College may prepare you for getting your first job, but it certainly doesn’t prepare you for life once you finally get that job. How do you handle the sudden change from being a broke student to the salaried life of a young professional? A salary brings both the prospect of new adventures and the overwhelming pressure of student debt payments, credit card bills, and a tight budget. Where do you even start when it comes to financial planning? These tips should help you and your bank account:
Let’s face the facts, women have not had it easy when it comes to building our careers. We still earn less than men, we’re underrepresented in the C-suite, and we’re viewed as less competent leaders. It can be overwhelming and downright discouraging. What’s a professional woman to do?
Do you need a LinkedIn profile? The short answer is 100% yes. LinkedIn takes you from a recent graduate with a resume to a young professional with a digital presence. It is your ticket to a huge professional network of 500 million users and countless opportunities for professional development. It also takes minimal time to set up and doesn’t require constant upkeep.
Many professional work roles require you to use applications and technologies in addition to the typical Microsoft Office suite. Whether it's a customer relationship management system, a marketing automation tool, or a human resources application, you need to stay in the know. So if you're juggling more than one, check out these tips to help you stay up to date.
Visualize a workday at an average job. Is the day full of in-person meetings, phone calls, and gossip at coworkers’ desks? That’s so 2000. Technology is evolving the workplace as we know it. Where there once was one office in one city, there are now remote workers scattered across the world. Where there once were in-person meetings, there are video conferences and cloud collaboration. Are you ready for the technological demands of today’s workplace?
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We all love a good online quiz or two. Knowing what superhero you are or your Harry Potter house is super fun, but when was the last time you took a quiz that gave you valuable takeaways for your career? Welcome to the world of professional personality tests! These tests help you understand yourself, how you interact with others, and what careers best tap into your strengths. Here are few that can help you start learning more about yourself:
You may have graduated, but that doesn’t mean you should stop reading. Now that you’re out in the real world there’s even more to learn! How do you get a promotion? What even is a 401K? How do you do this thing called adulting? Assemble your own fall reading list with these ten suggestions and take on your first years out of college like a champ!
Whether you're at a conference networking or at a casual happy hour, you could be asked, "So, what does your company do?" Of course you know what your company does, but how do you say it in a short statement that everyone understands? Hello, elevator pitch! We all know what an elevator pitch is, but is yours crafted and ready to go? Use these steps to create an effective elevator pitch for any situation.
Are you thinking about switching your job? You’re not alone. About 60% of millennials are currently open to a new job opportunity. And if you do end up switching, you’re likely to switch again. In fact, our generation switches jobs so much that we’re likely to have four or more jobs by the time we’re 32. This phenomenon of job-hopping gives us the freedom to build our career paths on our terms. It also comes with a healthy dose of skepticism from employers. So should you do it? Before you make your next “hop”, consider these pros and cons:
You did it! You survived every interview question! You dazzled them with your experience and you nailed every answer. But then the inevitable moment came when they asked you if you had any questions and you completely froze. Isn’t an interview them asking you questions?