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False ME226 As graduation is quickly approaching many college graduates are facing many challenges due to the bad economy. Let’s face it— you don’t have to be a college graduate to find challenges in this economy! Many companies are downsizing and laying off, rather than hiring. Those of you trying to survive the rough times need to focus on the importance of “ selling yourself”. Spending the extra time on perfecting your resume or even better, a portfolio, will help trigger an interview. Now more than ever, you have to be clear on what you can bring to a prospective employer because there are going to be more people applying for that job you want. A new and upcoming tool are business cards. Think of it as a mini resume. Use the front of the card to list your name and contact information. Then use the back to promote credentials, degrees, professional abilities etc. Potential employers will appreciate having your contact information on hand and it will assist on making a good first impression. It shows you have invested time to market yourself. 5 QUICK WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR RESUME: 1. Spell check… the old fashioned way. Get out that dictionary, don’t depend on the computer to always pick up errors. Have someone edit your work. 2. Organize by putting your most recent information FIRST. 3. SIMPLIFY… Keep sentences short and to the point. 4. Eliminate clutter. Use standard font type ( 11pt Times New Roman) easier to read. 5. Read it out loud… helps to identify areas that need improvement or clarification. TOP TEN TIPS FOR INTERVIEWS: 1. BE ON TIME! Get directions before hand, and leave with extra time to spare. 2. You only get one chance to make a “ FIRST” impression. You don’t want to walk into the interview looking as if you just rolled out of bed. Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast so you will have energy. 3. Do some research about the company you’re interviewing for. It will impress the employer how much yovu know already about them. 4. Be prepared to answer standard popular questions such as, What are your strengths and weaknesses?; Why should we hire you?; Why do you want to work for the company? Etc. 5. Don’t assume they remember everything on your resume. Be prepared to reiterate important aspects and add new information whenever appropriate. 6. Hard to do but try and stay relaxed. Don’t be so serious, you’ll seem more confident. 7. Read the newspaper and be up to date with general issues relating to our world. 8. Prepare yourself before hand how to regroup yourself if you’re faced with a question you are unsure about. 9. Have questions to ask them. Remember you are interviewing them too! 10. Be yourself. Word Around Campus Where do we go from here? Written by Katherine Arroyo

False ME227 Job Hunting Tips for New Colege Graduates Here are some interesting findings from Experience Inc.’ s 2007 College Graduate Career Survey. Most effective job search resources for students (% rated ‘ very effective’): In person networking 40% University career centers 37% Internships 37% Online job boards 27% Family/ Friends 25% “ Holding an internship in the field of interest” was the most common piece of advice from graduating students to undergraduates. Most employers advise graduating seniors to begin their job search in the fall of their senior year. It is very disappointing as college graduates find out that the degree in the career they have been striving toward is now a job that has become sent offshore or is no longer in high demand. This result can lead to many taking on jobs that may have little if not anything to do with the degree they graduated with. This may sometimes result in job- seekers feeling failure, depressed, useless and hopeless. You must remember to never give up and never lose hope. Survival is what all Americans must acquire. The word “ survive” comes from the Latin word supervivere, which means “ to live.” The prefix means “ over or above.” Some key points to remember during these times of job hunting are as listed: • Know your worth, if you take yourself more seriously others will too. • Know your talents and skills, enhance what you are already good at and be confident when you identify it. • Look past the present into the future, this will help you stay on top of the game. • Maintain perspective in order to have a positive attitude. • Networking is very important, its all on who you know. • Embrace change. So what if the job is not what you majored in? It could lead to something better! • Take care of yourself. Self care is important during these stressful times. • Try and always have a positive outlook, remember today is the first day of the rest of your life! HOT JOBS IN BIG DEMAND Take a look at all the hot jobs on the market today and the prediction that they will stay hot because of the trend. Many jobs that are not hands on “ physical presence” jobs are being “ off shored” to lower cost workers in countries like India, China, Mexico etc. Jobs like nursing, auto mechanics, hairstylists cannot be handled here in the United States by someone in India, therefore making them a “ Hot Job”. Here’s a partial list of “ Hot Jobs” in demand. • Health care, from registered nurses with a master’s degree to nurses’ aids who don’t need a degree will always be in demand. • Education positions • Entertainment business • Skilled trades ex. Carpentry, plumbing, electrician, cosmetology etc. • Delivery services. With more people and businesses ordering online, the need for transportation is in high demand. • Marketing. With increased competition, more companies need newer and better strategies to succeed. • Lawyers • Mangers at premier Resorts and Hotels • Accountants • Designers