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Now that we’re well into working from home, some of us may find ourselves working more as compared to when we went into the office everyday. The physical act of actually leaving the office, paired with the commute home, created the separation needed to feel like our workdays were ending and our personal time was beginning. With nothing to break up our work-to-home life flow, it feels like we’re taking less time for ourselves, even though our work environments may be more comfortable than they’ve ever been. (Shout out to jogging suits). …

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Starting a new job always comes with a mixture of feelings. On one hand, you’re excited! You nailed that interview process, accepted a good offer, and you’re looking forward to whatever the new company and title will bring. On the other, you’re the new kid! You’ve only met your new manager and a handful of your future team members throughout the interview process. You told them what you can do and now you have to show and prove. All of this can drum up tons of internal questions. Will you really knock those projects out of the park? Will the team get your jokes? Will your new coworkers really like you? …

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If you scored a job interview during the pandemic (or any major economic event), congratulations! Many companies have put hiring processes on hold. The fact that you’re still making progress is no small feat; you should be proud of yourself.

As you prepare for your interview, you’ll find that many companies are still working remotely which might mean an adjustment to the traditional approach to interviewing. Most of the standard interview advice still applies, though, with some slight modifications.

If you haven’t already, start with our Guide on Nailing Every Interview Question, Every Time. That’ll get you prepared to show the hiring manager why you’re a good fit for the job. …

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We won’t sugarcoat this for you. If you’re a recent grad just starting out, finding a job is going to be tough right now. The economy is down and there’s a lot of uncertainty about when things may turn around. Many companies are focusing on reserving cash and paying the team they have.

But there are still open jobs out there. Many companies are still hiring — either to replace folks in critical roles that previously left or to grow the teams that will help them grow the business. It’s still possible to find a job right now. …

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We’ve said it many times, even in our ebook Everything Startups, a warm intro is your best way into a new company. Of course, if you see listings online, you should prep your best cover letter, polish your resume and submit away. But remember, many jobs are filled through informal networks and word-of-mouth referrals. Many companies will even create a new role just to bring on someone they’ve met who’s impressed them.

Networking effectively is more important than ever when looking for a job during an economic downturn. There are fewer jobs than there are qualified candidates and companies that are hiring are acutely aware of this. During these times, companies may actually be less likely to post their open jobs publicly to avoid an avalanche of resumes they’ll eventually have to sift through. …

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From left to right: Yelitsa Jean-Charles (2016, Cincinnati); Jamie Norwood (2015, Baltimore) & Cynthia Plotch (2015, Philadelphia); Astrid Schanz-Garbassi (2013, Providence)

It’s an ugly truth: when women start their own companies they have a harder time raising money from investors compared to their male counterparts. In 2019, only 2.8% of venture capital investments went to all-female founded companies. For Black and Latinx female founders, this number is even lower. How low? Black female founders have received only .0006% of tech venture capital funding since 2009.

At Venture For America, we have the privilege of calling some of today’s leading women founders members of our community. They’re acutely aware of what it takes to run companies and of hurdles that come with raising money to help their companies grow and survive. We asked some of these female Fellow Founders to share their tips on what it takes to pitch. Their wisdom should serve as helpful inspiration to anyone starting a new business. …

The undergrad’s checklist for building professional skills during college
The undergrad’s checklist for building professional skills during college

College is filled with exciting things, like living with your best friends, dedicating your time to topics that interest you, and staying up late on Tuesdays with limited consequences. A slightly less fun but still exciting reality: it’s also an important time to arm yourself with the professional skills that you’ll need to succeed once you put on that cap and gown and say goodbye (eek).

Here are our tips on how you can build professional skills in your everyday undergraduate lives.

Like finals, that pesky math requirement, and brushing your teeth, there are some things you just can’t avoid-including these next two steps. They are the crucial building blocks on your journey to being a successful real person with a real job — start here, and start now. …

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If you’ve set one foot in your school’s career center, we’re guessing you’ve heard of LinkedIn by now — it’s the largest professional networking platform, and it’s used by workers and job-seekers in nearly every industry. LinkedIn is one of the best tools for learning about new opportunities and making valuable connections, but a lot of college students shy away from signing up. We don’t want you to be one of them!

You might feel like your profile looks a little thin when compared to professionals with years of experience and hundreds of connections, but you shouldn’t let that stop you. …

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By Barry Conrad, Director of Entrepreneurship

At Venture For America, we believe in learning by doing. We know that working at a startup is one of the two ways to learn how to start a company. The other way? Starting one yourself!

Could you start a company tomorrow? We think so! You do not need venture capital to launch a business. You don’t need a staff, an office, or a fancy website. You just need to get started and getting started is incredibly simple.

First things first. To start a business, you need a great idea that disrupts existing products, services, and solutions. However, you might struggle with finding this idea. Or maybe you have too many ideas. …

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By Cris Landa, Director of Learning

Networking sometimes gets a bad rap. It elicits images of happy hours full of superficial small talk and business card exchanges. But if you search for the word ‘networking’ in Google — what you’ll see are variations of human spiderwebs:

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