Government Jobs for Recent Grads

Government Jobs

As my Job Hunt continues, I stumbled upon this site.

It’s basically the USA Job site for students and recent graduates. So far, nothing has caught my eye but it seems like a great source. They have jobs for economists and accountants, and then random cool jobs like Park Ranger and Tree Climber. (I’m not sure what that means, but getting paid to climb trees doesn’t sound so bad.)

 I didn’t even know “Pathways” was a thing. In 2010 Pres. Obama signed an Executive Order to create the program that’s “tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the Federal workforce.”

Regardless it’s pretty cool and it should be promoted a lot more than it is.

So, Enjoy!

Where do you go to job hunt?

Informational Interview

“So what’s your plan?”

Those four words are like daggers in my ears. Mostly because I have no answer for that question.

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I’ve been on  serious job hunt lately. I took a little break to get my wisdom teeth out but now I’m back on the grind 😦

As a recent college grad, who worked at my University’s Career Center and had a portfolio class, I assumed I’d at least have a few interviews by now (That’s what I get for assuming.) I know the normal time frame is 6 months nowadays but this unemployment limbo is driving me crazy. I’ve been applying to social media jobs, public relations jobs, and administrative jobs, in Springfield, Boston and NYC and no luck.  I figure my problem is that I have no real idea what I want to do. The only real way to figure that out is to ask.

Besides an actual internship, an Informational Interview is the best way to figure out if you like a field or a company. I’ve never done one because I’m a visual learner so, I just never knew what to ask. So I determined it was about time I figured it out. Here are a few questions a stumbled across that I think would be helpful.

Have you held an informational interview? What questions did you ask?

INDUSTRY

  • Where do you see this industry (or profession) going in the next few years?
  • Could you describe your average workday and your key job responsibilities?
  • What are the best and worst things about working in this field?
  • What are the different salary ranges?
  • What is the competition like?
  • How long does it take for managers to rise to the top?
  • What are opportunities for advancement?

SKILLS

  • How would you suggest a person begin if they were particularly skilled at social media?
  • What are the main or most important personal characteristics for success in the field?
  • What specialized training or education is required to succeed in this field now?
  • Which skills have you found most helpful, and which ones will be most important in the future?
  • What other skills do managers look for that are not written in the typical job descriptions?

PERSONAL -Interviewee

  • What’s your first thought when you get up for work every morning?
  • What has been your career path from college to present?
  •  What would you change if you could?
  • What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were entering this field, but didn’t?
  • If you were just getting involved now, where would you put yourself?
  • What do you read — in print and online — to keep up with developments in your field?
  • What’s unique or differentiating about your company?
  • Who has been most influential in your career?
  • Can you suggest others who may be valuable sources of information?

PERSONAL – Interviewer

  • What do you think of the experience I’ve had so far? For what types of positions would it qualify me?
  • What companies or industries do you think I should target?
  • Based on what you know about me, do you think that I’m being realistic in my hopes and job hunt?

Sources:

http://www.iamrichjones.com/2012/11/12/how-to-request-an-informational-interview-by-email/

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/04/04/what-to-ask-in-an-informational-interview/

http://www.thedailymuse.com/job-search/5-tips-for-non-awkward-informational-interviews/

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/10/11/6-questions-to-ask-during-the-informational-interview/

http://mgt.buffalo.edu/career/students/networking/mentor/questions

http://shiftingcareers.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/mastering-the-informational-interview/

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/infointerviews/a/infointervquest.htm

Graceland

Hello Summer!
As glad as I am to have some warm weather and be on an official countdown to my birthday, summer IS hard. Mostly because I’m a TV-aholic and all my shows have wrapped. Lucky, the USA Network has saved me; Graceland is everything I could have asked for and more.

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Daniel Sunjata. HOT. Aaron Tveit. Such a cutie. Then there’s Brandon McLaren from The Best Years and She’s the Man who I pretty much have a crush on. Minus the eye candy, the plot line itself definitely has me hooked. FBI, DEA and Customs agents are all living their lives in an amazing beach house in Cali. Surf, sun and gun fights? Yes please! And did I mention this was based off true events? #EvenBetter

The newbie Mike shows up fresh out of FBI graduation and kicks ass. He did a reverse drug bust, went undercover, saved lives and did dishes, all on his first day! The pilot ended with a call from the director of the FBI telling Mike he’s actually been sent to Graceland to investigate Briggs. Briggs is not only his roommate, training agent and idol, but he just inadvertently saved his life.

It’s a mess already and I love it. Crime shows are my fav so I pumped to see where this one ends up. Especially with a tag line like

“Your lies are your life.”

Catch Graceland Thursdays, at 10pm on USA.

What summer shows are you watching?

P.S  I’m also watching Mistresses on ABC, Pretty Little Liars (my guilty pleasure) on ABC Family and TrueBlood on HBO is back! #Finally

What just happened?

I graduated today.

Today I graduated from college.

I am a St. John’s University college graduate.

I have an Alma Mater and I’m an alumnus.

What just happen?

I have no idea where the past four years went, but they were just concluded on the Great Lawn of the St. John’s University Queens campus.

That campus has been my home for the past four years and those people have become my family. I can honestly say The Class of 2013, STJ, and (my love) New York City itself, has made me a better person.

Would I do things differently? Yes. But I can’t and that’s fine. I’m super grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the friends I made a long way. These people and these experiences have opened my eyes to the person I want to be. And I think (fingers crossed) I’m on the right path. Even with no job opportunities YET! I’m nervous excited to turn the page of this chapter in my life and see where this journey takes me.

