5 Job Hunting Tips

Hi Hi Everyone! Long time no read. If your like me or soon to be like me a recent college grad then I know the job search can be a hassle and rough. Although as my family, friends and myself keep saying, you’ll find a job soon don’t worry. But while on your journey to finding a job I’ve come up with a few tips to help make the process a little easier

image1. Have an updated resume-Resumes will become your lifeline, they will become who you are in a sense.  By having an updated one it helps you greatly. This allows interviews to learn what your degree is, internships, jobs,accomplishments, and awards.  You can either update it yourself or go to your schools career center and have them help you make one.  If you do decide to take on the task of creating one by yourself please..PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD!!! I can not stress this enough. You don’t want to risk your chance of having your resume thrown to the side because of a misspelled words. I learned this the hard way myself, so just be sure to double up on spellcheck when making one.

2. Make a list of companies to apply to-By making a list you narrow down where you really want to apply to. I know sometimes you might be thinking but I want to apply everywhere. Nothing is wrong with that of course but so you won’t feel so overwhelmed start with the list first. Try writing down the major companies that have caught your eye from your field of study then go from there. By doing this it allows you to keep up with when you applied for certain positions and the companies they match with, just in case you get a phone call to interview with them.

3. Interview prep-Prepping for interviews can help you go a long way.  You can look up basic sample interview questions and go over them by yourself or you can either have someone help you. Writing down things that you might want to say can be very helpful too. Making sure that you do research on a company will definitely benefit you. Job interviewers look for that because they want to see if you’ll go the extra step and that your putting forth an effort into trying to really learn about the company. Trust me when you go for an interview they will ask the question, “So what do you know about our company?”. It’s a go to question so you want to make sure your prepared to give them the information that you have learned.

4. Check for new jobs frequently-The great thing about looking for jobs is that new ones come out everyday, you just have to check often to know what is out there. I know sometimes it can be tiring, but you never know if your perfect job is just sitting out there waiting for you to discover it.  Try and get your application in quickly because who knows they might call you in just as quick to set up an interview. Sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, and Monster post jobs daily, so be sure to definitely check those.  Try doing it at the beginning of your day this way you can put a great deal of energy into it. As the saying goes looking for a full-time job is a full-time job in itself.

5. Make a Cover Letter-This one can be optional but it’s never a bad time to use one. The reason I say this is because for some jobs I use a cover letter and some jobs I don’t use a cover letter. If you do decided to use one make sure you have about 1 or 2 handy so that  it can be sent with your application. Some jobs might require them and some jobs might not require them which makes it’s an optional choice. If you’re having a hard time trying to think of what to include in your cover letter go to your schools career center and get a sample, or you can look for some examples online which can be very helpful also. Make sure you proofread cover letters also, big thing to look out for. Whatever option works out best for you when it comes to cover letters I say go for it.

The job search is a tough road because so many grads are also looking for a good job. The main thing is to not stress about finding one because you will get one. Even if  your first job isn’t your dream job that first job can open the doors to that dream job that you want. So make the most of it and get the experience.  I know your early 20’s will be a little tough since it’s the beginning of finding a good job and having stability, but know that you will make it; you’ll make yourself and everyone around you so proud.  HAPPY JOB HUNTING EVERYONE!!!

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5 Things That Keep You Motivated

HI HI MY BLOG READERS! Brief update on life.. I started my last year of college and OMG when I say my sleeping schedule is out of whack it is all the way out of whack! I had to figure out a new schedule to push out content. Since school is back in session I want to be able to give you all the best while not being overwhelmed. So I decided posting a few times a month works best for me at the moment.  This way I’m able to balance out everything and give everything my all. 🙂 SO! The new content for this post is 5 Things that Keep You Motivated. Everybody needs motivation no matter where it comes from.  Be it family, friends, or from accomplishments, it helps us get the job done. Here are a few things that I felt could keep a person motivated.

Family

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To me family is the  BIGGEST motivation. You want them to be proud of the person that you  have become , and the accomplishments that you have made throughout life. Let them know all the raising they did  and things that they taught you  didn’t go to waste, it kept your head straight and right where it needed to be. Even if you might not have agreed with everything they said. They will always be behind you every step of the way when nobody else will. Making your family proud of you should be the biggest push that you need and aim for.

Opportunities

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You never know what opportunity will come knocking at your door. Whether it’s a new job, new internship, or a new connection. Opportunities are an abundant and there something to look forward to. Put in your all when it comes to work. I know that sometimes it might get hard and you want to give up but…DON’T! You never know who is watching or seeing the great things that you are doing.  Also meet new people you never know how you can help them out in the long run or how they might be able to help you out. A connection goes a long way.

 

Goals

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Everybody has goals. Some goals might be small and some goals might be big but everybody has the same agenda.. accomplishing those goals. Being able to reach those goals really make you feel like you can do anything. Some goals might take longer than others but the main thing is being able to complete those goal. For example five years of college was not in the goal list but life worked out a little differently. I know it’s not what I had planned for but you know what I never know what that extra year will bring. The main thing is accomplishing the goal that I set out to do, getting my bachelors degree. So I know that some thingS might not turn out the way that you want them, but it’s about getting it done that’s what makes it all the more worth it

Personal Pride

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A lot of people don’t talk about this because they don’t want to make it seem like they’re bragging about themselves, but nothing is wrong with it. Whenever you are able to do something that you set your mind to I know for a fact that it makes you happy. It lets you know that you can do anything. There might have been some form of obstacle that might have gotten in the way along the way, but being about to push through and do it. Even if some people might think oh you can do that, there’s no possible way that someone like you can even get that close to doing something like.. BRUSH THEM OFF! Let that be your motivation to prove to yourself you can do it and prove them wrong. Having that feeling of accomplishment makes you say okay, I got this, bring on the next challenge! I’ll conquer that also. The hard work that you put into things will pay off. Whether it be now or later you’ll see the positive effects from it, and you’ll feel great about it.

