Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom - How To Find A Job!

Note:  I will publish an e-book shortly about how to find a job.  I find that many individuals are very bright and successful; however, lack a fundamental understanding of how to find a job.  Look for more excerpts to be published on Wednesday Wisdom posts!  


       I recently received a call from an intern that worked in our office.  She was about to graduate from college and embark on a job search.  I wanted to help her and when she called, I could not help but remember a few of the college graduates who I had encountered in the last few years.  I have been struck lately by the comments I hear from moms of these college gradates – that it is a tough job market and their college graduates are not able to find jobs.  These comments emanate from mothers living in one of the most populated, business oriented locations in the country if not the world, the northeast region of the United States. 

       Contrast these comments with interactions I have had with recent college graduates and to be honest, my impression is that if you live in an area that is densely populated where many national businesses are headquartered, no matter what your age, and you cannot find a job, you simply aren’t trying hard enough.

              Thoughts came to mind of one young lady I know who was offered an internship at my husband’s employer.  Surprisingly, she never quite followed up as required.  Quite frankly, I was aghast at her lack of follow up.  Her explanation was that she didn’t want to work over break.  Oh, OK.  So she gave up an internship opportunity with a nationally recognized company to stay home and do what?  That was a mistake because she turned down the opportunity to add another line to her sparse resume referring to the name of a nationally reknowned business.  And from what I understand, this girl turned down the job 15 minutes from her house to occasionally babysit. 

                  I also recall informing the daughter of an acquaintance of a summer internship at the company I worked for.  It was an excellent opportunity and one that I likely would have coveted after my graduation from college.  I asked the young lady (in front of her mother) to send me her resume and again, surprisingly, she simply never followed up.  Instead, she shampooed hair that summer.  These are just some of the choices I have witnessed recently and needless to say, I surprised at the lack of enthusiasm or seriousness that these young women showed.[1]

           When the intern I worked with called, I decided that she would be the sounding board for all of my frustrations with the young adults I have encountered in recent months who were supposedly having difficulty obtaining employment.  In the end, I basically lectured her about how to find a job based on my experiences in Human Resources and other employment-related roles.  I told her that it can be difficult to find a job but if you persevere and take advantage of opportunities presented to you, you will eventually land a wonderful job – you may not land your dream job initially, but life presents many opportunities that although not planned, with hard work and determination, may bring you to your dream job or even better, to places you never imagined.  At the end of the conversation, the intern thanked me profusely and said that she had taken many notes.  And so, here, I duplicate for you the substance of that conversation or shall I say (unashamedly) the substance of that lecture as well as other tips and advice that have worked successfully over the years!  (Note:  The summer intern who I guided was offered a job at a well regarded company in Washington D.C. as a result of her job search!)

[1] P.S.  I recently toured a well regarded Hudson Valley college campus and spoke with the head of the Art department who when questioned about her students’ success in finding jobs after graduation stated that the more internships one had, the more likely those students were to obtain jobs.  

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