I hated STJ some days but I’m really going to miss that place. It rained during my graduation so thats means no pictures and no nostalgic moments so I’m going to say my goodbyes now:

Bye monties.
Bye The Strip.
Bye free food and fee tees.
Bye Trads & Parsons & Iguanas & MacFaddens.
Bye drunken stumbles into Gate 6 ( Actress Face).
Bye cheesy room decorations.
Bye closet mirrors.
Bye free laundry ( This might hurt the most).
Bye dorm life.

Thanks for the memories.
I’ll miss you.

Fingerprint

This is the first Tuesday in a while I won’t be going to my internship at Fingerprint Communications. Although I didn’t really learn what I expected to, I did learn that fashion PR’s not what I want to do with my life. I met great people and have developed great connections so regardless, I’m super thankful for the opportunity. In memory of my internship I thought I might share with you a couple of pics from the events I worked.

1st I helped out at a Press Preview for Chinese Laundry in their NYC showroom. They were showcasing their 2013 Spring and Summer lines and giving a sneak peak of their fall collection. There were manicures, s’mores and the whole thing was hosted by Kristen Cavillari of Laguna Beach & The Hills’. She designs a line for Chinese Laundry and even though I’m not really a shoe obsessed kind of girl, her shoes really are something. They have everything from pumps to sandals and rain-boots to flats.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

There were all kind of bloggers and columnists there from MusicChoice to MTV Style. Needless to say, I had a blast, met a bunch of new people and learned a ton. Check out their whole collection at www.chineselaundry.com!

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The 2nd event I worked was a launch party for Sportiqe‘s Sports Haven collection with ESPN at Bloomingdale’s. There were appearances by ESPN College Game Day’s Samantha Ponder, boxer The Kid Chocolate, and a performance by 2AM Club (who i am now really into). Inline image 1

I had to wear a Sportiqe shirt for the event and I can honestly say it is perfection. Its more than just a tee. It’s soft and comfy, fashionable and allows me to rep my team! If you haven’t tried out Sportiqe apparel yet, do it! Do it now. If you regret it, you can give the shirt to me 🙂

Check out their great styles at http://www.sportiqeboutiqe.com
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Summer Blockbusters

I just finished reading The Great Gatsby, for the the first time! I know, I know why didn’t I read it in High School? Well, it was never assigned and I wasn’t really big on reading the classics for fun back then. So that brings us to now.

I’m a big believer in reading the books before you see the movies. (Ex: Harry Potter, Twilight saga, The Hunger Games series, Perks of Being a Wallflower etc.) That’s why I decided to read up on Gatsby because who can pass on an opportunity to see Leo on the Big Screen 😉 But speaking of  the big screen, it’s almost summer time (Thank God) and that means Summer Blockbusters! Here’s my Top 10!

Iron Man 3 came out yesterday and it’s already blown up the box offices overseas so I practically jumpin’ out of my skin to see it.ImageImage

Fast and Furious 6 Now I know someone should have cut them off after #2 because #3 was awful, and I don’t even remember #4 but after #5 I’m really excited to #6. What can say? I like fast cars, hott guys and things blowing up. & a ton of people must like the same things otherwise we wouldn’t be on number 6.

ImageHonestly, I didn’t love the first Hangover. It was insanely funny yes. But I think by time I saw it, it was hyped up wayyy too much. No bueno. The second one, was again funny, but it just seemed like they were trying too hard. So as the trilogy comes to end, I’m still really excited to see the last installment because I’m a college girl, and I’ve lived “the hangover” at least once or twice.

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What’s not to be excited about when it comes to Now You See Me? There’s magic, theft, Vegas, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman and the guy from The Social Network doing something besides The Social Network (and he kind of looks like a badass doing it).

ImageThe Purge looks scary. But it in realistic way. I was never a fan for the gory, chopped up bodies, sort-of-thing. It seems cheap and its not scary just disgusting. I like to be scared. I want to be scared. So bring on the happy families that get to do whatever they want one night of the year. We all have that one person we’d get “even” with in the worst way possible, if it was legal. Don’t we?

ImageIf you’re not obsessed with Emma Watson shame on you! I’m so freaking proud of her for not just being Hermione Granger (although Hermione would’ve never dropped out of Brown.) The Bling Ring just seems so out of character for her, so I’m excited to see her really act and be a party girl/hollywood train wreck. Bonus! The girl from the first season of AHS is in this.Image

I will jump at any opportunity I get to be a kid again and Monsters University is my chance this summer. It will be much needed after graduating college and having to be a real adult. Now I just have to find a kid to take with me so I don’t look like a complete creep.ImageReal Life Question: Why does Hugh Jackman look better as The Wolverine then he does in real life? Whatever the reason, as I birthday present to myself, I will watch him kick ass in his wolf-like badass ways. Plus this can hold me over until the new EPIC X-Men movie where practically EVERYONE (Halle, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Magneto, Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence etc) is back. Please tell me you’re as excited as I am?

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Denzel, Denzel, Denzel.<3 Do I need to say more? Oh! Mark Wahlberg! That is all.ImageAnd last but not least The Great Gatsby. I’m a sucker for Leo DiCaprio.  Always have been, always will be. The 20s seemed epic and it’s not just your typical love story. I’m a girl who loves her happy endings but stories that don’t end the way you think they will are my fav. SPOILER: Seriously, when Daisy “accidentally” killed her husbands mistress while in the car with her lover and then the mistress’ husband killed Gatsby I was literally shocked. Image

So that’s my list. I’m a baby move buff if you haven’t picked up on that yet. I’m a firm believe that if you can’t get to a beach there’s no better way to escape the summer heat then hitting up a movie theater.

What movies are you dying to see this summer?