Job Search Introduction
if we have the courage to pursue them."
- Walt Disney -
I am looking forward to helping you in your job search. I am a strong believer in the fact that there is a job out there that is just right for you. It is waiting for you to find it. Your job will be to find and secure that job. This information is my way of reaching out to guide you as we walk down that path together.
As you look forward to life after college, your first priority should be to focus on the importance of securing an outstanding first job. That first job, whether it lasts twelve months or forty-five years, will start you on the path to your future life. This information is designed to serve as your personal advisor in seeking out and finding that critical first position. The information that follows is filled with literally hundreds of techniques and tactics that will guide you in your quest.
I realize that the job search info contained at this Web site will provide far more techniques and tactics than any one person could use during the course of a single job search--or even in a single work lifetime. Why are there so many? Because some techniques will work for you--and others will not. That's right. Some of the information will not apply to your specific circumstances, and other information will need modification to fit your personal style. The key is that each person who uses the appropriate techniques will gain a true competitive edge by putting this information to use.
Does each technique work every time? Obviously not. But these techniques can assist you in opening new doors that might have been previously impassable. They can assist you in getting into a company who is not officially hiring. They can assist you in finding an opportunity that no one else is aware of. They can assist you in succeeding in the interview when you might have otherwise failed. In short, this information can assist you in reaching your full career potential. Remember, I am only here to assist you. You are the one who has to actively put the information to work.
These techniques have all been field-tested and have been highly successful for others. But they will require an element that no online text can give: your personal touch. The best job search tactics are those that allow for modification to fit your personal style and needs. That has been a central focus in developing this information: giving you the tools you need, while retaining your individual personality. So make this information your own and adopt these techniques and tactics by putting your personal "spin" on them.
What This Information Is About
As you review the information contained at this site, it is important that you understand in advance what this information is and is not.
First, what this information is. It is a compilation of unique techniques, tactics, methods, tips, and approaches specifically designed for the entry level job market. The great majority of information at this site is not available in any other form, Web-based or otherwise. This information was developed to give college grads a true competitive edge in the entry level job market of the new millenium.
Second, what this information is not. It is not a one-size-fits-all formula. It requires your interaction and your personal touch. And it is not a job offer. Properly used and applied, it will lead you to the job offer. But there is a great deal of personal effort that you will need to provide in between. Never underestimate the amount of time necessary to find the very best position. You have invested a large amount of time and money in your education. Now, as the payoff nears, do not sell yourself short in this, the all-important final lap.
Finally, this information is written specifically for the entry level college grad market. While much of the material is applicable across all levels of job search, from entry level to management, from clerical to professional to technical, the techniques are written specifically for your job market. However, you will find that many of the techniques are truly timeless and will be useful to you for the remainder of your professional life.
It is entirely up to you what you make of the material contained at this site. These techniques have proven successful with hundreds and thousands of others, but will do nothing for you until you actually use them. Don't just say, "Hmm, that's interesting." Do it! Make it happen!
One final opening note: if you are looking for the "standard textbook answers" on entry level job search, you are at the wrong site. The information I am giving you is not a collection of ideas from other sites or other books about job search--in fact, much of what you will read is not in other books and often contradicts what the other books say. And with good reason. Most of the information on job search at other sites either does not apply specifically to entry level college grads or, worse yet, is just plain wrong. There are too many "job search handbooks" written by professional writers who have never hired--or been hired--in their entire life.
But this information is coming direct from the source, from an active hiring manager who hires day in, day out. So if you are looking for honest, solid advice from someone who has been there, get ready for a whirlwind tour of everything you ever wanted to know about entry level job search. By the time you finish the information at this site, you will be well-equipped to be a standout in the entry level employment process.
In the pages ahead is the adventure of your lifetime. I look forward to being your guide on this adventure. Happy hunting!
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