(Closed) Help! I'm broke

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
719 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre

Good luck, honey. I’m in the same boat, but Canadian (yay, healthcare!).

Post # 4
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve gotten every job I’ve ever held through someone I know. Find clubs or networking organizations in your field, attend religiously, and talk to everyone. Be upbeat and positive. I had little to no experience in my field but after an unpaid internship and just getting to know people, all I have to do is put out the word that I’m looking for a job and people will start recommending me for positions and letting me know where there are openings. I’m in a field that is structured with high turnover so I have to find a new job roughly every six months, so I don’t know how I’d do it without my contacts.

I’ll also note that I’m usually mentally hired before they ever contact and interview me, and that part is just a formality to make sure our personalities click.

Post # 5
180 posts
Blushing bee

You can send me your resume to look at.  My advice for you is to exhaust all options: traditional recruiters, internet (monster, indeed, etc) tell friends and family  members to keep a look out of you.  Make sure that they are aware what your degree is and/or what you’d like to do in case they meet anyone who knows of an open position or knows someone in a position to hire you.  I’d even look at temp agencies.

I also graduated in a recession years ago, cum laude as well.  Some recruiters told me if it was any other year, they’d have plenty of job opportunities for me.  I was working part-time in retail (no insurance or PTO either) while interviewing and decided to submit my resume to a temp agency.  They found a job for me (this was 6 months after graduation), but it not in my field unfortunately and low-paying considering my degree, but it was a full-time permanent position with benefits.  I took it, but had mixed emotions about doing so.  At that job I met a girl whose husband was in my field and one day she said they were hiring so he forwarded my resume to his boss and… the rest was history!  Just keep at it and you’ll succeed!

Post # 6
540 posts
Busy bee

I got most of my jobs including the one I have now though knowing someone there.  I dont work in my preferred field but the job I have now is much more secure and guaranteed benefits, even though the money is less than what I would make in my major’s field. Not sure how old you are but if you are in the U.S and under like 25 I think, you can be on your parents insurance. That was not available to me when I was that age. And insurance is still not all it’s cracked up to be. Between my payroll deduction and copays and what-not, I still end up paying way more than if I was uninsured and just paid out of pocket when I need to go to the dr. I think you might be stressing too much over the insurance thing.

In the meantime, tell everone you know what type of work you are looking for and maybe you can do some volunteer work for now to get your name out. You will need references and volunteering is a great way to develop those.

Post # 7
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@NYMango:  great success story!

I’m post-grad too and I don’t know about where you are but being a nanny has ALWAYS been like $5 more an hour than minimum wage in CA so I never worked retail because I love kids and I got with a nanny agency that could always get me positions.

I would also look on Craigslist for job openings! Oftentimes the actual employer will write the ad up and so you get direct contact with the one who is hiring you.

If you work as hard at getting a job as you did in school, I’m sure it will happen!

Post # 9
1511 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@jigga143:  This is my advice for both resumes and interviews:

– Never put unneccessary information on your resume.  No hiring manager is going to care what your favorite quotes or hobbies are (trust me, I’ve seen this on resumes).  The only time you can make an exception is if the hobby is directly related to the position you’re applying for.  For example, you’re applying for a position as a veterinary technician and have spent a considerable amount of time riding and caring for horses on a ranch.  (That’s the only example I could think of right now, but you get the idea.)

– Double, triple, and quadruple check your application and resume.  Make sure you don’t have glaring typos, improper grammar, etc.  I used to hire people in a previous position, and I always rejected applicants immediately for things like that.  I know many hiring managers do this as well.

– Since you’re a new graduate and likely don’t have a lot of work experience, you can definitely highlight some of your achievements during college.  If you were part of a professional organization, earned a scholarship (or several!), did volunteer work, etc., you can add that to your resume.  When I graduated from college, I added these things to my resume under a section labeled: “Collegiate and Community Experience” (or something similar).

– Once you have an in-person interview, make sure you dress professionally.  That sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by the number of people who show up to job interviews wearing jeans (or, in some cases, extremely short skirts and/or extremely tight tops).  You definitely want to look put together … Not casual and definitely not slutty (or like you’re going out to the club).  

– Do your research prior to any interview (phone or in-person).  You’ll likely be asked questions about why you’re interested in that particular company, what makes you qualified to work for that company in a specific department, etc.  I’m not suggesting you memorize the year the company was founded, the name of the CEO, etc. … But it’s definitely important to know the basics about the company.  You may be looking for a “general” position as, say, an accountant … But why are you applying for an accountant position at that company?  There are tons of companies with available accounting positions … Why does that company stand out as a place you’d really like to work?

I can’t think of any other advice right now.  It’s very scary entering the workforce for the first time, but have confidence in yourself that you can find a great job.  You may not love your first out of school job (I know I didn’t!), but over time you can figure out what will work best for you.  And, hey, some people actually do end up in their dream job right out of college … It just depends!

I hope this helps!

Post # 11
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@jigga143:  Apply, apply, apply.  Even stuff you may not be sure about, apply.  The worst thing that could happen is you don’t get a call back.  The more you apply for the more likely you are to get an interview.

