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10 Things to Do When You Graduate Without a Job

When I graduated in December, I did not have a job. It was one of the worst job markets for me to graduate in. You would think that a master’s degree in financial planning would help, but most firms (ones that I would want to work for) just were not hiring. I guess the losses in the market amounted to losses in their revenue.

Because of not having a job in December, I thought of some ways to help others in my position. These are just some quick tips in order for you to stay in the game. Staying in the game (or hunt) is the best advice I can give you.

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1. Stay Positive

It’s not the end of the world! You need to relax, be positive and focus on the long run. You may not be able to find something right this instant, but if you keep your mind to it and follow some of these tips, something is bound to open up somewhere. Hopefully, it will be the job of your dreams!

2. Get a Part-time Gig

Bills still need to be paid and you cannot just sit at home on the couch. This is especially true if you are supporting someone else. Even if it’s only temporary, you need to get some type of part-time job that keeps you from going insane. If at all possible, find a job in a field that closely relates to the one you graduated in. For example, I am working part-time at H&R Block for the tax season. It’s obviously not the career path I want, but it relates closely.

3. Set Goals and Visualize

This is where you want to firmly state your goals. If your goal is to work at a top 50 ranked hospital, write it down. Visualize yourself working there and you will work even harder at that goal. As for other goals, list them and then start off with the easier ones and work your way down the list until you have reached them all. These goals can deal with your personal life as well as your career.

4. Network, Network, Network

This is a big one. Networking is a major part of finding your dream job. Knowing people who know the right people will help you get ahead in this world. I know that sounds bad and unfair but it’s the truth. I imagine many of you can agree with that. A great way to network is to join an organization in your community. Rotary is a great place to start as many business owners in your community attend these meetings. Not that great of a speaker? Start attending a local Toastmaster’s meeting. There you can work on your public speaking skills as well as meet local entrepreneurs.

5. Go a Knocking

I will be honest with you in saying that I do not trust web-related job searches. There is something about submitting my resume online that makes me feel like I lost control of my destiny. I know many companies have now gone solely to online submissions but they are just the big companies. Most of the small businesses (where most new jobs come from) still look for people the old fashioned way. I recommend you search around for the company that you would best want to work for, even if they are not hiring. Then, you should just pop in the business and introduce yourself. Bring along your resume as well! This will surely make a great impression on the business owner and if you are qualified enough, they may even make a position for you!

6. Be Willing to Make the Move

Chances are you will not find your dream job in Localtown, USA. You need to be able to say that you are willing to go anywhere. If there is a job open in a neighboring state, go for it! I know you want to stay close to family, but believe me, your future is much more important. Your family cannot support you forever.

7. Do Something Involving Your Field of Study

Another great way to stay involved in your field of study is to volunteer. Many of you may not have that option. It depends on your career choice. For example, I doubt I am going to be able to volunteer my time at the local financial planning office. However, if you are in the medical field you can visit the local nursing home or hospital. Not only will you be around the career that you love, you will also be able to NETWORK!

8. Continue Educating Yourself

I know you just probably graduated and you thought you were done with school. WRONG! In these times, you need to be constantly educating yourself. Things change in an instant now and you should always be at the top of your game. I did this when I decided to attend graduate school. Even if you have reached your peak in terms of education, start reading things in your field of expertise. Go to your local library for a list of good books. You can also search for journals that may be of interest to you. There is no better way to read about your career choice than from the individuals that are already doing it. Those are the people who contribute to journals.

9. Find Alternative Ways to Make Money In Your Field

Have you ever had an idea about something in your field that has not been done before? I sure have. This would make a great opportunity to start a small business. If your idea is great, it could turn into something amazing. Even if you do not have financial ability to start a business, if the idea is good enough you can find some financial backers. You may even want to start a blog about it. When I started this blog I had no idea that you could make money doing it. I just wanted to do it to share my knowledge to the world. Of course my blog is to new to make money but I still love doing it. It also keeps me up-to-date with my profession as I am constantly writing and reading about things in financial planning.

10. Be Frugal

Learning to become frugal is very important when one does not have a job. My fiance and I are working very hard at that right now. Without a steady income, some things are just going to have to wait until you get the right career. Now is not the time to be buying a car, renting that big condo, getting the sports package on TV, etc. You need to learn to buckle down and only live on the necessities. You will find that it will help you later on in your life as well. You will be want to be debt free and you will ultimately have a lot of money in the bank!

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers is a great book if you are searching for a job. It’s good for new job seekers as well as the seasoned ones.

Friday Feed Frenzy: Jolly Saint Nick Edition

Well, Merry Christmas (or something else if you do not celebrate)! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. I sure know I did! It feels great to be home around my family which I missed so much over the past few months. Being halfway across the country on holidays can be rather lonely if you ask me.

Anyway, here are some articles that I enjoyed reading over the past week. There are definitely fewer than normal, but that must be due to the holidays.

Mrs. Micah informs you of an upcoming day where you can get some FREE retirement advice. I would recommend taking this organization up on their offer!

Trent at The Simple Dollar shares his list of twelve tips for cheap, low stress Christmas travel. My travels up north were fairly stressful on Tuesday due to typical Baltimore traffic as well as some accidents.

Ben at Trees Full of Money wants you to get aggressive about lowering your insurance premiums.

Pinyo at Moolanomy helps you decide if you should invest in target retirement funds. Make sure you check out the comments as there are some good ones!

Once again, I hope you have a great holiday! I will be taking the weekend off from writing but should be back at it by the middle of the next week. Also, start getting pumped up for my upcoming contest!

Should You Manage Your Kids Money?

Walter Updegrave, senior editor of Money Magazine, answered a readers question recently. Here is the question:

My 20-year-old daughter works two jobs and is going back to school part-time. Her father takes her paychecks and doles out money to her as needed. He thinks he’s helping her by doing this, but I think he’s hurting her. I worry that if she doesn’t start to manage her own money, she will have trouble in the future knowing how to pay bills, etc. What is your opinion?

Walter tells the reader to give her husband some credit for having an interest in their daughter’s finances. However, he also tells her that it will end up hurting their daughter in the long run when she is out on her own. I whole-heartedly agree with him on that one! When this girl gets a full-time job and it is living on her own, will her dad keep on paying her bills and taking her paychecks? I certainly hope not. If he does, she will have a hard time adjusting to life financially and personally. They need to begin to incorporate their daughter into her finances and teach her the proper way to manage her money. This is almost the same thing as one partner in a marriage managing all of the money and the other partner couldn’t tell you where their checking account is held. 

I personally know someone who’s father is like this. Every since she has had a full-time job he has taken her paycheck and paid all of her bills for her. No matter what they were. I think this seriously hurts her because one day, he is no longer going to be around. What is she going to do then? She is even married and this still goes on! 

Do you know anyone who’s parents take care of ALL of their finances? Do you know a married couple where one person knows NOTHING about their financial situation? Please share your comments.