For three years you’ve been attending lectures, studying like crazy, partying like crazy, and making friends that will last a lifetime. You’ve finally approached the finish line and are about to cross into the next phase of life, what most people refer to as “the real World”, and then it hits you- wtf am I going to do?
Although most students think about their future throughout the duration of college…and change their minds and/or major a few times, it doesn’t really become reality until you are in that last semester and EVERYONE is talking about it. Jessica already locked in a fancy job at a PR firm in the big city, Joe got into law school, and Sarah is going to backpack around Europe on her parent’s dime.
You on the other hand have a resume that you had to write because it counted as a test grade in your senior capstone class… and have absolutely no idea what to do with it. How did Jessica lock in that badass job? Her mom probably knew someone and called in a favor. Either way, I’m here to help you join the conversation about where you landed before that big walk across the stage.
1.) Have a killer resume – Edit it, edit it again, and then edit it five more times. Have several pairs of eyes check out your resume before deciding to post it anywhere or pass it along to an employer. Have your parents, older sibling, teacher, and friends (especially ones that have already entered the workforce) critique your resume.
- If you haven’t started writing one yet, start here.
2.) Post it online – Now that it’s perfected, post it on job search websites (i.e. Monster, Careerbuilder) so recruiters can find you. Not only will employers be able to find you… you will learn a lot about what types of jobs are even out there. Spend some time looking at job requirements and use this to beef up your resume.
Recruiters use bullion searches to find the right candidates for a job by looking for “key words” in a resume. If you find a job application for a job you really want, update your resume with words from the job description to get yourself an interview. Obviously don’t lie if these are skills you don’t possess.
3.) Work your network – Like Jessica did. Join LinkedIn immediately and add everyone you know. Find out where your best friend’s fathers, brothers, and cousins work. This is the best way to get a foot in the door. Message them. This is not the time to be shy, what if that message leads to your dream job? Most people are very understanding and helpful when it comes to helping someone within their network.
4.) Prepare for interviews – I can’t stress this enough. The Interviewer knows you are a new grad and they are going to ask you some tough questions.
- research the company – If you don’t know what they do, you shouldn’t even be there.
- know what your skills are – be able to talk about your strengths.
- wear a suit – no exceptions.
- have questions ready – about the company, about the culture, about the interviewer and their experience, and about the job itself. what they are looking for in a candidate?
Connect with me – Let’s see where my connections align with yours!