So spring is on the way... well officially it's here, but weather-wise we have have a ways to go.
Every spring, the minds of young men and women everywhere turns to... um... EMPLOYMENT!
I was a new-grad a few years back, right in the peak of the recession actually, and found it tough. I'm sure at this point in time it isn't much easier.
That being said, I do recall the Trade Show Displays that would grace my campus every year around this time promoting different companies and possible internships.
For the most part, I found them to be a a frantic tossing of resumes amongst the vinyl banners and would leave with some swag and a ton of pamphlets... but is this helpful? Is it effective?
With this approach I always felt like a number, yet never felt there would be an ROI.
I have blogged about interview tips and how to answer some of the tougher interview questions that may come up - but this blog is going to be more about approach, or at least my take on it.
1. Start early
If you are in first year, great - you should speak to your career counselor about a co-op or internship program at your school... Experience trumps grades in most cases.
Or as we used to say - make friends. Meet people from a variety of programs - take advantage of social or extra-curricular things in school.
3. Have an opinion
...and then share it! Through things like blogs, or LinkedIn, or even Facebook and Twitter - share! Your name should be able to be found on Google and the results should be positive... Alot of recruiters admit to 'Googling' applicants, so let them see how well-informed and professional you are.
4. Help people
It's the golden rule... what goes around comes around. However you want to say it, just help other people - it is a good thing to do and may go along way to supporting point #2 above.
5. Be open
When I first graduated, I was very narrow-minded. I only wanted to work in HR and nothing else; looking at other options and realizing the advantage of being young will open you to other experiences... at the very least you'll have a well-rounded resume
That's my 2 cents... what about my other HR colleagues?
Any advice for our new or soon-to-be grads?