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Leverage Your Alumni Network

By Jordie Kern @JordieKern

The quickest way to a job is to build a massive network of people who can help make introductions, provide references, and steer you in the right direction.  95% of all job-seekers get hired as a result of networking, compared to only 5% who get hired after responding to want ads.

One of the first places you should look to develop you network is your college’s alumni.

Most schools provide access to an online directory featuring contact information for all former students including name, email, graduation year, employer, title, hometown, work address, and work phone.  It’s an extremely valuable resource that you should definitely use.

If you can’t get online access, visit or phone your college’s career office.  Most counselors are more than happy to connect you to alumni.  After all, your college has a very strong interest in making sure you get hired quickly — unemployed grads are terrible PR for the school.

You can easily find alumni on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Just remember, once you connect with an alumnus, you goal should be a face-to-face meeting.  If that’s not possible, ask if he would be willing to video chat on Skype.  If not, speak on the phone.  Use email only as a last resort.  Email is impersonal and it’s difficult to build a meaningful relationship with it.

When introducing yourself to an alumnus — and for that matter any other person who you want to help you — avoid saying something like, “Hi. I’m graduating soon and was wondering if you could help me get a job.”  Never say that…it’s bound to fail.  The good news is that almost every one of your competitors will use that approach, so you can easily separate yourself from the pack with a more professional introduction.

Reach out to as many alumni as you can including ones who work in your target field, who live in your target cities, and who hold prestigious jobs. You never know who can help you so don’t discriminate at this early stage.

The strategy I highly recommend is to arrange Informational Interviews.  We have lots of great videos at 1DegreeHire.com that describe why Informational Interviews are so powerful.  If you take this approach, you’ll find that most people will be more than happy to help you.  It makes them feel good knowing that they’re having a positive influence on a recent grad starting his or her career.

The ultimate goal is to get the alumnus to like you so he takes you under his wing.  How do you do that?  By asking for advice and suggestions, taking a genuine interest in his career, showing gratitude, making him feel important and appreciated.

Build your relationship through shared experiences. It’s so important to find that common ground. Discuss classes or professors you might have shared, Greek life, athletics, or even bars you might have attended.   It’s a good idea to Google the alumnus first and dig up any discussion topics you can find from his college days.

I’m partial to an old-fashioned hand-written note that you follow up with a phone call.  Say something like, “I got your name from the co-op office here at UW.  I’m considering a career in web development when I graduate next year and would love an opportunity to speak with you for a few minutes to learn more about your experience working in this industry and hear any suggestions you may have for me.  I can meet you anytime next week that is convenient for you.  Just tell me when and where.  Thank you so much for helping this eager, hard working, and determined college student.  I really appreciate it!  P.S.  Enclosed is an old Daily Cardinal article on the computer science award you won in 1989…I thought you’d get a kick out of seeing it again!”  Now, don’t you feel a note like that is bound to get a positive response?

So reach out to your school’s alumni network and start building your network today.

Jordie Kern is Co-Founder of 1 Degree Hire.  Click Here for his complete bio, and follow him on Twitter @JordieKern

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Eat An Elephant One Bite At A Time

By Jason Klein @JasonKlein24

Before starting 1 Degree Hire, I spent seven years working for Steiner Sports, the leader in authentic sports memorabilia.  There, I managed relationships with thousands of athletes, including some of the biggest names in sports. I worked alongside company CEO, Brandon Steiner, perhaps one of the top sales people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  Steiner is a marketing genius, a master at “people-selling,” and has developed business relationships with some of the largest entities in sports today.

He once sat me down in his office and asked me a very important question.  He said, “Jason, how do you eat an elephant?”  Now think about that for a second.  How do you eat an elephant?  How can you possibly eat an animal of that magnitude?

“One bite at a time,” he told me.

Now try to apply that same principle to some other challenges in your life.  Perhaps something as timely as your job search…a huge endeavor for any recent graduate. Try not to get obsessed with the big picture, the elephant, and try to focus on the small bites, the small wins and victories along the way. Take pride in those victories, celebrate when you perfect your resume, when your portfolio is exactly the way you want it. Get excited about the ten connections you made on LinkedIn or the fifteen emails that you sent out applying for different jobs.  All those are great, important steps along the way that will get you the end result you’re looking for.

