Posts tagged #Graduates

Knowing When to Ask for Help with Your Job Search

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Job hunting isn’t easy. Whether you’re fine-tuning your resume, updating your LinkedIn profile, or filling our applications, searching for a job can feel a lot like a job in itself.

So, when is it time to ask for help? Our team of expert career coaches compiled four career situations that often need a professional’s help to navigate successfully.

Do any of these situations fit your experience?

You’ve Been Out of the Workforce

Consulting with a career coach when you have a gap in your career is a great idea. Hiring managers often take gaps to be a red flag, as they are “time off” that may mean you’re a bit rusty. But we know that’s not the case! We can highlight your value in your experience—and your time off—that positions you to be the perfect candidate. Work with a professional to prep and polish your resume, cover letter, practice interviewing, and even build your confidence for compensation negotiation.

You Want to Change Industries

Sometimes you’re ready for a change, but it’s hard to justify to others why your experience fits with this new path. It can also feel daunting to potentially abandon the skills that you spent years developing. Working with the expert career coaches at The Wilbanks Consulting Group, we can help find transferable skills to apply to your new industry. Oftentimes, there’s overlap, but it takes careful positioning and preparation to navigate the waters between careers. By working with a career coaching professional, you can be certain you’re set up for success.

You’re Graduating

Graduation is an exciting time! After all, it’s been a long haul. But what’s next? You may be nervous about the future, but that’s completely normal. A career coach can help you identify the areas of your personality and your educational and personal experiences that translate to job skills and career success.

You Want to Gain a Professional Advantage

Investing in help from a professional help before and during your job search can equip you with the skills needed to nail the interview, land the job, and negotiate a compensation package you’re happy with.

Posted on July 23, 2019 and filed under Career, Search Strategy.

How To Spend Your First Summer After Graduation

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Summer is here at last! Congratulations on making it through sleepless nights, endless cold brews and hours of cramming for finals. Here are a few ways to make your summer as a graduate productive and enjoyable.

1. Take a trip! If you have just graduated, you have been through a very exciting yet stressful period of your life. From finals, graduation parties, and your actual commencement ceremony…odds are you are also exhausted! There is no better way to reward yourself for this huge accomplishment then to give yourself a break and take a vacation. Not only can traveling help you unwind from a hectic semester, it can also give you a global perspective which is essential in today’s highly connected world. Employers want seasoned candidates that have ventured out into new markets and cultures. Taking a trip abroad can help you jump into the workforce with a clear head and a fresh mindset.

2. Get an internship. If you’re not ready to jump in the workforce just yet, getting an internship can be a smart career move. Internships are a great way to build your network and gain experience without the long-term commitment. Internships can be paid or unpaid. Look for the paid internships, as this is a great way to gain entry level experience while earning extra cash this summer. Who knows… what may start off as an internship can turn into a full-time position.

3. Attend conferences and workshops. Summer is a perfect time to enhance your skill set by attending a local conference or workshop. Attending workshops and conferences can help you in more ways than one. Along with increasing your knowledge in a specific subject area, conferences and workshops simultaneously provide you with a space to network and meet like-minded individuals. If that is not reason enough, conferences/workshops can also help restore motivation and confidence while helping you build personal development skills.

While it is important to take a break to rejuvenate this summer, remember that your first summer as a graduate is the start of your career!

Posted on May 16, 2018 and filed under Career.

Career Tips for Graduates

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Attention all graduates! As we move towards summer we are also moving towards graduation. Have you begun planning the start of your career yet? There are many things you can do to give your career a kick start. Here are a few tips that will put you at the top of employer’s candidate list:

Tip 1: Polish up your resume and cover letter.

What have you accomplished in 2018? This is the perfect time to reflect on your achievements and projects. It’s also a great idea to get it reviewed and edited for typos and grammatical errors. Getting a fresh set of eyes on your resume will help you find areas of weakness you may have overlooked. If you need help, we offer resume and cover letter packages as a part of our career coaching services!

Tip 2: Start applying now!

It also takes time and research to find the perfect position, so expect this process to take a few months. Once you land an interview, the process at most companies is a long one, with multiple rounds of interviews. The sooner you start applying the closer you are to landing a position.

Tip 3: When sending in applications, expect a phone interview AND an in-person interview.

Many companies and recruiters will conduct a phone interview before asking you to come for an in-person interview. Make sure to research the company beforehand and be prepared to answer questions such as, “Why are you interested in joining the company?” and “What are your career goals?” Don’t forget to prepare your own questions to ask the interviewer - this is your chance to interview them too!

Tip 4: Polish up your social media profiles!

Social media plays a huge role in the search for a great candidate, so make sure you are abiding by social media best practices while on the job hunt. Do your social media profiles communicate who you are as a professional? If it does not, clean up any questionable content and redesign your profile to reflect your best self.

Tip 5: Know your worth!

Do you know how much you’re worth? If you don’t, websites like salary.com can help you determine what your fair market value is. Your fair market value is how much you are worth based on job description, location, education, industry and company size. It could also be beneficial to ask peers who are applying to positions in the same industry what they are expecting to earn. This can help you gain a better overall perspective and answer the question “What is your desired salary?” when it comes up.

Graduation is right around the corner so it’s essential to present yourself in the best light possible. Here are some additional tips on presenting yourself as a valuable asset to the team.

Posted on May 9, 2018 and filed under Career.