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Book Review: Getting Hired: Handbook for College Graduates by Frances R. Schmidt

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Looking for a job is always hard work. Looking for your first job is downright scary, and even more so in the current economic situation. While college gives you many skills for the position you will eventually hold, in my experience it really does not prepare you for the process of looking for that position, and successfully applying for it. Getting Hired: Handbook for College Graduates by Frances R. Schmidt is a great and very relevant resource for all of those young people who are new to the process of searching for a job.

It starts from the very basics of searching for a job, providing an excellent overview of tools and techniques to employ in such a search, and it does not forget to explain that any job search is stressful. It covers everything from networking and the job search process to practical tips on how to market oneself well, how to write a proper résumé, what exactly is a CV and how it differs from a résumé, how to put together a really eye-catching cover letter, and last but certainly not least, everything related to interviews. Each chapter abounds with practical advice and exercises that will greatly clarify anything the college graduate might still be unsure about.

I was very impressed by the way the topics are covered in this handbook, and even more so with how very contemporary and relevant the approach used in this handbook is. If you want to see a really good example of this, you could simply check out the section dealing with one’s web presence and how to avoid pitfalls connected to that.

Getting Hired: Handbook for College Graduates by Frances R. Schmidt is a book I would recommend to anybody fresh out of college, or simply anybody who is new to the job market. While the search for the right position will certainly still be stressful, armed with this resource one would be well prepared for what lies ahead.

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  • Research the company to stand out in the crowd. Many candidates go from one interview to another without knowing anything about the company or the industry. When candidates demonstrate specifi knowledge of the company- the interviewer perks up. The interviewer may ask how you would handle specific problems given your experience in case studies at school. Bring your best writing samples to demonstrate skills. If you are good at research, mention that. In addition, always arrive on time.

    Always maintain good eye contact with the interviewer. If you want the job – say so. Don’t leave the interviewer hanging. Many candidates do well on the interview but the company has no idea whether or not they would accept the job if offered. If you have prior experience, explain how that experience can be translated to the new job.

    Don’t be too concerned about entry level salary. Many jobs have a max and a minimum salary. If you are hired beyond the minimum salary, the company will expect more. You never want to be hired at the maximum salary for the grade because there is no room to grow unless the company anticipates higher grade level positions in the near future.