Yes, as mpls said, network. That means talk to everyone you know, and some you don't. One never knows who needs someone, or who might know someone who's looking to hire.
A younger acquaintance of ours started a landscape business while in college. Now, a few years later, his company is thriving to the point that he has full-time employees (In Iowa!) and always hires part-time help in the summer. It's surprised even him, and he says this year has been better than ever for him. Small businesses like his absolutely help the economy.
Two openings at Yellowstone:
And networking means you NEVER let down in public during your job search. You never know who you will meet and make judgements about you based on that glimpse of you.
My job search statistics (I think I got incredibly lucky)
Jobs applied for: 3
Job offer: 1
For reference I'll have a master's degree in meteorology.
[QUOTE=Cyclonick182;1056339]I was recently informed that I need to jump ship with the ship is still afloat here at work and needless to say thats pretty depressing so this brings me to my question. What are some good resources for finding jobs online besides monster.com ? Ive seen alot of listing for jobs that all require lots of experience, but being fresh out of college, I dont have that much so any sites or information on jobs for fresh college grads would be great(I refuse to go work at Hon or Allsteel for chump change after busting my *** in school for 4 years).[/QUOTE]
As a former Allsteel employee I would take offense to that, i wouldnt have my current position if i didnt work at Allsteel for 2.5 years. I have taken everything I learned there and it has made me grow in my career. That is pretty dumb coment to say when there are millions of people who would love to have a job! For the sake of my former employer dont go work for them because they dont deserve someone like you. if you need me to give them your name so they dont even think about interviewing you please pass it along i will let them know!:smile:
Not to derail my own public display of fail, but I do have a serious question. It seems many of you are working in fields that dont either use your degree in that field, or are in completely different fields, so I ask then, do employers just want to see that you stuck it out and made it through? I loved my major and learning lots of different aspects the economy, banking, finance, management, ect. but if employers arent necessarily looking for someone with the exact education to do the job, is it more a show of merit, determination, or any other X factor?
I know you've admitted you made a mistake with your initial post, but you were really disrespectful to a lot of people with your last statement. That attitude will hurt you in any job. It's not uncommon by the way for fresh college grads to think the way you did. That's where the school of hard knocks comes in and you learn your lesson, move on, work and become a more attractive worker.
Attitude is what it's mostly all about.
I probably haven't had as many jobs as Phaedrus, but I have had my share. And not all were related to my major. In fact, as an undergraduate, I wanted nothing to do with agriculture. After coming to my current job, I realized I really did want to learn and know more about the part of agriculture that relates to my job. I even got my M.S. in ag ed (not teaching) because I realized that the major offered course content that fit with my job.
I hire students every year, and while that's not the same as a fulltime job, my main requirements include a basic knowledge of agriculture and (much more important) good interpersonal skills --communication, tact, respect, trustworthiness, accountability, honesty, willingness to learn.
Every position, interviewer and company is different. Don't try to be what you're not, but don't be afraid to try something new. And don't promise something you really can't.
Congrats to you! You did get incredibly lucky. I wanna say that the career services people told us that ON AVERAGE, a person would need to apply for 100 jobs to get an offer. They of course had research and statistics to back this up. A lot of people get lucky, but for others, don't think it's odd to literally apply for hundreds of jobs before getting one. Especially having very little experience on your resume.
Another tip for applying for jobs...
When I first graduated from college, I had the cookie cutter cover letter that I basically copy/pasted for every employer. Obviously changing a couple things, but on a whole, it was very basic. I later read up a lot on making a good cover letter and WOW what a difference. Really customizing it to each employer can do so much for you. I noticed a big difference in the amount of interviews I got. Make sure to repeat some of the things they are specifically asking for in the application.
Now that I'm in a position where I actually hire people, cover letters are a deal breaker. You can tell the canned letter from someone who put some time into it. And in my opinion, that says something about a person.
The original post that I made fun of encompasses everything that is wrong with army recruitment. There, have at it.