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5 Student Tips for Making Money While Traveling the World

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When you’re studying abroad or exploring on your gap year, you’re going to need some money to take care of yourself. It’s hard to work a traditional job while bouncing from place to place, but there are a few jobs you can count on to be there wherever you land. There are even some jobs you can take with you wherever you go – and keep doing once you settle down at your last destination.

English Tutoring

English is the most popular second language in many countries. There are plenty of families that would be willing to pay a native English speaker to tutor their children. Some university students might be willing to pay you for English lessons as well. Advertise your services as a private tutor. You’d be surprised how many people would be willing to take you up on your offer – you might even run into businesses that want your services for their employees.

Remote Team Work

If you had a job back home, you might be able to take it with you. Ask your company if they’ll allow you to do remote work. If you already work with computers a lot, like in social media marketing or customer service, you might be able to do it wherever you go. Your company might have other positions that are open for remote work – you can simply switch over while you’re traveling.

If you don’t already have those options, you can always find a new company hiring virtual team members. A lot of startups or companies with large internet presences are always looking. You might even be able to keep the job if you find that you like it.

Become a Freelancer

Freelancers can work from anywhere. Think about special skills you have. Writing, editing, translating, and social media jobs often fall into the laps of freelancers. You can create your own profile, market your skills, and have people from all over the world hire you to do what you do best. Since freelancing is mostly internet based work, you might want to consider using a VPN. It may not be wise to use public WiFi to supply your freelancing platform with your bank information – anyone can intercept it without an encrypted connection.

Be a Tour Guide

If you’re ready for a long term stay in a country that sees a lot of tourism, you might be able to become a tour guide. English speaking people prefer English speaking guides, because they’ll be able to learn about the monuments and locations they’re seeing on the tour. Offer up your services to popular tour companies. You’ll get to enjoy all of the sights and sounds of your new location while explaining them to others.

Work in Tourism Hot Spots

Hostels, hotels, restaurants, and bars near international airports require a lot of language diversity among their staff. You’ll know what visitors from your home country will be looking for, and you’ll be able to communicate with them. Even if you only take a temp job, these businesses may be grateful to have you for as long as they can get you. You can bridge the gaps and help them serve more visitors.

Variety is the spice of life. If you don’t like a position, you won’t have to deal with it for very long. Travel to a new place, find a new job, and keep going until you find something that works. You’re at a time in your life that’s all about experimentation – find out what makes you happy.

This article was contributed by guest author Sophia Beirne.


3 Vital Professionals Students Need (and Can Become)

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School is more than a launchpad to a job or more school. School is fertile ground for students to explore careers through professionals who help them every day.

The National Center for Education Statistics reports student enrollment in higher education programs has increased dramatically since the start of the century. With students of all backgrounds and ages at an all-time high, becoming a school professional is an in-demand option for high job security.

Teachers use knowledge, curricula and their unique personalities to promote learning across a wide range of students. The close relationship teachers share with students is hands-on exposure to this profession. Teachers give students an advantage to see them in action on a daily or weekly basis. They often unwittingly inspire students to become educators.

State laws vary, but most high school teachers hold a four-year college degree and special certification. College and university professors will have advanced master’s and doctoral degrees.

A school counselor keeps high school and college students on track to graduate. These individuals are not only well-versed in the school’s curriculum; they are a treasure chest of knowledge about many career paths and higher education opportunities.

Counselors meet annually or regularly with students to plan out their progress. This role is perfect for people who enjoy being in academic environments and influencing students’ lives. While many schools have great in person programs, online counseling degrees are also becoming more popular. This means that the degree can be easier to attain while working in the field.

Librarians are the silent backbone of most schools. From stocking textbooks to securing information teachers need, librarians manage the school’s collection of books and materials. They order books, publications and digital media to enhance schools’ missions to educate.

Depending on specialty and focus, librarians can receive a wide range of master’s degrees in information science and library studies. The rise in digital media and archives has created a demand for librarians with recent degrees and certifications. Most libraries and schools look for degrees from schools\ accredited by the American Library Association.

Teachers, counselors and librarians empower students and collaborate with each other on a daily basis. In addition to providing valuable services and guidance, these professionals are accessible to answer students’ questions about their jobs. An informational interview or few hours of shadowing will go far to demystify the indispensable roles they play.

