Graduate in Human Resources: Unemployed


A note from a recent graduate and unemployed Human Resources chick.

I am a recent graduate with a Bachelors in Management – Human Resources. I have been job hunting, just like a million other people. Needless to say, I have been unsuccessful. I consider myself quite confident and smart. I had a decent GPA of 3.6 and have retained a good amount from what I have learn in classes. I worked a few internships alongside my degree.

Now, from reading your blog and talking to various other HR professionals, I have surrendered to the fact that my studies will only take me so far. As far as HR is related, real life experiences teach you much much more! BUT how do I get this experience is now the question.

I have been on several interviews, phone and in person, I like to think I have presented myself and my qualifications fairly well but no one will hire me! I need some advice, and feel free to open this up to your readers as well:

1. What is the 1 most important advice you can offer to a new grad? (Going back to school is not an option.)

2. What excites recruiters? What is the one thing that turns them off?

3. Recruiters tell me that no where in this economy or otherwise will a grad get more than 30k/year? Is this true? How can one person live off of 30k/year?

I am staying positive no matter what, but I want to know what you (and your readers) have to say about the above. Maybe I am not doing something right?!

Here’s my take:

  • The economy sucks.
  • No one is hiring.
  • Your prospects aren’t great.

Unfortunately, you are competing against administrative assistants, secretaries, and receptionists for entry-level HR jobs in your area. Those jobs afford working-class women, without degrees, to leverage their strong administrative skills and enter into a more professional career path.

I don’t mean to bum you out. You should definitely cover the basics, though.

  • Network like hell to find a job.
  • Ask your alumni department, your professors, and your former supervisors to help you find a job.
  • Get yourself on LinkedIn, Twitter, and put your resume on the job boards.

In the meantime, take a job to pay your bills. Don’t go into debt. Learn something new that you can add to your resume — even if it’s not through a formal education program. Keep current on technology. Be humble. Volunteer during your free time. Eat some ice cream.

Is there anyone in HR who is more optimistic than me? Anyone?

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