Thursday, February 23, 2012

Advice from Graduates with Jobs

As a recent college graduate one of the best things I've done in my job search is to ask other graduates how they got their job and any other techniques. Probably the most well-rounded advice I've received comes from Danny Holley, a UMCP alumn with a Masters from George Washington University. He currently works for an accounting firm.

Holley, who took time away from his busiest season (taxes!), said: "It takes about 40 hours a week when you're starting from scratch between research employers, making phone calls, emails..."

Talk about scary! He found that blind emails and phone calls really got him nowhere. "You have to find a way to talk to people face to face," he said.

His best sources? "Network like crazy."

This means joining societies and local chapters, attending conferences, and going to professional networking events and career fairs. Even try to set up a visit to the offices of the company you want to work for.

Last: "Make use of your school's career center for resume critiquing and career coaching. Theyll help you narrow the scope of your search. calls are just a waste of your time."

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