Now that’s you’ve graduated you might want to kick back and enjoy the summer. Big mistake.
The job search is both a sprint and a marathon, a vital project you need to manage carefully. And the fact is you aren’t a student any more; you don’t get summers off. Here are a couple of ideas to get your job search kick-started this summer…
I issue this challenge mostly to those about to enter the professional world, as you have not yet given over your original, unique self to the corporate hive mind. This directive is, however, also a kick in the ass to some of you who have been in the work world for a while, and who still have a spark of independent life left inside.
For me, it’s been about 11 years since I left the cube farms of corporate America for the more friendly, if more unstable, confines of the start-up world. I had mostly forgotten the hyper-bureaucracy, “CYA” decision-averse mindsets and logistical hyperbole.
Forgotten, that is, until this past week when it found me again in the form of a phone conversation.
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Both a start-up and an MBA will offer you a business education. You’ll be exposed to all facets of participating in, and in some cases running, an organization. Due to the time constraints, it’s difficult to do both at the same time.
That said, does the business knowledge you receive either from an MBA or a start-up supercede each other? Here are the essential pros and cons:
Did I format my résumé correctly? Should I have included a cover letter? When I follow-up on the application who do I follow up with?!
The job you want involves an online application to which you must attach a résumé, cover letter and references. No longer do you complete your application, walk up to the cash register and say, “Is your manager here?” And just like much of your adult life, this new job search is more stressful than it was as a teen.
So, how do we make the process less stressful? How do we see the light when it seems like the end of the tunnel is barricaded by a brick wall, ten feet high? Follow these simple steps and you’ll survive the job search with your sanity intact:
You don’t take college courses simply to get grades. You enroll in college to gain skills and knowledge that you can use outside of the classroom, too.
If you only focus on the classroom during your education, you’re missing out, whether you’re aiming for an instructional design degree or an associates degree in accounting.
Whatever you’re studying, aim for active learning outside of the classroom to fill your resume while you’re in college.