Making That Post-Diploma Leap Into Employment

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According to the results of the Roundup's recent survey of Payson High School's graduating seniors, a full 29 percent are for the moment foregoing continuing education in favor of leaping directly into the work force.

As everyone who's done it knows, that's quite a leap to make for the first time. The new world that graduates suddenly find themselves in bears little resemblance to their past lives, when many things that weren't earned seemed to materialize anyway, thanks to mom and dad and other caring folks.

Since first-time job hunters are handed precious little at a time when the employment market is flooded with their former classmates, they should at least arm themselves with sufficient knowledge to make that first leap with confidence.

According to the Internet site www.employmentweeklyusa.com, these are the top 10 tips graduates should gainfully employ in order to gain gainful employment:

1. Tell everyone you meet about your goals and what you want to do. You can never tell who they might know.

2. Don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call an employer. What is the worst thing that can happen? They can say "No." Big deal.

3. Always get a contact name. Cover letters addressed "To whom it may concern" will probably end up in the trash.

4. There are no perfect interview answers. Employers simply want to see if you can hold an intelligent conversation.

5. Don't worry if your results are less than stellar. Employers don't care if you just passed history during your second year. They want people who are bright and willing to learn.

6. Be persistent. Don't take no for an answer too easily. Employers are busy and may not have time to focus on you.

7. You must follow up.

8. Treat secretaries and assistants with respect. They hold the real power.

9. Be yourself.

10. Mass mailing 500 resumes and waiting for the phone to ring is not a job search.

We'd like to add one more item to that list: Interview your interviewer. Assess the organization and the position in terms of whether or not it meets your requirements. And you owe it to yourself to have defined beforehand what you ideally want and what you are willing to settle for.

And never settle for less than you're worth.

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