Posted By Caroline Ceniza-Levine
The number of unemployed college graduates is at an all-time high. Having a degree does not guarantee a job. Factor in the increasing cost of college and the resulting student loan debt when you’re just starting out, and college may seem like a negative proposition. But take heart: even at the current unemployment rate of 6.7%, it means that more than 9 of 10 people have jobs. How do you get in that group of 9? Most importantly, how do you get, not just any job, but the job that you want?
Competition On-Campus / How To Stand Apart
Posted By Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio
If you haven’t yet landed either a full-time job or a summer internship, you’ll need three characteristics to be successful: 1) be knowledgeable about what is available, 2) be tenacious and 3) be proactive.
- Be knowledgeable: Meet with Career Services and bring them up to speed on what you’ve done thus far and ask for their guidance. Perhaps you have interviewed and not done well. Before you exhaust every potential interview, ask them to conduct a mock interview so you can improve. Those who practice improve. Those who don’t, don’t! Career Services often times will know of companies that come onto campus late during the season and perhaps you can be considered. They also know of companies that perhaps received a “reneg” from another student and then you can be considered for the opportunity. The bottom line is you don’t know what they know, so you have to ask.
- Be tenacious: know that you will get placed and that it is just a matter of time. Don’t walk around with a defeatist mentality. Be upbeat and have laser focus and don’t let anything sway you from your goal of landing employment. Speak to your professors. Many of them come from the working world and have excellent contacts. They will most likely love to make the connection for you, so don’t hesitate to discuss your plight with them. This works with Teaching Assistant’s as well.
- Be proactive: speak to everyone you can speak to about jobs. How many students are in your school? They are perfect people to network with. Let’s leave the competition factor out of this equation and start helping each other. Perhaps you have a contact in an industry that they are interested in. Make that connection for them and perhaps they have a great connection for you. What goes around comes around. Plus, this is the holiday season which is another way of saying it’s prime networking season. Get out there and meet people and talk to them about their careers and ask who they can introduce you to.
If you possess these three characteristics, it’s just a matter of time before you land something. Go for it! There is no better time than now.
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