Job Hunting Strategies

A reader writes…

Happy New Year, Anita!
I am graduating from college this spring. What are some good job hunting strategies? 

Dear “Go-Getter-Grad,”

Ahhh… look at you, all grown up!  It’s time to trade the backpack for a briefcase and the late-night parties for mid-day lunch meetings. 

Pounding the pavement as a new grad can be exciting, yet very frustrating.  Though competition is tough, jobs are out there… believe it or not! You just need to put on your thinking cap and follow these words of wisdom:

  • Stay active
    Continue to search for open positions that make sense for you and approach people or places of interest. Sitting around and waiting for job offers to come to you is just plain dumb.  This is the real world, kid…. employment will not be handed to you on a silver platter! 
  • Be confident
    Without actual work experience, I know this can be tough – especially during an interview.  Don’t fake your skills or abilities.  Emphasize what you’re passionate about (professionally speaking), your motivations, time management skills, etc.  Keeping up with the syllabus in college took persistence and initiative.  These are traits employers look for.  Remember, your first job out the gate may not be your “dream” role.  Try a few temporary positions to gain some exposure to the working world (… It’s time well spent (as opposed to watching YouTube all day!)   
  • Network
    Network as much as possible… all over the place! Social Media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Facebook are good places to be as you can speak to directors and professionals in the relevant areas of your career. Some staffing firms, like my buddies at Select Staffing even post open jobs on their company profile pages.  Who knows, it could be your gateway to a new career!
  • Watch your attitude
    Stay positive, professional, and realistic.  I crack up at these grads expecting to land 100K salaries in entry-level positions.  Keep it real folks!  You need to show enthusiasm for a position while staying polished and focused.
  • Practice makes perfect
    Do a little research on frequently asked interview questions (I’ve addressed several on my blog for your reference) and rehearse your answers.  Practice with your friends!
  •  Brush up on your own knowledge
    Stay up-to-date on news. And research companies, industries, the job market (in general). You never know what type of interview questions may be thrown at you! Be prepared to talk about recent books or business / trade magazines you’ve read. Even refresh your memory on college curriculum you completed. 

You have a wealth of knowledge, a lot to contribute, and a whole life ahead!  Good luck with your career search, grad!

Have a wonderful New Year!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jobs opportunities
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 15:07:13

    I quite like looking through a post that will make people think.
    Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!


  2. Shannon
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 19:13:50

    Thank you! This gave me the kick that I need to get back out there! I have applied to over 500 jobs in the last year to no avail. After reading this however, I think I will have a lot more luck pounding the pavement. I am working for a temp. agency but can’t wait to land my first full-time job out of college!


  3. Nicole
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 08:18:41

    Good advice even for somebody who’s had work experience looking to change their career.


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