Education Career Services

April 14, 2010

The yellow brick road to an entry-level job

Recent UCF graduate, Fernanda Barros, has this to say about the search…

What do you do when you hit the most vulnerable point in your life and somebody says “You are graduating in a tough economy, where nobody is hiring and the competition is tremendous”? These dreaded words seem to be a common thread amongst college graduations, leaving new graduates wondering about their future.

“How to find a job after college” and “college grad job hunter” are just a couple of the 130-million website options you get when typing college grad plus job into a search engine like Google. Every year thousands of college graduates trade their alma mater jersey for a business suit. They walk the stage, shake the hands of important people they never met, and listen to a motivating speech about life choices.

While the ceremony only lasts a couple of hours, many of them are wondering the same thing; how long until I find a job after college? Can the economy affect my chances of getting hired? How do I make my four years of hard work pay off?

According to Money magazine, it generally takes three to nine months for a college graduate to land their first job.  Experts on the subject say there are many steps to the process of entry-level job seeking; three stand out like a sore thumb and should be taken seriously.

Number one: Networking. Turn that baby shower and going away party into a chance to meet people that can give you that boost needed to find that perfect job. Challenge yourself by making new connections in multiple places even if it makes you uncomfortable (especially if it makes you uncomfortable). New connections mean new possibilities.

Number two: the interview. According to experts, the interview is where new graduates lose their battle with a potential employer.  Since the foul economy has left many with a bitter taste in their mouths, just landing an interview is a huge step, being prepared is imperative. Getting to know the company’s market, products, and goals prior to the interview will give you that extra something that your competition might be lacking.

Number three: have a goal. Well, a reachable goal. That’s one thing all experts agree on. Having a reachable goal makes knowing what you want and going for it easier.  Fight any senses of depression and keep tweaking, do not lose hope if you don’t get a call back… because you’ll be lucky to get three calls for every 100 resumes sent out!

Graduate, set a goal, network, and do not run screaming if you don’t get hired on your first interview. Understand finding a full time job is a journey, not a road trip.  Perhaps one day soon you will come to recognize the difference in the two. Until then, best wishes and remain positive.

Thanks Fernanda Barros for your insight

Danny Huffman, MA, CEIP, CPCC, CPRW
Owner, Author, Publisher
Career Services International,
Education Career Services,
Creator, The Huffman Report,

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