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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: How to Land Your First Job After College

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Transitioning from full-time student to full-time worker is scary, even if you’ve spent your college career racking up internships and toiling at part-time jobs. If you’re a little behind on the whole networking aspect of the college experience, it’s even more intimidating. No matter what your situation, you have options — some you probably don’t even know about.

This week’s roundup looks at where to start that all-important first job search, plus the secret things that are holding you back from success, and the work mistakes you don’t realize you’re making.

Mike Profita at The Balance: How to Land Your First Job After College

If you’ve never been to your college career center, now’s the time to start. Profita describes what they can do for you:

Visit the career office at your school and meet with a career advisor to discuss how you can take advantage of the services and programs that are available.

Career counseling is available if you are unsure of your goals. Advisors can help you to develop resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews and formulate a job search plan suited to your interests.

Colleges also host visits from individual recruiters, hold career fairs on campus, offer recruitment events in key cities and sponsor alumni networking programs.

Find more tips, in this article.

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Lolly Daskal at Inc: 9 Things That Are Holding You Back From Success

“We all know success takes hard work and perseverance,” Daskal writes. “But there’s another factor that’s often overlooked: mental and emotional strength. Like most positive traits, it comes more easily to some than to others, but anyone can work to develop it.”

Part of developing this strength is being able to look at what you’re doing — often unconsciously — to get in your own way. See if any of these obstacles look familiar.

Brit + Co at Levo League: 5 Major Work Mistakes You Don’t Even Know You’re Making

Sometimes, it’s not the big mistakes that undermine us at work, but the steady drip-drip-drip of minor oversights. For example, as Dana Brownlee of Professionalism Matters points out, credibility is built every day.

“Consider your style of writing, general disposition, and the casual comments you make during meetings, on calls, or even when you’re taking a break and chatting with colleagues,” she advises.

Find out what else to keep an eye on, at this post.

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