Finding a Job after Graduation May Not Be So Easy

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Graduation is less than two weeks away and the excitement of the accomplishment, fulfillment, and pride in obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree is here for NYIT’s Class of 2013.There is one thought in every senior’s head around this time of year along with the excitement and that is, “What’s next?” This is the question asked by many when it comes to the next step in their post academic and professional careers. Some students will continue onto graduate studies, but for seniors graduating who will venture into the job market, the daunting task of finding a job can be very intimidating.

In today’s job market,there are constant reports of the high unemployment rate, the latest big company layoff, the poor economic state of our country, and the increasingly competitive job market. Finding a job as a fresh graduate is no walk in the park. Students at NYIT are taught to put themselves out there to employers, diversify their resumes, and do something that sets them apart from the competition. Networking is one of the single most important factors in landing a position for a college senior. There are an abundance of opportunities out there, but the key is to network.Specifically, constant conversation, attending job fairs, like the annual NYIT job fair held this past April, and building relationships with those around you. These relationships can lead to possible opportunities to landing the entry level position you have dreamed of.

A lot of hard work, drive, and determination go into creating an employer ready resume and preparing for job interviews. The task can be extremely stressful, as the pressure mounts to land a position as graduation draws closer there is an abundance of help and knowledge available to students on campus for the job hunt. NYIT’s own office of Career Services on campus offers an array of tools to help students with networking to potential employers. Students can sit down with a career services representative, who will evaluate their resume, and offer suggestions and tips on how to network, grow, and prosper in today’s competitive job market. The office of Career Services is located in Salten Hall, down the stairs and across the hall from both the bookstore and the student cafe. Some of NYIT’s graduating seniors weigh in on what’s ahead for them in the future. “The job market is still recovering, but the unemployment rate is slowly declining and that gives me a positive outlook for landing a position once I graduate. I am still undecided if I will continue on for my masters or not,” says Garrett Kemp, a senior finance major who will be graduating this fall. Another senior finance major, Khalil Khalfan, shares his future plans, “Upon graduating I have landed a position as a broker/analyst for an investment company. I plan to go back for my masters in the future, but right now I am excited, and ready to start my new position.” Khalil is graduating in just a few short weeks.

With the help from career services, there is still much to learn and master if a senior on campus wants to become successful with his or her job search. One of the most important aspects of finding a job after graduation is standing out in the interview process. Career expert Paul Friberger explains interviewers need to be ready for any questions thrown at them, not just the typical interview questions, like “What are you strengths and weaknesses?” Friberger elaborates on the importance of answering the “soft” questions during an interview, “Don’t confuse soft questions with meaningless talk, the kind of introductory chit-chat that really is innocuous 90 percent of the time. The real questions ask about things that are personal and, though superficially irrelevant, revealing. That, at least, is the interviewer’s hope.” More tips on interviewing can be found in Paul Friberger’s new book, “When Can You Start?”

The importance of landing a position in your desired field upon graduation is taxing on a senior, on top of finishing those last projects and papers, studying for finals, and planning graduation parties. Today’s job market poses an array of different obstacles seniors will be faced with. Employers are looking for well rounded individuals, who will not only complete the expectations of the job, but exceed them, and drive their business to the next level. Employers are looking for a well-rounded individual who can bring their knowledge, skill set, and personality to the office and excel their business to new levels of growth and success. By networking, attending job fairs, posting your resume on job sites like monster and CareerBuilder, as well as searching for jobs on the internet and in the local newspaper, that dream position will become available. Finding a job today takes perseverance, determination, and a vision of success. Seniors have many obstacles in their path, and face many negative factors leading up the pinnacle of their college careers.

Graduation day is fast approaching, but with encouragement, support, and simply putting yourself out there, finding the position you want is closer than you know. For more information on job search tips visit NYIT’s office of career services, or visitwww.nyit.edu/careerservices. For more helpful tips which cover everything from life after college, finances, and the interview process, copies of both “Life after school. Explained.” by the Cap & Compass writing team, and When Can You Start,” by Paul Friberger can be found in the Wisser library.

Congratulations and good luck to the class of 2013, may your future endeavors be propelled by your past success!

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