This article was contributed by guest author Brooke Chaplan.


Great Tips to Make Career Decisions

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Losing a job nowadays is much easier than finding one – amply highlighted by the global economic recession that began in 2008. Thousands of employees worldwide, especially in the US, lost their jobs overnight as banks and financial institutions jumped in to stem their losses by foreclosures of loans. Hundreds of employees laid off nearly a decade ago continue to remain redundant for reasons ranging from lack of skills to dropping demand.

Economic depressions have a penchant to strike large economies such as the US with alarming alacrity: Nobody can predict when another big bender will strike. Thus, for fresh job seekers, it is imperative to know what to look for when taking up employment. The emphasis now has to shift from doing a “job” to developing a career that is time-proof.

Here are some tips to help students and prospective job seekers to choose a fitting career.

Job vs. career:
An American poet and essayist once said: “Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.” This axiom holds good for today’s youth who are increasingly at odds over finding and pursuing a great career. A job is something you do to earn money. You sell your skills and time for a fixed pay, regardless of whether you like the work. A career is different: It involves doing what you enjoy, and as much as you can. In plain terms, it means getting paid to pursue your hobby.

Developing a set of skills:
Everyone is intensely passionate about something other than food, clothing, shelter and other basic needs. Each human has innate skills that need to be stirred and developed. However, only a few enrol in courses that permit them to develop their intrinsic skills. Regardless of the course you have studied, you’re probably aware of your ardour for a particular profession or trade.

Investing your time and effort into developing your skills in that specific work can help bag a job in a career of your choice. The legendary Chinese philosopher Confucius exclaimed over 2,500 years ago: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a single day of your life.” You can also develop your chosen skills by attending classes or courses outside your regular university hours.

Upgrading your skills:
This is vital since man and machine are now locked in a race – and the outlook for the humble human doesn’t look promising. Newer software and machines can do the job of many, reducing dependence on manpower. Upgrading your skills frequently is crucial. Myriad resources available on the Internet can help you hone and update your skills to give you a vital edge when applying for jobs.

Join groups related to your skills and career:
Scores of online forums exist across the world for almost every conceivable skill or talent. These permit persons from diverse cultures to exchange notes on existing and developing trends. Group discussions are held online that add to the skill development process.

Social media networks such as Facebook feature interest groups from various countries. Staying in touch with developments worldwide can help you get better paid jobs abroad, provided you are willing to relocate.

Multinationals usually headhunt for people who are willing to work outside their native countries. Blogs are an effective way to learn about the demand for your skills.

Obliterating deficiencies:
Humans have inborn deficiencies that you need to guard yourself against. This process begins with identifying areas that are directly related to your career but not have no imminent impact. For example, a student may be a financial wizard but lack basic computer skills.

Whatever your grey area, it would pay well to identify it as early as possible and work on acquiring the additional skill. It could turn out to be a lifesaver in situations such as an economic depression.

Time proofing:
A relatively new concept, time proofing made its appearance in the US and other major job markets in the aftermath of the 2009 global economic recession. Plainly put, time proofing means protecting your career and skills against adverse times and developments that occur in any sphere over a period.

Acquisition of new skills, fine tuning existing ones and remaining in touch with the industry help buy some degree of time proofing. Meaning, you are protected to some degree against an imminent layoff.

Develop business skills:
Acquaint yourself with how a company works. Such knowledge is essential when applying for a job or vying for a promotion within an organization: Bosses look for people who are business minded. Remember, business is all about making money.

Avoid underselling yourself:
Most job aspirants are desperate to get employed. They are willing to take the first job offered regardless of the salary offered. Such job aspirates prioritize experience over earnings and settle for payments that can be significantly lower than industry standards.

This jeopardizes your future prospects since your salary will be one of the bargaining chips while applying for another job. Job adverts usually mention salaries or wages a worker can expect, which gives a fair idea about what you can expect to be paid. Monitoring job websites is therefore a good idea.

Gathering certificates, documents and accolades:
This is very simple. Ask your school and every educational institute attended for certificates and other proofs of attendance and performance. Certificates issued for attending camps, competitions and accolades earned for your performance in sports or other activities help boost career prospects.

Apple polishing your teachers guides and mentors:
Many reputed organizations now engage companies to run background checks on job applicants. These background check companies call or email the references you provide on your resume. An adverse remark need not necessarily disqualify you for a job, but is highly undesirable especially when embarking on a chosen career. You can reap rich dividends by staying in the good books of your teachers, guides, mentors and other persons who may feature as your references.

