JOB HUNTING TIPS for NEW COLLEGE GRADS

Unfortunately, job hunting for recent college graduates can feel tough.  Fortunately, here are immediately useful job hunting tips to help the job seeker get a job.

Here is today's tip of the day.

1.  Volunteer

Problem:  Job hunters find it hard to get a job without experience – but it is hard to get experience without a job!  Solution:  If you do not land a job in your chosen occupation, then volunteer to do similar work for free one or two days/week.  Preferably, volunteer at an organization where you would love to work.  Or, volunteer at a non-profit organization.  They always want no-cost labor, will jump at the chance to have you volunteer, and then you get work experience that helps in your job search, and land a paying job.  

Examples:  (A) One art major craved to work in an art gallery, but did not find such a job.  As I recommended, she volunteered to hostess art exhibit openings at an art museum one day per week. 
Question = Guess whom she met at those openings? 
Answer = She met owners of art galleries – and one of them hired her. 

(B) An IT major had a hard time finding a job – so he followed my advice to do volunteer computer programming at a non-profit trade association.  Why volunteer at a trade association?  Because the association’s members were executives from 100+ companies.  His computer programming and work ethic impressed the association’s executive director so fantastically that he introduced the IT major to executives of companies belonging to the association – and that is how he landed his dream IT job. 

More tips next time….

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