9
Jun

Have You Got What It Takes To Be The Next Bond

b17To be perfectly honest I’d be a bit disappointed if the next Bond was a woman. No eye candy for a start.

Don’t get me wrong I’m all for feminism, equal pay for actors etc but I like Daniel Craig (possibly Tom Hiddleston?) too much to give him up.

The BBC article recently on MI6 recruiting on Mumsnet made for an amusing read.

Taken from a government report: Women in the Intelligence Community “Overall women make up 38.1% of all SIS (Secret Intelligence Service)staff. There is plenty of evidence that women need more encouragement to apply for jobs or promotion.

The Agencies should explore groups other than graduates.

Women or mothers in middle-age or midcareer, who may have taken some years out to bring up children, may offer an untapped recruitment pool. The Agencies should use a broad range of mediums to advertise, including those specifically for women and mothers such as Mumsnet”

Hundreds of women (some could possibly be men disguised as women – but that’s a subject for another day) posting their unique attributes.

Listed below are the Mumsnet attributes of what it takes to be a spy, not a definitive one and please feel free to add.

  1. I have an excellent memory for detail… I have you all mentally spread-sheeted.
  2. I have this amazing ability to seem less intelligent than I actually am.
  3. I can also sober up incredibly quickly. Vital in situations where having fun suddenly becomes serious.
  4. I can do any number of tasks one-handed and have the multi-tasking skills of a multitasking ninja.
  5. I can stop an errant school child with just a look and the raise of my eyebrows. Russian spies have no chance against me.
  6. I love to drive at speed, and rarely get burned off at lights. I own a seiceneto.
  7. I am not afraid of dogs.
  8. I built an entire IKEA kitchen assisted by three under fives and a cat with a leg in plaster.
  9. After over a decade of parenting, I can correctly identify a vast range of nefarious activities from the most fleeting sounds.
  10. I can wiggle my ears. I’m like a miniature GCHQ.

I would give every one of these women a chance to be a spy just like Annie Machon, 47, who worked as an intelligence officer at MI5 for six years during the 1990s.

She says the qualities you need to be a spy depends a lot on which of the government agencies you apply for. There are three:

  • MI5, the domestic security service: team leader, influence people and gain people’s trust. Basically, anyone who runs (& survives) the school PTA should apply.
  • MI6 (now called Secret Intelligence Service or SIS), which gathers intelligence overseas: technically brilliant at things like coding and encryption. Perfect for the lady who built the IKEA kitchen.
  • GCHQ, often referred to as the listening agency because it runs the electronic eavesdropping operations. Most parents are ideal candidates, we don’t need electronic devices, we instinctively know when someone’s a “bad one”

Taken from a government report: Women in the UK Intelligence community.

12
May

Why My Business Model Is Focused on Employee Compensation

b14As a graduate with a four-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design, my number one goal when graduating was to become a salaried designer. I knew that if I wanted to be fairly compensated for my work, I needed to know my self-worth without being entitled, and should be confident enough to negotiate my first paycheck. I was tired of working for a measly hourly wage (so I thought!) and I could not wait to enter adulthood with a consistent and steady income. I was in for a rude awakening.

With any type of legal matters, especially for an employer, there are ways to cut corners for fair compensation. It seemed that where hourly work could be cut to be held just under “full-time,” the opposite was true for salaried work. I was working my second full-time salaried position as a designer when I realized I was expected to get to work an hour early, and stay at least an hour past 5:00, the leaving time. This however was still not even the hours I was expected to work, as I would log 55-65 hour weeks, while compensation was a salary, based on 40 hours a week 8am-5am. That employer would explain that it was for my own benefit because of traffic, and that with this type of work, long hours are required to get the job done right. I do not disagree that long hours are sometimes necessary, and that doing it right, matters more than “the clock” sometimes. What I fundamentally disagree on, is that any employee should work for free! It’s basic business, employees should be compensated for working – That was always how the equation worked when I was being taught the merits of business, even in grade-school.

