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Finding a Job

There has been a lot of coverage in the media surrounding the job market and the high level of competition job seekers face. This is true in some aspects, although there are numerous employers looking to fill positions and new job opportunities are posted on the Internet every day.

Also, many industries are growing and employers are looking for qualified workers. Recently there was a CareerBuilder and CareerRookie.com survey, which revealed that “employers (54 per cent) reported they plan to hire recent…graduates in 2012, up from 46 per cent in 2011, 44 per cent in 2010 and 43 per cent in 2009”. This survey shows that grads and entry level employees are in demand for new hires. If you are currently looking for a job, consider the following tips:

1. Be proactive in all aspects of the job search. Many times this involves taking several approaches to find companies that are hiring, creating connections with those companies, and networking in person. This can include joining social networks, volunteering your time, blogging, and talking to your current connections to see if they can assist in some way.

2. Don’t make excuses for yourself. When it comes down to it, you need to be accountable for making your job search successful. That means not giving up and putting in the time to change your resume, as well as your cover letter, for each job posting. Also, it involves applying for those jobs that you may not necessarily be a perfect candidate for and remaining optimistic about your job search. In all honesty, you are just looking for one job that fits your qualifications.

3. Pursue two or three companies for a job. This is easier than targeting the whole industry and not knowing who you are contacting. You can do this by contacting several people in leadership positions within those companies and making connections with them. They may not have a job for you right now, but if you show initiative and make a good impression then you may be offered a job down the road. People are more willing to engage with you concerning opportunities than you would expect.

4. Make sure to market yourself in interviews. Resumes get you the interview, but it is the impression you make, your communication skills, and your personality that gets you the job. Be prepared to answer questions about your strengths, weaknesses, success stories, and experiences. Explain what you can bring to the table and that you will immediately become an asset to the organization.

5. Show that you are excited to work for them. Express how you feel to the interviewer and that you are eager to work for them. Do your research and communicate what you can offer if you were hired.

Source: http://www.careerbuilder.ca

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International programs aid graduates’chances of finding employment

Florida State University students participating in International Programs are taking full advantage by not only finding new and interesting jobs, but also enjoying the opportunity to experience a different and unique country.

Florida State University students participating in International Programs are taking full advantage by not only finding new and interesting jobs, but also enjoying the opportunity to experience a different and unique country. / Photo courtesy of FSU International Programs

A recent study shows that students who have studied abroad in college find jobs related to their majors faster following graduation—and sometimes get paid at higher salaries. In the International Education of Students (IES) Abroad survey, all but 10 percent of graduates who had studied abroad became employed within six months of becoming alumni, and over half of the jobs received related to their college majors.

Most of these young adults also received jobs that were full time rather than part time with starting salaries of $35,000. Meghan Greene, the marketing director for FSU’s International Programs, said international study may be the deciding factor for hire.

“Often, employers are looking for candidates with international experience, or when they are comparing candidates, those with international experience will help them stand out,” Green said. “Having that on a resume really can boost its quality.”

When comparing graduates who did not study abroad to ones who did, the percentage of employed graduates dropped to 49 percent after a year of their graduation dates. They were also paid an average of $7,000 less than the IES Abroad students. A total of 1,008 graduates participated in this 2012 study, and half of the alumni who studied abroad felt a large reason why they were hired was due to their experiences abroad. A whole 84 percent felt they gained valuable skills for both their future occupations and their lives.Florida State senior Giuliana Capiello fell into this category after spending her whole freshman year of college studying in Florence, London and Barcelona.

“We learned how to be resourceful at a young age,” Capiello said. “We have real-world experience with communicating with people outside of our element.”
Myrna Hoover, director of the FSU Career Center, confirms that skills obtained from studying abroad are essential because they show a graduate’s cultural enrichment and global marketability.

“They allow them to promote the fact that they understand people from different backgrounds and different cultures, that they understand this global economy that we live in and that they are comfortable when they go somewhere where they’re unfamiliar […],” said Hoover.

Acquiring these skills was no walk in the park, Capiello said, since they included trying to navigate through the train systems, being especially watchful over belongings, communicating with the locals, finding food while remaining within her budget and all the while focusing on studies.

“[…] a crash course in multitasking […] nurtured my sense of self-confidence, which is sought after by employers,” Capiello said.

Greene said these multitasking and life skills are a desirable traits for a future employee to have, and managers view the experience highly.

“Studying abroad typically helps students become more independent, often have a broader global perspective and typically helps develop confidence,” Greene said.
Hope English, a sophomore at FSU, hopes to gain this adventurous and liberated lifestyle when she studies abroad in London in the fall.

“I’m not a natural adventurer, so I am hoping I will be able to push myself to explore Europe and learn to travel on my own,” English said.

English is well aware of the employment benefits studying abroad brings, and said she is looking forward to the recognition.

“Employers will look for people that work well with others and solve problems, and I think that studying abroad helps students strengthen these skills and will help ones chances at getting a job,” English said.

Taken from fsunews.com

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