By Brent Thompson |Staff Writer|
With graduation just around the corner many students feel the anxiety of finding their first
full-time job after college life. Sadly, those graduates will enter a job market with one of the worst recessions that this country has ever seen.
Yet, with proper planning and utilization of the resources offered here on campus you can have a leg up on the competition.
In the old days a hard earned college degree guaranteed a promising job in the field of your diploma.
However, we now live in a world of globalization in which you and your degree will have to compete not only with the applicants in your area, but also with job seekers around the world.
On the upside, the outlook is better for 2011 college graduates than for those who graduated in 2009 and 2010. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2011 fall preview survey, employers anticipate hiring 13.5 percent more new college graduates from the class of 2011.
Half of the employers who took the survey said they expect to increase hiring of recent college graduates, and 40 percent of those surveyed said that they would maintain the same hiring levels.
While the future economy looks a bit more promising we are still not out of the woods yet. According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics about 9.1 percent of college graduates are unemployed . More importantly many more are forced to take jobs unrelated to the field in which they spent four or more years preparing.
“There’s more competition in the marketplace right now with the unemployment rate so
high,” said Jason Ferrara, a senior career adviser at careerbuilder.com. “There is more pressure for the college graduate.”
One of the best steps any graduating student can take is to explore and utilize the campus Career Development Center available to all of us. Many students don’t take advantage of this great opportunity, which is a huge mistake.
As a student you have access to a variety of job hunting and career services here on
campus. Even after graduation the Career Development Center located in University Hall, room 329 will help you reach your future goals.
The Career Development Center provides students with job listings on and off campus, and has its own Internet job search computers and career library.
The center also provides on-campus interviews, recruitment information sessions and job postings from employers seeking college graduates.
Once you find a job for which you are qualified the next step is to ensure you have a resume that stands out from the variety of others your employer must sort through. For this, the Career Development Center provides you with useful tips on how to create an effective resume and cover letter.
Your resume helps you get your foot in the door, but you will then have to go through the
nerve-racking experience of your job interview.
The Career Development Center can help you prepare for that important moment through its interview skills workshops which are mock interviews provided with feedback and an interview coach.
Within one year of graduation you will still have access to the Career Development Center. After that you can access its services by joining the CSUSB Alumni Association for a minimal fee.
Dues vary but new graduates are looking at about $20 per year, and $30 for every year
thereafter. A lifetime membership for recent graduates offers the best deal at $300 but is only
available if you subscribe within two years of graduation. After the two year window expires the
lifetime membership rate increases to $450.
Since most experts say that average workers today will have three to five jobs in their lifetime, this incredible resource is a solid investment in your future.
For more information about the Career Development Center visit career.csusb.edu. I already have and I highly recommend you do the same to ensure your future success.