How To Succeed Post Graduation

how to succeed post graduation

Approaching the end of your college career is an exciting time, filled with crucial tasks to accomplish both for graduation and for easing the transition into a career. While there is a lot to do, you’ll find it simpler and easier if assignments are grouped by season. This way you can stay focused on the jobs that are pressing without worrying about spring duties in the fall. Graduation Source has made this easy by creating an infographic to help keep you on track.

For fall, make sure you’ve laid out your year and organized projects in order to acquire improved management skills, reduce stress and increase productivity. You’ll also want to make sure your course requirements will be fulfilled so that nothing prevents you from graduating on time. During winter, prepping a complete resume that competently demonstrates your skills and experience is crucial. This document could help you obtain an internship, whether you find it through professors, your college career office or elsewhere. In the spring, apply yourself with fervor to any internship opportunity by behaving professionally, soliciting feedback and working to gain the trust of your superiors. Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be ready for the summer – whether it’s spent working or taking a vacation – before moving on to the next step in your career.

The Home Stretch

 Image Credit: Andrew Schwegler

Texting: The Better Option to Communicate [Infographic]

Since more and more consumers opt to not sign up for a landline telephone service, a lot of companies are turning to cold calling customer’s cell phones. Unfortunately, this practice is not only annoying to customers, but also inefficient for staff.

First, it is annoying for customers because it is an unsolicited call and if you insist in calling over and over people, the person receiving the calls is going to be completely turned off by your brand or company the moment that they find out who has been calling them all the time. Also, it is annoying for customers because new technologies, such as robocalls that redirect the call to a live person if somebody picks up, appear unprofessional and project an image of sleazy sales person.

Second, it is inefficient for staff because of several reasons. For example, most calling platforms block the phone number so the person receiving the call is very reticent of answering a call from a blocked number. On top of that, calling platforms hang up after a certain number rings so there the caller cannot even leave a voicemail. This reinforces the vicious circle described previously.

There is a better option: texting. Only 1 in 50 text messages goes unread, that’s a great response rate. Much better than even email, where about 10 in 50 company emails sent to consumers go unread. Televox has put together a great infographic to provide some statistics and facts on this rising consumer trend.

Client Communication Infographic
Presented By TeleVox

The App Aided College Student [Infographic]

Smartphones are not a fad; it is a reality that they are here to stay.

If you’re still not convinced, consider this: 63.2% of Millenials accessed the Internet from mobile devices in 2012.

As Millenials use the mobile Web and smartphones more and more, it is not a surprise that advances in technology are revolutionizing the college campus. Libraries are more like study halls, instead of being places to find information. Because of this, the university will continue to be an environment that cultivates innovation.

From Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs] that make online education more accessible at a lower cost, to online forums and social media channels that provide an unfiltered view of information; the app-aided college student is on the rise. Students no longer need to buy a long list of books for every class because they have access to all that information (and even more!) through a single smartphone. They are connected virtually all the time, if not through their smartphones, then through a broadband connection at a coffee shop or at home.

This infographic from the Campbellsville University Graduate & Professional Studies provides a breakdown of how technology is revolutionizing student learning at the college level.

The App-Aided College Student | Campbellsville U Infographic
Presented By Campbellsville University Graduate & Professional Studies

Getting the Most Out of Your Company’s CRM [Infographic]

A major challenge of companies using CRMs is that they just focus on getting new customers. Everything is about getting as many new leads as possible and closing them as fast as possible. The problem with this approach is that they are ignoring the lowest hanging fruit: renewals.

Consider this: the probability of selling to an existing customer ranges between 60% and 70%, while that of selling to a new prospect ranges between 5% and 20%, according to Marketing Metrics.

When selecting a CRM system, companies need to look for a system that manages, process, and analyzes relevant data for their renewals amid all the clutter. You want as much information coming in as possible, to have a “big net.” But the net can’t be too fine. You need to be able to filter out the no-value catch from the big fish.

The folks at Service Source developed an interesting  infographic that compares regular CRM systems against CRM systems with a renewals component.

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