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10 tips to help you make the leap from convocation to career

Resumés, networking, self-care and more: the new grad's guide to life after post-secondary

Congratulations! Those hundreds – no, thousands – of hours spent in class and labs, on course work and projects, and studying and writing exams have finally paid off. You've graduated and you've got the parchment to prove it.

Gainful employment and future prosperity, here you come!

Techlifetoday is happy to help you make that leap from convocation to career. Here, we've dug into our archives to come up with 10 stories that may guide you toward the success for which you've worked so hard.

how to use linkedin to get a job1. Become a master of LinkedIn

LinkedIn has 500 million users. For those who know how to make the most of this professional networking tool, that can mean a lot of opportunities.

Here are some ways to do it.

networking tips2. Network the old fashioned way

From crafting an elevator pitch to perfecting your small talk to following up on an introduction, basic human interaction is essential to making a first impression that can lead to something good.

Check out these nine tips (including three non-starters) on how to put your best foot forward.

3. Perfect the art of the handshake

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There's no getting around it: you are judged on how you shake someone's hand. Too hard sends one undesireable message; too soft sends another.

Here's a business instructor's approach to delivering the Goldilocks of grips.

how to write a cover letter4. The cover letter is not dead

The cover letter is one of the most important ways to promote your personal brand, says one NAIT academic adviser. But it’s not actually all about you.

The key is to align your story with that of your potential employer. This article takes you step by step through the process.

how to make your own luck5. Make your own luck

Is good fortune the result of nothing more than stars aligning and then being in the right place at the right time to feel their light shine down upon you?

Or is it something that's within your control?

Staff, grads and students offer their tips on creating the conditions to make things happen.

ashif mawji at the opening of NAIT Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship6. Launch a startup

Starting a business that will last takes more than cash and a decent idea.

It takes committment, leadership, research, even the willingness to fail. Successful NAIT alum covered all that and more for the launch of the Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship in Novermber 2017.

how to start meditating7. Keep calm as you search on

Competition is a big part of landing a job, and competition is stressful. A simple, effective and inexpensive way to deal with that stress is through meditation.

Not sure how to do it? Yoga instructor Amanda Bell-Tardif (Personal Fitness Trainer ’09) has tips.

how to have a positive attitude8. Have a positive attitude

When you're not meditating your stress away, reduce what remains by changing your perspective.

A positive attitude can be developed through practice. Research shows that positive people live longer, have better mental well-being and a stronger immune system.

These six steps can help you adopt a worldview that will benefit you in everything you do.

how to write a great resume9. Write an awesome resumé

Gleaned from employers and HR staff who participate in NAIT's annual Career Fair, these seven tips are the foundation of the one-pager that tells a hiring manager everything they need to know about why you're the one for them.

Here's why spelling still counts, why it's OK to brag (if you do it right), why you shouldn't have a goofy email address, and more.

how to be a good person and also successful10. Be a good person

During his address to the class of 2014, honorary degree recipient and investment adviser CJ Woods undid the myth that nice guys finish last. 

In addition to being positive and being proud of yourself, he empasizes the need to listen, show gratitude and give back in these seven nuggets of wisdom that none of us, whether we're looking to land our dream jobs or are lucky enough to have found them, can afford to forget.


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