For college seniors, the month of May usually symbolizes liberation from the papers, reports, projects and deadlines that consume the life of a student. After graduation, college life will come to an end, and for many, the job search will begin (or continue for those who got an early start). Of all the life lessons one can learn as an undergrad, how to navigate the job market as an entry-level candidate isn’t usually one of them.
Now that higher education is checked off the list, many eager graduates enter the process of job searching with the expectation that results will be immediate. This includes reaching out to your network, completing internships, and crafting a stellar resume. Still, many will find it difficult to get accustomed to the full-time job that applying can become.
Getting your foot in the door will take time and a commitment to doing everything in your power to make your talents known. Go the extra mile and be confident that you’ve taken every action possible (without being a stalker) to land your dream job.
Read below for some helpful information and let us know how it goes!
If you’re in the market for a new job, you may find you’re lacking some of the ‘hard skills’ required. As defined by Investopedia, hard skills are “Specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured. By contrast, soft skills are less tangible and harder to quantify.” A combination of both hard and soft skills can help you land your dream job.
Lacking the required software knowledge or the ability to speak a second language may be the deciding factor on whether or not you get called in for an interview [or if you should even apply]. For the truly ambitious and dedicated job seeker, prepare for your career goals by conditioning your mind to learn new skills.
The programs listed below all offer some sort of trial period allowing you to take self-taught crash courses to learn résumé-building skills. The more you know the better; and even if you aren’t in the job market at the moment, it’s never too late to learn something new. True statement: Knowledge is power! Spend your lifetime learning and you will remain relevant throughout your career.
When the Metropolitan Museum of Art throws a party, you go [if you're invited, of course]. The annual Costume Institute gala was the place to be Monday night for the entire fashion industry and an impressive list of celebrities. This year, the gala took place in honor of British-born designer Charles James and celebrated the unveiling of the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
In sharp contrast to the previous year’s punk theme, Met Ball 2014 guests were asked to dress in white tie for the event. Many followed the one rule of the evening, but it wouldn’t be a fashionable affair if a few rebels didn’t arrive out of dress code. It’s not easy to get a man to wear tails these days and some women just have to rock a crop top.
Below, some of our favorite…
Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta
Who would have thought the day would come when you could walk into an H&M to shop for a wedding dress? The bridal market is calling and some of our favorite go-to brands for casual, everyday attire have branched out into wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and almost everything else wedding-related!
We selected a breathtaking lineup of wedding dresses for under $1,000 that won’t sacrifice your style or your budget on your big day.
1. H&M’s first wedding dress seeks beauty in simplicity. The result: a floor-length, white gown featuring a beaded neckline and gathered waist. Coming in at less than $100, H&M easily earns the top spot with this one-off design. A maxi dress is perfect for beach weddings and the versatile design can be worn all summer with flat sandals. Talk about a dress that keeps on giving!
You know that feeling when your latest Instagram post reaches the popular page? Or, on a smaller scale, your latest selfie attracts at least 11 likes, reassuring you that your eyebrows really did look as great as you thought. Breathe a sigh of relief and scroll on to double-tap the new Givenchy Antigona bag that you plan to purchase some day.
Instagram feeds keep things moving and within seconds your cherished post becomes a thing of the past. Ah, the short, sweet life of a social media post. Prolong the life of your filtered favorites with these creative services that will ensure your pictures live on in alternate forms.
1. Apply Them
This handy (haha) service creates nail polish stickers from an image of your choice. NailSnaps gives you creative freedom with the ability to choose how the image will appear on your nails. Once you receive your custom NailSnaps in the mail, you can apply them yourself! NailSnaps is currently a Kickstarter project will only 14 days left to reach their $47,381 goal.
2. Bound Them
The digital documentation of our lives via Instagram are temporary and fleeting. Give your images a life beyond the screen with booksto.me. Choose a subscription plan and start taking pictures. At the end of the month, or after three months depending on the plan you choose, booksto.me will pull all of your images together, transform them into a hardbound photo book and ship it to your doorstep. Display your photos on your coffee table or start that collection of albums as you’ve always wanted to do.
3. Unlock Them
How sweet would it be to see your best shots on your phone’s lock screen? Get nostalgic each time you ‘slide to unlock’ with Wallgram, an iPhone app that creates wallpapers from any Instagram photo or any image from your phone. Last time we checked, this app was free as a promotion in the App Store, but it usually runs for $3.99. According to the reviews, the small details that Wallgram uses to perfect your photo (like blurring out the edges of images that are too small) makes this app totally worth it!
4. Eat Them
Boomf turns your selfies into dunkable, roastable, edible marshmallows. Perfect for gift-giving to yourself or your social media-savvy bff, these little treats are created by Boomf in boxes of nine for $20 and shipped to your for free. Sweet deal, no? All you have to do is log on to the service with your Instagram credentials, choose nine images (yours or your friends’) and Boomf does the rest! Yum!
5. Encase Them
Create custom cases for your phone or tablet with Casetagram with your Instagram or Facebook photos. Choose one image or create a collage of images using a variety of templates within the program. Finish your masterpiece by choosing a Classic Snap or Bezel Bold case and applying filters. Casetagram prices vary depending on the device, but shipping is free. That’s it! You’re on your way to subtly, but intentionally, sharing your snapshots with the world while texting or checking emails.
The résumé – a page or two of information highlighting your skills, qualifications, education… blah, blah, blah. Take a long, honest look at the document you’re sending out to recruiters and hiring managers and ask yourself one question: “Would I hire myself?”
Before you answer the question, consider the fact that the decision makers on the receiving end of your quest to get a foot in the door are inundated with résumés from the moment an opportunity hits the job boards. More than likely, they’ll decide whether or not to take a deeper look based on a first glance that lasts a few seconds. Furthermore, applicant tracking systems automatically filter résumés before they are even seen by a human (we’ll talk about keyword optimization in an upcoming blog post)!
So, how does the average job seeker stand out from the crowd and go from obscure to interviewed? The key is to strategically determine the characteristics your résumé needs to possess in order to differentiate yourself.
1. Read the job description. We’re all guilty of it – applying for a role based on the job title versus the job description. Before applying, look beyond the company name and the job title and thoroughly read through the entire posting. Do you meet the qualifications, possess the necessary skills and education, and see a culture fit? If so, you’re almost ready to toss your résumé into the hat.
2. Cater your résumé to your industry. This may require some cleverness and brainstorming as your challenge will be to find a balance between creativity and professionalism (gimmicks can be distracting and take away from the overall purpose of a résumé). If you work in the fashion industry as a designer, a small detail such as a watermark of one of your sketches can add a personal touch while speaking to your skills. Perhaps you’re a graphic designer. Transforming your résumé into an infographic can help to visually demonstrate your abilities.
3. Cater your résumé to the position. You’re qualified for the job and you’ve figured out how to give your résumé an edge. Now you’re ready to get down to business. The bullet points you list under your current and previous job titles are crucial pieces of information. Ensure each bullet goes beyond listing what you do and focuses on how your actions have led to a particular outcome that benefits the company. For instance: Analyzed the design process to eliminate unnecessary steps and decrease production time.
4. Let it flow. Think of your résumé as a work of art – it should be just as informative as it is visually appealing. Keep font types and sizes uniform and list topics from most important to least important. An entry-level candidate may start with internships or education while a seasoned professional would list their most recent work experience towards the top.
Apply these four tips to your job seeking efforts to help elevate your résumé to the “set up an interview” stack.
Slightly inappropriate, completely acceptable Team JBC Valentine’s Day behavior.