5 Important Steps on Getting Your First After-College Job 102


This is a guest post by Christopher Mercer.

It seems unfair. You’ve worked hard throughout your university only to then have to work hard to find a job. It doesn’t even seem like having gone to college gives you that much of advantage. So why did you work yourself so far into debt, right?

Well, I’m here to tell you two things.

First of all, having gotten a degree is huge. Yes, it’s still hard to get a job but now you’re competing for the serious career tracks. That means that soon if you play your cards right you’ll be raking it in or fulfilling your heart’s desire (or both).

Finding a job doesn’t actually need to be that hard. You just need to take the right steps. And those are the ones I’m going to outline in this article. Sounds good right? So let’s get straight on it.

1. Get an internship.

If the school year isn’t over then get an internship. Even if it’s only one or two days a week it can make a huge difference as it will look like you’ll have months of experience in the sector relevant to what you’re trying to do.

Of course, a paid internship is better, but consider doing one or two months unpaid as well during your summer break. You’ll learn a lot and you might even make connections that turn out to be valuable in getting you the position you’re hoping for.

2. Have a perfect CV and cover letter.

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You will want to have these ready so that whoever you might run into, you’ll be able to hand them off straight away. Your CV should be pitched towards the industry you want to work in. That means not just putting in previous jobs and achievements in a chronological order but rather in terms of their relevance to the job you’re interested in doing.

Cover letters have to be written individually for whatever business you’re applying to. That does not mean you can’t recycle bits, but it does mean you have to make sure you mention the company you’re applying to and why you’d like to work for them.

Writing a good cover letter is an art. So learn it.

3. Prime your network.

Yes, some people find their jobs by going the ‘official’ way. They sent CVs and cover letters to firms where they don’t know anybody. And there is nothing wrong with that strategy.  Most people, however, find their jobs through their networks.

The advantage of going this route is that you will have an incredibly valuable additional asset. That is having somebody vouch for you. This will open up doors to positions that otherwise might have remained closed to you.

So how do you prime your network? Well, first you’ll want to let people know you’re about to graduate.

You can share posts on social media about your upcoming graduation day and how happy and successful you were there. If you have managed to get good grades and a high GPA, then show it and tell people how proud you are that you got there. Don’t exaggerate (people hate a salesperson) but just let them know you’re out there.  

4. Hit people up individually.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to reach out to people individually and ask if they know anybody who works in the industry you’re interested in.

Don’t just put something on your wall as when you do that, the bystander effect (Where the more people see something the less likely anybody will take action) will make it far less likely people will get back to you.

So write people individually. Just like with the cover letter, make sure the person feels that you’ve actually taken the time to write them a personal note. Then they’ll feel far more inclined to reciprocate.

Here’s a TED talk on how to land the ideal job with one email:

5. Getting a job after university is a full time job.

Treating it as such can make a huge difference to your future. Even managing to get one step higher in the career ladder now can make a difference of millions of dollars (and a huge amount of fulfillment) down the line. So don’t hold back.

Treat this as another exam period. Except that now instead of your professor being the one who will give you a grade, it will be your future self. Plus, you really don’t want them to regret your actions.

So do it for your future self. You’ll thank yourself for it. That’s how you get your first after-college job.

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How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs 4

How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.

And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.

12 Benefits of Co-Working Spaces

1. Low startup cost

If you’re just starting out, you’re probably looking for premises that won’t drain your budget. By moving to a co-working space, you’ll eliminate the costs of fire insurance, office equipment and various similar expenses.

Not only that this will help you save money, but less time and energy will be needed for sourcing things like this.

2. Increased flexibility

Another great reason to opt for a co-working space is increased flexibility.

This means that the more your business keeps growing, the easier it will be for you to expand your office space. Most of the experts who are running co-working spaces will allow you to tailor your contract according to how well you’re doing.

3. Less risk

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When moving into a traditional office, there’s always a chance you’ll lose the money you’ve invested in it if your business fails. And selling all the office equipment and furniture isn’t always going to be easy. But if you take your business to a co-working space, you won’t have to worry about risks like this.

4. Short setup time

One of the biggest problems small businesses face when moving into a traditional office is the long setup time.

For small businesses, time is an important asset and the last thing you want is to lose money while moving. Luckily, with co-working spaces, not too much time is needed in order to get everything in the right place.

5. Fast internet

Modern-day businesses in just any industry need internet and they need it to be fast. This is probably the case with your business as well and fast internet is another reason to join a co-working space. And even if there’s something wrong with the connection, you won’t be the one having to deal with the issue.

6. Collaborative atmosphere

Some people would have you believe that having people from other companies around your team makes them less productive. But the truth is, it’s easier to perform when you know there are other teams doing the same right next to you.

Another important thing to mention is that too much familiarity traditional offices offer makes your employees less productive.

7. More opportunities for networking

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When running your own small business, you’ll have to put some extra effort into meeting as many businesspeople as possible. The more of them you meet, the better. If you decide to move into a co-working space, you’ll have all the networking opportunities you need.

8. Easier to get

Let’s face it, finding a perfect traditional office for your business is difficult. What’s even more difficult is actually obtaining that office.

With co-working spaces, you won’t have to worry about things like this. This is the case because there are plenty of these out there you’ll be able to choose from.

9. More flexible access

Most co-working spaces out there are run by its landlord and the building management. What this means is that your employees will be able to work whenever necessary, since the office will be open even during Sundays and public holidays.

Also, when working on a big project, your employees will be able to access the office 24/7.

10. Better design

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Another issue many entrepreneurs face is designing their office. Not only that this can take money, but it also requires a lot of effort.

However, with most co-working spaces out there, what you’re going to get is a beautiful office you can move into. This means your new office might be equipped with things like a green wall and comfy furniture.

11. Premium brand imagery

In the business world, it’s very important that you give your brand a boost by using premium facilities. In fact, this is something that’ll help your business obtain more loyal brand followers. When working in a co-working space, you’ll be provided with all the nice-looking facilities your brand needs.

12. Happy hours

No matter how many employees you have, they’ll want to be surrounded by people they consider friends. If you join a co-working space, there will be plenty of opportunities for your employees to hang out with other people from the building. This translates to more drinks after work and more motivated employees.

Co-working spaces really are the way to have it all without having to break the bank. So, no matter if you’re moving from your garage or a traditional office, you’ll definitely want to think about joining one of these. Luckily, more and more co-working spaces are popping up all over the world.


This is a guest post by Derek Lotts.

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.  And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.