Tip Tuesday: Grads, bring down your ego

In this day and age, it’s usually the norm to have either a university degree or college diploma. Because of this, many recent grads in the past years feel entitled to secure a job in their field right after or a few months after graduation. And when they aren’t able to, they blame the poor job market and the economy and start feeling unmotivated with their job search and life in general.

If you’re guilty of that, bring your ego down a bit! If you look at the very successful people, they all started from the bottom and most hopped from random job to random job. Stepping it down a notch and getting any job after graduation while looking for the right job will keep you from feeling negative and blaming the economy. You’ll also build character, learn to budget, meet new people (possibly connections to another job closer to your filed) and most importantly, real life work experience.


Tip Tuesday: Budget With $5 Bills

Here’s something to try out if you want to start budgeting: for every $5 bill you receive, save it. At the end of every month, count how much money you’ve saved up from just those bills alone. Five bucks doesn’t seem like much but you’ll be surprised how fast things add up.

Hopefully this tip will motivate you to put some money aside while working in the summer or at you full-time job.


How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Do you just feel like falling right back into bed every morning when you wake up? Need ten cups of coffee just to function? Then we think you might need a sleep intervention.

Not getting a proper amount of sleep can affect every aspect of your life. It can slow your thinking, hinder your memory, make it easier to get sick and even cause depression. And worst of all, it may prevent you from having the energy and determination to search for jobs!

We don’t want any of that stuff to happen to you, so we’re going to tell you how to make the most of your good night’s sleep.

The Four Stages of the Sleep Cycle:
You should understand a few things about sleep before you try to improve its quality – namely what sleep cycles are and their stages. So first off, a sleep cycle is a 90 minute cycle of four stages: two REM (Rapid Eye Movement, which is caused by dreaming) and two non-REM. People generally need five or six cycles to feel well rested, so that’s what you should aim for. If you can’t fit all of them in, it’s possible to feel adequately rested on just three or four, but you need to wake up at the right time.

Stage 1
– A very light sleep. The body is either easing into a shallow sleep from a deep one (stage 4), or easing into a shallow sleep from wakefulness. People are easily awoken at this stage with very little side effects. It’s about 10-15 minutes long and is the window we want to wake ourselves up in – but we’ll get to that later.

Stage 2 In stage 2 your body is preparing for deep sleep. You’re less easily awakened here and your heart rate slows, and body temperature drops. Waking up isn’t terrible, but it’s sort of disorienting.

Stage 3 & 4 These are your stages of deep sleep: 4 being much deeper than 3. They’re when the REM sleep sets in, and quite difficult to wake from. If you are awoken from stage 3 or 4, you’ll feel grumpy, groggy and disoriented. These make up the bulk of your cycle, and you do not want to wake up from either.

Get Sleep and Don’t Wake up Grumpy!
Waking up during stage 3 or 4 in the morning because of your alarm clock is probably why you hate mornings so much. So lets change it up!

Knowing that each cycle takes about 90 minutes to arrive at completion, and that the average person takes about 15 minutes to fall asleep, you can calculate the best time to wake up from whenever you want to go to sleep. Remember, you’re aiming for stage 1, which lasts 10 – 15 minutes, so you want to wake yourself up 5 or 10 minutes after the end of your last cycle.

If all that sounds a little too complicated, don’t worry! Here’s a sleep calculator which will do all the math for you!

If that doesn’t help, you can try turning your phone off or putting it to airplane mode at night (your phone gives off tiny electrical pulses some people are sensitive to and keeps you awake,) and you can try reading a book instead of a lit screen – studies have shown that LED screens have the same effect on the brain as caffeine.

Hopefully that will help you sleep through the night from now on and always be at your best at work or that early morning job interview!

See you next Tuesday for another great tip!

Question of the week: How long have you gone without sleeping?

Also check out:
How to Not Be Late For Work
How to Stay Awake at Work


Wall Street Job Report – How to Get Your Resume Past Computer Screening

Credit: The Wall Street Job Report

Hundreds and thousands of resumes pour in for recruiters and hiring managers to look over everyday. To make their lives easier, computerized systems help them select potential candidates by scanning keywords and other information. This often is a disadvantage to job seekers because resume #312 can be easily lost in the pile. To get around this, the Wall Street Job Report has some tips on How to Get Your Resume Past Computer Screening Tactics.



Job Fact Friday: Social Media

Social media is quickly becoming the new job search tool. Generation Y has made social media such a large part of their lives that companies are picking up this trend and posting jobs on social media websites. Common ones include Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus. So the next time you’re browsing online, make sure you don’t neglect the job postings on social media. They’re just as legitimate as the jobs that are posted on other online job boards or the career section in newspapers and magazines.

