Job search strategies: Aim high or get a foot in the door?
March 22, 2014 1:10 PM Subscribe
Soon-to-be graduate starting a job search (ugh). Should I start off aiming for the best and then adjust my expectations if that strategy doesn't seem to work, or should I also apply for lower level positions from the beginning if they seem to be in the area that I want to get into?
posted by thesnowyslaps to Work & Money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I will be graduating this coming September, assuming I manage to get myself to write a thesis in the next 2.5 months (I think this can pretty much be assumed!). I am graduating with a master's degree in a field that I had a number of years of entry-level experience in before going to grad school. So ideally I would like to find a mid-level position in the same field. I kind of feel like I have paid my dues. However, as I start to look at job listings, I keep finding myself attracted to entry-level jobs that are specifically focused on a sector that I don't have solid experience in, but have done some work in and have studied during my degree. Ideally, I would like to do work in this specific area of my field when I get out, so there is something appealing about taking a lower-level job for a year or two if it would help me get my foot in the door in an organization that does work in this sector (would help me make connections, have access to internal job listings, gain some more familiarity with the sector, etc.). Not that I wouldn't apply for mid-level positions in this sector if they came up as well, but it seems to be the entry level ones that keep coming up so far.
So, my question is - in your experience is it best to start out a job search aiming as high as possible, or is it a reasonable strategy to aim a bit lower if it might help you get what you want a bit farther down the line? To be honest, I would really like a mid level position at this point, and to use my degree. However, since I am currently unemployed and definitely need money it seems like the foot in the door strategy could be reasonable as well if it gets me employed faster in the area that I want.