Category Archives: Economy

Helpful Encouragement for the Class of 2009

Unemployment may be at a 25-year high but there is still hope for the soon graduating college students! NY Times recently wrote an article titled “All is Not Lost for the Class of 2009” giving the class positive encouragement on finding a job in today’s economy:

The first thing that is so important for college job seekers is to adjust your expectations on your first job. This includes the pay, the location, and the job description. If your a public relations major, you don’t have to work for a public relations firm. Look for jobs in company communication departments or non-profits and apply for jobs that need any kind of communication background.

Use the big job board sites to search for job listings and try ones that are focused on recent graduates like Collegerecruiter.com. Also check the corporate and big business website to check their own personal job listings.

Another great suggestion the article makes is to look for unpaid work that you can do to gain experience and connections. Contact organizations and non-profits and ask if you can work an unpaid entry-level position. Hopefully you can impress them enough that they will want to hire you for the long run, or at least you will learn alot in your field and make vital industry connections.

You can use social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to find job leads, as long as you use them correctly. Do not use your Facebook as a networking tool if you have pictures of you out drinking with your friends and other inappropriate information on your profile. Use Twitter to follow people in your industry and companies you might be interested in. Sometimes they might post some job openings or useful information for you. Also use LinkedIn to introduce yourself to an employee in your industry. Message them and see if they would be interested to meet you for a quick information session. Do not ask or show interest in looking for a job in the company, make sure it is stricktly for information.

Lastly, being forced to work for a restaurant or retail store in order to pay your bills while you are job searching is totally OK. These jobs on your resume might even help you land your desired career because they show you have experience and certain skills that might be desirable to your employer. So don’t be afraid to work at Starbucks while your trying to find that yearly salary job you need and want!

So don’t give up Class of 2009! We can do it!

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Being Wait-Listed is Bittersweet

As a soon-t0-be college graduate who has been applying to grad school since January, the wait is finally coming to an end.  Letters of the school’s decision are coming in.  Personally, I applied to two schools.  I was wait-listed at one and accepted into another.  Of course, I received the wait-listed letter a week before my acceptance into my other choice.  

So for a week I was wrought with worry and doubt.  What if I was wait-listed at my other choice?  What if I wasn’t accepted at all to my other choice?  My summer would be filled with anticipation while I wait to hear about my wait-list status.  

For those of you in that situation, I found an enlightening article about that bittersweetness of being wait-listed.  Hopefully, it will provide some insightful info about being wait-listed in today’s world.  

Check out the complete article by clicking here.  

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Internships: “A Foot in the Door”

Since the beginning of this school year, I pretty much knew that I wanted to go to grad school right out of undergrad.  I knew finding a job would be very difficult and I figured I was in “school” mode anyway.  Luckily, I applied to American University for their masters’ program and was accepted.  As a result, I am pumped about graduation while most of my friends are dreading it and the job hunt to follow.

Since the launch of our blog, I have mostly posted about grad school. But after attending my admitted student orientation at AU this weekend, I’d like to offer some advice to those of you who will be looking for jobs after graduation…

300_23597During the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. orientation at AU, one item seemed to be emphasized above any other.  Internships.  Internships are the perfect way to get your foot in the door.  Now I know in this time of economic trouble, earning money is very critical.  But if you have enough financial resources to take an internship (paid or unpaid), it is probably the way to go.  Jobs are scarce and more and more people are competing for them.  Why not take an internship where you would love to work, show them how awesome you are, and maybe turn that internship into a job?  Even if you aren’t offered a job, the internship is a fabulous networking and recommendation resource.  

So for all you soon-to-be job seekers out there, I would highly suggest the internship route.  It is a great way to gain useful experience, expand your social network, and possibly lead to that job.

More People Searching For Fewer Jobs

CNN posted an article titled “To find a job, ignore doom-and-gloom news, cnnexperts say” on March 6th advising job seekers to block out all the negative news about the economy. The article continues to state that it is not relevant to your personal job search. Simply put,  there are just more people searching for fewer jobs. The article concluded with the advice “Go look for a job, any job–now.”

It’s difficult to put aside your apprehensions about the economy, especially when job seeking. I have applied to many positions with little responses and it’s frustrating. The aspect of an uncertain future is unnerving. Should I broaden my job search and “look for any job” as the above-mentioned article suggests? This After Grad author is in need of your advice?