Happy Graduation! Some Hot Tips for Finding a Job

If you’re a recent college graduate – congratulations! Do you know your next steps for finding a job and starting your career?

When you graduate it’s easy to feel like all the hard work is done and you’ve earned your entree into the job market. Having a degree does make it easier to qualify for jobs, but, attaining a degree is often just the beginning of a career. This year’s graduates will have an easier time finding a job than those who graduated in prior years according to CBS Money Watch, Job Outlook for 2011 College Grads Best in 4 Years.

My clients who want to thrive in their careers learn the steps for putting their degree to work and you can too!  Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Be sure you have a targeted strategy that guides your job search. 
  • Once you’ve identified the kind of job you want, find the industries that offer those jobs. Pick your first choice and determine how you’re going to go after it. This becomes your “Plan A.”
  • “Plan A” needs to be written. It should list the steps you’re going to take and the date you want to complete each step. Studies show that if you write your plan, you’ll have a bigger chance of success. Having a plan will help you evaluate what is working in your job search and what isn’t. If something isn’t working you can make adjustments before too much time passes. 
  • Create a Plan B and a Plan C for your second and third choices too.

Having a written plan and a well thought out strategy can keep you productive, focused and motivated so you’re more likely to land the job of your dreams.

If you’d like to learn more tips for finding a career that is right for you, be sure to attend “What Every Career Seeker Needs to Know,” a FREE teleseminar on June 2, 2011. Register here.

I’d love your comments and to hear what has worked for you.