Why these tips are important:
Educational institutions in the US and elsewhere pay millions of dollars annually for career counsellors on their campuses. Despite its importance, most students frown upon career counselling because they are insolently determined about what they wish to do.

Such haughtiness can cost dearly. Students tend to sacrifice enjoyable jobs for the glitter of money, so you should realize that you can be happy in your work while prospering.

This article was contributed by guest author Sam.


Cities Where College Graduates Should Migrate To

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People go to college and work hard for years in order to live a life others can only dream about. Do you actually think it’s going to happen? It will for some people – and it’s not just because of the profession they’re going into. A big part of being successful is packing your bags and heading in the right direction. You want to go where the money and opportunities are waiting. We’re going to take a look at a few cities you might have overlooked while searching for jobs in your profession.

Houston, Texas
Houston has a booming economy at the moment and there are lots of great jobs available in every field, but it’s especially good for lawyers. It actually ranked as the second best city after various accounts were taken into consideration. Obviously, there are jobs available and the salaries are high, but it’s not what makes Houston stand out. The biggest draw is the low cost of living, which means a lawyer’s salary will go a lot further than somewhere like New York.

Phoenix, Arizona
When you think of the financial industry, the first thing that comes to mind is Wall Street, which will probably never change due to its history. If you want to escape from New York, you should consider Phoenix. It’s almost emerged to become a very livable city, and it’s been taking the financial industry by storm since the crash of 2008. Growth is up around 13 percent, and if bankers know anything it’s that numbers on the rise is a good thing, especially if they’re unemployed and looking for a job.

Columbus, Ohio
The demand for surgeons is projected to keep going up for the next few years, so why not be in one of the best cities? One of the top choices outside of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles is Columbus, Ohio. Not only is the city itself a fantastic place to live, but it’s also the home of two nationally ranked hospitals. The average surgeon will be earning just shy of $250,000 per year.

Durham, North Carolina
If you’re an aspiring artist, you don’t necessarily want to go where all the large galleries are. You want to live in a place where they give young talent a chance. Once you head to Durham, you’ll be able to show off your talent. The city has grown in recent years, but it has still tried to remain artsy through it all. There are lots of galleries around throwing frequent events where you’ll be able to socialize, and some where you’ll be able to showcase your art.

Denver, Colorado
Anyone with aspirations of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg might want to forget about Silicon Valley for now. It’s so expensive to live there that you might want to seriously consider other rising tech hubs for your permanent residence. In Denver, you’ll walk away with over $10,000 more per month once your rent has been paid. The state is also the biggest tech hub outside of California, and it’s only going to get better with so many people flocking there. There are so many new startups popping up that you won’t have to worry too much about finding a job.

Miss the Ride and You’ll Regret It
You hear so many stories about college graduates being unable to find jobs, at least in the industry they were hoping for. Most of the time it’s because of what they studied; but occasionally, people have failed to achieve their goals because of where they were living. If you want to be one of the success stories, don’t be afraid to go where the development and growth are!

This article was contributed by guest author Andre Smith.


Searching for Opportunity: My Job Hunt Story

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In the summer of 2014, I had just finished my first year at university. Commuting was helping to save the family money, but it left me with little money for myself after I had to quit my job to accommodate the lost time travelling. I had worked at a Shoppers Drug Mart ten minutes away from my house, and leaving not only lost me my discount, but the ease that went into working every day.

I wanted to try and gain a position that had more to do with the profession I wanted to go into, which was being a doctor. I also wanted the ease that came with working close to home. So I opted to apply for a numerous amount of jobs – probably too many. I’ve heard from many since then that if you are applying to too many jobs at one time at the mall, things circulate and its likely to reflect poorly on you. I probably applied to about 10 retail jobs at the mall, but still holding out for an opportunity in research, I applied to about 10 more that I found on a school hiring website.

I found that using the resources given to me by my school was a huge advantage to the position I ended up receiving. You are technically paying for these services, so it is worth it to give them a chance. I would never have known where to get a research position after being in my first year – I barely knew where the library was – but using this school resource was a huge asset. Anyway, I had three callbacks from about 20 applications (such is life sometimes). I had a callback from a clothing store in the mall and two callbacks for research positions in psychiatry and in biology.

