11 April 2014

Survival Tips When Studying Abroad

            Studying in a foreign country can be difficult in many respects, especially when learning different educational styles and cultures of any new country. Many students, who go to American or European countries for their higher studies find themselves in a difficult situation resulting from high prices. Students rarely have money to throw around, so living in a new country with a different cost of living can be challenging. Some students can just ask their parents for money, but others want to feel responsible for themselves and have the satisfaction of knowing that their hard work paid off. It is possible to get by with some good planning and budgeting as a student in a foreign country. Here are some ideas for students who want to study abroad without going completely broke.
1. Go For a Program that Offer Part Time Courses
            There are a number of universities that offer both full time and part time courses. You might register as a full time student, but a shortage of money can force you to take a part time job. If you are enrolled in a university that does not permit a part time degree, then you will be forced to either quit your education or switch to a different university, which can be expensive. Therefore, it is important that you select a university that permits students to hold a part time job so that you can earn some extra money without risking your education.
Try not to get distracted abroad!  Flickr: Simo0082
2. Hostel Rooms versus Hotel Rooms and Apartments
            There are a few choices of for student housing, when you go to a foreign country and have no relatives there. You can either live in the university dorm rooms, you can rent a hotel room/hostel, or you can rent an apartment. Renting a hotel room for a long time will be very expensive, so don’t do it. Finding an apartment can also be expensive, but if you have some friends or classmates to split the cost with, this could be a great option. A third option is staying in university housing or dorms. A recent survey shows that the average cost of dorm rooms in American schools is three times that of an ordinary apartment with sufficient facilities. I recommend that as soon as you land in a new country you start searching for a safe area where you can get a cheap apartment. Then move into it when you have some roommates, so that the total living cost can be distributed.
3. Focus on Study
            Many students that go abroad for their studies end up being waiters or cashiers to earn some extra money. They are not able to find a good job or complete their studies because they ignore their education. There are so many places to go and things to see that it is easy to forget you are actually still in school. If a student gets an "F" on his report card, he risks losing scholarships and financial aid at home. Although traveling and working a part time job might seem appealing, it should never be placed over the value of education.
4. Proper Consultancy
            Students who arrive in a foreign country with the assistance of education consultants are often ignorant of market conditions and other relevant details of the country. A student studying in Canada might leave his Masters' degree program because he was unable to cope with the freezing temperatures. This is a problem that should have been identified early on in the selection process to make the most of an abroad experience. You should know what the job market looks like and how to become a resident of any country where you study. Students need to do a lot of initial research to make the most of their time abroad.
5. Language Barrier
            You cannot go to a war without the necessary weapons. Likewise you cannot easily survive in a foreign country without knowing the language. In Germany, many universities offer courses in English, but it is still essential to learn German in order to survive in the country. Although a large percentage of the country speaks English, life is easier if you speak German. People you meet on the street will speak German and the default language will be whatever natives speak. To get a full experience from your time abroad, you should at least try to learn the language of the country.
Author Bio:-  Katherine brunt  has been writing in the field of education and student assistance since 4 years from the platform of Assignment Box, and is eager to help students at different stages in their educational and professional careers through her informative Blogs. 

