Diversity Employers

December 2015

Editorial objective:1- give diverse jobseekers sound information on job opportunities and how to successfully navigate the job search process,2- invite “employers of choice” to share success secrets and valuable information on where the jobs are.

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16 Diversity Employers | DiversityEmployers.com | December 2015 ou're fnally going to graduate! The exhilaration of walking across the stage, seeing your name on that diploma and feeling the pride and joy from your family and friends can put you on top of the world! But what if you wake up the next day, the reality sets in that you have no job, and you feel panic and/or confusion. Where do you go and what do you do now? The frst thing is to realize that your commencement day is an arbitrary date selected by your university. It is NOT the date by which all organizations must have their college hires on board. Some colleges have graduation in early May while other ceremonies happen as late as mid-June. Employment start dates for the Class of 2016 will vary by company. Hopefully, you've utilized your career center and have had your resume cri- tiqued and have done mock interviews. Those are the frst two steps in the job search process. If this is the frst time you've even thought about what you'll do after graduation, contact your career center as it is open year round. Your career center can provide you the tools/ help necessary to fnd employment, but ultimately it is up to you to do what is needed to start earning a paycheck. Have you checked you online presence to en- sure that there is nothing on any social media sites that might hamper your employability? So what else can you do? Keep your job and salary options open. Just because you majored in a particular feld of study you are not necessarily locked into jobs specifcally associated with that major. Some majors give you knowledge that could be ap- plied to a variety of positions. Think of the skills you've acquired from any part- time jobs you've worked during college – and yes, on- campus Work Study does count. Perhaps you have customer service experience which is a useful skill for many careers. Be reasonable in your salary expectations. A college degree does not automatically qualify you for a six-fgure entry level position. You may have to accept a position at a level/salary lower than what you think you deserve just to get the proverbial "foot in the door" of an organization. In due time, you'll advance to the next level. Have you considered a career with the country's largest employer – "Uncle Sam"? Some federal government jobs may not start at the salary level you'd like, but they may have automatic pro- motions which will put you at a compa- rable corporate salary within a few years. Consider the many benefts of a federal career such as stability, annual/sick leave and in some cases fexible working hours. The government offers entry into its workforce through the Pathways Program in which graduates are eligible to apply for positions within two years of earning their degree. Check out www. usajobs.gov to see what's available. Consider registering with a tempo- rary agency that might have positions utilizing your computer skills. Also consider a "fun" summer job such as a camp counselor which can give you some income while keeping you busy until on-campus recruitment activity resumes at your university in the fall. Don't take it personally if you've been rejected after taking job inter- views. It doesn't mean that you are not a viable candidate. It may simply mean that you are not the right match for a particular position. You really shouldn't settle for any job; you want the job that is the perfect match for you. In a tight economy such as the one we're experiencing, plenty of folks will experience plenty of rejection. Don't get discouraged and give up! So many factors affect the hiring process that it takes time to get a job these days. Do things to help you keep a posi- tive perspective such as eating healthy, exercising regularly and keep up your networking as much as possible. It's unrealistic to believe that you can go online once a week and quickly fnd a job. It's almost a cliché, but it's still true that searching for a job can be a job in itself. Remember that nobody is guaranteed a diploma in one hand and a job offer in the other. Take a deep breath and commit yourself to working diligently at your job search and it will pay off in time. Good luck! u Y By Carolyn Duvigneaud Thomas I HAVE MY DIPLOMA BUT NO JOB! Carolyn Thomas, Director of Career Services, Xavier University of Louisiana. Take a deep breath and commit yourself to working diligently at your job search and it will pay of in time. Hopefully, you've utilized your career center and have had your resume critiqued and have done mock interviews. Those are the frst two steps in the job search process.

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