2007 Grads in the Job Market

By: Paul Megan

If you're one of the 2007 grads, you're in for something very special. Hiring of recent grads is expected to be up 17%. Job opportunities are better this year than any time in the past several years.

Here's what being one of the 2007 grads can mean to you if you're willing to jump-start your job search:

1. Multiple job offers.

2. More perks.

3. Sign-up bonuses.

4. 72% of employers indicate they will be hiring 2007 grads this summer.

That's the exciting news. However, it could be a disaster for you if you mess up this opportunity by going for it the wrong way.

You see, employer expectations have changed a lot in the past few years. And if you think you can go after these superior jobs using old-fashioned methods, you'll lose! That's because today's sophisticated employers are looking for a lot more that a resume.

In fact, employers could really care less about your past history. The need to know what you can bring to the table that will solve organizational problems going forward. And they expect that you've taken the time to learn about the organization and its needs. And some of their needs, as well.

What this really means is that you should refocus your efforts away from your resume. Instead of wasting a lot of time writing and rewriting your resume, tweaking it to turn it into an award-winning document, you could better spend your time doing some research on target organizations and decision-makers.

You see, your success as one of the 2007 grads will not depend on your resume. It will depend on how well you prepare to meet face-to-face with the person who could be your next boss. And it depends on how well you pull out all the stops to get introduced to that decision-maker. You need to build a bank of contacts who can assist you as career partners in your job campaign.

If you're not familiar with these techniques, there's some good news. It's called alternative job search.

The alternative job search concept is just right for 2007 grads. It starts with the premise that the focal point of the job campaign is the hiring decision-maker rather than the resume. Its non-traditional career advancement strategies and techniques are built around proven 21st Century marketing principles.

Once the needs of the hiring decision-maker (and how to access him/her) bedcomes the priority for your job search, everything changes. And you'll quickly discover that approaching your job campaign as if it were a small business can set you on track for an early success!

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