How to request a full-time position.

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Millions of graduates will soon be looking for full-time jobs. Right now the economy is slow, so the competition for jobs will be strong. You need to be fully prepared and to be persistent.

The first step in finding a full-time job is to prepare a good resume. You can find plenty of books and articles on how to prepare a good resume. The first section of a resume is Career Objective. In other words, what kind of a job are you looking for? Your question does not provide this information. You need to devote some soul-searching to this question. You don't want to get stuck in the wrong job--although I believe that is exactly what happens to many graduates. It is also more effective to be able to tell a potential employer precisely what you are looking for and why.

A resume is not carved in stone. You can start with a rough draft and keep refining it. You should, of course, make it neat and attractive. It should also be accurate. Include people's full names, titles, addresses, zip codes, area codes, etc. It will make you look careful and efficient.

A resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should not ask for a job but for an interview at the prospective employer's or personnel manager's convenience. It should be signed Respectfully. It should follow a businesss format (which you can find in books). It would include your full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, etc., and the employer's full name, title, address, etc.

Most colleges and universities have "career counseling" centers. They can give you advice and also give you specific information about companies with jobs available.

A good employment agency can be very helpful. But they charge a big fee, typically one-half of the first month's salary.

Be prepared for the interview when you get one. Know something about the company and ask questions. Asking the interviewer questions is a good way to cope with the nervousness you will naturally feel. Get the other guy talking and it won't feel so much like the third degree.

Don't jump at the first job offered. Some people with shady businesses like to employ young graduates to represent them. But be sure you're offering something legitimate. Make sure there is a salary involved and not just a commission. There are a lot of promoters who want to exploit you and who give you nothing in the way of leads or financial support. If you are responding to a help-wanted ad, you can save time by asking over the phone if this is a salaried position.

Getting back to Career Objective, you should be thinking about what you want, what you like, what you're good at. Many students graduate from college with a degree in some liberal arts subject and have no idea what kind of work they want to be doing for the next forty years or so. I recommend that you refer to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, which you can find through Google. It can help you find out what kind of person you are and what kinds of work you are best suited for.

You are wise to ask eNotes for advice. You should seek advice from every available source. There is probably excellent advice and assistance available right at your school. You can even ask advice from the person who is interviewing you for a job. If you don't get the job, as least you can get some practical suggestions.