As I am on the verge of a new business venture, where I will certainly need full-time employees, my mind-set has not changed in the slightest. Even more so now, I believe that fair and transparent compensations of my employees is at the for-front of my business model. There are many ways to compensate an employee however, with bonuses, commissions, paid time-off, benefits like healthcare and 401(k) matching, and accolades and rewards. The list is much longer, but the fact remains, there is no reason a company should not do everything to compensate, inspire, and empower their employees to make the lives they want for themselves. I view my employees as the most important asset my business will have. I plan to protect those assets with fair compensation, payment for all working hours (even for salaried employees), in all the forms possible. Compensation has been described as two separate fields of balance between employee compensation, and balancing the businesses’ financial goals. I however, have the goal within my business to fairly compensate all employees, pay all bills, and manage all expenses, not to make loads of profit that sit in various accounts and funds to spend on making more profits and funds. So a balance is created by switching the goals of the business venture, to benefit the employees, (myself included!) which in turn, benefits the business as a whole.

1
May

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get When Studying Abroad

b13Part time jobs will go a long way toward supplementing your income when you are studying abroad. The money you get can help to cover your cost of living, or pay for your leisure activities or travel holidays across the country. Many international students do take up some form of employment while studying abroad, and they have a lot of fun while doing so!

There are many part-time or vacation jobs that you can take up as a student. Before getting started, check your visa restrictions. You may not be permitted to work more than a certain number of hours in a week during your course session time. Whatever the work you choose, it will add to your life experiences and you can make new friends and get a taste of the local culture.

Overseas students often work as waiting and bar staff, baristas, mall aides, aged care workers, data entry or call centre personnel, or as language tutors. If you have any special skills like musical talent or a flair for art, you can teach others for a fee. Animal lovers can take pets for a walk in the park and get paid for doing so. Babysitting is also a popular choice of part time work for students.

The advantage of taking on part time shifts is that when you are relatively free you can do more work, but you can choose to study or complete assignments when deadlines are due. You need to be able to balance your work and study commitments well, so plan your schedules well ahead. If your employers are banking on you to show up for a work shift, you should not let them down if you haven’t completed your study requirements.

It’s not very hard to find employment when you study abroad. Your network of seniors will be able to help you, or you can check out the employment office at your university. Career websites such as ¬†also list out jobs for students. Overseas education consultants will also be able to help you pick something suitable.

28
Apr

Wide Wild Fashion Internships

b12Fashion internships could be the best way of doing internships, if you view it as an integral part of your career journey. Also, it could be one great and effective way to spend your summer if you have not got any plans to do. However, whatever your reasons are, try to consider taking an opportunity to see inside of fashion industry.

The problem is probably for you who do not really get along with fashion or feel like not really following the trend and so on. Don’t worry about your personal experiences with fashion, because once you open your eyes to it, you will be more easily to adapt to the circumstance.

Frequent Offers on Fashion Internships

Some of you might have thought more forward, thinking that fashion is such a wide wild sphere, where many things could be in. Yes, that is definitely true. Similar to other business, fashion has many levels, zones and whatever you call it. Fashion is not only about culture or clothes, but it could also be about social media management and marketing.

So, to get you clearer illustration, we are going to reveal some internship programs for specific positions. First, you might be interested in joining fashion editorial internship. This internship would mainly require you to prove your skills in writing, doing research, reviewing and communications.

Have you ever read a fashion column in an online magazine?

If you have ever read a fashion magazine, you certainly get this internship is going to do to you. More or less, fashion editorial would challenge your knowledge in fashion or how you view the industry. Doesn’t it a pretty good opportunity to take?

Or, you may also be eligible for joining fashion internships focusing on social media platform. This one might not be so much different from fashion editorial, because a number of fashion business strive to get an intern who can do writing and have good communication skill to help them manage their blog.

A Lot More Opportunities For Any Field

Fashion internships offer you broad-ranged opportunities. Not only to those business or fashion students can apply for the offered positions, but photography students also have opportunities to get real experiences through being an intern in a fashion line.

So, in short, if you acquire creative skills and willing to challenge it, you can put fashion industry to be where you are going to take your first internship.

Tips On How To Get An Internships

It is an internship, but you do not have to be strictly formal like you are meeting a nation’s president in a formal bilateral meeting. Most of us would agree that internships are important in giving us real experiences before starting a real job. Internship is an integral phase needed to be passed in order to prove our qualifications to other people.

