Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'm graduating in May...how the !@#% do I find a job??

Don't fret. Here are some recommendations:

1) Develop SPECIALIZATION in your chosen field. That could mean seeking additional degrees, continuing education coursework, and/or certifications. Then, build that specialization into your Self-Brand to make yourself more marketable to potential employers.

2) Create a PROJECT out of thin air and solve a problem for someone (pro bono). Do your research about a potential employer by reading all you can about them (company Web site, Hoovers, Vault, Glassdoor, etc.). Identify a problem and think outside-of-the-box, as to how they might solve that problem. For example, if a company is losing market share to a major competitor, develop a 'Regain Market Share' plan with innovative ideas. This will get you a) professional experience on your Resume and b) possibly, a new job.

3) It's OK to move-in with Mom and Dad again. In fact, I'd venture to say, that's becoming more of the norm these days, as inflation firms its grip on our economy and salaries don't adjust enough to cover cost of living. While living at home, chase your dream. Always wanted to open a doughnut franchise? Work at Dunkin' Doughnuts and LEARN THE BUSINESS. Work on your business plan every day when you get home from work. Once you've read some books on Entreprenuership, you're comfortable with the business plan and you've saved some money, START YOUR BUSINESS.

4) On the other end of the spectrum...VOLUNTEER. Join the Peace Corps or Habitat For Humanity (or similar). You'll gain valuable 'real world' experience that everyone will respect, while giving the economy a chance to recover. Who knows, maybe you'll even get a job through your new volunteer network?

5) Network, network, network, network, and network. Join groups, create groups, talk to everyone everywhere - don't miss an opportunity. STAY CLOSELY CONNECTED TO YOUR UNIVERSITY'S ALUMNI PROGRAM!!

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