The world changes constantly. In what seems like decades ago, jobs were abundant and headhunters were scooping up candidates before graduation nationwide. But you know what? it's not happening like that today. Why? you ask. Well, our economy has hit a few road bumps, budgets have failed, and companies have gone under. This can make it very difficult for today's candidates to locate a job that is worth their time and money spent in college.
Companies are not going to find you anymore… so you have to find them! We all have to learn a few new tools and techniques to help us get creative in our job search. Getting creative means looking for jobs in areas or with techniques previously not used. Only about 20-30 percent of jobs are actually published to the general public! And 80-90 percent of people looking for jobs concentrate their efforts solely on those posted jobs rather than exploring the hidden job market. All employers are thinking about the future: where the company is headed, goals for their projects, and who they will need to hire to meet these goals. Many professionals network to find the right person to fill a position rather than publicize it to everyone and take the chance of hiring the wrong candidate. This means you need to start digging for jobs rather than searching for them. Digging entails networking with professionals in your career industry. Get to know them, talk with them and pick their brains for ideas. Networking may also mean interviewing professionals about their career and how they got there. You might not necessarily hand them your resume, but you can hint at your own job search.
Digging could also mean taking on more volunteer work, part-time work or internships in the areas in which you are interested. This will allow you the chance to get your foot in the door and gain contacts in the field. You cannot expect to just jump into the computer industry without first having some experience in computers or by not having any contacts to back you up! Using this train of thought, follow some simple steps:
When you hit a brick wall in your search, it is time to back up and find another road to follow. Take a look at the free online resources that the Career Services Center provides alumni at www.uncg.edu/csc/diycareer.
Dr. Patrick Madsen is the director of the UNCG Career Services Center. Learn more at http://csc.dept.uncg.edu/.