I know I’m not a CDI, but please bear with the old fogey. It’s summer break and though I’m not the same age as many traditional college students, I like to think that I’m not that far removed.
I’ve been meeting with a lot of students recently who are still searching for jobs and have been searching for several months. Some haven’t even been able to get to the interview round. Though the economy is “bad” or not as great as past years when it comes to job searching, there are several other reasons why you may be striking out:
- You’re job searching solely online. Did you ever get a job in high school or college simply because you knew someone that worked there and they had an opening? That doesn’t change in the real world. Let your family, friends, former bosses, professors, etc. know that you’re still looking for a full-time. More than that, tell them WHAT you’re looking for: specific industry, types of job, location, specific companies, etc. It’s hard to help someone when they say they’re open to “anything.” Anything could be retail, scientific research, working in a restaurant and so on. Give them an idea of what you mean and they might be able to give you useful information versus more unhelpful tips.
- You haven’t been doing anything since graduation. It’s nice to have a bit of a break after graduation, but make sure you take advantage of all this free time while you’re searching for jobs. If you can’t find an internship or part-time job that relates to the field you want to get into, volunteer! It doesn’t matter if the experience on your resume is volunteer, paid, or unpaid work; relevant experience is relevant experience. It may be just the thing you needed to add to your resume to get those interviews. You don’t want to look like you’ve been sitting around doing nothing; no one wants to hire a lazy worker!
- You’re searching on large/generic job boards. Though you might find something on careerbuilder.com or monster.com, understand that anyone in the world has access to those jobs and is likely applying to them. Go to niche job boards along the lines of www.engineerjobs.com , www.usajobs.gov, and DAWGlink. Find good sites at the bottom of the “What can I do with a major in…?” handouts found on our website: http://www.career.uga.edu/STUDENTS/majors/majorsalpha.html
- You haven’t tried professional associations. Some associations have career or job tabs on their website that you can check out. They might impose a small fee to join, but if it gets you closer to getting the job, it may be worth it. If nothing else, it may help connect you with professionals in your field that may be willing to give you advice on where to further search.
- Make professional networking contacts. Think about groups that you can join in the community or location you’d like to work in: alumni association, chamber of commerce, nonprofit organizations, and so on. You can find a lot of great information on where to join via social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn. FYI—If you haven’t heard yet, there’s an alumni/student career advice subgroup in the UGA Alumni Association’s LinkedIn group. NOTE: you don’t have to be an Alumni Association member to join. Alums are eager to help you, so take advantage of it!!!
If you need further tips and assistance, don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your Career Consultant by calling the Career Center front desk at 706-542-3375.