Graduation is just around the corner and college seniors are on the prowl for a new career. Looking for a job can be stressful, but it’s important to take a deep breath and remember all the skills you’ve gained over the past few years. Here are six simple tips to help you land a job or internship after college.
- Utilize Your School’s Alumni Network
Most universities provide contacts to help young professionals begin their careers. Many campuses have a career center that provides a list of contacts. This can help point you in the right direction. It is also possible to find former graduates who are in your professional field through LinkedIn’s search feature. It is also important to remember to ask professors for help with former student connections. In general, don’t be afraid to reach out to alumni and ask them to share knowledge about their field. You never know where it might lead.
- Establish Your Strengths and Weaknesses
It’s important to recognize your strengths and weaknesses before you start applying for jobs. Not only is this topic likely to come up during an interview, but also knowing what you’re best at can help lead you toward the right career. Also, making a list of strengths to develop or weaknesses to overcome can also help you seek out help with new skills prior to becoming a professional.
- Do Your Research
Before writing your cover letter or reaching out to a potential employer, do some detective work on the job opening. Read the company website, search for news articles about the company and the learn about the company’s history. This knowledge will impress potential employers and show you are genuinely interested in and passionate about the job.
- Have Your Cover Letter and Resume Ready
Think of your cover letter and resume as your greatest weapons for finding a job. It is important to make sure all of your information is up-to-date and relevant to the job opening, so you’re ready if and when an opportunity presents itself. You’ll never know when you might meet a future employer or someone who can help jumpstart your career.
- Prepare for Interviews
Now it’s time to get ready for the face-to-face interaction. This step in the hiring process can easily make or break whether or not an employer decides to hire you. Make sure to practice your answers for potential questions before you go in for the real interview. You can also practice your interview skills with the professionals in a career center to gain more experience.
- Stay Up-To-Date on Industry Trends and Current Events
Be knowledgeable about what’s going on in the world. You’re likely to get quizzed during the interview process about current events. It is also beneficial to be able to make small-talk about what’s going on in the world. Staying updated on news and pop culture will give you a competitive edge above other applicants.
Finally, as you’re planning the next chapter of your life, don’t get discouraged by rejection. As an ancient Japanese proverb famously states, “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
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