6 Ways To Secure A Job

6 Ways To Secure A Job

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There are a lot of people, especially college students, who are searching for jobs. Those looking for work often struggle to distinguish themselves from other competitors. So, it is necessary to make sure you are doing your best to get the job you yearn for. Here are six ways to make yourself stand out for a potential position.

1. Use online services.

People rely on the Internet much more than they know. No matter what type of job you are looking for, you can use online services to find plenty of positions. You can always post on Facebook asking if anyone is hiring, but there are usually sites where you can specifically find jobs tailored to your interests or education. For example, SnagAJob.com, Indeed and Craigslist are all different ways to search for opportunities. These online services are designed to help you find jobs in your area, jobs that are full-time or part-time and jobs with varying rates. Many of these sites are free, so it is always worth a try.

2. Polish your resume.

This may sound obvious, but there are often small things that can make your resume much more noticeable than the next person's. Sometimes people clump together every job they had on their resumes. Instead of doing that, you can write up your resume to make it match the job you're aiming for. Looking for a teaching position? Put down experiences you've had in which you worked with children or provided education-oriented services. You can also use college services or the help of friends to polish your resume.

3. Apply for small positions.

Some people aim for the stars and try to get themselves impressive careers. If you can find yourself a good job, that's great, but you also need to realize that small positions can lead to big things. Building upon your "small" job can make a difference. If you apply to a job at a coffee place, for example, you can continue to work there and stand out. When that happens, you may very well be promoted or given more work hours, meaning more money. Try to apply for those small positions because they can help you out in the long run.

4. Learn some skills.

If you truly want to distinguish yourself, you can find different skills to learn and put on your resume. For example, learning how to handle Excel and Microsoft Word. You would be surprised at how many employers don't really understand how to use these programs completely. Some aren't even sure how to pivot tables in Excel! So when you become the person who can navigate his or her way around the program, you become the employee they want. Not only that, but having typing skills, coding knowledge or the ability to speak other languages can be important tools to securing a job.

5. Find connections through family or friends.

Unfortunately or fortunately, opportunities often come down to who you know. Talk to relatives or friends. Some of them may have know an employer who wants to hire someone. Not only can they help you find a position somewhere, relatives and friends can help put in a good word. If you have a good relationship with them, they can be the best reference you'll ever have. There are also more people in your area looking to hire than you know. I have relied on my family many times to help me look for job opportunities, and I have always been surprised to see how many families in my neighborhood want to hire a tutor. So use all your resources!

6. Find help at your current workplace.

Make friends where you work. This is essential to furthering your personal career. It is always good to know someone at work, but making true friendships can help when you want to move on to a different job. Just like finding connections through relatives, you can search for work through coworkers. Instead of sitting quietly by yourself, talk to other people in the workplace. If you can do that, you may find someone who knows employers hiring. You want to do everything you can to secure a job, so try out these methods!

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

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Google Calendar.

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I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

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Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

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