Graduating college is similar to waking up from a really good dream... suddenly, everything seems different. Remember all of those people freshman year that said college goes by in the blink of an eye. Well now I’m sure you believe them now!
First of all, congratulations. Graduating college is something you should be very proud of! 🎉 It’s no easy task. Achieving a college degree is one of the best tools you can have you in your tool belt when you head out into the workforce.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that earning a college degree can greatly improve a person’s chance of landing a job. No surprise there. The more education a person receives, the lower his or her prospects of being unemployed become. The BLS said that, as of 2018, individuals with a bachelor’s degree could earn on average $1,301 per week, compared to $768 for people with high school diplomas. Those with bachelor’s degrees had a 3.5 percent unemployment rate compared to 6 percent for those with only high school diplomas. 🎓
Full speed ahead! 🚀 It’s tempting for recent grads to take the summer off and take a few months before they start the job hunting journey. But new grads can get a head start on their competition by beginning their searches immediately. Create a list of a few potential companies you would love to work at, and then hit up your network to find a contact at each company and reach out to that contact directly or somebody that might help get your foot in the door.
Focus on a specific career industry. Prospective employers prefer that applicants have some idea regarding the types of jobs they are looking for. Take some time and really think about where you want to be 10 years from now. Don't just take a job at some random company just to get a job. However do take a random job at a company you want to work for in the years to come in a more serious job role. Most employees look internally to hire for big roles.
Don’t rely entirely on the Internet and LinkedIn to land a job for you. Go to networking events like there is no tomorrow! Attend conferences or meetups from people who work at the companies you’re interested in. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself 👋 and spark up conversations with random people because you never know who is connected to who!
Think about what you bring to the table to possible future employers. Narrow down your specific skill set and pump up your resumes or cover letters to the specific skills you can offer each company. Give specific examples that illustrate these skills from past school courses, volunteering or odd jobs.
When you do finally land that that interview, bring your A-game! Always be prepared for an interview or when meeting with someone to discuss career advice. Research the ins and outs of the company and know its background and mission so you understand the company culture when you walk in. Keep a list of questions in the back of your mind.
Most importantly, relax and remember to breathe. The more interviews you do the better you will get. Being a new college grad you have one big thing to your advantage.....time. Time to be young and learn from experiences! You can do it!
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