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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

3. Change

People change, job duties change, the economy changes, so why shouldn’t your job search strategies? Set a “Point of Review” – this could be every week, two weeks, or even every month or two (we don’t suggest waiting too long).

During your Point of Review you should analyze 3 things:

1. What are your results so far? Write them down.

2. What approach did you take that lead to those results? Did you talk about the industry trends with the person you were networking with? Did you leave out the “Career Objective” in your resume?

3. What are you going to change this time around?

During your job search (especially as a new grad) it is difficult to understand the cause and effect relationship of things you do, but sometimes some things are quite obvious. A small tweak in your resume’s language can make a huge impact. Similarly, a simple change in your body language when you go to networking events can make a huge difference. For example, take note of how you acted; were you talking too long during the interview? Did you interrupt the interviewer a few times perhaps?

What you should do is try to use your “observing ego” – this is when you essentially observe what you say and how you act, and the results that come with that. Remember how you went about things and think of what you can change – little things of course, we’re not saying you should go to your next networking event in your Halloween costume (although that would be very entertaining for the rest of us).

So that’s it, consistency, focus, and change. These are basic principles that bring great results so use them to your advantage.

Good luck on your job hunt new grads!


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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...

  • Pedroferreira_max50

    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!

  • Johntemplteton_max50

    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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