Your Journey Into the Real World

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No representation is absolutely true when it comes to people. Admittedly, the representation here of a Millennial candidate and Boomer takes a bit of a poetic license. It’s meant to help the Millennial keep their sense of humor, perspective and and connect with what is sure to be an older manager. Recently I read an article in the New York Times called "American Dream is Elusive for a New Generation". It states that there is a 37% unemployment rate for the Millennial generation based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is for the recent graduate who is still living at home, surfing the Internet and trying to find a job. Keep your chin up and take action, we've all been there before. While you are looking: 1. Exhibit a productive personal brand online. Build a public portfolio of anything you have ever worked on that is relevant to your job search. Write a succinct bio for the site and state some facts. Put it on a new website like Wordpress, Squarespace or VisualCV. Link it to your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts that have completed profiles. Be responsible with your public brand. Don't write anything on any social site that detracts from an image of professionalism. You can be funny without looking like you're out of control. Clever writing is good, stupid behavior makes it easy to filter you out. 2. Find someone in the company who can help you. Networking is a beautiful thing. Depending on your source, you’ll find that 70-80% of jobs are found because of knowing someone in the company. Doing a little front end work can open doors and move you to the top of the pile. Encourage your parents and their friends to ask around for you. If you can connect to someone at the top of the... ... middle of paper ... ...job. There have been many employees who took a job that has been misrepresented. On the flip side, they had no idea the opportunity was even better than the manager depicted. Life gets better because you are progressing based on principles of being smart, getting results and playing fair. Your professional network will find a way to put more opportunities in front of you when you do that. No one is asking you to earn the right to be an astronaut. You're just trying to get a job in a company that offers opportunity where you will meet new people expanding your professional network. Sitting at home surfing the Internet and turning down bigger opportunities presented as a specific job is epic failure. The Internet is a wonderful tool but it’s not paying much and it may be costing you plenty. Good luck in getting a job so your journey in the real world can begin.
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