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Tips For New Graduates - Moving On

Sep 15, 2008
Growing Competitiveness and Job Insecurity

With each passing day, there is greater competitiveness in the job market - and you need to take stock of the present job scenario and prepare yourself accordingly before you proceed in your search.

The realities today speak of a job crunch, fragile job security and a workforce that is constantly being downsized. Gone are the days when people used to pursue lifetime careers. Nowadays the "lifetime career" concept doesn't exist, and jobseekers can expect a career change at least a dozen times or more over the course of their entire working life.

Make Realistic Plans

You should plan well in advance, giving consideration to many things if you want to have a job that suits you. It goes without saying that a well-paying job is apparently the very first consideration of every jobseeker. However, monetary compensation should not always be the sole criteria for determining the suitability of a job.

The prime consideration should be job satisfaction. If this is absent, it will result in extreme work pressure, limiting performance and slow professional growth. In extreme cases, it may even result in serious medical problems. Therefore, you should make your plans only after carefully analyzing and assessing your skills and interests in order to develop a clear and firm objective.

This will you to focus only on those jobs that are well-paying and suited to your skills and interests, with potential to provide you with satisfaction and stable growth prospects in the future.

Your plans should focus on targeting employers in areas where you would like to live or are presently living. You need to do thorough research in this area and use your network of friends and acquaintances to help you zero in on your job of choice.

You should not refuse temporary assignments that have the potential of providing the employer with exposure to your skills. Often temporary jobs let you gain experience and offer decent salaries.

Your Resume Is an Important Tool in Your Job Hunt

Your resume is the first thing that gives an impression about you to any prospective employer. It speaks of your qualifications, skills and capabilities and should also be able to convey to your employer why you are the ideal person to fulfill the need that exists in the organization.

In short, your resume is what will place you in a favorable position with your future employer and lead them to hire you. All that will remain as you go through a personal interview would be confirmation that they made the right choice by selecting you.

Therefore, a dynamic resume is a must - and you should seek professional help in writing one, if you are unable to prepare it yourself.

The Interview

Avoid gaudy and casual attire while appearing for interviews. Dress formally and smartly to create a favorable first impression of a serious and efficient individual.

Prepare in advance with the help of a career coach on how to ask the right questions and tackle salary negotiations during the interview. Even if you do not land a job on the first attempt, it will be an experience that will make you more comfortable with facing the next one, which may bestow you with success.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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