However, some people view it quite seriously that sometimes it makes the company feel a bit uncomfortable with their deeds. Those acts can possibly observed from your motivation letter and interview. In most cases, motivation letter tells the company many things about you.

Striving to Write Good Motivation Letter

One of the tips on how to get an internship which you really have to adopt is writing good motivation letter. This letter would help the company to examine what kind of person you are. Unfortunately, there are still lots of applicants going around mediocre writing skill, so that their products are also considerably mediocre.

So, to fix the problem, start writing your true selves, not others. Even if you try to adopt a letter template you find on the internet, do not strictly push it to your own. Give it some adjustments and modifications, based on your own situations.

If you want to show your qualifications, show it through concrete evidence, such as your achievements, certificates or anything relevant to your application. But, do not go crazy about giving all your trophies to them. Show the company your best quality.

Sometimes, being casual is also more comfortable in writing projects like a motivation letter. Though you send it to a large firm, try to put yourselves in their shoes. What kind of letter will make them comfortable while reading it? Since there must lots of letter sent to them, it will certainly be such massive boredom reading all-the- same letter.

Therefore, distinguish yourselves from others by taking different writing approach. Make them feel interested in hiring you without giving them too much embellishment on your letter. Be wisely concise.

Interview To Go

However, interview must also get your concern. Another tip on how to get an internship you can do during interviews is watching your step while interviews going on. Get yourselves neat and nice suit, polished shoes and clean socks. Whatever it is, do not disappoint them by presenting yourselves recklessly.

23
Apr

Search Your Next Job Online and Offline

b11If you are looking for a job or considering a change of career, you need to find more than one way of finding job in today’s technology driven world that is going through an economic downtrend. You certainly need to maximize your chances of getting job by knowing more about the ways that present day jobseekers are employing for finding jobs. Simply put, you can no more depend upon just continuing with the ‘situation vacant’ ads.

Online Job Search Websites

If you go online, you’ll find a large variety of websites, all designed to help you find job listings. Many of those sites allow you to post your resume free of charge, but there are others which charge you for uploading your resume. The kind of site you may use for getting a job will most likely be decided by the field you are working in, and the level at which you want to work now.

How Are People Looking for Jobs?

It is estimated that, these days, ten percent of people find their next job through the Internet. The reasons for that could be that they scan job search websites of the kind of Craigslist.com and Monster.com, or they found an opening on the company’s website. Though that percentage is high, the fact remains that ninety percent of people fail to find jobs using the net. That means people to find additional ways of finding jobs.

A majority of job seekers looking for jobs in the mid-range are spending half of their time looking for jobs online and mailing their applications. Now, that’s not a bad proposition, but the problem is that frequently job search websites don’t contain the latest available jobs, and many of the listed jobs you may apply for might have already been filled. Certainly, there are more efficient ways of utilizing your time by putting a slightly more effort on your part in your job searches.

What Are the Other Ways to Finding Jobs?

Apart from making use of job search websites, you should also spend time networking with people who can be helpful in finding you a job. That’s not a difficult thing to do, with social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to help you out. Of course, it demands more of your time and effort, but you’ll appreciate that the quality of job openings that you come to know of this way is most often much better than what you get informed through job search websites.

How to increase your chances?

Are you aware that about eighty percent of employers would do a search for you while they are processing applications received for any job? That’s because they find it a convenient way of ignoring people with any clear issues. That means it is time that you looked through your personal Google results. Simply, Google your own name and view the results! If you observe plenty of doubtful or unhelpful information, you need to spend time and work upon improving your online reputation before you start searching job websites.

13
Apr

The Importance of Your Job Searching Attitude

b10It’s quite rare to come across people who got their first job soon after having applied for it. Perhaps, as a teenager, you had a neighbor in business whom you asked for a job and he hired you, but these days job searches are not so simple or so quick to come by.

Getting hired needs continued efforts. Normally, it requires facing many interviews and getting rejected at times. In the process, you keep learning and are often required to modify and widen your approach many times.

