First Job out of College
Congratulations on your college career! It took four or more years of focus and persistence to succeed, and you are either there or are within reach of graduation. These are exciting times for you.
As a Professional Speaker nationwide on recruitment and job search topics, an Award Winning Author, and as a Contract Recruiter Consultant, this section of the RecruiterGuy.com site is designed to help you find your first job. There will be links to the different job boards and to clients who let me know that they have openings for new grads. Bookmark this site for updates because recruitment is such a dynamic world.
In November 2010, Bill's book "RecruiterGuy's Guide to Finding a Job" was released. This book is a step by step guide for finding a job. Included in "RecruiterGuy's Guide to Finding a Job" is a chapter that focuses on college students and what you can do to improve your chances to find a meaningful job. Bill received recognition by The Authors Show in October 2011 as one of "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in 2011"! You may purchase "RecruiterGuy's Guide To Finding A Job" at Amazon (where it currently has 9 five star reviews) and www.RecruiterGuyGuide.com.
Quoted in a column by Alina Tugend in the New York Times on salary negotiation.
As a contract recruiter consultant, RecruiterGuy has helped many students conduct their search and additionally I have helped companies develop their college recruitment strategies. When you conduct your search, if the exact position that you want is not available, widen your focus. Sometimes, you may find your ideal job in a small company where you have to wear many hats. Today, there are so many choices. Unless you have experienced some of them as an intern, or as an employee, how do you know whether you are truly interested without trying them on - especially if you are a liberal arts grad? At this point in your career, don't get hung up on titles or money. Go into a new company with the decision to make a positive measurable impact. You will be rewarded if you work hard, have a proper attitude, and continue to learn new things.
As a contract recruiter consultant occasionally I am asked to go on the college recruitment trail. Here are a couple of pitfalls to avoid.
Today many students prefer to communicate through texting. Texting is a good way to communicate. However it does have a really bad downside. If you are texting only with a recruiter or manager you will not be building a personal relationship with them. Those personal relationships are called networking. Effective networkers use All types of communication in order to be successful. Ensure you are communicating with the recruiter or hiring manager in person or over the phone at the appropriate times. Otherwise a classmate may be judged to be a better "fit".
Unless you are only interested in retail, do not graduate with expectations of being a manager. In most companies, you will need actual work experience before you will be expected to manage other people who have experience. Makes sense, doesn't it? You would be surprised how many times new grads have told me they were expecting a management position because they graduated with a management degree. This expectation tells me they are not ready to manage others.
Have someone who did not help you develop your resume read it over for you. Manager and Manger (a mistake that I have seen numerous times on one of my contract recruitment consultant contracts) both pass spell check. So do manage and mange (you don't want any part of That!); and form and from (I have seen that mistake in resumes and books).
Have a reasonable expectation of your worth. Obviously some occupations will have a higher worth than others. That always exists. However it would be a shame to decline your dream job for money, only to discover later that it was a good offer.
Understand the value of a good reference. If you have worked previously and done a great job, the reference may give you an enthusiastic and outstanding reference. This is a great way to begin your relationship with your new employer!
Remember that you are expected to work during work hours. That means get in a little early in order to get your things put away, your computer booted up, and your coffee so you are ready to go a little early. At the end of the day, wait until your "A" priorities are completed before leaving. These little things add up over a career. Working inside of clients as a contract recruitment consultant, it is interesting to me how some people demonstrate their lack of understanding of the importance of these points.
Develop a reputation for doing the dirty work. As a contract recruiter consultant, occasionally under the consulting side of my responsibilities, I am required to do something in recruitment that no one else wants to do, like reference checks for instance. I take pride in my reference checks because they are so thorough. My client recognizes the effort that went into doing the final diligence to determine the candidate is an Impact Performer.
Work so you can be proud of your work. For ages, people have said "if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well."
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Good luck in your career!
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