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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Career Tips

Some career information that will come in handy

So you have just graduated with a degree in your chosen field. Your next step would be to get some career information to finally turn those opportunities into reality.

One of the first things you need to decide is what type of job interests you the most. Depending on what your degree is, there might be many positions in your field to consider.

For example, if you are a graduate of nursing, you can work in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, childcare center, school, private practice, or field setting.

Within those settings you can work within various units such as medical-surgical, pediatrics, and maternity. Then there are transitional opportunities.

Let us say you tried your hand at nursing and realized it was not what you expected. You can always consider pharmaceutical sales as a new career. Some fields, such as business management, are even more flexible.

The key is to decide which direction you are headed towards and learn as much about that field as you possible can.

A good way to start is to conduct some independent career information research.

But how do you decide?

You can go to the websites of various companies. Get involved in conversations. Ask lots of questions. Get advice from friends, family members, and neighbors. Ask them what they do and how they got started.

If you are not sure if a particular area of your industry is right for you, call or write professionals already in positions of interest to request an information interview. A career information interview will allow you the opportunity to question some professional about the nature and requirements of a position.

Once you have narrowed it down, have your résumé developed professionally and post it on major job boards to see what contacts can be made.

Join an organization to become acquainted with people in your industry, attend career fairs, become affiliated with recruiters, and research companies online, at the library, and even in the yellow pages to get leads to mail your résumé and cover letter.

Another great way to get started is to temp for a while. If you do decide to temp, be selective. You should only work for the best companies in your field to get the very best experience possible.

It is also a great way to prove yourself as a favorable candidate for a permanent position. Do not temp for too long because it might cause a potential employer to wonder why you have not secured a permanent position for a certain length of time.

If during an interview you are asked why you temped, confidently state that you chose to temp to gain well-rounded experience in your field. Do not apologize for anything.

Keep organized notes and track every move you make. Prepare a list of names, company names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, and website addresses.

Keep the list near the phone of every company you sent your résumé and cover letter. That way you will know whom you are speaking with when they call to extend an initial or follow up interview.

This is especially important if you are going on several interviews. If you are not organized, you will get confused and seem unprofessional.

Once you have gotten the business information needed, you will be on your way to launching your career. Let your confidence shine through.

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