Monday, March 21, 2011

You’re Hired!

Like every college graduate, the idea of graduating from college is one that is filled with mixed feelings. Of course there is the great joy and excitement of being done with the college phase of one's life, and then there's the reality of the unexciting job market that awaits. For anyone about to graduate, my advice for you is to prepare yourself for job hunt/search phase, and develop a thick skin to handle the rejection emails (that's if you even receive any).

I say this because the wait time between graduation and hearing "You're hired!" varies.

The above article although from last year, still paints a good picture of what the job hunt process is like, but like I said the transition process from student to professional varies. It is shorter for some, and for some, just too long. But take it from a fellow recent graduate who just got hired, there is hope! My advice, maximize every opportunity – LinkedIn, Twitter, networking events, alumni, etc… keep sending out those resumes/cover letters. And lastly, don't take the rejection to heart or make it personal. I remember when I wasn't getting responses to my applications; I began to wonder if something was wrong with me. What wasn't I doing right? Am I not good enough? The reality is it has nothing to do with me or you; it's just a very competitive market at the moment, with limited openings.

I interviewed twice for my current job, and I lost track of how many interviews I had been to and I stopped counting how many applications I had sent out by thirty.

Its week two at my new job (digital agency), and I love it here already. I wish everyone out there looking for a job, or an internship all the very best!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me and I'll be more than willing to chat and answer your questions.

Hang in there and keep going!



Yvonne. J

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