Knowing the kind of job you are looking for and how to effectively search for such jobs helps reducing stress and enables you to continue with renewed efforts and a positive approach. There are many jobs available, and you have many options too. If you continue to be patient and diligent in your efforts, it’s not difficult to get an opportunity for the right job.

It should not be difficult for you to understand that the simpler it is to apply for a job, the more difficult it becomes for you to get noticeable. Look at it this way: you may choose to send hundreds of resumes to online job boards by merely clicking on the mouse, but don’t forget thousands of others may also do the same thing. That means you’ll be required to face a tough competition. Now, that’s not a good strategy for finding jobs.

Ask your friends and relatives how they got their jobs. It may surprise you to learn that most of them got one through a known person, like a friend or friend of a friend, or on recommendation of somebody. Follow the same approach and you are on the right track for getting a job. It’s proven that networking delivers results.

Regularly devote some time to learn how to make networking better for you. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations and help wherever possible. Even after getting a job, remain active with your networking, for you can’t say when you might discover a better opportunity through your network.

You need to have a positive approach while hunting for a job, and understand that though you require a job, the likely employer has the same or greater requirements. They have a vacancy to fill, challenges to be met and clients to be taken care of. You need to convince the employer that you have the necessary qualifications and skills for solving his problems before you get hired.

There is no magical way for hunting jobs. Nothing on its own can guarantee a successful job search. A professionally written and outstanding resume alone can’t guarantee you a job, nor can your terrific performance at the time of the interview assure you success. You’ll also realize that the most qualified candidate doesn’t always get a job.

The final decision of the recruiting manager is influenced by many factors. At times, some internal politics may come to play. Perhaps the selected candidate attended the right school. Maybe the employer you worked for in some way harmed the recruiting manager or someone known to him. Or he may get a feeling the other candidate would go along better with the present team. Many times, it’s concluded that the chosen contender was more amiable and considered to be more enjoyable to work with.

3
Apr

Job Searching Myths Debunked

b9People looking for jobs often have many mistaken ideas about job hunting. Generally, that’s due to superfluous knowledge about certain things. Job seekers come to know of half the things from different sources, mainly from word of mouth, and tend to assume the other half in a manner that suits them. All those things encourage people to develop myths about job hunting. Here, we’ll discuss about some such myths:

Myth 1: People think that they stand better chances of getting a job by registering with as many job search sites as possible.

That’s a wrong perception people have! Getting registered with all the possible sites doesn’t prompt employers to get in touch with you and offer you a job. You should also look for job opportunities in newspapers and business magazines. Most newspapers have a special section devoted to jobs, and many trade magazines too follow the same practice.

Myth 2: Employers are not really keen to employ people who have been changing jobs very frequently.

People who keep changing jobs frequently are considered to be unsure of them. It’s but natural for the employers to question a job seeker what prompted him to change job from one company to another. So, you should be prepared to give a logical reason for your action. Employers do understand that everybody wants to rise further in his career to earn more money by acquiring additional skills and be successful in life. It’s imprudent to keep working in the same job for any number of years if you are getting better opportunities somewhere else. Changing a job for better opportunities is not an issue at all with any employer. Yet, one should avoid working for too short a period, of say less than one year.

Myth 3: A cover letter isn’t really necessary while applying for a job.

A cover letter precedes your resume of which it’s an integral and important part. Employers do go through cover letters. However, at times, the recruiter may ask candidates not to include any cover letter. Only in such cases you need not enclose the same. A well-prepared cover letter tells the prospective employer what you are looking for, and how well you are qualified for that job.

Myth 4: Mailing your cover letter and resume ensures you an interview with the employer.

You should know that companies receive a lot of applications almost every day. Nobody has the time and patience to thoroughly go through all of them. So, having forwarded your application, you shouldn’t be sitting and waiting for the company to approach you. If you are confident that you are very well-suited for the post you applied for, you should follow-up with the company. Don’t hesitate to call them up to inquire the status. It’s not easy to get jobs these days. It often helps to request for a personal interview, especially when you are confident of your capabilities. Even otherwise, there’s no harm in requesting for an interview with the employer. Who knows, you may still get that job!

