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Posted February 28, 2012 by

College Graduates with Work Experience May Have an Advantage

While work experience does not guarantee college grads jobs, it can’t hurt their chances.

College students take note: Prior work experience may be a requisite for getting your foot in the door with employers, a new Accountemps survey suggests. Nine in 10 (91 percent) chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said it is important for entry-level accounting and finance professionals to gain practical experience while in college.

CFOs were asked, “How important is it for entry-level accounting and finance professionals to have gained work experience in the field while in college?” Their responses: (more…)

Posted November 28, 2008 by

Common Job Search Mistakes

Guest post by Susan Kennedy
Here are some very common mistakes we see people making. Make sure you are not one of them.
Lack of Focus. A specific career goal is the single most important component in a successful job search. People spend more time researching a laptop purchase than they do researching the job that’s right for them. When you went to college, you did your research. You knew where the college was, what it had to offer and you felt like you could fit in well. Identifying the right job for you works the same way: you need to be aware of what you do well, what you want to do and how this translates into the job that’s right for you.
Job Search without a Plan. What will you do today to land that great job? Will you attend a job fair? Will you call three people? What organizations have you targeted? Once you have a goal in mind, you should have a plan in place which will use all sources available to you to find the right job. Every day, you should wake up knowing how you will spend your job search time that day. Plan to spend 20 hours each week looking for that job. If you are already working, that number can drop to 10 hours each week.

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Posted October 09, 2008 by

Getting Your Foot in the Door with Temp Work

Sometimes finding the job you want requires that you take unorthodox methods to get there. More and more people are finding this out as the economy dries up and competition for employment gets stiffer.
This is why, for many, temporary work is a great route to take to get their foot in the door. It might work for you too. But before you sign on with a temp agency, take a look at some ways you can use it to your benefit.
Test Out or Cement Career Options
Whether you’re looking to acquire your first job in the field you hope to work in, or you’re simply looking for your first field, taking on a temp job can help you achieve your goal. It gives you the opportunity to test the waters at different companies, look at their organizational cultures, and decide which jobs suite your professional preferences.
Even better, if you secure a temp job and find you are interested in moving forward in the company, you can make connections to get your foot in the door if a position opens. Since they already know your work ethic and capabilities, they will be more likely to hire you than a complete stranger. This gives you the opportunity to bypass the hoops other employees had to jump through to get their jobs.

Get Experience Along the Way

In the world of temping, you may find yourself working a job here and one there, with some lasting six days, and others lasting six months. But no matter how long you work at an employer, you still have an opportunity to test out different organizational cultures. Even more, you have the opportunity to gain experience that you can take with you to the next job.
But what experience can you gain? Well, for example, if you work temporarily as a secretary, you will gain experience organizing documents, managing files, answering phones and much more that you can take with you if you decide to apply for a permanent job. It’s actually similar to receiving paid training – and nothing is better than that. Essentially, the more temp jobs you work, the more experience you gain, until eventually, you will have a full list of skills to note on your resume.
Take Advantage of All Fields and Professional Levels
Depending on what temp agency you approach, you will find that temporary work is not just available for entry-level jobs. There are some that specialize in placing senior managers and executives into companies. Then there are temp agencies like Enterprise Medical Services that place medical doctors and other healthcare professionals into hospitals, clinics, and other facilities on a temporary or sometimes permanent basis. You’ll see by exploring the temping world that the opportunities can be plentiful no matter your field or professional level. You simply need to be open to all opportunities that arise.
Being a temp worker can seem to take you down a road to nowhere. But on the contrary, it can be a very beneficial experience. So if you’re looking for a job, don’t be shy about joining one. You might find that your next temp job could lead you to the career you’ve been dreaming of.
Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer and owner of http://www.ResumeLines.com who is now dedicated to providing job seekers with resources and products that promote job search success from beginning to end.