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04 April 2014

Starting Early For Future Success

College is more than just grades and hanging out with friends. The value of a college education is all about learning and preparing for the competitive job marketplace. However, college students can easily find excuses to not make any efforts that could potentially contribute to future success. By preparing yourself early on in college, you will not only have more money in your pocket during college, but also be better prepared for the real world once you leave.  Here are some tips to get you started:
Manage Your Budget Wisely
As they adjust to living in a new environment away from home, most students find it really hard to effectively budget their spending. Additionally, students who do set a budget plan typically take more than a month to do so. Clearly, then, it is important to be organized and to have a smart budget strategy in order to efficiently save money in college. The earlier you learn to budget, the less likely your money will be to escape you.  When you first start allocating your budget for each expense, try to be as strict as possible.  However, impulse purchases and unnecessary spending happen, so just try to slow the pace of another expense if you accidentally over spend on certain items. 
Learning to Budget in College Will Be Useful for Years
Learning to Budget in College Will Be Useful for Years   TaxCredits.net
Other common money saving tips in college include recording expenses, taking public transportation over cabs, trying not to dine out too frequently and renting cheap textbooks. Building smart spending habits and learning budgeting basics will help you form a strong foundation for money management.
Start Networking Early
College is the ideal time to start networking for your future career. A misconception about networking is that only seniors and recent graduates network. However, it is never too early to start making new connections. Unfortunately, many college students do not take advantage of the networking resources offered by their career centers. The career center is always a great resource to connect you with professionals from a wide variety of industries because of its established links with past students, who can then put you in contact with potential employers. Moreover, acquaintances who you meet via networking can be very productive by providing you with a diversity of knowledge and backgrounds than people with whom you are already familiar.
Before you start meeting people, you need to be well prepared and make yourself worth getting to know. Networking is a mutual gathering and sharing of ideas. If you consider yourself a valuable resource then everyone can get value from meeting with you.  Do not just lead with self-interest; you are also a great resource of information, ideas and connection for others.  So, attend every networking event or career fair if possible. Even if you are not currently searching for a job or internship, networking never hurts.
Social networking has becoming increasingly important in addition to face-to-face networking when it comes to job searching. For example, LinkedIn is a fantastic professional networking platform that connects you with people who share your interests.  Also, more and more companies are using LinkedIn to find prospective candidates. The beauty of a social networking platform is that it provides you an easier way to connect you with a potential employer or a direct referral.  An internal referral gives you a higher chance of obtaining the job offer. Keep in mind that even if there are no current openings available, these connections can possibly help you in the future. So, keep in touch with the people you meet and do not miss out on any networking opportunities.
Excel at Excel
Computer skills are fundamental to many businesses. Microsoft Excel is one of the most useful, powerful and utilized product in the workforce. Being proficient in Excel is a basic qualification on most job postings because Excel can be used for so many different ways. Almost every industry employs Excel in everyday activities such as data tracking and report generation. No matter what company or position you are going for, there’s a good chance you’ll be working with Excel documents. If your university offers a course or workshops in Excel training, just to take it.
Author Bio: This post is contributed by Skyo, an online site that helps college students save money with cheap textbooks and flexible rental options.

01 April 2014

5 Underlying Causes Of Monday Blues And Their Solutions!

The hangover of the weekend fun isn’t over yet, and you want to remain in that groove a little more. However, the tinkling sound of your alarm clock just does not let you snooze for even a minute more. At last, you reluctantly wake up and do the preparations. You rush to the loo, put on your uniform, pack your bag and hit your school.

By the time you reach college, you already feel fatigued and lazy. You have missed your breakfast, and now you have to go through six hours of intense studies. You have to force your eyes to remain open so that you can concentrate on your work. This feeling of weariness just makes you go insane and compels you to flee from the classroom.

Monday mornings are always a nightmare – technically speaking, it is a “Daymare” – for students. After all the fun on weekend, they have to prepare for the usual affairs of classes and studies. No wonder there is a higher ratio of students who bunk classes on Monday.  However, if Monday blues is something that you are battling with every week, then the following guidelines will help you fight it better:
Partying Late Makes Waking Up Monday Difficult!
Partying Late Makes Waking Up Monday Difficult!  Flickr: Jirka_Matousek

1.     Resist The Urge To Stay Awake Late On Weekends

Cause: Students often hangout on Weekends, till late night, and have a blast. The ecstasy of partying keeps them awake till the wee hours. In an attempt to vent out all their stress, they forget that they have other commitments as well.

Solution: Monday is the first day of the week and if you ruin it with your last night adventures, then you are actually messing up your whole week. While weekend is a good opportunity to relax and chill out, it does not do any good if you stay awake till 2 am. The 4-5 hours of sleep that you get after staying up late is enough to cause your Monday Blues. Therefore, you should go to bed an hour earlier than your usual routine so that you can avoid the sleep deficit caused by the late night hangouts.

2.     Make a Plan

Cause: Without planning and organization, students often wreck their whole weekend. Due to lack of planning, they fail to do their work or chores systematically and thus delay things till late night. Ultimately, they wake late at night and ruin their Monday morning.

Solution: Students who plan their Sundays are able to manage both their life and studies better than the couch potatoes. Make your plans a day before Sunday and set the time table. A strategic planning will help you accomplish your tasks in a timely manner and avoid postponing the things until midnight.

3.     Have a Nutrition-Rich Breakfast

Cause: Many students skip the breakfast in a hurry to catch their class. Ultimately, they feel tired and sleepy during their lectures and lose the focus on their studies.

Solution: Skipping the breakfast is the ultimate blow to your studies. If your brain takes time to wake up and if you have constant bouts of drowsiness, then hopping your morning meal is the worst thing you can do on the Monday. Get a nutritious breakfast and have some hot coffee to stimulate your mind and soul. With a healthy breakfast, you will feel more energized to start your day.

4.     Wake Up Early

Cause: Many students who complain about Monday blues have a habit of waking up late. They tend to stay late and wake up early, when the Sun is out. Consequently, they feel less motivated for the studies and take their class in the state of sleepiness.

