that “more than half (54 percent) of recruiters now use Twitter for their talent search.” It’s become an essential tool for both employers and job seekers (like college students), so get on board! Here are a few accounts to follow to get started.

1. @JobHuntOrg

Jobs, advice, and resources. Just looking over their feed, there are a lot of helpful articles, including knowing when to relocate for a job, mistakes to avoid at job interviews, and how to stand out from other job seekers.

2. @InternQueen

As I mentioned in my last post, Lauren Berger is the goto expert on finding and keeping internships, not to mention other career and workplace advice.

3. @AskAManager

“Not sure what your manager is thinking, how to ask for a raise, whether you might be in danger of getting fired, or more? Ask away.” Insight that’ll prove to be valuable. Also check out @BrazenCareerist.

4. @Ed2010

For those journalism majors who want the latest on openings in the magazine world.

5. @Lifehacker

Okay, not really job related, but still – simple tips and tricks everyone can benefit from.

6. @CollegeTownLife

“Articles, photos, videos, music & everything college.”

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Other accounts to follow: your professors and university, people who work in your field of study, companies you’re interested in, etc. Build up your own following, market yourself via your profile, etc. Put yourself out there and reach out to people and companies. You never know what you’ll find.

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Portfolio: Do You Need One?

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As you ease into internships and job searching, besides a resume, cover letter, and a great outfit, there’s one other thing you should be sure to have with you at any and all interviews: a portfolio.

A portfolio is a folder or case of physical evidence of related work you’ve done, paid or unpaid. A lot of colleges have classes which teach students how to put these together, so check with your school as an easy way to get it done while still earning a credit or two. Some types of things that go into a portfolio are transcripts, letters of recommendation, awards, internship jobs and responsibilities, and work samples. It’s basically an extended resume. Start collecting work samples at the beginning of your college career or as soon as possible.

Work Portfolio Binder

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When it comes to buying a portfolio, don’t just go for the most affordable. It should be professional and good quality (my favorite). Make sure to buy one that has room for everything, including room to take notes during the interview and a pocket for extra copies of your resume. If you have business cards, throw them in there too! Check craft and office supply stores, or online. Amazon has some good deals. Before you buy, you can double check with your major’s department to see what they recommend, or ask your classmates.

Now the big question: do you need a portfolio for your specific major? It’s safe to say all creative media (filmmaking, journalism, advertising, photography, graphic design, etc.), fashion and music majors need one. Don’t fall into any of these categories? If you’re a business, law, anthropology, or teaching major, you will probably be safe without one, but check with your college’s career center first.

Remember to keep your portfolio updated and error-free. You don’t want any mistakes showing up when your potential employer is flipping through your samples.

Good luck!

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Internships

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No matter what year you are in college, it’s important to be on the lookout for internships. You don’t need me to tell you internships provide valuable hands-on experience, paid or not, and connect you to people who have an in with your dream work field. Internships are the gateway to securing a job. However, don’t just expect one to fall in your lap; finding a good internship can be a lot of work, but it’s worth it and necessary. Don’t want to be one of the thousands of students displaced and panicking after graduation? Here are a few places and ways to start searching!

1. Career Center

The people who work in the career center are pros at finding internships and jobs, and helping students perfect their resumes and cover letters. When companies are looking for interns, they often post with universities. Since you’ll be on campus anyway, stop by and check for openings.

Career Resume Interview Workshop

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2. Intern Queen Website

One of my favorite websites for available internships is the Intern Queen, run by internship expert Lauren Berger. It’s chock full of opportunities, career advice, and college tips. Post your resume, scroll through the listings, and even apply to become a Campus Ambassador.

Lauren Berger Intern Queen

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3. Spread the Word

Tell everyone you know that you’re looking and, more specifically, what you’re looking for. By using social media, blogs, professors, family, and friends… word of mouth is a fast way to find connections.

Talking About Internships

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4. LinkedIn

Perhaps an employer won’t use the site to reach out to you for an interview, but putting your education, experience, skills, and recommendations out there is a great way to market yourself. My current internship boss checked out my LinkedIn profile before our interview and said it played a part in her decision to interview me.

