Have Diploma. Will Work.

A reader writes:

Hi, Anita!

I am graduating from college this coming August and have started to take on the full-time job of seeking employment. I will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and would like to pursue a career in Human Resources. Can you point me in the right directions to landing my dream job?


Thanks for the question and congratulations on graduating! It is that time of year again when college graduates are getting their minds into full-blown job-hunting mode. With our country’s job market still a little shaky, recent college graduates will Have Diploma. Will Workneed to work harder than ever to gain employment in their field with the perks they desire. I hope most of you have taken the time out of your school schedule and obtained internships or even positions with companies that you wish to work with in the future. If you have not, have no fear.  Miss Anita has some tips and tricks just for you.

To start your search off on the right foot, you must begin developing and building a network through personal and professional contacts. You never know who may have the inside source to lead you to your first out-of-college job. The more you interact with your peers and other professionals, the wider you will make the road of opportunity.

The single most important pieces of paper that you can have during your job search are a strong and compelling résumé and cover letter. Many universities and higher education institutions offer résumé writing assistance and with some tips from yours truly, you will be on your way to employment in no time. I suggest that you check out two of my posts, How to Tailor Your Résumé and Covering the Cover Letter, for some more information on the subject. Be sure to include work and volunteer experience, hobbies, and educational background. Make the hiring managers take notice and have a reason to call you for an interview.Diploma

I know we all fantasize about the dream job that we wish to have right out of college. For some, this may become a reality, but for the most of us, it will take time to obtain the skill sets needed for the position and to move our way up. If you are offered a job that is not in the ideal field of your choice or may not be exactly what you are looking for, take the job. Every job opportunity is a gateway to any number of experiences that will benefit you in the future — not to mention a great résumé builder.

Before exhausting every job board, website, and career center on the web, I suggest filling out an application and scheduling an interview with a temporary agency like Select Staffing. Temporary positions will allow you to dabble in a variety of fields and give you great experience. You can test out what you like and don’t like about a job and learn about the working world. Very often, these temporary positions turn into full-time employment with the company you are working with. For more information, visit their website at www.selectstaffing.com .

Ramit Sethi,  author of the New York Times bestselling book I Will Teach You To Be Rich has a great video and article in Forbes about landing your dream job that I think is worth looking at. Read it by clicking here and view it below!

Are you currently searching for a job out of college? If you have some advice or great stories to share, I would love to hear them.

Have a question you would like to ask? Visit http://anitaclew.com/ask-anita/.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. ameliarojas
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 14:10:33

    Volunteering is an excellent suggestion! I’ve done a bit of volunteering myself and not waiting for graduation which is about a year way to start seeking. I’m also connecting with family & friends that are currently employeed and actually have a few great leads that have promised me a job upon graduation…so I’m excited!

    But yes your advice is excellent! Also one more thing that recent college grads can do now and I’ve blogged about this in the past is “Tutoring” for instace I hired an Accounting Tutor who has a Bachelor’s degree from DeVry as well and this is what he does while he waits for a “regular job” . So yes I agree volunteer whenever possible this may lead to a permanent job or Tutor which can bring in a little extra income while you wait for Interviews.

    We all need to “think outside the box” there are jobs available but as we know employers are being more selective, so it’s important to have a prestine resume and cover letter just as Anita mentions, don’t wait for the night before the Interview to prepare a resume, it will show!

    Another thing I want to mention is a little caution to job seekers, there are hundreds of “Job Scams” many on the Internet and some found on Craigslist as well. Now that’s not to say that all jobs on Craigslist are scams, but be very careful when responding to an ad on the Internet, do your own due diligence, meaning take a little time to research the company prior to submitting your resume or personal information online. The FBI warns against Job Scams…This is just a word of caution.



  3. pravinchn
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 09:04:30

    Reblogged this on pravinchn.



  4. ameliarojas
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 08:47:00

    Congratulations on your recent Academic Achievement! That is outstanding and a huge accomplishment, I’m currently working on an Accounting Degree and know how challenging completing a Degree program can be. It sounds like you have the right attitude and that will go a long way. The video that Anita posted is a great video a no nonsense video that is a must watch for all Job Seekers!

    I absolutely love the tips from the video especially when it comes to the “low confidence triggers” excellent excellent video! It also discusses how to answer the questions with confidence “high confidence” Amazing video and want to thank Anita for posting it, I will share it everywhere!

    Now back to the recent college graduate, I also agree that utilizing Select Staffing is a great start, for many reasons, first it will get you out on the Job Market right away and you will have an opportunity to Temp at various job assignments and see if they are a right fit for you. All in all Select is a great start and keep up the positive attitude and watch the video that Anita posted.

    Best of Luck!



  5. Jose L
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 08:33:31

    What about mature people with experience and certification with children?



  6. Katherine Lester
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 08:31:39

    If you are in the Chicago area check out HRDI they were holding a Career Fair I’m not sure of the dates



  7. Shirley
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 08:17:08

    I’d like to make a suggestion to all graduates/unemployed what helped me in the long run.
    I too just graduated from college with a diploma only, and the 6 months of job search wasn’t fun. But while I was in school I did volunteer for a company that I offered to help in their billing dept, (which was what I was going to school for) and later down the road after I graduated, I was hired there, but not for the billing dept but another dept that I really enjoy. So my suggestion to everyone, is if you have spare time, offer your volunteer services somewhere in your line of interest and even though you may or may not get a position in your field, they will see your work ethics and reliability and volunteering looks good on a resume anyway.



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