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5 Office Secrets for College Grads

You just spent four years and countless dollars on your college education in the hopes that it would prepare you for the working world. And while it may have given you the critical thinking, research, writing, and networking skills you need to succeed in your career, there are a few basic tactical maneuvers your college professors probably skipped in lecture. Here’s our cheat sheet of office skills that will make office life easier from day one.

Be Familiar with the Entire Office Suite
For the liberal arts/English majors out there, I’m sure you know Microsoft Word inside and out. And for all you finance majors, you can probably create and concatenate excel spreadsheets in your sleep. But in your new job, sooner or later you’re going to have to use one of those “other” Microsoft Office programs you’re completely unfamiliar with.

You don’t want that to happen during your first week of work, so make sure you know the entire office suite before you start your job. See if your campus career center offers sessions, or you can even check out free tutorials on Microsoft’s website.

Conquer the Fax Machine (and the Copy Machine)
Believe it or not, your worst enemy at the office isn’t the co-workers you’ll fight for that promotion; it’s your office fax, paper shredder, and copy machine. At first glance these machines may seem idiot proof, but ask anyone who’s tried to send a 21-page, double sided document to a Chinese distributor or copy, collate, and hole punch a finance presentation for a company-wide meeting, they can throw a serious wrench in your day.

The good news is that although these machines come in various sizes, shapes, colors, and brands, they all speak pretty much the same language. If you work at a place with these machines in house, ask the administrative staff if you can help with some of their projects to learn the ropes. If all else fails, head to your nearest Kinko’s and get yourself acquainted. You and the copy machine will be old friends in no time, I promise.

Know the ins and outs of Fed Ex
What applies to office machines applies to Fed Ex: sooner or later you’ll need to use it, and it can be much more complicated than it looks. My advice? Learn how to use it long before you’re shipping something really important overseas.

First, find out if and where your office houses its own Fed Ex/UPS materials and labels. Most offices have one person in charge of this department, so find that person and become their new best friend. Ask them to teach you in the ins and outs, and buy them some coffee in return.

Find Out Office Phone Protocol
What’s the first thing you do at a new job? Probably set up your voicemail, just before you set up your office email. But before you do, you need to find out your company phone protocol.

Most offices have a way they like their phones answered and their voicemail set up, specifically in regards to how you introduce yourself, what title you use, and when you mention the company name. Find out how your greetings should be presented, especially before the company CEO calls your line.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help
I know you want to impress everyone in the office, especially because you’re the new kid on the block. But sometimes not asking for help when you’re starting to sink only makes things worse. When you’re in trouble or in doubt, ask your co-workers for their opinions, advice, and expertise. I promise they’ll be more than happy to help; after all, they were once just like you.

Noel Rozny writes myPathfinder, the bi-weekly career blog for the myFootpath website. myFootpath is a resource to help you in your search for a college, degree program, career, graduate school, and non-traditional experiences. Visit myFootpath to start your college or degree program search.

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Jobs For College Grads: Learn How To Get Hired Instantly As Soon As You Graduate

If you just graduated college, you’re no doubt on the hunt for a great job, preferably one that involves your degree expertise. Well, maybe you’ve noticed it’s incredibly difficult to find jobs for college grads in the current economy. Employers aren’t hiring college kids fresh out of the institution. They just can’t afford to take on another employee.

So where does that leave you? Getting a job at McDonald’s? Maybe the Gap? Hey, maybe you could get a job working for a cell phone service. .

Doesn’t sound like the high-paying job your college promised you’d be able to find when you graduated, does it? Now you’re saddled with enormous student loans, car payments, apartment rent and any insurance you’re currently signed up for. How in the world are you going to make ends meet now?

Well, you could move back in with your folks. If you’re lucky, they’ll give your old room back to you. If not, you can always sleep in the bonus room above the garage or in the basement.

Still not your piece of cake? Well, I can’t say as I blame you. But instead of just say how sorry I feel for you, I’m going to give you a cure for your current predicament. It’s the same cure I used for my unemployment predicament – and guess what? It works.

Since I couldn’t find good jobs for college grads at a brick and mortar institution (in other words – a place of business I could drive to every day), I embarked on an online search for paid jobs. I’m a pretty decent writer, so I figured, why not start there?

Sure enough, there lots of places looking for freelance writers. There always are. Internet marketers are continually searching for talented writers to complete 25 or 50 assignments to paste as content on their websites. But I didn’t want some one-time job; I was looking for steady employment.

I asked around to a few of my writer friends. They were a little older than me, and perhaps more seasoned, so I figured they’d be able to help. Sure enough, one of them, a professional freelancer, turned me on to a place called Demand Studios. They offer part-time and full-time income for freelance writers interested in making $ 15 to $ 30 per hour.

Yes, you read that correctly.

$ 15 to $ 30 per hour.

That’s a bundle more than what most college entry-level jobs pay, even at banks or law firms.

So what’s this jobs for college grads position like, anyway? Well, on any given day, I wake up at 6:20 am, get showered, eat breakfast and plunk down at my computer. I check the Demand Studios assignment queue for article titles to fulfill. Oh, and did I mention there are 200,000+ titles to choose from every day?

Yes. Every day.

That means there’s plenty of work to go around that most college grads don’t even know about.

So how do you get in on this sweet deal? No, it’s not exclusive. It’s open for anyone to apply. But the tricky part’s not getting your foot in the door – it’s keeping it in there and staying in the company’s good graces as a writer.

That’s where I come in. I have several years’ experience in the professional freelance writing field and I will show you exactly which online media publishers (in addition to Demand Studios) pay you the most for your writing and how to make several hundred dollars or more per month. As a member of http://getpaidwriting.org, you’re entitled to premium freelance writing advice and personal writing coaching.

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