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5. Call

Another way to find an internship in your desired field is to “cold call” as Intern Queen’s Lauren Berger did. When the company she wanted to work for didn’t have information about interning, she picked up the phone. So if your dream company doesn’t outright list their intern opportunities, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone!

Young professional business man talking on the phone at office building for internships

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Above all, be persistent. Attend career and internship fairs on campus, check with the alumni office, and scour any other internship sites you come across. However, don’t depend on online listings, as some sites are not frequently updated or even legitimate offerings.

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Life After College: Now What?

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Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment, and it’s even more wonderful if you have already secured a post-grad job… but what about those of us who haven’t? Your happy little moment of celebration can easily be soured with the reminder that you don’t have your foot in the job market yet, but rest assured, there are plenty of options for the unemployed undergrad.

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Join the Peace Corps

Train for six months, serve for one to two years in another country with a monthly allowance, and get paid $7,500 for your work? Yes please! There are about nine different categories volunteer work falls under, from Education and Health to HIV/AIDS and Business. Connect with a recruiter in your area to find out more about the application process, but it’s best to start early if you want to be volunteering within six months. You might not get to pick which country you go to because it’s all based on the needs of what skills you have, but it’s a great opportunity to travel, make a difference in the world, and take a break from school to let the economy recover before you job search. Not to mention, it will look great on your resume! Side note: the other option is to do Americorps, which recruits volunteers to serve here in the U.S..

Teach English as foreign language (TEFL)

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Become certified to teach English in another country in as little as 4-6 weeks and all online! You may be able to find a program overseas that doesn’t require you to be

certified, but most employers look for people who are. With the TEFL certificate, you can teach in a variety of countries, such as Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, European countries, and South America. If you think you might want to teach, consider the very basic TEFL certificate. Even with the basic certificate, it’s a great resource to have if you want the means to live anywhere you wish. 

Just travel

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A lot of people I’ve talked to seem to have one thing in common as far as what they regretted not doing after college: traveling. If you have long lost relatives overseas, take advantage of the connection and give them a call or send an email to catch up. Usually, families are more than welcoming when it comes to hosting. Since housing and food is already hooked up, all you’ll have to worry about is your round-trip plane ticket (assuming you want to come home!).

Still feeling stuck? It’s important to remember not to panic. You always have options; just put the time and research into seeing exactly what they are. The more research you do on your own, the better you’ll feel and the better choice you’ll make.

 

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5 Careers That Will Make You Say, “I love my job!”

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

“I hate my job,” “I don’t wanna go to work,” “Will you go to work for me?” This what I hear from so many of my friends. Granted, we’re still students so we’re technically not supposed to enjoy our jobs (according to our parents), but there is still the curiosity looming over our heads. Who does have the fun job if it isn’t me?

Well guys, at the top of the list are travel agents. With perks such as traveling to new places and meeting new people, you can’t go wrong with this career. Not only does a travel agent get to have fun themselves, but they also get to help other people plan their fun vacations. And let’s face it, happiness is contagious!

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Ever wonder about those Elvis impersonators? Yeah, they’re also on the “fun” list. Try it out one night; Pick up a wig or a costume and wear it around town. It could be like Halloween all the time if you feel like taking this career path seriously. If you love Snow White, why not impersonate her at Disney World?

by Jorge Rimblas

You’re gonna love this next one. How about becoming a Ferrari driving instructor? Former NASCAR driver Anthony Lazzaro earns $500 to $1,000 a day as an instructor in addition to what he makes as a professional racecar driver. That could definitely be rent in only one or two days!

You know that old saying, “No shoes, no shirt…[you fill in the blank]”? You can forget that rule if you’re a Cantina owner on a Playa del Carmen beach. Limbo, the relaxed atmosphere, the sand as your office, and plenty of those drinks with the umbrellas in them? Yes, please!

by Scott Ableman

According to monster.com, Cruise Directors are “the multi-taskers of the seas.” The Cruise Director “organizes and goes on shore excursions, manages guest speakers, and schedules entertainment,” among other things. But come on, meeting famous people and having a blast while traveling the seas? Send me an application!

Which job do you think would be fun to have? Let us know in the comments below!

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