The Pursuer – A Conclusion.

DESKThe Pursuer was intended to be a short blog series detailing my experience coming out of college and straight into the job field. Overall, I am pleased with how it turned out, I chose the topics based off of what I have learned on this journey.

As graduation approached I began to feel an intense pressure rising. I felt obligated to have a full-time job right out of school, to get a start on my life right out of the gate.

It wasn’t until about 2 weeks before the big day I had my first breakdown. I had a conversation with my mom that really taught me to appreciate transitioning in such a big point in my life.

When talking to her, she told me that I shouldn’t be stressing so hard in a time when I should be happy. I’ve accomplished something really big, something a lot of people don’t get to do. This should be a time of celebration, not a time to panic and worry.

Flash forward to the big day, graduation. I’m not thinking about where I’m going to be in 5 years, or what my biggest weakness is.

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All that was on my mind were the experiences that I gained in my college career, all of the friends, organizations, and professors that helped me grow and adapt.

It was definitely the best day I have ever experienced in my life. I am so proud of all the students who walked with me and of those who didn’t have the opportunity to be at graduation.

At the end of it all, I wish I could go back and not stress so much about the future and just live in the present.

Not that it’s all over, I hope that The Pursuer can serve as a way for future graduates to learn about strategies in the job search. I hope that this can help students in their biggest moments in their life as well.

Stay tuned for future blog posts on various topics that affect my life. Thank you for being a part of it.

The Pursuer – Networking.

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Networking is a fascinating term. What is it exactly? The standard definition you’ll hear is attending events and building relationships that can be utilized for business purposes.

Some argue that networking is done at all times, that you’re always “on,” representing yourself and your personal brand.

Personally, I don’t like the idea of planned networking. Treating a networking event as work, with a goal to use people at the event for specific purposes doesn’t seem authentic.

I believe that instead of treating a networking event as accomplishing a goal, the focus should be on building relationships. When meeting a new individual, instead of thinking about how they can help you with a business deal, you should be focused on getting to know that individual, and worry about your goals later.

This can be very difficult when presented with a networking opportunity as a student or upcoming grad. The focus can very easily be on “how can I convince this person to hire me?” When in fact that focus should be on “how can I get to know this person more?”

By focusing on the relationship as opposed to the benefits, you’re more likely to learn more regarding the personality and work ethic of the individual.

It’s important to remember that networking is just a term. It’s easy to think of it as just another job or task to complete, but it is an integral part of advancing in any profession.

I once sat in a networking session at a PRSSA conference and heard from professionals speaking about networking.

The biggest tip I learned was to be genuine, in your goals, your ethics, and in building your relationships.

By being genuine in your relationship building, you will show others why you deserve what your goals are and what you’re hoping to get.

The Pursuer – Why You Shouldn’t Complain

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I know it’s hard. Graduating, job searching and trying to figure out if you’ve made the right decisions. This is a very frustrating time period almost all of us face. There is something to remember however, complaining will not get you anywhere.

It seems like a trivial topic, but when networking, complaining can be a make or break moment for a potential lead. Have you ever met somebody for the first time, and the very first thing they discussed with you was how bad their day was?

I can’t speak for everyone but when conversations begin like this, I become very disengaged with the discussion. The same can occur with networking.

If you go to a networking event and complain about the drive there the entire time, all that people are going to remember about you is what you discussed, not about you.

If you go into the same situation with a positive, outgoing, and optimistic attitude, then professionals will remember you for that and be much more open to helping you.

If you’re ever having a bad day and you’re not feeling to hot, take a mental note of all the good things you have.

Think about your relationships, your accomplishments, or your dreams. Remember that there are people all over the world who won’t have the same opportunity that you have right now.

There is always a time and a place to complain, remember that you’re always representing yourself. You could have the opportunity right in front of you to find a new path in life and you don’t even know it.

The Pursuer – Utilizing Your Time

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Have you ever had a project or task that you started off with way more time than you needed? You don’t worry about it because you have all the time in the world. Then BAM it’s a week before it’s due and you’re looking at a blank screen with nothing done.

It is so important to use your time wisely whether it be a project, or being proactive in the job search. You must not waste time!

Here are a couple of things you should do if you are notorious for procrastination.

List out what you need to do.

Lists will be your best friend when you’re coming close to entering the adult world. You can have a list for the items you need to complete to be prepared for an interview. A list of companies you want to apply at. A list of your contacts to utilize. A list of what you need to do in your personal life. You can make a list for everything!

Organize your list based off of urgency and importance.

Now that you have all of these lists, or one massive list, this can seem overwhelming. Something you can do is organize your lists based off of urgency and importance. This way you can focus on the important items that need to be done sooner rather than the unimportant items that aren’t time sensitive just yet.

Keep your list with you at all times.

Keep this list with you at ALL TIMES. This way if you have another task to add you don’t have to worry about forgetting it later. If you can get it on paper it wont be in your head to distract you from being productive.

Work in short periods of time.

When you start working on the items on your list. Instead of working on big projects for long periods of time, every day work on it for a smaller amount of time. This way you don’t burn out and you’ll be able to work on multiple projects at one time.

There will be many times when you will be tasked with many projects and assignments. In order to stay ahead of the game its important to not procrastinate, write everything down, and work on your tasks a little bit over time.

With that being said, utilize the advice above and you’ll be more than ready for the job search, and the professional world too!