As the days are getting warmer and warmer, it’s a sure sign that summer is not very far away. If you are a soon-to-be graduate who is still looking for a job, or a continuing student still looking for an internship, this column is for you. I recently discovered an article, 27 Common Job Finding Mistakes, by Dick Gaither. Whether you’ve been looking for months without positive results or are just beginning your search, the article can be an excellent resource.
I was interested in reading it because I wanted to see how the content of our workshops, the articles in my blogs and the information we share in one-on-one appointments compared with Gaither’s list. (Incidentally, I am an admirer of his work.)
The list includes topics that should be familiar to you if you’ve been working with the Fulton Schools Career Center. You need to have a focus, have a good sense of your strengths and abilities and know how to self yourself. Job seeking is time consuming. You have to do research on each company and your resumes, cover letters, online applications and 30-second commercials have to be customized for each and every opportunity. Image is important and a positive, professional attitude is critical.
You need to be flexible and remember that all recruiters and hiring managers are evaluating you in terms of what you can do for them. So, even though you really want the job to be all about meeting your needs and matching your preferences, you know how important it is to present yourself in terms of what you can do rather than what you want.
Take the time to read Gather’s entire article. In fact, I recommend printing it out and using it as a guide as you continue (or start) your search. www.experienceworks.org/site/DocServer/Job_finding_mistakes.pdf?docID=17126
Joyce Donahue is a Career Counselor in the Fulton Schools Career Center. She is a National Certified Career Counselor and holds “Master Career Counselor” membership status in the National Career Development Association.