Sunday, October 28, 2012

Looking for a job is a full-time job

Like the old saying goes: Looking for a job is a full-time job.

That's especially the case whether you're fresh out of college, you've been out of work for a while, have held the same job for an extended period of time, or even changing careers.  

What's meant by looking for a job is a full-time job?  It simply means that you get up early in the morning, start making the rounds by say, 9 a.m. in the morning, searching either the Internet or the classified section on newspapers (How ironic is that, with all of the new technology available these days?), and networking until 5 p.m. in the afternoon.  In other words, you're treating the job hunt just like a regular job.

So, just how hard is it a find any job, let alone a full-time job with a decent salary?  A study released by Rutgers University in May 2012 showed that more than half of recent college graduates were unable to find a full-time job.   That same study shows that more than 10 percent or recent college grads are either out of work or not looking for a job, period.

If that wasn't enough, a similar study from the Economic Policy Institute reports that the wages of recent college graduates will stay depressed for the next 10-15 years?  Very scary thought, huh?

The bottom line? If you're going to treat looking for a job as a full-time job, why not treat like running your own company.  Again, that means not only sending out resumes and applying for jobs, but also networking, volunteering, making the rounds, and attending job fairs whenever possible.  In fact, you might not want to rule starting your own business, either.
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