With graduation season upon us, members of the Class of 2017 are planning their entry into professional careers. Many resources exist to help new grads craft a resume or prepare for an interview, but not all questions have simple answers. How people address these gray areas can affect their early career success.
Staffing firm Robert Half outlines six questions facing the Class of 2017, with tips for how to approach them.
Question #4: I can't get a job without experience, yet I can't get experience without a job. What should I do?
Highlight the experience you do have, especially roles that show your soft skills and customer service abilities, as employers place a high value on them. Restaurant and retail jobs, volunteer work, internships and student activities provide great experience, and show you can balance schoolwork with other priorities.
Question #5: The well-known firm I want to work for just turned me down. Should I keep trying to get in there?
Thank the hiring manager for considering you and ask if he or she will keep the door open in the future. But expand your horizons; don't limit yourself to working for the biggest brands. Many organizations can offer a solid career path to you. The first job is just that – it doesn't set the course for your entire professional career.
Question #6: The salary for my first job offer seems low. Do I have any leverage to negotiate?
Yes. Research market rates for similar roles, and emphasize your ask based on these findings. The 2017 Robert Half Salary Guides are one resource.
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