New Graduates

What's next?

Grad school, marriage, a career? What is your plan?
What is your purpose?  What do you enjoy doing?

We may not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.

Meet New Friends

Far away from family and friends?  Ease into your new career life and meet people by joining a small group at a nearby church

Find an Entry Level Job

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He who loves pleasure becomes poor; wine and luxury are not the way to riches. Proverbs 21:17 (Tay)

Is your nest egg scrambled by debt already?   Pay off your credit card debts now.  Cut the credit cards up and put them in a drawer, if you have to, until they are all paid off. Yes, and pay cash for your coffee!

Get your resume done.

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Sign up for LinkedIn.com if you haven't already done so. Build a professional network and joining some Linked In groups.

 

Job Hunting Finding your First Place

Prepare yourself to answer the tough questions. Research the kind of questions employers are asking now.   Many are quite difficult. They want to know if you can reason through a tough problem.  Stand in front of a mirror and practice some sort of answer. "I have a wide variety of interests currently. I will do my best to support your team's goals here."  Wait until they ask you if you have any questions. Then ask them "How are you organized here?"  and "Who would I report to?"  as well as "How much travel is involved?"

Q. Should I work with a job placement company (called a recruiter)? 

A. The best source of a job for you may be a referral from someone who already works with a company.   Companies fill jobs from referrals from employees. That is why most jobs are never advertised. Why?  Because it's cheaper for the employer to hire from a referral! So make a list of people you know who work somewhere interesting.  Then call them.  Ask them if they are looking for any talented energetic junior people.

If you do work with a recruiter or a placement agency, you should never pay a fee for that.  The employer pays for the services of the recruiters.

Q. How can I impress the interviewer?

A. Research the company.  Read through their web site.  You want to find a good match for yourself with their corporate culture.  Be yourself but look the part of the job for which you are interviewing. Try to make sure that the actual day to day work is what you what to do.  If you are a "people" person, you may like customer service, sales or social media.  If you are a techie, you may prefer to deal with machines more than people.

Tips on finding your first place

First you need a job. If you don't have a steady income source, you won't qualify for a lease.  Then you need a budget. Your rent should be about 25% - 30% of your net pay (take home pay).  Your landlord will pull your credit report.  So pay off your all credit cards the month before you apply for a lease. Car loans or student loans may keep you from qualifying for a lease. You will probably have to commit to at least a year on most leases. 

Short term furnished rooms may be available near work.  Check the ' For Rent' ads of the largest Sunday paper. Or use a roommate finder servce. You may have to share a place or sublet a furnished room until your credit card debts are paid down.  Find a rental Craigs List

Develop a budget and stick to it. If you overspend in one area, you must save money in another area to balance your spending.  Make it your number one goal to get out of debt.

This is the real world.

Any questions?

See Twentysomething Surviving and Thriving in the Real World by Margaret Feinberg. Her book is full of pertinent questions, answers, and practical advice. Visit her web site at www.margaretfeinberg.com

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