It is the season for graduations. My stack of graduation invitations is growing daily. As family and friends are gathering to celebrate, there is an unspoken reality behind the cap and grown. According to some sources, 69% of college students graduating today have school debt to carry and more than half will be underemployed or end up in jobs that don’t require college degrees.As graduation season is upon us, here are 5 things to do that will guarantee you don't get the job you want: Click To Tweet
Here are 5 things to do that will guarantee you don’t get the job you want:
- Send out resumes or make online inquires and simply wait.
- Expect your family and friends to get the job for you.
- Only look for positions you want and turn down everything else.
- See post graduation time as a prolonged celebration that you deserve.
- Don’t take your public social media sites seriously.
This isn’t a time to be slow, passive, or unengaged. Approach the job search like it is a job. Start early, work late, and work hard.Approach the job search like it is a job. Start early, work late, and work hard. Click To Tweet
5 things to do:
- Have a stellar resume online as well as printed copies. Get professional help marketing yourself if needed. You only have a few seconds to get an employer’s attention so tell your story well. When you express interest in a job, make personal contact with the employer and connect with a person either in HR or in the company. Be courteous but be consistent in your expression of interest. Follow up regularly.
- Study potential employers online. Do your research. Broaden your search to include employers that can grow you for the future. When you inquire about a position, express your interest in the company first and then what contribution you could make to the company’s mission and vision. Put the company first.
- Be proactive with networks beyond even family and friends. Key leaders in your church or community can be valuable connectors for you. Work your network consistently. Make contact with someone in your network every day until you land a job.
- If you have your sights set on one or two top employers, swallow your pride and ask if you can intern with them. Getting in the door and then proving yourself can be a key driver for your employment success. Almost half of college graduate jobs are found because of internships.
- While the courts are still debating and settling the social media privacy guidelines, for now, most employers are able to do online research on you. Make sure your social media profiles match the story you are trying to market to employers.
You have a lifetime of work in front of you so don’t give up on the right job and the right organization for you to make a contribution and the right culture for you to grow and develop.
But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load. Galatians 6:4-5
What advise would you give a graduate looking for a job?What advise would you give a college graduate looking for their first job? Click To Tweet