First-Time Job Seekers Face New Struggles
We asked students from American University in Washington, D.C., to share their concerns about post-graduation plans and finding work in a tough economy. Washington Post careers columnist Lily Garcia responds to their questions.
Turning an Internship into a Full-time Job
Name: Kai McConnell
Major: Journalism and Anthropology
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
- Think about the contributions you've made to the organization during your internship.
- Determine the needs of the company and where your skills and talents can be used in the longer term.
Name: Jacob Colvin
Hometown: Mill Valley, Calif.
- Take the interview process seriously and put forward your best effort, even in your appearance.
- Do your research and be prepared to answer questions.
- Ask intelligent questions even if the employer is very thorough in describing the position to you.
Making the Wrong Job Choice
Name: R.J. Stidd
Major: Finance and Marketing
Hometown: Tully, N.Y.
- Early in your career, it's all about trial and error. Know that it's okay to be unsure about your choices.
- Choose an employer and/or manager that is invested in your personal career growth.
Overcoming Job Market Pessimism
Name: Aly Jiwani
Major: International Studies
Hometown: Mumbai, India
- Know that you are not alone; it's a tough market for entry-level applicants and experienced workers, so find employment where you can.
- Consider taking a job that may not have all the requirements that you had in mind.
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Name: Tara Fuller, intern, Washington Post Digital
Major: Print Journalism
Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
- Get smart about how you look for employment.
- Reach out to your network of contacts, including those who aren't in your field.
- Enlist the help of people who care about you, to assist you with your job search efforts.
COPY/VIDEOS: Sakina Rangwala and Tara Fuller - washingtonpost.com; EDITOR: Amy Adkins - washingtonpost.com