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3 Tips For Recent Graduates



Happy Wednesday! I can't believe Kyle and I have been in LA for 2 weeks... how has time gone so fast??

Today I had an interview and it got me thinking on the past year since I've graduated. This year hasn't been the easiest; I feel like no one tells you that the first year after graduating can be tough. No one tells you that it can take months before finding a job or you might get a job and then realize "Wow I'm only working for the weekend. I don't enjoy this at all" and there's so many feelings and emotions in between all that. This isn't to complain (I'm living in LA after all which is my dream!) but, like I said, I feel like you're given no warning that the first year out of college may be a little... or a lot rough.

I've learned a lot of lessons this year but three things have stood out to me or that's what I've been able to hone in on. I wrote a similar post back in May but felt drawn to share some more thoughts since moving to LA and making such a big change.

1. Don't Compare Yourself To Others

In my other post I also talked about comparison but it's always good to have a reminder that comparison doesn't get you anywhere. It's so easy to get caught up seeing other people get jobs, move to a cool place, travel the world, etc. and you feel like you haven't budged. First of all, people only highlight the good things and sometimes they make those "good things" seem way better than they are. Believe me, most of the time things aren't going as amazing as someone is making them seem. Secondly, even if that one person you see on social media truly has the dream job, apartment, blah blah blah that's great for them! Be happy for them then focus on your own life. 

2. Keep Applying For Jobs (& start asap)

PSA for recent grads or anyone graduating soon: start applying for jobs as soon as possible!! I'm not sure if my head was in the clouds senior year or what but this is something I felt like I missed the memo on. If you have any sort of idea of what you want to do start applying for jobs (or internships) Spring semester to give yourself a head start. Also, you're going to have to apply for a lot of jobs, most likely, so don't give up. Even when you haven't heard anything from anyone in weeks get your butt on LinkedIn and keep applying!

3. Perfect Your Resume

This one probably seems super obvious but make sure your resume is in top condition. I thought I had a decent resume but holy moly was I wrong. Once I changed things up to a better format it was like a major facepalm that I had sent my HORRIBLE resume to so many people! I highly suggest having multiple people look at your resume and give you their feedback. Each person only knows what has worked for them so take little bits of advice from everyone and create a resume that works for you. 

As I mentioned above I learned a lot this past year but these are just the top things I feel are so important to remember/know about life after graduation. Graduating and moving on are such exciting times but it also isn't the easiest so remember that everything will work out!

XOXO, Maddy


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