10 Tips for Millennials Looking for a Leg-Up on Post-Grad Jobs

Millennials around the world feel it --- the pressure to get a steady job straight out of college.

According to a 2014 report from Pew, “Millennials are the best-educated generation in history; fully a third (34%) have at least a bachelor’s degree.” That’s a lot compared to the mere 13% to 25-32-year-olds in 1965. Not all those graduates are landing jobs straight out of college either.

So, what should college students do now to ensure the best opportunity for a career? Here are ten tips that will bring direction and peace of mind to any forward-thinking student:

1. Figure out what you want.

The age-old question of “what do you want to do when you grow up?” is finally here --- you are grown up! (WHAT?!) The good news is you don’t to have your whole life planned out. But, you should at least start contemplating what you want to do and be. In a radio monologue earlier this year, Glenn encouraged millennials to take responsibility for their lives, even when things go wrong.

“It is their responsibility to fit in the world,” Glenn said. “The world doesn’t shape-shift for you, you have to find your way in.”

By fully understanding what it is you want to dedicate the next season of your life to, you can refine your search and really begin getting down to job-hunting. The more clarity you have on what you want to do, the more passion you will develop for it, which will lead to more enthusiasm (and employer’s love enthusiasm).

2. Make sure your resume is on its A-game.

Resumes can be tricky, and it should come as no surprise employers are always seeking top-notch candidates. According to hiring statistics reported by Inc, every corporate job attracts an average of 250 resumes. That means your resume must stand out from the 249 others. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there to make your resume look the best it can.

Your resume is your way of saying, “look how involved, charitable and experienced I am” (in a humble way, of course). Make sure it shows you off as much as it can! Take advantage of resources offered at your college as well as trusted mentors to get your resume in tip-top shape.

Here are a two sites that will get you on your way to having a professional, hire-worthy resume:

 

3. Don’t forget to stay involved.

With all the pressure to maintain an impressive GPA, get valuable job experience and begin looking for post-grad jobs, it’s easy to forget about staying involved on your campus or within your community. However, this can be a great way to set yourself apart from other job applicants. A study on the value of extracurricular activities by eLearning Infographics found "70% of CEOs held at least one office in a club or organization during college."

In addition, "68.2% of extracurricular activity participants are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher, in comparison to 48.2% of non-extracurricular activity participants."

Demonstrating you can balance a social life on top of all the other things thrown at you appeals to many potential employers seeking well-rounded individuals who can multi-task and thrive in a fast-paced work environment.

4. Remember money isn’t everything --- but it is important.

You've probably heard people say the first job you have won’t be your dream job, and it most likely won’t have your dream salary --- and that is okay. However, it is important to understand how much life outside of college costs. Be sure to consider where your expenses are adding up, keep a budget and look for ways to maintain enough income to support these expenses.

5. Keep your options open.

Believe it or not, people will want to hire you! Take every interview you are offered and don’t accept any offers until you weigh your options and figure out which one best suits you. Sometimes, you are allowed to be picky!

6. Seek advice.

Find someone who you admire professionally and trust and ask them if they can serve as a mentor for you. One of the most valuable resources exists in those who have gone before you. They know the process, they know the system and they know you.

Steven Spielberg nailed it when he said, “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”

Keep your ears and eyes open, because there is still so much to learn.

7. Make connections.

Network, network, network. As much as this word is used, you know it must be important. Be social, go to events that will put you in situations to meet other professionals, and don’t be afraid to step into conversations.

George Ross, an advisor to Donald Trump, once said, “To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people; they have to be satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build a relationship with mutual trust.”

As much as an education and work experience is valuable, who you know and the connections you make along the way make all the difference.

8. Stay in contact.

As important as making connections is, maintaining connections is also key. This takes effort and intentionality, but it is necessary to make people remember you.

According to one Forbes author, the most important people to stay in close contact with are those who have pushed you to be your best:

The person who pushed you not only thought you were great --- he or she saw that you had even more potential. And when it comes to future career opportunities, that’s definitely someone you want on your side.

These connections may be useful in the near future or years down the road, and the more people you have in your corner, the better.

9. Make yourself relevant.

When applying for jobs, it goes without saying one of the most important things you should know is what the job will require of you. Research the company and the job opening until you understand exactly what they are looking for. Then make sure you fit the mold. This does not mean you have to change yourself or stretch the truth about who you are. However, if its a job you really want, you should be sure to highlight the abilities and experiences you have that will fit what they need. Make yourself the most logical fit for the job.

10. Get out there.

Contrary to popular belief, a college education is not enough to land you a job straight after graduation. You must be proactive and diligent in seeking out employment, never expecting anything to come to you.

While discussing if college is really worth it, Glenn said it best:

We’re teaching our high school students to go into college and then get that diploma and that will be a magic ticket to a job and then what happens? They sit around and they say, well, nobody’s giving me a job. Get off your damn ass and create something.

Good luck!

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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