Recently graduating brought on a mix of emotions for me. I was excited because I was finally done with late night cramming, eating crumby food, tests, homework and presentations. It’s a great feeling to know that you are finishing one chapter and beginning a new one. But what some new grads aren’t ready for is the harsh reality that as a job candidate, competition is tough, and getting into the work force can be a battle.
Networking! Networking! Networking!
We live in a time where social media, face timing, and tweeting are the new fashion. You need to keep up with what is trending and who knows who. Networking is so powerful that sometimes just knowing somebody can help you land a job. Get on LinkedIn and add everybody you know. They might just have an open position and can give their boss a good word.
Make an Impression
When you start interviewing for your first big gig, or when you are out networking with potential employers, put your best foot forward in making an impression that will be remembered. Dress in business attire, share an accomplishment that will make you stand out, and write thank you notes after you interview or have a conversation about a job opportunity.
Don’t be Afraid to Step out of Your Comfort Zone
Your first job will not be your last and your first job most likely will not be your dream job. Use your first job as a stepping stone to build up your resume and experience. Just because your degree is in one field, but you find yourself working in another doesn’t mean you won’t get to your goal one day. Explore opportunities as they come, build relationships and work hard to get where you want to be.
Make Mistakes and Ask Questions
When you land your first job after college, embrace your first experiences and first mistakes. Ask questions and learn from coworkers more senior than you. Be inquisitive and understand that there is no such thing as a dumb question. Your mistakes will be your most valuable lessons. Don’t ever get discouraged if you do make a mistake because it’s all part of the learning process.
By: Josh S.