I ended up interviewing for the psychiatry position and the clothing store position, because the biology lab position ended up not working with my schedule. I was taking summer courses at the time and didn’t want to have something with too many hours. The research position was great because it was part of a program at U of T where there are a limited number of hours, which made it flexible for students. I had never worked at a retail store before so I was a little bit confused in the interview. Do I know what to do with inventory? No, I don’t know how to work a POS system.

It turned out that that job at the mall was the first job for which I had ever been interviewed and rejected. I always prepare well for my interviews – going over common answers that are typically asked, picking out my dress, relaxing myself before I get in there. I come with my cover letter, resume and references ready. It just eases my mind so I can perform my best. I guess my lack of experience kind of undershot my chances, so I ended up taking the position in psychiatry.

I’ve been working in that job for two years and I’ve learned a lot and made plenty of great friends. The fact that it is flexible helped me balance school and work and allowed me to meet different psychiatrists and employees at CAMH. The key to finding a good job is making sure that your resume is short and highlights all of your relevant accomplishments, preparing for the interview as well as following up after the interview, and just making sure that you are prepared every step of the way. You’d be surprised at the kinds of jobs you can find when you’re prepared!


How Important Are Internships?

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Many college students may find after graduation that the job market now asks for more than just a Bachelor’s degree. Recruiters are expecting candidates to have experience fresh out of school and most will be looking for that experience through internships. Internships have become the new normal for college graduates. As a newly graduated student fresh in the job hunt, you will want to have not just a college degree on hand but also a plethora of internships to show off to recruiters. Here are some reasons why interning is an important supplement to your college degree:

1. Gaining Valuable Experience – Internships are one of the best ways to gain real-world experience in the field of your choice. Recruiters are often searching for applicants that already have experience working within an established company through an internship. Experience as an intern shows your future employers not only that you are familiar with a professional work setting but that you are eager to learn and be flexible.

2. Resume Booster – A resume with one or more internships listed will likely put you a step above other candidates that have no internships. This goes along with gaining valuable experience as the more you intern, the more experience you have to list in your resume. An ample resume can help you stand out from the sea of applications that many recruiters receive and internships are an easy way to gain work experience. Your resume is also not just a place to show off what you know but also who you know. Internships are also a great place to meet people that you can list as recommendations or references on your resume.

3. Networking – Another key reason internships are so important is that it gives students opportunities to network and to network with the right people. Everyone knows that who you know in the industry matters just as much as what you know and internships give students a great way to get to know professionals in their field. Networking opportunities such as internships can help put you on the fast track to getting your first job out of school.

4. Opportunities For Hire – Internships are often a great way to get your foot in the door for open positions later. Many hiring managers will look to their interns if positions open up as they already have the experience of working with teams and are already familiar with the office culture. Hiring interns allows managers to offer job positions to people they have already trained as well as cut down on the interview process.

5. Earn College Credit – Many internships offer students college credit in exchange for their time. This means as a student you can gain valuable job experience and have it count towards your degree. Earning that extra college credit often means students can get to their graduation deadline quicker.

6. Develop New Skills – There are some things you just can not learn in the classroom and interning can help you learn skills that happen in a real-world, professional setting. The days of interns running to get coffee or office supplies are long gone, as many companies instead choose a more mentorship approach to with their interns. Students often get to sit in on meetings and help teams accomplish goals or projects.

7. Try Out A Field – Many students go into their degrees without ever experiencing what actually working in the field might be like. Interning gives you the opportunity to try out a field and see if it is right for you.

There are numerous benefits for students to intern and in today’s highly competitive job market, interning has quickly become the new normal. Interning is not confined to one industry either; many companies and organizations in virtually every industry offer internship programs. There are also many internship programs that have the added benefit of paid stipends or even going abroad. Overall, students can only benefit from interning both while in school and after graduation.

This article was contributed by guest author Nick Rojas.


Quick Ways to Make Money While You’re Studying

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An independent and fun-filled life is the fantasy of every college student. However, with the limited financial budget of a student, this fantasy remains just that – a fantasy. Moreover, college loan repayment is another obstacle that not only prevents this kind of life for students but also prevents them from investing independently and earning rewards to help financially support them.

