Recently graduated from college? Let the job hunt begin!
College graduation is a time of great excitement as well as a source of anxiety for most people. If you have graduated recently you are probably wondering what you will do now that you are a part of the "real world". It is a fact that most college graduates start feeling the pressure to find a job well before they dawn their graduation cap and gown on the big day. This pressure can come from a variety of sources including parents, peers, and financially aid offices. If you are stressing over finding a job after college, you should know that there are things you can do to make the job hunting process less stressful and more productive.
Strategies for Finding a Great Job
No matter what your college degree is in, there are certain resources that you should consider using during your job hunt. While there is not perfect resource that will guarantee a job, using a combination of methods will increase your chances at finding a great job that fits your needs.
Step 1: Self Assessment
The first and possibly most important step in your job search is going to be performing a self assessment. Evaluating your skills as well as your personal interests will give you the edge when it comes to finding a job that gives you a sense of fulfillment. There is no point in applying for a host of job openings for positions that you would not actually consider taking. Think about the kind of atmosphere you are comfortable in. Do you want to work in a cubicle, travel, attend meetings, write reports, etc? Determining what it is you enjoy doing is a great place to start when trying to find an entry level job out of college.
Job Hunting Resources:
There are many job sites out there that can help you find a job that suits your interests. These sites allow you to create a profile and upload a resume that potential employers can browse through and locate applicants. You can also look through job openings and company profiles. Websites such as Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, and Snagajob.com offer these services for free as well as additional services if you are willing to pay a small fee. Another way you can utilize these resources is with the personalized job searches and filters that are also offered by most online job hunting sites.
College career fairs are events planned by your school that allows hiring companies to come and meet with students. Usually the intent of the companies at a career fair is to interview and hire potential prospects like yourself (if you are still in school). I would suggest checking out any career fairs that your school may offer. Bring a few copies of your resume on the day of and go talk to some of the companies that are there. You should never shy away from a chance to talk with potential employers at a career fair. Instead take advantage of this opportunity as it will help you build your confidence and increase your chances of find a great job.
Throughout you college career and for that matter your life, you have been making connections with all kinds of people. The act of networking with people gives you lasting connections that can benefit you greatly when attempting to find a job after college. Whether a peer, teacher, family friend, or relative, personal connections are like gold when it comes to finding a job. Utilize the relationships you have build in order to maximize your resources and locate a great job that fits you.
Local Job Postings
Take a look around your area, there are many places that offer information on job openings and companies looking to hire new employees like yourself. Such postings can be found in places such as Craiglsist.com and the newspaper. These resources allow you to find specific jobs that are located in your immediate area.
Staying organized is important
While you are looking for a job be sure stay organized. Keep any job hunting related documents such as your resume, company profiles, job postings, and business cards in a folder or a drawer, somewhere that they can easily be accessed. Make a list of all the representatives you contact so that when they call you back you have some idea of who they are and what company they represent. There is no point in submitting applications if you have no idea what the job is when the company calls you.
Be persistent in your search
While preparing to hunt for employment, you should accept the fact that you are going to hear the word "no" more than the word "yes" along your search. Keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with being rejected. Even though you interview with a company and it turns out they don't want to hire you, you still are coming out of the situation having gained more experience with the job search process. And the truth is, that extra experience that will eventually help get you the job you are looking for.
Make sure that you communicate with potential employers properly by contacting them appropriately. Feel free to call or email them before and after your interview and when you first contact them. On the other hand make sure not to bother them as too much communication can make you look desperate. Use proper spelling and grammar in any emails you send. "Professionalism" is a good word to keep in mind when you are out there looking for employment.
â€œNothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human raceâ€