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Gift ideas for New College Graduates

College graduation season will soon be upon us, and that means a new class entering the workforce. After spending tens of thousands of dollars to secure a degree, doesn’t it make sense to pay a few hundred dollars on professional services to get a leg up on the competition? A gift certificate for resumes, cover letters, and job search advice helps the new graduate land a job in their field much more quickly.

Years ago one of my clients purchased a resume package for his sister who was graduating college. A year later he told me it was like giving her a “winning lottery ticket.” Apparently she landed an internship with her dream company that turned into a $68,000 a year job. She was a chemical engineer, mind you. All occupations are different.

That experience helped me realize what a great gift my client gave to his sister. If you know someone graduating soon, let us provide the most up to date advice for job applications, resumes, cover letters, and online job searches. Contact us for details. 623-556-0330.

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Why College Career Centers Suck

It’s college graduation month, and every year I’m disappointed to hear the number of new graduates who are unable to land a job in the field they studied. I don’t blame the educators, however, in my opinion much of the blame rests with College Career Centers.

Here’s why. After spending tens of thousands of dollars on a college education so that you can learn your intended occupation, you’re given misinformation on how to actually search a job.  For one, nearly all college career service centers require their Advisers to have a Master’s Degree. Yet rarely do these folks have much experience on how to find a job. Think about it. Once they get their own steady paycheck, they don’t leave. I mean, when’s the last time these folks actually looked for a job themselves?

The obvious problem is right on the university websites. I looked at Virginia Tech and Ferrum College just this past week. Their resume samples look like they came out of a book from the mid 1990s. The word “OBJECTIVE” sits right at the top of these resume samples. Please! If you spend that much money on a college education, ignore the Career Services office and find someone off campus who is up-to-date on hiring, job applications, and resume writing. That’s the best investment you can make to enhance your college experience. Otherwise, you many end up paying far more for that college degree in lost wages and deep disappointment.

 

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It’s Graduation Time!

I have to admit, May is my favorite time of the year in business for me, because I love writing resumes for new college graduates. I find that sending them off into the world of work with their new degree, along with a well-written resume can be the healthy start of a great career. It’s no different than transplanting a tree and giving it the right location, fertilizer, and water to help it spread and firmly plant its’ roots.

On a recent Paul Harvey broadcast, Mr. Harvey stated that that the job outlook is very promising for new college graduates. I’m hopeful he’s right.

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal offered stellar advice for new college graduates, and you can read it here.

–Susan Geary, CERW / 1st Rate Resumes

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Graduate to a New Job!

The following was sent to me in this week’s issue of the PRWRA Hire Views (my industry’s trade newsletter.) The information is so good, I just had to share. Thanks to Laura DeCarlo, our esteemed President of PRWRA for sharing!


In the recent Management-Issues.com article, “Early Bird Graduates Get the Worm” by Nic Paton, psychometrics assessment provider, SHL, sheds light on the issues of college graduates and employment.

According to SHL’s research, “Graduates who leave applying for jobs until late in the recruitment calendar – (July- August) – are likely to be less bright than their peers and less likely to achieve levels of success in the modern workplace. The study suggested that graduates who apply for jobs long before the late summer are not only brighter but more dedicated and more highly motivated than their peers. They also possess more of the necessary behaviors that make a well-rounded employee. On the other hand, those who wait until later do “tend to be more resilient – they are less susceptible to criticism from others – but are less forward thinking, less analytical, less motivated, less outgoing and less persuasive than early bird applicants.”