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Landing Your First Professional Job After College

Graduating from college is a huge milestone and an accomplishment to be celebrated. However, after graduation, you have the next step of landing a new job. If you didn’t work throughout college, this can be a challenge and can feel like endless job hunting. If you find yourself in this situation, keep reading below where we share our tips on quickly and successfully landing your first professional job.

 

Network

If you haven’t already, one of the first steps you’ll want to do is create a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is essential for professionals and there are many tips online for how to create a profile to help you stand out. Once you’ve created your profile, you’ll want to connect with family, friends, professors, and former co-workers and managers. Having a large network is key. CNBC wrote that “Today, some estimates suggest that up to 70% of all jobs are not published on publicly available job search sites, and research has long shown that anywhere from half to upwards of 80% of jobs are filled through networking.” Build your network and let them know what type of job you’re looking for and if they know of any good opportunities.

 

Create a Schedule

Job searching can easily feel like a full-time job. Not only do you need to find relevant jobs, but then you have to do your homework about the company, possible people you may know that already work there, and then if the company is a good fit, tailor your resume and apply. It can quickly become overwhelming and it's therefore a good idea to have a schedule for yourself. Perhaps you dedicate each day of the week to a different job search task. Monday could be looking on various job boards to see what’s available, Tuesday could be tailoring your resume for the different roles you want to apply for, Wednesday could be to follow up on applications you sent from the previous week, Thursday could be spent networking, and Friday could be spent looking at the job boards again and repeating the process. Create a plan and remain disciplined with what schedule works for you.

 

Organize

When applying for jobs, it’s important to keep track of what roles you’ve applied for and the different resumes you’ve submitted. As a reminder, you’ll want to tailor your resume for each position to highlight the skill sets you have that are relevant to that specific role. It can be helpful to have a spreadsheet as well to remind yourself what roles you’ve applied for and at what times. Here’s an idea on a simple spreadsheet you can recreate to keep yourself organized.

 

Speak with a Recruiter

Talking with a recruiter can be a great first step post-college. They’ll know what local companies are hiring and help you through the interview and hiring process. A recruiter will not only give you good career advice but will help with job leads you may not find on your own. It will help you feel like you’re not alone in the job search and can help save you time and give you access to a wider range of opportunities.

                                                                        

Landing Your First Professional Job After College

Managing Highly Effective Remote Workers

While this past year has forced many business leaders to experience managing their teams remotely, they may still face some challenges keeping their employees productive and engaged. In today’s blog, we’ll look at ways managers can improve their team’s success while from a distance.

 

Clear and Active Leadership

For teams that work remotely, the role of an active and involved leader is even more important. A strong leader will keep teams and individual employees focused, cultivate a (virtual) environment of collaboration and teamwork, and remind employees of the brand mission and ethos. Leaders need to stay connected through video calls, emails, and chat messages to ensure everyone is actively participating and striving for their best.

 

Latest Technology

Companies need to make sure their remote employees are equipped with the latest technology. Some of these include video conferencing, collaboration and communication tools, and cloud technology. Having good virtual work software can increase team collaboration, productivity, engagement, and efficiency.

 

Trust and Accountability

Having a culture of trust, whether employees work remotely or not, is key for success. Employees need to know what is expected of them, and be accountable for doing their job, but need to feel like they are not constantly being micromanaged which can lead to further stress and discontent. That isn’t to say managers can take a hands-off approach. Managers need to set clear and realistic expectations for their teams and ensure their employees are hitting their goals. Having weekly calls with remote workers and going over everyone’s goals and tasks for the week is a great way to ensure employees are held accountable and clearly understand what is required of them.

 

Managing Highly Effective Remote Workers

The Proper Way to Give a 2 Weeks' Notice

While a 2-weeks notice isn’t required, it is strongly encouraged and is considered common courtesy to let your employer know ahead of time that you’ll be leaving. Depending on your role and industry, once you announce that you’ll be leaving your current position, you may be walked out the door on the spot, or you could be asked to stay the full 2 weeks and work on a transition plan for your current role. If the latter is likely the case for you and your company, here are a few steps to ensure you handle the departure effectively and courteously.

 

Plan what you’re going to say

Before any big announcement, it’s always a good idea to practice your speech ahead of time. Think about what you're going to say and brainstorm answers to possible questions your current employer may ask. You are not required to tell your employer where you’re going or even why you are leaving; only share what information you are comfortable with. Have the conversation center around what you have envisioned for your final 2 weeks and your transition plan to make sure your role and responsibilities can continue on as smoothly as possible once you're gone.

 

Book a meeting

Once you know what you’re going to say, get a meeting on the calendar with your manager. It’s ideal to meet face-to-face or via Zoom instead of sending an email. Depending on your role, you may want to write a resignation letter, even if you do meet in person. During your conversation find out if they do expect you to stay the full 2 weeks and if during that time you’ll be training someone to take over your role. Find out if you’ll be the one to inform your co-workers that you’ll be leaving or if that is something your manager would like to announce. You want to leave the conversation feeling like you are both on the same page and know what is expected of you for your transition plan.

 

End on a positive note

During your final couple of weeks, remember to end things on a positive and grateful note. Don’t talk negatively about your current company to your co-workers. Be professional and express your gratitude for the opportunities your current role provided you. Change is hard, so the co-workers you are leaving behind may have a hard time with the transition. Be mindful and as helpful as you can during your final time with the company. If you do have an exit interview with HR, this is the time you can be more open and transparent about why you are leaving. While it’s smart to remain positive overall if there are things you feel the company could improve upon let HR know during the exit interview.

 

 

The Proper Way to Give a 2 Weeks' Notice

Tips for Finding Calm in the Middle of Your Day

We’ve all been there. Having one of those days where everyone and everything needs your attention. You’ve got a million things to do and having a work freak-out moment is not one of them. If chaos is the theme of your day, and you don’t even know where to start, take a look at the tips below to find some peace and sanity. 

2-Minute Gratitude Practice
While taking a break may not seem like an option when you’ve got a long list of things to accomplish, it may be a necessary step. Set your timer for a 2-minute break to center yourself and remember what matters and warms your heart. Begin by feeling your feet on the floor, gently close your eyes and focus on your breathing, then think about what brings you joy in life and all that you have to be grateful for. By the time the 2 minutes are up, you’ll find you’re able to go back to your day and your to-do list in a more grounded and efficient manner.

5-4-3-2-1 Coping Technique
If you need a super quick and effective exercise to help bring you back to a state of calm, think about trying the 5-4-3-2-1 Coping Technique. Sit down, slow your breathing, then notice:
5 things you can see around you (such as a painting, the trees outside, your hands, etc.)
4 things you can physically feel around you (this could be your chair, an object on your table, etc.)
3 things you can hear around you (maybe this is music playing in the background, the sound of rain outside, etc.)
2 things you can smell around you (perhaps the coffee you have nearby, an unlit candle, etc.)
1 thing you can taste (this could be a piece of gum or the lingering taste of your last meal/snack, etc.)  

Go for a Quick Walk
Sometimes you just need to clear your head and a great way to do that is to change your environment and move your body. Getting outside for even 10 minutes and going for a quick walk around the block can give you the perspective and clarity you need to think about what tasks are the most important and the best way you can go about getting them done.

When we are busy, the last thing we think we can do is take a break; however sometimes stepping away is exactly what we need to do. If you’re sitting at your desk, spinning your wheels and feeling like you’re not accomplishing much while at the same time stressing out about all that you need to do, just take a step back and try one of the above activities (or even all of them). It doesn’t need to take long to get back to a more relaxed and productive state.

Tips for Finding Calm in the Middle of Your Day