We are all familiar with the current state of the job market and the realities are very hard to swallow at times. I have seen numerous reports on the news and also read reports online that paint a very bleak picture for recent college graduates looking for work. In one article from ABC news they reported that according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers only 19.7 percent of all 2009 college graduates who applied for a job acutally have one. If you happen to fall into the category of jobless college graduate here are some do’s and don’ts that just might help you on your job hunt.
Do…have a strategy. Decide what job you want and determine if you would relocate for that job. Research the best companies to work for that have position you seek.
Don’t…rely on just one method of job hunting. Take advantage of internet job boards, head hunters, job fairs, networking events and even friends and family.
Do…look good on paper. Your potential employer will see your resume long before he ever sees you so it’s important to make sure your resume is dynamite. Take advantage of resume-writing services to ensure your resume is professional looking and that you include a cover letter. Also be sure that your resume comes in multiple formats (print, Web-compatible, and text).
Don’t…forget to sign your cover letter. This personalizes your letter and forgetting to do so will seem unprofessional.
Do…practice for the interview with a friend or family. This practice will help you feel comfortable answering questions about your qualifications and experience. However, be careful not to memorize your answers, you don’t want to sound rehearsed.
Do…shake hands firmly and make eye contact. Smiling at everyone you meet will put them at ease and give you an air of pleasant confidence.
Don’t…speak poorly of previous employers or colleagues. Also be sure not to use words like “um”, “uh”, “like”, and “you know”. They will detract from what you are saying and make you appear nervous.
Do…be sure to thank each person individually when the interview is complete. You may also ask the employer when they plan to make a hiring decision.
Finally Don’t…put too much importance on any one interview. There are always other fish in the sea and many more opportunities around the corner.