From being named People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” to earning three consecutive Oscar nominations, Bradley Cooper has had quite an interesting career. His big blue eyes have always won over the hearts of swooning fans, but Cooper had to pay his dues for many years to lead up to the critical acclaim he has earned today. With roles such as the distant war hero Chris Kyle in the controversial American Sniper to a struggling bipolar man just released from a psychiatric hospital in Silver Linings Playbook, Cooper has shown a range of acting skills in the last few years that arguably had not been expected in the past.
The 40-year-old actor had his up and downs, starring in minor roles of a diverse assortment of characters. Living past the pretty-boy persona can be a difficult feat but despite Cooper’s own personal struggles, he has far surpassed that, showing the world that he is a capable and talented actor. His days of being the beau to some famous actress are over, and now he is front and center. So here are 10 awesome things you probably never knew about Bradley Cooper.
I couldn't not do Christian Bale's Batman when I was doing the audition. I don't know what it was! I put a mask on and the director was like, 'Okay Bradley, be regular and talk.' And I was like, 'Yeah, got it... [in a deep, gravely Batman voice] listen, Sally, we're going to have to take your family away if you don't listen to me!' By the way, that's the worst Batman [impression] ever. I apologize.
That guy is so different from me. I'm always amazed by it, actually. When I look at that character on screen, I don't see me at all.
He’s going to go all the way. I never predicted that for any other student.
As a recent grad, you’ve probably had at least a couple of experience working in a “real world” office. But the question is, what changes when you’re a full-time employee and not just a summer or semester-long intern?
Lucky for you, we scoured the web for the advice you need to know as you take your first steps into the big, bad workforce.
- College won’t teach you about these seven things you need to know about entering the workforce. (Mashable)
- Understanding that grammar counts is just one of the many pieces of unconventional career advice you should learn before you start your first job. (Forbes)
- Sheryl Sandberg has some great words of wisdom for recent grads just starting to look at the job market. First things first? Banish self-doubt. (Entrepreneur)
- Are you really all that prepared for the workforce? Studies show you may not be. (Slate)
- Soft skills? Yeah, those are really, really important when you’re starting off your career. (Fox Business)
- Forget what you need to do when starting out; here’s what not to do. (The New York Times)
- A lot of times new grads forget that there is in fact a transition period between college and the real world. (Quintessential Careers)
- Once you get settled in, there are nine things you should do during the first week of your job. (Business Insider)
1. Be a geek about introducing yourself.
2. Befriend a veteran who can help you navigate politics (and find the pencils).
3. Set expectations with your boss and employees. "Get on your boss's calendar," says Augustine. Use that initial meeting to establish what they believe success will look like in the first week, month and three months. At the same time, if you're in a managerial position, it's important to begin setting expectations with your direct reports. From communication style to office hours, that first week sets the tone.
5. Start demonstrating and documenting what you sold the company on.
Especially since a lot of new information is coming your way, setting good habits and getting organized from the start will make your life easier down the line. It's also a good time to improve your bad habits. "
7. Reinforce your new connections on social media.
8. Reconnect with former colleagues.
9. Find your go-to pharmacy and take-out lunch spot.
Follow these seven tips to help you nail down that full-time position.
1. Reach out to people you admire.
Think of those people whom you look up to in your field. Now search for their contact info and send them an email. If you can't find their email addresses, tweet at them. Send them your work, ask them for advice and even tell them why you admire them — you'll be surprised by how many people will respond positively. Starting a dialogue could lead to a potential mentorship and could even be a great resource for your job search.
Equally important is returning emails to any and all potential employers. Just acknowledging someone's email can go a long way in establishing his or her impression of you. Especially for college grads applying for jobs, even if you get rejected or turned down, it's appropriate to reply and thank your contact for his or her consideration.
If you aren't the right fit for the current position, this tactic can encourage companies to keep you in mind for future openings.
2. Consider cleaning up your social footprint.
As you look for a job, you'll probably want to make your social accounts a little more professional across the board. While you obviously shouldn't erase your entire personality from your online presence, make your best judgment when considering which tweets to delete, which profile pictures to change and which privacy settings are best for you.
There are plenty of services that can help you through your cleanse with minimal grunt work, such as FireMe! for Twitter.
3. Network in person.
LinkedIn, as useful as it is, doesn't hold a monopoly over online job networking. Using a site like Meetup.com to RSVP to in-person networking and social events is a great way to meet potential employers. You can also find volunteer work through the site, which, aside from being a great addition to your resume, can help you meet new people.
Expect awkward interactions, long nights, and lots of business cards. They're all part of the game.
4. Utilize social media as much as you can.
Aside from the obvious Linkedin, you can use plenty of your social accounts for job hunting (which makes point two on this list all the more important). Your profiles are typically some of the top results when someone Googles your name, and using them to appear more hirable won't take up too much of your time.
Consider adding your resume to your Twitter bio in the form of a public, view-only Google doc, or following job-posting blogs in your field. Search around for your school's alumni groups on social media and, more importantly, reach out to them.
5. Build something yourself.
While this will be obvious to many people in creative fields, having an online website and portfolio is a must-have for all industries these days.
Whether it's a simple online resume, a YouTube channel or a mobile game, building something yourself is a huge plus in the experience category. It proves you're passionate about your field and that you haven't been sitting around, waiting for an opportunity to come to you.
At the very least, having a personal website is tangible evidence that you have computer skills and are a serious candidate. And unless you have an unfortunately common name or share one with a celebrity, a personal domain name will help you rise to the top of search engines.
6. Set up a professional email.
Now that you're out of college, you should create a more professional email address. Whether that's simply a Gmail account of your full name or a custom address through a personal website, dropping the ".edu" from your address can make you look like more of an adult to employers.
7. Take advantage of calendars.
Set yourself a calendar reminder every few months to reconnect with former bosses and professors. This will keep you top-of-mind if any opportunities arise, giving you a shot at nailing down a job through their connections.
You can also use your calendar to designate certain days to search for jobs without interruption. Online applications and general searching can take a long time and be exhausting. Having an empty plate while you do it can be extremely helpful.