secrets to win that first professional job|
Dana Dratch Bankrate.com||
Sometimes getting that first real
job seems almost impossible. It's not. And like anything else, there are a few
tricks that can make it a lot easier.
1. Define your goal.
Yes, a job. Now, beyond that, if you could do anything, what would you do?
person who says, 'I'm willing to take anything,' has a much more difficult time,"
says Tory Johnson, co-author of "Women for Hire." "They think it makes them look
flexible. The reality is it makes them look desperate or unfocused, neither of
which is good."
2. Don't be afraid
of having several goals. Life is like college. You might not know exactly
what you want yet. Welcome to the club. So elect to have several related goals,
with resumes tweaked to match, says Johnson.
Visit the college services office. When the dean hands you a diploma, the
school's job is not quite finished. Your alma mater wants you to find a job, and
chances are it's got some great resources to help.
who's hiring," says Johnson. "They know companies that are specifically interested
in their graduates.
"They also have great services in terms
of interview strategies, resume writing and job coaching," she says. Ask for your
school to tell you about the services that are offered says Johnson.
ask: Can you put me in touch with alumni working in my area(s) of interest? Do
you offer seminars in business development or etiquette? Do you provide job leads?
Do you have a database that's accessible to me? Can I get to it from the Internet
or only from this office?
Don't worry if you've been out of
school for a while, either. The college services door "is open for life," says
Martin Yate, author of "Knock
'Em Dead 2005: The Ultimate Job Seeker's Guide."
that you won't be able to get as much help as those classmates who took internships?
That shouldn't bother student services or you, says Johnson.
totally unacceptable to assume that because you didn't have a related internship
that you are not qualified to get a good job," she says.
Plug in to your existing network. Contact family and friends. Chances are
someone will know someone, who knows someone, who does something in your field.
times, grads think of immediate family, "but they don't think to go to their best
friends' parents, or the aunts and uncles they only see at Thanksgiving," says
Johnson. And remember: "Somebody doesn't have to live near you to be of help to
5. Keep a log. If you
contact 10 people, some might have a lead right away. Most will have to get back
to you. Keep track of who you talked with and follow up.
Research your new career. The more you know about the job you want, the
more likely you will get it.