Solution: Students who wake up late often delay the things and disturb their entire work cycle of the week. Avoid the temptation of waking up late on Monday and instead hop out of your bed a few minutes earlier. This will help you arrange your things in advance and thus you will able to enjoy your day and work energetically. You can use this time sorting out your assignment or preparing the notes. In this way, you will feel more relaxed and motivated for the classes.

5.     Organize Your Tasks For Monday

Cause: Mostly students mess their Mondays due to their lack of organization. Students stack loads of work of the previous week for the Monday. So, when they start their work, they first have to tackle the work from last week and then proceed to the current week’s task, which is quite hectic. Ultimately, they feel an exaggerated feeling of anxiety and stress in the form of Monday blues.

Solution: Students can alleviate their Monday Blues by organizing their entire task before the weekend. In this way, they feel more energized and activated when Monday arrives. Always do your work on time and never leave anything for the next day or week, for that matter.

About the Author: Alastair Trot possesses considerable experience in the ed-tech world and takes pleasure in assisting both learners and educators with his exceptional expertise. He’s currently serving writingkingdom.co.uk and you can contact him on Twitter.

28 March 2014

9 Amazingly Effective Tools To Create An Attractive Resume

Your resume is a decisive factor in a job application. With an impressive resume, you are able to capture attention of your employer and create that first impression. For an employer, a resume means more than a paper. It helps him evaluate candidacy of a candidate and make the final decision.  Despite the importance of resume, there are many candidates who do not work on this crucial document and end up writing a mediocre resume. More often, the reason is unfamiliarity with the necessary tools than lack of interest.

Here, I will discuss 9 really fantastic tools that will help you create a perfect resume that can match your professional stature and make you fit for a particular job.

1.     Revu

Revu is a cool application to create and present a resume. Revu’s tagline says, “Don’t send your resume. Share your story”, and it truly means it. Revo allows you to lay out a fascinating resume that defines your profile in a unique way. This resume service gives an appeal to your online profile by showcasing your profile in a visually beautiful manner. Finally, what employers view is a story and not a plain description. The website gives you a complete platform where you can integrate multimedia elements to delineate everything related to your career. You can highlight you career achievements, analyze data about visitors or integrate LinkedIn into your profile. You can even share a link with others who can see your profile.
Building a Strong Resume
Building a Strong Resume Flickr: Vuhung

2.     Visualize.Me

If you think that traditional resumes are just boring and lengthy, then Visualize.Me totally agrees with you. No employer reads the entire junk of information in your resume and cover letter. Employers only scan vital information in your resume that demonstrates your skills, experience and qualification.  Visualize.Me provides a graphic approach to these details. It uses charts and figures to illustrate your specific skills in a way that makes a solid impression on the viewers. So, the next time an employer views your details, there are higher chances that he will call you for an interview.

3.     DoYourBuzz

DoYourBuzz is a resume tool that gives you the leverage to craft a resume that will expose you to the employers and recruiters who might find an interest in you. With DoYourBuzz, you can practically do all the best things with your resume. You create a resume from some appealing template designs, upload your LinkedIn details, optimize your information, get the analytics and make changes in real-time. You can even go wider by converting your resume on a domain. All these features are available in just a few bucks.

4.     CV Maker

CV Maker is yet another tool for creating attractive resumes with little efforts. An account on cvmkr.com can get you all features that will help you make an attractive resume. With CV Maker, you can create and publish a resume that perfectly matches your career profile. You can select from a variety of style to format your resume.

5.     LiveCareer

LiveCareer is yet another online tool for creating a fascinating resume. This application offers a range of choices for a resume in terms of design and templates. The tool allows you to edit the format of your resume according to your requirements. Once done, you can publish your resume in five different formats.

6.     Resumesimo

Resumesimo gives a creative angle to your resume writing. It particularly caters to the needs of fresh graduates who need jobs in creative fields. By using the colorful themes of resumesimo, they can tweak their resume and make it more vibrant and lively. It lets job seekers import details from their social profile, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, and create a resume that is just fit for a particular job.

7.     Resunate

Resunate is not only a resume builder but it is also a smart curator that optimizes information in your resume to match skills for a job position. Employers use ATS (Automatic Tracking System) to find compatibility of a candidate for a job. Just like Google, ATS ranks the most compatible candidate on the top. Resunate sets information in your resume in a way that that makes it rank higher in compatibility test.

8.     JobSpice

Do you need a simpler way to compose a fascinating resume? Get an account on JobSplice and you will be just 15 minutes away to an inspiring resume. Just enter your details and get a nice resume. No hassles of account activation. No lengthy process of writing and editing. Isn’t that simple?

