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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!

Stuck in a Rut? Get a Coach!

If you believe you have done everything you possibly can to find a job and you are just not having any luck, then perhaps it is time for you to hire a career coach! Yes, the current state of the economy is not ideal for spending money on the non-essential but this may be the solution for you! d_coach

 

These coaches provide sessions where they will help you to strategize and plan, and are usually around at any time to provide advice or answer questions until you feel comfortable on your own. The International Coaching Federation is one of the free resources available online to help you find the perfect coach if you do not already have a referral from another source.

Remember, when weighing the cost of how much money you will spend paying for this information and the amount of time you will lose by doing the search on your own, you should know that the average hour-long session is around $200. Also, keep in mind that a coach will help you along the way, but they are not recruiters. The coach will most likely only refer you when he or she is confident in your abilities.

I know I made the decision to hire a coach to help me find the right college in high school and though it was pricey as well, it was very helpful. However, it is not right for everyone. So if you have the money, and you have already done everything we have told you to do on our blog and you are still having trouble, take some time to research this option.

 

Anything But Ordinary

 

It is clear that we are all nervous about losing our jobs in this economy, especially those of us who just recently entered the career world. We are all scared of making the slightest wrong move, knowing how easily replaceable we are with all the job seekers out there today. However, it is important to remember who we are during all of these tough times. Figure out your strengths and advantages in your career position, and milk them. By no means should you “play it safe” and compromise your creativity because you do not want to be shot down by the big guys.

When you lack creativity, you are only standard, therefore most likely decreasing your chance of sustainability rather than increasing it. No one wants average, so find your competitive edge and use it to your advantage. Don’t be afraid to ask for the opportunity to use these special creative skills you posses. This should put you in the perfect position to get your feet wet and test out your ideas, showing your business partners and bosses that you are one to keep around if they are making cuts. untitled-1

Don’t let the recession and the competitive workforce frighten you into being an ‘average Joe’ in your career! In this rapidly changing modern world, followers are the last thing we need, so be a leader and be innovative in all that you do!

Advice: Straight From the Top!

I had the pleasure of spending the day in D.C. last Friday at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm. This means a lot more to me because of my particular field of study, however, the lessons I learned pertain to anyone looking to find a career.

It was a “Career day” hosted by the brightest minds in the firm, who had some great advice for us. They admitted how important our generation really is when it comes to news dissemination. No one understands social media like Gen-Y does, and our elders know this. They want young people working around them to help them understand how to reach people through various outlets. With all of the different pockets of information, young people’s perspectives and fresh ideas are really welcomed and extremely valuable to these major corporations.  However, we are also cautioned to be open-minded to alternatives that are given to us by the superiors in our companies.

Some other great advice was to believe in meritocracy. If you work hard, you will rise to the top. This must be taken very seriously. The smallest task should be precisely done with as much thought put into it as any other job. “Be the best photo-copier you can be!”

Lastly, it is important to know what you know, know what you don’t know, and discover the rest. Do not guess when you are out in the real world. Ask questions and allow yourself to gain knowledge, it will only make you better at what you do.

I was also able to speak with some recent graduates working at the company. It was assuring seeing young faces having so much success. Their advice for finding a career was to network. For example, have coffee with different people in your career field, such as your parent’s friends, even if they are not hiring, they may know someone else who is. Hold on to these contacts and use them as unbiased advice givers.