Q. I've been in school for the last four years. I've now graduated and, even with a college degree, I can't seem to get a job interview in my career field. I'm working two jobs to pay back my loans. Help!
A. The economy and the job market is tough no doubt. You don't say when you graduated but a rule of thumb is it takes month for each $10,000 you want in salary ($30,000 = 3 months.) You are a new college grad so add a few months to that time line. You may need to accept a job search is going to take six months to a year. Please don't let that discourage you -- you are only looking for ONE job and I promise you it's out there.
Here are 5 things you can do to find a job (or improve the one you have.)
1. Seek -- through networking and informal conversations, coffee or lunch people who can help you -- and ye shall find. ASK everyone you know to make a connection for you and do not be embarrassed to ask more than once.
2. Find someone who has the job you want — ask if they will share their career path with you. During the time you spend with each person ask them to give you 3 more names. You are playing the odds so put as many chips on the table as you can.
3. Focus on your strengths, everyone has them, what do you do well? Take those strengths to where you want to work and beg, borrow, steel or volunteer to work there. Then you can demonstrate how you bloom where you are planted.
4. Attend job fairs, sign up for a training and consider polishing your resume whether moving up or out — it’s good to remind yourself of your expertise and grow your capabilities;
5. Get on line: register on job sites, find companies in your field, and use your social networking to connect you to your next employer, boss or entrepreneurial opportunity.
...and when you get that next job pass it forward for someone else. Someday you will be the person helping a college grad find a job. BELIEVE!
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