Today, young adults who are fresh out of college are having a hard time finding a well-paying job where they can start applying what they learned while in college.  I think there’s something seriously wrong with this picture.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the nation’s economy and current job market, there’s only so much we can do as individuals.  However, on an individual basis you can totally take responsibility for your own success and for your own fiscal abilities.  That’s really what you have to do in life.  You have to take life and work it to your favor.  You have to understand that there is no one who is more responsible for your success and happiness than you yourself are.

5 Job Search Mistakes of New College Grads

In my life as I have worked for company after company and started business after business, I have discovered many different key points on success and how to go about achieving them.  What a lot of people don’t know is that, no matter the economy or the job market, the only person who can give you happiness and success or take it away is you.  That’s the truth of the matter right there.  You can’t blame your failures or your successes on anyone but yourself.  I’ve seen colleagues flourish and prosper in the very midst of the recession, but I’ve also seen colleagues suffer and experience total financial ruin in the very best of economic times.  What this all came down to and how it came about was from the singular decisions that these individual persons made at the time that they made them.



Tips for Success

So, with that in mind, I’ve put together a few common but avoidable mistakes that might give today’s young college graduates trouble:


Relying on the Internet!

We rely too much on the internet these days.  With actually millions of college students graduating every year, there will potentially be millions of online applications being posted to companies.  Some of the bigger companies actually receive thousands of online applications a month. When thousands of candidates are regularly applying to the same jobs online and posting their resumes, they will hardly get noticed.  You need to stand out by actually going into the company that you want to be a part of and getting in front of your future boss and pitching him or her on why he or she should hire you.


Failing to Follow Up

When you apply for a job, the majority of the time the potential employer will not tell you yes or no on that same day.  When this happens, if you don’t follow up with that employer it’s almost a sure guarantee that you won’t get the position.  Follow up is everything when it comes to closing the deal on a new job, so be sure you follow up with every single potential employer that you meet up with; you will be much more successful in getting a job with this approach.

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Being Too Casual About Interviews

Everyone who knows me knows that I like a good joke, but if there’s one thing I’ve noticed more than anything else when I’ve interviewed prospects for my company, it’s that they don’t take the interview seriously.  Sure, life in general has become more casual and more personable as the times have changed, but a job interview should still be professional.  Most employers will enjoy and appreciate the immediate professionalism, and they will be more likely to enjoy your sense of humor and friendly, casual attitude months down the road after you have been hired if you a started off your career with them with a very professional demeanor.


Acting Unprofessionally in Person and Online

Everyone has a fun-loving, recreational side.  With social media, the inner party animal in all of us gets displayed in our pictures and in our videos and in our status updates way more than the professional side does.  Don’t kid yourself, a potential employer will check your social media, so even if you aren’t a hardcore party animal, clean up your social media profiles now so investigating interviewers will not find anything that could even come close to being a deal breaker.


Having Expectations that are Too High

Before you focus on the peak of the mountain, just focus on making it over the foothills first.  Getting the perfect job takes time, it takes knowing people, it takes knowing your field, it takes a lot of different things that all add up to experience.  What I’ve noticed is that new graduates too often focus on looking for the perfect job, instead of a first job.  What I’ve seen is that, especially in this economy, the first job should be about simply finding a position where you’ll learn a great deal and can become more valuable, where you’ll be super busy all the time, and where you’ll be surrounded by lots of people who can help you establish connections.


These are the main five mistakes that I’ve seen college grads make.  Heck I may have made a few myself back in the day.  Keep an eye out for these and you’ll find it just that much easier to have total control over our own fiscal happiness and success.

per wickstronPer Wickstrom is the founder and CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation, one of the top holistic rehabilitation centers in the country. He found sobriety after a decades-long struggle with addiction and has since dedicated his life and career to helping others find the same life-affirming success he has. His program is based on natural and holistic methods and has helped lead hundreds to recovery. Connect with Per via Twitter or Facebook.

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