Congratulations, you’ve gotten your college degree, have excellent references, and may even have some work experience you’ve received from internships you’ve completed. Although, getting that job you want has proven difficult and you may even become discouraged.
Getting a job after graduating from college isn’t as easy as it once was. Nowadays everyone seems to have a college degree and the competition is thick. Here are a few tips to help land that job you’ve been waiting for.
1. Have Others Look Over Your Resume
Ask family, friends, and anyone you may know who works in the industry you’d like to get into. Have them read over your resume and ask for feedback. This is a great way to catch any errors your resume may have. After all, the chances of an employer giving you a call are pretty slim if your resume isn’t up to par.
Get out and meet professionals in your industry of choice. Start by calling these people and asking to set a time to sit down and speak with them for 30 minutes. It’s not easy to pick up the phone and call someone you don’t know and then ask to sit down and meet with them. Although, many times they’re more than happy to meet with you and flattered you called them and asked. After you set a time to meet, be sure you’ve prepared appropriate questions for when you meet them. Meeting people and networking this way many times will turn into a long-term relationship between them and you, a relationship that can land you with great career opportunities down the road.
3. Make Sure Your Social Media is Clean
Those photos from your first few years of college may have seemed pretty cool back then, but they may not seem as cool to a hiring employer. Recruiters try to find out as much as they can about you from social media so keep your Facebook and Twitter pages clean.
4. Prepare Yourself for the Interview
Make sure you have done your homework and researched the company before going to your interview. Also, be sure to think of questions to ask the interviewer, as a general rule of thumb you’ll want to ask at least 3 questions. Doing research on the company and being well prepared for the interview can be the difference between getting the job or not getting the job.