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Do You Want to Win?

Are you a soon-to-be college graduate thinking about looking for your first professional job and feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone. Candace when she started her job search discovered in Think To Win (TTW) her business class textbook a process that saved her time and helped her to be realistic about her choices. In addition it explained how to evaluate herself as a prospective employee and evaluate the threats and opportunities in the job market.

Candace researched the job market and found prospects not as bleak as she had imagined. She realistically looked at the geographic area for her job search and found opportunities existed in NYC and Boston two of her first choice cities.

An honest self-evaluation of the skills she possesses and the ones she needs to improve have further sharpened her career focus. She is aware of the competition but as a young creative person with strong social media skills she is confident she can make an impression.

Candace wants a position with an organization where she can learn and grow as a person and a professional. What’s next for Candace is to network her personal and professional contacts and look for employment opportunities. She plans to keep TTW handy as she navigates the strategic process for her first professional job and future endeavors.

Now ask yourself:

Do you know how to position yourself in the job market, based on your strengths, and weaknesses?

Have you taken into consideration the people you know and how they could help you?

What will you specifically do? Who can help you? When will it be done?

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As a college senior can you list the abilities you have that will make you a stand out candidate in a competitive professional marketplace?  As explained in my last post, Candace is ready to examine her abilities as well as the job market opportunities following the suggestions she found in Think To Win.  An honest evaluation of both her personal abilities and the employment environment will help her to narrow the type of position that fits her needs.

Candace’s wants to find an entry level position where she can learn and advance personally and professionally. Her research shows that her BA in Communications along with her social medial expertise positions her within a wide range of today’s businesses and organizations.  Her strong interpersonal communication skills have made her confident in networking and leaving a strong on and offline presence. Her recent internship has helped build a resume displaying her relevant experience and it has enhanced her professional connections.

Granted, Candace knows she has some weak areas to work on like her public speaking stage fright and her need to be a perfectionist. She knows she can improve on these over time. To start, she plans to take a public speaking class which will help with her speech nerves.

Examining the opportunities in the marketplace Candace finds her advantages include her expertise in social media and the growing opportunity for young creative minds in the workplace. As Boomers retire and Gen Xers move up, entry level positions for Millennials seem to be opening up. While Candace realizes there is the threat of competition from the multitude of grads with similar skills and degrees; the challenge of making herself the best candidate is one she can deal with.

At this crucial point in Candace’s life when she is ready to move into her first professional position; she sees her online presence and her communication expertise as competitive advantages. Her research shows there are opportunities to explore in a number of different fields where her youthful enthusiasm and knowledge can benefit her and her future employer.

 

 Make a list of your strengths & weaknesses:

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Now, what are your opportunities and threats:

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What keeps you awake at night?

Are you an aspiring professional who can’t foresee a seamless transition from college graduation to the work force?  In my previous blog, I introduced Candace, a college senior and explained I would follow up with more posts showing how she used the strategic analysis process she learned from our book Think to Win (TTW) to find her dream job. In this post, I will show how she started her search.

She decided instead of wasting time staying up nights worrying about getting a great job and paying student loans; she would put her knowledge to good use and follow the suggestions in the book. She reread the first three chapters of TTW and began her research to discover exactly what the market was for a college senior seeking her first professional position and where was the best location to look.

Talking to classmates, the conversation about getting a good job right out of college frequently comes up. Everyone seems to bring up the current assumption; finding your place in the workforce is a difficult process. Candace recalled two main ideas from TTW; challenge assumptions and get the facts. This made sense to her so she used her research skills to find hard evidence about the current and future job markets.

Candace’s next step was to be realistic about the geographic range in which she should do her job search. She had often dreamed of moving to California after college but this wasn’t the best time. Candace, like most college seniors has student loans and a cross country move was not realistic. Instead, she focused her job search on the Northeast looking at the Big Apple and Boston. For now she wanted to stay home where she could still enjoy mom’s home cooking, and a free place to live as well as a chance to save money for future moves or to double down on loan payments.

Candace began to think that her job search might not be as stressful as she though. She believes that the ideas in Think To Win have helped her see what to do to succeed in finding her first professional position. She realized that by doing the research and being realistic she was ready to start her search. In the next step of her job search, Candace will need to evaluate her goals and abilities and see where they fit in the real world job market.

Do you find yourself in a similar situation as Candace?

List three things that are keeping you awake at night:

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Make a list of assumptions you have about your current/future job market:

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Now, go challenge these assumptions!

 

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