The number one goal of most college graduates is to find a job shortly after graduation. You spent years of your life studying to get a job that you really want one. Unfortunately, getting a job is not the easiest thing in the world. You’re competing with many other college graduates as well as other experienced individuals for one job.
Playing the job hunting game can be a daunting experience, so it’s important to job hunt effectively. The following are five surefire tips to find a job after college.
- Keep your resume updated at all times
- Network often
- Keep your options open
- Follow up with job applications.
- Accept an internship.
The last thing you want to do is send out an old resume that doesn’t highlight any of your recent accomplishments or experiences. Having an updated resume will ensure that the employer is seeing the most current information about you.
You also need to make sure that your contact information is up to date. If you’re sending out a resume with an old phone number or email address, the employer will not have a way to contact you.
Make sure that you are always networking, both in person and online. Use social media sites to connect with prospective employers or others who may have a job opening. Use job trade shows as a way to find potential employers. Make sure to give all of your connections a way to get ahold of you. Sometimes a simple connection can propel you into a job opening.
Everyone has a dream job, but you need to realize that it may not be a viable option right now. Instead of waiting for a position at your desired company to open up, accept a job from another company. You may just fall in love with it and change your definition of a dream job. Or, if a job at your dream company does open up, you now have some experience under your belt, and not just a college degree.
After you send in your resume, wait a few days and contact the company to make sure that they got it. You can also ask when they plan on starting interviews. Taking this initiative says a lot about your character and it may just be what the employer was looking for.
Following up is also great to do after an interview. Again, this initiative is something that most employers look for, and it can set you apart from other applicants.
Sometimes the job field can be hard to conquer. If you find yourself out of luck, consider taking an internship. Some companies will pay for internships, and most will usually turn their internship positions into full time jobs, as long as you work hard and show that you’re worth it.
Job hunting can be stressful, but if you take the right steps and use these tips, you can find yourself with a full-time job shortly after graduation. Welcome to the real world.
Andreas Svensson is a swedish-born IT specialist who understands first hand what employers are looking for in college graduates. In an effort to perfect his English speaking skills he has recently enrolled himself in accent reduction classes. Click here to learn more about Accent Pros and how they can help you improve your speaking. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to, submit a guest blog post?