I've read many articles written for the 'younger' generation of job seekers. Those who have been out of work since graduating college, or who are supplementing income by taking on extra jobs because the sole job is temporary. Without a doubt, the past few years have been some of the toughest, economically-speaking, since the Great Depression. Many people are seeking a job, and sometimes you end up competing with myriad people with more experience. It can grow frustrating, but all is not lost.
I found a great article from Lindsey Pollack, who wrote "Getting from College to Career.’ Though many people talk a great deal about this transition, it is great to get perspective from a true expert. Pollack offers five strategies to dealing with this adjustment in 2012.
First, Pollack says you must stand out from the crowd. She mentions contacting your network more frequently and on a more personal basis. One great way of achieving this is by discovering common interests between you and the president of your alumni association, for instance. Then, when you follow up, you can mention this commanility. This goes a long way in becoming memorable and building a lasting connection. Along with standing out from the crowd, I think it's important to learn a few facts about each person you meet - right after you commit their full name and title to memory. If you have a poor memory, write everything down after meeting someone.
I also agree with the remainder of Pollack's advice and, though I haven't read it, I assume her book is worthwhile. I stronlgy recommend looking for work aside from a full-time dream job. This shows that you are determined and hard working and interested in exploring what the world has to offer. I have found that employers find this to be an attractive quality. For example, though I am a teacher in addition to being a writer, I always mention both of my professions. It shows people that you are multi-dimensional and may open up more opportunities.
Do you have any tips to achieving your goals through these strategies, or others? Please let me know in the comments section.
Amy M worked in corporate public relations for three years before returning to graduate school to become an English and Social Studies teacher. She is also a freelance writer for CollegeJobBank. In her free time, Amy likes to practice yoga. She is a self-proclaimed 'American history nerd.' Read more of her blogs at collegejobbankblog.com. Find jobs and other information at Nexxt.
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