9 Mistakes to Avoid After College Graduation

The moment you graduate from college is the best feeling in the world. But riding that wave of relief for too long can have serious repercussions. Here’s what not to do after shedding the cap and gown.

Taking a Me Break

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Nothing sounds sweeter than spending six months on your parents’ couch watching the entire series of OITNB after four grueling years of school. Beware, too long of a break tells prospective employers you’re lazy.

Career Flip-Flopping

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Jumping from job to job equates to no expertise and starting over at every new company. Next thing you know, it’s been three years since graduation and you’re still working as an assistant.

Selling Yourself Short

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It’s easy to get discouraged, but it’s impossible to land a job without applying. Don’t limit your options.

Not Negotiating Salary

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Out of approximately 8,000 graduates who entered the workforce between 2012 and 2015, only 38% negotiated salary. Say what?! Why would you let yourself get jipped? Ask for what you deserve.

Shirking Your Student Loan

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Most lenders give a six-month grace period after graduation to start paying back student loans, but some recent grads pretend that period never ends. Take financial responsibility before you do major damage to your credit score.

Social Media Fails

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Job seekers! Hiring managers look at your social feeds. Don’t rant about your ex or post drunk #AboutLastNight pics, it’s not professional. If you just can’t help yourself, make all your profiles private.

Moving to Overly Competitive Cities

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Heading to cities where the job market is exceedingly competitive may result in longer job search periods.

Jumping into Any Job

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Money isn’t everything. And while paying off credit cards and loans is a priority, so is finding the right job — the one that challenges, stimulates and makes you want to stick around for more than a year.

Not Knowing How to Dress for an Interview

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Business suits are not appropriate for creative positions and Frida-inspired flower crowns are not suitable for a corporate gigs. Get to know your audience before picking out your interview outfit.

What mistake do you wish you’d avoided after college? Leave a comment below to let us know.

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