You just graduated from college. Thankfully, you received a job offer relatively quickly - what a relief! However, the salary the company is offering you isn’t as much as you expected. So, you’re probably going back and forth wondering, “Should I negotiate salary or would they laugh in my face?” So, is it ever appropriate for a recent grad to negotiate salary? The answer is: it depends. If you’re applying for an entry-level job with a set salary, then no, you don’t want to try to negotiate salary. The company was very clear about what it was willing to pay you and you have to be willing to accept that. However, in many cases, companies don’t talk about the salary in the initial stages of the hiring process. In this case, you would need to do your homework. Go to Glassdoor, look up this company, and check out the estimated salary ranges for this particular position. This will give you an idea of what to expect. You can also use Glassdoor to look up competitors to see what they’re paying employees in this type of role so you can compare salary rates. If the company you’re interested in isn’t paying the market rate for the role, you can go back to the organization after getting the job offer and ask for more money... BUT you NEED to have a game plan if you’re going to do this, according to career expert J.T. O’Donnell. “If you think about it, no company is going to pay you more money just because,” said O’Donnell. “You have to give them some valid reasons why.” If you feel like you can’t prove that you’re worth the additional income, then you can propose a six month review (instead of an annual review). If you can prove your value during that time, then they might be open to paying you more money at that point.
Congratulations on graduating from college! Now it's time for the hard part: finding a job. After years of all-nighters, tests, and term papers, it's time to hang up your backpack and pick up your briefcase. But when's the best time to look for a job after college? When should you start looking for a job? The short answer is: immediately. Unfortunately, that might not be what you want to hear (or, in this case, read). You might be tempted to take the summer off and enjoy your “last summer" before officially entering the “real world." And hey, I don't blame you. However, this probably isn't the best thing for you to do right now. Hate to break it to you. “The truth is, employers want to see hustle," said career expert J.T. O'Donnell. “They want to see drive, they want to see eagerness." What they DON'T want to see, according to O'Donnell, is someone who sits back and waits for opportunities to come. Great employers are looking for grads who are proactive and take initiative. The competition is tough during graduation season, it's true. Everyone is getting out and looking for work, so it can be hard to stand out. But you need to get started as soon as possible in order to get ahead of the game. “The sooner you get out there, the sooner you can prove to employers that YOU are the one to hire," said O'Donnell. Plus, even if you start now, it could take months to find a job after college. So, don't put it off - otherwise, you might set yourself up for an extra long stay at your parents house while you look for a job…
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Don't have anything to showoff on your resume as a recent grad? Trying to change careers and don't have enough relevant experience? No problem. You can use this simple trick to get a job when you don't have any experience...
The biggest challenge with not having experience is that employers will take one look at your resume before tossing it into the trash. As a job seeker, this is certainly frustrating. And, it's probably happening to you now if you're reading this. You have to get a job in order to get experience, yet you need experience to get a job... it's the age-old conundrum. So, what can you do to avoid this? The solution is to have conversations with people before you show them your resume. Connecting with someone before you even apply will give you a leg up in the process. Get out there and meet people. Identify what companies you want to work for and start connecting with employees and having conversations. However, don't ask for a job. Instead, ask for advice. Set up informational interviews and ask what it takes to earn a job at that company - SOMEDAY. When you have these kinds of conversations, people can see your personality, your enthusiasm, and your passion for a specific field. They can also see that you're taking initiative. All of this can help you land a job there. This happens all of the time. That's why networking is such a critical part of job search, especially when you have no experience. So, even if you feel like you have nothing to offer employers in terms of experience, you CAN make up for it with your personality and initiative.
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As many seniors in universities across the country will tell you, there’s no shortage of bright and accomplished graduates from top schools, all competing for a shrinking number of opportunities. In fact, the competition for an entry-level position has never been fiercer. Newsweek recently noted that 2.8 million graduates will enter the workforce in 2016. The scary part is that 40 percent of the total number of unemployed in the U.S. will be made up of 18-to-29-year olds, an unemployment rate of almost 14 percent among that age bracket (almost three times the national figure). RELATED: What’s Up With College Career Centers? Tell Us YOUR Experience The not-so-secret weapon for college students to launch a career is a no-cost resource that is included with that tuition check your parents write every year – the Career Planning Center. Before you slap your head and go “No duh!” the point to be made is that the Career Center is only as good a resource as you make it. Here are six steps to maximize your experience with your school’s Career Center, and optimize your chances of scoring a top-tier opportunity when you graduate.