Now in addition to making sure your resume is strong, always send a cover letter and make sure you write a separate cover letter for every job you apply for.  Really what you want to do with a cover letter is show that you have researched the company and position you are applying for and you are basically telling the prospective employer how your experience and talents (as listed in your resume) match up with their company’s ideals and the needs of the position.  I almost always get an interview because I take the time to tailor my cover letter to their needs.  Bonus points for using buzz words from the job posting in your cover letter.

Finally, don’t be afraid to take a job that isn’t necessarily exactly what you want.  It took me time to learn this one and I really didn’t get the job I truly wanted until 4 years after graduation.  However, each job along the way opened more doors until I finally ended up where I am now.  I first took a job outside of my degree (I have a JD and I worked for a doctors office while doing contract work on the side as an attorney.)  This led to me having additional qualifications (experience with medical records, the medical practice, etc…) to take over a medico-legal caseload full time position as an attorney.  That in turn led to my former opposing counsel recommended me for another (better!) position in coporate/administrative law.

Post # 12
1511 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@jigga143:  No problem!  Smile

I took some time off this week to spend with my mom, and we’re just vegging out at my place watching DVDs and playing on our laptops/iPads … So I had quite a bit of time to give you a decent response!  Haha.

You’ll have to give us updates on your job search!  I’m not sure what field you’re in, but my cousin recently graduated (also December 2012) and just found out this week that she got the position she wanted (she’ll be an RN at the hospital she worked at during school).  So there’s definitely hope that you’ll find something pretty quickly that will make you happy!

Post # 13
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What is your degree in? Your ideal job? Are you located in the right city/part of the country to use your degree? I know one of my friends had a degree in bioengineering, and refused to leave the small town she grew up in, and then wouldn’t stop complaining about how she couldn’t find a job! They only exist (for the most part) in Saf Fran, San Diego, Boston, North Carolina, New Jersey. Not Oklahoma…

Post # 14
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Like PP have said, definitely get out there and volunteer with non-profits and at events. You honestly never know who you will meet. The majority of positions we’ve filled at my company have been given to people who already knew someone on the inside and sometimes, even the open req is just a formality and someone has already been chosen. A lot of the higher-up professionals tend to do a lot of volunteer work and it really spans the gamut. For example, one person that I know owns his own business and has a staff of 12 or so and he volunteers on about ten different charity boards.

For your resume, the new trend is to focus on your accomplishments and not just what you did. So whereas previously you would say “Sold widgets” now you would say “Generated $xxxx of revenue by selling x number of widgets”. That way, it really stresses what an impact you had in your previous position. Of course, make sure your email is professional, e.g. [email protected]. Hiring managers dislike gimmicky ones (e.g. [email protected]) or straight-up childish one (e.g. il[email protected]).

Please stick to a one page resume, preferably in size 11/12 font. It’s alarming to see new college graduates with full two-page resumes because they’ve overpadded it and included way too many unrelated responsibilities and positions. I tend to only include positions that are relevant to the position you are applying for and the responsibilities/accomplishments should be relevant to the position that you are applying to. So for example, “Researched the behavior of three monkeys” wouldn’t really matter to a position that involved manufacturing tires. If it does relate, it is kind of a stretch. In addition, don’t make your resume one giant chunk of text. It’s hard to read. Bullet points are your friends.

Many online job postings are run through a system which flags resumes for keywords. As such, it is helpful to use many of the words in the job posting in your resume. Think of it as a Google search.

Check your social media presence. Some people argue that it should be completely on lockdown, like you don’t exist. However, I think the new rule is that if we can’t find anything on you, then you must have a lot of hide because everyone is on some kind of social media network. As such, clean up your public view of your FB account (e.g. cover photos are public. make it clean and normal.) and join a professional social media network, like LinkedIn. For LinkedIn, use a clean, nice headshot of yourself. I don’t like the ones where people clearly cropped it from a family BBQ. I also don’t like it blurry, dark or overexposed. I tend to think it works against your favor to not have a photo because people like to see who is applying. Plus, if you are extending an invite to a person you met at a networking function, seeing your photo will help them recall who you are.

Post # 16
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@jigga143:  I didn’t realize you are in the process of getting your MBA. I got mine a few years ago and what I learned is that the internships that people got in the transition from year 1 to 2 was the best source of jobs – seriously! The majority of people ended up being employed by the same company or they continued working there PT until they were done with school and were hired as FT. The most important thing about the MBA program is taking advantage of the alumni. I’m not sure which school you are attending, but some schools have a way better network than others. For example, for some hiring managers, the same school brings them to the top of the pile. In addition, when there’s an open req, often the hiring manager will hire someone from their class. One caveat is that it’s not always just enough to be from the same school; it’s important that you’ve built up a relationship with either the hiring manager or someone close to the hiring manager that can put in a good word for you. I’ve found the best way is to actually know the hiring manager, not someone in another department or just in HR (unless you are applying for an HR position).

FWIW, most, if not all, hiring managers (not sure about HR, but for sure, the people doing the hiring) are checking you out on Google. Depending on the company, they can actually see all your social media postings, even if they are technically private.

I forgot to mention regarding interviews, be nice to EVERYONE you bump into. Often, the hiring manager will ask what everyone what they thought of you, including the front desk person to the other people on the panel to people who just saw you in the hallway. Sometimes, even someone who hasn’t met you has seen your resume and commented.

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