You've done the hard work, and finally earned your diploma. Next comes a job, right? Well, it's not as easy as it seems, especially in this market. But graduates <http://www.findemployment.com> who are out looking for jobs can find one, even if it takes awhile. Follow these tips to optimize your job search:
- Don't over-apply. If you don't meet the qualifications, don't waste your time. Instead focus your energy on positions for which you are qualified and can excel.
- Be flexible. You may not start off in the job you originally hoped for, but there may be related jobs that give you experience (and a paycheck).
- Research companies you are applying to so you can be educated and knowledgeable during an interview.
- Create an online presence. Create a profile on Linkedin and other websites where you can find potential employers and they can find you.
- Act professional at all times. You never know when you will make a contact that can lead to a job. One person I know went to the doctor for a flu shot and came out with a marketing position.
- Practice communicating. Put down your phone and have actual conversations with people. Rehearse what you would say if you have 30 unexpected seconds with a CEO on the sidewalk.
- Be confident. Don't complain about the job search and how hard it is. Be positive and expect to get the job. Human resource departments don't want to hire someone with a negative, defeated attitude.
- Clean-up your facebook page. Yes, employers do look here regularly. Take off the profile picture of you during spring break and replace with some more professional options.
- Practice interviewing. Generate a list of possible questions and practice answering them. Your bedroom mirror won't laugh at you, and the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
- Be open to the idea of volunteering or interning to get more experience. Unfortunately a college degree doesn't guarantee a job anymore, so this is one way to beat out some competition with additional experience.
Job-hunting can be a rollercoaster of emotions so hang on tight! You never know what's around the next bend. Stay positive, and before you know it you'll be among the employed. For more tips, ideas, and job listings, contact us <http://careeraddict.com/contact> .