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Posted April 12, 2013 by

Everything You Need to Know About Networking (that Your College Career Center Hasn’t Told You)

NetworkingVisit any college career center and you’ll realize that “networking” has become the career-search- related buzzword of the century. As a new college grad, you’ll find this word plastered everywhere, and you’ll hear it repeated a hundred times in the avalanche of advice that career counselors and recruiters are likely to offer you.

But very few of these people will actually provide clear instructions on how to “network” effectively. And most college seniors let this word wash over them, because after all, they’re 22, have never held a professional job, and have no “network” to speak of. Simply reaching into your contacts list, calling your “connections” (what connections? Your professors? The manager at the restaurant where you’ve been waiting on tables part-time?) and asking them to hire you just isn’t a realistic job search strategy. Here are a few considerations that can help you make sense of this process and put it to use in a meaningful way. (more…)

Posted November 30, 2012 by

Recent Grads: Do you give up too easily?

CollegeRecruiter.comNetworking can be a key factor in finding a job.  As a recent college graduate, you may contact many recruiters and employers about job opportunities, but not receive a response.  While this might be frustrating, there are some tips in the following post that can help you with the networking process in your job search.

Networker, your job is to follow-up. “I sent Jocelyn an email and never heard back from her.” This is a comment I got from a recent grad for whom I’d made a warm introduction to a hiring contact. A grad who wanted a job in outside sales. To a hiring contact who was desperately trying

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Recent Grads: Do you give up too easily?

Posted January 05, 2009 by

Is Temp to Perm Still a Good Strategy?

The following guest post by Susan Kenndy will help keep job seekers up-to-date with what’s going on in temp agencies
You hear it everywhere… get a temp job and it may turn into a permanent position. Good idea, right?? After all, it gives you the opportunity to really see what the company is like and how the employees are treated. And, it lets the company see you in action. So why isn’t everyone doing it?
Well, almost everyone is, or trying to. A local temp agency told me the other day that they were “saturated” with candidates who are all trying to do the same thing. It’s a tough market out there and there is a lot of available and experienced talent trying to do the same thing. And although about half of their college grad candidates are able to go from “temp to perm”, this agency offered up some specific ideas to help.

  • First, do whatever the agency asks of you, no matter how short term or menial it may be, to the best of your ability. Once you get positive feedback from the company, the recruiter, who only has about 10 minutes to fell a slot, is more likely to call you back for better assignments.
  • You need to have a top notch resume and make a positive impression on everyone you meet and work with. Employers want to see some part time work experience and a strong work ethic. They want to know you are competent and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Finally, be patient. If there is an opportunity to become a permanent employee, it will most likely not happen right away. Most employers have to pay a finder’s fee to the temp agency if they hire you within a specific time frame so that will have an impact on any decisions they make.

Going from temp to perm is still a good strategy but it now takes more effort and patience.
Article by, Susan Kennedy, career counselor for college graduates and young professionals