If you just finished college, you need a job.
But now’s the time to be cautious, not careless.
If you’re a newly minted grad, you might be considering taking a short-cut to a paycheck: “Yeah, that first job,” you think, “it’s a toss-off, it doesn’t count.” And besides, you’ve got bills to pay.
If you’re thinking that way, STOP: That’s what Steve Steinfeld, founder of New Grad and Hired Career Coaching, and Susan Rich, author of How to write a kick-butt resume cover letter, discussed on Susan’s internet radio show today, End the Job Search (8 am PST every Wednesday on w4cy.com).
A transition job is fine, Steve says, if you keep in mind that’s all it is. Take the job and keep working towards your ultimate goal. But there’s more to it than that: Know the difference between skills — what you are good at — and strengths — what you are passionate about. That transition job might use your skills, but if you’re not careful, you might get pigeonholed into a career where you rely on your skills, and not your strengths. Let a few years go by like this, and uh-oh, you’re nowhere near the career you want to have.
- Download a free how-to guide
- Check out the Kick-Butt Job Blog
- Hire Susan Rich to help you with your letter or resume
- Write the letter. Get the interview. End the job search!