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“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to get a job.” Transitioning from college to career can be difficult for some. But if they’re prepared, new graduates can make that transition a little easier for themselves. So, what do recent grads need to know going into the workforce? According to career expert J.T. O’Donnell, a lot of employers are skeptical about hiring recent grads due to their lack of experience. But what can grads to do overcome this common challenge? If you want to stand out and prove your value to employers, you have to show that you’re resourceful. “They’re looking for young professionals who can prove that they can hold themselves accountable, that they can manage themselves, that they can figure out problems for themselves, that they can seek answers on their own, that they can get work done without a lot of hand-holding and instruction,” said O’Donnell. “They’re looking for real independent self-starters.” But how can you convey this to employers as a recent grad? According to O’Donnell, the best thing you can do is to share examples of times in your life when you took initiative during job interviews. When were you able to step up, take care of business, and get things done without a lot of help? Those are examples you need to share. “When you can prove that to employers, you’re proving that you’ll truly be resourceful on the job and they’re not going to have to do all of that extra hand-holding,” said O’Donnell.

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New grads of the class of 2013, as you get ready to complete this major milestone in your life, there’s a lot you need to know before you dive into your first job. Who better to learn from than an experienced, seasoned professional – someone who has been through his first job, and second job, and then even started his own company? Richard A. Moran is CEO of Accretive Solutions, a San Francisco-based venture capitalist, social scientist, and best-selling author. He’s an expert at organization effectiveness (and recognized as a top LinkedIn Influencer!) He offers 20 pieces of amazing advice targeted specifically for new grads. Don’t let your inexperience hold you back by making common, rookie mistakes. Get ahead of the curve by reading Moran’s essential tips specifically for new grads.

1. Whatever You Do— Use “Reply All” With Extreme Caution

Avoid it if you can, because “it’s the most dangerous button on your screen,” he says. “It looks innocent enough, a little envelope with an arrow. Hitting that innocuous looking icon can change the course of a career even at a tender young age.” You just never know when your message will end up in the wrong hands… it happens all too often.

2. Remember To Carry Extra Power Cords

“You can never have too many and don’t let others borrow them. You will not get them back,” Moran says.

3. You Are Being Monitored

Moran makes the excellent point that it’s easy to let your guard down for a second at work… hop on the Net and Facebook chat away for a few minutes. “Assume that all things you do on your computer at work will be monitored and reviewed. Never let your guard down,” he says. These are just a few tips. Moran writes a full list of 20 pieces of advice for young grads at CareerBliss... READ FULL ARTICLE ►

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