Tip Tuesday: Things People Overlook in Job Interviews

Sometimes when you don’t think it’s a big deal, doesn’t mean it’s not a big deal to the interviewer. Watch this video for some of the common things that people tend to forget to do or not do during a job interview that can save your chances at being hired.

Part Five: Landing Your First Job: 4 Essential Tips

Tip #4: A Job Interview – Success!

Congratulations! All that networking, cover letter writing, resume proofing, and volunteering have finally paid off and you’ve got yourself an interview. Now you need to be prepared to make the most of this opportunity you worked so hard to create – and that’s probably not going to happen by walking in there stiff and uneasy with a bunch of possible answers memorized or written out long hand on your hand. But don’t worry, we’ve got some helpful tips!

 Take a chill pill!

You’ve done all your homework. You know about that company and you know what you can bring to the position. Now it’s time to take a deep breath and relax. Go in there with a smile, exuding an aura of self-confidence and self-assurance (even if you don’t really feel that way).  Smiles are contagious. The person sitting in front of you will smile back. You’re already setting the tone for a pleasant conversation.

Be Yourself:
Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through during the interview. They’re looking to hire a person, not just a skill set. A person they’ll be seeing and interacting with day after day. Be that winning personality!

Good luck, everyone! If any of our tips helped you land an interview or a job, we’d love to hear all about it!

Tip #1: Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Tip #2: Using Your Personal Network to Network
Tip# 3: Giving Your Time to the Community

Part Four: Landing Your First Job 4 Essential Tips

Tip #3: Giving Your Time to the Community

You’ve graduated, you’re ready to hit the job market, you’ve been sending out resumes and networking with everyone you can think of and still nothing. Nothing, nothing, nothing. Well here’s something: think about volunteering or doing an internship. You still may not be getting paid any money, but you are getting work experience.

Get an Idea of the Industry of Your Choice

Whether you have a very clear idea about the sort of job you’re looking for or your future still looks a little murky, a fantastic way to get some experience under your belt and/or get a better perspective for future prospects is to volunteer.

You want to work in radio? See if your local station will take you on as an intern or a volunteer. Interested in learning more about marketing? Want to work in a museum?  A lot of places may not be hiring, but they might be open to bringing on an intern or a volunteer. You’ll get a chance to see the business from the inside. See how you feel in the environment, learn a few things, meet a few people – add to your networking network.

Advantages of Volunteering for Non-Profit

Gain work experience:
Volunteering is a huge way to gain work experience. Not-for-profit organizations are usually working within a pretty tight budget. That means they need to make the most use of every single person that comes to work with them. By doing this, you’ll most likely get the opportunity to really dig in – and come out with more hands on, diverse experience than you’d get in a bigger corporation that can afford to hire more hands.

Work experience on your resume:
Not only are you gaining experience, and feeling good about what you’re doing, volunteering also looks great on your resume. Employers may be impressed with you even more if they see that you dedicated your time to work for no pay. Also, the skills you learn today may be the one you’ll use tomorrow in your new job.

Tomorrow we’ll feature our final tip in the series. Don’t miss it!

Tip #1: Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Tip #2: Using Your Personal Network to Network
Tip# 4: An Interview – SUCCESS! 

Part Three: Landing Your First Job: 4 Essential Tips

Tip #2: Using Your Personal Network to Network

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. People say it so much that it’s easy to dismiss and you may think, I don’t know anyone who’s looking to hire someone like me. But you don’t necessarily need to know anyone in a position to hire. You just have to figure out how large your network circle is.

You Probably Have More Connections Than You Realize

It’s a small world:
It may be true that you don’t know anyone in a position to hire, but there’s only one way to find out. Make a list of your contacts, including teachers, classmates, friends, family, family friends. Reach out to them. Let people know you’re in the market and what sorts of things you’re interested in.

See and Be Seen

Make real connections:
You may feel like you’re doing a great job with your job search by sitting at home sending out cover letters and resumes to every job that looks like it has potential. Full points for perseverance and dedication, but there’s also something to be said for getting yourself out into the world and doing a little schmoosing and networking. Go to events where people who are in the field of your interest mingle. Find out if there’s an appropriate meet-up you can join.

Arrange a meeting with someone already in the field – This is another way of networking. Meet up with them to talk and pick their brain about how they got started. You never know who you’ll meet or who might mention your name to someone they think might be able to help you.

Make Yourself 1 of 1 instead of 1 of 1,000

Stand out from the crowd:
For every ad you answer, there’s a good chance hundreds, if not thousands of other people are also answering it. But if you can get an introduction to someone who only realized they needed someone after they heard about you and your search, you’ve completely turned the odds to your favor.

Tip #1: Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Tip# 3: Giving Your Time to the Community
Tip# 4: An Interview – SUCCESS!