Graduation is drawing near and it’s almost time to get out there in the job market! Let me guess, you’re concerned because the unemployment lines are long and the economy is spiraling out of control, right? Don’t fret, you may actually be positioned to have a better chance in these tough times due to shrinking budgets and clients more willing to take risks in order to get their work done!
Although companies in the finance sector (Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch) took a major hit, there are still entry level positions to be had all over. And here’s how.
- Employers are looking to cut corners and are willing to take more chances more than ever with younger talent. So do some research and uncover your worth and price yourself aggressively.
- Prepare yourself for the face-to-face interview. Since your employment history is limited, identify personal qualities and examples to discuss in how you can make a difference. See previous blog post for pointers.
- Stand out… in a good way. Consider a well written personalized cover letter to go along with your resume. Consider the color, layout and design of both your cover letter and resume. Don’t go over the top, but there’s something to be said for a nice well written and nicely laid out resume. Please be sure to spell check.
- If you’re lucky enough to have been one of the few chosen for a face-to-face interview, go the extra mile and wear a suit. It’s always better to be over dressed then under.
- If you’ve played your cards right, you probably have some internship experience. Definitely use that to your advantage. Be sure to highlight any similarities you may have with the job description you’re applying for. Those who are already acclimated to the workplace are more likely to have a leg up on the competition.
- Clean up your online presence (MySpace/Facebook/bebo). Most employers will do their research these days and the last thing they want to see is embarrassing pictures from your big frat party the weekend before.
- Be sure to go beyond the College and University Career Centers. Definitely use it as one of your many vehicles, but don’t rely on just one vehicle. Try placement agencies to help find you a jr. position. Even if they can’t find you your dream job, they can hopefully find you something within your target industry. The more people you have working for you the better.
- Tap your parents network. Don’t be afraid to use your parents and their friends. Besides you’re probably a pro at it by now, so why not use that expertise for a good and rewarding reason for once.
- There are jobs out there for you, it just may not be in your backyard. So be ready to relocate and don’t be shy to search and apply for openings in other cities and keep you options open.
Overall, don’t let all of the bad news get you down. Remember, if you’re talented, hardworking and persistent, there’s a job out there for you. It’s just a little harder to find these days, but they’re out there!
Good luck and remember to stay positive!