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Latest and greatest new toy from Google. 

You have to request an invite and it will take a few days, but just got one and it is pretty sweet
Invite Link

3 Reasons Google Voice is Important to Graduates


1. One number to reach all devices (e.g. cell phones, skype, landlines, etc).
No more missing calls or having the wrong phone with you.  Let's say you have a cell and landline, just put one number on the resume and if an interviewer calls you are more likely to receive the call.

2. You can create different voicemail boxes for different numbers
There is nothing that will kill your chances quicker for a job than having a recruiter call and they get the latest rap song or some crazy message on your phone.  Set a fun message for your friends, set a more professional message for unknown numbers.  This could easily be the most important feature for job seekers.

3. Get your voicemails and conversations in writing

I am sure there might be some legal issues with this one at some point, but now you can have a written transcript of your conversations and voice mails in an email format.  Reduce the chance of misunderstanding an important details of a call.  Just a few examples below:
  • location of interview
  • meeting time
  • contact person - it is good to remember the names of who you talked to at a company.  One of the top reasons people get a job is for their first impressions and you cannot afford to let anything slip.

This product is still relatively new and I am not recommending jumping everything to Google Voice, but with some of its features, this may help reduce the chance of missing an important call or information.

"Google Voice is a service that gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail that is easy as email, and many enhanced calling features like call blocking and screening, voicemail transcripts, call conferencing, international calls, and more." - Google



 
 

I attended the Boston College graduation last month for a family member and the graduation speech (can't remember professor's name, please comment if you know it)  talked about the next several years after graduation are the time to find yourself professionally and try different things.  It is okay to make mistakes.  Mistakes are what teach us the best lessons, help us figure out what we want to and don't want to do.  It can be scary trying new things, but like after a while, it becomes habit forming. 
If you want to start a business, do-it, it can cost less than you think.  With the all the options on the Internet for creative ways and access to income sources, there is plenty of options to move forward in your own way. 
Maybe you are struggling to find a job, you might lack the experience needed, this is the perfect time to either build the experience yourself and then put it on your resume or just to have fun and you might surprise yourself. 
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Never Stop Learning!!!