Recently, I have heard from a number of young people looking for a job. They are all recent graduates. It sounds like a familiar story as my own children both recently graduated from college. They were also looking for jobs and found them!
So with this issue in mind, I thought I'd run a series of short posts with my recommendations, tips, and advice. The posts will be short and frequent. Finding a job is a situation that is difficult to overwhelming....even in the best of circumstances.
First clarification before I begin is that I think there are two issues.
1)Looking for a job.
2) The first year after college.
The topics do get mixed up. After four or more years of college students graduate with the anticipation of finding a job and simultaneously a direction for life, but with the tough economy the mythical "yellow brick road" clearly dictating a direction isn't clear.
Am I kidding? I think it is more like hiking through the wilderness and there are absolutely no trail markers at all.
It doesn't help that your education actually doesn't provide job skills. Looking at this realistically, no matter what your major, or interests, very few students graduate with marketable skills or much work experience. Art students, engineers, or cognitive science degree...? All you really have for sure is youth, inexperience and character.
Are you a hard worker? Time to prove it. Finding a job is hard work perhaps the hardest job you will ever have. The first year after college is difficult. Developing a direction for life is a process, but it helps to get started.
Here is a list which I will expand on in future posts.
- Social media
- Web presence
- Finding a job the high tech
- Finding a job low tech (my favorite since I have ample evidence it works.)
- Networking old and new
- Building skill sets that employers want.
- Much and more...
What are you questions?
Share the topics you are looking for in the comments or write to me directly.