Our Advice to May Graduates 🎓

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It’s almost time to store away the books on the shelf and start the next journey of your life! This is a huge milestone personally and professionally. This next chapter most likely seems to start off with a lot of new stress and worries, but we can assure you adventure awaits with unlimited opportunities!  Whether you find your career directly out of college or jobs that are stepping stones to build your strengths and improve your weaknesses, trust in the path that awaits.

We, at 45 Inc Birmingham, have advice for you directly from our management team! Champions don’t start out with the title. Every post-grad has been exactly where you stand and thought the same thoughts that might be going through your mind at this very moment. Fortunately, there will be advice along the way to aid you in your growth and development, like these 3 tips below!

Always hold on to your student mentality!

There is a large difference between having a career and having a job. Individuals who become successful and have quicker career growth consistently learn from their superiors and apply the knowledge they acquire. The keyword here is “apply!” People who go into their day-to-day work routine with a hunger to learn are more open to new opportunities and thus, more prone to success. The biggest names in success take full advantage of self-improvement through asking questions, books, audiotapes, and finding mentors!

Don’t be afraid to step outside of your major!

We interview the finest graduates among the state who come with a vision in mind but sometimes close themselves into a box of what they think they should be doing or what they’ve been influenced to do. You’ve dedicated 4 years to the study of your choice but all that is is a guideline to your interests, not a commitment to forever. At 45 Inc Birmingham, we have the pleasure of working with individuals with engineering, biology, programming, and even mathematics degrees, all who excel in our Management Training Program because of their personalities and open-mindedness, not because of what they chose to study. If there’s anything we can advise, it’s to look for a company’s culture that fits you best, not a title!

Be patient in the process!

Growth is a slow, gradual process. When you start, you may be looking for a management role or a certain pay grade, but remember, those things will come with time. It’s OK to start in an entry level role and it’s OK to not be satisfied with your starting salary – those are all motivators that will push you professionally down the road. Everyone starts somewhere, and it’s important to recognize that your starting point is just a dot on a roadmap to bigger and better!

Whether you’re about to walk the stage in May or December, we couldn’t be more excited for you and this next chapter your life. Not everyone accomplishes what you’re about to, so we encourage you to take great pride in this victory before you move on to the working world. No matter where you land or what you find yourself doing, be proud of yourself yet humble and eager to learn. Never underestimate the power of putting your head down and getting to work. Best of luck and welcome to life after college!

How to Avoid Job Interview Stress: Tips from 45 Inc's CEO

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Are you looking for a job and getting nervous about the interview process? Here at 45 Inc., we understand you’re definitely not alone. A job search can be really tough, no matter how many times you’ve been on one before. From what to say, to what to wear, there can be a lot of unanswered questions without preparation.

I believe there are two types of people when it comes to the interview process. Ones that perform better under pressure, and ones who crack under stressful situations.Many of us fall into the second category. If that’s you, that just means you have to do a little extra preparation when it comes to nailing your upcoming interview. To help better equip you, I have combined my best advice when it comes to interviewing prep.

Try to Avoid Negative Thinking

To only way to conquer an interview is to be confident. The employer already reviewed your resume, you received a call – now it’s time to shine! Don’t let the negativity in your mind slip in and alter your personality. There will always be doubts such as: “What if they ask me a question that absolutely stumps me and I look unintelligent?” If you are well prepared, you will naturally be able to share some answers which reflect positively on your strengths. If you are completely stumped, say something like “that’s a great question, can I give that some additional thought and get back to you?”. You can even use this as a chance to have a follow-up conversation with the hiring team.

Practice

Practice truly makes perfect. The more comfortable you are when it comes to interviews, the less anxiety you will feel about the entire process. Meet with your previous coaches, mentors, and friends for a couple mock trial runs. This too will help give you better insight into your strengths. These people will be able to critique you and share honest feedback to make sure you are conducting the interview in a way that highlights your strengths and what you can bring to the table.

Focus On Your Goal

Your goal is to obtain a position at the place of employment you desire. Keep the forefront of your mind focused on the success of this vs. the struggle. I learn best by visualizing images of success in my head. Try to imagine what your interactions will be like with your interviewer in a positive manner. If you are too busy focusing on negatives, you may pass up a chance of landing the perfect gig.

At 45 Inc. we believe in giving our candidates the benefit of the doubt as we understand nerves are high during the interview process. Our office focuses directly on making sure our interviewees are comfortable and have the best experience possible during their time with us. We play fun music in our lobby and offer friendly conversation in hopes we will calm your nerves. Our hope is that everyone walks out of our office feeling like they performed their best interview possible. So remember you got this, take a deep breath, and show them what you got!

For more information on jobs at 45 Inc. or more tips, visit our LinkedIn Page!

Sincerely,
Wrinardo McKennedy

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