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3 Golden Keys for Recent College Grads on the Job Hunt

3 Golden Keys for Recent College Grads on the Job Hunt

February 17, 2010



2. Focus


What is the particular job position you are looking for? What industry? Fresh graduates have a lot of trouble with this one, partly because many are not even 100% sure what job they want. Once again, coming out of college, you have experience with this: you spent 4 years trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, what to major in, so this is just another thing you have to figure out.

Two things College grads should focus on:

1. What is the job position you really want?

2. What industry do you want to work in? What companies do you find attractive?

We are in a recession and you’ll be told not to be picky, but believe it or not, sending out 50 resumes every day to 50 different jobs at 50 different companies in totally different industries will not yield the best results for your job search.

So what happens if you focus on a job and industry?

Job position: Take a look over at your resume, what duties have you performed that could be applicable to an entry-level job that you like? Fast-forward to an HR manager reading your resume, they’ll see your job duties are similar to the ones advertised in this new job opening, and you look like a promising candidate now. Match your skills and strengths to particular job types as well.

Industry/Company: Get involved in an industry you’re passionate about. Join clubs and organizations and read their newsletters, magazines, and books. Most importantly keep up with the trends in the industry. Why? Let’s say you are networking with a particular person who works for a company in the entertainment industry and you can bring up in the conversation some trends you noticed or predictions you have. What will happen immediately is that person will be impressed that not only have you done your research as a college graduate, but you have a strong passion for that industry and it shows! Passion truly does give you motivation, and motivation is a recipe for success when you are working so remember that.


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    Frank_Ball

    over 3 years ago

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    Unaccredited Cate

    about 4 years ago

    Great article! Very straightforward in presenting very useful information!

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    mattxing

    about 4 years ago

    6 comments

    liked this one...

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    p_ferreira

    about 4 years ago

    10 comments

    It's hard to accept the fact that you should "focus' when your paretns say take what you can get, but I can dig it. The more specified you get the better your chances are.

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    rob_the_job

    about 4 years ago

    8 comments

    scheduling your job hunt is key, great point. a good read!

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    john_t

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I also was doing this for a bit but didn't realize how structured the proces really is.

    In fact I would suggest not only being consistent but keeping track of your consistency, keep a log and see what things you do day by day and how long you spend doing them (although I think the part about "change" covers some of that).

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    Unaccredited Cate

    about 4 years ago

    I was already doing this, months now, and I didn't even know it, ha! Of course I have had side work during some weeks of those months but this still surprised me and the reality is if you want something done do it yourself. Great article.

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    GarryUnderwood

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    great writing, I'm already subscribed to your Blog.

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    vs2010

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    this article was fantastic!

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    jessicahord

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This artlicle helped to refresh my memory and attitude of the proper way to job hunt.
    Thanks

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    Unaccredited Cate

    about 4 years ago

    great article, very helpful.

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    RezaGolsham

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Thanks!

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    MichelleVanVeen

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Great writing, can't wait to read more articles of yours

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    DavidChou

    about 4 years ago

    362 comments

    this is not just for recent grads but also for a veteran like me.

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    Navneet_Gupta

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I couldn't have said it better myself; Consistency, Focus, Change really are what makes or breaks your job hunt. Just as the eg.'s were given, consistency because you must do it every day and put away time for it. Focus because the more focused into an industry the better you can learn it and show people in networking events you're up-to-date on industry trends. And of coruse change because you can't just keep doing the same thing over and over again an expect different results (that's called insanity, lol).

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