Tips for entering the career world

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We’ve been talking about thank you notes recently, and the more I think about it, the more it sounds like a good idea.

I found an article by Fox Business (posted by Dr. Rodgers) that said one of the single most important things to do when applying for a job is to make sure to follow up with the employer. It shows determination and attentiveness. The article even suggests a hand-written note to set yourself apart from others.

Besides making contact directly after the initial interview, it is good to also follow up two or three times within the first 10 days after talking with a prospective employer. The value of conversation goes a long way at this point. Instead of just continuing to check up on the status of your application, bring up good talking points that allows the company to see how interested you are in its work.

In today’s world, where the job market it not at it’s best, Fox was able to provide some very good tips for students starting the interview process. I was surprised about how much of the information I had heard and talked about in previous classes. The closer I get to graduating, the more nervous I become that I won’t be able to find and start a career. Reading this and hearing Kelsey’s story in class has boosted my confidence that finding work is possible. It just takes a some hard work and creativity.

The end of the article goes into how new graduates should not give up if a couple of companies flat out don’t reply. I agree with this, but I also think that it is just as rude for companies to not respond to applicants as it is for applicants to not follow up with companies. If I’m going out of my way to be polite and respectful, I expect the same decency. Bigger companies may have thousands of applicants, making this process a little harder, but in my opinion, not responding to applicants is not professional in any way, shape or form.

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