This time of year, many soon-to-graduates are contemplating going off into the “real world.” New jobs, new lives, and new responsibilities are just around the corner!
But what does that new life typically look like for a recent graduate?
Steve Jobs really hit the nail on the head during his 2005 Stanford University commencement address when he said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.”
Your failures — and your willingness to learn and grow from them — have the capacity to boost your positive attributes in unsuspecting ways. Here are some characteristics that failures can shape, and why companies are quick to snatch up interns who possess them:
Whether you’re in a position you hate now – or you’ve embarked on a seemingly endless job search – you may feel that almost any opportunity is better than your current situation.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you should apply to every position you come across. In fact, it might be time to reconsider the way you’re searching for employment if the spray and pray tactic is part of your job search strategy…
It seems like scammers are everywhere! They aren’t just in the shopping malls, parks, or any other public place you can think of anymore. Lately, many make their presence known in the form of job postings.
While most job ads are actually legit, a fair number of them may lead to the wrong doors. Beware of these job scams; they may “simply” rob you of a few dollars, but they may also go as far as stealing your entire identity.
So how do you know if a job is a scam? Here are five tips to help you check, before you apply:
Career experts and pundits often tell you that looking for work is a full time job. Those people are correct.
Like a regular job, during your job search you need a work-life balance. This is actually more important than it is in a regular job because as a candidate, companies need to see you at your best. If you’re too eager, mopey, demotivated or tired… your chances of success decrease. Any sign of a negative disposition is not attractive to any prospective employer.
Lucky for you, I’ve put together one of my famous numbered lists to solve (almost) all your job search problems.
I read about 30 career blogs a day. Typically, I am in “scan” mode as I read because, to be honest, most of what I read falls into the “blah, blah, blah” category. Yesterday was different, because there was a post in the New York Times that not only caught my attention, it really made me think… and then really pissed me off. The thinking part was instigated by learning (again) just how much enthusiastic referrals have become a career “golden ticket” in our current economy, especially at large volume employers. Take a look at these excerpts from the NYT