4 Ways College Grads Can Gear Up for a Successful Career

It's that time of year again: graduation season! The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates that more than 1.8 million relieved, exhausted, and exuberant college students are gearing up for graduation day this year. However, transitioning from college into the "real world" can leave many new grads feeling uncertain, lost, and a bit frightened as they take their first, tentative step in their lives as career professionals. If you're a new grad looking for a little guidance in what the heck to do now, here are four great ways to prepare for success.

Should You Choose a Big Name Over a Big Salary?

You're waist-deep in your job search and there it is: the job of your dreams at an even dreamier company. But, when you look at the salary, it's lower than you should be paid. What do you do: go after the big-name job for the sake of your long-term prospects? Or seek out a job where you'll be able to make more money?

The New Etiquette of Networking

The new year is quickly approaching, and with it many resolutions. As we start thinking of ways to improve ourselves, you may have professional resolutions in addition to the typical desires to eat better and regularly hit the gym. If looking for a new job is a resolution in 2014, you'll need to start networking ASAP, if you haven't already. For those who haven't worked their professional network in a while, things are a little different than years past. With the emergence of professional networks like LinkedIn, networking is now a 24-7 activity and requires more effort than showing up for a cup of coffee once a month. The new etiquette of networking is critical for everyone, not just those actively looking for a new job. In 2014, consider these tips as you network. They will help you build stronger relationships across your profession and may even make the difference in helping you find that job of your dreams.

The State of Social Recruiting and Why You Should Care

Employers are ditching their conventional hiring practices for a more convenient and practical way to locate, screen, and hire candidates – through social media. Take a look at which social networks recruiters are utilizing and why social recruiting is important to your career.