Online CV Generator is your tool to make great resumes with ease and comfort. It takes only five minutes before you get a resume that perfectly tells who you are. All you need to do is to provide your details and this tool will generate a HTML version of your resume that truly pitches your skills.

Acker Reuben is an academic writer with particular experience in the field of education, currently serving at Assignment Camp, a UK based academic writing agency. He specializes in academia and loves to write on student affairs.

26 March 2014

Job Hunting Tips for Freshers

Have you recently graduated and are now looking for a job to kick start your career? It can be a daunting task to find a good job, especially if you have no prior experience. Most companies usually wish to hire someone who has worked before and is well-versed with the industry norms.  So how does one prepare to get noticed in a crowd of job seekers, some of whom are more experienced than you are?
To get past some of the most challenging hurdles of recruitment, here are some useful job search tips for beginners.

Get Prepared

Get a voice mail system with answering machine installed so that you never miss an opportunity. Also, create a professional-looking email address. Drop the non-serious email addresses like ‘coolest_johnny@yahoo.com,’ instead opt for something like ‘john.mathews@gmail.com’. Consider signing up for a separate mail account altogether for the purpose of job search. This will help you remain organized and updated. Remember to always mention your mobile number on your CV so that recruiters can instantly get in touch. As The Huffington Post states, the economy is improving and with several opportunities waiting to be tapped all you need to do is decide what you want and gather all your weapons (CV, social media profile, recruitment portals, professional networks, hiring agents, etc.)
Job Hunting Tips for New Grads
Job Hunting Tips for New Grads:  Careerrocketeer

Prepare a Resume and Keep it Updated 

At a crucial time when everyone is competing for the precious time and attention of the recruiter, it is suggested that you put in your best efforts to create a compelling resume. Nobody has the time to read through lengthy paragraphs so make sure you keep it legible and easy to skim through. CVs must always be short (not more than two pages) and should offer only significant information.

As a fresher, you may get tempted to lengthen your bio data with extra information just because your CV looks shorter than the others. But it is not necessary that a long document will always be better. You need to highlight your skills that match the job requirement. For this, make sure you research the company website and read the job description. Then, you can accordingly tailor your CV and cover letter.

One may also consider seeking professional help for preparing the CV.  Once the CV is prepared it can be mailed directly to an employer, uploaded on a job portal or forwarded to a recruitment agent.

Keep Multiple Versions of CV Ready

Not only is it important to keep your resume ready to be sent out, it is also important to keep it customized for different job offers. You must review samples, create different templates and save multiple versions of your CV on your desktop. Even though your achievements and qualifications will remain the same, your approach will be different for different employers. It is advisable to keep it ready because you may not have a lot of time every time to sit and tweak your resume.
Seek Guidance  

As a beginner, you will find a lot of people trying to give you advice on how to build a career.  As much as it is good to receive guidance, stay away from too many recommendations made by your peers. No doubt that they will bring some interesting leads as they are your friends and find you worthy, but it is always better to seek recommendations from counselors and professors.
You should also utilize free services and sign up with job search portals that help you find the best of the jobs according to your potential and needs. Job search sites allow you to search for job opportunities based on your location, industry, functional area, expected salary, etc. They also provide additional services and send customized leads to your inbox. Check out company websites, job boards, associations and other niche sites. This way you will be able to search all the jobs posted on the web in one go.

You can also seek assistance from college career offices, placement cells, etc. You may also utilize the computer labs and libraries of your college. Most libraries provide workshops, computers with printers and other useful resources to help ease your job search process. 

Curate your Online Presence

Firstly, if you are not registered on LinkedIn yet, you should create a profile and begin making connections. LinkedIn helps with job search as it lets you join professional circles. Maintain this LinkedIn account, even if you do not have any work experience. 
When you go for interviews, one meeting is not enough for the interviewers to analyze you and they may seek the help of digital platforms and social networking sites, like LinkedIn and Facebook, to find out more about you.  So it is advisable to keep your social profiles clean and privacy settings on. For instance, don’t show off your party pictures publically on Facebook or do not openly bad-mouth your boss on Twitter. Potential employers may not find these funny and you may come across as naïve. All these will negatively impact your candidature.

While you keep searching for a job, it is advisable to practice the introduction part. If you don’t hail from a leading college, it makes good sense to pursue an internship from a reputed organization or take on relevant projects that will eventually help improve your employability. All the best for the job hunt!

Author bio: A writer by profession, Devika Arora is currently focusing her writing on the extensive domain of job search. She has written various articles and blogs for the employment sector. The above article is a compilation of facts and discusses about job search tips for graduates.

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