Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Congratulations New Graduates!!

Studying to complete your bachelor’s degree is done for most of you. What are you going to do next? Some of you have committed yourselves to more study to become a Doctor or Attorney or other position requiring an advanced degree. Some of you went to College Career Fairs last fall and last February and already lined up your first job. Some of you worked on an internship last summer and received an offer as a result of your demonstrated work ethic. And some of you just realized you need a job.

What do you need to do next?

First, decide what you want to do.

Second, begin to contact companies that need people to do what you want to do.

Third, set up interviews with those companies.

Wow! That sounds simple, doesn’t it? Fortunately sometimes it is that simple. Unfortunately, sometimes it is much harder. Looking for a job can be hard work if you haven’t done any prep work during your senior year. For instance, many of the entry level positions are snapped up by February around the time of the College Career Fairs. Some companies actually extend offers in the fall before you graduate.

Let’s say your ideal job has been snapped up already by someone a little more enterprising, now what?

Just get a job period. Every job has its good points and its bad points. Most times people have perceptions about jobs that aren’t true because they have never worked in that job. You hear about CEO’s who started their careers in the mail rooms (Would that be a systems administrator today? Wait and see!). It could be you.

Take a job in customer service, retail, somewhere. Learn that company’s business. Be enthusiastic. If you are done with your tasks for the day, go to your manager and ask what other responsibilities you can take on. Look around and see where else you can contribute. Decide what you enjoy doing and what you don’t enjoy. Then see if your current company has the next position for you. Always do the best job you can. I do check references and they are pretty thorough. You always want people to say good things about you and your work habits.

Good luck! If you do a great job, we may be chatting in the future!