Advice for Future Graduates in the Job Market
The job market today is a tough one, and it will only keep getting tougher over time. Even though the economy is picking up and there are lots of jobs in the marketplace, it isn’t as easy as you would think to find the “dream job” that you may want straight out of college. However, getting your dream job may not be the best thing.
I was recently looking for a job in the jungle of businesses that is Chicago. I am about to start a job as a recruiter. All of this is relevant and timely information, and all the things I had to do and remember as I was in your position. The advice below should help, whether you are looking for a job in a small town, a big city like Chicago, or another country.
Be Flexible In What You Want To Do- We would all love to walk into a job as the CEO, head of accounting, principal of a school, or police chief. Fact is, there is a 99.99% chance that is not going to happen straight out of college. You are going to have to earn you rank and work your way up the ladder. So even if you think that a job is too simple or maybe “below your level”, you should still give it high consideration. You have to remember that you haven’t proven anything to this company and until you do, they aren’t going to give you a chance at a better role. So, take the job, prove yourself to the company, and you’ll get noticed and move up quickly. After all, any job is better than no job at all, right?
Don’t Get Frustrated- This is easy to say, now that I have a job. You may think that it is upsetting applying to 10 to 20 places a day and not hearing back immediately. Sadly though, a lot of times, this is how the working world works. They post jobs and want to wait to get a good candidate pool. You may hear back within a few days, and you may not. It is important to remember to not get frustrated and never give up. You may also interview someplace, write your thank you note, and think you did a great job. Then you will wait, and wait, and despite good practices, they won’t contact you to tell you that you didn’t get the job. This can be frustrating as well, but keep going, and you will succeed.
Use Social Media, Especially LinkedIn- LinkedIn is a great tool for social networking/job hunting. You should sign up and don’t be afraid to network through all of the connections you have. Most first jobs out of college are via someone you, your parents, or a friend knows. LinkedIn is a great and professional way to keep all of these contacts together, in a simple and organized format, and doesn’t have the negative stigma that something like Facebook does.
Always Write A Follow-Up/Thank You Email- This is one of the biggest tips that is as old as time. You always want to write a thank you email to the person that interviews you, usually within 24-hours of the interview. This doesn’t have to be a long email. Just saying thank you and mentioning one of two key points that you brought up in the interview, so that the person really remembers what a great candidate you are.
No matter what you do, you always have to learn and grow. It is important to again remember, you may not get your dream job straight out of college, but that’s okay. As long as you work and keep going, it will happen, and success will be that much sweeter.
If you have any questions, need advice or want to connect, you are more than welcome to add me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/ian-clark-15383556