Keep in mind, long term goal are fantastic but you want to pay attention to the small steps along the way too. Don’t lose sight of those small goals because you’ll end up getting frustrated, overwhelmed by the big picture, and not able to fully digest the challenges that await you.

Stay focus.

Don’t bite off more than you can handle!

Jason Klein is Co-Founder of 1 Degree Hire.  Click Here for his complete bio, and follow him on Twitter @JasonKlein24

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Limited Time – Get Free Membership Access to 1 Degree Hire!

By Jason Klein @JasonKlein24

No one’s going to just hand you a job out of college.

It’s just not that easy.  Finding work is…well…a lot of work.  Nothing comes free along the journey.

Except for a 1 Degree Hire membership!

For a limited time, our revolutionary resource for college graduates and first-time job seekers is offering an opportunity to get Full Membership Access to our website at no cost!

Just Click Here and follow the instructions to qualify.  Then, beginning on August 1, 1 Degree Hire will randomly select one winner every day in August.  The 31 lucky entrants will gain full access to 1 Degree Hire’s Membership Section, free of charge.

As a 1 Degree Hire member, you’ll have access to the exclusive 1 Degree Hire Video Vault – an extensive library of interviews with CEO’s and HR professionals who reveal what they look for in a recruit and key questions they ask in an interview.  Plus, you’ll see interviews with junior level executives who describe what it’s like to work in their industry and share tips they used to get hired.

Your membership also unlocks hundreds of “Insider Tips” videos to help you fine-tune your job searching approach and strategically prepare for interviews.

You’ll also receive our 21-Day Course, “Prepare To Be Hired in 21 Days,” a well-organized program that will change the way you perceive the hiring process.  It includes 21 days of intense preparation through a series of eBooks and MP3 audio downloads.

If you’re out of college, and out of work, a 1 Degree Hire membership could be just the thing you need to get an edge.

Click Here today and qualify to win Free Membership Access today!

Jason Klein is Co-Founder of 1 Degree Hire, a Westchester-based resource for future college graduates and first-time job seekers.  Visit 1DegreeHire.com to qualify for a Free Membership today! Follow @JasonKlein24 on Twitter.

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Your First Job Will Not Define The Rest Of Your Career

By Jason Klein @JasonKlein24

Your first job will not define the rest of your career.  This is very important to recognize before you start.  It’s easy to stress about making the right decision.  Let’s try to make it a little easier for you.  The job you select right now doesn’t necessarily have to be the one that carries you throughout your entire career.

Instead, try to decide what you want to do over the next 2-3 years.  Don’t look beyond that…for now.

The average person will change jobs 7-10 times over the course of their career.  You might start out at a public relations agency, then teach high school history, and end up as a successful pharmaceutical sales rep.  Just remember that every new experience, regardless of subject matter, is a good experience.  You will meet new people, build your network, and develop your skill set.

The days of people working their entire career for the same company are long gone.  You need to understand this, and be ok with it.

If you just graduated college, chances are, you’re not married, don’t have kids, and aren’t paying a mortgage…yet!  Use this window of time wisely.  Keep an open mind now because your job flexibility will be limited as you take on more responsibilities at home.

Jason Klein is Co-Founder of 1 Degree Hire.  Click Here for his complete bio, and follow him on Twitter @JasonKlein24

To access a FREE, 3 Part Video Series from 1 Degree Hire, enter your name and e-mail Here.

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The Alarm Clock Test

By Jason Klein @JasonKlein24

Need help identifying your dream job?  Look no further than your alarm clock.  That’s right!  Your alarm clock could actually help you choose a career path.

Want to know how?

Take the Alarm Clock Test and give the following some thought.  Just think about how annoying your alarm clock is.  Do you cringe every time you hear that sound?

Imagine waking up at 6 am everyday to your alarm clock.  It’s dark, it’s cold, and you secretly wonder if you’re the only person in the world waking up that early!

How Do You Want To Feel When Your Alarm Goes Off?

How Do You Want To Feel When Your Alarm Goes Off?

You commute to the office, spend 10 hours grinding and stressing, and don’t get home until sometime after 8:00 PM. You eat a quick dinner, watch some TV and fall asleep on the couch because you’re too exhausted to make it into bed. In just a few hours, that alarm clock is going off again, like it or not.  You’ll have to do it all over.

