Top Five Strategies for Kicking Off a Career

Posted by on March 12, 2012

In the midst of finals, graduation, and maybe a little “me” time, the average college student doesn’t immediately jump from student to working professional overnight.  There is usually a bit of lag time until it finally sinks in–you are done being a student and need to find a job!

What’s a person to do first?  Thanks to Lindsey Pollak, author of “Getting from College to Career” you can focus on the most important strategies to enter the working world.

Contributing reporter, Kelly Eggers, from The Wall Street Journal recently sat down with Pollak and questioned her on the top five strategies for kicking off a career.  Here’s a quick look at the five highlighted by Eggers in her article:

  • Helicopters (hovering parents)-Pollak writes in her book that although parents can be very helpful in the job search and networking with the right people, they shouldn’t be going to interviews with you or calling to follow up about a job.
  • Career Centers – Students underutilized their college career centers, which can offer dramatic assistance with applying for jobs, putting together a resume, preparing for an interview and more!
  • Informational Interviews- Pollak recommends building relationships with working professional who already hold a job similar to what you are hoping for.  People love to talk about themselves and most working professionals would jump at the opportunity to talk to someone looking to enter their field.
  • Linked In – Most colleges are pushing LinkedIn at this; however, just the basic elements of a student profile are being utilized.  Pollak goes over the advantages of using coursework, skills, portfolio and volunteer work sections to help differentiate from the competition.
  • Themselves – One of the best things you can do is create a brag book for yourself, claims Pollak. Get a three ring binder and start putting in any accomplishments, highlights, writing put a few sentences about difficult situations you came out of and more!

To read the entire article by The Wall Street Journal, click here!

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