Solid Job Search Strategies Produce Results.Get Out, Get Noticed, and Get a Job!
The fact that millions of people are getting college degrees these days, coupled with such a tight labor market labor market A place where labor is exchanged for wages; an LM is defined by geography, education and technical expertise, occupation, licensure or certification requirements, and job experience due to low unemployment rates, makes getting a full-time job upon graduation quite a challenge. A college degree just isn't enough to compete; it takes knowledge and work experience to stand out in the crowd. Have you decided what you'll do to get noticed by employers? For starters, get a job!
That's right, the old adage is true: you need work experience to get a job and you need a job to get work experience. Eighty-two percent of the employers surveyed in Michigan State University's 1999-2000 Recruiting Trends ranked career-related work experience (such as internships, co-ops, and summer employment) at the top of their wish list for college graduates. Furthermore, in the 2000 Graduating Student & Alumni Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling.
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Many college students look for part-time work to pay tuition, meet living expenses and have spending money. Then, when it comes time to sell themselves to employers for post-graduation work, they have an extensive work history, but no specific career-related skills. To avoid this predicament be selective about the part-time jobs you choose. Granted, a paycheck satisfies your immediate needs, but in the long run, meaningful work experience will go a lot further. Here are some strategies to locate jobs that will help you enhance your resume, get valuable contacts and gain opportunities for permanent fulltime work.
Sign Up for Internships
Internships, paid or unpaid, give you credit where credit is due. In addition to getting academic credit for work, interns get credit for "real life" work experience when being evaluated for future job openings. Rich Chang made an easy and immediate transition into the world of work thanks to doing an internship prior to his May 2000 graduation from the University of Florida University of Florida is the third-largest university in the United States, with 50,912 students (as of Fall 2006) and has the eighth-largest budget (nearly $1.9 billion per year). UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. , Levin College of Law The Fredric G. Levin College of Law is the law school of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. History
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Register With a Temporary Employment Agency
Temporary placement agencies are becoming an increasingly popular way for college students to gain meaningful work experience that is likely to result in job offers. "Tests show that 41% of all temporary employees are college students and 25-40% of temporary workers get permanent jobs," says Earl Tate, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Staffing Solutions, Inc. To avoid the appearance of an erratic work history on your resume, Tate recommends listing yourself as a full-time temporary employee with a variety of jobs, highlighting the most relevant ones and giving examples that demonstrate your skills. To make the most of your experiences, the Boston-based executive recommends you work in four to six different companies to see what environment best fits you. For example, an accounting student might work in an accounting firm, banking, a corporate environment and the non-profit arena. Even though you don't have to conduct a job search when using a temp agency, you still need a plan.
"Focus on your career goals and make sure your assignments are in line with them. The more you plan, the better off you'll be when working with recruiters. Their job is to help you manage your job search, not control your career," advises Tate. To further increase your network and employment prospects, get out and meet your market.
Network in the Right Circles
The campus Career Center should be your first stop and the core of your career planning process. It has almost everything you need: career advisors who give you one-on-one attention, workshops to build your job search skills (like self-assessment, resume writing, and interviewing), a library of print resources, and equipment, such as computers and copy machines. Also, it's a great place to get connected with potential employers and other student job seekers with whom you can share information.
Patricia Nielsen, director of Career Services at Quinnipiac University Quinnipiac University is a private four-year university in Hamden, Connecticut, located on about 500 acres (2 km²), just north of New Haven. The campus is situated at the foot of Sleeping Giant State Park. in Connecticut, advises students to utilize all the resources available to them, so why not visit your school's Alumni Career Services Office, too? Although most activities are likely to be geared toward helping alumni, some programming or materials may be open to current students. "The Alumni Career Services Office gives students access to alumni volunteers who have agreed to help new grads. Young alumni who graduated a year or two before are a very important source for new grads. Though probably not in the position to hire, they will have developed contacts, and, more important, will remember what it is like to be starting out," says Robert S. Gardella, assistant director, Alumni Career Services, Harvard Business School Harvard Business School, officially named the Harvard Business School: George F. Baker Foundation, and also known as HBS, is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. and author of The Harvard Business School's Guide to Finding Your Next Job (HBS HBS Harvard Business School
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But again, you must have a plan for action. "It's more than signing up for an information session. You should have conversations [with recruiters], attend dinner functions and go to interview preparation sessions sponsored by employers," advises Tiffany Rockette, a June 1999 graduate of the University of Chicago. The systems analyst who began her job at Deloitte Consulting in August 1999 further suggests, "Don't spend all of your time trying to speak with upper management -- entry-level participants (particularly alumni) have a say in who goes into the resume pile, too.
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Joining professional associations has its privileges, too. However, they can be costly, so join only one or two of them and ask for student rates. Moreover, take advantage of what you pay for. Read the publications, journals and newsletters, use member directories to find contacts, particularly when relocating, and volunteer as a student representative. Be on the look out for job openings, internship opportunities, mentors, and chances to publish research papers or further develop and present class projects.
Paula Brien, Career Planning and Placement Advisor at Columbia College Columbia College: see Columbia University. in Chicago, suggests going one step further. "A trip to a national professional conference can be a huge boon to an [African-American] student's job search." When attending one, make the most of it by attending career coaching sessions, job fairs, networking parties, special programming and orientations for new professionals, and workshop sessions that give you a good sense of important issues and emerging trends in the profession.
"Some of these conferences can be very expensive," Nielsen warns. "Pick and choose them carefully, or offer to trade your volunteer services at the conference for access to some of the programs." Finally, remember to list professional affiliations on your resume. "People of color Noun 1. people of color - a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
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Minority networking and employment Web sites are a necessary addition to every job hunter's repertoire. These sites allow candidates to post resumes online, contain career centers that feature articles with career advice, have searchable job listings and provide links to other sites with employment information. Some of them include THE BLACK COLLE COLLE Conference of Law Library Educators GIAN GIAN Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network (India) Online at www.black-collegian.com and IMDiversity.com. Recruiters even use resume data banks on minority Web sites as a technique to diversify their work places.
Nielsen believes these sites have a lot to offer if used correctly. "Job search sites are good but are not only one way to use the Internet for a job search. That would be like searching for a job in the newspaper and reading only the classifieds. You miss a lot! Job seekers can use the Internet to research specific employers, many of whom post jobs on their Web sites, and research professional associations, conferences, chambers of commerce and other business organizations that have helpful information for job seekers. Look beyond the obvious," she adds.
"Although the Web is playing a more important role in job search. I caution new grads or any job seeker against spending too much time online. It pays to get on the phone and in front of people," advises Gardella.
Profit from Your Work
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The main thing to remember is that no matter which methods you use to find jobs, you must market yourself effectively by communicating your strengths, accomplishments and work experience. "When I screen resumes of college graduates, I understand they will not have a lot of job experience. I look for other ways the student has learned the soft skills' (communication, time management, budgeting, problem solving problem solving
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"Go after what you want," urges Nielsen. "Know that, in spite of the great job market we have right now, the job still is not going to come up to you and tap you on the shoulder and say 'Here I am!"' So, get out, get noticed, and get a job!
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