Friday, March 11, 2011
Forget the pomp--do the circumstance
Some kids are still ponying up for college—and I am jealous because my own child decided not to go.
Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, writes on CareerBuilder that the college kids are fixated on end-of-year festivities and papers and haven’t focused on how big and bad the big, bad world is.
The career service people at schools don’t really put them in the picture, either, one recruiter says.
Some students, she adds, won’t even talk to a recruiter unless they get a present. They want to be courted.
Experienced workers are after the same jobs grads used to get.
Some kids have put in some apps, but aren’t networking.
The advice—put your emphasis not so much on exams but on job-hunting.
Cultivate referrals. Forget blind contacts—those anonymous mass mailings to people on Linked In.
If you go to a career fair, find out first which companies will be there. Google them. Be informed.
And you may not get your dream job. Think stepping stone—not dream.
Statistics show a person of college age will have seven careers--not just seven jobs.