Graduating class with brighter outlook

This article was originally posted Nov. 21, 2011 by the Huntsman School Blog.

Good news. According to U.S. News and World Report, the class of 2011 has a brighter job outlook than previous years. And salary offers are on the rise in addition to job offers.

That may be the case, but it’s still not easy. I read a blog with some tips on what to do between graduation and that first big-boy job.

The main point I got was essentially “pretend like you have a job.” Have a regular schedule, set goals, and spend at least 40 hours a week working toward them. If you have a job, great. If you have time left, spend it looking for a job. If you still have more time left, be working on something else that will help. If you’re into marketing, blog about marketing fails (like putting an ad for 5th and 6th graders’ ski passes in a college newspaper) and marketing successes you’ve seen. If nothing else, it shows you are keeping up with your job competition and critically thinking others’ marketing strategies. Companies like critical thinkers.

And then be patient and don’t stress out.

I think that’s good advice for anyone.

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