Land A Job In A Tough Economy. Janet Civitelli, Ph.D. Associate Director [email protected] State of the Union. 2009 – College hiring for new grads is down 22% 2009 – February unemployment rate is 7.6% 2008 – Highest annual job loss (2.6M) since 1945
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Land A Job In A Tough Economy
Janet Civitelli, Ph.D.
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Candidate #1: I can do anything. Please hire me.
Candidate #2: I’m a marketing major who completed internships at Disney and ABC. I’m seeking to use my communication and project management skills in a public relations role.
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
“It is not that I’m so smart…it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Dr. Seuss’ first book was rejected 27 times by publishers; he went on to write 60+ books and sell 222 million copies
Research careers and companies – UCS pays for Vault.com and CareerBeam subscriptions for students – log in at career.uh.edu
Stay off line during the valuable time of the business day
Do not hide behind the computer screen
Focus on niche sites for specific careers, such as JobsInTheMoney.com, MarketingPower.com, etc.
Every week, describe your job goal and your skills to five people.
“I’m an English major graduating from UH and I want to find a position where I could use my writing and project management skills. I’d like your advice about which companies in the advertising industry might be hiring.”
UCAN = University Career Advisory Network
Professionals with experience, skills, and ADVICE
Available through www.career.uh.edu
It is always a good strategy to ask for advice and information, which are free to give. Jobs are not free to give.
Career counselors are great at role playing networking conversations until you become comfortable doing them in real life.
Career / job fairs
Direct application to the company’s Web site
Include a Career Summary that tells what you have to offer and what you want to do:
Mathematics major with strong analytic skills seeking entry level position in the actuarial field.
A resume gets an A+ if it lands you interviews!
Challenge – Situation you faced
Action – What you did about it
Result – The outcome
Never pay thousands of dollars to anyone who says they can introduce you to potential employers
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