Transitioning from School to Work

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Entering the Workforce

So you’re ready to enter the ranks of the working world for the first time. Congratulations! Entering the workforce is a breeze with this Web guide. Learn where to find a job and internships, pick up tips for the job application process, find advice for that first job and even get help on finding a job without a college degree. View a Spanish-language version of the Guide.

Transitioning from School to Work

The transition from school to the working world can be difficult. You have to wake up early, dedicate your schedule to work, follow a dress code, endure the daily commute and pay your bills. Luckily, the Internet can help you enter the workplace with confidence.

Insights for Transitioning from School to Work

  • This guide presents a selection of links devoted to finding that first job. If you’re thinking more long-term and want to focus on launching (or advancing) your career, be sure to see the findingDulcinea Careers Web Guide.
  • The Internet has made the job search process both easier and more difficult: Now you need to make sure your online identity is just as stellar as your offline identity. Don’t miss the “Creating Your Online Identity” section of the findingDulcinea Job Hunting Web Guide for more information.

Top Sites for Transitioning from School to Work

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Have a hard time getting up early? You’re not alone. Read how Steve Pavlina, author of the blog, trained himself to get up at 5 a.m.
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Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Many entry-level jobs require not only a degree, but also a year or two of work experience. If your summer job waiting tables isn’t cutting it on your resume, consider gaining work experience through internships, work abroad programs or volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations like the Peace Corps or Teach for America. Read on for tips on finding a great internship or volunteer gig to beef up your qualifications.

Insights for Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

  • If you’re in college, the best place to find an internship is through your campus career development office or their Web site.

Top Sites for Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

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For internship and part-time job search engines …
For volunteer opportunities …
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The Job Application Process

Self-promotion may seem narcissistic and pretentious, but it’s vital in the working world. Once you’ve targeted potential employers, you’ll have to engage in the job application process with a one-page resume, spotlight your strengths during interviews and shamelessly network to get a job. Use the sites below to research organizations and figure out where you might want to work, and learn how to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

Insights for the Job Application Process

  • A common mistake of those looking for their first jobs is to rely completely on job sites like Monster and Craigslist. Although these are good places to start, don’t underestimate the power of networking. Your first job may very well be found through a person you know, not a Web site you visit.

Top Sites for the Job Application Process

For help with resumes, cover letters and interviews …
For job networking …
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Starting Your First Job

Even though your first job probably won’t be your last, you still want to be happy, enjoy what you’re doing and hopefully make a decent living. The links below can show you the ins and outs of job etiquette and how to navigate workplace politics.

Insights for Starting Your First Job

  • People who have already entered the workforce can be a great source of advice and guidance, and many of them post on blogs and forums. Try a blog search engine like Technorati or BlogPulse to find helpful information.
  • As always when surfing online, be careful about the information you share. Anyone can contribute to or read the discussion, so don’t give away sensitive or damaging information—especially something that you wouldn’t want a potential employer to read.

Top Sites for Starting Your First Job

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Getting a Job Without a College Degree

There’s no question that, on average, those with college degrees make more money in the long run than those without a degree. But it’s not always necessary to obtain a college degree, and there’s still money to be made without one. Use the sites below to learn how to get a job without a college degree, and how to find that first job with minimal, if any, job experience. You’ll also find some information on schools that offer associate degrees.

Insights for Getting a Job Without a College Degree

Top Sites for Getting a Job Without a College Degree

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To get an associate degree …
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