Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Grads, Start a Business if You Can’t Find a Job

By Diana Furchtgott-Roth

What can new college graduates do to maximize their chance of getting a job? Six years into the economic recovery, the unemployment rate for young people ages 20 to 24, at 9.6%, is more than twice that for those 25 years and older, 4.5%. Young Americans are having trouble finding employment, and they are dropping out of the labor force, leading to delayed life milestones.
It’s too late to change your major or your grade point average, but here are five tips that anyone can use successfully.
Don’t be too picky. It’s better to have a job than no job at all. Remember, you’re not looking for a lifetime position, you’re looking for a stepping stone to your next job. A job brings in money, and it looks good on your résumé. Employers prefer hiring people who already have jobs to those who have been out of the workforce for a while. That’s because if you’re working, even if the job isn’t challenging, you are developing soft skills such as getting to work on time, staying the whole day, and being respectful to your coworkers and your boss.
When you have worked for about a year, you might be ready to move on to your next position. You should be looking around for better opportunities, especially if your first position wasn’t your dream job. You get bigger raises when you move than when you stay in the same position. Another option is to ask your current employer if he can match your new salary offer. There’s nothing like a new job offer to show how much you’re worth. If he won’t match, you explain, regretfully, that you have to move on.

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