Dr. Dunn's Class
Monday, Monday March 5th, 2012- from
2-3 PM-Enterprise Classroom
Post-Graduation Planning -Job
What Should I Do?
First some stats:
here for job search
and graduate school power point (20 plus
here for 'What Can You
Do With Your Degree"
here for top careers
here for salary
here for occupation
information from America Job Center-Career
here to view "More
Education More Money"
here for college major
An executive summary of the September 2013
Salary Survey report is available at
The final Salary Survey report for
Class of 2013 graduates will be published in
early January 2014.
Source: September 2013 Salary Survey,
National Association of Colleges and
About Salary Survey: Salary
Survey reports starting salaries for new
college graduates in more than 90 disciplines at
the bachelor’s-degree level. Data contained in
and Students Today-Infographic
Rise and Fall of the Millennials -Infographic
Graduate School Information:
here for Graduate School information
NACE-National Association of Colleges
Following are some steps to
make a successful college-to-real world
How To Find Jobs
for College Graduates
As college seniors approach the end of the
semester, they have a lot more to think about
besides final exams and graduation parties. What
they’re planning to do after college life is
still a question left unanswered for many.
For those soon-to-be graduates seeking
employment, Beyond.com conducted a poll through
February, asking college seniors how many jobs
they have applied to so far. Faced with
continued reports on the tough job market,
class of 2014 is clearly taking some initiative.
Here’s what the results showed:
•More than 33 percent reported they have already
applied for over 40 jobs.
•Just about 21 percent of respondents have
applied for somewhere between 10 and 20 jobs.
•Almost 20 percent have applied for 21 to 40
•17 percent have applied for less than 10 jobs.
•The smallest percentage, 8.5 percent, have
applied for no jobs at all.
While the economy is looking much brighter for
recent college graduates than it has the past
couple years, it still takes that extra
something to help young job seekers stand out
among the other applicants. Here are some tips
to help college graduates be at the top of their
games and score entry-level jobs in their
1. Clean up your online image
2. Start applying now…if you haven’t
The earlier the better. Many employers start
looking for candidates months before graduation,
so they are ready to fill the positions in May
or June. Try to get ahead of the flood of Spring
resumes by applying early and often.
3. Don’t be afraid to network – in
person and online
Every opportunity is an opportunity to network!
Whether it’s chatting with a professor, staying
in touch with an internship coordinator or
creating a LinkedIn profile – don’t be afraid to
put yourself out there professionally. The worst
thing that can happen is nothing.
4. Target your job search
While not every opportunity is going to be your
dream job, you can target what you want if you
find job postings in a niche job board or
LinkedIn group. For example, if you’re looking
for finance jobs, find a place where these types
of jobs are posted specifically.
5. Download mobile job search apps
Everyone is attached to their Smartphone these
days, so why not receive job alerts and do some
job-searching on the go?
6. Utilize your school’s career services
It’s likely that your college or university has
a career services office. Some schools also
offer further training like a project management
certificate or other classes to deepen your
education. While you’re still a student, make
use of these services by making an appointment
to have your resume critiqued or do a mock
7. Prepare for interviews – homework &
If you’ve received a call back after applying
for a job, you need to be prepared and on top of
your game. To stand out from the other
interviewees, research the company beforehand.
Have questions to ask – this will show you are
interested. Also, send a hand-written thank you
note or an email thank you at the very least.
8. Gain experience while job-searching
If you have some spare time while applying for
jobs, take on an internship in your desired
field. This will give you extra experience to
put on your resume and show that you took the
initiative to advance your skill-set instead of
waiting around or taking an irrelevant job.
9. Attend career fairs
Career fairs are a great way to get in front of
multiple employers looking to hire and network
face-to-face. It provides the opportunity to
showcase your communication skills and
personality while participating in
mini-interviews. It can help move your resume to
the top of the pile.
10. Create an online career portfolio
Distinguish yourself from other candidates and
create a powerful web page that will display
your skills and experiences to show employers
that you’re willing to go the extra mile and are
committed to your job search.