1) Freelance
As a student, there are many ways to earn money. Content writing is one huge field that has helped many students. With a lot of freelance websites in motion, students can grab work that interests them, write articles and earn by selling those. Students can also start their own blogs and earn money through them.

2) Be A Tutor
If a student excels in English, they can earn by proofreading and editing articles of their peers or by becoming tutors. Teaching is the best way to excel in a subject and by becoming a tutor, students can earn, polish their own skills and knowledge and be a valuable service to those around them. Schools usually have teaching assistant posts or a campus tutoring center available where students can take the role of a tutor.

3) Become a Notetaker or Sell & Textbooks
Students with learning disabilities are provided with note takers that are compensated fairly well, and by taking up such a position, students can not only help their peers but also earn for themselves. Selling text books at the end of the term is another way income can be generated. Textbooks are a huge expense for students, so many look out for used books from seniors. Approaching such students results in a win-win situation for both parties.

4) Get a Part-time Job or Internship
Most universities and colleges have a career counseling department that provides students with opportunities to work with local or multinational companies. Students can look out for such internship / job opportunities and work part time. This would build their resume, provide them with adequate experience and help students make money. On campus jobs such as waitressing or administrative work in various departments are also available that help students to make money. Usually, students also participate in paid interviews, surveys and medical experiments that add cash to their wallets.

For most students, having cash to spend freely is a major issue; not only during their study years, but also after graduation. This is mainly due to the high amount of interest they have to pay on student loan repayments. While some students have their repayment strategies chalked out, most do not care to think about it until after they graduate and the grace period has almost ended. Hence, having made some money while studying at college can be a huge advantage for every student while at college and even after they graduate.

Earning while you study can also reduce your dependency on student loans, resulting in fewer repayment problems and reduced interest payments.

This article was contributed by guest author Henry Kingston.


A Crash Course in Deciding the Right Career For You

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While you’re in high school, even just graduating seems like the biggest challenge you’ll face. Once you’re finished? It’s ‘where to?’ from here. Deciding on the right career path for you is all about balance. Be too impulsive and you might not find what you’re looking for; take the advice of others to heart? You risk choosing a profession you won’t enjoy.

Achieving a university degree, college qualification or short course certification doesn’t limit your career opportunities – it opens doors to them. Within every field is a diverse range of businesses, and in every business an even broader number of positions. Walking the path that’s best for you can be tricky at the best of times, so what do you really need to do? Follow the signs.

Sign 1: What are my strengths?
The first step to a successful career pathway is to stop thinking about careers. You’re still at the start of the track, so keep your focus on the journey rather than the finish line for now. Begin by taking inventory of your strengths – are you great at writing? Do you have a photographic eye? Is teamwork really not your thing?

Write down all of these in a notebook and you will start to see a pattern emerging. Our strengths are not only the tasks that we are good at, but also that we enjoy. They give us a sense of confidence, joy and pride to complete. So, naturally, they play an important part in developing your career.

Sign 2: What are my weaknesses?
Even more important than acknowledging the things you’re good at, is what you’re not. Do you struggle to concentrate for long periods of time? Are you easily overwhelmed when working with numbers? Your weaknesses are a strong indication of a career path that won’t suit you. But that doesn’t mean you should eliminate every job that has some form of administration to it.

Our weaknesses require hard work and dedication to overcome; they give you the opportunity to face a challenge. Without this motivation, at any job, you won’t learn and grow as a professional. This can end up being a worse scenario than facing a couple of simple equations in the long run.

Sign 3: Write a short list of industries
You should now have a list of close to twenty combined strengths and weaknesses. Take a closer look at these and the broader pattern that should be formed – do you have a creative streak? Are you interested in new technology? Maybe you don’t enjoy stepping into the limelight and taking control of situations? These attributes will help you to pinpoint the industries best suited to you.

Working with computer programs and numbers has endless possibilities, from information technology to accounting. For those with creative flair, the beauty and clothing industry is a global environment that excels in most cultures. As do the theatre and fine arts sectors. This isn’t the time to limit yourself – start listing every industry that pops into your head!

Sign 4: Now divide this into jobs.
Now that you have a fair idea of the different avenues available to you, let’s get specific. This phase is arguably the most research-heavy section of your career search. You want to read more than a job title and 100-word description. Ask yourself the following questions: what will you be doing day to day? What is the salary range and the workplace culture? Which countries does your career path thrive in?

