Kelly Giles

My mom hates this picture, but I keep it anyway

Hi there! Welcome to Grads in Transit. I’m your host, Kelly Giles. When I started this blog in 2009, I sat exactly where you’re sitting. A college senior (or maybe you’re a recent grad?), in front of my computer, researching job-search advice and wondering what the heck to do with it all.

My answer: start a blog for people like me. That’s when Tar Heels in Transit was born. This blog started as a resource for UNC-Chapel Hill students to find information on technology, personal branding and job searching. (Read the original ‘About’ below to get more info.) It turned into the path to my first job, and the lessons I learned and blogged about here helped me earn three job offers and several freelance gigs over the past two years.

Grads in Transit is all about making career advice relatable and useful to recent grads, sharing stories of what works and what doesn’t, and throwing in a few lessons from Bravo just to keep things exciting. If you’re a recent grad or see the tassel looming, you’re in a safe place now. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let me know what job you’d really love, what’s stopping you from going after it, or what interview question freaks you out the most.

The Original About, circa 2009

After a few months of researching how to job search, I realized that a large chunk of the job-search process had moved online. Sites like LinkedIn and Twitter and concepts like personal branding are now key to the job hunt.

I also realized that this new technology came about so quickly that UNC’s Career Services hadn’t had time to catch up. Although they’re moving to Twitter (with a page about UNC internships), their resources still lack important information about online networking, reputation management and personal branding. As a senior graduating in May, I need that information now, and presumably, so do you.

Luckily, there are tons of Web sites out there with information about navigating the digital job hunt. The goal of this site is to highlight the best of that information and tailor it specifically to Carolina seniors, with the end of result of helping us connect with each other and future employers.

It’s a tough time to start looking for a job, but we can make it easier by being more connected and informed. So, please, tell your friends about this site, and check out the “Get Involved” section for ways to contribute. You can ask career-related questions, and share advice and resources. The “UNC Seniors” page lets you build your web presence by listing your professional bio and links to any sites you might have.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to e-mail me (kelly.a.giles (at) gmail.com) and let me know. I’d love to hear from you!

A little about me: I’m Kelly Giles, a senior double majoring in journalism and mass communication and psychology. I was president of the campus magazine Blue & White for a little over a year. Now I’m searching for a job that blends my passions for creativity, efficiency and strategy. Connect with me on LinkedIn!


3 responses to “About

  1. Great blog, Kelly. Your content and commitment are excellent. If you can quantify the impact that this resource will have on your fellow UNC students, as well as those at other institutions, you have an excellent product/project to showcase to potential employers. Congrats. Let me know what you think of my little effort at career enlightenment (alwaysachieve.blogspot.com).

    • tarheelsintransit

      Hi Kenneth!

      Triple thank you for kind words and the addition to your blogroll AND the shout out today! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything.

      I checked out your blog – it’s great! The articles are insightful but easy to read – my favorite combination. It’s really terrific that you’re not a career counselor looking for business, but you’re taking time to help young professionals get on their way. Speaking of which, what industry are you in?

      Thanks again!

  2. Kelly, your blog is a wonderful read. I have been thinking about developing a product as such, as well. Much success in your endeavors!

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