I have been job searching since graduating. Now, I’m feeling the pressure to find work from my parents, but more so from my wallet—thanks to student loan payments kicking in.
I’ve begun weighing options that can help me land work, including going back to school. But, with a tight budget, furthering my education seems hard. So, I rounded up some less common ways to keep learning post-undergraduate without completely breaking the bank.
If you’re in the same boat, check out this quick information to see if these options may work for you.
Summer is a great time of the year to enjoy some fresh air and some good company. That makes it the perfect season to throw a party!
There are a lot of ways that you can do this, but with food, drinks, and decorations, hosting your friends and family can get expensive. I’m finding this out firsthand, as I plan a picnic to celebrate my college graduation.
Fortunately, I’ve come up with some ideas to cut costs, and I think they could be helpful for any picnic or party. Here are four ways I plan to save.
Right now, it seems that everyone you know—and maybe you!—are graduating from college. My school only has a ceremony during the spring, so though I finished my studies in January, I’ll be “graduating” this week!
Graduation is a great time to celebrate your hard work and accomplishments. However, things get expensive. Some of those expenses may surprise you, but the ones below likely won’t—and you should definitely be prepared for them. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
This past week, I went to my first official job fair as a professional. There were a lot of tables with a lot of people—people either competing with me for jobs or judging my job applications. Needless to say, I was intimidated.
Fortunately, I feel like things went great, and I learned a lot. If you find yourself going to a job fair in the future (especially you upcoming grads), check out these dos and don’ts to help you get ready.
Before the internet became just a huge platform for communication, people didn’t get interviews by sending résumés and cover letters via e-mail or through online forms. You had to look at the classifieds in the newspaper or know someone at the company who could tell you about available positions. Then, you had to either send your résumé through snail-mail or actually go to the company in person to drop it off. The internet changed all of that. But the Web can be overwhelming. Lucky for you, I’ve been using a few sites in my job search that I’ve found to be great resources.
As I continue my job search, I realize that I have been going about this “not having a job” thing all wrong. I’ve been too narrow-minded. I basically spend a few hours a day looking and applying for jobs … and the rest of the time, I’ve been kind of just waiting for something to happen.
As a somewhat recent graduate, I hear a lot of the same questions from family and friends—or, heck, even strangers—about my job search. Most mean well, but honestly, it gets old hearing the same things over and over again.
These “interrogations” (that’s how they seem) may leave you feeling discouraged; however, I’ve come up with some answers that keep me optimistic. These may not be the “right” responses for you, but sometimes, just having a response helps most.
The Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014 have come to an end. Over the past 2 weeks, I watched a lot of the games (remember, it’s not time-wasting), seeing records set and finding out about the people behind them.
We can learn a thing or two from these professional athletes to help our own professional lives. Some lessons are obvious: practice makes perfect, stay dedicated, and value teamwork. However, here are a few less apparent ones that I will try to use them in my future career.
Back in college, I learned that red is a power color. It shows passion, strength, and boldness. So, whenever I presented in one of my classes, I always wore red. It made me feel powerful and motivating. (It also helped that red is my favorite color.)
Now that I’m getting my professional wardrobe together, I’m wondering whether its colors say the right thing—especially during the first impression of job interviews. So, I did some research (here, here, and here) to find out.
As you may remember from my previous post, I’m currently job searching. As of now, I’m playing the waiting game, seeing if anyone gets back to me. Of course, I’m still looking for other jobs while I wait, but to be honest, it can be really daunting and boring.
So, I’m finding more enjoyable ways to pass the time (sorry, Mom and Dad!). However, I’m not just sitting around—I’m gaining knowledge and skills that will help me in my search. These could come in handy for you, too.