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1stGig.com Helps Graduates Find Their First Careers

Have you ever used a job board? They are a great way to find a job, if you do not mind checking back multiple times each day and competing against other people who may or may not be embellishing their resumes in order to sound better qualified. In my opinion, the biggest problem with job boards is that most really are not regulated as strongly as they should be. I mean, we are talking about people’s future careers; shouldn’t this be handled a little more carefully?

1stGig.com allows job searchers to connect with the future employers of their dreams.

1stGig.com allows job searchers to connect with the future employers of their dreams.

1stGig.com evidently thought so. 1stGig.com is not a job board, but it is a great way to connect with employers and find your first career.

Think of it as an eHarmony for job seekers and employers. Both sides create profiles; for the seekers, the profile is based on career interests, experience, education, and skills. 1stGig.com then compares the profiles and introduces companies and job-seekers that form compatible matches. Read the rest of this entry »



How to Become a Police Officer

Police OfficerA career in law enforcement offers a vast variety of professional opportunities, and some of those opportunities are even available to candidates without college degrees.

Many people however are confused about the process to pursue a career in fighting crime in America.

Here are the necessary steps to potentially attain a career in law enforcement.

In high school you should take U.S. government & politics (civics or poli-sci), psychology and U.S. history AP classes to prepare for your continued education. Special dedication to the behavior sciences, business math and computer applications courses may also prove helpful.

Holding a professional degree in political science or criminal justice will likely expedite the process of employment. Read the rest of this entry »



How to Land a Job at the FBI

FBI Special AgentIt seems lately the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been recruiting new agents with some surprising educational backgrounds.

Whether you’re of an older generation and remember when Jimmy Cagney was an agent in G-Men or you’re looking to erase memories of aliens like in Men in Black, the FBI is known amongst society to be an exciting, interesting, and competitive career path.

According to reports via the FBI, they are looking for Special Agents for four specific entry-level programs and one general department and are scouting for: Read the rest of this entry »



Five Ways to Land a Dream Job and Move Out of Your Parents’ House

You went to college for four years, earned your good grades, graduated on time, and now that you are out in the “Real World” you can’t find a job to save your life. It’s pretty frustrating, right? What could you be doing wrong? You know that your résumé is top notch, your cover letter shows your brilliant personality, and you’re dressed in your best clothes for the interview. Why haven’t they offered you a great job with a starting salary at least $10,000 more than you expected?!excited

OK, well, calm down a little. Maybe $10,000 is a little much to ask for. But in all seriousness, you feel like you have done everything in your power to land a job – any job – and nothing has worked out for you. What gives?

According to Careers and Colleges, most new job searchers make novice mistakes that end up costing them the job. Here are the top five things to do during your job search so that you can finally move out of your parents’ house and start living the nine-to-five dream. Read the rest of this entry »



Acceptance to Teach for America as Competitive as the Ivy League

teach-for-america-as-competitive-as-ivy-leagueDespite the high turn-over rate, the The New York Times reports that being hired by Teach for America is more competitive than ever. A record 46,359 applicants bid for only 4,500 positions nationwide, a 32 percent increase since 2009. Eighteen percent of the graduating class of Harvard applied for the program.

Will Cullen, who was accepted to Teach for America after graduating from Villanova, reported that a friend who was not hired instead will be a Fullbright scholar. Some students are not even trying to apply for the year following graduation, but instead try to gain related experience to boost their resumes. Read the rest of this entry »



Billionaire College Entrepreneurs Teach a Lesson for Success

facebookFacebook, Google, FedEx, Dell, and Microsoft are all companies conceived of by college students. Frederick Smith got the idea for FedEx while researching an economics paper whiles getting his bachelor’s of economic at Yale. Michael Dell began upgrading computers from his dorm room while studying pre-med at the University of Texas at Austin. Investopedia shares the key ingredients behind these success stories for the entrepreneurial-minded college student.

1. Fill a Need

What could you create that would make people’s lives simpler, easier or more enjoyable? This is a simple, but fundamental business premise. Mark Zuckerberg, perhaps the richest 26-year-old in the world, began with the simple desire to provide his fellow classmates at Harvard with a student directory that included photos, something that many colleges provide. He began by hacking into Harvard’s server to retrieve the images necessary, but soon got shut down by the administration. His next strategy evolved into the Facebook we know today, with user-submitted content.
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Best Cities for Young Professionals

young-professionalsAs any recent graduate knows, this is a rough economy for finding that first job after graduation. Forbes recently ranked the top ten U.S. cities for young professionals looking to hedge their bets before moving to a new city.

They analyzed cost of living, unemployment rate, the number of high-profile employers, and potential job growth for each city. Lastly, they counted the number of graduates from the Class of 2000 at Princeton University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Duke University, Rice University and Northwestern University had settled in each city.

Here are the results:

1. Houston, Texas

Three of the ten cities that made the list are in Texas, with Houston heading the list. Fourteen of the nation’s largest companies are based in the city, which also has high incomes and a large number of elite college graduates. Read the rest of this entry »



Worst-Paying College Degrees

diploma and capSociety says that earning a degree is an investment into your future. But have you ever figured out the math on how much you actually profit from your degree?

After paying thousands of dollars over the course of three to five years, these majors result in a list of the worst paying jobs according to a study released by Payscale.

10. Drama: Starting annual salary: $35,600; mid-career annual salary: $56,600. However, you can always make it big and become a multi-millionaire actor or director.

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Facebook is Endangering Careers

firedFacebook now has over 400 million active viewers and is indisputably the most popular website for social networking. While Facebook is mostly used for personal purposes, professional usage of the website is becoming increasingly more popular.

Marketing companies report that Facebook has become an extremely valuable tool for college students to reach out to recent alumni to aid in their post-graduation job hunt.

Along with rebuilding connections, surveys report that around 30% of employers are using Facebook to screen potential employees, even preferring checking out an applicant’s Facebook account as opposed to looking up their LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a standard professional social networking site. Unfortunately, college students are not realizing how their Facebook pages could cost them potential interviews.

Below are popular Facebook mistakes and ways to avoid them.

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5 Tips for Landing a Job out of College

Use these tips to find a new job in the dismal job market!

The job market is quite dismal for recent college graduates. How can these students distinguish themselves from all of the other applicants in this very competitive job market? Keep the following tips in mind:

1. Flush out your resume. Use descriptive words in your resume. Instead of saying you interned with a company, describe your duties and how you benefited the company. Describe your volunteer and extracurricular activities in detail; these show that you are willing to go above and beyond the normal expectations.

2. Apply in person. So many people today rely on the Internet to apply for a job. But the same techniques that worked for decades in the past still work today. Apply in person, give a firm handshake, and let them know how interested you are in really working for their company. Read the rest of this entry »





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