It’s expected that a parent, relative or friend would want to shower a recent college graduate in lavish gifts or expensive vacations. However, with most graduates thousands of dollars in debt, most want to jump into the workforce right away. The right gift for a college grad would be something more practical and something that would ease the transition from student to employee.
Andrea Woroch, a consumer savings expert, recently released a list of “7 Practical Gifts for College Grads.” Read on to see what she recommends for your college grad.
The first thing employers see is an applicant’s resume and cover letter. Unfortunately, the style of these documents has become more complex in recent years. Graduates won’t get noticed using the old method of simply listing experience by date.
A resume service will create updated documents so subsequent resumes and cover letters live up to modern standards. Costs run roughly $100 to $200, depending on the services you desire. Sites like ResumeMyCareer can help you compile a professional and competitive resume at an affordable cost.
After living with cinder-block bookshelves and saggy mattresses for four years or, worse yet, being surrounded by their childhood furniture while living at home, graduates might appreciate an upgrade on everything from a couch to kitchen implements especially those moving into a new apartment to be closer to their new 9 to 5 job. You might also put together a basket of upscale bed and bath products so the grad can finally dump their dollar-store shampoo and soap. Next
New and improved laptop
Chances are the laptop recent graduates got before freshman year of college is at least a little out of date. A new, up-to-date laptop will give new members of the workforce the edge that they need. Make sure to look into specific brands and capabilities, as the kind of laptop a graduate needs depends on the field he or she is going into. For example, a film major needs a lot of hard drive space for video storage, whereas economics majors might want to spring for something with lots of memory and discrete graphics. Next
The recent crop of college graduates faces more debt than any other generation, so money is always a welcome gift especially to help them get through that first, unstable post-school year. Grads not comfortable with the idea of asking directly for money can create a gift card registry at CardAvenue.com to receive gift cards from hundreds of merchants in a variety of categories from apparel to food, gas, and much more. Next
Job interview clothes
Suits can be overkill in some places, unless the graduate lives in a big city or is looking for a management position. Most employers will expect something a bit more casual these days. Men should have a dress shirt, pants, and shoes with a matching tie and, perhaps, a sports coat. Women will need a demure outfit of skirt and blouse or dress with basic pumps. A coordinated jacket would nicely complete the outfit. Next
Foreign language lessons
College graduates face a tough job market and with high unemployment rates, that means more experienced competition. Given any opportunity to improve his or her skill set, grads can make themselves more marketable to potential employers depending on the position. Consider gifting Spanish lessons (Rosetta Stone is an effective and affordable option) or perhaps a GMAT review course for help towards MBA school admissions. Next
Backpacks and messenger bags are great for toting books and water bottles, but grads will have a better chance of securing a job when they show up looking sophisticated. A soft-sided briefcase with room for a laptop, resume binder, and lunch will give any job seeker a more professional appearance. Next
With instant e-mail access and GPS navigation, a smartphone will keep recent grads connected with potential employers and recruiters so they never miss an interview opportunity or an offer. Not to mention, the various apps that offer banking on-the-go, cheap dinner recipes, and location-based drink specials to help make their lives a little easier. Back to the beginning
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