Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the February 4, 2008, issue of QuintZine.
HRLeaders.org recently offered some tips for moving up when everything is going down. Some of them apply primarily to the HR sector, but here are those that benefit everyone:
- Things are never as bad as they seem. (They’re never as good either.)
- Accept uncertainty and help the organization to accept uncertainty.
- Recognize and ignore what you can’t change or do; focus on what you can change and do.
- Tough times are the best times to embrace new challenges and learning.
- Focus on the fundamentals — they matter in tough times more than in good.
- Don’t stop measuring — to make optimum decisions and to document your own contributions.
- Ever wish you had been the calm, cool and collected person in the midst of a challenge? Now’s the time to be that way.
- This will pass; the good we do in bad times will provide geometric returns in good.
The Top Entry Level Employers list represents more than 165,000 jobs for the class of 2008, and is available online.
Among the 2008 Top Entry Level Employers listed, 60 percent anticipate hiring morecollege grads in 2008 than 2007. Twenty-one percent will hire the same number and 19 percent will hire fewer college grads than in 2007. At the top of the list, Enterprise Rent-A-Car plans to hire 8,500 new grads, while the smallest featured employers will hire as few as 10.
While the list includes many return Top Employers from previous years, such as Lowe’s, Liberty Mutual Group, and Sodexho, many new additions have joined the list, including EMC with 1,200 planned hires, FactSet with 550 planned hires, and hi5 Networks with 20 planned entry-level hires.
Significant growth is being projected by companies of all sizes and in all industries throughout the list. Among the largest companies, Progressive Insurance is projecting a 42 percent increase in entry-level hiring for 2008. Fund for Public Interest Research is projecting an impressive 260 percent growth in hiring — going from 125 entry-level hires in 2007 to 450 in 2008.
- Reactivate your network. If you’ve neglected your network, now’s the time to rebuild it and add new contacts.
- Strengthen existing relationships. Make contact with friends and family. Be a helpful contact to others, and they will help you when you need it.
- Make strategic plans. Think about what you’d need to do if you were downsized. Prepare by updating your resume and following the advice in these two articles from Quintessential Careers:
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