Launching a Belated, Post-Graduation Job Search

Q.  A friend who just started her internship told me about your blog as she chastised me for not having looked for a PR job before graduating last month. I have a valid excuse since I had to work two jobs on campus to pay for college, so I don’t know where to start, nor do I have much of a resume. Where do I start? -SL

A. Working two jobs while attending college is not easy, but having done nothing towards your post-graduation job search is sufficient reason for a bit of criticism from your friends and parents. Now, to make up for lost time, you need to quickly develop a job-search game plan. Put it on a spreadsheet with clearly detailed actions and a timetable for achieving them. At the same time, build the best possible resume, and be open to jobs outside of PR that help enhance your weak resume. Many non-PR jobs in organizations with communication functions will consider employees from elsewhere in the company after you demonstrate a strong worth ethic and interest in the business. Finally, tap your network of family and friends for possible leads. Between 65% and 85% of all jobs are found through networking, so don’t just rely on job boards.

Since you’re new to this blog, check out some of the job search advice from guest blogger Paul Swiergosz, who wrote Homework Assignments for Effective Job Search as well as Edward Bury’s, Graduation Day? Okay, Now What? If you’re at a loss for where to start, check out my post from last year, Recommendations for a Job Search Action Plan.

Make sure you spend a minimum of four hours a day researching and responding to job opportunities. Good luck, and let me know when you land a job and how you did it.

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