Sunday, October 16, 2011

How To Navigate The Unstable Job Market

Seeing as how most of us in this class are seniors and with graduation approaching fairly soon, we need to plan ahead on how we are going to succeed in our nation's currently unstable job market. Although new jobs are being added, our nation still falls short 250,000 jobs economists say need to be added monthly in order to make real progress in decreasing the unemployment rates. Due to the unstable job market competition will continue to be high for people looking for jobs. For those who are already employed will have many expectations they will have to uphold to. This is our economic reality, we are going to have to continue to adapt until a stable job market becomes more promising.


1.) Don't apply to every job you see: It is a waste of time, it is better to spend your time on fewer applications that you have the most qualifications for.
2.) Quantify accomplishments on your resume: Doing this adds weight to resume and gives clarity.
Write down what you've been doing on the job and be specific as possible. For each item, ask yourself "so what" & "why" they are so important to have. These questions will help you come up with the answer and your reasoning.
3.) Prepare for your interviews: Research the organization and their key people. You should know some things such as products, services, locations, recent mergers, etc, before hand. It also helps to be prepared for commonly asked questions during interviews such as "Why should I hire you"


1.) Communicate with your supervisor: Keeping an open line of communication with your boss will be very helpful. Asking for more responsibilities can lead to more autonomy and then more empowerment. It will also remind your boss how valuable you are.
2.) Find a mentor: Having a mentor can be very beneficial in many ways. In case of company layoffs, if you have a mentor within the company you work for, then you will have an advocate in your corner. If your mentor is outside your company then you have a networking contact should you endure tough times.
3.) Learn the business: Understanding your company's business objectives can help you identify opportunities to improve on your capabilities and do your job better.

The more prepared we make ourselves now, the more we will be ready to make it in this tumultuous job market after graduation!

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