Now, imagine jumping out of bed, hardly able to contain your excitement when that alarm clock goes off! You can’t wait to get to the office because you love what you do.  Time files at work, and before you know it, you’re day is over.  You leave with a smile on your face and feel good about what you’ve accomplished during the day.

Consider this: when that alarm clock goes off in the wee hours of the morning, how do you want to feel about your upcoming day?  What’s going to motivate you to get out of bed?  That’s where you need to focus your search.  Go after the job that gets you fired up in the morning and keeps you driven all day long!

It’s a reality you could only dream of.

Jason Klein is Co-Founder of 1 Degree Hire.  Click Here for his complete bio, and follow him on Twitter @JasonKlein24

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School’s Almost Over. Homework’s Just Beginning!

By Jason Klein @JasonKlein24

Think you’re done with homework?  Think again!

College graduation may be on the horizon, but to land a great job, you’ll still have plenty of studying to do from the comfort of home.

Become an expert on the company you're applying to!

Become an expert on the company you’re applying to!

Identify a company you are interested in and then become an expert on them before applying.  You should spend time at home reading the company’s website and understanding their history and mission statement.  Read up on their competition and get familiar with specific challenges they face as a company.  Coming up with solutions to these problems will demonstrate your value in an interview setting.

If possible, find out who you’ll interview with and learn everything you can about them.  Know where he or she went to school, where they grew up, jobs they’ve held, and their personal accomplishments.  Learn what they like to do on the weekends, what teams they root for, and where they go on vacation.

You can learn more about their experience and their personalities by reviewing their LinkedIn page or their Twitter account too.  Try making a few phone calls to co-workers, or even the company receptionist, to get some inside information.  You’re not stalking them, you’re learning about what makes them tick and gaining a better understanding about what you need to do to connect with them.

Remember, you are selling yourself.  In any sales situation, it’s important to know your customer inside and out.  Once you’re armed with this valuable information, you’ll be able to effectively break the ice and relate to your interviewer on a personal level.  In other words, you’ll raise the comfort level, gain trust, and be in position to “close the sale!”

Don’t make the mistake of going into an interview without properly preparing at home.  Your conversation will be awkward and your lack of company knowledge will be evident.  Remember, the interview is not about you.  It’s about the company, the person asking you the questions, and what you can do to benefit them both.

Put in the time at home and your time in the interview room will be more effective.

Jason Klein is Co-Founder of 1 Degree Hire.  Click Here for his complete bio, and follow him on Twitter @JasonKlein24

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Other Fish In The Sea. Jobs Too!

By Jason Klein @JasonKlein24

Your first job will not define the rest of your career.

Imagine meeting someone your freshman year of college, dating, and sticking with that person for the next seventy years!  It happens for some.  The rest of us test the waters, learn from previous relationships, and eventually find what we’re looking for.

Take this approach with your first job search after graduation.  It’s easy to stress about making the right decisions early on.  Let’s try to make it a little easier for you.  The job you take right now doesn’t necessarily have to be the one that carries you throughout your entire career.  Likewise, the industry you gravitate towards isn’t necessarily the one you’ll stick with until cashing your social security checks.

Instead, try to decide what you want to do over the next 2-3 years.  Don’t look beyond that…for now.

The average person will change jobs 7-10 times over the course of their career.  Think about that!  You might start out at a public relations agency, then teach high school history, and end up as a successful pharmaceutical sales rep.  Just remember that every new experience, regardless of subject matter, is a good experience.  You will meet new people, build your network, and develop your skill set.

The days of people working their entire career for the same company are long gone.  You need to understand this, and be ok with it.

If you just graduated college, chances are, you’re not married, don’t have kids, and aren’t paying a mortgage…yet!  Use this window of time wisely.  Keep an open mind now because your job flexibility will be limited as you take on more responsibilities at home.

If your first stop after graduation doesn’t work out, just remember, there are other opportunities out there for you.

There are also other fish in the sea…if you’re looking.

Jason Klein is Co-Founder of 1 Degree Hire.  Click Here for his complete bio, and follow him on Twitter @JasonKlein24

To access a FREE, 3 Part Video Series from 1 Degree Hire, enter your name and e-mail Here.

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