How Grads Can Land a JobJune 30, 2012 No Comments
Most people look forward to graduation. Finally being out of school with the promise of a dream job waiting for you to grab and take off with. But the fact that the economy is incredibly slow and the 8.2% jobless rate doesn’t give many a confident boost to land that job. The economy has yet to absorb more than half of last year’s hopefuls, and now add the 2012 graduates threatens to push that jobless rate even higher. There are some things that you can do to help you grab a job is this economy though.
Find a mentor
Current students and recent graduates can pair up with workers that volunteer their time to help people right out of college find a job and maybe even work on a project to get experience. There is a non profit organization here in the St. Louis area called Ready and Willing that pairs creative hopefuls with people already in the field to work on pro bono projects where you work hands on with these volunteers, gaining experience and work to add to your resume.
Another way to gain a mentor is to take an internship. You can build relationships with your bosses and possibly have a chance at a permanent position within the company. This year along, a staggering 40% of new payroll hires come from internships. That’s a great opportunity.
Try going into a temp service agency and applying there. Although it may be a temp job when you start it, if you take the initiative and focus hard on the work you may land that job as a permanent position. Companies want hard working individuals working for them and if you show that they may take notice and not want you to leave.
Look in the future not just the present. That dream job that you so desperately are seeking may not be available now but it may in the future. Just thing about the huge wave of retirements that is sweeping through the public and private sectors means new blood in those positions. You just have to keep looking, stay positive and continue to stay on top of trends that apply to your career choice. Thanks for reading and please let us know if you have any suggestions to the recent and future grads about finding that dream job!
Written by: Wendy Doherty