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Job Prep Proverbs

Job Prep Proverbs

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Job Prep ProverbsFollowing are some initial thoughts for you to consider as youprepare for your job search:
Only you can find your dream job. Do not depend on anyone else to hand itto you on a silver platter.Your college owes you nothing other than a great education. Your diplomadoes not come with a guarantee for a great job. That is something you willhave to secure on your own.Seek work you love. You will be spending the greater portion of your lifeworking. Make it an enjoyable experience.You are infinitely better off making $15,000 and happy than making $50,000and miserable. No, the extra $35,000 is really not worth the misery.Happiness is priceless.Extracurricular activities count. Whether a club or athletics, it shows you area well rounded person. And it may be your best opportunity to exhibitleadership skills.Experience is experience. You gain new experiences every day. You do nothave to be paid for it be considered valid experience.A part-time job during school is a great way to pay the bills and gain someexperience. But don't let it take priority over your education or your eventualentry level job search. Remember what you came for.Grades do matter. If you are reading this early, keep your grades high. If late, you will need to provide potential employers with a very good reason if they are not at least a 3.0 ("B" average) or above.Keep your ethics high and it will soon become one of your most admiredqualities. For very few have stayed honest to their ethical standards. Do notlet yours down. Be the exception rather than the rule.Truth is still the truth even when everyone else abandons it. Stand forhonesty and truth in all you do.Don't be afraid to ask questions. There are many people willing to help. Butfirst you must be willing to ask for their help.Develop the key computer skills for your field or industry of interest. If youare not sure what they are, check out current job postings.Thoroughly research each employer you pursue. It is not enough just to showup for the on-campus interviews and hope for the best.
The most qualified person does not necessarily get the job. The person withthe best job search skills will typically get the job over the most qualifiedperson.Job search is a game, complete with a defined set of rules. You need to playby the rules. But to win, you will need to push those rules to the limits.Remember that managers hire people who are like them. Do your best toreflect common attributes.Always think about meeting the needs of others. This is the only way to meetyour own personal needs.Nervousness is common and to be expected. It helps you stay on your toes.You are unique. There is no one else out there exactly like you. Learn torecognize your unique strengths so that you can communicate them toothers.A smile will carry you a great distance in your job search. A warm, friendlyattitude communicates the message that you are enjoyable to work with.What you lack in experience, compensate for with enthusiasm.The better you get at your job search, the easier it becomes. And when youhave finally mastered the process, it is over. But it is a life skill that you willreturn to again and again.Job Search Information 
Help Wanted in Twelve Different Flavors :
Consider the following to be a comprehensive (although not all-inclusive)listing of possible avenues for gaining further experience:InternshipsSummer jobsCampus jobsEntrepreneurial/self-employed jobsTemporary workVolunteer work--school, church, club, not-for-profit organizationsSpecial projectsResearch papersCertification coursesCampus activity positionsFraternity/sorority/social club positionsExtracurricular or sports leadership positionsReview the above list. Use it as your checklist. Don't ever again fall into thetrap of saying that you don't have any real experience. If you haven't

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