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Graduate in Human Resources: Unemployed

Post by InterviewMantra on Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:40 am

A note from a recent graduate and unemployed Human Resources chick.
I am a recent graduate with a Bachelors in Management –
Human Resources. I have been job hunting, just like a million other
people. Needless to say, I have been unsuccessful. I consider myself
quite confident and smart. I had a decent GPA of 3.6 and have retained
a good amount from what I have learn in classes. I worked a few
internships alongside my degree.
Now, from reading your blog and talking to various other HR
professionals, I have surrendered to the fact that my studies will only
take me so far. As far as HR is related, real life experiences teach
you much much more! BUT how do I get this experience is now the
question.
I have been on several interviews, phone and in person, I like to
think I have presented myself and my qualifications fairly well but no
one will hire me! I need some advice, and feel free to open this up to
your readers as well:
1. What is the 1 most important advice you can offer to a new grad? (Going back to school is not an option.)
2. What excites recruiters? What is the one thing that turns them off?
3. Recruiters tell me that no where in this economy or otherwise
will a grad get more than 30k/year? Is this true? How can one person
live off of 30k/year?
I am staying positive no matter what, but I want to know what you
(and your readers) have to say about the above. Maybe I am not doing
something right?!
Here’s my take:

  • The economy sucks.
  • No one is hiring.
  • Your prospects aren’t great.

Unfortunately, you are competing against administrative assistants,
secretaries, and receptionists for entry-level HR jobs in your area.
Those jobs afford working-class women, without degrees, to leverage
their strong administrative skills and enter into a more professional
career path.
I don’t mean to bum you out. You should definitely cover the basics, though.

  • Network like hell to find a job.
  • Ask your alumni department, your professors, and your former supervisors to help you find a job.
  • Get yourself on LinkedIn, Twitter, and put your resume on the job boards.

In the meantime, take a job to pay your bills. Don’t go into debt.
Learn something new that you can add to your resume — even if it’s not
through a formal education program. Keep current on technology. Be
humble. Volunteer during your free time. Eat some ice cream.
Is there anyone in HR who is more optimistic than me? Anyone?This article is from a career advice website, PunkRockHR.The author of this post, Laurie Ruettimann is a seasoned and cynical HR professional with over a decade of experience in Fortune 500 organizations. Original post here
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This applies to all

Post by InterviewMantra on Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:50 am

Though the above article was about an unemployed HR, I think that the issue she talked about applies to freshers in all departments, no matter whether they are in engineering, arts or business administration.

In the above post, a recent graduate is very eager to know what would be that single suggestion from recruiters to graduates to get hired in this economy. My only suggestion would be "not to join the club". Do not try to do the same things that your friends do. Do something different and try to stand out amongst your peers. You may be feeling comfortable to have company of your friends doing the same thing as you are doing, but it is actually destructive to you. You are becoming one among the herd by doing so. So in a tough economy like this, it would become difficult for a recruiter to handpick you. For that matter, why should he/she choose only you? Why not your friends? So your profile should answer this question.

Secondly, she rants about being offered a low salary. As a fresher, she should only worry about the learning experience for next couple of years. Money would follow her expertise and knowledge. So just grab any opportunity that promises good learning though it pays you less.
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