Looking for that first job? A Recruiter’s Perspective

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for a major human resources consulting firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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All kinds of new grads are being released in the wilds of the employment world this month.

They have a degree or a diploma in hand and are ready to land their dream job.


It’s really too bad that we have set them up for that expectation. Your first job will never be your dream job. That only happens in the movies.

When you emerge from your sheltered school environment, you feel like you know everything. Then you get a job and you realize how much you actually don’t know. You also learn what having a “job” and a “boss” is really like.

It can be an ugly time. But it’s also a time of great learning that kind of caps off your education. That first manager will really help shape what you want to do in your life. If you are lucky enough to have a great manager, then the job itself is almost irrelevant. You will learn about balancing work and life, about setting priorities and answering to different types of people.

If, on the other hand, you have a bad manager, it is still a great learning opportunity. You learn a lot about the things that you don’t like and the things you will never do when you are a manager.

All this comes into play when you are looking for jobs number two and three. At this point, you are starting to hone in on the things that you are really good at, as well as the type of manager you need have to continue to develop. Now, things are starting to shape up and you might actually be able to see what your dream job might really look like.

So, don’t get too hung up on your first gig. Just start. Get a job, make some money and continue learning. That’s all that’s going to matter in the end.




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