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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!

Reevaluating Your Facebook

Fellow bloggers, just by the fact that you are reading this post, I know that you are not only internet savvy, but that you spend a significant portion of your time on the internet. Which also leads me to believe that a good amount of you have a Facebook account. Even if you do not have an account, I am almost positive you have a notion of what Facebook is. facebooklogo3Facebook is a wonderful social media tool for connecting with all kinds of people, however, it is important to realize just how easily it is to be found.

A word of advice to the applicant of any sort, whether it be Graduate School or in the business world, use discretion! This is a general tip to anyone who has something to lose, but particularly to those competing for a job or an acceptance letter. In under-grad, it may seem alright to post pictures of the party you went to over the weekend, or write a comical ‘inside joke’ on your friend’s wall, however, it is important to reevaluate your Facebook at this time. Facebook is no longer for just the college student, and many employers are using it as a tool to move the application process along.According to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 15 percent of law school admissions officers and 10 percent of undergraduate admissions officers have “personally visited personal networking sites to help [them] evaluate an applicant.” Don’t let your Facebook page be the reason you are not accepted to law school after all of your hard work in college.

 

Be sure to set your profile to private and check other privacy settings, but at the same time, make sure that even if your profile wasn’t private, that you are not ashamed of anything that appears on it. This is not limited to pictures. “Fifty-two percent of the admissions officers who responded that they had visited personal networking sites reported that their visit had a negative impact on the applicant’s chances.” So just remember, there is probably not anything on your Facebook that will help you achieve your goal, only something that can hurt your chances.

See the original article at http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2008/09/26/21548/

 

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