Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Learning to Job Search


“If you haven’t studied and practiced job search skills, you should assume you suck at job search.”

Here is one person’s experience at learning how to search for jobs. It’s not something we teach you in classes—at Niagara University, or anywhere else in the educational pipeline. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, as of 2012 it is simply not (most of) my job.

In pre-college education, you learn to read, write, think. In college, you read, write, think to learn. If you’re headed off to graduate school, with an eye on becoming a college professor, (a) you have learned some basics that will help you get the Ph.D., but (b) you still haven’t learned a darned thing about how academia as a business works. (I did an extended apprenticeship as an assistant to a notable Rainmaker at the school where I took my degree.)

In short, simply following the rules to get a college degree in a specific discipline (English, Computer Information Science, Business, whatever) is not enough. You must supplement your critical thinking and writing abilities with an understanding of how to apply your abilities in a way that an employer will understand and value.

If you’ve been following my blog, visiting the Career Development Center at Niagara University, and taking some steps to come up to speed with the “Real World”—congratulations! You’re on your way to graduating without the masking taped message “hire me!” on your mortarboard.

As blog which referred me to this link (JibberJobber) pointed out, this is nearly an e-book’s worth of material with solid advice. It’s divided into categories:

Cover Letters

It’s not the be-all and end-all of job search guides; it’s not a magic bullet. But it does have some solid, well-organized ideas that you can apply to learn how to find (and keep, and get promoted within) a great job.

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