You are all set to graduate and join the job market. Excitement and fear probably run through your veins in equal measure. The big question is: after the cap and gown come off, what’s next?
Julie Haberle is a Human Resources Manager for Spee-Dee Delivery in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She participates in Minnesota School of Business career fairs and serves on career panels for Career Development classes. Here is her priority advice to upcoming December graduates.
#1 Broaden Your Net. Contact as many sources as you can. Get out there and network. Get involved in your industry. Have an information interview with someone in the field. It is a competitive market, but being intimidated won’t change anything. Be confident instead of stressed out. You will be more appealing to an employer when you are confident.
#2 Pay Attention to Detail. This isn’t rocket science; it’s common sense. If you are asked to fill out an application, complete it fully. Don’t make the employer work for you. Make sure your resume is in order. If you are asked for three references, include all three, not just one.
#3 Write Well. There has to be a baseline, even in highly technical jobs. I’ve seen an increase in texting language which is not okay to do in the business world. You must be able to spell and put words together in an intelligent way.
#4 Create Flawless Cover Letters and Resumes. It’s hard for an interviewer to get past spelling errors. You may never pass this first test without preparation. Use your resources. Use tutors. Use Career Advisors. Get someone to read over your resume before you ever send it out to a potential employer.
#5 Stay Busy. In a competitive market, it’s easy to get discouraged. Don’t stop doing what you are doing. Looking for a job can be a full-time job! Volunteer in your field to get experience. We look at volunteering as a positive thing. Expect rejection, but persevere. Eventually you will find the right fit.
Shannon Templin, Director of Career Services at MSB-St. Cloud, notes that “Spee-Dee Delivery has been a strong advocate for Minnesota School of Business, partnering for recruitment and academic program advising. This partnership has been mutually beneficial for graduates and Spee-Dee Delivery by delivering graduates with fresh ideas and a passion to put their skills and education to work.”
Spee-dee Delivery began in St. Cloud in 1978 as an on-call courier service with the vision of providing overnight delivery with better service and lower prices than the competition. It currently employs 1,600 people and operates 1,200 pieces of equipment.