30
Mar

Applicant Vs Application

b8Applying for a job shouldn’t be so difficult. As owner of an Executive Search Firm, I read and hear complaints every day about the difficulty of the application process. I hear the same complaints about the hiring process but that will be another article. I encourage HR Departments to realize how many valuable human assets they lose through their online application process.

In the world of online applications, it now takes a minimum of 30 to 45 minutes to complete the basic application — not including additional hours spent on assessment and personality tests. In the world of online applications, isn’t it time to ask “how many talented applicants will never be seen by your Hiring Managers because of your application process?” These are positions your Hiring Manager says he desperately needs to fill, right? The problem from my perspective: Most HR Department are too institutionalized and ‘rote’ in their behaviors to accommodate expedited hiring.

This may be a wake-up call for HR Departments! If your company branding is working; i.e., the applicants are finding your job site, why not make it a pleasure doing business with you? Stop wasting the time of your valuable applicants! It negates all of your positive and powerful brand marketing. If the resume (or LinkedIn Profile) isn’t enough for the FIRST STEP, then you should limit any additional required information so that your application can be completed in less than 15 minutes.

After the applications are quickly reviewed for creditable skills/experience for the position, THEN the Hiring Manager should be involved. Only after the Hiring Manager shows interest in pursuing the applicants(s) should the applicants be asked to complete the NEXT STEP of the screening process (assessment/personality testing). There is no logical reason why every single applicant should spend hours filling out applications that will never be seen by a Hiring Manager.

Recent surveys show that 42% of applicants having a negative experience with a company’s application process say that would never work for that company. Doesn’t that make you wonder how many talented applicants have been lost because of excessive and complicated online application processes? The solution really lies somewhere between a ‘digital experience like buying a book on Amazon’ and ‘filling out an online federal tax return’.

Very few companies, and even fewer recruiting software vendors, offer one-step apply capabilities. Instead, most have an extremely complex and convoluted application systems that require dozens of different clicks to do something as simple as submitting a resume to a job posting. This flies in the face of data from surveys that cite a 33% decrease in conversion by having a two-step apply process. Congratulations to the few companies who have simplified their online process and adopted a ‘one-step’ or ‘one click’ approach.

If you don’t know how many clicks your application process takes, then you should find out. Apply for one of your own listings without using any shortcuts. The answer, for most employers, will probably be both shocking and sobering. And, each and every one of those extra clicks is going to cost you great candidates. Many of your applicants often drop out of the process even before you’re able to capture their information. Many HR Reps and Hiring Managers sometimes have the attitude that an onerous application process somehow is an effective screening mechanism, and that “if they were motivated, they’d take the time to finish the application.” News flash: that’s a bunch of hooey!

23
Mar

What Valuable Career Has Yet To Be Established

b7In the career space it is becoming increasingly certain that the future of careers is increasingly uncertain. The headwinds of change are strengthening and what in traditional employment has looked stable is now looking unstable. There are a variety of economic and social shifts ushering in this climate of modification and adjustment, influenced largely by globalization, technology, and changing demographics with the trends looking irreversible. Given that significant change has a way of making people nervous and anxious it could seem that the future may be something to fear. But what if we were to reframe this phenomenon as an opportunity? It can be done.

Viewing undetermined career variations favorably begins with asking the question, “What valuable career(s) has/have yet to be established?” To begin answering the question let’s pass through the portal allowing us to view the world’s many challenges. There is certainly no shortage of problems in need of resolutions. The demands are countless and the need for bold, positive, and progressive actions, leading to widespread beneficial advances is urgent. So where do we begin? Following are my picks for top categories where future talent can best direct their energies-in ways about which we can only today dream.

Poverty: The most egregious plight continuing to poison humankind is the plague of poverty. It burdens us all economically, in terms of security, and of course morally. Must we continue to accept that so many of the planet’s people struggle to live healthy lives of happiness and fulfillment?

Economics: If there is one thing we learned from the recent recession it is that our economic health is far from secure. Expertise in the financial industry and among the monetary decision makers is required to maintain a fiscal model free of the wild and dangerous speculative swings that can so devastate Main Street.

