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Gen-Y Gets a Job
I’m a recent college graduate who has just moved to a new city. I don’t know anyone, and I am looking for employment. I worked as a server at restaurants through college, and since I just graduated, I’m seeking an entry-level job to start my career. Since I’m new to the area, I’m not familiar with the community and its businesses, making it tough to network. And then there’s that dilemma that exists no matter where you live – how to get a decent job without much experience, and how to get experience without a job? I’m tempted to go back to waitressing, but I really want to jump-start a career. Any advice?
– Newly Minted
If you sleep eight hours a night (and since you’re a recent college grad, maybe you get less than that!), you have precisely sixteen hours a day left to accomplish your objectives. You could waitress for a six-hour shift and still have ten hours a day to look for a “real” job. So, here’s what you do: Get a great waitressing job (think tips!) to pay the bills. Meanwhile, identify the field you want to work in and the businesses in your new community who do that work. Start to network with those businesses by going to Chamber of Commerce events or charity events that the businesses support. Do research on your target businesses so you’ll be able to talk a good game. The bonus: While you’re doing all this, you’ll learn a lot about your new community. It won’t take long before you fit in and find the right job for you.