Getting a job after college is not difficult, but finding the one you truly desire will require some extra effort.
Of course, you want a well-written resume, but there are several other things you can do to increase your chances of getting a better job after college.
Here are five suggestions, why you should try them, and where you should begin if you do.
1. Participate in social media
If you want to enter the professional working world, you should start with LinkedIn. The social media platform is nothing out of the ordinary, but it is well-known. It allows other members to view your profile, resume, and credentials without having to “Friend” you.
Why? It is not so much about LinkedIn’s magical effects as it is about the people who use it. If you want to be hired, corporate HR staff must conduct as much research on you as possible using methods other than your resume. Since the invention of Google, LinkedIn has been the most effective human resource cheat.
As a starting point, include a link to your LinkedIn profile in every resume and email you send. Spend some time filling out your profile and connecting with as many people as possible.
2. Begin blogging
Start a blog about your chosen discipline rather than your favorite Kardashian. Show the world how knowledgeable you are. Post at least twice a month, but it must be good. You can’t just draft any old bunk. Your work must be of high quality so that your potential employer can see how great you are by clicking on any of them.
Why? It enables you to demonstrate to the world that your credentials are meaningful. It can be used to demonstrate your expertise and to verify the accuracy of the information on your resume. It may even appear during the HR staff’s Google search, which will work to your advantage. HR professionals adore an Internet trail.
Starting point: You have a mountain of school/college/university essays just sitting there. Edit them to perfection before publishing them. If they are lengthy, divide them into 500-word posts and publish them as a series.
3. Work as an intern
An internship can be a great first step toward getting a job fastly after college for a future career. Some students wish to complete three or more internships before graduating.
Why? It does provide you with valuable experience, but that is because it is an American tradition. Almost every professional has an intern story. An internship is not required unless you are entering a discipline such as medicine, but it is still beneficial.
Begin by speaking with your guidance counselor about your options. Check in with a favorite teacher, who may also have some suggestions. Otherwise, consult with an independent guidance firm. They will put you on the right track for your desired career, internships in your area, and internships in your state.
4. Speak with a guidance counselor
They receive a lot of negative attention because people frequently have unrealistic expectations of them, and the bad ones tarnish the rest. Nonetheless, your school’s career guidance counselor is likely to be more knowledgeable about your chosen profession than you are.
Why? They are aware of minor details. They know how and where you should apply. They also understand your state’s laws, which will govern which internships you can legally apply for. They are also frequently connected with large firms in the area that are looking for entry-level candidates.
Set up an appointment with your school’s counselor as a starting point. Locate and contact a third-party career counselor.
5. Join an industry-specific organization
They are plentiful in almost every field. If you want to be a jeweler, work in the concrete trade, or write newspaper columns, there are groups for you. Even if your profession does not have a specific group, there is usually a professional development group for you to join.
Why? It is an excellent way to become acquainted with the industry and its people. Consider a person learning Spanish who moves to Spain. Long-term benefits are unknown, but they are always positive.
Starting point: Industry associations are not shy about publicizing their existence. A little research in an industry magazine and a website or two will yield good results. Your career counselor may suggest a few groups, but you should double-check with him or her to be sure.
Graduating and entering the “real world” can be daunting at times, but breaking things down into manageable chunks like this can help you land a job you really want.
Do you have any recommendations for recent graduates looking for their first job? Tell us in the comments!