Healthcare: Preventing and treating disease, promoting wellness, and leveraging recent breakthroughs in science and medicine contribute immeasurably to the number of career opportunities. Projections are that Healthcare will see very strong growth. Many lives are just waiting to be enhanced and heightened.

Environment: Managing a growing global population that demands more use of finite resources and higher living standards is our collective reality for the foreseeable future. There will be no shortage of creative solutions to be discovered assisting the planet in supporting the burgeoning masses.

Business Services: Aiding business to provide the necessary and desired goods and services, which will elevate and sustain enjoyable and productive lives remains important. Profitable and rewarding models and techniques are still in need of detection and development.

Lifestyle: Crafting the zeitgeist of new eras will be in the hands and minds of those involved in the arts, fashion, music, literature, and culture as they seek novel ways of expressing the times. Creative facility is waiting to be unleashed to communicate the spirit and meaning of ages yet to come.

I could go on. Energy, International Relations, Social Work, and many other fields hold promise as areas for future career development. Societies yearn for original and fresh approaches to improve and better the world. All of us, young and old, have the capacity to meet this demand.

We owe it to ourselves to nurture and expand an entrepreneurial mindset, leading to innovative problem solving and wealth creation. Let’s train and orient our youth in particular to be entrepreneurial success stories and not merely laborers practicing routine procedures. Discovering concepts new, untried, and effective should be encouraged as much if not more than reproducing commodities. Permit and reassure our students and children to take reasonable risk, collaborate with like-minded entrepreneurs, and apply intelligence in peculiar and offbeat ways.

13
Mar

Best Cities For New College Graduates To Find A Job In 2016

b6Congratulations!

Your name was on the grad list. All your efforts were worth it after all, and now you’re set to achieve greater things!

First, you’ll have to find the right city to ignite your career as a new college graduate, so you can make it to the top as quickly as you can.

But with so many cities and options, where exactly should you start? How would you know the best city to find the right entry-level job and affordable cost of living for new college graduates?

Starting your career in the right city can help you put the right foot forward – so we’ve compiled the best cities for new college graduates to find a job this year.

10 Best Cities for New College Graduates To Find A Job In 2016

1. Pittsburgh, PA

In 2015, the United States Census Bureau estimated that Pittsburgh is home to 304, 391 people. But as a new college graduate, what are your chances of finding the right job in the Steel City?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the United States unemployment rate as of April 2016 was 5.30 percent, while Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate during that same period was 5.4 percent.

So lets dig deeper to see how your career could turn out if you decide to move to Pittsburgh.

The median home price of this city is $111,300, while the cost of living is 10% lower than the national average.

Also, the average commute time in Pittsburgh is 25.95 minutes. While 54 percent of commuters in Pittsburgh drive inside their car all alone, about 10 percent carpool with others, 19 percent use mass transit and 3 percent work from home.

As a new college graduate, chances are, you’ll consider renting a home when you move to Pittsburgh.

2. Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati is one of the best cities for new college graduates looking to find a job this year. In July 2015, the United States Census Bureau estimated that Cincinnati is home to 298,550 people.

Compared to other cities in the United States, Cincinnati’s cost of living is 16.60% lower than the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Cincinnati’s unemployment rate as of April 2016 was 4.2 percent while the national average was 5.30. The good news is job availability is rising and recently at a rate of 2.29 percent.

But how fast can you make it to your office if you find a job in Cincinnati? The average commute time of this city is 22 minutes, 3 minutes faster than the national average of 25 minutes. If you own a car, you can join the 71 percent of commuters who drive in their car alone. Up to 8 percent of commuters take mass transit, 10 percent carpool with others, while 4 percent work from home.

3. Kansas City, MO

Starting out in the right city can give you an edge in your career.

There is more to Kansas City than its world champion baseball team and its barbecues, though they are really tasty. As of July 2015, Kansas City’s population was estimated at 475,378 says the United States Census Bureau.

The median home cost of this city is $132,300, while the unemployment rate was 3.9 as of April, 2016 according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The cost of living in Kansas City is 5.90% lower than the United States average which is 6.30. So how soon can you make it to your office if you’re hired in Kansas City?