Somebody Might Have It Harder Than You

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Not everybody is given the opportunities that some of us might have the chance to obtain. Whether it be a decent job, going to a good school, or just having a decent roof over their heads. I know sometimes we might say OMG  I can’t afford this or why can’t I have that. just think we could be like the people who don’t really have anything. Always take into consideration that even though you might have the basics but your worry and wondering everyday. You don’t have to worry about how you’ll find your next meal, how you’ll be able to afford something you might not need, or even where you’ll lay your head. Be appreciative of the things that you have obtain regardless if it’s big or small.

Motivation is the key to getting things done and doing the things that you love. Keep up with it and the things you work on will go far. Let me know what things you all might do to keep you motivation up. Hope you enjoyed this. HAPPY READING EVERYONE!

 

9 Pros and Cons of Studying Abroad

Hi Hi my blog readers!!  About a two months ago I was given the opportunity to do an internship aboard. I enjoyed going to a new country so much, if given the chance I would love to do one again. Since returning home I’ve had a lot of time to ponder on my travels and thought about a few of the pros and cons with studying aboard; I thought I would share those . So here are 9 Pros and Cons of studying abroad.

Pros

1. Culture Shock

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Although I might have traveled to an English-speaking country the Culture shock was still amazing. From how things are run to how people get around the country. Little norms that you would expect to be the same weren’t. It’s a good way to really learn about the country that you are in. The best thing to do when going to another country is having an open mind. To them things that we  might do may seem weird or might make us stand out to them. I know for a fact my accent was the main thing that made me stick out from the locals but after a while it was a go with the flow through the rest of my trip

2. Experience

Studying aboard is an experience that you will never forget. It allows you to see the world from a different perspective and allow you to knock down a lot of stereotypes or views that you might have for another country. You get that first hand one on one experience that not a lot of people my have the benefit of being able to do. Heck you even get the chance to take courses that aren’t offered in your country that can really interest you.  After you’ve experienced this your mind will be put into a whole new meaning that will allow you to have a better understanding of how different parts of the world work and function.

3.Food

Glorious Food!!! You get to expand your taste buds to try new foods that you never would have thought to even try. You learn to love what the locals like and really enjoy it.  In my case I tried a food that was here in the states in another country….The other country won for that food. Of course you’ll be able to brag a little by letting your friend know all the different things that you tried. In the process you can convince them to try foods that were similar to the foods where you were studying, as the saying goes you’ll never know if you like it until you try it. I’m sure somebody is dying to know what the food taste like. Learn a few recipes while your there that way when you come back you can fix them at home. Doing this helps when you having a little withdraws from the country you stayed a abundance amount of time in and you’ll feel like your right back there.

4. Friendship

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With attending a new college means gaining new friends whether it be making friends in that country or making friends that are from the same country or program as you. These friendships will last a lifetime. You’ll be able to relate to those studying aboard and have a lot in common with them. This will be a unique experience that will allow you to really appreciate the friends that you have. Also if you looking to vacation somewhere along the line in the future what better place to go back to where you have made friendships in.

5. Learning a New Language 

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Who doesn’t love learning a new language! Being bilingual is awesome and it looks great on your resume when you go to apply for jobs. Learning a new language also challenges yourself and your mind to do more a lot  thinking and processing than the average person has to do. In a sense your, your own little super hero. Being able to talk to your new friends especially in their native tongue makes your really feel like your one of them and not some random person just studying abroad. You build new relationships over learning a new relationship whether it be at home or where your studying at.  Major plus is when you come back home everybody will be so amazed at you knowing another language. Having a feeling of pride about accomplishing something that you wanted to do will please you greatly.

Cons

6. Budgeting

Learning how to budget in a new country is so different from home. Especially when it comes to the currency exchange rate. You have to make sure that you not over spending and staying within the limit. I’m not saying that if you see something you like that you can’t get it, by all means get it! BUT the main thing is knowing if you’ll be okay after you get it. You don’t want to by a 100 dollar item and be stuck for the rest of the week wondering how in the world are you going to eat for the rest of the week. It’s about making sacrifices that you know will benefit you in the end. If you don’t figure out how to do it the right way you’ll be pushing out a lot more money than you hope to do so. Ask students that have been abroad how they budgeted or look up different things on the internet that tells you about really understanding how to budget.

7. Homesick

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The homesickness will come eventually whether it be days, weeks, or months from now it will settle in slowly. You will miss your friends and family back home. I can’t tell you how much I missed my mom it was ridiculous. I thought I totally got this I’ll be okay…nope!  She got a phone call and multiples texts all throughout the day, not that she really minded. Although I did become homesick I got a huge level of independence with being over there. If your starting to feel home sick try to make as many friends as you can, who knows you might even get adopted into a new family while your overseas. You’ll feel less and less of that huge feeling of homesickness.  But don’t forget while you meeting new people to keep in touch with your family to let them know all of your experiences that you are getting.

Pro and Con

8. and 9. Adapting to a new place

Adapting to a new place can be a pro and con depending on how you look at it from your perspective. It’s all about learning the new ways, improving your language skills, and handling the new university course load. All of these things are new and challenging.  It’s about whether you’re ready to  take the challenge and go head first or continue to struggle constantly. Challenging yourself should be your biggest motivation when it comes to adapting to a new environment, seeing what’s new out there for you in order to learn yourself. It might be rough in the beginning but in the end it will definitely be worth it in the end.

Well those are my thoughts on studying abroad. I hoped you liked them and that they will be very useful in the near future. HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!!!!!