According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 31, 2020,  21.2% of the workers in the United States were unemployed, underemployed, or working part-time when they would prefer to work full time. (Table U-6) For perspective, in May 2019 there were 130.06 million workers in the US.  This means that at some point in the future, millions of capable workers will seek new positions.  These are people who will compete with you to find a job.

I was the oldest of seven children in a lower-middle-class family.  Rarely, were there seconds at dinner.  Was it better for me to arrive at the dinner table on time? Or wait until everyone had a chance to pick the best of everything?  I believe you know the answer.

Why Is Looking For Your First Job Any Different?

It is not different.  Is looking now for your ideal position better than waiting – and getting that retail job you abhor?  I am not saying that retail is bad.  Some professionals love all aspects of that profession.  I have relatives who thrive in that profession.  They sometimes miss Thanksgiving Dinner and other events because they have their public to serve.

NOW is the time to search for your first professional position while other people are “Waiting for the Right Time.”  The right time is NOW!  There are good jobs available now.  During Covid-19, I have coached 11 professionals to a new position since March 15.  The majority of these positions were six-figure income positions.  While a recent college graduate may not hit a six-figure job in their first job search, you may if you have the right educational background and possibly the right internships.  I will guarantee if you are not actively networking for a position now, the opportunity to snag one of those positions lessens every day.  Other professionals and intelligent college graduates are beginning to network to new positions – and they are taking them away from you!

How Do I Find Those Positions?

While in college, did anyone discuss the hidden positions with you?  These are positions that are not posted anywhere.  The Hiring Manager will open the position if the right person comes along.

As a Professional Recruiter over the past 39  years, I have assisted hundreds of hiring managers to recruit and hire professionals for positions they had not posted yet.  How did I find those people?  Through networking with candidates looking for other positions.

How should you find those positions?  I recommend that you network your way to find them.  Talk with four new people daily – and magic happens.  Networking demonstrates your confidence.  Talk with Alumni from your College or University who graduated a year or two ahead of you.  Talk with your Alumni Association to find who may be working at your target company.  You immediately have a relationship with them.  Tell them about your experience in college, your work, and any internships.  Then ask them if they can introduce you to a Hiring Manager.

Do Not Be Late To The Table And Only Enjoy The Scraps!

Get out there NOW and find a job.  Actively contribute to the success of the company in your position.  This is how you build a reputation and grow professionally.  While there are few mailrooms in corporations today, that is how many CEOs and Presidents got their start in the past.

You CAN do this – if you commit to Success!

This information will get you started.  If you want to move more quickly in your search or would like more information on Salary Negotiation, you may order my book, Employee 5.0: Secrets Of A Successful Job Search In The New World Order  My book contains the 12 Steps to find a new position in a nice, orderly fashion.  It also has the stories of people who did well – and some who did not. You may learn from both sides.

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Bill Humbert is available for Speaking, Talent Attraction Consulting, Career Transition Consulting, and Training contracts.  435-714-4425

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