This past weekend, a few hundred Highlands University and Luna Community College students walked across the commencement stage and received their degrees. And while some will go on to pursue another degree, most of them are about as academically prepared as they’re going to be for the working world.
Unfortunately, they will enter the workforce during a recession, so it won’t be easy. Just about every job opening out there will have numerous applicants, so standing out in a crowd will be a challenge.
Of course, there are some basic insights into job hunting that will help: follow up with a phone call after submitting an application or resume; find out about the job or company beforehand, so you can go into an interview prepared; and show up for interviews on time, and appropriately attired (remembering that over-dressing is better than under-dressing). These are basic tips, and they won’t guarantee you’ll get the job, but they will increase your chances.
Don’t forget that while your newly earned degree may open doors for you, it’s not enough to make you successful. Showing up on time, working hard, keeping personal business out of your workday, or at least at a minimum, maintaining a professional demeanor — all are behavioral characteristics that employers consider and appreciate, often times more than academic credentials. Remember that promotions aren’t just given to those with the greatest technical know-how, they go to those who demonstrate professionalism and leadership.
Initially upon entering the job market, it’s advisable not to set your sights too high. Starting on the ground floor, whether you have an associate’s, a bachelor’s, a master’s or a Ph.D., is not a bad way to get started in a career — in fact, sometimes it’s the best way to get started. And in this job climate, it may just be the only way.
This may sound odd, but it’s true: It’s easier to get a job when you have a job. Therefore, finding a job, any job, is usually a better approach than holding out for just the right one. And having a paycheck, any paycheck, is better than having no paycheck.
Most adults go through a career change more than once in their working lives, so don’t be afraid to try something new, something you never imagined yourself doing. If it doesn’t fit into your ultimate goals, so what? It will still give you the opportunity to develop a good working discipline, prove yourself and build a resume.
So get out there and show ‘em what you got. Just be sure to remember that no one owes you a thing, you have to earn success. And with the right work ethic, you’ll get there.
We hope all who can will get out and vote in the board election for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Department. Three candidates are vying for the District 2 seat — incumbent Carlos Lovato and challengers Eric Michael Cummings and Rey Herrera.
The co-op has gone through considerable changes in recent years, with a reduction in the board’s size to the elimination of the health insurance benefit for board members. Interestingly, the candidates have their own distinctive positions: Lovato is standing on his record, Herrera on his involvement in the board reforms, and Cummings on his concern about rate fluctuations. It will be interesting to see who prevails — hopefully, after a big turnout.