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College And Career Search

Johnnie Said:

Where can I find a college/career forum?

We Answered:

college confidential

Student Doctor Network (LOVE THIS ONE)

Fred Said:

Im in college right now in search of a good career. Ive been thinking about speech language pathology...?

We Answered:

Great choice. My son needed a lot of speech therapy, so I'm seeing it from a parent's perspective.

The speech therapists he's worked with love their jobs.

Two were pregnant and then went on maternity leave and another had two children and worked a flexible week. It seems to be a career that is family friendly.

Edit: SP can work for school districts, hospitals, centers of specialists, and in private practice...we've used them all.

Good luck in your choices.

Rachel Said:

City jobs; better alternative than the post-college career search?

We Answered:

Take the city job. They are secure, you'll always have a paycheck. Usually don't have a boss on your back. You get all the holidays, vacation and sick leave. A pension after 20 years, and you can work a second job for extra income. It may not be glamous but it is consistant

Billie Said:

Job search for post college career?

We Answered:

You've got 6 months... Get busy researching and networking, not sending out un-targeted and un-expected resumes to total strangers! It's as useful, and successful, a method as "cold calling" is for most sales people.

People hire people they KNOW. It really is "who you know, not what you know" once you have the appropriate education and/or experience.

These steps should help:

1.) Since you know what you want to do (a BIG advantage!!), put together a list of potential employers where you might want to work. (This is where those job postings may come in handy - to show you where opportunities exist - but don't stop there and don't expect online applications to be your solution.)

2.) Check with your school's Career Center to see if they have contacts for you at those target employers. Hopefully, some alumni/ae of your school are working in those organizations now (or have worked there recently). Then, contact them to find out --

** What it's like to work for each of those employers. What is the "culture" for each like? How competitive? How collegial? How honest and ethical?

** How are people promoted? What is the criteria for promotion? If you are a woman or a minority, ask how many people in middle and senior management are women or minorities? Try to understand what the typical career paths are.

** How long to people normally stay there? Why do they leave? Where do people work after they leave? Is it an "up or out" culture, or do people stay for long periods?

** How did your contact get hired? What was the process? What process would they recommend as best/most effective, now, if they were in your shoes?

** What do people do in the typical "first job" in that organization? How long do people stay in that first job? What career paths are open? How flexible/inflexible? What are the criteria for being promoted? What options are open to them for the "next" step in their careers within the organization?

** Can you visit your contacts in their offices to see what these places are like? You want to see where people starting work and what they do.

3.) If your school doesn't have a good Career Center that can put you in touch with alumni/ae working in your target companies - or, even if it does - check out Ziggs.com to see if you can find someone at those companies who seems approachable. Also, of course, check LinkedIn, Ryze, Hi5, etc. to see if you have any contacts or friends connected with your target employers. Look for the same information as in # 2.

4.) Research the companies yourself. Yahoo Finance has EXCELLENT company and industry research resources. Also, go to PRNewsWire, BusinessWire, WetFeet, Vault, etc. to see what information they have.

5.) When you have completed the 2nd draft of your resume (with help from your school's Career Center, preferably), ask your contacts if they would review your resume to see if it's the right format and content for their employer. Customize your resume for EACH potential employer based on your research and the suggestions your contacts have given you.

6.) If it's appropriate for the organization (and it usually is), ask one or more of your contacts to take your resume to the appropriate hiring manager(s). I don't recommend having 2 people submit your resume to the same manager, but having 2 people submit to 2 different managers should be OK. Or, how ever many hiring managers are of interest to you.

7.) Your research in step # 2 and/or # 3 above should help you do the appropriate thing. Follow the processes recommended by your contacts, and you should be hired before Spring Break if your grades are decent.

DON'TS:

Don't expect your contact to offer you a job. Think of them as mentors/guides through the job search process in their company or where they've worked.

Don't call these "information interviews." You are asking experienced people for advice and information.

Don't let compensation be your only criteria for choosing an employer. A job is where you'll spend most of your time - at least 40 hours a week, probably more for a financial analyst. You don't want to be working in a place where your efforts aren't appreciated, or where you hate everyone you work with or for and everything you do.

DO:

Send thank you notes to your contacts for their help, even if they only meet with you once.

Stay in touch with these people. They can be your best career assets for your future, and, with any luck, you may be able to help them some day.

You're about to enter an excellent field (what organization doesn't need a finance person?) with a degree from an excellent school. Getting started is the hardest part. You'll do fine!

Good luck!

Ellen Said:

Frustrated Recent college graduate...do you have any job search advice for me?

We Answered:

I know this hurts, but it's a common problem now days. Since you don't have any internship experience, I would look for something that is very low level. Maybe even volunteer work for a bit so that you can get some experience to put on that resume. All that work in class and all that money wrapped up in student loans really puts a lot of pressure on us to get that high paying job we've worked so hard for. Today, though, jobs are getting harder to come by and those higher educated people are taking positions that would have been underneath them before and don't pay as well. Unfortunately, employers are going to get the best possible candidate for their openings and those of us who may be qualified are competeing against others who are over qualified and need a job as much as we do. I'm sure something will come along that fits you perfectly, but until then, I would look at trying to build some points on your resume.

Eugene Said:

Does anybody know a good career search website?

We Answered:

Prospects.ac.uk is a fantastic on if you live in the UK.

Will help you decide what to do with your degree and if you don''t have one you can still look through various careers and how you can approach your entry into that particular profession.

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