Have a look through career resources and salary calculators alongside personal blogs and opinion pieces from professionals in that specific career. Once you have a list of the jobs that sound like a potential fit for you, it’s time to head to your local career counsellor and see if they can identify any further opportunities in that area. Keep cutting your list down until you get to ten or less – that’s the sweet spot.

Sign 5: What is most important to you in a career?
What are you in it for? Does the travel appeal to you or the money? The personal reward or the glamour? In this day and age, professionals choose their pathway for any number of reasons beyond financial security. There is no wrong answer here, but where possible, you should chase after your personal happiness before anything else. If you love getting hands on and building things, then choose apprenticeship training and work a trade. Don’t head straight to the law firm for that ‘promised’ six figure salary.

You’re by no means stuck in any career path you choose, but why not pick right the first time? While you take down all of the reasons to grab that profession pamphlet at the next career fair, see how they link up with your original shortlist of positions.

Sign 6: Now speak to trusted people.
Now is the right time to collate all of your research and speak to someone you completely trust; family or friends are great places to start. Choose someone who knows you well, but won’t tell you exactly what to do. The never-ending search for a career can be overwhelming and it’s tempting sometimes to give up altogether – an outside perspective will give you a welcome refresh.

You’re so close now to reaching that happy finish line! You know the one – where all your dreams come true and you never work a day in your life. The only person who can stop you from achieving this is you. And the only person who can get you there? You guessed it.

This article was contributed by guest author Caroline Schmidt.


4 Modern Job Search Tips for University & College Grads

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Leaving college and starting your first job is a stressful and confusing time for most of us. After four years of classes, internships, and exams, you’re finally ready to get out there and start a life of your own with your own job and making your own money.

But today’s workforce is a competitive place and if you’re not prepared, you won’t find success. If you want to make the most of your first job, here are four job search tips for today’s college grad:

1. Apply Creatively

With so many people fighting for the same jobs, you probably aren’t going to get noticed by just submitting a standard resume. Companies can get hundreds of applications for each job that they post, so if you want your name to stand out in the crowd you’ll need to get creative.

If you’re looking to get a job in TV, movies, or the film industry, create a cool video resume explaining what you can bring to the company. If you’re a marketer or graphic designer, show your skills by turning your resume into a neat infographic. Other creative options include creating your own interactive website or blog.

2. Apply Everywhere

Don’t allow your geographic location to limit your job search. Unlike the days of when our parents were hunting for jobs, the internet has completely revolutionized the way we do business. Because so much work can be done online, it isn’t uncommon for companies to hire individuals who live in different cities to work remotely. While this may not be an option for everyone and every company, it is always worth a shot.

By looking at new cities and considering the possibility of remote work, you expand your pool of potential jobs drastically, making it easier to get hired. If you limit yourself to only available jobs in the area that you live in, you may struggle to get hired. Obviously, this idea does not apply to jobs, such as those in the medical industry, where it is crucial you are meeting with clients or other individuals.

3. Be Ready for Drug Tests

With your years of partying in college behind you, you need to prepare yourself to be a reliable and responsible adult. While this doesn’t mean you need to push your bedtime back to 8:30 pm, you should be prepared for possible drug and alcohol testing when looking for a job. It is not uncommon for a potential employer to ask you to be tested before they consider hiring you.

Even after getting the job, random drug tests should be expected. There are some jobs and careers where frequent drug testing is more regular, but just about any employer can ask you to submit a drug and alcohol test whenever they wish. If you hope to be promoted, you may also face another drug test before you are given the job.

4. Be Alert on Social Media

While you have been warned about the dangers of what you put on social media in the past, you probably continued to use your Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to communicate with friends in a relaxed setting. After years of college, that could mean you have a whole timeline full of photos at parties or comments about being drunk. While these are all fun and games during college, they could actually cost you a job.

While you may think your employer will never find your social media pages, it is actually one of the first things they will look for when they consider bring you in for an interview. For most companies, it doesn’t even matter if the posts or images are years old. To get your profiles ready for hiring season, delete or hide any compromising posts or photos.

While it is stressful, there are ways to navigate the job market and get the job of your dreams. To make the most of your experience and ensure you don’t sabotage your own job search, keep these four tips in mind with each job that you apply for.

This article was contributed by guest author Melanie Nathan.