Job Search Resources for Post-Grads

    Job searching is rough. I’ve been looking for a full-time post-grad job since about April now. I was having such a hard time even getting emails or phone calls back until I started ramping up my search and using all the job search resources available to me.

    It’s easy to fall into the mindset that because you’re graduated someone will just want to hire you. While this might be true, and something might just fall in your lap or you may get offered the first job you apply for, it also may not happen. And it’s good to prepare and learn now that not everything goes as planned and to recognize that you may have to work harder than you did in school to get what you want. Real life is brutal my friends.

    yellow t-shirt blue and white striped palazzo pants with tan mules

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    So today I wanted to share all of the job search resources I’ve been using and hopefully make landing your first post-grad job, or maybe just another new job, easier for you!

    LinkedIn

    First up, we have the forever reigning LinkedIn. You’ve probably heard about using LinkedIn as an online resume since high school by now. It’s got to be the most known job search resource but how popular it is. I remember making one was a class assignment in one of my freshman seminar classes. But the thing is, no one ever really taught me how to use it?

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    I Wore a Fake Lip Ring and Something Happened I Didn’t Expect

    Something people notice about me right away is how many piercings I have. As of when I’m writing this, I have nine piercings. Eight of them are on my ears and I also have a nose ring. But a couple of weeks ago, I also had a lip ring… for a couple days.

    You see, my little sister had told me about how she bought some fake nose rings and I had the thought to use one as a lip ring and pull a prank on my boyfriend. I set the whole thing up to make him think it was real and even texted him about how I was planning on getting a new piercing one day before work. Then I sent him this photo and the charade began.

    selfie with fake lip ring

    I wouldn’t see him for at least another 24 hours so I actually wore the ring to work and classes the next day to get used to how it felt. It took some time to realize what I couldn’t do with it in. I couldn’t laugh really big or smile wide because it would pop off. It fell off while I was eating ice cream and putting on chapstick was impossible with the position it was in. I had to learn all these things so it seemed real when my boyfriend finally saw it in person.

    But the thing is, right away I noticed this was more than just a prank. It had turned into a social experiment.

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    Knack: The Best Backpack for a Young Professional

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    As my college life came to a close and post-grad plans started to loom, I immediately started thinking about giving off a more professional vibe. It started with me buying nicer work pants, an actual watch to wear every day, and now a professional tech/travel backpack.

    It was perfect timing when Knack Bags reached out to me a couple of months ago about trying out one of their backpacks. My mind immediately brought up images of all the men in suits and woman in heels walking around downtown last summer during my internship toting professional looking passenger bags and backpacks to carry all their belongings. Nothing screams professional like a grown-up bag to carry your grown-up things right? So I said yes.

    I’ve been using the bag for about two months now and guys I am IN LOVE with this backpack. 

    traveling with the knack. shows hidden water bottle compartment

    Knack Bag Details

    I picked out the medium Knack bag in the Saville Gray color. It also comes in Loden Green, Sleath Black, and Burnt Orange (this is a limited edition color). They also carry a large backpack, and will soon have a small version as well!

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    How I Plan and Shoot Photos by Myself

    I don’t take a lot of photos by myself. Most of the time I’m fortunate enough to have my little sister, one of my best friends, or my boyfriend there to snap photos for me. But sometimes, I go all out and the tripod comes with me.

    Today I’m going to be sharing the workflow behind how I plan all my photoshoots and also how I shoot some of them by myself. Like the ones in this post today!

    girl in flower field

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    Scouting Locations

    I am always scouting locations. Anytime I’m driving somewhere, walking to work, or out on a run I’m looking at places through a photographer’s lens. Something I fine-tuned during my days gallivanting across Europe.

    Sometimes I’m just looking for the basics: good lighting, and a basic Insta backdrop. Usually this implies shade or a white background. Maybe lots of flowers, a cute door, or just outside seating.

    Over the past few months though, I like to think I’ve become more creative with how I shoot shots and how I want them framed. This in turn affects me picking locations. Think branches to hold, or a light post to lean off of, stairs to be moody on.

    But my favorite obsession: the ugly location challenge. I obsessed over this last year when it went viral with Kelsey Maggart and have been so inspired ever since.

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