Each year new college graduates either begin their new jobs or come to the realization they really need to find a job. Let’s take a look at each of these situations and discuss a few areas that new college graduates may wish to consider as they face these new changes to their daily life.
Consider yourself to be one of the fortunate few if you have just graduated college and have been able to secure a position in the company or the field you were striving to work in. Take a look at the following facts as reported by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity:
- 48 percent of college graduates who are employed are occupying jobs that the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests require less than a four year college education.
- 37 percent are in jobs that require no more than a high school diploma.
- Approximately five million are in various jobs which do not require a high school diploma!
The fortunate few who have the job, who have the position they wanted in a company they really wanted to work for – recognize these facts. Be appreciative of this opportunity. Understand you will not become the Vice President of the company after the first two months. Dress appropriately each day. Speak with people and look them in the eye. Become a good listener. Learn the business the way it really works.
The group of recent college graduates who are now seeking to find a job – any job – here are a few tips for you to consider. First is to focus on the type of work you would be interested in obtaining a position. Second is to create a list of the companies and where they are located where this type of position at an entry level might be part of the organization chart. What we are doing with step one and step two is to narrow your focus and clearly defining what you are seeking. This will be a tremendous help to your job search in this next step. Third is to empower your network. Are you feeling a bit lost? You will be empowering your network to help you. Most people really do want you to be successful and they do want to help you.
Let’s take an example – IF your Uncle Phil sees you at your graduation party and you mention to Uncle Phil you are looking for any job and if he can help you out it would be greatly appreciated. Now Uncle Phil really does want to help you out. Is he able to help you based upon what he heard? Now what if instead he heard from you, now that graduation is passed my main focus is to get a job at x, y, or z company as an accountant. Now Uncle Phil is able to see who he might know in his network who either works for one of these companies or knows someone who does. You have empowered him to help you.
Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.