The average commute time in this city is 21.32 minutes, few minutes lower than the national average of 25 minutes. 81 percent of commuters in this city drive their own car alone, 9 percent carpool with others, 4 percent use mass transit, while 4 percent work from home.

4. Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis is home to 831,230 people making it the largest city in Indiana according to the United States Census Bureau. The median home price in this city is $120, 500, while the cost of living is 11.10% lower than the United States average.

The unemployment rate in Indianapolis was 4.7 percent as of April 2016, which was lower than the national average of 5.30.

So how fast can you get to work in Indianapolis? The average commute time in this city is 22.7 minutes, lower than the United States average of 25 minutes. In this city, 82 percent of commuters drive in their car alone, 10 percent commute in the same car with others, 2 percent use public transportation, while 3 percent work from home.

Since you’re a new college graduate, chances are you’ll consider renting a home or an apartment for a start.

5. Nashville, TN

According to the United States Census Bureau, the population of Nashville, Tennessee as of July 2015 was 654,610. The median home value in Nashville is $188,400. The cost of living in Nashville is 0.80% lower than the United States average.

The unemployment rate in Nashville was is 3.1 percent as of April 2016, while the United States average was 5.30 percent.

The average commute time in this city is 23.09 minutes. In that time, 80 percent of commuters drive their own car, 11 percent commute with others in their car, 2 percent take mass transit, while 5 percent work from home.

6. Columbus, OH

The population of Columbus City was 850,106 as of July 2015 according to the United States Census Bureau. The median home price in Columbus is $95,900. The cost of living in Columbus is 17.90% lower than the United States average.

The unemployment rate in this city is 3.9 percent and its lower than the U.S. average of 5.30 percent according to the United States Census Bureau. The good news is Columbus City’s job growth have been positive in recent years and as a new college graduate, your chances of finding entry level jobs are high here.

In Columbus City, the average commute time is 21 minutes, 3 percent work from home, 81 percent of commuters drive in their car alone, about 9 percent carpool with others while 3 percent take mass transit.

What about housing? Odds are you’ll have to rent a home or an apartment when you get your first job in Columbus City.

7. Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN

The population of Minneapolis according to the United States Census Bureau is 410,939. The median home value in this city is $190,900. The cost of living in Minneapolis is 8% higher than the national average compared to the other parts of the country.

The unemployment rate in this city was 3.40 percent as of April 2016, while the national average was 5.30 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average commute time in this city is 22.19 minutes. 14 percent of commuters in Minneapolis take mass transit, 62 percent of commuters drive their cars alone, 5 percent work from home, while 9 percent carpool with others.

8. Philadelphia, PA

According to the United States Census Bureau, Philadelphia is home to 1,567,442 people, making it one of the top ten largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Philadelphia’s medium home cost is $103,400. The cost of living in this city is 3.80 percent lower than the United States average.

Considering its large population, Philadelphia’s unemployment rate is 6.6 percent as of April 2016, while the United Sates average at the same period was 5.30 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average commute time in Philadelphia is 32 minutes, 26 percent of commuters take mass transit, 50 percent of commuters drive their own car, 9 percent carpool with others, while 3 percent work from home.

9. Chicago, I

How many people live in Chicago? According to the United States Census Bureau, the population of people living in Chicago as of July 2015 was 2,720, 546. Chicago’s median home price is $165,700.

The cost of living in Chicago is 3.40 higher than the United States average.

The unemployment rate of this city is 4.7 percent as of May 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average commute time in Chicago is 33.49 minutes, 27 percent of commuters take mass transit, 50 percent drive in their own car alone, 10 percent carpool with others, while 4 percent work from home.

10. San Francisco, CA

In July 2015, the United States Census Bureau estimated that 864,816 people call San Francisco home. The city’s median home cost is $875, 100. Although, San Francisco’s cost of living is 142.60 percent higher than the United States average.

The unemployment rate in this city is 3.7 percent as at April 2016. The average commute time of this city is 29.93 minutes – 32 percent of commuters in this city take mass transit, 37 percent drive their own car alone, 8 percent carpool with others, while 7 percent work from home.