19 Aug

End the Summer Employed

It has been over two months since the Class of 2010 graduated. While some are employed and settling into their entry-level positions, others are slowly eating away at their savings accounts.

My theory is simple; my peers who are working entry-level positions post graduation dedicate a minimum of 40 hours/week to work. Thus, as an entrepreneur starting my own business post-graduation, I do the same.

My peers are sometimes required to work late on weeknights and are sometimes asked to work weekends as well. This unfortunately interrupts their previously arranged plans and affects their social lives. While I do not have a boss, I am sometimes faced with having to do the same.

To my point, if you are a recent graduate and still unemployed, you need to replicate this work ethic by doing your due diligence on your job search.

It is your job to find a job!

It will take a minimum of 40 hours/week tailoring cover letters and resumes, applying to organizations in need of entry-level workers and attending networking events to extend your network to secure gainful employment. Only once you have a job should you be treating yourself to nights out with friends and movies with your significant other.

LinkedIn is a great place to start. It is necessary to fill in all possible information describing yourself and past work experiences. Try to complete your profile 100%. This requires acquiring 3 recommendations. See my post titled “Summer Lovin’ – Happened So Fast,” for tips on asking a prior employer to be a reference.

For other useful tools to aid in your job search, I recommend reading “10 Job Search Tips.” See below for links.

So tell me: What did you accomplish this week to take a step in the right direction?

Links

–        Summer Lovin’ – Happened So Fast – Link
–        10 Job Search Tips – Link
–        LinkedIn – Link


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  • Most college graduates are still unemployed for one of two reasons:

    1. They’re not proactively networking with decision makers in their communities.
    2. They have the same degree that every other person in their shoes has and they’re not doing anything to improve their knowledge or skill set. Why would an employer ever want to hire someone who is similar to everyone else?! You have to be crazy to think the standard business degree is good enough to get the job you want.

    Figure out how to solve problems. Go to the employers that have those problems. Show them what you know and how it will benefit them. Then they have to be crazy not to hire you.

    …a little on the ranty side ;).

  • Most college graduates are still unemployed for one of two reasons:

    1. They’re not proactively networking with decision makers in their communities.
    2. They have the same degree that every other person in their shoes has and they’re not doing anything to improve their knowledge or skill set. Why would an employer ever want to hire someone who is similar to everyone else?! You have to be crazy to think the standard business degree is good enough to get the job you want.

    Figure out how to solve problems. Go to the employers that have those problems. Show them what you know and how it will benefit them. Then they have to be crazy not to hire you.

    …a little on the ranty side ;).

  • Anonymous

    Nick –

    I completely agree with both of your points, which reminds me of a “debate” trending on the eBranding Me blog between Rachel Esterline and Michael Griffiths.

    Rachel first published: http://ebranding.me/archive/strive-for-skills-not-a-degree/

    Michael has since responded with his perspective on the issue: http://ebranding.me/archive/doom-gloom-and-education/

    I would be interested to hear your reaction to their argument. I would be more than willing to feature it as a guest post. Email me for further details.

    – Keith Petri

  • Anonymous

    Nick –

    I completely agree with both of your points, which reminds me of a “debate” trending on the eBranding Me blog between Rachel Esterline and Michael Griffiths.

    Rachel first published: http://ebranding.me/archive/strive-for-skills-not-a-degree/

    Michael has since responded with his perspective on the issue: http://ebranding.me/archive/doom-gloom-and-education/

    I would be interested to hear your reaction to their argument. I would be more than willing to feature it as a guest post. Email me for further details.

    – Keith Petri