1. The most important step – and I can’t emphasize this enough – START EARLY.It was my fifth week on campus and my parents kept encouraging me (i.e., pestering me) to get ahead of the game and be the first freshman on campus to visit Villanova’s career center. Most undergrads don’t think of visiting Career Planning until mid-Junior year. By going to the Career Center so early on, I got a surprisingly simple but critical strategic advantage for me, a running start when it came to meeting professionals at alumni networking events. On my first visit, I arrived with a bare-bones resume and a LinkedIn page that had not been updated since the day I had created it. That day, I met Kevin, a dynamic and insightful expert from the Center who became both a career coach and a real-world mentor to me.
2. It is self-evident that the most powerful source of career opportunities is the alumni network – the Career Center can open the door for you.Virtually all universities, no matter what size, have a strong alumni community that aspiring job seekers can tap into. Alums are always eager to help a young and hungry student accomplish their career goals and aspirations. Yet, many students don’t take full advantage of all of the alumni resources schools have to offer. The Career Center can be a vital resource to make this happen. Attend the events they put together, go to the information sessions and resume writing workshops – make an impression! It’s important to put yourself out there and make yourself stand out. Volunteer anytime there is an opportunity to get in front of an alumni dinner, luncheon or fundraiser; especially if there is a career planning angle. That’s how I got an opportunity to intern with the Philadelphia Flyers– I was hired by a Villanova alumnus!
3. Develop a relationship with someone in career planning and meet with them at least three times a year to discuss trends and strategies.(Caveat: don’t be obsessive and overextend your welcome by “stalking” them with too many frequent visits ;)!) It’s a good idea to never show up empty handed. Whenever I met with my mentors, I brought him them their favorite latte or iced tea. Also, don’t forget to have an agenda of what you’d like to discuss. He’s offering me the value of his time, expertise and observations. The least I can do is pick up the coffee on the way to his office and be organized about what I’d like to chat about. Be respectful of their time – request a brief 10 or 15 minute appointment. When the allotted time is close to finishing up, note the time and ask if it’s okay to keep going. Ninety percent of the time, the discussion will continue beyond the time slot of your appointment.
4. Remember, entry-level job postings from top employers go directly to the career planning office first!Logically, you want to be top-of-mind when a particular posting comes in that you’re well-suited for – another reason to develop a personal relationship with your Career Planning team. Make sure you keep yourself updated on the university’s job posting site. When you graduate, you won’t have the Career Center’s type of exclusive access to some of the best resources available to job hunters – all at no additional cost. (Well, as I said before, it’s included in your tuition costs, but let’s not quibble.)
5. Use the resources of the Career Center to develop your “personal brand.”Clearly, there’s no shortage of bright and accomplished graduates from top schools, all competing against one another for a shrinking number of job opportunities. The competition for an entry-level position has never been harder than it is now. Developing your personal brand is more than bullet points on a CV – how do you stand out in the four corners of an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper compared to everyone else’s sheets of paper? You need to leap off the page with something unusual. I worked with the Career Center to develop a LinkedIn Ads campaign that helped me get a paying summer job after my freshman year at Edulence, a great digital marketing firm in New York City. LinkedIn invited me to write a blog about it. It became a favorable point of conversation in interviews and a What’s Up With College Career Centers? Tell Us YOUR Experience
6. Look at your path to getting a job as a “one-thing-leads-to-another,” multi-year business plan which begins and ends with Career Center.Start early and visit often. Of course, they can’t guarantee you a job, but they will guide you to a suitable entry-level position if you have the credentials, and they will provide the expertise necessary to raise your personal brand up above the competition. Of course, your school’s Career Center is not just another bricks-and-mortar building on campus. It is an underutilized and powerful resource staffed with sparklingly-bright, highly-positive people whose job it is to help you get a job. What a win-win situation. And in conclusion, I’d like to give a shout-out to Kevin Grubb, my career coach from Villanova’s Career Center. I’m grateful for all the time and attention you gave me throughout my college career. This post was originally published at an earlier date. Disclosure: This is a guest post. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
June 2015 officially marked the third year I’ve worked full-time for CAREEREALISM Media. I’ve had lots of success here - I spearheaded my very first content campaign, I wrote my very first ebook, and - with the knowledge I acquired from this job - I wrote an article on LinkedIn that received over 600,000 views. It’s been a crazy, awesome ride (to say the least). RELATED: Need some career advice? Watch these tutorials! In honor of my third work anniversary, I’ve gathered the three most important lessons my boss taught me about success. Here they are: