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What Color Is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
by Richard Nelson Bolles
With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2018 and tailors Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers.
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Preparing To Land Your First Job

Graduating college is exciting and scary for some. It's a step in the right direction, but most likely you aren't sure which way you're going. That's what you have to figure out once you've completed all of your coursework. It's a normal feeling and not one to be worried about.

Remain positive and believe in yourself throughout the process. It won't be easy, but it'll be worth all of the hard work in the end. Securing work is challenging and may take more time than you initially planned. Keep at it, and you'll eventually be matched with the right fit. See how to prepare to land your first job.


Take time to research what you want in life. Scope out companies, positions and different locations to get a feel for which direction you want to go. Read about various businesses and think about what kind of work you want to do. The beginning stages is your chance to be picky and seek out exactly what you want. It may also become clear to you what you don't want in your first job. Do your homework and take notes to start narrowing down your options.

Spruce up your Resume

Your next order of business is to create a resume with your background and skills. Include information that puts you in a positive light and clearly states why you'd be a great candidate for the position. Take your time and make sure it looks exactly how you want it before you start shooting it off to various employers. This is your one chance to shine and stand apart from all the others who are also applying. Tweak your resume based upon the different companies and positions so you're speaking directly to them.


Tap into your network and see if there's anyone who'd be willing to help you out and put in a good word. You never know who knows who until you start asking questions and creating conversations. Use friends, family and social networks to see who might be hiring or knows someone who is. Attend local job fairs and events geared toward people who are looking for a new job. This is where you can't be afraid to speak up and put yourself out there. It's going to be uncomfortable, but it's a great way to find a position and get hired.


Don't walk into a job interview with cold feet. Get in front of a mirror and start practicing how you'll enter the room and answer the interview questions. Go online and run through different scenarios and examples to get yourself more comfortable with the interview format. Decide what you'll wear well before the interview and map out where you're going in advance


Graduating is the stepping stone to your next big career move. Put yourself in the best light by working ahead and knowing what to expect. Keep at it until you secure a job you're happy with. This is how to prepare to land your first job.

Resumes For Dummies
Resumes For Dummies(r), 5th Edition
by Joyce Lain Kennedy
  Get the jump on the competition with the first book that tells you how to create a resume that takes advantage of today's technology. Say goodbye to ugly, plain text formats and welcome the return of the handsome resume - fully formatted and reader friendly. This newly revised guide shows you how to craft a "StandOut" resume that'll get your foot in the door.
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