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5 Tips For Young Job Seekers
Thursday, November 01, 2012

Within every demographic are groups of unemployed job seekers and there's no shortage, especially with those who have recently graduated. Young job seekers are eager to get their careers started but don't have some of the advantages that older, more experienced candidates have.

These job market rookies do, however, have a lot of factors working in their favor that their inexperience might be canceling out. Things like the networking etiquette or how to follow up with contacts could be holding them back regardless of competition.

In order to make sure that young job seekers have as equal of a chance as any other candidate, here are some tips to help level out the playing field:

1) Don't be a career fraud.

It's okay to not have everything figured out. It's common for many people starting out in their careers to not know what is they want to do. Oftentimes, people end up in careers that they initially had no intention of pursuing. By pretending that you have you mind completely made up, it will prevent others from offering any help or advice. You still need to know who you are even if you aren't sure where you plan to end up. Have an idea of the kinds of work that appeals to you and use that as a starting point.

2) Be in-tune with who you communicate with.

Being confident in who you are is a great quality and is an important one to have during an interview. As much as you want to stay true to who you are, you have to also refine the professional you. The part of you should shine in an interview instead of the you that your friends or family are used to. Keep boundaries and formalities in mind. You want to be able to talk to potential employers with respect without making them feel old.

3) Accept all offers of help.

Whether you want it or not, you should always be open to someone's offer to help you. Aside from the fact that it would be rude to decline a such a generous gesture, taking it can open up opportunities for making more industry connections. On the other side of that, don't be afraid of asking for some  help. Most recruiters or HR managers will be happy to oblige if they can.

4) Take a piece of humble pie.

You've got a degree or a diploma and you should feel proud of it. But having it simply means you are now qualified for certain jobs, not entitled to them. For someone who does not have much of a track record to speak for up for, you should be representing yourself in the best possible light. This means being the grateful and approachable industry rookie you are. People will see that you've got your head out of the clouds and planted firmly on your shoulders.

5) Avoid being picky.

No one wants to accept a job that they don't prefer but anyone who really wants a job will take what they can get. Pickiness is a very effective way of prolonging unemployment. Getting your career going is easier when you've got experience on your resume so that you have something to build on. This goes back to not knowing what you want to do. Even if you do know, where you begin doesn't always have to be where you end up.
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