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EP 1268 Here are a few of the things recent grads often do you wrong when they start job hunting.

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I want to talk to you today about mistakes you as a recent graduate often make that prove costly that resulting you being in the job search mode longer than you want to be and sometimes lose your career through inertia. Let me point to a few things.

1. You overestimate your value. Sometimes, career services, sometimes your professors blow smoke up your derrière. They tell you you are worth more than the market really thinks you are. Want to get a clearer picture of what your real value is? On LinkedIn there is a drop-down that allows you take a look for alumni from your school. Reach out to a few of them. Find out how much they were earning at the time they started their career. I'm talking about people from the last year or two. Find out what they got and what their process was like.

2. You don't network particularly well. These folks that you're reaching out to are like gold because they can introduce you to their boss, people at their firm, AND THEY ARE PAID FOR IT. Firms offer employee referral bonuses to their employees and they make money if you join. While you are speaking with them, get friendly with them, talk with them about what it is like working there, and ask them if there any open positions that you as a new grad can be introduced for.

3. You don't customize your resume.You keep sending out the same resume over and over again To every job known to mankind, because your parents are telling you,, "You've got to get a job,"You don't want to send it out to "stupid jobs," (things you are qualified for or interested in). Don't just send it out to everything. Tell your resume to each individual position you are applying for so that the fit looks obvious. Certain jobs are going to emphasize certain points; You will want to emphasize those things in your resume..
4. Your online all the time and not talking to people. You are sending emails, you're texting, You are on Snapchat trying to connect with people. That's fine, but you have to do the conversion from shooting the bull with them and saying, "Do you know of any jobs that might fit?"Especially with people you don't know particularly well, Talk with them about what you're looking for because your goal is to expand your network a lot to talk to more people. , even if these are people who are friends of your parents, they are people who are in "the world of work" And they might know some things that can become valuable to you. They might not be the right person right away, but they might be able to introduce you to someone Who might be the right person who could steer you better.
5. You don't follow up well.You get a message back from the firm because was sent as email, You're not checking your email and not responding quickly. I want to thinking about responding as quickly as you do your friend when a company sends you a message.You have to get crisp with your answers. You have to learn what to say and how to say it properly. If someone leaves a message for you on your phone, you want to call them back very quickly So that, if they want to talk with you about the job, you want to wait a week to get back to them, do you? By that time, 35 other people may be Interviewing for this role and you are going to be out of luck.
6. Not being proactive enough. You are not reaching out to people And doing what are called "informational interviews." Setting up time to pick someone's brain for about 15 minutes By phone, in person or Skype to see how they might be able to steer you on your search. Start to think about what you want new job, the kind of role you want. Talk with them about what they see the labor market is like for what you do or want to be doing. This is going to help you a lot Because you will be out there talking to people.

As a statistic you need to hear. Networking fills 70% of all jobs.70% of the 70% (49%) are filled by introductions the people that you didn't know at the beginning of research who recommend you to opportunities or from whom you hear about opportunities. You've got to expand your network.You can't connect with people. If that talk to people.. Otherwise, You are going to be in mom and/or dad's home a lot longer than you want and that's no fun Because they are going to nag you to no end.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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