How to Find a Job After College
The employment statistics for recent college graduates aren’t exactly encouraging. More than half of recent grads are either unemployed or underemployed. But, if you’re smart about finding a job after graduation, there’s no reason you need to become an unfortunate statistic. Here are some tips on how to get a job right out of college.
Start Networking Now
If you’re still in school and you’re reading this article to prepare for the job market that awaits you upon graduation, then you’re smart to be thinking ahead. Start networking now, with friends, professors, parents’ friends, people you meet at career fairs, and contacts you make while doing internships or volunteer work. If you’ve already earned your sheepskin, but have neglected career networking until now, the good news is that it’s not too late to start. Networking is absolutely crucial if you want to land the job that will start you on your ideal career path.
Is There an Ideal Career Path?
While we’re on the subject of career paths, is it okay if you’re not 100 percent sure what your career is yet? Yes, it is. Unless you’re studying to be a lawyer or doctor, you should keep an open mind. Not sure what to do with your English degree? That’s OK, too. Sometimes you have to make your own path. Don’t be afraid to apply for positions you’re interested in just because you don’t have the exact educational experience they’re looking for. Just be prepared to make a strong case for why you’re the perfect candidate they didn’t know they needed.
Manage Your Reputation
A business’s reputation is one of its most valuable assets. When you’re applying for a job, you’re also applying to be an ambassador of that business’s public reputation. Make sure your online presence will instill a potential employer’s confidence in your ability to do so.
When you’re going to a job interview, you’re basically doing a sales pitch. You’re pitching your experience, education and personal qualities as the hot new thing that your customer (the business) absolutely must have, in order to further their own goals.
Think of all of the things that come up when you Google your own name as your “personal brand.” If you didn’t know yourself, would you hire you? If not, then it might be time to refine your personal brand a bit.
Don’t Give Up on Your Job Search
While finding a good job after graduating college can be an exhausting process, don’t give up hope. The people who do find great jobs aren’t the ones who go on a few interviews, get passed over and resign themselves to working retail for the rest of their lives. They’re the ones who keep their eyes on the prize, and treat every setback as a learning opportunity.